Everyone of us love our hair. I love my natural locks because my unpredictable, stubborn and unruly curls are the first reflection of my often stubborn but free-spirited nature.
I am sure even you treasure your locks as much as I do. Infact who doesn’t among us? But then again, our fast paced lifestyle and stressful jobs has left us little or no time to take care of our locks or give the required time to it.
The end result of not being able to care for your hair? Hair fall, hair thinning, dandruff and split ends has taken their toll un-noticed to many of us only to become a major problem later on.
Given our daily busy schedule, its often true that time is not on our side. Most of us leave for work and come back tired, we try to find time to take care of our hair only to postpone hair care later and get a little rest in the meantime or do other more important stuffs in that moment. I know it right? My story is not much different that yours.
So why wait until doomsday when umm you have no hair left? Why not do something today about your hair while you still have it? Didn’t you go through that line – a bird in hand is better than two in the bush? Wake up! wake up!
8 Most Common Reason For Hair Loss
The most common type of hair loss seen among both men and women is androgenetic alopecia, a genetic disorder that is inherited from parents. People suffering from this condition lose their hair gradually that increases with age. Other factors may lead to your hair falling out too. It is likely that a non-genetic factor may be causing your hair loss if your once healthy hair suddenly and noticeably begins falling out.
Common reasons for hair fall include:
- Stress. Excess amounts of stress in your lifestyle can do damage to your hair resulting in hair loss.
- Medications. Medicines and drugs which treat breast cancer and other common cancers can induce hair loss along with epilepsy drugs (anticonvulsants) and high blood pressure medications (anti-hypertensives), such as beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, and diuretics.
- Unhealthy eating habits. Eating junk foods or stale foods can increase hair loss. A healthy diet with the right mix of protein, iron, vitamins and other nutrients can help improve your hair and prevent hair loss.
- Genetics. As mentioned in the intro androgenetic alopecia is the term for genetic hair loss.
- Using toxic hair products. Chemicals such as 1- 4 Dioxane, Acrylates, Benzophenone, Butylated Compounds, Coal Tar, Ethanolamine Compounds, Formaldehyde and formaldehyde releasing preservatives, Homo Salates, Hydroquinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Mica, Nitrosamines, Paba, Petroleum Jelly, Phenoxyethanol, Polycrylamides, Titanium Dioxides, Toluene, Triclosan, Resorcinol, Retinol and retinol compounds, Paraben, Phthalates, Quaternium 15, Talc etc are toxic and can destroy your hair and cause hair loss if you come in contact with them. Its better not to buy cosmetic products containing these. (source)
- Hormonal problems. Hormone fluctuations, excess estrogen levels can aggravate your hair loss. One study published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Risk found that women with some markers of insulin resistance have a greater risk for androgenic alopecia (AGA), or female pattern baldness.
- Heat treatments on hair. Hot treating of your hair such as perming can damage and cause hair loss. Better to lessen or avoid these if your hair is weak or you are suffering hair loss already.
- Ageing. Ageing reduces the bodies ability to care for itself resulting in erratic hormonal changes and lower rate of absorption of vitamins and minerals tend to result in conditions such as hair loss. Hair loss due to ageing is quite common among people above fifty.
10 Home Remedies For Faster Hair Growth
Here are some easy home remedies for hair growth that will also give you fuller and more healthier hair. I am listing these as the ingredients are quite easy to find around your house and kitchen. Okay, so lets look at the list.
1. Olive Oil, Honey and Egg Masks. Mix 1 egg along with 1 teaspoon olive oil and 1 teaspoon honey in a bowl. Apply it on your hair and keep for 30 minutes at least. Shampoo off with clean water.
2. Potato Juice. Potatoes is rich in vitamins A, B and C that are beneficial for hair growth. Grind and juice some potatoes and apply the result on your scalp thoroughly. Leave the potato juice for around 25 minutes and wash off your hair with a soft, mild shampoo.
3. Onion Juice. Grind onions to make juice. Apply it on your scalp and leave it for at least 15-20 minutes. Wash off with a shampoo. Do this once every 3 days for a faster hair growth results. Proportions of apple cider vinegar to water should be around 75 ml to 1000 ml.
4. Yoghurt and Henna Powder. Make a hair pack by mixing henna powder with yogurt and start to apply it all over your hair and scalp. Wait till it dries off and shampoo off your hair. Its better to use a mild form of shampoo.
