A dermatologist guide: Prevent hair loss with home remedies

There are several types of hair loss such as temporary hair loss, normal hair loss, male or female baldness hair loss in patches etc. On an average, a scalp contains 1, 00,000 to 1, 50,000 hairs and normally a hair cycle lasts 2-3 years. At any point of time, a big portion of our hair is always growing while the rest of the portion is resting. After a short while, new hair growth starts. There are multiple reasons for hair loss including diet deficiency, stress, depression, hormonal changes, certain diseases etc. There are various treatments available- medications, hormonal modifications and even hair transplants.

Dermatologists say that every day we lose about 2-3% of hair which is normal. But when the figure starts moving north, we see bald patches. Most people are likely to experience these patches in the late 30s but the trend is drastically shifting and we are now seeing people in their 20s with light baldness. Besides making the best use of the modern medical science, there are herbal remedies as well to help the regrowth.

  1. AMLA: Power-packed with Vitamin C with loads of antioxidants, amla is considered perfect for hair loss. Besides applying on the scalp, it’s good to consume it on a daily basis for overall good health. You can either use it as juice or buy the powder variant from a retail store.
  2. COCONUT: When it comes to hair growth, nothing beats coconut as it possesses all the ingredients needed to accentuate growth of hair. The milk of coconut contains essential fats; proteins which if consumed daily can reduce hair loss. Coconut oil is enriched with the same ingredients and helps to strengthen hair from the roots. Constant use of the oil acts as a protection against hair loss.
  3. EGGS: Dermatologists recommend eggs because they are a rich source of protein, iron, zinc, sulphur and more. A blend of these with olive oil is ideal for hair regrowth. To get the best results, make a paste of egg white with a teaspoon of olive oil and apply it for 15-20 minutes on the scalp. Rinse with a mild shampoo thereafter.
  4. HENNA: Henna (Mehendi) plays a vital role in strengthening hair and is commonly used across Asia Pacific. Its usefulness is enhanced when mixed with mustard oil. Take about 60 g of dried, washed henna leaves and mix it with 250 ml of mustard oil. Boil the mixture to the point that all leaves get fully burnt. After cooling, apply and use the mixture regularly.
  5. HIBISCUS: In southern India, people extensively use coconut oil and hibiscus to get thick mane of hair. Hibiscus has some revitalising properties- it fosters hair, prevents early greying and also keeps a tab on dandruff. Frequent use of hibiscus contributes in minimising hair fall. Crush a few flowers and combine it with coconut oil. Apply it to the scalp and leave it for few hours. Thereafter, wash it with mild shampoo.

More importantly, skin doctors have been time and again saying hair loss can happen due to other factors like bad eating habits and improper care. A balanced diet is the key to good hair growth. Moreover, avoid the use of shampoos filled with harmful chemicals.

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