• Ananya Misra

Top Tips To Reduce Hair Fall


Are you among the thousands of men and women who suffer from hair fall? Are you tired of sweeping away strands of hair all over your carpet or floor? Are you worried you will end up with a bald patch? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, you have come to the right page. Read on to get some time tested tips some of which our mothers and grandmothers have been practising for ages. No wonder they used to have such thick, luscious long hair back in their days!

Hairfall Causes


First, let’s understand the main reasons for hair fall.


Genetic


If your parents and grandparents have had problems with hair fall, chances are high you will suffer the same. Apart from having a healthy diet, you could seek professional help in such cases.


Stress


It is very common to get increased hair fall in times of acute mental and physical stress. If you are worrying too much, not getting sufficient sleep, not eating properly or have some underlying illness, your hair follicles and roots would weaken over time thereby resulting in hair fall.


Medications



Some medicines can have long term side effects that include hair fall. In case you have recently started taking any medication, make sure you check with your doctor if hair fall is a possible side effect. Even some treatments like chemotherapy can cause acute hair fall


Diseases


Several diseases including cancer, HIV and dengue may cause acute hair fall. Usually, such hair fall would be noticeably different from the usual in that one will find clumps of hair falling out instead of strands. In such cases, it is best to consult your doctor.


Deficiencies in nutrition


Deficiency of iron and red blood cells in the body can lead to increased hair fall


Hormonal Changes


Changes in the level of hormones in the body due to pregnancy, thyroid disorders or menopause can lead to hair fall.


Chemical Treatments & excessive hairstyling



Too many hair treatments like colouring, straightening or perming can permanently damage healthy hair and lead to increased hair fall. Similarly, doing tight hairdos and too much of hair styling can damage the roots and follicles of hair.


Ways to prevent hair fall



Apply Natural Hair Masks



There are several effective, all-natural hair masks that you can prepare in a jiffy sitting at your home. Here are a few of them.


Onion Mask




In case the smell of onion is not too strong for you, you can try out this excellent therapy on your scalp. Just take a couple of onions and blend them in the mixer. Apply the juice on your scalp and keep it on for 15 minutes. Onions contain several vitamins and minerals that help keep hair shiny & strong.

Aloe Vera Mask




Apply the extracts of aloe vera to some coconut oil and dab the mixture in your scalp using some cotton. Aloe vera strengthens the scalp, softens and nourishes hair, reduces dandruff and boosts hair growth. Keep the mask on for half an hour before washing it off


Fenugreek Mask


This is yet another excellent method to ensure your hair doesn’t bid you an early farewell! Handed down from grandmoms to moms and finally to us, this mask is as good as it gets.


Soak a handful of methi seeds ( Indian word for fenugreek) and leave it overnight. Next day, grind it to a fine paste and apply it on your scalp. You can mix some coconut oil to the paste for better results. Leave the paste on for some half-hour before washing it off.


Green Tea Mask





Turns out green tea not only helps in weight loss and prevention of cancer, it ensures a headful of hair as well. Dip a couple of green tea bags in a cup of warm water and let the water cool down. Next, pour the water down your hair while gently massaging the roots.

Shampoo and Conditioner:


After applying any hair mask, you need to wash it off thoroughly with shampoo. Ensure to use gentle, medicated shampoos and massage your scalp well while rubbing the shampoo in.


Do keep in mind, that shampooing is essential not only after applying hair masks. But as a general rule, you should try to shampoo your hair at least 1-2 times a week as it helps get rid of dirt and keeps the scalp healthy. At the same time, it is important to understand, too much shampoo can ruin your hair as well and damage the roots.

Using a conditioner after shampooing is a good way to give silkiness and shine to your hair.


You could also make yourself a hair spa at home

Oil Massage:


Apart from the above steps, massaging your hair twice a week with coconut oil can be very beneficial for the health of your hair. You can heat the oil a bit before applying. Apart from keeping your hair strong, it stimulates hair growth and reduces hair fall.


Diet:


What we eat plays an important part in determining the condition of our hair. Our hair is primarily made of keratin which is a kind of protein. Hence having a protein-rich diet would definitely help in having thick hair. Some commonly available food that is good for your hair are:

Protein-rich food like Eggs, Chicken, lentils, soybean, seeds etc go a long way in helping build new hair and prevent hair fall



Vegetables like Spinach and carrots are a great source of Vitamin A that improves hair growth. These also help make hair more lustrous, improves blood circulation and strengthens the roots. Spinach is a great source of iron as well. Given that iron deficiency is a leading cause for hair fall, incorporating some spinach in your daily diet can go a long way in keeping your hair intact.




Fish oil is rich in omega 3 fatty acids which is essential to prevent hair fall and promote hair growth. Oil-rich fish like sardine and tuna can be a great addition to your daily diet.



Vitamin C rich food like Indian gooseberries( amla) and lemons and oranges can be excellent for hair growth. Make sure you get good portions of these in your daily diet if you want to have a head full of healthy and shiny hair.




Conclusion


In order to ensure a head full of healthy hair and prevent hair loss, pay attention to your diet and treat your hair with care. In most cases of hair fall, you would see good results if you keep in mind these two aspects.


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