5. Lime and Indian Gooseberry (better known as Amla in Indian subcontinent). Amla is rich in anti-oxidants and vitamin C especially. You can mix both these items and apply it on your hair and scalp. Leave it their until it dries and rinse off with water.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar. After cleaning your hair thoroughly, rinse your hair with some apple cider vinegar mixed in water.
7. Coconut Milk. Apply coconut milk on your hair and scalp and leave it till it completely dries. Then wash it off with water.
8. Green Tea Extracts. Green tea is known to be rich in anti-oxidants which helps grow hair back and prevent hair loss. You can apply the water (after boiling green tea in water) all over your scalp and leave it until it dries. You can then rinse off with water.
9. Fenugreek with Coconut Paste. Fenugreek is known to promote hair growth and protects the natural color of your hair. Mix 1 teaspoon fenugreek paste with 2 teaspoon coconut milk and apply on hair for around 45 minutes for faster results.
10. Biotin. Biotin is rich in vitamin B which is known to work wonders for hair growth. It gives you healthier, more fuller hair. You can either take biotin tablets or apply it on you hair by mixing it with other natural hair oils such as coconut oil, argan oil, castor oil or olive oil.
I have listed all of these but you can just try any one or two of these remedies for a faster hair growth.
7 Easy Tips to Prevent Hair Loss
If you are wondering how to prevent hair fall then these quick easy tips to prevent hair loss will help! (hair loss treatments that really work)
- Eat the right foods. Stop eating junk foods and replace them with fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Massage your hair with a natural oil that helps your hair such as coconut oil, olive oil, castor oil, jojoba oil, geranium oil, rosemary oil or any other vitamin E oils at least once a week.
- Add Omega 3 fatty acids in your diet. Omega 3 fatty acids help provide your hair follicles with nourishment which are responsible for preventing hair loss and promote hair growth. Omega 3 fatty acids are known to make your hair look more fuller and makes them elastic so that they do not break easily. These acids are also a cure for dandruff. You can get Omega 3 fatty acids in most fishes such as salmon and sardines and in soyabeans, walnuts and flax seeds.
- Have Zinc Rich Foods. Deficiency of zinc is known to cause hair loss. Zinc in diet helps to build proteins, create DNA and help in boosting tissue repair and growth. Zinc is also known to regulate hormones in your body (such as testosterone) preventing in hair loss.
- Have Iron Rich Foods. Iron is the carrier of oxygen within your body. It’s deficiency can mean less oxygen reaching your head and less oxygen means poor blood circulation which in turn will definitely lead to hair problems including hair loss. You can find iron in dark leafy green vegetables, raisins, egg yolks, beans, , chickpeas, lentils, soybeans and liver.
- Have Vitamins A and C. Sweet potatoes, Carrots, Winter squash, Lettuce and Green Mustard Leafs are rich in vitamin A. For vitamin C you can eat fresh fruits such as lemons, papayas, strawberries, pineapples, brocolli, kiwi fruits etc. These vitamins help in producing sebum, the oily substance that is secreted by our hair follicles to prevent hair from breaking off. Vitamin C also improves iron absorption. However, don’t go overboard. Excess vitamin A can even lead to hair loss. So have this vitamin in moderation.
- Do Yoga or Exercise, whatever is easy for you. Yoga asanas such as Sasangasana, Vajrasana, Ustrasana, Kapalbhati, Balayam and Anulomvilom – all are known to boost your hair growth. They help to nourish your hair follicles by cleansing your body and opening any blockages for proper oxygen and blood flow.
6 Diets To Increase Your Hair Growth (foods for hair loss prevention)
IF you are looking for the best vitamins for thicker hair and hair growth then read on.
- Vitamin E Based Diets. Among the vitamins to prevent hair loss, Vitamin E stands out. Vitamin E increases blood circulation and promotes hair growth. Intake of vitamin E has been shown to stimulate the scalp capillary function. Where to find vitamin E? Cereals, sunflower oil, soybean oil, tofu, etc. contain good amounts of vitamin E.
- Vitamin A Based Diets. Vitamin A is known to be beneficial for your hair growth. Fruits and vegetables such as papaya, orange, mango, prunes, carrots are just a few foods that have high amounts of this vitamin.
- Vitamin C Based Diets. Vitamin C help is rich in anti-oxidants which is beneficial for your hair. Where to find this vitamin? You can find vitamin C in fruits like oranges, kiwis, and guavas in your daily diet.
