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All you need to know about Treating Hair Fall

All you need to know about treating hair fall

Our hair is our crowning glory. Healthy, beautiful and lustrous hair enhances beauty and sex appeal. No one wants thinning hair and balding patches right at the threshold of thirties which now has become very common by the way.  Modern age and the stress that it has brought with it have contributed majorly to hair dilemmas.

A woman goes through a lot of change physically and mentally during her lifetime and these changes can cause unusual hair fall.

What are the common causes of hair fall?

  • Use of heat tools such as straighteners and curlers and harsh chemical rich colors, sprays and gels that can potentially damage the hair shaft, making it brittle.
  • Using wrong combs, having fixed partings and frequently tying hair in tight ponytails.
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome wherein there is an over production of male hormones (androgens) in the body that can cause hair growth on the body and hair loss from the scalp.
  • Inadequate folic acid, iron, or hemoglobin in the body resulting in weak hair follicles.
  • Post pregnancy hormone restoration. During pregnancy, oestrogens peak in the body. Hence end of pregnancy results in hair falling out in locks.
  • Inadequate consumption of protein. When our body does not receive enough protein, it starts depleting from our body making hair brittle and weak hair falls prematurely.
  • Birth control pills and other hormonal pills and therapies when stopped abruptly, can also lead to excessive hair fall.
  • Crash dieting in the bid to lose weight can cause sudden weight changes and adversely affect hair growth.
  • Other medical conditions such as improper functioning of the thyroid gland, autoimmune disease, and scalp psoriasis.

Remember, shedding 50-100 strands of hair a day is normal, but anything beyond that for a period of time can cause hair loss and hence should be treated promptly. If you have a medical condition, consult a doctor immediately and start treatment before it’s too late for your hair. If not, here are a few tips to prevent hair fall:

  • Always use a wide toothed comb to detangle hair before using a fine toothed one to style hair. This will reduce hair breakage while combing.
  • Avoid combing hair while it’s still wet. Wet hair is more vulnerable to breakage and damage.
  • Avoid rubbing hair vigorously with towel after shower. Just soak out moisture and let it air-dry to prevent hair breakage and splits.
  • Maintain proper hair hygiene. Use clean combs and disinfected towels only. A dirty scalp is a clogged scalp and a clogged scalp means more hair fall.
  • Massage your scalp every day. Use conditioning oils such as those of almond, coconut, and olive, and massage scalp. Massaging improves blood circulation in the scalp that arrests hair fall and promotes new hair growth. Also oils will provide deep nourishment to hair making it  strong and less prone to damage.
  • Avoid using shampoos and conditioners that contain sulphates, silicone, and parabens. Harsh chemicals damage hair and are a sure shot way to hair loss.
  • Maintain a nutritionally well balanced diet to have stronger and more resilient hair. Include zinc, protein, Omega- 3 fatty acids and Vitamin E in your daily diet.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water through the day to promote growth of healthier hair.

Once you have started following the tips, you can use a little help from simple homemade masks that will restore your hair’s strength and arrest hair fall effectively.

Here are a few fool-proof natural remedies for Treating hair fall:

  1. Green tea and egg mask for treating hair fall:

  • You will need an egg yolk (preferably from free range hen) and 2-3 tbsps. of freshly prepared green tea.
  • Whisk the egg yolk in a bowl while slowly adding the green tea till it turns frothy and creamy in consistency.
  • Part your hair and apply this mask to your scalp.
  • Keep parting and applying till the entire scalp area is covered.
  • Put on a shower cap and let the mask sit on your scalp for at least 30 minutes before washing it off with a mild shampoo.
  • Use this hair mask at least twice daily to put an end to your hair fall woes.

Egg yolks are packed with proteins and essential vitamins and hence strengthen the existing hair while the antioxidant rich green tea helps boost new growth.

  1. Oil treatment for treating Hair fall:

  • You will need 50 ml each of almond oil, coconut oil, and castor oil along with 5ml of Aroma magic stimulate oil and 3 Vitamin- E capsules.
  • Combine all the oils together in a bowl.
  • Next, cut open and squeeze the Vitamin E capsules into the mixture.
  • Store the mixture in a glass container with an airtight lid.
  • Massage the oil potion into your scalp once every alternate day for 10 minutes.
  • Leave it overnight and wash off the next morning with a mild shampoo.

