We loose 50 to 80 strands
of hair per day. Do not get alarmed, this is quite normal. Unless there
is some deficiency in diet, or ill health, lost hair is quickly replaced
by new ones. Each hair grows between one quarter and one half inch each
Reasons for hair loss
Hair loss can be triggered off
by various reasons, internal diseases, reaction to drugs, dietary deficiencies,
scalp diseases, menopause, childbirth, are common causes, which lead to
a loss of essential nutrients and minerals from the scalp.
Another cause of hair loss
that is usually overlooked is hair damage. Excessive stretching and tugging
with hard combs and styling appliances, exposure to extreme heat, regular
use of rollers and blow drying, perming and colouring lead to this problem.
Alopecia aerate is another
alarming scalp disease. In this disease hair growth may be normal in most
areas few bald patched occurring in many parts of the scalp. It maybe confined
to one area or the patches may increase and enlarge, merging onto each
other and finally resulting in total baldness. The main cause of this is
tension and anxiety.
It is essential to remember
that hair must be treated gently. Vigorous scalp massage in out, it would
result in further hair loss. A wide toothed comb should be used.
Success has been achieved through
use of plant extracts that promote hair growth and improve the health of
the scalp. Henna, reetha, shikakai, amla, bael have been used for controlling
hair loss since age-old days. These extracts have no side effects.
Most soaps and shampoos have
chemicals, use amla and shikakai instead. Oiling and massaging the scalp
is a must once a week. Use aloe Vera oil, or coconut oil or mustard oil
twice a week. Check your diet take sufficient proteins and vitamins.
Minerals and iodine are also important. Iodine helps improve circulation
of blood in the scalp.
Applications of castor oil and
iodine alternately for a week is excellent for this problem. Steam the
head by wringing out a hot towel and wrapping it around the head. Then
shampoo and use a conditioner. A conditioner offers your hair a buffer
against external damage also making it more manageable.
Soak about 200 grams of reetha
in four glasses of water. Leave overnight. Next morning, boil the mixture
for 10 to 15 minutes. Squash the reetha seeds and strain the water. Apply
A paste of lemon seeds and black
pepper can be applied on bald patches, twice a week.
Massage whipped egg white all
over the scalp. Allow it to dry before washing off.
Wash hair with a paste of cooked
urad dal and fenugreek (methi), three times a week.
Combine together 5 tablespoons
of pure undulated coconut milk with one tablespoon of lemon juice. Massage
well into the scalp.
Hair must be protected from
treatments that cause damage so a regular hair care routine must be followed.
Unfortunately, we sit up only when we are confronted with a problem.