Ayurveda is the traditional science of life which has been practiced in India since long. This alternative science of medicines is practiced today across the globe, to treat various types of diseases and disorders, including hair fall. I myself have used several Ayurvedic home remedies to stop hair fall and results are evident in my own case. And if you are struggling with loss and concerned about untimely hair fall, then probably Ayurveda and natural remedies will work for you.
Hair fall is common in both men and women. And irrespective of age and gender, graying hair and continuous hair fall can make you look much older than your actual age. Premature graying and untimely hair fall is certainly a matter of concern for both men and women.
There are a number of shampoos, soap, oils and various types of treatments available today, that promises to stop hair fall and helps in re-growing hair. May be some of these works, but most of it does not work as promised. And if you are concerned about untimely hair fall and wondering how to stop it then this is the post worth reading. Because I am going to talk about all natural, ayurvedic home remedies to stop hair fall and improve hair growth.
Continuous hair fall can be very stressful, and may have negative consequences. Untimely hair fall may impact on how you look. And apart from the physical look and feel, it can actually impact you psychologically and change the way you look at yourself.
Various studies and surveys have shown that a person with normal hair looks much younger and attractive, in comparison to a person who is experiencing hair fall. Thanks to the busy and stressful life style, hair fall is very common today.
According to this report by NHI, around 80% Indian uses some form of traditional medicine, including Ayurveda. Usually, Ayurvedic home remedies and treatments are cheaper than the pharmaceutical medicines, and it has minimal to no side effects. In this post, we are going to learn about ayurvedic home remedies that can be used to stop hair fall and improve hair growth.
I am going to give you a very good overview of everything worth knowing about hair fall and hair growth. We’ll also discuss about;
- Different types of hair
- Various causes of hair fall
- Ayurvedic home remedies to stop hair fall / hair loss
- Foods and lifestyle related changes that helps fight hair loss problems.
Types of hair
Different people have different types of hair, and we can broadly divide it into three different categories:
- Normal Hair
- Dry hair
- Oily hair
Different types of hair require different level of attention and care. If your hair is normal i.e. not so dry or oily, you can wash it using henna or other natural shampoo, every two three days.
If your hair type is dry, then you should massage your hair with olive oil or almond oil. Use natural coconut or rosemary shampoo which is good for dry hair. Dry hair may be caused because of deficiencies in essential vitamins and protein in your body. Eat food which are rich in vitamins and protein like green vegetables, curds etc.
If you have oily hair, then you have to look at your diet, because it is caused due to excess accumulation of fat and starch in your body. Avoid such food, and wash your hair with herbal or natural shampoo which has amla, shikakai and bramhi.
Whatever be the type of your hair, you got to take good care of your hair, or else premature graying, rough hair, hair fall, hair thinning, baldness etc is bound to happen.
Best ayurvedic home remedies to stop hair fall
There are tons of medicines, shampoo, hair oil and supplement available that promises to help you fight hair fall effectively. But if you are tried many of these treatments and still not quite happy with the results, may be, it’s the right time to use ayurvedic home remedies.
Ayurveda is probably the safest and most cost effective alternative medicines and it works well in curing various types of illness and disorders related to skin, hair and general health and well being. According to Ayurvedic principals, the main reason for hair fall is Pitta dosha.
According to Ayurveda, pitta has a very crucial role. It governs the functionality of the eyes, health and glow of the skin, digestion and metabolism. Properly balanced pitta can be crucial for healthy hair growth and our overall health and well being.
Listed below are some of the best ayurvedic home remedies to stop hair fall in both men and women.
1.Gooseberry juice and lemon juice
Indian gooseberry fruits and lemon works well in fighting hair fall and re-growth related issues. Here’s how you can make all natural, home based cleanser to wash your hair to control hair fall/loss.
Indian gooseberry has just one seed, so first of all cut the goose berry and take out the seed. Now grind it in such a way that you can extract the gooseberry juice from the pulp.
Add two tablespoon of fresh lime juice and all natural, homemade hair cleanser is ready.
Apply this cleanser on your hair and scalp. Slowly massage your scalp, similar to how you massage your head with massage oil. Leave it for about 30 minutes, and then wash if off with normal cold water. Apply this ayurvedic home remedy twice or thrice per week to stop hair fall.
2. Homemade natural shampoo
Ever wondered about making an all natural homemade shampoo? Here’s how you can make one and fight hair fall too. You need about 15-20 curry leaves, 1 lemon peel, 3 tbsp of Reetha or the soap nut powder, 2 tablespoon of fenugreek seeds and 2 table spoon of green gram.
Add all these ingredients into a mixture and grind it to make a paste. You can apply this shampoo without straining. Store it in an airtight glass container and wash your hair with this natural shampoo to fight hair fall and vitalize hair growth.
3.Bhringaraj to fight hair loss and untimely graying
Bhringaraj is considered to be the best and the most amazing herb to fight hair fall and graying. It promotes hair growth and prevents premature graying of hair. You can use it as a conditioner or apply Bhringaraj hair oil to fight hair fall and re-grow your hair.