You will notice a marked difference within few days of using this treatment.

  1. Coconut milk nourishment mask for treating hair loss:

You will need one fresh coconut.

  • Grate the coconut and squeeze out its milk.
  • Apply the fresh milk to the scalp and hair and cover it with a shower cap.
  • After 30 minutes, remove the cap and wash hair with bearably cold water.
  • Do this treatment once a week.

Coconut milk, rich in Vitamin E, deeply conditions hair shafts. It also contains potassium, that aids hair growth, and anti-bacterial properties that prevent scalp infections and resultant hair fall.

  1. Indian gooseberry mask for Treating hair fall:

  • You will need 5 gooseberries and 1 cup of organic cold pressed coconut oil.
  • Start off by drying out the gooseberries in the sun.
  • Next, combine the dry goose berries and the oil in a saucepan and bring it to a boil.
  • Continue boiling till the gooseberries turn black.
  • Leave the mixture to cool before applying it to your scalp and hair.
  • Leave it on for about 20 minutes before washing it off with a mild shampoo.
  • Follow this method once every fortnight and you will be surprised with the results.

Indian gooseberries are rich in Vitamin C which is a vital nutrient for hair growth. Vitamin C not only helps build collagen that strengthens hair, but also helps absorb iron that helps keep your locks healthy.

  1. Greek yoghurt and honey mask for treating hair fall:

  • You will need 2-3 tbsps. of fresh, thick Greek yoghurt, 1 tbsp. of honey and the juice of one lemon.
  • Mix all ingredients in a container till they form a smooth paste.
  • Use a hair dye brush to apply the paste to the scalp and hair roots.
  • Leave the mask on for 20 minutes and then thoroughly rinse with lukewarm water.
  • Use this pack once a week if you have normal to oily hair and twice if you have dry hair.

Greek yoghurt is a natural hair conditioner containing Vitamin B5 and protein, both of which promote healthier hair. Honey, a humectant keeps the scalp hydrated while protecting it from infections.

  1. Chinese hibiscus mask for treating hair fall:

  • You will need 10-12 Chinese hibiscus flowers and 2 cups of organic cold pressed coconut oil.
  • Heat the coconut oil and add the flowers to it.
  • Boil the oil till the flowers are charred, and then strain the mixture.
  • Use this oil every night on your scalp before going to bed and wash off the following morning to bid goodbye to hair fall.

Chinese hibiscus is a rich source of Vitamin C, phosphorous, and riboflavin, all of which promote the health of hair. This flower also has potent toxin-removing properties which help eliminate dandruff and infections and enhance hair growth.

  1. Potato and honey mask for treating hair fall:

  • You will need 1 large potato, 1 tsp. honey and 1 tsp. water.
  • Peel and blend the potato first.
  • Next, strain the fresh potato puree in a muslin cloth to extract the juice.
  • Combine the juice with honey and water and apply the mixture to your scalp and hair.
  • Leave the mask on for 30 minutes and rinse thoroughly with water.
  • Repeat this treatment once a week to have healthy, strong locks that are less prone to breakage and falling.
  1. Lemon juice mask for treating hair fall:

  • You will need the juice of 3 lemons and 1 cup of warm water.
  • Use this treatment immediately after you’ve washed your hair.
  • Combine the water and the lemon juice and pour the warm mixture on your head.
  • Gently massage your scalp for 3 minutes.
  • Leave the mixture on the hair for another 5 minutes and then wash it off with cool water.
  • Do this twice a week and notice drastically reduced hair fall.

Lemons, being excellent astringents, tighten pores and hence control hair fall. Also its alpha- hydroxy acid content helps exfoliate dead skin cells from the scalp, thereby unclogging the scalp and promoting new growth.

There you go!

Use these effective remedies to help regain your hair’s lost glory. Also remember, that your scalp and hair are much like a garden. How  plants grow has  as much to do with what goes about ‘underground’ as above the ground.

So eat well, exercise, and reduce the amount of stress you take.

Here’s to healthy and happy hair.

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7 Simple DIY Treatments for Dandruff that Work

7 simple DIY treatments for dandruff that work

Dandruff is a pesky issue. Also known as scurf or Pityriasis simplex capillitii, this condition can cause flakes, lead to hair fall and ruin the health of hair. It also causes itching and discomfort (sometimes even a burning sensation) and can cause embarrassment.

