Thanks to Rapunzel, we’ve all dreamed of having long hair we can let down for a Prince (okay, maybe not. But you get the point). Unfortunately, it seems like this beautiful gift belongs to only a few people on earth. For some, their hair seems short because it keeps breaking and falling off.
According to a study carried out, losing about fifty to a hundred strands of hair is pretty normal. However, if you happen to be losing way more than that, then you should look into it.
Hair loss is an unwanted thing, especially for women who believe their hair is their “glory “ or “crown”. It is also not welcome in men and may affect their self-esteem.
So what causes Hair Loss?
Hair loss could be caused by a number of factors, some of which includes :
• Hormonal imbalance
• Thyroid problems
• Nutritional deficiencies
• Use of birth control pills
• Excessive use of hair styling products
• Excessive use of heat on the hair
• Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
• Use of hair care products that are chemical based
• A poor hair care routine
The good news is, we have researched and come up with natural ways to control hair loss. These remedies have no side effects and are surely not as expensive as those commercial products. Some of these ingredients, you may find in your kitchen. They are sure to improve your hair growth and boost your hair texture.
Natural Ways to Control Hair Loss
- Regular Scalp Massage:
This has got to be the cheapest way to control hair loss. A proper scalp massage with maybe some warm oil will enhance and boost the flow of blood to your hair follicles. This will in turn promote feelings of relaxation and reduce stress, which is a major cause of hair loss.
A study published in 2016 says that hair thickness is found to increase with a good scalp massage. You could use oils like castor oil, olive oil, almond oil or coconut oil.
Here’s what to do:
• Start by warming up the oil you have chosen to use
• Massage the oil onto your scalp and hair, applying a little pressure with your fingertips.
• Let it sit for an hour at least or you could even go to bed with it
• Next, shampoo your hair normally and rinse
• Repeat this at least two times a day
- Aloe Vera:
Aloe vera is a natural remedy often used for a lot of ailments. It is also effective in dealing with hair loss. It cleanses the pores, balances the pH level of the scalp which is important for the stimulation of hair growth.
Aloe vera also contains proteolytic enzymes that will help get rid of dead skin cells from the scalp so that the hair follicles get unclogged.
Plus, it stimulates blood circulation in an area and has vitamins A, C and E which help with cell turn over. That way, your hair grows and is shiny.
According to a study carried out on 2010, aloe Vera’s enzyme content helps protect the scalp from lots of diseases which is healthy for hair growth.
Dandruff is also controlled by aloe vera. Considering that dandruff may be a reason for hair loss, it resolves the inflammation that is caused by dandruff and cleanses the scalp.
Here’s what to do:
• Start by extracting the gel from the aloe vera leaf.
• Apply it on your hair and scalp and leave it for about 45 minutes.
• Rinse it out with normal water.
• Repeat 3 or 4 times a week to see better results.
Coconut has lots of hair benefits. It promotes hair growth, conditions it.
It also contains fatty acids which contains fatty acids that penetrate the hair shafts and reduce protein loss from your hair, which is important for healthy and strong hair. It also has minerals and proteins that reduce hair breakage.
One study that was published in 2003 says that since coconut oil is a triglyceride of lauric acid, it has a high affinity for hair proteins. Also, as a result of of its low molecular weight and straight linear chain, is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft
You can use coconut oil or coconut milk to prevent hair loss.
Here’s what to do:
• Start by warming a small part of the coconut oil so that it melts.
• Use the oil to massage your hair from the roots to the tips.
• After an hour, or after going to bed with it, you can wash it off
• You could repeat this at least twice a week
• Grate a medium-sized coconut and squeeze out the milk
• Add a tablespoon of fenugreek seeds to the milk. Let it soak it in for an hour or two.
• Then, blend the mixture and apply on your scalp and hair.
• After 20 minutes, rinse it out and shampoo your.
• Do it at least twice a week.
A third option
• Boil ½ cup of coconut oil and 7 or 8 fresh curry leaves.
• Strain it.
• Apply this solution on your hair.
• Use this twice a week to see a difference.
- Apple Cider Vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar is great for promoting hair growth and controlling hair loss. It has an acidic nature that helps restore the alkaline state of the body.
This in turn helps protect the scalp from infections which often are the cause of hair loss. It provides important nutrients for the healthy growth of hair.
Here’s what to do:
• Mix 2 tablespoons each of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and water.
• Apply this solution on your scalp and massage for 5 minutes.
• Leave it on for another 5 minutes.
• Rinse it out with water, then shampoo as usual.
• Use this treatment 1 or 2 times a week.
- Good Hair Care Routine:
A good hair care routine is a must if you want to control hair loss and promote hair growth.
For instance, you need to wash your hair regularly but gently and with a good shampoo. Don’t over-wash though as it can be bad for your hair’s health.
Too much shampooing can dry out your hair by sucking up the natural moisture and oils. This in turn will lead to hair breakage and hair loss.
Also, do not use hot water to wash your hair. Use lukewarm or cool water.
After washing, do not use a blow dryer to dry your hair. The heat from the dryer strips the serum from your hair, making it look dry and dull.
A study carried out in 2011 reports that it’s more harmful to use a hair dryer than to dry your hair naturally.
Apart from washing and drying, you might need to change the way you style your hair. For example, tight hairstyles can put excessive tension on the hair follicles, which can lead to hair breakage and even hair loss.
A 2016 study says that there is a strong association between hairstyles that pull the scalp (like braids, knots, buns and ponytails) and a development of gradual hair loss
Also, do not comb wet hair. Leave it loose until it is fully dry. Be gentle when brushing and don’t brush more than once a day.