Home Remedies From The Kitchen For Hair Loss

In recent times where an impression is made in less than seven seconds, a thick crop of hair at the head will certainly be an advantage. However, loss of hair is a challenge that majority of the population suffer from. Although there may be various reasons for hair loss such as age, stress, environmental pollution, smoking, lack of nutrition, hormonal changes, hereditary factors, infections in the scalp, harsh shampoos, effects of medications, and health-related factors such as disorders in thyroid, low immunity against diseases, polycystic ovary syndrome and deficiency in iron. In this article on home remedies for hair loss information will be given on the causes, symptoms and simple DIY methods to get relief from the discomfort.

100,000 stands of hair will be on the scalp and according to medical science, it is quite normal for an individual to lose 40 to 100 strands per day. However, more than the mentioned amount is a cause for concern; it is the perfect time to take note. The condition can lead to baldness, but there are cures in sight and you can prevent the loss of hair.

Home remedies for hair loss
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You seldom notice the loss of hair at a young age, since new hair is also growing at the same time. The loss comes to the fore when the mentioned cycle does not happen – the hair follicles are destroyed and they are replaced with tissues (scar).

There are several reasons for the loss of hair, but listed below are the common reasons:

  • Changes in hormones
  • Medical conditions
  • Heredity (family history)
  • Medications

Let us have a look at first, the changes in hormones and medical conditions:

Imbalances and changes in hormones can cause loss of hair (temporary). Many reasons can be attributed to this factor such as childbirth, pregnancy or menopause. Kindly note, problems in thyroid glands can also lead to loss of hair.

 

Patches And Hair Loss

The similar type of non-scar hair loss is known as alopecia areata. The situation occurs when the immune system of the body goes against the hair follicles – the result – hair loss is sudden causing bald patches (round shape) on the skin.

 

Infections Of The Scalp

Hearing of the word ‘infection’ your mind can think about virus, bacterial and fungal – yes, they are common. However, for scalp, infections by the ringworm can cause harm to the hair & the scalp. The future condition is loss of hair and scaly patches on the scalp. However, natural hair can be regained by eliminating the conditions.

 

Skin Disorders

If you are facing an alopecia condition, it might result in ‘forever’ loss of hair in the infected/scarred areas.

 

Mood Disorders

A special term ‘trichotillomaina’ is assigned to this disorder where you have the urge to pull hair from parts of the body such as from the eyebrows or the scalp.

 

Hereditary (Family History)

One of the hereditary challenges an individual can face in life is known as male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness. You can feel the patterns – the hair loss will be consistent and you can suffer from bald spots in case of men and thinning of hair (women).

The age where you begin to lose hair and baldness will depend on heredity factors. It can begin from puberty and can extend lifetime.

 

Medical Conditions And Medications

Some medical conditions such as pregnancy, chemotherapy for cancer and thyroid can cause loss of hair.

Some medicines used for health conditions such as depression, cancer, high blood pressure and problems related to the heart can be the reasons for loss of hair.

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Loss of hair can happen in various ways depending on the causes. The receding of hair might be sudden or gradual and the affection can be only in the facial hair or the entire body. There may be temporary loss of hair or permanent.

 

Receding Hair Line

One of the common types of loss of hair, this can affect both women and men as age catches with them. Usually, in case of men, the hair begins to fall starting from the forehead in the shape of the alphabet “M.” For women, the forehead remains full, but there will be overall thin hair.

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List Of Home Remedies For Loss Of Hair

 

1. Massage By Coconut Oil

There is a popular proverb:

“He who plants a coconut tree plants food and drink, vessels and clothing, a home for himself and a heritage for his children.”

Coconut oil can bring various benefits to the hair. It can stimulate/promote growth of hair and it has been used in tropical countries from ancient times to prevent loss of hair.

 

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Step 1

Take a tbsp of coconut oil and warm it (if in solid condition).

Step 2

Apply it on the hair and massage the head from the top to the bottom.

Procedure

Do the procedure overnight and you can wash it off the next morning.

 

How Does It Work?

Coconut oil has the required fats, proteins and minerals that can prevent breakage of hair.

The lauric acid in coconut oil protects the strands and roots of hair from breakage by binding to the protein in the hair. Coconut oil functions in the similar way as sebum (body-produced-natural-oil that assists in keeping the scalp from getting dry. The other function of sebum is to protect the roots of hair from damage).