However, as most people believe, dandruff is not caused by poor hygiene. (What! Really?)

Then what causes dandruff ?

  • Inadequate hair brushing since it does little to shed the dead skin and unclog the pores
  • Sensitivity to yeast especially in warmer climates, when the UVA from the sun directly counteracts with the yeast
  • Dry, lifeless scalp skin
  • Seborrheic dermatitis – People who have this skin condition, often get dandruff in multiple areas of the body apart from the hair such as back of the ears, eyebrows, or even the sides of the nose
  • Skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and the likes
  • Certain illnesses
  • Reaction to chemicals present in hair or skin care products
  • Inadequate consumption of zinc and Vitamin B
  • Stress fluctuations

Now that you know the causes, it time to find the solution. Wise old people recommend that you do not use chemicals to treat dandruff or you may just make it more resilient and make your scalp more prone to dandruff due to the influx of harsh detergents and oil stripping chemicals.

Effective natural home remedies can not only help relieve dandruff but also improve the quality of your hair.

So here are a few DIY Treatments for Dandruff that will work wonders for your hair:

  1. Neem and olive oil pack:

  • You will need 35 grams of dry, organic neem leaves and 4 tbsps. of olive oil.
  • Crush the neem leaves using mortar and pestle till it turns to a smooth powder.
  • In a cup, warm the olive oil and fold in the neem powder.
  • Mix to form a paste and let the paste sit for at least 30 minutes.
  • Next, apply the paste to your scalp making sure you cover the entire area. Leave the paste in your hair for another 30 minutes and then wash and condition your hair as usual.

Neem has excellent anti-fungal and anti- inflammatory properties that can help arrest dandruff and also soother an itchy, painful, and swollen scalp. Olive oil restores moisture in your scalp making recurrence of dandruff a farther possibility.

  1. Honey and coconut scalp scrub:

You will need 2 tsps. Coconut oil, 2 tsps. Olive oil, 2 tsps. honey and 3 teaspoons of fresh yoghurt.

  • Start by combining all ingredients except the coconut oil in a bowl.
  • Mix till you achieve a medium consistency (if it’s too runny, more honey can be added to thicken it.
  • Next, apply this mixture all over your scalp as well as on your hair from the root to the tip.
  • Massage your scalp gently as you do this to promote blood circulation and pore unclogging.
  • After you massage for at least a good 10 minutes, let the mixture stay on your head for 45 minutes.
  • After that, rinse out the mixture using a shampoo (preferably an herbal one).
  • Dry your hair and apply coconut oil to the scalp.

Honey’s anti- microbial properties help inhibit dandruff, coconut mimics hair’s natural proteins and helps eliminate dandruff that can damage the hair roots.

  1. Banana and Apple Cider Vinegar pack:

You will need 1 whole ripe banana and 1 cup of apple cider vinegar.

  • Peel and throw the banana in a blender and add the apple cider vinegar.
  • Blend till it forms a smooth paste.
  • Next, apply the paste all over the scalp and hair.
  • Put on a shower cap and let the mixture sit on your head for about 20 minutes.
  • Next rinse your hair with warm water.
  • Do this treatment at least once a week to effectively tackle dandruff.

Bananas are rich in Vitamin B and potassium that hep blood circulation in the scalp and promote healthier scalp skin. Apple cider vinegar is known for its anti-fungus and germ killing properties. Together they can work wonders for your dandruff issue.

  1. Baking soda dandruff buster:

You will need 1 tablespoon of baking soda and the juice of a whole lemon.

  • Start by rinsing your hair. You have to make sure your hair is soaking wet before you begin this treatment.
  • Next, mix the baking soda and the lemon together and apply it to your scalp using your fingertips.
  • Try to avoid applying it to the length of your hair.
  • Leave it for just 60 seconds and then rinse thoroughly with water.
  • If your scalp has scratches because of dandruff, you can skip lemon and mix baking soda with your favourite shampoo instead.
  • Do this treatment once a week till you see visible difference.
  • Be careful not to leave the mixture on your hair for longer than prescribed time or you may risk drying out your hair.

Baking soda makes for a mild exfoliator that helps remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, and eliminate excess oil. Lemon will help clear excess oil too along with inhibiting overactive fungi that causes dandruff.

