Men and women love to have thick, luscious, black hair. It makes them feel young and confident. But the numbers of men and women with healthy thick hair growth seem to be dwindling by the day. There are a number of reasons for hair loss and similarly there are a number of home remedies too to treat this condition.
Some reasons for hair loss include heredity, anemia, stress and anxiety, dandruff, autoimmune diseases like lupus etc, hypothyroidism, unclean or unhealthy scalp, fungus, chemicals, environmental pollution etc.
Intake of healthy food like fruits and vegetables, keeping away from junk food and leading a stress free life, though sound clichéd, are still the basic tenets for healthy living as well as healthy hair. So the first step to arrest hair loss is to adopt this healthy lifestyle. This should be followed by trying a few home remedies specific to the individual’s condition. Proper hair care takes time, but the benefits are there to be seen.
Some of the time-tested Ayurvedichome remedies for hair loss are given below. Choose the one that suits you best, based on your body type and easy availability of ingredients.
Fenugreek is a great hair loss remedy. The best way to use fenugreek is to make a paste with cow’s milk. The paste made of fenugreek and milk is applied generously onto the scalp and washed off after 15 minutes with warm water and soap nut powder. One note of caution. This method is not suited for those who catch cold very easily.
Dried gooseberry, white pepper, kadukkai, aromatic turmeric (kasthuri manjal), and neem seeds of equal quantity are collected. These are powdered individually and then mixed together. A teaspoon of this powder is taken and boiled in milk to form a thick paste. The paste is applied warm on scalp. It is allowed to remain for 10-15 minutes and then washed off with soap-nut powder.
Arugampul (Bermuda grass) and athimathuram powder are added to coconut oil and boiled to reach a thick consistency of a thailam. Filter the resultant preparation and store in a cool place. This thick oil is applied to scalp and washed off after 15 minutes. This is a very effective treatment for dandruff and hair loss.
Navacharam is the Tamil name for ammonium chloride. One very effective way to combat hair loss due to fungus attack of scalp is to mix a teaspoon of navacharam in honey and applying the ensuing preparation on scalp, particularly in spots which have been affected by fungus.
Cut small onion (shallot) into half and rub it on the scalp where there is hair loss due to fungus, ringworm, or bacterial infection. Wash off with warm water after 15 minutes. Onion has well-known antibacterial and antiseptic properties and hence can help in arresting hair fall. The same technique can be followed using wild garlic pods. Freshly cut wild garlic pods are rubbed on scalp. Garlic is also a well known antibacterial and antifungal agent which can prove beneficial in cases where hair loss is due to ringworm or other bacterial infections. Care should be taken as some can be allergic to onion or garlic. So the ideal way to benefit from garlic or onion is to test a small portion of the scalp initially and then if there is no reddening of scalp or unbearable itchy feeling, you can proceed to treat the rest of the affected areas of the scalp.
Henna leaf is yet another time tested herb that helps in treating hair loss. Collect two fistful of henna leaf and make a fine thick paste out of it. The paste is patted flat and round into shape of a one rupee coin. Allow this to try in shade for a day or two. Drop these henna tablets into a bottle of sesame oil. After 3-4 days place this bottle of sesame oil in hot sun for one day. Heat the oil in stove and as the henna paste turns brown remove from stove and let it cool. Store the oil in a bottle. This henna steeped oil is applied on scalp and massaged thoroughly to prevent hair loss and premature graying.
Elephant tusk is prescribed in certain Siddha texts to treat hair loss due to fungal growth. The tusk is burnt to ashes. The ensuing fine powder is mixed in coconut oil and applied on fungus affected areas of the scalp.
Water amaranth (Ponnanganni in Tamil) and false daisy (karisalanganni, bhringraj) are two herbs used in preparing hair oil. Bhringraj hair oil is a well known Ayurvedic hair oil for hair growth. Both these herbs are cleaned and the leaves are ground to make a fine paste. This paste is added to coconut and allowed to boil for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and allow it to cool. Store the oil in a bottle. Apply this oil to scalp and hair every day. This arrests hair fall and helps thick luscious hair growth.
Take a handful of small onions (shallots). Cut them to thin slices. Heat a liter of coconut oil and drop the onion slices into the oil. When the onion slices start to float atop the heated oil, remove from heat and allow the oil to cool. This oil is applied to the scalp once in two days for 10 to 15 minutes and then washed with soap nut powder. This is an effective way to prevent hair loss.
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