16 . October . 2020 BY Dr. Sharmishtha Deshpande

Hair Fall is the most common issue faced by every one of us, lowering our self-confidence each day. But the fact is losing about 80-100 strands a day is considered normal because hair is made of a protein called keratin produced in the hair follicles. When these hair follicles produce new cells, they push the old cells out through the skin at a rate of 6 inches/year. So, the hair we see is nothing but a dead string of Keratin cells.

90% of our hairs are usually in the growth stage, and each hair follicle has its life-cycle. According to some latest studies, 60% of men will start losing their hair at the age of 35. Whereas, 85% of the population will suffer Hair Loss by the age of 50, including women making up about half of it.

Causes of Hair Fall

Our ancestors used to consider Hair Loss as a sign of ageing, but depending on our current lifestyle, many other factors contribute to hair breakage. Here’s a list of some factors that can trigger Hair Fall.

  • Genes – Hair Loss due to genes is known as androgenetic alopecia and is the most common nowadays. The genes of the parents here play an important role and may pass on their hair-loss to you if they too have suffered it.
  • Hormones – Abnormal hormone levels affect the growth cycle of hair and lead to increased Hair Fall, which occurs during pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, hypo or hyperthyroid or due to use birth control pills. Fluctuating hormone level causes Hair thinning.
  • Improper Diet – A diet lacking essential nutrients like iron, copper, zinc and proteins etc. can also cause temporary Hair Loss.
  • Medications – Several medicines like chemotherapeutic drugs, antidepressants, arthritis and high blood pressure drugs can also lead to Hair Loss. Even radiation therapy used in the treatment of cancer can cause temporary Hair Loss.
  • Stress – Any stress, whether it’s personal or professional or of Hair Loss itself, can strip off essential nutrients that make hair weaker.
  • Hairstyling – Hair straightening, curling and various other procedures like bleaching, colouring and perming lead to hair breakage.
  • Pollution – Environmental pollution, including dust particles, also affects hair proteins leading to premature greying and Hair Loss.
  • Lifestyle Habits – Inadequate sleep, excessive sun exposure and smoking too cause hair-fall.

How to stop Hair Fall?

Hair Fall exceeding the said limit can be troublesome as it affects our self-esteem and confidence. Thus, it is crucial to start controlling Hair Fall when diagnosed. Because Hair Fall is a slow process and you have ample time to find the root cause and reserve your beauty.

Here are some easy-peasy natural remedies that can work wonders giving you super lustrous shiny, healthy tree-locks.

  1. Aloe-vera Pulp – You can trust blindly on aloe-vera for Hair Fall. It also boosts hair growth by penetrating deep into the scalp, improves scalp health by restoring its natural pH level and also reduces scalp problems like itching and flaking. Aloe-vera can also be used in the treatment of Dandruff.Aloe VeraWhat do you need to do?
    • Extract the pulp from a stalk of Aloe-vera.
    • Leave it for about 45 minutes after applying to your hair and scalp.
    • Rinse with cold water.
    • Finish off with mild shampoo and conditioner.
    • Weekly repeat it twice or thrice for better results.
  2. Onion Juice – Onion juice extracted from its peels is one of the oldest and effective remedies for hair growth. It has bundles of nutrients like Sulphur, Vitamin E, C and B complex. The antibacterial properties fight scalp infections, whereas the sulphur content boosts collagen production and improves blood circulation to the follicles. Onion juice not only controls Hair Fall but also adds shine and body to hair.
    onionWhat do you need to do?

    • Grind some peels of onion and squeeze out the juice
    • Apply the juice all over your scalp with a cotton ball
    • Leave for 10-20 mins and wash off with cold water.
    • Finish off with mild shampoo and conditioner
    • Repeat this once a week for healthy shiny hair
  3. Beetroot  – It is a rich source of essential nutrients like vitamins C and B6, folate, manganese, betaine and potassium required for healthy hair growth. It also has a detoxifying property to keep the scalp clean.
    Beet RootWhat do you need to do?

    • Take 7-8 beetroot leaves and put to boil in 2 cups of water until half of the quantity.
    • Once the mixture is cool, grind it and add 2-3 spoons of organic Heena.
    • Leave for 15-20 minutes on your scalp.
    • Wash with normal water, followed by mild shampoo and conditioner.
    • Repeat this thrice a week for good results.
  4. Fenugreek Seeds – Fenugreek seeds otherwise known as methi seeds are a great source of proteins and nicotinic acid. It also strengthens the hair shaft, repairs damaged hair follicles which further helps its re-growth. It makes hair healthier, shinier and longer and deeply nourishes scalp.
    fenugreekWhat do you need to do?

    • Take overnight soaked Fenugreek seeds.
    • The following morning grind it to a fine paste and apply it to your hair and scalp.
    • Leave it for 30-40 minutes and cover scalp with a shower cap to keep it moist.
    • Wash off with normal water followed by mild shampoo and conditioner
    • Weekly repeat it twice or thrice for better results.
  5. Licorice Root – This herb alleviates dry, irritated and dull scalp. It also opens clogged pores and strengthens weak follicles. To get rid of dry flakes and dandruff licorice root is the best remedy to opt for.
    LicoriceWhat do you need to do?

    • Make a paste of one tablespoon of ground licorice root and a quarter teaspoon saffron in one cup milk.
    • Leave it overnight after applying to your scalp and hair length.
    • Rinse with normal water, mild shampoo and conditioner the next morning.
    • Weekly repeat it twice for better results.

 

10 Tips for healthy locks :

Ten tips for healthy locks

Conclusion/Takeaway :

Hair is our “crowning glory” and a direct expression of our personality. So, just like the majority, if you want a bright personality with long healthy locks, try these natural home remedies. But always remember natural treatments take time to show better results; all you need to be is patient and consistent. Apart from this, keep a check on stress levels and diet as they play a significant role in hair growth.

Talk to a trichologist if these natural methods don’t work for you.

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