How to reduce/prevent hair loss
Receding hairline, decrease in size of the ponytail, thinning hair, clumps of hair on the bathroom floor or pillow or comb. These are a few of the phrases that has terrified most of us at some point of time in our lives. Hair loss is very common to all people. No one is exempted from hair loss because it is natural for our hair to replace old strands with new ones. It is the hair’s way to regenerate and get rid of dead hair. Hair loss can be caused by many factors, including environmental toxins, aging, chronic stress, smoking, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, genetics, infections, poor hair hygiene, drugs or medications, and of course health imbalances like thyroid problems, autoimmunity, and other chronic illnesses. But when is hair loss considered a problem? While some people may experience normal hair fall, there are some who unfortunately experience extreme hair fall. The average scalp of a human has around 100,000 strands of hair and it is considered to be normal to lose hair every day. If you are losing anything more than 50 to 100 strands everyday it can be too much. Excess of hair loss can affect the scalp and may cause baldness in men which is commonly called male bald pattern. There can be many of the reasons, the important thing is that we control it.
That’s why we’ve put together a guide to the different ways using which a person can control this embarrassing problem.
Hot oil massage
If you do not have proper nutrition, it can lead to excessive hair loss. Heating the oil works wonders. It is advisable to go for hot oil massage as it can help control hair loss.
Take any natural oil i.e. olive, coconut and heat it up so that it is warm when you massage. Massage it gently into your scalp. Then put on a shower cap and leave it like that for an hour, then shampoo your hair after an hour.
This Ayurvedic herb is a very important and popular component of many hair loss remedies. In Ayurveda, it is common to treat hair loss with this herb.It’s also now backed by science to improve hair growth. This herb can be used for hair loss by preparing a herb-infused oil using the leaves or powder.
Mix bhringraj with warm coconut oil, with fenugreek. Soak it in hot oil for 10 minutes put it overnight. Then apply this mixture of oil to a clean scalp once a day, preferably at night.
This herb has been successfully used as a hair tonic, as it helps clean the liver, thereby indirectly helping the hair.
- Mix amla and shikakai powder to make a paste. Apply this to your hair. Leave it on for a few minutes and wash off after a few minutes.
- Mix powdered amla with lime juice. Apply this on your scalp and leave on for some time. Wash off.
Sometimes, the root cause for hair loss is stress. Meditation can help to both reduce stress and restore your hormonal balance. Practicing meditation can also help you in other aspects of your life. Meditating is simply being aware instead of thinking, it helps you become a watcher of your own thoughts. Meditation helps in emotional and physical well-being and balances the immune system, which have a positive effect on the hair. Herbs like chamomile and Tulsi have been known to soothe your fraught nerves.
As mentioned before, the hair is mostly made of protein. Even more, next to water, the human body is mostly protein. As long as your digestive system is functioning and you are eating a diet of whole foods (like a Paleo diet) then chances are, you are getting enough protein.
However, just in case you are not getting usable protein, consider these options as great sources of protein: grass-fed beef, wild game, wild-caught coldwater fish such as salmon, eggs, green leafy vegetable, sprouts and sprouted nuts/seedsand seaweeds.