Category: Ayurveda Written by William Henderson
It is totally common to lose 80-100 hair strands in a day. However, if you lose more than this, you should certainly seek help from a professional dermatologist. The process of aging has a lot more to do than just adding years to your life. Your physical features change and multiple changes tend to take place inside the body as well. As men and women age, they start noticing hair thinning, wrinkles on the face, greying of hair, etc. However, losing an enormous amount of hair daily can certainly point towards a serious problem. A condition such as alopecia or pattern baldness that occurs both in men and women can occur due to various reasons. The best part is that this condition is treatable. Where medicines such as Finpecia 1 mg (that contain Finasteride) have been approved for the treatment of alopecia in men, there are some natural cures for the same as well. The ancient Indian medical system, Ayurveda can help prevent hair loss and greying hair, and restore lost hair.
Understanding the Science of Ayurveda to Prevent Hair Loss
The marketing gimmicks that you see in TV advertisements and on the Internet are full of harmful chemicals that can further damage your hair. It is important to stay wary of such products and follow a healthier approach towards healing instead.
Ayurveda takes into account the five elements that our universe is made up of - air, water, fire, earth, and ether. Similarly, our body comprises three doshas as described by Ayurveda - Vata, pitta, and Kapha. The Vata dosha is related to air, Pitta dosha is related to fire, and Kapha dosha is related to water. An imbalance of any of these doshas in the body can lead to various health conditions. While the major causes of hair loss have been linked with hormonal, nutritional deficiencies, and side-effects of certain medications, Ayurveda considers it a condition caused due to an imbalance of the Pitta dosha.
Eating spicy, salty, and sour foods, and drinking alcohol, tea, coffee, and smoking excessively can lead to an imbalance of the Pitta dosha. Pitta generally controls our metabolism and digestion. Ayurveda believes in balancing the Pitta dosha by making certain diet and lifestyle modifications to improve the condition of hair loss. Following a healthy diet regime, waking up early, exercising regularly, and taking an adequate amount of sleep can help in balancing the dosha and prevent hair loss.
Well, there are certain remedies that can prevent premature greying of hair and improve your hair health.
Effective Ayurvedic Tips and Remedies for Healthy Hair
- The King of Herbs Bhringraj
Bhringraj is an essential herb for hair growth. It also prevents premature greying of hair and regulates pitta to boost metabolism. It also provides a calming sensation when applied to the scalp. It is available both in the form of powder and oil.
If you want to make your own version of Bhringraj oil at home, here’s what you need to do:
- Take a handful of Bhringraj leaves and dry them in the sun for a couple of days.
- Put the dried leaves in a container containing coconut oil.
- Keep the container in the sun for another two days.
- Wait for the color to change light green. Massage it on your scalp and wash it off with shampoo.
Also known as the Indian gooseberry, amla is one of the most important ingredients for maintaining hair health. It acts as a natural immunity booster that purifies the blood and treats indigestion. It contains all the essential fatty acids that are vital for strengthening the hair follicles and providing them luster. The presence of Vitamin C helps to prevent premature greying of hair. It also provides relief with an itchy scalp caused due to dandruff.
This simple remedy can reap wonders to your hair:
- Take 5-6 tablespoons of amla powder and mix lime juice to make a paste.
- Massage it on your scalp and hair.
- Wash it off with a shampoo after an hour.
- Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is an essential ingredient for curbing hair loss and it cleans the body from within. It contains proteolytic enzymes that help to repair damaged cells and improve the health of hair follicles. The anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties of aloe vera help to provide relief from scalp irritation and dandruff.
- Take half a cup of aloe vera gel, 3 tablespoons of coconut oil, and 2 tablespoons of honey.
- Combine all the 3 ingredients together and apply the mixture to your scalp.
- Rest for 30 minutes to 1 hour and wash it off with lukewarm water and shampoo.
You can also make your own DIY hair mask at home that can help to grow hair faster, boost hair health and provide lustre to it.
