Hair fall and hair thinning are one of the most common problems faced by both men and women today. As much as 25% the men below the age of 21 years suffer from hair loss. And 45% of women suffer from hair thinning at some point in their life. Let us talk about the reasons and the do’s and don’ts to fix it.
I want to start with this post to tell about the 6 mistakes that you might be doing on a daily basis.
Avoid hair from heat
Heat is bad for hair. So take a hot water bath, and excessive use of a hair dryer or hair straightening machine should be avoided.
Avoid shampoos having sodium laurel sulfate
Are you using shampoos that contain sulfate? Check the ingredients of your shampoo and see if it contains sodium laurel sulfate. Sodium laurel sulfate is a detergent that is known for causing hair loss.
Wash hair products before going to sleep
Try not to use too many hair products. If you see them, make sure to wash them before going to sleep at night.
Avoid brushing wet hair
Rubbing wet hair vigorously leads to hair breakage. So avoid brushing wet hair.
Avoid tying hair too tightly
Do not tie your hair tightly all the time as it puts a lot of pressure on the roots and causes the hair to fall.
Keep himself stress-free
Too much emotional stress can also lead to hair loss. Hair has its fixed cycles. It is like a lithium-ion battery. The more stressed out you will be. The faster it will discharge.
Now, let us talk about the 3 major causes of hair fall and the ways to fix them.
Poor blood circulation
The nutrients in our body flow through the blood. If the blood circulation in your scalp area is low. Even if you take a nutritious diet, your hair will fall.
This is because the nutrients are not able to reach the scalp area. So, how do we improve blood circulation?
One way is to massage your scalp 3-4 times a week. Now, what oil you use for massage should be taken care of. You should not use oils with artificial fragrances.
This is because the artificial fragrance that it contains is because of the alcohol, and alcohol is not good for your hair. So, it is better to use mustard oil, coconut oil, or almond oil.
Massage has to be done gently.
If it is vigorously done, it can lead to hair breakage. You can massage your hair before going to sleep and you can then wash it in the morning.
Another way of improving blood circulation is through exercise. Any exercise done for 15-20 minutes can improve blood circulation drastically.
Especially, women, are also suffering from thyroid or another kind of hormonal imbalances. Exercise is highly recommended.
Increase in dihydrotestosterone
Another major cause of hair loss is the rise in the levels of dihydrotestosterone. Almost 90% of hair loss in men is due to the hormone called dihydrotestosterone which is commonly known as DHT.
Dihydrotestosterone is essentially formed from testosterone through a biochemical reaction.
DHT causes the shortening of the life span of hair follicles.
Then chokes the hair follicles and eventually shuts them down. So, in order to reduce the DHT levels in the body, one should include DHT-blocking foods.
Some of the DHT-blocking foods are
- fenugreek seeds,
- Mushrooms, etc.
I have listed some more DHT-blocking foods in the de…….
This is one reason why you see bodybuilders who take testosterone injections getting bald.
Poor nutrition is the major reason as to why the hair of both men and women starts to thin out at a very early age. If the body is devoid of nutrients for a very long time, one thing it can afford is to lose hair.
The body thinks that it can survive without a single hair on the head. So, it stops making hair and takes care of the other vital organs. So, with any hormonal imbalance or lack of nutrients, hair has to pay the price.
These days, fast food, fad diets, cola, artificial sweeteners, artificial juices, processed foods are very much a part of every teenagers diet. This needs to be fixed.
Every hair strand is made up of protein, So one should definitely have their daily dose of protein. Food like
- Kidney beans
- black chana,
- lentils, paneer,
and fish are all rich in protein and should be a part of your daily diet. Also, healthy fats are very important for hair health.
are all good sources of healthy fats.
There are two types of vitamins. Water soluble and Fat soluble. Vitamin A, D, E, and K are fat soluble.
If you remove fat from your diet, your body will anyway get deficient in these vitamins. So make sure that healthy fats are a part of your diet, Also B vitamins are very important for hair health.
Next, Iron and Vitamin C are very important to prevent hair loss. Iron and Vitamin C come to hand to head.
This is because Vitamin C is very important to absorb Iron in the body. If you take iron but you don’t consume vitamin C, it will not be absorbed.
All green leafy vegetables like spinach and cauliflower are great sources of iron. And one of the best sources of vitamin C available to us is Amla or Indian Gooseberry.
Other sources of vitamin C are Orange, Lemon, Capsicum, etc. So if you consume a well-balanced diet, you will see that you will stop losing your hair.