Coconut oil, because of its fluid nature, can easily penetrate the hair shaft and prevents environmental pollutants and heat from causing harm. Also, the oil because of its antifungal as well as antibacterial properties prevents any infection from spreading to other parts of the body. Massaging of oil on the scalp improves circulation of blood in the hair follicles & scalp and the essential nutrients are absorbed leading to their healthy regrowth.

 

Not Good, If:

You are allergic to coconut oil. You will suffer from hives and skin sensitivity.

 

2. Onion Juice

Onion has rich resources of sulphur that can bring tears in the eyes. However, the same sulphur also helps in preventing loss of hair.

 

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Step 1

Take an onion, peel and chop them into tiny pieces.

Step 2

Squeeze the juice by taking the assistance of a blender, food processor, juicer or grater.

Step 3

Take the juice in a bowl and massage it on the scalp (in case of bald patches cover them).

Procedure

You can leave the juice on the head for 15 minutes (hope you have enough patience to tolerate the scent of onion) and then wash with a mild shampoo.

 

How Does It Work?

One of the main ingredients of onion is sulphur considered as the major building blocks when it comes to hair (collagen & keratin). It promotes circulation of blood in the area and is an essential nutrient of hair follicles.  The anti-bacterial properties of onion come to the fore as it is effective in wading off the bacterial infections. Also, the enzyme catalase (anti-oxidant) assists in the prevention of premature graying of hair.

 

Not Good, If:

  1. You are allergic to onion. The organosulfur scent can bring nausea, vomiting to you.

 

3. Fenugreek

Fenugreek, (Indian name:methi) has proved effective in treatment of loss of hair.

 

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Step 1

Take a bowl of water and soak a cup of seeds (fenugreek) overnight.

Step 2

Grind the seeds well so that they are turned to a fine paste in the morning.

Step 3

The paste can be applied on your hair. Rinse the hair after forty minutes.

Continue the procedure for a month till you get shining hair.

 

How Does It Work?

Some of the medicinal components of fenugreek seeds are hormone antecedents that have the capability to stimulate and promote growth of new hair as well as assist in the rebuilding of hair follicles. Other benefits are the proteins and nicotinic acid which perform similar functions of stimulating growth of hair.

 

4. Curd

The very word ‘curd’ brings to mind the various delicious recipes that are prepared. It can also be used for preventing loss of hair as it is an excellent conditioner.

 

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Step 1

Take a cup of curd and one tablespoon of honey. Mix them together completely.

Step 2

Apply gently on the scalp and other affected areas where there is loss of hair.

You can continue this procedure twice a week to get regrowth of hair.

 

How Does It Work?

Curd has a high volume of lactic acid that is necessary for hair health and skin. Honey, on the other hand, can be described as a humectant as it assists in attracting and retaining moisture. Its additional beneficial properties are that of an emollient; it helps to soften and smoothen the old tissues so that they can be removed while rinsing off the curd and honey mixture.

 

Not Good, If:

  1. You are suffering from asthma or cold. The condition will worsen.
  2. You have a weak immune system. You can feel the chill after having a bath and may develop cold or a cough as a side effect.

 

5. Egg

Chicken eggs are extensively used for preparing many dishes. Some of the common methods of preparation are as fried, soft-boiled, pickled, omelettes and hard-boiled.

 

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Step 1

Take an egg, break it. Then separate the white of the egg. Mix it with a teaspoon of olive oil

Step 2

Beat the mixture and gently apply on the hair and entire scalp.

 

How Does It Work?

Egg contains rich sources of sulphur and also has selenium, zinc, iodine, zinc and protein. All are essential for hair growth. The main constituents of olive oil are Vitamin A and E which are necessary for hair to strengthen the strands.

The main reason for the loss of hair is the hormone called as DHT (Dihydrotestosterone). It possesses the ability to reduce the hair follicle shaft. The hair becomes thinner until it is worn out. Application of olive oil to the scalp decreases the production of DHT and prevents loss of hair. Olive oil is also effective against flakes, dandruff and even lice.