Best considered as an alternative to shampoo, Shikakai is used for its hair-cleansing properties. It is rich in antioxidants and vitamins A, K, C, and D that help with the nourishment of hair. It also detangles the hair, reduces dandruff, and provides luster to hair.
Follow this simple method to use shikakai for hair growth:
- Take 6 tablespoons of dried shikakai powder and 2 cups of water.
- Combine the ingredients together and keep the mixture aside.
- Rinse your hair with water.
- Now pour half of the shikakai solution through your hair.
- Massage your hair for 5-7 minutes and then rinse with water.
- Repeat the same process with the remaining solution.
You can also add shikakai powder to coconut and other hair oils and use it to massage your scalp.
- Soap nuts or Reetha
Reetha is yet another essential ingredient that has been used for centuries as a natural shampoo. It keeps your hair healthy and improves hair growth. It also improves hair texture and volume. It can be used for daily cleansing of hair.
Here’s how you can prepare your own Reetha shampoo at home:
- Take a handful of soap nuts and two cups of water.
- Boil the nuts in the water and leave the mixture overnight.
- Strain the solution and collect it in a container or jug.
- Use it as a shampoo.
Brahmi is considered as one of the best herbs for treating stress. Stress is one of the contributing factors for premature greying of hair and Brahmi helps to counter that effect. It also provides nourishment to the roots and improves hair health. It helps to reduce scalp irritation and combat dandruff.
- Take 2 tablespoons of dried Brahmi powder, 2 tablespoons of dried amla powder, 2 tablespoons of dried ashwagandha powder, and half a cup of yogurt.
- Combine all the ingredients together to form a smooth paste.
- Apply the mixture to your hair (from the roots to the tips).
- Wash your hair with lukewarm water and shampoo.
What Else Can You Do to Prevent Hair Loss and Promote Hair Growth?
While the ayurvedic remedies aren’t a foolproof cure for everyone, there’s something else that you can do. It is really important to determine the root cause of hair loss and even if everything’s fine, you should still get a health checkup to ensure that your vitals are fine. Reach out to a medical professional who can help determine the cause and provide you a suitable treatment plan.
According to experts at Hisblue, hair loss can have ‘n’ number of reasons. It’s not just about changing shampoos and hair conditioners rather improving one’s own lifestyle. Hair loss can be caused due to a variety of reasons and can take different forms. Working out with your dermatologist on a treatment plan can be helpful in the long term.
Certain hair loss medications such as Finax 1 mg and Minoxidil have been approved for the treatment of pattern baldness in both men and women. While Finax 1 mg that contains Finasteride is approved for use in men, Minoxidil can be used by both men and women.
Minoxidil comes in the form of a solution that can be applied directly to the scalp and oral tablets that can be taken via mouth. On the other hand, Finasteride comes in the form of oral tablets. The way both these medications work is completely different.
Finasteride is a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor that prevents the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone. This helps to prevent hair loss and keep the prostate from getting enlarged. On the other hand, Minoxidil works by improving blood flow to the hair follicles and supplying oxygen and other vital ingredients required for hair growth.
Finasteride also comes in the form of a 5 mg dose that is sold under the name Finast 5 mg. It is usually prescribed by doctors to help patients cut costs by using a single 5 mg tablet in 4 doses. By splitting a 5 mg tablet into four parts, the dose gets reduced and the treatment becomes economical.
It is important to note that medications come with certain side-effects and shouldn’t be considered as some sugar pill to be consumed in the long run. It becomes your responsibility to follow a healthy routine that is essential for your overall well-being.
Author: William Henderson
Short bio: William Henderson is a professional therapist based out of Chicago. He educates people about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and helps them lead a happy life ahead. He is currently working as a physician and health consultant at Hisblue. When he’s not working, he can be found writing journals and blogs, or reading books at the nearby library. Doctor.com Profile - https://www.doctor.com/Dr-Cliff-Henderson
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