Studies have found that caffeine can boost hair growth and prevent alopecia or male pattern baldness. Caffeine does this by preventing testosterone from suppressing hair shaft production, penetrating through hair follicles and improving barrier function, among other things.
In alopecia areata, your immune system attacks hair follicles, causing hair loss in patches. Natural treatment options include onion and garlic juice; rosemary, lavender, almond, mustard, and coconut oil; coconut milk; honey; ginkgo leaves; and licorice root. You also need to reduce stress and soak up the sun regularly to prevent deficiencies and further damage to hair.
Ayurveda has used Brahmi for centuries. Brahmi has been used to develop and improve memory and is commonly known as the "memory enhancer" herb. It reduces stress and anxiety and treats mental illnesses like Alzheimer's disease and digestive issues like diarrhea. Brahmi oil prevents hair fall, promotes good sleep, and reduces joint pain. The effect of Brahmi is enhanced when combined with other herbs like ashwagandha.
Repeatedly straightening your hair with flat irons or chemical relaxants can remove the natural oils from your scalp, drying up your hair and skin and making the strands weak, prone to breakage, split ends, frizz, and dullness. It may even damage the hair follicles, leading to hair loss and balding. The formaldehyde released by flat irons and blow dryers is harmful for your hair, skin, eyes, and lungs too.
Telogen effluvium (TE) is the second most common type of hair loss. It is caused due to various reasons like hormonal changes, dietary deficiency, certain medications, stress, and underlying health conditions. The conditions could be thyroid disorder, allergy due to dyes, and alopecia areata (patterned baldness). The first step in[.....]
There are no instant remedies for hair loss. You could try the latest in laser therapy to stimulate the hair follicles. Ayurveda recommends natural remedies like bhringraj oil as well as amla or gooseberry, curry leaves, and brahmi. You can water the hair roots with green tea, apply a rejuvenating mask of hibiscus leaves and flowers on the hair or give your scalp a cooling massage with aloe vera gel. Ginseng and some seaweed are useful for hair growth. Homeopathy too has some effective remedies.
Hair loss is most commonly seen in male or female pattern baldness which is associated with increased levels of a male hormone known as dihydrotestosterone (DHT). An extract of saw palmetto berries may block 5α-reductase, an enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT and studies have found that the oral and topical use can address hair loss.
If hypothyroidism is the underlying cause of your hair loss, you will notice hair thinning across the scalp as well as in the outer edges of the eye brows. This is because the lack of thyroid hormones leads to quicker death of hair cells. Rev up your hormones with spices like ginger and turmeric. Avoid goiter-causing foods and processed foods. Get enough vits D and B12. Ayurveda suggests herbal remedies like ashwagandha and guggulu to treat thyroid problems.
Most people don’t realize that men go through hormonal shifts, just like women. These natural changes happen over a long period of time, but can also be caused by chronic illness or stress. And since hormones control normal functions of the body, you can notice when there’s something wrong. Masculine physical traits, which are ruled by sex hormones, can also change. This can be stressful for any man, but could be treated with a doctor’s help.
Optimize your vit D levels using safe methods like sun exposure, eating fish or fortified foods that are rich in the nutrient. Get your vit B12 levels to a healthy range by switching to whole grain foods. Stock-up on anti-estrogenic foods like berries, flaxseeds, ginger, broccoli. Exercise regularly; use yoga/meditation to manage stress better. Try ayurvedic remedies like ashwagandha or triphala.
Boil a few dried Indian gooseberry (amla) pieces in 500ml coconut oil until they become charred. Let the oil cool. Apply onto your hair, scalp overnight or an hour before wash. Equally beneficial can be topical application of kayyonyadi tailam, neelibhringadi tailam, herbs such as henna, aloe vera, hibiscus, or a fine paste of overnight soaked fenugreek seeds.
Ashwagandha strengthens hair roots, improves the scalp's grip on the hair (mixed with guduchi), and boosts the melanin content of hair. It fights stress, a major cause of hair loss, and promotes restorative sleep to reduce stress and brings the body back to balance. It also fights free radicals which are known to cause premature aging of hair. But it's best to ask an Ayurvedic doctor and not self-medicate.
Traditional medicine forms like Ayurveda attach a lot of importance to sirobhyanga or head massage. Since we hold a lot up in our heads (in more ways than one), a head massage performed by a qualified professional can help nourish and boost all of our senses. It can also improve circulation and even help stop hair loss and promote hair growth. Using specific herbal oils can be even more effective in the saving of our luscious locks.
Fenugreek seeds contain lecithin, nicotinic acid, and amino acids that build hair follicles, strengthening your hair root to tip and imparting a natural shine. Antioxidant-rich olive oil conditions your hair and repairs chemical damage. Mix 2 tbsp of dried, finely ground fenugreek seeds and 1 tbsp of olive oil. Apply this on your hair and scalp. Rinse off with warm water after 10 min.
Antioxidant-rich amla prevents graying by fighting free radicals and cooling the pitta dosha. It nourishes hair follicles and increases blood supply to the scalp. Being anti-microbial, it also inhibits dandruff. Apply a paste of 1/2 cup yogurt, 2 tbsp gooseberry powder, 1 tbsp fenugreek powder, and 1 tbsp curry leaves paste on damp hair. Rinse after 20 min to get lustrous, durable tresses.
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