Watching your hair thin out can be extremely painful. Brushing and running your hands through your hair become things that you start to dread. Not to mention the amount of added stress that comes with hair fall. But, don’t give in yet! There are still things you can do to stop and reverse hair fall.
Hair fall can be caused by a myriad of factors like unhealthy lifestyles, nutritional deficiencies, allergies, hormonal imbalances, poor hair care, and genetics. And so, there are also a plethora of modern treatments and techniques available that promise to help reverse it. But did you know that using ingredients from your kitchen could also fix the problem? Following is a list of natural home remedies and tips to treat hair thinning.
Good Hair Care Routine
A good hair care routine is a must if you want to control hair loss and promote hair growth.
For instance, you need to regularly wash your hair gently but with a good shampoo. But over-washing can be bad for your hair’s health. Too much shampooing can suck the natural moisture out of your hair and dry it out, causing breakage and hair loss.
Also, do not use hot water to wash your hair. Use lukewarm or cool water.
After washing, do not use a blow dryer to dry your hair. The heat from the dryer strips the serum from your hair, making it look dry and dull.
Regular Scalp Massage
Perhaps the most inexpensive method to control hair loss is a scalp massage.
A proper hair and scalp massage with oil increases blood flow to the hair follicles, conditions the scalp and enhances the strength of your hair’s roots. It will also promote relaxation and reduce feelings of stress, a common reason behind hair loss.
Aloe vera is an effective remedy to deal with different types of hair problems, including hair loss.
It helps cleanse pores and balance the pH level of the scalp, which are important for stimulating hair growth. In fact, the proteolitic enzymes in aloe vera will remove dead skin cells from the scalp, so that they don’t clog the hair follicles.
Aloe vera also has the incredible ability to increase blood circulation to an area. Plus, it contains vitamins A, C and E that contribute to cell turnover, promoting healthy cell growth and shiny hair.
Coconut has several benefits for your hair. Not only does it promote hair growth, it also conditions it.
Coconut contains fatty acids that penetrate the hair shafts and reduce protein loss from your hair, which is important for healthy and strong hair. It also has minerals and proteins that reduce hair breakage.
A 2003 study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science found that coconut oil, being a triglyceride of lauric acid (principal fatty acid), has a high affinity for hair proteins and, because of its low molecular weight and straight linear chain, is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft.
Onion juice has a high sulfur content, which promotes blood circulation in the scalp. Poor circulation of blood and oxygen causes death of scalp cells, which leads to hair loss. Therefore, applying onion juice on your hair and scalp, stops hair loss and promotes regeneration of hair follicles. The sulfur also promotes collagen formation, which translates to hair regrowth. Onion juice also possesses antibacterial properties, which kill germs on the scalp that may be responsible for your hair loss. You are bound to see significant change in your hair after applying the juice once a week for a few minutes each time before rinsing with a mild shampoo. The strong onion smell goes away after rinsing.
People all over the world apply egg masks. It is one of the oldest natural remedies for treating breaking hair and hair loss. This is because of the restorative properties of the egg white, it has high nutrient content. With high levels of iodine, selenium, phosphorous, iron, sulfur and zinc, the egg white replenishes lost hair with shiny, softer and healthier hair. Making your own egg mask in the comfort of your home is very easy.
*Hair tends to be the most damaged near the tips and a good trim every six to eight weeks will take care of that.
*Stress is one of the root causes for a lot of health problems, including hair loss. Try to control stress through yoga and meditation as much as possible.
*Smoking reduces circulation, and this includes blood flow to the scalp, so it is time to quit smoking.
*Drinking alcohol and caffeine in excess can hamper the immune system and cause further hair to fall out. So, break those bad habits.
*Staying hydrated is crucial for tissue growth and the health of your hair.
*Exercise regularly, as it allows sweat to clean out and unclog your hair pores.
*Avoid medications and supplements that could cause hair loss.
*Protect your hair from sunlight and other sources of ultraviolet light.
Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet is a vital part of ensuring that your hair is growing out healthy. A lot of the time hair fall is directly related to a vitamin or mineral deficiency. Here’s a list of foods that you should include in your diet if you are trying to curb hair fall:
*Nuts and Seeds