Hair Fall and you

Who would want to see that precious luxurious mane on top of your head thinning away? No one! Yes, that is right. But why do we have hair fall problem? The causes are so abundant and the major reason boils down to stress. So, this week, lets take a “cool” look at all that you need to know about hair fall, preventing them and treating them successfully.Hammasa Kohistani

Causes of Hair Fall:

  • Stress is the root cause of any problem and hair loss problem is also associated with stress.
  • Poor nutrition lacking in vitamins including deficiency in protein and iron.
  • Medical treatments can cause hair loss; this includes chemo, certain shot treatments, and radiation therapy.
  • Diabetes
  • Lupus
  • Any type of hormonal changes, ranging from PMS symptoms, menopause, overactive or under active thyroid glands, mid life crisis, and plenty of other hormone disrupting changes.
  • Infections on the scalp can cause hair loss as well.
  • Certain hair treatments and styling done in the wrong way. Use of strong chemicals in the form of hair color and straightening.

Treatment of Hair Fall:

So, now how do we treat this? There are various things you could do from home before rushing to your dermatologist.

  • Every morning, eat some white sesame seeds, because they are rich in magnesium and calcium that are essential for the growth of your hair. Or you could use these in your regular diet. I for one, fry them along with my home made sambar powder.
  • Extolling the nutritional benefits of green leafy vegetables is definitely a must. Also consume lots of fresh fruits and sprouts. Drink milk and eat yoghurt.
  • Additional supplements are yeast, wheat germ, buttermilk, whole grains, nuts, Soya and beans.
  • Moderate intake of vitamins and foods that contain sulfur, zinc, vitamin-B complex, vitamin C and essential fatty acids.
  • Avoid or decrease the consumption of alcohol.

These are some topical applications which would reduce hair fall in the initial stages.

  • Topical application of Coconut Oil to the scalp and hair prior to washing, for at least 20 minutes, prevents this protein loss in response to shampooing. All you have to do is massage it in, wait at least 20 minutes, (I personally wait an hour or so), shampoo with whatever shampoo, and rinse. No conditioner required.
  • Rinsing your hair in apple cider vinegar and sage tea stimulates the growth of the hair.
  • Licorice extracts help in preventing the hair loss.
  • Horsetail is the best source of silica, which helps to keep your hair strong and look shiny and sleek.
  • Use stinging nettle, rosemary, birch, and horsetail to massage your scalp regularly for stimulating the hair growth.
  • Tea made from burdock and marshmallow is good for dry hair.
  • It has been proven that not only does caffeine stimulate hair growth; it can also reduce hair loss and be quickly absorbed by the body through topical application. It especially is used to prevent baldness.

If nothing works, rush to your dermatologist.

Some common tips to prevent Hair Fall:

  • Use a wide mouthed comb; avoid brushes.
  • Avoid hair dryer. Let the hair air dry.
  • Avoid chemical treatments on hair; minimize hair coloring and strong reagents on hair.
  • Use baby shampoo for acute hair fall. Or use a mixture of besan, shikakai, and hibiscus (shoe flower) leaf paste for washing hair.
  • Avoid perming, straightening and other apparently styling treatments, but if unavoidable, minimize it. I know the grass is greener on the other side. Curly haired goddesses love straight hair and vice versa. But let me tell you, you are best looking in your own hair. Carry yourself and your hair with confidence and see heads turn towards you.

Love it; it will love you back!

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One Response to “Hair Fall and you”

  1. Kathika says:

    Thanks Purnima. Your post is pretty informative. But, just to add from my personal experience, there is a herb by name – Saw Palmetto which has been found extremely useful in stopping hair loss and thinning hair & also to promote hair regrowth to some extent. I used it in a topical form alongwith the ingredients mentioned by you and got immense benefit – almost bringing back my hair to my teenage years. I used the Segals Solutions brand which has a mix of all the ingredients mentioned by you and also Saw Palmetto.