- Vitamin B Diets. Vitamin B stimulates the production of hemoglobin in our blood that acts as the oxygen carrier. This increases blood circulation in the scalp. Include potato, banana, chicken, oatmeal, fish, and beans in your diet.
- Foods rich in protein. Pistachio nuts, yoghurt, sea foods, eggs, tofu, soybean are all rich in proteins. Consuming these foods will help to nourish your hair and rejuvenate it.
- Fresh dark green vegetables. Dark green vegetables are rich in iron that helps in hair growth.
How to Prevent Thinning Hair in Women and Men
Firstly, why does hair thin? Many aspects of our lifestyle—from what we eat to how we style our hair—affect the strength of hair fiber resulting in thinner, duller hair.
Some reasons as to why your hair thins are:
- Using hot styling tools to style your hair can result in thinner coarser hair.
- Crash dieting. Starving yourself forces the body to direct its energy towards other essential functions like helping your heart and brain work rather than making hair.
- Mishandling wet hair. Hair strands are never more fragile than when they’re saturated with H2O, since the protective cuticle is slightly raised. Brushing or combing locks in the shower, then following with aggressive towel-drying, create the perfect storm for snapping hair off.
- Wearing tight hairstyles. Sporting tight hair styles put excessive tension on your hair follicles, damaging them and creating scars that destroy them permanently. Tight hair styles can lead to traction alopecia, a hair condition that permanently weakens your hair follicle (and makes it impossible for hair to grow).
- Using long-lasting hold styling products. Hair gels that claim All-day Mega-hold actually make your hair harder to hold on to. These styling products are rich in alcohol content, which make your hair dry and brittle.
- Oral birth control pills. Birth pill containing androgens can cause hair loss, especially inthose who are ‘androgen sensitive’ and doesn’t know it.
- Scratching. Itchy scalp may result in hair loss due to scratch induced hair damage. Once your hair cuticles are damaged, the hair fiber is prone to breakage.
- Not washing hair often enough. This is a major mistake we do. Now that dry shampoo is a staple in most of our beauty arsenals, it’s easier than ever to skip a few days between washing. A buildup of product or excessive dandruff on the scalp can clog your hair follicles often making itdifficult for new hair to grow.
- Going out in the sun. Everytime you go out in the harsh sun your hair gets exposed to harmful UV rays that eat away at the strength and elasticity of your hair. Prolonged UV exposure causes the layers of the cuticle to weaken and break, resulting in brittle hair and hair loss.
- Taking certain medications. Certain medications such as statins, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety agents, anti-hypertensive medications or hormones such as thyroid replacement drugs are known to cause hair loss. They have the ability to disrupt or interfere with the normal cycle of your hair growth, causing hair to go into a resting phase and fall out prematurely.
Hair thinning in men and women is a major problem nowadays. If you are wondering what to do about thinning hair then you can start to handle this problem by observing the foods you are eating, shampoo, gel or oil you are using and whether you are using clean and pure water to wash your hair. The major culprit to this problem is often a bad quality of bath water. Also you can try using natural herbal shampoos and cleansers instead of a strong chemical based one.
Secondly, changing you food intake habits is also necessary for hair thinning problems. Watch what you eat. Stop having junk foods and oily foods. Fresh vegetables and fruits need to be increased in your diet. Try changing your bath water and shampoo for some weeks and then analyse whether you are still losing your hairs or not.
If your bath water is hard, then its better to use some hard water filters. Minerals and oxidizers present in your bath water can affect your hair adversely.
For those of you who are facing this problem of hair thinning on a permanent basis and nothing seems to work, I advice you to talk to your doctor for a proper medical treatment.
3 minerals and oxidizers to watch out for in your bath water are:
1. Chlorine. Active chlorine in present in bath water can leave your hair feeling sticky and wet, and straw-like when it dries. Chlorine has the ability to alter electrical charges on minerals present in your hair, causing them to bond stronger to the hair, and may even change the color of your hair.
2. Hydrogen Peroxide. Often used as a oxidizing and bleaching agent this can leave your hair with a more whiter color. The more concentrated the peroxide in your water, the greater the oxidizing potential it has.
3. Bromine: Used to clean hot pools and spas this can damage your hair quality.
Finally, a word of caution
Its better to stay away from commercial hair loss products for women and use these natural tips to prevent hair loss. Commercial hair loss solutions and hair loss treatment that say will do wonders, can severely damage your hair in the coming days as most of them are full with harmful toxic chemicals. Most male hair loss solutions are no different.
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