Reasons for Hair Loss and its Solutions
Thick, shiny, soft, and voluminous hair is a dream for every girl. Good looking hair adds to one's style and personality. But if one starts losing hair young, it also makes one less confident.
Some are lucky enough to inherit good hair genetically.
Hair fall or hair loss is quite common among women, especially post pregnancy. There are many factors that contribute to the hair fall. Usually hair fall gets resolved on its own but when it becomes severe, medical attention is required.
Causes for Hair loss
There are many reasons for hair fall:
Lack of certain nutrients in one's diet, such as vitamin C, vitamin D, biotin, iron and zinc. Research shows that a lack of vitamin D in one's body can lead to hair loss. One role vitamin D plays, is stimulating new and old hair follicles. When there isn’t enough vitamin D in one's system, new hair growth can be stunted.
For vitamin D one should daily soak up some early morning sunlight.
PCOS is a common problem among women. It generally occurs because of hormonal imbalance due to excessive production of androgen which leads to thicker hair growth on face and body, and hair thinning on the head.
PCOS also causes acne, ovulation problems and weight gain.
After the age of 30, women may experience hormonal imbalance which leads to hair fall. As women reach a certain age, their body starts converting androgens into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which causes hair fall.
If the thyroid gland, which is present in front of the neck, starts producing excess or insufficient amount of thyroid hormones, it adversely affects the hair cycle and leads to hair loss.
With today's fast paced lifestyle, stress is a major cause of hair fall. One can minimize stress by exercising, meditating and frequent massaging of the scalp, which will help reduce hair fall.
Birth control pills also cause hair loss. The hormones in the pills which suppress ovulation, make hair grow thinner.
Sometimes hair loss also occurs when one stops taking these pills. Other drugs associated with hair loss are blood thinners, anti-depressants and medicines for heart problems and arthritis.
Hair loss may also occur due to toxic chemicals in shampoos and conditioners which have a toxic effect on the immune system, hair follicles and impede hair growth.
Also, use of high heat devices such as hair straighteners or curlers affects the keratin content which increases hair fall.
Tips for controlling Hair loss
It is very important to understand one's scalp type and chose a shampoo accordingly.
Don’t choose a shampoo which is loaded with chemicals such as sulfate, parabens, etc. which make hair strands brittle, dull and dry.
It is extremely important to have plenty of nutrients in your diet as it is needed for healthy hair growth. A balanced diet, consisting of greens, eggs, nuts, seeds and milk is essential.
Also a yoga and meditation routine are necessary for reducing stress, which leads to reducing hair fall.
Oiling the scalp with hot oil nourishes the scalp with almost incomparable effects. Massaging not only increases blood circulation but also leads to reduced hair fall.
Generally, before shampooing, massage oil into scalp for 15-20 mins and cover up with a shower cap. Wash it off with a mild shampoo after two to three hours. For best results, we recommend Eyova.
Natural Home Remedies for Hair fall
Coconut contains a high amount of protein and essential fats which helps in promoting hair growth.
To prepare the Coconut milk:
: Grate a medium-sized coconut and simmer it in a pan for 5 mins.
: The let it cool and then add black pepper and fenugreek seeds and apply it on your scalp and hair.
: Leave it for 20 mins and wash off.
Aloe vera gel is a very effective home remedy for hair loss and boosting hair growth. It also helps against itching and flaking of the scalp.
Take the stalk of aloe vera, slice skin off with a sharp knife and extract the pulp using a spoon. Apply pulp to your hair and scalp and leave it for 45 mins.
Wash off with a mild shampoo.
Amla is a very effective home remedy for hair fall since very ancient times. It contains mainly Vitamin C which strengthens the hair follicles and promotes hair growth.
Also, it prevents premature greying of the hair.
To make a paste,
Mix lime juice with amla powder and make a paste. Apply it on your scalp and leave it for 15-20 mins. Wash it off with a mild shampoo.
Onion mainly contains sulfur which increases the blood circulation and promotes hair growth.
Also, it has an antibacterial property that helps to fight against infections.
To make a juice,
Grind the onions and extract the juice.
Then apply it with cotton balls in your scalp and hair. Leave it for 20 minutes nad rinse with a shampoo.
Do it once in a week and see the difference.
We are all aware of the fact that eggs have nutritious properties, which keeps all hair related problems at bay. We can use eggs by making an egg yolk mask with different ingredients such as curd, or directly use as an egg oil.
Egg oil, also known as ovum or egg yolk oil, is derived from the yolk of chicken eggs. It is produced by modern methods of production which include Liquid-Liquid Extraction method. It contains nutrients like long-chain polyunsaturated essential fatty acids, cholesterol, antioxidants and immunoglobulins which help in nourishing our hair.
Let’s take a look at various problems and how egg oil can be helpful.
Some people have hair greying in their 20's and some experience it in their 50's.
Hair has a pigment called melanin and when hair loses this pigment it becomes grey, white or silver.
This lack of melanin is because of an imbalance between antioxidants and free radicals.
Egg oil contains antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin which slow down this aging process.
Egg oil contains polyunsaturated fatty acids derived from the egg oil which increases the blood circulation and thus increases hair growth.
Dandruff and dry scalp
Dandruff and dry scalp are because of the increasing free radicals. Antioxidants help neutralize these free radicals which cause scalp irritation, itching, and hair loss problems.
Egg oil contains antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin which improve scalp conditions, increase skin elasticity and skin hydration.
Hair damage is a permanent change in the structure of the hair. Damaged hair becomes frizzy, rough and brittle.
Egg oil contains cholesterol, which moisturizes dry strands and gives good conditioning to the hair which makes it shiny and smooth.