 

Not Good, If:

  1. You are allergic to olive oil. You can suffer from skin rashes.

 

6. Spinach

You can apply all the natural products prepared out of spinach on the head and scalp to stop hair fall, but you also have to know that the body needs vital nutrients to stem the loss. The greens such as spinach are rich in minerals such as iron and vitamins.

The best way to include them in the diet is either as boiled or half-cooked, but after completely washing them with water. Smoothies can also be made and drunk twice a day to avail of the benefits.

Step 1

You have to take banana, papaya and spinach, but before making juice, ensure that all the ingredients are washed thoroughly. Purchase them in the organic market.

Step 2

Cut the banana, papaya and spinach into small pieces and put in a blender along with milk.

Step 3

You have prepared a nutritious smoothie.

Step 4

You can include this smoothie as a part of your breakfast diet.

 

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How Does It Work?

Almost all the essential nutrients required by the body are present in spinach. Known for its iron content, vitamins, phytonutrients and minerals. In vitamins, it contains A, E, K, folate, B2, B6 and in minerals (potassium, folate, calcium etc). It also contains good resources of omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fiber and protein.

The vitamin A and C are necessary for growth of hair.  These two components are vital in the head area as they are required to produce oil in scalp.

 

Not Good, If:

  1. You buy non-organic spinach. It can be sprayed with pesticides which can cause harm.
  2. You have kidney stones. Since it contains many nutrients, it can contribute to the levels of oxalate stones.

 

7. Juice Of Potato

If you are suffering loss of hair and you find that they are dry as well as brittle, then potato juice can be a good remedy.

Step 1

Take an organic potato and cut them into pieces.

Step 2

The best way to prepare potato juice is to mix the potato juice with water in a blender.

Step 3

Blend continuously for five minutes till the potato and the water become one solution.

Step 4

Apply the fresh juice on the scalp and hairs.

Step 5

Leave the residue for thirty minutes. Ensure the pack does not get dry.

Step 6

Wash off the warm residue with plenty of water.

Alternate Method: You can also include potatoes in the diet.

 

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How Does It Work?

Potatoes are rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, niacin and minerals such as copper, manganese and phosphorus all of which are needed for enhancing growth of hair and stopping hair fall.

Consumption of potatoes in the diet has many benefits. It can neutralize the acid in the stomach and prevent ailments such as peptic ulcers, heart burn and stomach upset. This process is made easy on account of the high amount of potassium present in the potatoes.

 

Not Good, If:

  1. You have diabetes. Your blood sugar levels might fluctuate.
  2. You take medications for blood clotting. You might suffer chances of bruises and bleeding.

 

8. Indian Gooseberry or Amla

You can include gooseberry in the diet to prevent hair loss but we are giving a totally different process here.

Step 1

Take dried Indian gooseberries in the number of four to five as well as coconut oil in a cup.

Step 2

Powder the Indian gooseberries into fine powder.

Step 3

You have to boil the mixture (containing gooseberries and coconut oil) for five minutes.

Step 4

Wait for the mixture to become cool.

Step 5

Then apply the residue on the scalp and let it remain for twenty minutes.

Step 6

You can then apply shampoo on the hair and clean wash it off.

Follow this process two days every week.

 

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Alternate Method

Step 1

Ground two to three Amla seeds into fine pulp.

Step 2

Take a lemon and squeeze the juice.

Step 3

The pulp should be added with lemon juice and applied on the head.

Step 4

Let the mixture remain for fifteen minutes and then, wash thoroughly with warm water.

 

How Does It Work?

One of the major reasons for becoming bald due to loss of hair is due to lack of Vitamin C in the diet. Amla is rich in Vitamin C and that is how a healthy scalp is formed. Also, this component can also assist the body in the absorption of iron, keeping the locks healthy and strong. Massaging the scalp assists in circulation of blood, and removes the unwanted flakes in the scalp. The pores also get opened and the result – more oil vital for growth of hair is promoted.

The benefits of adding amla in the diet are it promotes digestion and absorption of vital nutrients in the diet, balances the acid-alkaline ratio in the stomach, assist in elimination of free radicals, strengthens the eyes etc.

 

Not Good, If:

  1. You are suffering from cold or a cough. Do not try this method as it can lead to more health problems.

 

9. Hibiscus (You Can Use Leaves Or Flowers)

Termed as one of the best natural cures for preventing hair loss, leaves and flowers are both useful in curbing hair fall in the head. The juice prepared is very useful for hair with split ends as well as dandruff.

