Natural Ways to Prevent Hair Fall
27 March 2020
Hair loss, or as it’s commonly known, hair fall can be bothersome, especially when you don’t know what’s causing it. Several factors could cause hair fall including but not limited to, hereditary factors, stress, anxiety, medication, too much heat in the body, slow metabolism and an improper diet. People who are under a lot of stress often experience hair loss. 'Hormonal imbalances' is also a common cause of hair fall in men (decrease in testosterone levels) and women (decrease in estrogen levels), both. Too much heat in the body leads to deterioration of the hair follicle (hair root) and the rate at which new hair strands grow is slowed down due to slow metabolism. Due to autoimmune reactions, some people also experience hair loss in the shape of a coin at the center of their head, known as alopecia areata, where they lose hair in one or more patches (spot baldness) on their head.
A number of factors can increase your risk of hair loss, including:
- History of balding or early hair loss/greying of hair in your family
- Hormonal Imbalance
- Slow Metabolism and an Improper Diet
- Certain medication (Side effects)
- Stress and Anxiety
The hair growth cycle is divided into 3 phases - Anagen or active growth phase, Catagen and Telogen. In the anagen or active growth phase, your hair grows about 1 cm every month for 2-3 years before stabilizing and the growth rate starts to gradually slow down. The phase between after your hair growth slows down and hair fall starts is called the Catagen phase (second phase), in which the hair strand stops growing. The third and final phase of the growth cycle is the Telogen phase, also known as the resting phase, is the stage at which the hair follicle remains dormant for 2-3 months before they start falling off. Around 10-15% of the hair on one’s head is in the telogen phase at any given point in time.
An easy method to find out whether your hair fall is just your hair going through the telogen phase or something more is to pull out a few strands of hair from the back of your head. Keep it under a magnifying glass. If you see a cover or sheath on your hair then that means your hair is still in the anagen phase. If there’s a bulb at the end of the hair strand then your hair is in the telogen phase. 3-4 people or more have a bulb at the end then it’s a cause for worry and you need to start caring for your hair or in the next 4-6 months, your hair might start thinning and you may experience baldness.
In such circumstances, Ayurveda can help before your hair fall starts getting extreme. To treat hair fall from the inside, you have to have a proper diet and you should detoxify your body of the toxins that are weakening your hair and reducing its growth cycle.
Some food items you should avoid:
- Sour and acidic items like lemon, tomato and fermented food items like Idli
- Maida (refined flour)
- Leafy vegetables like palak
- Beans like rajma, chana, white beans
- Walnut, almond, pistachio
- Sesame seeds (Til), Pumpkin seeds (Kaddu ke beej)
- Corn and barley
Some food items you should incorporate in your diet:
HEALTHY NATURAL SMOOTHIE/SHAKE:
While you can incorporate the above items in your diet, here’s an easy recipe for a drink you can have every morning on an empty stomach to help you with hair fall-
- 1 pomegranate (Anar), peeled
- 20 black grapes
- 3 Fresh Indian gooseberry (Amla) or 1 tbsp of amla churan
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds
- 5 almonds
- 5 walnuts
Add some water and grind to mix all of these together. Drink this smoothie on an empty stomach every morning to have healthy hair.
Oiling your hair before washing them can drastically change the texture of your hair and can help you get shiny & smooth hair. Here’s an easy recipe, for a natural oil that you can make at home and store for later use -
- 1 tsp pure almond oil
- 2 tsp castor oil
- ½ cup pure coconut oil
- 2 tsp pure ghee
- 1 cup bottle gourd juice/lauki ka ras
- 1 cup fresh amla juice or Soak 1 tbsp amla churan in water for 30 mins and use that
- 1 tbsp maaka powder - Soak it in 1 cup of water
- 1 tbsp Brahhmi powder - Soak it in ½ cup of water for 30 mins
- In a pan, add all the ingredients.
- Boil them on medium flame till the water starts to evaporate and the consistency of the mixture starts to thicken.
- When you see no bubbles on top, turn the flame off and strain the mixture.
- Store well and keep it aside.
HOW TO USE:
Take a little amount of the natural oil and massage it in your scalp using your fingertips. Move your hand in circular motions on the front lines of your hair where marma points are located. These marma points help in increasing the circulation of blood flow to your scalp, promoting healthy hair. After some time, wash your hair with shampoo like you normally would.
Having a proper diet and using products & oils with natural ingredients will boost the overall health of your hair, to give you that vibrant look and aid in treating any abnormal hair fall issues you might have. Ayurvedic medicines like Ayushakti’s Sukesha Tablets help generate natural protein (BMP) which is essential for your hair and in regulating the hair growth cycle. You’ll experience 25% less hair fall in a month with a gradual decrease in hair loss every month.