  1. Tea tree oil rescue:

You will just need your favourite shampoo and some organic tea tree essential oil for this one.

  • Make sure you scalp and hair are completely dry before application.
  • Mix the quantity of shampoo that you regularly use along with a few drops of tea tree oil.
  • Rub the shampoo into your scalp and then let the mixture stay on your head for 5 minutes before rinsing out.
  • You can use this treatment daily or as often as you shampoo till the dandruff is gone.

With a high rate of dermal penetration and excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties, tea tree oil makes for an ideal choice for dandruff reduction. What’s more! Tea tree oil is a proven anti septic too. So no more infected and painful scalp.

  1. Cedar wood oil potion:

You will need 7 drops of cedar wood essential oil , 10 drops of cypress oil, 10 drops of essential oil, 50 ml of coconut or any other carrier oil.

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl one at a time and mix well.
  • Apply the mixture into your hair and scalp and secure your hair in a shower cap.
  • Wait for about an hour and then shampoo.
  • Then once again combine the essential oils with 600 ml of water and use the mixture as a final rinse.
  • Your hair will be both itch free and glossy.

Cedar wood oil has anti- seborrheic properties and combined with other oil, it becomes even more potent in fighting dandruff and skin inflammations.

  1. Fenugreek seeds solution:

You will need 2 tsps. of fenugreek seeds, 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and 1 cup of water.

  • Start off by soaking the fenugreek seeds in water overnight.
  • Once they are soaked plump, grind it to a paste along with the water they were soaked in to form a paste.
  • Mix the apple cider vinegar with this paste and then liberally apply and massage all over your scalp.
  • Leave it on for about 30 minutes before you wash it off.

Fenugreek seeds are treasure trove for nicotinic that not only curbs dandruff but also hair fall. The lecithin present in these wonder seeds help hydrate the scalp reducing the risk of a dandruff relapse.

There you go! Getting rid of dandruff is simpler and easier than it seems. Go natural and you will be pleased with the results. Keep in mind however, that if all treatments fail and if you see excessive dandruff and red inflammations on your scalp, you must consult your dermatologist.

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9 Proven and Easy Home Remedies for Dry and Damaged Hair

9 Home remedies for Dry Hair

Your hair, your crowning glory, plays such an important role. It defines your outer appearance to a large extent and good, lustrous hair up your beauty quite a bit. If you are looking for proven and easy to use home remedies for dry and damaged hair, you have come to right place.

Apart from that, your hair helps you maintain your body temperature (did you know that?) and cushions your head against shock and injury! You must give your hair some good TLC. You owe that much to it.

Healthy hair looks beautiful and feels beautiful.

How to keep your hair healthy?

It is important to know the structure of your hair before you jump into taking care of it. Your hair is made up of a protein called keratin which gives it its texture. The keratin is cemented together with strong disulphide bonds to make it resistant to wear and tear. Your hair also has hydrogen bonds which give it its flexibility but they are weaker on contact with water. The melanin pigments produced inside the hair follicle gives your hair its colour.

It is essential to figure out your hair type before looking for ways to make it healthier. Every person’s hair differs from the other but,

Hair is broadly classified into 4 types:

    • A day after shampooing, blot the centre of your scalp with a tissue paper. If you find any traces of oil on it, you have oily hair which is caused due to the overproduction of sebum.
    • If your hair appears frizzy, lack lustre, and has split ends, you have dry hair. This is certainly the most common type because pollution, heat, chemicals, and hair treatments dry out hair and all of that is more common than ever. (Read on to know fool proof dry hair remedies to fixing your problem.)
  • If your scalp is oily but the ends of your hair lack shine and softness, you most likely have combination hair. This kind of hair is tricky to fix as the scalp and hair ends need separate attention.
  • If your hair is shiny and manageable but absolutely non greasy, then you are blessed. You have what they call ‘normal’ hair and this type of hair requires minimal attention.

What causes dry hair?

Hair has no natural lubrication, and hence it relies solely on the oils produced in the roots to keep it moisturized and looking lustrous. If your hair roots naturally make less oil, your scalp and hair will appear dry and flaky.

Either that, or the moisture that is naturally present in the hair is escaping! Your hair strands have a protective layer around them called the cuticle, the layers of which lie tightly together to retain moisture. If the layers separate or peel away, the moisture escapes. Simple!

What causes the cuticles to separate or peel?

