Loss of hair is something that happens very commonly throughout the day.
It is possible for at least 50-100 hair strands to fall out daily, without affecting the strength of one’s mane.
However, this becomes an area of concern if the hair falls from roots, and exceeds this limit, by falling out in bunches.
This leads to the hair follicles getting damaged, promoting alopecia, a severe condition characterized by loss of hair strands in bunches, patchy scalp and white bulb-like projections at the hair ends.
It usually affects people in their mid age.
Although, the exact cause of hair loss cannot be identified in this case, its usually said to happen due to lifestyle changes, hormonal disorders, increased stress and diet irregularities.
Along with these factors, there exist few degenerative conditions that aid in the hair loss like psoriasis and scalp infection.
Also, dandruff might cause hair fall if left untreated for prolonged periods.
If hair fall is not controlled in early stages, with time it might lead to thinning of hair, easy breakage, even baldness in extreme cases.
It’s necessary thus, to consult with a physician in case one is observing any of these symptoms, for a hair fall treatment.
Getting to the Roots: Causes of Hair Loss
Hair makes an important part of our personality, and contributes to a great extent in one’s looks.
Hair health depends on mainly two factors, namely internal and external.
Sudden changes in climatic conditions, a rigorous weight loss diet and even increased stress might be a huge contributing factor for hair loss. Few other factors promoting hair loss include:
Chemical products: The colorful and heavily scented shampoos, chemical laden hair gels & various hair devices are the biggest enemies of hair health, which don’t leave a scope for hair fall control.
Pollution and sun exposure: Prolonged periods of sun exposure does a great harm to the hair, especially when the air outside is so polluted. Tight bands to keep hair secured in place can be termed as a culprit too.
Scalp infection: Conditions like increased dandruff in the scalp, or a ringworm infestation might also contribute to hair loss, by taking away their strength, moisture and nutrition.
Chronic disorders: Various chronic disorders, either hereditary in nature or resulting from lifestyle changes might lead to an increase in hair loss and decreased hair fall control. These include hypertension, lupus, thyroid dysfunction, heart disorders, arthritis etc.
All these above factors cause hair loss which is mainly temporary in nature, and can be usually cured by medications, therapies or changes in diet.
There also exists male and female balding phenomenon which is more or less permanent in nature.
Ayurveda comes to the rescue in these cases, helping in reversal of the untimely death of hair follicles and growth of new hair follicles.
An Ayurvedic treatment for hair fall is the solution for all kinds of hair problems.
What are the treatment options for hair loss?
The ideal hair fall solution begins after the identification of the root cause(s) of your problem.
The first step might be to consult a dermatologist for the same, who would run a complete physical examination and blood test to find out if there is an infection, autoimmune reaction or chronic disorder in the body.
If the loss of hair is due to external factors like diet irregularities, climatic conditions, change in weather etc, the basic home remedies for dandruff and hair fall would be sufficient.
However, if the hair loss is due to hereditary conditions like balding, medications need to be taken, or in some cases, specialized surgeries might need to be performed.
Medications like Minoxidil or finasteride constitute some commonly used drugs to promote hair growth. They can be consumed as tablets or applied topically. However, they might bring about adverse effects for men in the long run.
Scalp reduction surgery: it is a complex surgical procedure involving replacement of bald scalp portions with hair follicle patches. It's an expensive procedure having a low success rate, hence is less preferred.
Corticosteroids: Chemical hormone supplements that slow down premature ageing of the follicles by controlling the overactive WBCs. They are easy to use but might pose severe health risks.
Hair transplant surgery: A very common and popular alternative to medications for hair loss. It includes skin grafting over the bald patches for promotion of hair growth. Needs to be done multiple times so that the complete scalp is covered.
Ayurvedic treatment for hair loss and regrowth: A safe and easy method involving various healthy modifications to the lifestyle and diet. Also uses potent Ayurvedic herbs that nourish and rejuvenate the scalp.
Ayurvedic remedies provide cost effective solutions and easy-to-apply techniques in the day to day life.
It promotes regeneration of hair follicles, irrigates the scalp and strengthens weak hair strands, hence, working as the complete and best hair fall treatment for all genders.
Natural Remedies to Control Hair Fall
There is no complete cure for Alopecia, however, it is possible to promote hair health, and reduce the pace of hair loss by using natural remedies for hair fall. Few of these remedies include:
Massage: Oil massage is an age old hair fall remedy. Oils like rosemary, germanium and coconut promote hair growth. They work even better if they’re mildly warm during application.