Step 1

You can take 12 to 15 hibiscus flowers and cut them into small pieces.

Step 2

Grind them to pulp and then add two tablespoons of coconut oil.

Step 3

Leave the mixture for three hours and then strain the solution.

Step 4

Collect the residue containing oil and then apply on the hair and scalp.

Step 5

You can leave overnight and then wash thoroughly the next day.

 

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Alternate Method

Step 1

Take ten hibiscus leaves and then grind them to fine paste.

Step 2

Apply the paste to the hair and scalp.

Step 3

You can leave the residue for thirty minutes to one hour.

Step 4

Rinse the head with plenty of water.

 

How Does It Work?

The flowers as well as leaves are rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Alpha hydroxyl acids along with many other nutrients. You also get prevention from gray hair. The hair follicles are rejuvenated and they become stronger.

 

10. Licorice Root

One of the best kitchen remedies to prevent falling of hair.

Step 1

You can take one licorice root and then ground them into fine pieces.

Step 2

Take a cup of milk and then include the powdered licorice root.

Step 3

You can also add two tablespoons of saffron to the mixture.

Step 4

Mix all the three ingredients thoroughly and apply on the patches where there is loss of hair overnight.

Step 5

Wash off the residue in the hair as per the requirements.

You can follow this home remedy process two times a week.

 

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How Does It Work?

The healing properties of licorice root can soothe the scalp and get rid of dandruff, scalp irritation. If these two problems are prevented, you can get lustrous hair.

The major component is glycyrrhizin which gives numerous health benefits to the body. It is effective in preventing the breakdown of adrenal hormone cortisol. The harmful effects are prevented and you do not suffer loss of hair.

Licorice root is known for hydrating the scalp making it remain moisturized.

 

10. Bok Choy

It is one of the most popular vegetables to cook in China and not widely prevalent in America. However, it can be termed as a Green Super food, which has low calories but abundant in nutrients. The shape resembles of a celery, with white stalks (thick) and rounded leaves which are dark in color.

 

You can include this ‘cabbage’ easily in the diet for lunch and dinner.

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How Does It Work?

The medicinal component is indole-3-carbinol; this component is under scientific research for its anti-carcinogenic properties and it can suppress the negative effects of estrogen. Another powerful antioxidant found in abundance in bok choy is Vitamin C. The other vitamins to make a mark are vitamin K, A and folate. If you have gone to a dermatologist, they will be looking for the levels of ferritin in the blood. A rich amount of iron is present in bok choy which helps in providing oxygen to all the cells present in the body and promotes growth of red blood cells.

Vitamin A is also present in high amounts in bok choy which is essential for eye health.

 

Not Good, If:

You have a thyroid problem. Bok choy has the enzyme myrosinase which can slow down function of thyroid leading to hypothyroidism.

 

11. Importance of Collagen in Hair Loss

Collagen is a vital component of hair, and as you near forty years of age, it begins to reduce, resulting in loss of hair. Vitamin C should be included in the diet to promote levels of collagen in the scalp area and head. The inclusion of high Vitamin C rich foods in the diet will solve this problem.

Some of the foods are strawberries, red pepper, bell peppers, kiwifruit, berries, tomatoes, papayas, dark leafy greens (kale), turnip, etc.

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It is advisable not to use hot water for hair as heat is harmful.

You can prevent loss of hair by various remedies. However, the practice to maintain a healthy hair has to be consistent and backed by a solid diet. A good nutritious diet is also necessary for maintenance of good shining hair.

Daily Exercise

Regular physical activity daily also promotes growth of hair. Exercise increases metabolism and the benefits are absorption of nutrients in the body.

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You have to seek the services of the doctor if either you or your child is disturbed by loss of hair and is interested to opt of proper treatment. Loss of hair can also signify an underlying medical condition that may require proper attention.

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Natural Remedy Vs Pharmacy

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the reports suggest that minoxidil Rogaine (topical application) can slow down the process of baldness and can promote growth of hair. Finasteride (Propecia, Proscar) which is sold in pill form can be used for effective treatment of loss of hair in men.  The other medicines are Cortisone (pills, injections and ointments), Nioxin vitamins and Diphenylcyclopropenone (DPCP).

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