Hair loss is an extremely common problem both men and women face, and shedding hair is a common cause of lack of self-confidence among many. Although there are several factors that contribute to excessive hair loss, environmental changes, genetics, nutritional deficiencies, stress and so on, there are more solutions and remedies to solve this problem.
Here are some top natural and organic remedies that you can try:
- Hot Oil Massage
An oil massage not only increases the flow of blood to the hair follicles, but also enhances the strength of the roots of your hair and deeply conditions your scalp.
- Amla (Indian Gooseberry)
The anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and the exfoliating properties present in the Indian gooseberry can help maintain a healthy scalp by promoting hair growth. Rich in vitamin C, Amla also helps to build collagen, which is vital for thick and strong hair.
- Coconut Milk
Coconut milk consists of fats and proteins that promote hair regrowth and control hair loss. It can be obtained by grinding grated coconut and squeezing its juice (milk).
- Methi (Fenugreek)
Fenugreek seeds contain hormone antecedents that enhance hair growth and help rebuild hair follicles. They also contain proteins and nicotinic acid that stimulate hair growth. Grind fenugreek seeds that have been soaked overnight into a paste and apply it to your hair. Let the paste sit for about 30 minutes and rinse off with water. Follow this application routine once a week, for at least a month.
- Aloe Vera
Applying natural aloe vera gel on the scalp and hair is one of the best ways to prevent hair loss and promote hair growth. Certain enzymes present in aloe vera remove dead skin cells from the scalp so that the hair follicles don’t remain clogged. In addition, it is a nourishing conditioner that makes hair silky soft and smooth.
- Onion Juice
Onion juice helps treat hair loss and enhance the circulation of blood to the hair follicles, revive hair follicles, and reduce inflammation. The presence of anti-bacterial properties in onion juice helps kill the germs that cause scalp infection, which may lead to hair loss. The juice can be applied directly by squeezing it out from finely grated onions or can be mixed with olive oil or coconut oil to use it for an oil massage.
Garlic pods, like onions, contain a high level of sulphur, which promotes the production of a protein called collagen, which is essential for hair growth. When mixed with coconut oil and applied on the scalp, the juice of garlic pods and coconut oil aids hair growth and controls hair fall.
- Neem leaves
Neem has excellent antibacterial properties that help you to get rid of dandruff. It also stimulates blood flow to the skin, thereby nourishing the hair straight from the roots. The leaves can be boiled and grinded into a paste for easy application onto the hair as a mask.
- Green Tea
An excellent natural conditioner, green tea is known to stimulate hair follicles to boost hair production. Green tea is a good source of polyphenols, vitamin C and vitamin E that are helpful in stimulating hair growth and softening one’s hair. Simply use green tea solution to rinse your hair as an after-shampoo conditioner to see the results.
- Egg Whites
The healing properties of egg whites work well to replenish and restore the softness of the hair. Applying egg whites directly to your hair after separating them from the yolks can improve the hair texture and control hair loss.
Potatoes contain potassium, vitamin C, and iron, all of which are vital for maintaining hair health. They also help to prevent excessive hair drying or premature graying of hair. Potatoes can be pureed and mixed with honey and water before an application to the scalp.
- Lemon Juice:
Lemons are excellent astringents. They tighten the pores in your scalp, thereby controlling hair loss. Lemons also contain alpha-hydroxy acids that exfoliate dead cells, eliminating dandruff in the process. However, it is essential to note that lemons contain acids and hence this remedy should not be used too frequently as it can dry out your hair.
- Castor Oil
Castor Oil is loaded with vitamin E and essential amino acids. Castor oil is also a potent natural remedy for scalp psoriasis. In pure form, castor oil should be diluted with some other oil like coconut oil, olive oil or almond oil for a soothing hair massage to achieve a beautiful and thick mane.
- Beetroot Juice
These deliciously fleshy vegetables not only help in blood formation and circulation but also promote fast hair growth. Beetroots are rich in phosphorous, calcium, protein, potassium, carbohydrates, and vitamins B and C, which are all essential nutrients for hair growth. Incorporating beets into juices can be an effective method of consuming them as a hair remedy. Alternatively, the leaves of this vegetable can be boiled and blended into a paste for direct application.
Yogurt deeply conditions and moisturizes hair to make it soft and manageable. It also reduces hair fall as it provides a lot of good nourishment directly to the follicles. Also effective in combating dandruff problems, yogurt is an all-rounder when it comes to untangling many hair issues.
Swati Bhandary is a nutritionist and a health coach by qualification and a food and fitness enthusiast who loves experimenting with new foods. She currently works with Healthy World, a start-up in the functional food space. Her work involves developing new food products with functional benefits catering to fulfill the dietary gaps in our lives. She believes that working on something that you believe in and are passionate about results in sheer happiness. Her work does just that, helping her with her quest for making the world a healthier place.