To make hair conditioner, all that you need is Bhringaraj and warm water. Take about 5 tbsp of dried Bhringaraj and mix into the water to make a paste. Add a tbsp of pure coconut oil into the paste, and mix it well to make the conditioner.
Apply this conditioner on your hair and scalp, and leave it off for 10-15 minutes and then wash your scalp with normal water. This is the best remedy to stop hair fall and increase hair growth.
Brahmi is a magical ayurvedic herb, which is great for hair and scalp. Brahmi has high contents of vitamin C and antioxidant properties and that makes it perfect for your hair and skin nourishment. Brahmi oil strengthens the hair follicles and hence you should massage your hair and scalp with Brahmi oil. Brahmi oil also helps in removing dandruff and scalps itching and stops formation of flakes.
Apart from hair strengthening, the antioxidants and nutrients in Brahmi also nourish your skin and helps in re-growing hair. It is also a stress buster and improves memory and concentration.
5. Rosemary infused oil
Rosemary is a magical herb, loaded with antioxidant and antiseptic properties. Making rosemary infused massage oil is simple. Mix rosemary infused oil with almond oil or coconut oil and massage your scalp with it. Not only it conditions the scalp and hair, but it removes dandruff and stimulates blood flow to the scalp, which cause hair growth.
6. Eat amla or the Indian gooseberry
Amla or the Indian gooseberry is another super edible fruit. Amla is very good source of Vitamin C and many other vitamins and minerals. It is loaded with medicinal properties. In fact every part of the Amla tree is usable, its tree, fruits, seeds, flower; every part of the tree is used in Ayurvedic and Unani medicines. Amla is known to reduce pitta and detoxify your body, and hence it’s a must have fruit.
You can eat it in any form; eat it raw, dry it or make pickle. Amla is good for digestion, hair, eye sight, heart, lungs and overall health and wellbeing.
7. Methi or Fenugreek seeds
Hair fall may be caused by inflammation and there is nothing better than methi or Fenugreek seeds to cure inflammation. Fenugreek seeds are high in vitamin C, Vitamin B and protein and that makes is the best medicinal plant for your hair and overall health and well being. It also has anti-fungal properties which help in controlling dandruff.
Soak two tbsp of methi or fenugreek seeds in normal water for about half an hour and then grind it to make a paste. Optionally, you may like to add a couple of tbsp of yogurt into it. Apply this mask on your hair and scalp and let it rest for about an hour. Now wash it off with lukewarm water to stop hair fall and overall hair growth. Apply this mask twice or thrice for best results. You should include fenugreek seeds in your diet, because it is good for your health.
8. Aloe vera gel
Aloe vera is a magical herb and it is very beneficial for hair and skin related issues. Aloe vera contains a special enzyme called ‘proteolytic’ which is said to be best for repairing dead skin cells on the scalp or wherever you apply it.
Take a few leaves of fresh aloe vera. Cut it from the bottom and hang it for a while so that it starts releasing the sticky thing from the end you cut. Now take a scoop or spoon and extract the pulp. Apply these aloe vera extract or aloe pulp on your scalp, leave it for a while and rinse with normal water.
Not only it nourishes your scalp, but it also makes your hair shine and glow.
In fact, you can find number of soaps, shampoo, hair care and skin care products containing aloe vera, and these herbal and natural products works well for your skin and hair. But what if you can apply pure aloe vera extract?
9. Sandalwood oil massage
Massaging your hair and scalp with sandalwood oil helps in controlling hair fall. Sandalwood oil has antifungal and antiseptic properties and hence it’s good massage oil. Massaging with this oil helps relieve mental tension and soothes the scalp.
Soft and gentle massage of scalp with sandalwood essential oil improves blood circulation in the scalp and nourishes your scalp which helps in hair regrowth.
Ashwagandha is another magical herb that works well for hair growth and overall health and well being. It is known to improve the immunity, fight stress and hair fall. Ashwagandha powder is available in the market and you can use the powder as a dietary supplement. Take about 2 grams of Ashwagandha powder with lukewarm milk or water before bed and see how it vitalizes hair growth.
11. Rinsing with neem infused water
Neem has many medicinal properties and you can use neem infused water to clean your scalp and hair to fight hair fall. Take 20-25 leaves of neem and rinse it properly. Now put 4-5 cups of water into a pan, add neem leaves in to it and bring it to boil. It should be boiled for 10-15 minutes. Switch off the stove and strain the mix and let it cool down completely.
Now apply this water to rinse your hair and scalp, it is very effective in cleansing your scalp, removing dandruff and fighting hair fall.
You may also use neem oil; massage your scalp with neem oil before bed time and wash it off the next morning for best result in controlling hair fall.