Application of Juices: Freshly extracted onion, garlic or ginger juice promotes hair growth as well, if massaged directly into the scalp.
Change the products: If the hair care essentials don’t suit one’s scalp it can result in hair loss. Checking the ingredient list may help to find out which product is least likely to suit your scalp. In general, products with aloe vera and neem should be preferred.
Green tea rub: It is rich in natural antioxidants. Take two green tea bags in a cup of water and brew. After the mixture has cooled down, apply it directly onto the roots, leave for an hour or so and wash off. Regular application of this solution will help strengthen the hair follicles and minimize hair loss.
Honey-curd paste: Honey provides moisture to the hair while curd helps cure dandruff. Two teaspoons of both honey and lemon juice should be mixed in four teaspoons of curd. Apply the mixture on the roots and hair, keep it on for 30 minutes and then wash off.
Henna: Best recommended natural remedies for hair fall, itching and redness of the scalp. It should be used on a weekly basis for best results.
Hair R-Growth: The Ayurvedic Possibilities
Hair grows from the tiny follicles in the roots called follicles.
They are responsible for the overall hair health, growth and nourishment.
If these follicles are damaged, dead or remain inactive for long periods, it might lead to hair fall.
Only healthy follicles can grow hair, therefore strengthening of hair follicles is important.
Ayurveda has many remedies for hair thinning and breakage, such as:
Brahmi: This remedy for hair strength has been used since ages. It soothes and provides nourishment to the hair follicles. Can be consumed in powder form, or tablets.
Ashwagandha: Has numerous benefits ranging from protein synthesis in the hair to smoothening of damaged hair. It helps to maintain the overall hair health. Taking 1-2 tablets of Ashwagandha daily helps in reducing hair thinning and breakage.
Aloe vera gel: A common household remedy for cooling the scalp. Aloe vera gel can be applied on the scalp 30 minutes prior to taking a shower to soothe irritated scalp and uproot dandruff.
Bhringaraj: Improves hair strength by providing nourishment to the roots, and creates a protective coating on the hair. Mix equal parts of Bhringaraj powder and water. Apply directly on the scalp, leave it for about an hour or so and then wash with warm water.
Amla juice: It is rich in vitamin C, a magical elixir for hair growth and health. It keeps all hair issues away. It can either be mixed in oil or consumed directly as juice/tablets.
Identifying the Links of Depression and Hair Loss
Depression can significantly contribute to degradation of cognitive and brain brain functions.
Thereby, it may generate hormonal imbalances which trigger hair thinning, dryness and scalp inflammation.
Hair fall due to this cause can be reversed by following few home remedies for hair fall and re growth:
Practicing good hair hygiene is essential to promote hair growth. Regular washing of hair every 3-4 days is recommended. They shouldn’t be tied too tightly so as to ease the blood flow and avoid follicular damage.
Being exposed to pollution and too much sun heat should be avoided as they may contribute to hair damage.
Consumption of brahmi works wonders for hair fall and regrowth. It boosts mental health and also regularizes brain functions.
1-2 tablets should be consumed daily for best results.
Fact and Fiction About Hair Loss Through Stress
Mental strain takes a toll on both physical wellbeing and emotional health.
As they deteriorate, the hair health also suffers due to lack of nutrition, temperature fluctuations and hormonal disturbances.
Excessive stress leads to three kinds of hair issues, namely:
Trichotillomania: A condition in which there is an urge to pull out hair strands when one is under a lot of tension or anxiety. Much likely to turn into a disorder if not treated in time.
Telogen Effluvium: A condition in which hair stops growing due to shrinkage of hair follicles.
Alopecia aerata: A condition in which the immune cells become overactive and start attacking the hair follicles.
How-so-ever problematic these conditions may sound, all of them can be reversed with the ayurvedic treatment for hair loss.
Hair Loss: How Much is Normal?
It is absolutely fine for some hair strands to fall off during daily basis as you comb, wash or brush.
At least 50-100 strands of hair fall out on their own every day and they are readily replaced by new hair strands.
This number, however, tends to vary as per differences in the conditions of our lifestyle.
For example, changes in climatic conditions, or hair washing using a hard shampoo, may make you lose upto 200 strands in one go.
Post pregnancy too, the hair fall increases to a great extent as a result of hormonal changes. In this case about 300-400 strands of hair fall out daily.
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