How to stop hair fall? Why am I losing so much hair all at once? Is it normal? I can see portions of balding on my scalp! What can I eat or apply on my hair to stop hair fall immediately?
These are perhaps some of the thoughts that brought you here.
You will surely find answers to all your queries here. However, here is an important thing that you should know before you proceed.
Your worries about your hair health are surely genuine. Our hair does define the outlook of our face, which is of course the primary feature what everybody else sees. That’s why hair fall kind of goes deeper to touch your level of confidence about your perception of beauty.
However, you do need to know that your hair doesn’t define “who you are”. So, first of all stop worrying about your falling hair as it is going to make it worse (I’ll show you how).
Second, you should act on your hair loss! Educate yourself about the possible causes, remove them and adopt a diet and lifestyle that will help you to regrow healthy hair and stop all that premature hair fall.
And with this post, we will do just that! We will help you to dig deeper into the root cause of hair fall and poor hair health.
Also, we will go through Ayurvedic natural solutions on how to stop the hair fall for once and for all. Let’s get started!
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I experience Hair Loss, why won’t my hair stop falling out?
Well, several factors could contribute to hair loss. First, note that if you lose only about 50 to 100 strands of hair in a day, then that is completely normal, and you have nothing to worry about. There is nothing wrong with you or your hair.
However, if you suddenly notice your hair falling out in huge clumps, then you must immediately take action, because it is critical that early diagnoses and treatment is done to give your hair a chance of survival.
Some of the reasons are normal, and are no cause for alarm, but some others call for alarm. In any case, you should ensure to know what is happening so you can know the next step of action. As you follow along, you will be sure to find out, and get answers to all your questions.
Hair Loss and Ayurveda.
In Ayurvedic medicine, any ailment in the body can be traced down to an imbalance in any of the three doshas.
If there’s a deviation of any of these from their normal composition (Prakriti), then there’ll be a deviation from health too. To cure the condition, the dosha whose energy has gone in excess needs to be restored to its normal proportions.
In hair loss, the pitta is mainly the dosha that has gone imbalanced, but actually, all the three doshas have a part to play in this crime that is robbing you of your beautiful mane of hair.
- The Role of Pitta: When there’s a spike in Pitta energy, since this dosha is associated with fire, there is increased heat from the inside, and this inflames the follicles, thereby weakening the roots of your hair.
- The Role of Kapha: Kapha is associated with earth, building up. If this dosha energy spikes, sebum is produced at a disproportionately high rate, and this excess sebum clogs the hair follicles.
- The Role of Vata: Vata is the air dosha. An imbalance in pitta dehydrates the scalp, and as a result, the root of the hair and the hair follicles are left exposed to the ultraviolet rays from the sun. Thus, the follicles are damaged, and the hair is caused to fall out.
To restore then, it is necessary to restore the imbalanced dosha.
What is really happening on your head?
We need to understand first what’s happening on your head, how hair grows, and then we’ll get better perspective on what to do. Really, hair loss is as a result of these processes going on.
Structure of Hair.
Hair generally has two parts;
- The Root is the part under the skin, which dips into the hair follicle. The hair follicle is a structure through which nerves and blood vessels reach the hair. This hair follicle is very important because it supplies nutrients to the hair. If it is impeded, then the hair will not be at optimum health.
- The Shaft is the part above the skin that you can see.
Stages of Growth of Hair.
Hair grows in three stages:
- Anagen: This is the stage where hair grows actively. 90% of the hair on your head is in the anagen stage. This is also known as the kapha phase, since it deals with building up. It lasts for 2-8 years.
- Catagen: At this stage, hair has stopped growing, and the hair follicles begin to shrink. This stage is the Pitta stage, as it deals with transformation. It lasts for about 2-3 weeks.
- Telogen: Telogen is the final stage. This is when hair falls out, and the follicles go into an inactive state and rest. This is the Vata phase, and the follicles rest for 2-4 months.
The remaining 10% of hair are either in the catagen or the telogen stage, so most of the time, the hair is actively growing.
The primary cause of hair loss is a break or a disturbance in this hair cycle.
These are the things that disrupt your hair growth cycle and cause your hair loss.
Poor Circulation on the scalp: If anything happens to disturb circulation on your scalp, then the follicles do not get enough blood. If they don’t get enough blood, then they won’t have enough nutrients to feed the hair and to effectively function themselves.
Nutrition: Blood needs to be gotten to follicles bearing nutrients, but what if the blood has no nutrients to carry? Poor nutrition also causes hair loss, because then, even though the blood reaches the follicles, it has no nutrients to deliver. Another thing, which we can’t really control is that, the top of the head isn’t really on the body’s priority list when it comes to distribution of nutrients, so only a very small fraction of nutrients is apportioned to the scalp. This facilitates hair loss.
Lack of Physical Exercise: Usually, the top of the scalp is stationary and it does not get enough exercise. The lower parts of the scalp, like the parts around the ears, get exercised when we talk, so the circulation there is stimulated. However, for the parts that the speech muscles don’t reach, there isn’t much stimulation, so there is less circulation there.
Hormonal Imbalances: Hormonal imbalances can be due to stress, pregnancy, contraceptives, etc. These can also lead to hair loss. Also, if there’s an imbalance in your thyroid glands, it leads to a good number of effects like swinging moods, decreased metabolism, etc, including hair loss.
