20 Must-Know Home Remedies And Tips On How To Control Hair Fall
Hair fall is unpleasant. In this article, Beauty and Tips takes a look at what causes it and how to control it.
Hair matters, both to men and women. It gives us confidence and helps us to feel like ourselves. The moment our hair starts to thin or fall is very worrying. In fact, it can be downright demoralising. But what triggers hair fall?
There are numerous reasons for why your hair might be falling. Here are some of them…
What causes hair fall?
Physical stress in particular can trigger hair loss. As Marc Glashofer, MD, a dermatologist in NYC puts it, “When you have a really stressful event, it can shock the hair cycle, pushing more into the shedding phase.”
Our hair has a life cycle, starting with the growth phase, moving onto the rest phase and ending with the shedding phase. If you’ve experienced a particular stressful event recently, it could be that which has caused your hair to fall.
Pregnancy is a wonderful, beautiful thing but it could also technically be described as a type of physical stress to your body.
Pregnancy can cause a hormonal imbalance, which can lead to hair fall. Giving birth itself, meanwhile, is an especially traumatic experience for some women that can precipitate the loss of even more hair.
Emotional stress probably won’t cause as much hair fall as physical stress, but for some people it’s a pretty big cause.
Emotional stress can be triggered by a bereavement, a breakup, a divorce, a hard time at work and so on.
That said, emotional stress itself isn’t usually the chief cause of hair loss; instead, it exacerbates an already existing problem.
If you’re feeling stressed about something at the moment, identify what’s causing you stress and work out ways to defuse the situation as best you can.
Too Much Vitamin A
Lots of people are told that they’re vitamin deficient. But did you know that problems also arise when you consume too much of a certain vitamin?
If you consume too much vitamin A, you can create a few problems for yourself – including hair fall.
If you feel like you’ve been consuming too much vitamin A recently, cool it and see what happens.
Not Enough Vitamin B
Vitamin B deficiency isn’t actually that common, but if you aren’t getting enough into your system it could be the reason you’re experiencing hair fall.
Adding supplements and food rich in vitamin B, such as non-citrus fruits, starchy vegetables, meat and fish can reverse the issue for you, as can eating more nuts and avocados.
Sudden Weight Loss
Another type of physical stress, dramatic weight loss can affect your body in ways you might not have foreseen. Weight loss might be good for you, but if you lose too much too quickly, you risk putting your body under stress that results in hair fall.
It’s a sudden shock to the system that might take a while to reverse.
If you are concerned about hair fall, let’s now take a look at some possible solutions…
20 Home remedies for hair fall that you can make yourself
Eew onion juice, right?!
We know. But hey – it works!
Onion juice works because it’s rich in sulphur, a compound that boosts circulation to your scalp and follicles. It also reduces inflammation.
Onion juice is also rich in antibacterial agents that destroy parasites and germs, and it can also remedy scalp infections.
For this remedy, extract the juice fro an onion before grating and straining it. Then, simply apply the juice to your scalp before leaving it for half an hour. Rinse off with warm water and then shampoo your hair as you normally would.
Not quite as divisive as onion juice, beets are rich in vitamins B and C, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, protein and carbs – all of which are essential for healthy hair.
The best thing to do is simply add more beetroot to your diet. Alternatively, you could make a paste by grinding raw beet leaves with henna. Apply to your scalp, leave for up to 20 minutes before washing off with warm water.
Not too keen on beetroot? Add more carrots, lettuce and spinach to your diet.
Aloe vera works for just about everything, right? It sure does, and it’s especially potent when it comes to hair loss. This is because of the enzymes it contains; they stimulate hair growth, and because aloe vera also contains alkalising agents, it’s able to raise your scalps Ph level.
Aloe vera can also eliminate dandruff, reduce itching and soothe inflammation.
To make this home remedy, take aloe vera juice or gel and apply it directly to your scalp. Leave for 3-4 hours before washing off with warm water.
For best results, repeat this a few times per week.
Hair Oil Massage
The best way to stem hair fall is to give your hair a good old massage with the right kind of colour. We suggest coconut but you can also use castor oil, olive oil or even almond oil. Add rosemary essential oil to whichever one you choose for best results.
All you need to do is take your oil and gently massage it into your scalp and hair. Don’t press too hard but take it easy. Do this twice a week if possible.
A hair massage works because it boosts blood flow to the right areas while strengthening your roots. A hair massage can also relieve stress, which is one of the causes of hair loss.
Liquorice is an acquired taste that not everyone likes. But even if you don’t like the taste of this herb, you can still use it as a home remedy for hair loss. It soothes your scalp, opens your pores and can eliminate dry flakes. It also reduces dandruff.
To prepare this home remedy, take a tbsp of ground liquorice root and mix it with a quarter tsp of saffron in a cup of milk.
