Hair fall and hair thinning are one of themost common problems faced by both men and women today. As much as 25% of the men below the age of 21 years suffer from hair loss.
And 45% of the women suffer from hair thinningat some point of their life. Let us talk about it’s major reasons andthe do’s and don’ts to fix it. I want to start this talking about the 6 mistakes that you might be doing on a daily basis which is damaging your hair.
Heat in any form is bad for your hair. So taking hot water bath, excessive use of hair dryer or hair straightening machine should be avoided. Are you using a shampoo which contains sulphate? Check the ingredients of your shampoo and see if it contains Sodium Laurel Sulphate. Sodium Laurel Sulphate is a detergent which is known for hair loss.
Try not to use too many hair products. If you use them, make sure to wash them before going to sleep at night. Rubbing wet hair vigorously leads to hair breakage. So avoid brushing wet hair.
Do not tie your hair tightly all the timeas it puts a lot of pressure on the roots and causes the hair to fall. Too much of emotional stress can also lead to hair loss. Hairs have their fixed cycles.
It is like lithium ion battery. The more stressed out you will be, the fasterit will discharge. Now, let us talk about the 3 major causesof hair fall and the ways to fix it. #1 is Poor Blood Circulation.
The nutrients in our body flow through blood. If the blood circulation in your scalp areais low, even if you take a nutritious diet, your hair will fall. This is because the nutrients are not ableto reach the scalp area.
So, how do we improve the blood circulation? One way is to massage your scalp for 3-4 times a week.
Now, what oil you use for massage should betaken care of. You should not use oils with artificial fragrances. This is because the artificial fragrance thatit contains is because of the alcohol and alcohol is not good for your hair.
So, it is better to use mustard oil, coconutoil or almond oil. Massage has to be done gently. If it is vigorously done, it can lead to hairbreakage. You can massage your hair before going to sleep and you can then wash it in the morning.
Another way of improving blood circulation is through exercise. Any exercise done for 15-20 minutes can improve blood circulation drastically. Specially women, you are also suffering from thyroid or other kind of hormonal imbalances, exercise is highly recommended.
Another major cause of hair loss is due tothe rise in the levels of di hydrotestosterone. Almost 90% of the hair loss in men is due to the hormone dihydrotestosterone which is commonly known as DHT. Dihydrotestosterone is essentially formed from testosterone through a biochemical reaction. DHT causes the shortening of the life span of hair follicles.
Then chokes the hair follicles and eventually shuts them down. So, in order to reduce the DHT levels in the body, one should include DHT blocking foods.
Some of the DHT blocking foods are Fenugreekseeds, Almonds, Banana, Tomato, Carrots, Mushrooms etc. I have listed some more DHT blocking foods in the description below.
This is one reason why you see body builders who take testosterone injections getting bald. #3 is Poor Nutrition. Poor nutrition is the major reason as to whythe hair of both men and women start to thin out at a very early age. If the body is devoid of nutrients for a verylong time, one thing it can afford is to lose hair.
Body thinks that it can survive without asingle hair on the head. So, it stops making hair and takes care ofthe other vital organs. So, any hormonal imbalance or lack or nutrients,hair has to pay the price. These days, fast foods, fad diets, cola, artificialsweeteners, artificial juices, processed foods are very much a part of every teenagers diet. This needs to be fixed. Every hair strand is made up of protein.
So one should definitely have their dailydose of protein. Foods like kidney beans, chickpeas, blackchana, lentils, paneer, chicken, fish are all rich in protein and should be a part ofyour daily diet. Also, healthy fats are very important forhair health.
Almonds, Cashews, Peanuts, Walnuts, Flaxseedsare all good sources of healthy fats. There are two types of vitamins. Water soluble and Fat soluble. Vitamin A,D,E and K are all fat soluble. If you remove fat from your diet, your bodywill automatically get deficient of these vitamins. So make sure that healthy fats are a partof your diet.
Also B vitamins are very important for hairhealth. Next, Iron and Vitamin C are very importantto prevent hair loss. Iron and Vitamin C come hand to hand. This is because Vitamin C is very importantto absorb Iron in the body. If you take iron but you don’t consume vitaminC, it will not be absorbed.
All the green leafy vegetables like spinachand cauliflower are great sources of iron. And one of the best sources of Vitamin C availableto us is Amla or Indian Gooseberry. Other sources of Vitamin C are Orange, Lemon,Capsicum etc. So if you consume a well balanced diet, youwill see that you will stop losing your hair.
So, if you apply these basic tips in your life, you will see that you will stop losing your hair.