  • Most shampoos contain sodium lauryl sulphate, the chemical that strips your hair off moisture, and damages your hair cuticles if used for long periods.
  • Blow drying your hair and using heated straighteners and curling irons too often, also plays a big role in stripping away your hair’s natural oils.
  • Exposure to sun, dry wind, and pollution also causes your cuticles to break and peel away.
  • Chemical treatments such as dyes, perms, and relaxers do more damage to your hair than you ever thought possible.

Here are a few wonderful dry hair home remedies that will fix your hair and make it look silky smooth and shiny:

  1. Peel and pit a ripe avocado and then mash it in a bowl. Add a whole egg to it and mix till it forms a smooth paste. Wet your hair and apply the prepared paste on the scalp and hair making sure you cover the entire area from roots to tips. Leave for 30 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water several times till there are no residues left. Do this treatment once a week. The essential fatty acids and the minerals present in the avocado will restore the moisture and lustre in your hair while making it more resilient to damage. Do this treatment at least once weekly for a month to see results.
  2. Olive oil helps smooth out the outer cuticle of the hair making it retain more moisture and its rich anti-oxidant content repairs hair damage. Heat extra virgin organic olive oil till it’s nice and warm. Gently massage the oil in the hair starting with the roots and slowly moving towards the tip. Soak a towel in hot water, squeeze out the water and wrap it around your head, covering your entire hair. Leave it on for about 45 minutes and then wash hair as usual. The heat helps open up your pores helping it absorb more oil and work better.
  3. Organic apple cider vinegar is the elixir for your hair. Combine a tablespoonful of Apple Cider Vinegar along with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 3 egg whites. Beat it till well combined. Massage this mixture into your hair and cover your hair with a shower cap. Leave the mask on for 20 minutes before you shampoo and rinse. The egg whites help rebuild the protein in your hair making it healthy, while the vinegar adds a glossy shine to your hair.
  4. Mayonnaise makes for an excellent hair conditioner. The egg and the oil content in Mayonnaise effectively moisturize and repair your hair while the acid content renders a shine. Take a generous dollop of this goodness and gently work it into your hair. Leave it on for 45 minutes and then shampoo as usual. Do this treatment twice a week to give your hair a new life.
  5. Don’t rub or brush your hair as soon as you are out of the shower. This causes depletion of natural oils and also makes the hair more brittle. Instead wrap your hair in a cotton towel and let the cotton absorb the moisture. Once all the excess moisture is out, let your hair air dry. This will prevent more split ends and maintain the quality of your hair.
  6. Applying henna has been an age old tradition in India. A lot of people owe their lustrous hair to this wonder leaf. Henna powder is now widely available on amazon.com and once you know how magically it transforms your hair, you will ditch your fancy hair spa treatments to this modest one anyway. Take henna powder (the quantity is subject to the length and thickness of your hair) in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to it. Now warm a cup of coconut milk and slowly stir it in the henna mixture till it becomes a smooth paste (not runny). Make small partitions in your hair and apply the mixture thoroughly making sure each strand of hair is covered in henna. Cover you head with a plastic wrap and leave it on for at least 30 minutes. Rinse, dry, and apply warm coconut oil to your hair. Leave it on overnight and wash hair the next morning. You will be amazed with the kind of results it gives.

     

  7. Mash an over ripe banana and work it in your hair. The rich Vitamin B content and the antioxidant work like magic on your hair. Leave the sweet mask on for about 15-20 minutes and wash as usual. Wake up to softer hair.
  8. Yoghurt is also a potent ingredient to ward of dryness. A cup of fresh yoghurt mixed with a little lemon juice will effectively help restore moisture in the hair as well as prevent flaky, and itchy scalp (yoghurt is known to fight dandruff effectively). This hair mask needs a good 30 minutes to work its magic. It’s really worth the wait though.
  9. Who knew pumpkin  is amazing for hair? Pumpkin puree mixed with honey serves as the perfect mask for dry hair. Honey being a natural humectant attracts moisture to it while the pumpkin’s Vitamin A soothes and moisturizes the hair and the Vitamin C repairs sun damage making your hair look and feel healthy.

There you go! Adopt these dry hair home remedies and transform the health of your hair. Remember to eat well, stay hydrated, and be sun protected to fix your hair like no therapies can.

Here’s to beautiful hair!