Take the paste and apply it to any bald patches on your head. Leave overnight before washing in the morning.
Do this a few times a week for best results.
And if you do like the taste of liquorice, you can drink liquorice tea for even better results.
Whether it’s coconut oil or coconut milk, it doesn’t really matter because both are super effective at managing hair fall. This is because both are rich in good fats and protein that your scalp and hair follicles need.
It’s easy enough to make your own coconut milk remedy. All you need to do is take freshly grated coconut and add it to a pan of water. Bring to the boil, simmer for 5 minutes and then strain.
Apply the milk directly to your scalp and leave for up to 20 minutes before washing off.
Add black pepper to the milk for even better results.
Take a handful of curry leaves and add them to a pan of coconut oil. Heat until you’ve got a black residue.
Once you’v got this, set the pan aside, allow to cool and then strain the oil.
Apply to your hair and scalp, massaging the residue for a few minutes.
Leave for an hour before rinsing. Do this twice a week for best results.
For this one, soak, 1 tsp of chia seeds in a quarter cup of coconut milk for 10 minutes.
Then, apply to your scalp before leaving to sit for a further 10 minutes.
Rinse with shampoo.
Greek yogurt works because it’s basically a natural conditioner that doesn’t come with any nasty ingredients. It’s rich in vitamin B5 and contains probiotics, which some studies have suggested contribute to hair growth.
Mix 2 tbsp of Greek yogurt with a tbsp of honey and the juice from one lemon in a bowl.
Take the paste and apply it to your scalp.
Leave for half an hour before rinsing with warm water.
Raw Shea Butter
Take a wedge of raw shea butter and warm it up until it turns to liquid. Then, apply it to your scalp and leave for half an hour before rinsing with warm water.
Cocoa butter works just as well.
Potatoes …? Did we say potatoes?
We sure did.
Potatoes work to control hair fall because they’ve got the nutrients you need – iron, vitamin C and potassium.
Take a single potato, wash it and peel it.
Cut it into pieces (small ones), blend and then add to a bowl among with a tsp of honey and a tsp of water.
Apply the mix to your hair and scalp before leaving for up to 30 minutes. Then, shampoo.
Green tea works on your hair follicles, promoting hair production. It also gives your metabolism a boost, which can also help with healthier hair growth.
Take a pair of green tea bags and steep them in hot water for a few minutes. Remove them, wait until the water cools and rinse your hair with the solution, gently massaging it into your scalp as you do so.
Use this solution as an after-shampoo conditioner and use it twice a week for best results.
Egg White Mask
For this home remedy, break two eggs into a bowl and separate the yolks and whites.
Mix the white until you’ve got an even consistency.
Take a hair dye brush and apply the mixture to your hair and scalp, before covering with a shower cap and leaving for up to 20 minutes.
Rinse with water and then shampoo.
Lemon juice is a home remedy that works for so many things, especially hair loss.
Cut up 3 lemons and strain them into a bowl. Add warm water to the mix before pouring over your scalp after you’ve washed your hair.
Leave on for 5 minutes and then rinse with water.
For this one, take 8 vitamin E capsules, pick them open and drop the oil into a bowl.
Then, gently massage the oil onto your scalp before leaving overnight. Wash the next morning with shampoo.
This method works because vitamin E is vital for healthier hair that grows and shines.
Argan oil works by moisturising your hair follicles and boosting hair growth. It can also revitalise damaged hair.
For this home remedy, simply massage argan oil into your scalp, leave for an hour and then wash off with warm water.
Repeat this a few times a week.
Mustard powder restores healthy hair growth by reducing swelling of your hair follicles and boosting circulation.
Mix a tbsp of mustard powder with a tbsp of sugar and a quarter cup of warm water. Apply to your scalp and leave for around 15 minutes. Rinse with a shampoo.
Repeat this once a week for best results.
Almond oil works as a home remedy for hair fall because it restores your hair and scalps moisture balance. It also relives itchiness and dryness and can return your hair’s former lusciousness.
Gently massage almond oil onto your scalp before leaving overnight and rinsing off in the morning with warm water. Do this at least twice a week for best results.
Did we say coffee?
We sure did.
Coffee works at the cellular and molecular levels to boost healthier hair growth. Alopecia patients are known to use it because it’s so gosh darn potent.
To make this home remedy brew 8 tbsp of fresh coffee before allowing to cool.
While it cools, shampoo your hair.
Then, wring out the water before pouring the cooled coffee over your head, massaging it into your scalp for a few minutes.
Cover yourself with a shower cap and then wash your hair. Leave to dry and repeat this method once a week.
Bee pollen is a surprisingly effective remedy for many things, including hair fall. This is because it contains lots of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and protein.
All you need to do is buy a supplement and follow the instructions.