– Aparna Chatterjee
Looking and feeling good is one the critical factors to being confident. Who doesn’t like to have a fit physique, upright posture, and well-groomed hair? However, we are observing a surge in people suffering from hair loss. Adults as young as in their early twenties are complaining about bald patches. What are the possible causes? What can you do right now to save your hair- let’s dive in!
Now, when you say hair fall, it may either mean-
Hair breakage: This may be due to the texture of the hair that tangles easily, lack of nutrients, or tight hairstyles. Using heat consistently may affect the hair’s elasticity, making it prone to breakage. Processes like bleaching and coloring your hair makes the hair shaft thinner. It further contributes to the hair’s breakage due to protein loss.
Hair fall: Now consider that your scalp has a cycle consisting of various phases of new growth, steady growth, autumn, and reproduction of hair. This autumn phase is where we see an over-the-top shedding, which is expected. The problem arises when you have shed enough hair, but your hair growth rate doesn’t match. This may be due to insufficient nutrients, excessive drinking, smoking, genetics, sebum secretion, etc.
Reasons may differ from person to person, but here are a few immediate steps that you can take to help control the shedding.
Intake of Vitamin E:
Vitamin E supplements give the required nutrients to your scalp and aid hair growth. This little capsule can help stop your hair from falling like magic. Evion 400, only Rs. 40/-, is reasonably available in the stores. When taken twice a day for a week, it reduces hair fall to its minimum.
Drinking water is the simplest way to flush out impurities from your body. We already have a lot of toxins in our bodies, so my mate, you need to detox. Period! Being hydrated makes sure that your hair has enough moisture for your hair and that your scalp is healthy.
Head massages are good in so many ways. But let’s talk about its importance in countering hair fall first! The hair follicles often get clogged due to dirt, sebum, or dandruff; a good head massage will help free them, paving the way for new hair to grow. You might notice some hair fall during or after your massage, and that’s completely normal; just let the weakest roots fall, and don’t be too harsh.
A head massage’s second and most important job is to increase the blood flow to your scalp. It stimulates further hair growth and helps the nutrients seep deeper into the roots.
You can massage your head with any lotion or oil; sometimes, it’s ok if you don’t use anything. I recommend coconut oil, olive oil, bhringraj oil, and aloe vera gel. These products are unique when reducing hair fall and are readily available at a grocery or a medical store.
The scalp tends to get clogged due to dust, oil, and all the hair products we use. A clarifying shampoo once a week will ensure a clean and healthy scalp. This will also provide that the products you use on your scalp is well absorbed.
Stress is one of the leading causes of so many health problems. Some people worry most of the time and aren’t even aware of it. A relaxation routine is essential at least once weekly (if not daily). It may be anything from your hobby to a spa visit to Yoga. Meditating, journaling, and maintaining a proper sleep cycle are a few of the small steps you can take right now to help manage your stress issues.
Do some yoga:
First of all, Yoga is the ultimate stress reliever. Yoga accumulates the benefits of cardio, stretching, and meditation if incorporated with the correct breathing rhythm. Here are some asanas for you to start with!
1. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose):
The asana is called the Downward Facing Dog Pose, resembling a dog bending forward. Hold the pose for about 1-3 minutes. This beginner-level asana must be practiced on an empty stomach in the morning.
Adho Mukha Svanasana improves blood circulation, enabling fresh blood flow into your head. It compresses the abdominal muscles and improves digestion. It stretches your neck and spine, thus releasing stress. The asana also relaxes your mind and calms it.
2. Ustrasana (Camel Pose):
Camel Pose is a backward bend pose that opens up your heart chakra. Hold this pose for 30-60 seconds. Practice the asana in the mornings on an empty stomach for the best results as your body carries energy from the digested food, enabling you to perform better.
Ustrasana improves digestion and excretion. It opens up your chest, relieving trapped stress. It heals and balances your chakras, improves your posture, and strengthens your body. It regulates the menstrual cycle and helps release tension in the ovaries.
3. Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose):
Vajrasana is one of the few beneficial poses when done post a meal. Thunderbolt Pose, also called Diamond Pose, comes from the belief that pranayama in the Vajrasana position makes the human body as strong as a diamond. This beginner-level yoga asana needs to be done for 5-10 minutes.
With regular practice, Vajrasana eliminates constipation. It brings stability to mind, reduces obesity, and relieves stress in the back. The pose also cures stomach disorders, improves blood circulation, and strengthens muscles.
The scalp is nothing but skin. Hence, taking care of it as you do of your face will help immensely with hair loss and will promote hair growth. Additionally, it’s imperative to keep the ends moisturized with regular conditioning and applying oils or serum. This will not only give a healthy look to your hair but will also avoid split ends. Please consult a specialist if you notice widened balding spots and hair thinning.