Causes of hair fall
Every individual experiences some amount of hair fall on a daily basis – in fact, even animals do experience this! The extent of hair loss is around a hundred strands a day is normal! So, the problem arises when you have more hair loss than that.
Many people, today, show signs of premature greying and balding of hair as well.
Hair fall may be due to various reasons:
- Poor nutrition
- Irregular lifestyle
- Environmental factors like pollution and climate
- Stress, anxiety and tension and improper sleep or rest
- These factors can cause excess toxin build-up in the body.
In Ayurveda, hair fall is a direct by-product of the quality of the bone tissue. If there is weakness in the bone tissue, hair loss is a natural outcome.
In Ayurveda, the texture of your hair depends on the imbalances that you have in your body. Therefore, it is important for you to know the Prakriti and balances/imbalances in your body to come up with a remedy.
Like, if you have an imbalance in Vata dosha symptoms, your hair is susceptible to becoming extremely dry, frizzy and brittle.
If you have an imbalance in Pitta dosha symptoms, you are likely to show receding hairlines and thinning hairs. The heat on the scalp causes colour changes.
If you have an imbalance in Kapha dosha symptoms, you are very likely to have very oily and sticky hair.
Ancient Remedies for hair loss
Various ancient remedies to help you get the best hair fall treatment:
In this remedy, warm oils are poured on your head and your head is massaged. This helps to increase circulation and leads to better hair growth. This is one of the most effective ancient hair regrowth treatments.
2. Shiro Abhyanga
Here, oils like Bringamalakadi Taila, coconut and sesame oil may be used to massage the head. It is used to nourish the roots and scalp. It helps in preventing heating up of the scalp, and greying hair and also nourishes your sensory organs. Your head remains calm and cool. It is also good for hair follicles and nourishes nerve endings. The happy hormones are released which keep you happy.
- Brahmi Bringaraj Taila – This oil is made of herbs and is one of the most effective remedies for hair growth. It nourishes the root of the hair and decreases hair fall by preventing a dry scalp. It helps destress you and, also, helps prevent premature greying of hair.
- Bringamalakadi Taila – This oil is made of Ayurvedic herbs that prevent premature greying. It not only helps boost hair growth but also helps in treating arthritis and back pain.
3. Shirolepa hair pack
Here, a paste is applied to the entire scalp of your head to cool it down. This remedy helps eliminate dandruff, controls frizz, repairs split ends and decreases hair fall. It is also helpful in treating multiple ailments like migraines, insomnia and headaches. Enhanced blood circulation, helps eradicate the toxins in your body, and, also, helps enhance your skin texture.
You can try some of these pastes.
- Soak methi seeds overnight in boiled rice water. Grind it. Then, apply the paste to the whole scalp and wash your hair. You can also mix this with curd if you want.
- Make a paste of besan, lemon and coconut water and apply to the scalp.
- Mix besan with amla, Reetha and Shikakai and apply the paste to the scalp.
- Mix walnut and amla with curd or water to make a fine paste and apply to the scalp.
- Soak amla in curd and grind it. Add Reetha, Shikakai, neem and fenugreek seeds to it. Apply the paste to your scalp.
Here, oil is instilled through the nose as a daily practice to provide relief from various issues. Desi ghee can be used to instil into the nose.
5. Neem Oil
You might have heard people saying that neem oil is the best for all your hair problems. Extracted from the seeds and fruits of the large evergreen Neem tree, this oil is loaded with antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties as well as Vitamin E and fatty acids.
Neem oil prevents dandruff and hair lice, conditions and repairs damaged hairs, lowers redness and irritation caused by eczema, and enhances hair growth. It also helps to prevent hair loss and premature greying of the hair.
You can mix neem oil with a carrier oil like Coconut oil, Jojoba oil, Almond oil, etc. And if you find the smell strong, you can add 1 or 2 drops of any other essential oil.
You can use herbs such as Aloe Vera, curry leaves, hibiscus, gooseberry leaves, fenugreek leaves, coconut oil and sesame oil. They are extremely nourishing for the head. These herbs can be either consumed or applied to the head.
7. Hair cleansers
- Shikakai – This is a natural cleanser and removes excess oil from the scalp. If your hair is already frizzy and dry, use this with Reetha, amla and hibiscus.
- Aloe vera - Take fresh gel and apply it over your scalp; leave it for a few minutes and, then, wash it off. It is a cooling and soothing scalp cleanser, good for a heated-up scalp, linked to redness, rashes, itching, or scalp pimples.
- Hibiscus leaves and some flowers - Grind these to a fine paste. It lathers well. Wash your hair regularly with this for well-nourished and black hair.
- Amla or Indian gooseberry – This can be used as a concoction with tea or you can combine it with Reetha or Shikakai.
- Besan or gram flour – Mix this with water and use it to wash your hair after massaging your hair with oil.
These cleansers can be used as stand-alone treatments for hair fall.
Reetha is another powerful ingredient that has been used in the hair care regime for centuries. It contains saponin, which helps in keeping your hair healthy and soft.
You can prepare your own Reetha shampoo by taking several pieces of soap nuts and Shikakai points and boiling them in half a litre of water. Leave the mixture overnight, and then strain it to be used as a shampoo.
Along with these ancient remedies for hair fall control, your diet and your lifestyle habits are major factors in determining the quality and quantity of your hair. After all, for healthy hair growth, you need to take care of the fire metabolism inside you.