Hair is the most attractive physical feature of our body. It complements the beauty of our face, built and physique. And, if we start losing it, its time to go ga-ga over it.
Hair enhances the beauty of a person and adds on to the natural appeal, but it’s always scary to see any of our hair falling out. Horror fills us if the speed of our hair fall keeps on increasing.
Since human development and nutrition was something I studied in university, let me give you a headway to 21 natural tips on ‘How to Control Hair Fall.’
But before all this, I think it would make complete sense to discuss the reasons which result in hair fall.
What Causes Hair Fall?
There are many causes of hair-fall and the most common ones are stress, undernutrition, the buildup of oil, dandruff, inadequate cleansing of hair, pregnancy, hair coloring, and other unhygienic hair treatments (straightening, re-bonding, smoothening, etc.).Male pattern baldness is another major cause of hair loss.
Saying this, these are not only causes of hair fall. Sometimes there are some more serious causes that may be connected to a much bigger problem in our system. The causes may include:
- Physical Trauma
- Hypothyroidism/ Hyperthyroidism
- Underactive Pituitary Gland
- Alopecia Areata
- Lichen Planus
- Hodgkin’s Disease
- Hashimoto’s Disease
- Addison’s Disease
So, I would say that it takes a medical expert to determine your reason for hair fall. Naturally, once the reason for the hair fall is zeroed on, you are good at knowing the major natural ways on how to control hair fall.
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Routine Habits Which Control Hair Fall?
There are several remedies with which you can control hair fall. If the damage is minor then applying home-made remedies and improving lifestyle will work. And yes, taking good care of your hair regularly can repair the damage and make hair stronger than ever.
Here are some treatments that have been proven to be effective in controlling hair fall:
Washing Hair Regularly Using a Mild Shampoo
Washing your hair regularly prevents dandruff and infections and keeps the hair and scalp clean. The dirt and oil buildup in the hair caused by pollutants spoil the hair making it dirty and oily, hence use sulfate-free shampoos which are mild on the hair for removing the dirt. Using shampoos containing sulfate causes also causes grave damage to our scalp and roots weakening it hence causing hair loss.
Natural Supplements for Hair
Hair needs nourishment inside and outside, washing the hair and oiling it isn’t enough to keep it healthy, there are certain vitamins which are good for your hair such as Vitamin A that ensures a healthy production of sebum in the scalp, also Vitamin E is beneficial for a good blood circulation in the scalp that helps hair follicles to remain productive and lastly, Vitamin B helps hair maintain its healthy natural color.
Oil Massage Regularly
Coconut oil contains antimicrobial and antioxidants properties that help fight scalp infections and makes hair stronger. It helps the hair follicles remain active and stronger. You can also use olive, amla, lavender in an almond or sesame oil instead of coconut oil for similar results.
Take a Healthy Diet
Eat meats, fish, soy or other protein products to keep hair healthy and which will help in controlling hair loss. Proteins are the most important supplement needed for suitable hair growth and thickness.
Drink Lots of Water
The structure of our hair consists of one-quarter water so it’s utterly important to drink at least four to eight glasses of water in a day to stay hydrated and for the healthy growth of our hair.
Engage in Physical Activities
Physical activities should be a part of our everyday routine not just to enhance hair growth but also to balance our overall health and fitness. You must walk, swim or ride a cycle for 30 minutes a day. This helps balance hormonal levels, reducing stress levels besides reducing hair fall. When our overall fitness level is balanced it shows mostly on our hair and skin.
Avoid Brushing Wet Hair
Hair is the most vulnerable and weak when it is wet, so always refrain from brushing it at that time because wet hair breaks off easily. Still, if there is an utmost need to comb or brush your hair while it’s wet then always use a very wide-toothed comb. Also, avoid brushing too much and use your fingers to undo tangles.
Avoid Using Artificial Heat
By artificial heat I mean avoid the use of Hair Dryers and Straighteners, these may seem easy to use and will dry hair quickly but the degree of heat that is emitted by these appliances is very harmful to the roots and the scalp. Let the hair dry naturally, in due course of time it is a much healthier choice.
Keep Hair Covered in Extreme Conditions
Like it is mentioned above too much heat is harmful to the hair similarly too much cold is harmful too. In extreme weather, like too much heat or cold, it’s better to cover your hair with a scarf or a cap to avoid exposure to extreme climate which can weaken hair proteins and damage the roots and cause hair fall.
Avoid all Forms of Stress
In today’s world, one of the most common causes of hair fall is Stress, it has not only weakened the scalp but also other parts of the body severely. Stress is a common cause for most of today’s health issues and it needs to be curbed at any cost, de-stressing is very important nowadays and the best way to do it is by practicing meditation. These alternative therapies such as meditation and yoga not only reduce stress but restores hormonal balance.
Other Activities to Curb Hair Loss
Apart from these exercising, taking some load off work, vacationing with friends and family, developing hobbies, music therapies and even reading have been proved to reduce stress levels to a significant amount. It’s important to understand which part of our lives is more important and giving more time to it before it’s too late.
Natural Tips To Control Hair Loss
The above-mentioned habits can be useful before the damage is done and after the damage has been subdued but what are these habits worth when the problem is still running loose. Here are some natural cures that have been proven to be not only the best solutions for hair loss but also induce hair growth and bring back shine, volume, and bounce.
