Hair loss is a common problem, taking various forms. Some of the most common kinds are alopecia areata (where the person gets circular spots), telogen effluvium (most commonly after pregnancy), and male pattern baldness (which they say is inherited). Unfortunately, there seems to be no perfect solution to it – many people turn to expensive treatments like PRP, only to find that they don’t work or have unpleasant side effects.
The following hair loss conditions can be treated naturally:
- Hormones imbalances: Hormonal imbalances affect the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, stress levels and more things that are directly linked to physical appearance.
- Thyroid disorders: It causes hormonal changes in the body that also affects the scalp’s appearance. This causes either too much hair growth (hyperthyroidism) or too little hair growth (hypothyroidism).
- Telogen effluvium: This is a condition where excessive stress pushes more hairs into the telogen phase, causing them to fall out earlier than normal.
- Alopecia areata: This is an autoimmune disorder that causes patches of hair to be lost. This condition is related to the immune system and it can recur for no reason, even after treatment.
- Alopecia barbae: Even though this is a form of alopecia areata, it affects only men and is caused by a certain type of bacteria that attacks beard follicles.
- Alopecia totalis/universalis: This is a life-threatening autoimmune disorder that affects the entire scalp and body’s hair, causing it to fall out completely. In alopecia totalis, only the scalp is affected while in alopecia universalis all hair falls out everywhere on the body.
How to treat them naturally
- Coconut oil:
A natural moisturizer, coconut oil is great for the hair and scalp. It helps to reduce hair fall, dandruff, and other scalp problems. Massage a few drops of warm coconut oil into your scalp and leave it in overnight. Wash it off in the morning.
- Apple cider vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar balances the pH levels of your scalp, which reduces dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 1/2 cup water. Apply to your hair after shampooing.
Make a thick paste by mashing one ripe banana in half a cup of plain yogurt. Apply this on your scalp and leave it in for 20 minutes. Rinse off with cool water.
- Onion juice:
Onion juice reduces hair fall and stimulates the growth of new hair, while also reducing dandruff and scalp infections. Mix onion juice with olive oil and apply to the affected areas on the scalp daily. Leave it in for 20 minutes and wash it off with a mild shampoo.
- Green tea:
Green tea stimulates hair growth by repairing damaged follicles, reducing dandruff and preventing more hair from falling out. Brew a strong cup of green tea and leave it to cool down completely before applying it to your scalp once every two weeks. Leave it in for 10 minutes and then rinse it off.
- Castor oil:
This is an emollient that moisturizes the scalp, thereby reducing dandruff. Warm a few drops of castor oil in your hands and massage into your scalp, especially on the bald patches where hair has fallen out due to stress or illness. Leave it in overnight and wash it off with a mild shampoo the next day.
- Aloe vera:
Aloe vera contains enzymes that can help to reduce dandruff, while also stimulating new hair growth on bald patches. Mix one tablespoon of aloe vera gel with one-half cup water and apply it to your scalp and hair every alternate night. Leave it in for 20 minutes and then rinse it off with a mild shampoo.
- Lavender oil:
This oil is a natural antiseptic and helps to get rid of scalp infections that can lead to hair loss. Mix a few drops of lavender oil with carrier oil like jojoba oil or olive oil and apply it to your scalp before going to bed. Leave it in overnight and wash it off the next morning.
This herb is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, which helps to reduce dandruff, hair fall, and scalp infections that can cause hair loss. Add tulsi leaves to your favorite shampoo or make a paste by mixing tulsi powder with water, lemon juice, and aloe vera gel. Apply this to your scalp and leave it in for 20 minutes, before shampooing.
This herb helps to reduce the production of testosterone by the adrenal glands thereby reducing hair fall and promoting new hair growth. Mix fresh mint leaves with 1 cup plain yogurt. Apply this to your scalp and leave it in overnight. Wash off with a mild shampoo the next morning.
There are many reasons why we lose our hair and some of them can be treated by simple remedies while others require professional medical help. It is important for us to identify the cause and seek solutions accordingly.