Lemon or lime is rich in citric acid, astringent and antiseptic properties. If you have oily or itchy scalp, then there can’t be anything better than lemon juice. Citric acid of lemon is best known for eliminating dandruff from the scalp. Lemon juice is known to balance the pH level of the scalp.
Extract 2 tbsp lemon juice and mix it with 2 tbsp of water to reduce the harshness of the acidity of the lemon. Now apply this slowly on your scalp and hair. Not only it cleanses and nourishes your scalp, but it also makes your hair shiny.
13. Onion juice
Ever thought of using onions on your scalp? It’s actually magical in arresting hair fall. Peel off a couple of onion, wash it off and slice it in smaller portions. Grind or crush it to extract its juice. Apply this juice on your scalp and leave it for about 15-20 minutes, and wash your head with normal water. You can apply this home remedy once or twice to control hair fall.
Causes of hair fall / hair loss
Hair fall or hair loss may be caused due to several reasons. Lack of certain vitamins, protein, nutrients, stress and medical conditions could be the reasons for temporary or continuous hair fall. Here are some of the most common reasons and cause of hair fall.
Physical or emotional stress
Any type of physical or emotional stress can cause temporary hair fall or hair loss. The stress can be in the form of shock like severe illness, accident etc. the hair fall may not start immediately, but it can start within 2-3 months. And since it’s a temporary phenomenon, it may stop automatically as your body recovers from the stress and state of shock.
Post delivery conditions
In case of women, post pregnancy hair fall is most common. Hair fall may not arise during pregnancy, but usually after delivery. Such type of hair fall is usually temporary and there is nothing to worry about. Focus on rightly balanced diet; get back to the normal lifestyle and hair fall will stop automatically.
Some of the contraceptive pills may also cause hair fall. It may not be evident immediately, but within a month or two of the consumption.
Excess of vitamin A
Excess of vitamin A may cause hair fall. Whether you are taking the pills for vitamins or eating foods that contain plenty of vitamin A, you may experience hair fall.
Lack of vitamin B
Hair may be caused due to lack of vitamin B. But a bit of dietary change can help you get rid of hair fall due to this deficiency. Include foods which are good source of vitamin B like starchy vegetables in your diet.
Protein is very essential for normal hair growth and if there is protein deficiency in your body, your body may automatically stop hair growth. Include protein rich food like fish and chicken and the normal hair growth should start.
Ageing in men can also cause hair fall. Usually after the age of 60, men experience hair fall. But it may start as early as in thirties. Focusing on right diet and remedies or treatments can stop hair fall in such cases.
Iron deficiency or anemia
Anemia is most common in women. And deficiency of iron may cause hair fall. Needless to say, if this is the cause of hair fall in your case, then you should include iron rich foods in your diet. Foods like whole grains, spinach, tofu and dark chocolates are rich source of iron.
Apart from the above factors, deficiencies of vitamin B6 and folic acid may also cause hair fall. Dirty scalp can also be the reason behind hair fall. Continuous hair fall may result in thin hair for women and partial baldness in men.
Dirty scalp and dandruff
Dandruff and dirty scalp could also cause hair fall. Dandruff itself is a very complicated issue and if you are struggling with dandruff and dirty scalp, then obviously the solution lies in keeping your scalp clean and getting rid of dandruff. There are tons of products that offer relief from dandruff, but I would suggest, you try all natural ayurvedic shampoo, by Patanjali Ayurveda.
Hair fall may occur due to hereditary reasons.
What else you can do to control hair fall?
Hair fall remedies work well when you adopt healthy and happy living habits. And here’s what else you can do along with the remedies we have already discussed;
- Get up early in the morning and go for a walk
- Do meditation and yoga pranayam to relieve stress
- Drink 2 glass of water in morning in empty stomach after waking up
- Continue drinking plenty of water throughout the day
- Avoid rich, spicy and oily foods to avoid ‘pitta dosha’ or toxins
- Avoid combing your hair unless the hair is dry
- Eat healthy and nutritious foods like fruits, salads, carrots, lettuce etc
- Eat fruits which are rich in vitamin C like oranges and Indian gooseberry
- Always smile and be happy, because stress can be disastrous for your hair and health.
Hair fall can be disastrous and impact on your look. There are tons of products that help controlling hair fall, but there are all natural, ayurvedic home remedies that help fighting hair fall. Different people have different types of hair and depending on the hair type; you got to take care of your hair.
Premature graying or untimely hair fall may be caused by several factors including stress, unhealthy living habits and genetic issues.
If you are struggling in controlling hair fall, then you should try these home remedies to stop hair fall and nourish your scalp and hair. Eating well balanced meal, proper exercise, sleep and adopting healthy eating and living habits can help stop hair fall and improve hair growth.
We have already discussed several natural home remedies to stop hair fall.
Give it a try and share the outcome!
Eliana the chief editor at bodyandbeans is a professional yoga instructor and a fitness freak. She has done her master’s in history from Kolkata University. She is passionate about healthy eating and living practices.