Here are some certified natural remedies that have been effective for treating hair fall:
Aloe Vera is the best natural cure for hair fall and for suitable hair growth by balancing the pH levels of hair as well as the scalp. Wash your hair properly and apply the pulp from Aloe Vera leaf or the stalk directly into your hair and keep massaging in circular motions. Then leave it for about 15 minutes, and then rinse with cold water. Repeat this thrice a weak. The results will amaze you.
Amla is rich in Vitamin C and it is the most common cause of hair fall. The Amla enters the roots and strengthens the hair follicles. For best results boil it will coconut oil till it becomes black and apply it 20 minutes before washing your hair. Apart from this Retha and Shikakai have been proven to be as effective in preventing hair loss.
Neem leaves have excellent antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which help in preventing dandruff formation which results in stronger and thicker hair growth. Boil the neem leaves in water till the water level comes down to half its quantity and wait for the mixture to cool and then use as a shampoo and rinse your hair with this mixture. This ensures that the scalp becomes healthy which in turn promotes hair growth. It also helps to stimulate blood flow to the skin, nourishing the hair roots.
Egg White Mask
Egg whites are rich in protein, Vitamin B, and other essential nutrients suitable for healthy hair growth, it strengthens the roots and prevents breakage. Apply egg white directly like a hair dye and leave it for 20 mins covering it with a hair cap and let it do wonders before washing it off with a mild shampoo. For even better results the egg white can be mixed with a teaspoon of olive oil and applied to the scalp and hair and repeat it like the above process.
Lemons are rich in vitamin C and are natural astringents which means they have the ability to tighten the pores in the scalp, which helps in controlling hair fall. It is best effective for oily hair. Lemons also contain alpha-hydroxyl acids that exfoliate dead cells which results in eliminating dandruff making hair stronger and healthy. After the hair is washed pour the lemon juice and massage it properly on the scalp and hair and then wash off again, it will remove every bit of pollutant in the hair.
Henna has been proven to be an effective natural conditioner for hair. It has a cooling effect and keeps the scalp cool which in turn prevents roughness and dryness of the scalp and hair. It is best used with mustard oil for better and enhanced effects whether using henna leaves or in powdered form.
Onion is usually used when hair is under massive infection as it contains Sulphur which is known to fight scalp infections and helps in blood circulation to the hair follicles which results in improving hair growth and in controlling hair loss. Onion is most commonly used directly by extracting the juice and dipping a cotton ball in it and applying it all over the scalp. Leave it for 20-30 minutes. You can then rinse it off using a mild shampoo. Follow this routine once a week and then see the difference.
Honey, Olive Oil, Cinnamon
This is a hair pack that moisturizes your hair while stimulating the scalp which in turn will encourage growth and thickness. Apply it once a week in the form of a hair a pack. This pack is considered to be the best hair fall solution. These natural ingredients are rich and become the perfect anti-hair fall treatment you need. It moisturizes hair and soothes the scalp inducing and encouraging growth effects. This makes hair thick and smooth and full of luster, shine, and bounce.
Fenugreek seeds or Meethi Seeds (Meethi Dana) are some of the most useful natural products with multiple uses, apart from curing hair fall it is also an effective medicine for treating diabetes. As far as controlling hair fall is concerned, it works wonders by not only curbing hair fall but also repairing hair follicles resulting in long, strong and shiny hair. The thing to remember here is to soak the seeds overnight to soften them and then apply them in a paste form from roots to the tips leaving it for 40 mins and then washing it off with cold water.
Beetroot comprises of potassium, protein, and Vitamins B and C, all of which are important for healthy hair growth. These vitamins are essential in protecting hair from damage, repairing it and energizing the roots to produce stronger and thicker hair. When mixed with Henna it creates the most beautiful hair texture making it as smoother as thick and strong it is.
Greek yogurt is known as a natural hair conditioner. It is rich in proteins and Vitamin B5 which are very constructive for your hair and also contain probiotics that have been proven to make the hair grow healthier. It is most useful when mixed with honey and (or) lemon, nothing smoothens hair better than a mixture of 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt with 1 tablespoon of lemon and honey. Apply this pack to your scalp, leave it on for about half an hour, and then rinse thoroughly with cold water. Repeat this procedure once a week for amazing results.
Over to You
Remember these tips and routine habits go hand in hand, the treatments don’t remain effective unless you maintain a consistent routine and follow a healthy lifestyle. It’s always better to follow precautions than treatments so live a healthy life and follow a fit routine so that there is no need to find solutions for problems like hair loss.
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Mir Saeid is the Growth Hacker of Kashmirica, a brand that is poised to ‘Bring Exclusives from Kashmir to You’. An enthusiastic cultural entrepreneur, he is driven by a passion to bring about a social impact. He has a Masters in International Business from the University of Bedfordshire and has worked in leading Marketing positions at various SMEs and Startups for 8+ years.
A polyglot who English, Arabic, Urdu & Koshur, Mir loves traveling, reading, researching, and writing. And that is why he keeps writing about art, culture, life, philosophy, health, and just about everything else he knows.