Friday, May 25, 2012

Natural Home Remedies for Hair Loss


The Five Best Natural Home Remedies for Hair Fall

There are quite a few adults who are looking for some natural home remedies for hair loss. Why not; hair loss seems to be becoming a common problem among adults of all ages these days. However, the surprising thing is that hair loss is increasingly becoming more and more common even in teenagers.

Before we look at the top natural home remedies for hair loss, let's have a look at what is hair loss and what are the common causes of hair fall.

What is hair fall?

The first thing that you need to know is that hair is made of a type of protein. This protein is called keratin. Your hair has basically four parts: the shaft, the root, the follicle, and the hair bulb. The hair shaft is what you can see. The root is just below the scalp. The follicle is the part from which the hair root grows. The hair bulb is what gives your hair its color since it produces melanin. It is present at the lower end of the follicle.

If you are losing about 50 to 100 hairs a day, you have no cause to worry. Your hair will grow back in the same follicle. If you are losing more than that, then you need to find the cause and address it.

We will have a look at some wonderful natural home remedies for hair loss very soon. However, as mentioned above you will need to address the cause of hair fall as well for these home remedies to work. So, let's have a quick look at some of the causes of hair loss.

What are the causes of hair loss?

There are can be any number of causes of hair loss in both teenagers and adults. However, these are some of the most common reasons for hair loss, especially in teenagers:

Medical conditions

Hormonal imbalances due to health conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, lupus and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can be a cause of your hair loss. If you think you have a health condition, you will need to consult a doctor for the same. Similarly, pregnancy, surgical procedures and traumatic events can lead to hair loss. However, hair fall caused due to these three situations is usually temporary.

Medications

Diet pills, acne medicines, and medications for mood disorders can lead to hair loss in teenagers and adults alike. You may notice that just by stopping these medications the hair fall tends to disappear.

Alopecia areata

One of the most common reasons for hair loss and baldness is the skin disease called alopecia areata. This is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system (which is supposed to protect the body from various infections and diseases) begins to attack the body's own tissues, cells and organs. The disease damages the hair follicles and may lead to bald patches in both men and women.

Traction alopecia

If your hair is tied too tightly and for a long time, you will be putting unnecessary tension on the scalp. This will damage your hair follicles and lead to permanent baldness. This condition is referred to as traction alopecia.

Trichotillomania

If you are in the habit of pulling your hair out, you have trichotillomania. This is a psychological disorder and you will need treatment for it. Otherwise, you will end up with bald patches on your hair.

Improper Diet

If your body is not getting enough vitamins, minerals and proteins, your hair will find it difficult to survive. Iron, protein, calcium, vitamin B complex, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids are especially necessary for health hair. If you are not getting these nutrients in your food, you should consider getting some healthy hair supplements to stop hair loss. Take a look at some very useful hair supplements that can help your here. 
 
                                             


Hair treatments

These days, chemical treatments are quite commonly used to style the hair. You are coloring your hair, bleaching it, straightening it, drying it and what not. Although these treatments make your hair look gorgeous for a little while, these are not doing any good to your hair. So, if you are overdoing these, stop it immediately.

Androgenetic alopecia

The most common cause of baldness in both males and females is androgenetic alopecia. This is caused due to a combination of genetic factors and hormonal factors. Androgen is the main hormone involved in this condition.

Now that we have had a look at what is hair loss and what are its causes, let's have a look at some of the best natural home remedies for hair loss.

The Top Five Natural Home Remedies for Hair Loss

Honey, Cinnamon and Olive Oil

The combination of these three ingredients can give you a potent natural home remedy for hair loss. You can buy cinnamon powder from your nearest store or order it online. A tablespoon of honey, a teaspoon of cinnamon is what is needed here. Just add a little bit of warm olive oil to this and massage the paste into your hair. This should be left for about 15 to 30 minutes. Wash the hair with a mild shampoo. The treatment should be done on the hair at least once a week.

Fenugreek Seeds and Coconut Oil

Another very effective natural home remedy for hair fall involves fenugreek seeds. These are called methi in Hindi. Add these seeds to warm coconut oil and store it in an airtight container. Just massage the oil gently into the scalp every night before going to bed. Wash it off in the morning. Do this daily or at least once every two days and you will notice a difference.

You can also grind the fenugreek seeds and make a paste of it. Apply this paste to the scalp and the hair. Leave it on for about an hour and then wash it off with plain water. Do this once a week. It will arrest hair fall and also add shine and luster to your hair.

                                                     

Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is considered to be wonderful for nourishing the hair scalp and promoting hair growth. You can easily buy coconut milk at your nearest herbal store. Just massage the scalp gently with coconut milk. Leave it on for about an hour. Do this for about twice or thrice a week and see your hair become thick and long in no time!
                                                      
   


                                                           

Henna and Mustard Oil

Boil about 250ml of mustard oil and add about 60 gm of henna leaves to it. If you can't get your hands on henna leaves, you can use henna powder as well. This mixture should be stored in an airtight container. Massage the scalp regularly with this oil, preferably every other day. Applying it at night and washing the hair in the morning will give you thick and lustrous hair.



                                    

Homemade Shampoo for Hair Fall

It is quite possible that your chemical shampoo is not doing much good to your hair. It could actually be the cause of your hair fall. If you are not using the right type of shampoo for your hair, you will notice hair fall. The best way to combat this is to consult a hair specialist to find out which is the best shampoo for your hair.

You can also make your own shampoo by boiling 100 gm of Indian gooseberry (amla), soap nuts (reetha), and Acacia concinna (shikakai). Add these to 2 liters of water. Boil it and strain the liquid. This shampoo is known to reduce hair fall, prevent dandruff as well add shine to your hair. If you can't find the real thing, these three ingredients can also be obtained in powdered form. 


                                


What to do if none of the natural home remedies for hair loss work for you?

If nothing works, you may want to try some over-the-counter products that are safe to use. Consider taking the hair supplements mentioned above to promote the growth of strong hair by boosting the strength and immunity of your body internally. Also use hair treatment products that contain ingredients known to arrest hair loss. Here are some hair care products for hair loss that are proven to arrest hair fall. 


                                               

If nothing works, it may the right time to consult a hair care specialist or trichologist. He or she may be able to ascertain the cause behind your hair loss and prescribe the right kind of treatment for you. Keep in mind that if you have an underlying health condition, it is important for you to get treatment for it. If you don't, these natural home remedies for hair loss will not be as effective as they can be. 

Take a look at these articles to find out what else is good for your hair

The Best Supplements for Hair Fall

The Best Hair Oils for Healthy Hair

The Best Vitamins for Hair Loss

The Best Herbs for Hair Loss and Growth

 © Copyright Roohi Khan, 2012

4 comments:

  1. Hi Very nice information and ideas…..I will use only coconut oil now days I
    using Castor oil, Olive oil, Almond oil, coconut oil, and Amla oil…. Apply
    overnight and wash it off in the morning with regular shampoo. My hair is
    healthy and shiny…..natural home remedies for hair growth

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