Seborrhea: At the base of the follicles, there is a sebaceous gland. This gland produces sebum, the oil that lubricates the follicle and hair. If there is a rise in the production of sebum however, then cells are replaced at a higher rate too. The skin tries to keep up with the new cells by shedding off the old ones at a faster rate, even before they are fully matured, just so they can accommodate the newly coming cells. The oil and the numerous cells fighting for space then impede circulation and the hair roots. By so doing, they limit hair cell growth. It eventually results in dandruff-like flakes on the scalp.
How to Stop Hair Fall?
Well, trust that Medhya Herbals will not leave you stranded. The first thing that we will propose is that you should mind what you take to tackle hair loss. Most of the topical treatments for hair loss don’t work effectively, and they leave you with undesirable effects.
The drug, Rogain for example, must be used for a long time before you start seeing results. If you stop using it however, before long, you will find that your hair is falling out again, going back to the way it was. That means you would have to use it for the rest of your life for it to remain effective. The problem with that is that it costs an arm and a leg, and it will turn out to be an undesirable liability.
Another option is to use wigs to cover the bald patches on your head. That is a simple quick escape.
Hair Transplantation is another adventurous option that some take. Hair transplant is however, expensive, and it scarring on the scalp. It doesn’t work for everyone either.
Ayurvedic Remedies to prevent Hair Fall
It is proven that using simple, everyday ingredients is the best way to deal with temporary hair loss issues caused by pollution, lifestyle disorders, dandruff etc. These natural remedies for hair fall also support hair loss control medications or treatments for other serious problems and give you faster results.
With Ayurveda, there are a lot of options open to you, with completely natural ingredients and methods that will not hurt your scalp, and will give you no irritation whatsoever.
These are top foods and lifestyle tips to prevent hair fall, and there are even more below:
1. Use of Hair Masks rich in essential oils.
This Rejuvenating and Enticing Vanilla Oil Mask, for example, is rich in essential oils. You can easily make this for yourself with
• 1/2 Avocado • 10 drops of Vanilla Essential Oil •5-7 peeled and pitted Cherries • Water (½ cup) • Herbs (like aloe vera and/or brahmis)
Boil water and steep herbs until it is cooled. Strain infused water and add all ingredients into your blender. Blitz until it is smooth. Evenly apply the mixture to your hair and scalp and let it sit for at least 15-20 minutes. Rinse well and gently dry with a towel.
The richness of vitamins and minerals and the antioxidant properties of avocado will rapidly restore your hair, and regulate the production of sebum in the hair. The vanilla will give your hair a heavenly fragrance. You will certainly not miss out of the fragrance and antioxidant properties of vitamin c too.
2. Dinachaya Technique.
This involves rubbing your nails together. It is interesting because nerve cells in the nail beds are actually connected to the top of the scalp. Rubbing the nail beds of the two hands together signals the centers to which they are connected in the top of the scalp, stimulating circulation there.
CAUTION: Do not do this with the nails of the thumb. They are connected to the face and chin area. But if you love to have beards, go ahead and do it. Another caution is that, this technique might take months to start seeing noticeable results. High blood pressure patients should avoid it altogether.
3. Shiro Abhyangha.
This is a kind of therapy that balances your three upper chokras, I.e. the anja(the space between the eyebrows), sahasrana(top of the head), and vishudda(the throat). It involves massaging with natural oils rich in ingredients that make your body happy.
- Shiro Leppa: This therapy helps to pacify the pitta dosha, preventing greying, hair fall, and dandruff.
- Regular Hair cleaning with Ayurvedic Herbs, such as brahmis, kumai(aloe vera), jepa, etc.
- Scalp Massage: Gently massaging your scalp is a way of consciously exercising the scalp to stimulate circulation and the flow of nutrients.
- Use of Almond Milk and Oil to stimulate hair growth.
Lifestyle Tips to prevent Hair Fall
Ayurveda is a lifestyle, so to keep your hair fall from falling off again in the future, some simple daily lifestyle tips will go a long way to helping you:
- Eat healthy and do not skip meals. Ensure you get enough nutrients for your hair to grow on.
- Don’t wear your hair too tight. If your hair is too tight, then you will be irritating the scalp.
- Eat diets that will pacify the doshas, take tridoshic diets.
- Don’t scratch or itch the scalp.
- Remove Stress and Anxiety: Meditation and Yoga can help you in your re-growth of hair.
- Simple asanas can help you prevent hair loss and it will freshen your mind too. Practice headstands, if you can. This gravity inversion technique helps blood circulation in the scalp.
- Along with doing yoga and trying home remedies, looking after the diet is also important. Having a balanced diet comprising of fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, pulses, sprouts, cereals and dairy products gives you nutrients important for hair growth.
- Keep your scalp clean and dandruff free.
- Avoid using any harsh chemicals and many styling products for hair.
- Carry out gentle massage of your scalp Abhyanga with Coconut Oil, Olive oil, or Mustard Oil on daily basis. Massage helps to pacify Vata Dosha aggravation, oleates and strengthens the hair follicles, and helps to prevent hair thinning.
- Washing hair with herbal decoction made from Neem leaves, Moringa leaves, or Curry leaves.
- Keeping your hair clean by washing it 3 to 2 times a week.
- Bushing or Combing hair 2-3 times a day will help improve blood circulation and provide right nourishment to the hair follicles.
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