Natural Remedies for Hair Loss
Did you know a normal adult head has about 100,000 hairs, with an expected hair loss of 50 to 100 strands every day! However, with our modern day use of synthetic hair products combined with everyday teasing and hair abuse, it is quite common to see men and women losing hair at a very young age.
Reasons for Hair Loss
- 1. Hereditary condition such as male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness is a common genetic factor.
- 2. Certain sex hormones could trigger permanent hair loss in men, starting right after puberty. Same way, women experience hair loss during pregnancy, childbirth or during menopause.
- 3. Medical conditions such as thyroid problems, alopecia areata, scalp infections and certain skin disorders such as lichen planus and certain kinds of lupus can result in permanent hair loss.
- 4. Medications used to treat cancer, arthritis, depression, heart problems and high blood pressure could also cause hair loss.
- 5. Emotional and Physical stress could be a major cause for hair loss. It may also make you to literally pull your hair. However if stress is the cause, your hair might grow back if it is dealt well.
- 6. Dandruff: Dandruff is a fungal infection aggravated by dry skin, extreme weather, excessive use of hair products and poor personal hygiene, and this could also lead to hair loss.
Natural Remedies for Hair Loss:
- 1. Onions are rich sources of sulphur that increases the production of collagen, which has a positive impact on hair growth. Rubbing a slice of purple onion or putting a few drops of onion juice in the balding area is effective.
- 2. Coconut oil has traditionally been used to condition and maintain hair. Massage the scalp with a few drops of coconut oil and wash it the next day with a mild shampoo.
- 3. Blending hibiscus petals and goose berries in coconut oil helps to grow and strengthen your hair. To do this - boil red hibiscus petals, goose berries and fenugreek seeds in coconut oil for a few minutes, wait for a day or until the essence soaks in – i.e. till the oil turns red in color, filter and start using a few drops on the scalp every day. Goose berries (Amla) are rich sources of Vitamin C and anti-oxidants that may be consumed raw.
- 4. Henna, considered a natural conditioner and a color enhancer is very effective to strengthen your hair. Mix one cup of henna with half a cup of plain yogurt, and apply on your hair until dry. Wash it away with a mild shampoo to keep your hair strong and healthy. If you do not want the reddish tinge on your hair, do not use this.
- 5. Diets and supplements: Women lose a lot of iron during menstruation and that could be a major reason for hair loss. In which case an intake of iron rich diets and iron supplements will help control hair loss.
Hair loss becomes an issue when it affects your self-esteem and social image. Finding natural remedies through diet and treatment is the best way to deal with it.