Hair loss has been one of the most persistent problems throughout the ages and it still continues to be so.
On average, a human scalp holds about 100,000 hairs and all of which are in different stages of growth. Our scalp loses about 50 to 100 hairs daily, which is considered as normal hair fall, and most of these lost hairs grow back again.
When you have excessive hair fall beyond this normal range, it raises a red flag. Scientifically, there are many reasons as to why you might be having excess hair loss, this include:
- Hormone imbalance
- Stress and depression
- Use of hair dyes
- Mistreatment of hair
- and many more…
Stress and anxiety constrict the blood vessels that reach the scalp, this prevents the hair roots from receiving enough nourishment, and becomes thin or fall out. This is believed to be one of the main reasons for “male pattern baldness” in many women.
Patchy hair loss could be a sign of an underlying health condition or a disease, so it needs to properly diagnosed by a physician. However, most cases of patchy hair loss are due to stress and psychological issues.
Hair loss that is contributed due to diabetes or any other diseases usually corrects itself once the health condition improves.
Consume Protein Rich Foods
Your hair is composed of almost entirely of protein. Many hair experts and hair specialists recommend consuming foods such as fish, eggs, cheese, milk, and other food items that are rich in protein in your regular diet to combat hair loss.
Other foods that are believed to be helpful in countering hair fall problem are asparagus, barley, cabbage, celery, figs, lettuce, oats, onion, rutabaga, spinach, strawberries, tomatoes, turnips, wheat germ.
Try this mixed vegetable juices
Make a juice out of carrot, cucumber, lettuce, and spinach by adding water, and drink this juice every day to increase hair growth.
A juice of alfalfa and beetroot is another popular juice recipe that is believed to reduce hair loss.
Avoid these foods
Some studies suggest that too much intake of carbs and animals impact the normal functioning of sebaceous glands and this potentially inhibits the growth of new hairs in the scalp.
Some Scandinavian Doctors believe consuming excessive levels of salts or sodium is a major reason behind baldness. Our salt intake is not just limited to the shakers. Salt is present in all processed and prepackaged food items. Try to limit your intake of processed foods as much as possible.
Regular use of tobacco can constrict the blood vessels and this can deprive the level of nutrients reaching your hair. This means smoking and other habits that involve tobacco use must be avoided to reduce your hair loss.
Brush Your Hair Gently
Brush your hair gently for three to five minutes each day. Make sure you are making use of a hairbrush that has natural bristles. Hairbrushes with artificial bristles are fine but they need to be gentle on your scalp.
Brushing your hair regularly will stimulate the blood flow to your scalp thereby increases the amount of nourishment it gets. This helps to reduce hair loss and to strengthen your existing hair.
Massage Your Scalp With Coconut oil
Apply enough portion of coconut oil to your scalp and gently massage your scalp in a circular motion for 10 to 15 minutes before going to sleep. Wash your hair the next morning using a gentle shampoo.
Repeat this every day for three to four months to notice results.
Dilute your shampoo
Most hair specialists agree that many of the commercially available shampoos are too harsh for your hair and scalp. Best way to reduce the risk is by diluting the shampoo before applying it to your scalp and hair. The ratio should be 1:1.
Aloe vera gel
Aloe vera gel works by dilating and relaxing the blood vessels that are reaching your hair roots. This ensures enough blood flow to your scalp, resulting in reduced hair loss.
Gently rub freshly extracted aloe vera gel to your scalp and leave it overnight. Rinse it the next morning using cool water.
For some reason, if you cannot get hold of fresh aloe vera gel, you can use the commercially available gels that are easily available in most food stores.
Apple cider vinegar
Add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water, mix it well, and drink this mixture after every meal. This drink is believed to restore your lost hair in the long run.
If your hair falls out in patches, then dip your toothbrush in apple cider vinegar and brush the naked scalp two to three times a day. Make sure the bristles in your toothbrush are of a soft type. Vinegar is known to stimulate regrowth of hair in the areas where it has disappeared completely.
Cayenne pepper powder
This might sound funny but cayenne pepper is a traditional folk remedy to rekindle hair growth in the areas of the scalp that has lost its hair density. Rub some ground cayenne pepper powder to the balding areas of the scalp, leave it on for 10 minutes and rinse using cool water.
Mild salt solution
Fill up a plastic tub with a generous opening on top, fill it with cool water and some salt to it. Mix the salt thoroughly and immerse your hair in the water for a few minutes each morning and night.
Dry your hair thoroughly using the clean cotton towel and brush it to produce a warm glow.
Like mentioned before, eggs are a rich source of protein and Doctors recommend eating at least one egg a day if you suffer from hair loss problem.
To increase the strength of your scalp and hair follicles, whisk egg whites with a little shampoo and apply this mixture to your scalp and hair. Cover the hair using a towel or a shower cap and leave it on for about 20 minutes before shampoo washing it using cool water.
Slice a clove of big chunky garlic and rub it over the balding spots three times daily. A study found out that applying garlic to bald areas three times a day induced hair regrowth within a few weeks time.
Consume at least four tablespoons of honey every day with or after each meal to reduce your hair loss. But this remedy is not recommended for diabetes patients or for those with low blood sugar.
Jojoba oil is believed to stimulate hair growth and reduce hair fall. It is a popular folk remedy for hair loss. Rub some jojoba oil each night to your scalp and wash it off in the morning using cool water.
Onion juice is a popular folk remedy for hair loss and baldness. Apply freshly extracted onion juice to the balding spots on your scalp, leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse it off using cool water.