Why Hair Loss Occurs
The medical term for hair loss is alopecia and is a common occurrence these days. There are two types of alopecia namely, temporary and permanent. Androgenic alopecia is when male or female pattern baldness occurs and is genetic, considered permanent and has no cure although hair growth can be artificially restored. Traction alopecia is temporary hair loss and occurs due to tying up or braiding the hair too tightly as well as constant styling. The reason for this type of alopecia is as a result of the constant pulling on the hair which causes the hair to weaken and fall out. The other reasons why hair loss occurs are hormone irregularities or changes and stressful situations.
Hair Loss Is A Common Problem
More and more people today are complaining of hair loss; however the real culprit is not genetics but our unhealthy lifestyles and poor diets. Due to the fast paced lives we live, most people find it increasingly difficult to eat correctly or give their hair the love and attention it deserves. Although this problem can begin at an early age, it can be easily remedied by correcting your diet as well as by means of simple homemade remedies. If you suffer from hair loss, you should not wait for your scalp to be visible before taking action.
Follow my simple 10 step plan to have stronger, healthier hair and stop hair loss:
- Meditate – Practice Yoga and meditation regularly. This will improve the blood circulation in your entire body and keep your mind refreshed. This reduces stress and in turn prevents hair loss.
- Avoid alcohol – Regular consumption of alcohol has adverse effects on hair growth. It tends to slow down the time of hair growth and re growth. Purge alcohol and you will see the magic!
- Supplement with vitamins and protein – Hair is entirely made of proteins. To prevent hair loss, include a lot of proteins and vitamins in your diet. Eat meat and dairy products like yogurt, eggs and cheese. Green leafy vegetables, fruit salads, citrus fruits like oranges and lemons are rich in vitamins and make your hair shiny and strong. Follow a balanced diet to stop hair loss and help hair growth.
- Drink plenty of water – Avoid coffee, tea and other aerated beverages when you feel thirsty. Substitute them with fruits like melon and water that encourage hair growth. If you have dry scalp make sure you drink at least 8-10 glasses of water every day. It is healthier and water keeps your body hydrated.
- Quit smoking – Smoking and hair loss is linked. If you want your hair to grow long and remain shiny, sacrifice smoking. The nicotine in the cigarettes reduces the flow of blood to the scalp and thus impairs hair growth.
- Relaxing hot oil massage – Make time to pamper your hair and massage your scalp with hot oil. Coconut oil, almond oil and olive oil have proved to make hair shiny, strong and long. It is a fuel for hair follicles and hair growth. Feel the difference as you regularly pamper yourself with massages.
- Avoid using harsh chemicals – Hair loss is common as a result of harsh chemicals in hair products and can make your hair dry, dull and weak. Do not torture your hair with hair colors’, streaks, and serums. Let your hair dry naturally and avoid hair dryers and straightening irons. Experimenting with new hairstyles can steal the natural beauty of your hair.
- Comb carefully – Give your hair love and treat it with care. Do not use a rough comb as it will damage the hair follicles. Gliding the comb gently in different directions stimulates blood circulation and reduces hair loss. If your hair is knotted use a wide toothed comb and detangle it from the ends.
- Avoid washing hair with hot water – If your hair becomes dry after washing, perhaps it is the hot water that is making it lifeless. A hot water bath can be very relaxing but it robs the natural oils from the scalp, makes it dry and promotes hair loss. Should you wash your hair with hot water remember to close the pores after you wash it with warm or cold water.
- Make homemade shampoo – Although a mixture of Amla powder, yogurt, lime and tea tree oil kill the bacteria that reside on the scalp, it also weakens the roots, use a mixture of curds, lime and green gram powder instead on the scalp as a natural shampoo. Substitute conventional conditioners with a glass of water mixed with a tea-spoon of honey and use it in the last rinse after shampooing; it strengthens the hair and helps with hair loss.
Feed Your Hair To Avoid Hair Loss
Feed your hair with plenty of water and nutrients:
- Protein grows hair. A protein deficiency can cause hair loss. Add protein to the diet by including animal products, such as meat and dairy, or protein shakes made from whey.
- Vitamin C is needed for healthy hair. Vitamin C is also a component of healthy hair. Citrus fruits, such as oranges and lemons, are especially high in vitamin C, as are green peppers; the suggested dosage is 1,000 to 3,000 mg a day.
- B Vitamins increase hair growth. Biotin and the complex B vitamins are needed to grow hair. B3 helps increase circulation to the scalp, thereby discouraging hair loss. It is best to take a supplement that includes all of the B vitamins, called a B complex supplement, as the nutrients work synergistically.
- Iron reduces hair loss. The mineral iron helps increase circulation in the scalp as well, which then fuels hair growth. Foods that are high in iron include liver, apricots and raisins.
- Vitamin E grows hair. Vitamin E is another nutrient needed to grow hair. It stimulates the circulation in the scalp and can be ingested or applied to the scalp.
- Vitamin A feeds healthy hair. Vitamin A helps create vibrant shiny hair because it works with the fat synthesis in the hair follicles, spurs hair growth and stops hair loss. Foods that contain vitamin A include eggs, kale, squash, and carrots.
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