Hair loss usually develops gradually and could affect all parts of the hair (diffuse) or could be patchy. Medically, the partial or complete loss of hair where it normally grows is called alopecia.
Normally, we lose 100 strands of hair out of the about 100,000 strands of hair on our scalp. That’s normal and they often grow back.
However, many men–and some women– tend to lose more hair especially as they grow older.
Several factors that could contribute to hair loss include; excessive smoking, emotional stress, environmental factors such as pollution; hormonal imbalance, nutritional deficiencies, scalp infections, hereditary (genetic factors), aging, using of harsh or chemically-laden hair products, radiotherapy, hairstyles that put too much tension on the hair follicles, chronic illnesses, iron-deficiency anemia, and medical conditions such as autoimmune disease and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Here are some tips and good practices, to consider, when dealing with hair loss;
- Avoid hot showers as they can damage the scalp by stripping off oils that protect the scalp.
- Increase your protein consumption as this could help curb nutritional hair loss.
- Avoid overly tight hairstyles that pull your hair follicles.
- Ensure you maintain a well-balanced diet especially with meals that are rich in vitamins D and B12.
- Cut down on your usage of hair straighteners, hair dyes, and other harsh tools and products that tend to damage your hair.
Below are home remedies and natural treatments for hair loss;
1. Hot Oil Massage
A hot oil massage enhances blood flow to the hair follicles, strengthens the hair strands, and conditions the scalp. It also provides essential nutrients resulting in a vibrant, lustrous hair. You can use oils like olive oil, castor oil, almond oil, argan oil, wheat germ oil, or coconut oil. Massage the scalp with any of these oils by applying light pressure on your fingertips. For quick results, add 3-5 drops of rosemary essential oil to the base oil. Use hot oil massage once a week.
2. White Egg Mask
Eggs are a rich source of B-vitamins and proteins which promote hair growth. Since the hair has more than 70% keratin protein, the egg protein will rebuild the damaged hair. To make the mask, mix an egg white with some olive oil and apply on the scalp. Rinse off after 15-20 minutes with a mild shampoo.
3. Green Tea
Green tea contains compounds such as zinc, chromium, selenium, and ascorbic acid which encourage hair re-growth. Green tea is also rich in polyphenols which strengthens the hair follicles. You should prepare green tea solution by putting two tea bags in hot water for 15 minutes. Then use the tea as an after-shampoo conditioner.
4. Coconut Milk
Coconut milk is loaded with folate, niacin, and potassium which help to improve the blood circulation on your scalp. What’s more, it’s rich in vitamin E which moisturizes the hair and boosts the production level of hair follicles. To make coconut milk, grate a fresh coconut and then squeeze out the milk with a cotton cloth. Then, preheat the coconut milk for 5 minutes and massage into your scalp once it has cooled down. Cover the hair with a shower cap for 45 minutes and wash off with your regular shampoo thereafter.
5. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is commonly known as the miracle herb in Ayurveda medicine. It’s extensively used in most beauty products thanks to its powerful healing properties. Furthermore, aloe vera contains proteolytic enzymes and amino acids that repair the damaged cells on the scalp to boost hair growth. The herb also supplies nutrients to the scalp and most importantly balances the pH levels of the hair. Just extract the pulp from a succulent aloe leaf and massage it on your scalp in a circular motion. Rinse with cold water after 15-20 minutes.
6. Indian Gooseberry (Amla)
Amla is a common ingredient in most hair products. It’s a rich source of vitamin C, flavonoids, gallic acid, and tannins which help to boost hair texture. When you massage your scalp with the amla paste, you nourish the hair follicles and improve blood circulation. Moreover, Amla eliminates the dry flakes from the scalp to promote hair growth. To make the paste, mix two tablespoons of Indian gooseberry pulp with one spoonful of lemon juice. Now, massage the mixture into your hair starting from the root to the end. Allow it to stay overnight and wash off with a sulfate-free shampoo in the morning.
7. Indian Lilac (Neem)
Indian lilac is a perennial herb native to South Asia. Unlike most herbs, every part including the roots, leaves, seeds, bark, and fruits has medicinal values. Neem has natural anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties that promote healthy hair growth. Furthermore, it nourishes the hair roots by stimulating blood flow to the skin. To prepare the infusion, boil neem leaves in a pot of water and let it reduce by half. Then, rinse your hair with the solution.
Apart from its culinary role in Indian households, fenugreek comes with numerous health benefits. It possesses a high amount of vitamins, folic acid, potassium, iron, and calcium. These nutrients help to treat scalp issues like hair loss, dryness and hair thinning. To make the concoction, soak fenugreek seeds in warm water for 8-10 hours and then grind them to make a paste. Spread the paste on your hair and rinse off after 30-45 minutes. When you use the paste for one month, you’ll moisturize and bring back the luster in your hair.
9. Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt contains hair-bolstering protein. It’s also rich vitamin B5 and vitamin D which aids in nourishing the hair strands. For healthy hair growth, make a paste by mixing one tablespoon of Greek yogurt with some lemon and honey. Apply the pack to your hair using a dye brush starting from the hair roots. Leave it for 30-45 minutes and then rinse with cold water. Use the pack 1-2 times a week.
10. Onion Juice
Onion juice has antibacterial properties that treat scalp infections that cause hair loss. Additionally, it contains flavonoids which help to nourish the hair follicles. Ideally, the extra nutrition minimizes thinning and breakage. Furthermore, onion has high sulfur content which aids in improving blood circulation on the follicles. Just extract fresh onion juice and apply it on the scalp. Wash off after 30 minutes and then shampoo your hair. Alternatively, mix one tsp of aloe vera gel with three tsp of onion juice and apply on the scalp. Shampoo the hair after 45 minutes.
11. Chinese Hibiscus (China Rose)
Chinese hibiscus extract is a powerful tonic for hair and scalp. It has high amounts of phosphorus, vitamin C, and riboflavin essential for hair growth. On the other hand, it promotes circulation and helps to flush out toxins. For best results, prepare a paste by crushing hibiscus flowers and then mix with some coconut oil. Apply on the scalp and rinse off after 20 minutes. Apply the paste 2-3 times a week for one month.
Beetroot contains proteins, carbohydrates, calcium, phosphorus, and B-vitamins which are essential for hair growth. Simply grind some beetroot leaves and apply the paste on your hair starting from the root to the scalp. Then, rinse with cold water after 15-20 minutes.
Flaxseeds are packed with nutrients like magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, and omega 3 fatty acids which prevent hair loss. Besides that, they boost blood circulation, nourish the hair follicles, and keep the hair conditioned. To combat hair loss, take a half tablespoon of flaxseeds with a glass of water every morning. You can also add flaxseeds to your smoothies, soups, and salads. Alternatively, apply flaxseed oil on your scalp to strengthen the hair.
14. Coriander Juice
Coriander is an aromatic herb characterized by wide lacy leaves. It’s full of antioxidants and vitamin C that combat hair loss. Just crush some coriander leaves and then add some water to make a paste. After that, extract the juice and apply it to your scalp using a dye brush. Shampoo the hair after 1-2 hours.
15. Lemon Juice
Lemons contain magnesium, citric acid, vitamin C, calcium, and flavonoids which stimulate re-growth of the dormant hair follicles. In addition to that, the juice helps to unclog the hair follicles and tightens the pores on the scalp. Lemons are also rich in alpha-hydroxy acids which help to eliminate dandruff and exfoliate dead cells. Just extract some lemon juice and use it to massage your scalp. Leave it for about 5-10 minutes and then rinse with cold water. Use the lemon juice in the morning once a week.
Henna balances the hair’s pH levels and promotes fast hair growth. To curb hair loss, you should mix henna with mustard oil. Prepare a hair pack by boiling dried henna leaves in 250ml of water for 10 minutes and filter with a muslin cloth. Apply the mixture on your hair and then rinse with a mild shampoo after 30 minutes.
Cinnamon contains eugenol which enhances blood circulation on the scalp. When combined with olive oil, it forms a powerful hair pack that prevents hair loss. Just mix equal amounts of cinnamon, olive oil, and honey and apply on your scalp. Use the hair pack 1-2 times a week.
18. Curry Leaves
Curry leaves are rich in antioxidants, proteins, and beta-carotene which stimulate hair growth. They also prevent the hair strands from thinning. To make hair tonic, boil some curry leaves for 15-20 minutes and apply on your scalp for 15-20 minutes. Use the concoction once a week.
19. Ginkgo Biloba
Ginkgo Biloba has proven health properties that support hair growth. It enhances hair growth by improving blood circulation on the scalp. For this remedy, you can either make an infusion and apply to your hair or take the herb in the form of supplements.
Potatoes contain hair-friendly nutrients such as niacin, potassium, vitamin C, zinc, and iron. These nutrients help to unclog the hair follicles. Some studies have confirmed that deficiency of potassium can promote hair loss. To improve hair growth, massage some potato juice on the hair follicles for 30 minutes then wash with a mild shampoo. For optimal results, use the potato juice once a week.
21. Licorice Root
Licorice root has polysaccharides and amino acids that keep the scalp moist and hydrated. The herb also strengthens the hair shaft and provides a natural shine. Along with maintaining a healthy scalp, it promotes hair growth. To make the infusion, add licorice root and saffron into a cup of milk, apply on the bald patches and wash off the following morning. Use the regimen two times a week.
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