Generally speaking, hair loss (Alopecia) occurs when hair growth cycles are disrupted or hair follicles are destroyed.
Normally, most people shed 50 to 100 strands each day, and even more when washing their hair, up to 250 strands or more. Not noticeable though because new hair grows at the same time.
There are 3 cycles of hair growth
- Growth phase or anagen
- Transitional phase or catagen
- Shedding phase or telogen
Thinning of hair and hair loss is very common in women when they are in their 50’s-60’s normally. Younger women in their 30s or even at a young age may also suffer hair loss as well.
There are a lot of ways to treat hair loss in many cases. But it is important to know why you are losing hair. The exact cause of hair loss may not be fully understood but there are some of the most common factors behind losing hair in women.
What Causes of Hair Loss in Women?
Most of the time, hair loss is caused because of one of the following factors
This kind of hair loss disorder in women “female-pattern baldness” is called “Androgenetic Alopecia”. If you belong to a family where your mother, grandmother, or other women (in heredity) had the same problem at a certain age, there are chances that you may also be a victim of the same. This condition causes noticeable thinning of hair in women, usually on top of the scalp.
Severe illness, surgery, car accident, or shock may cause temporary hair loss called “Telogen Effluvium”. Any stressful event in your life may disrupt the cycle of hair growth and as a result, more hair is pushed to shed (temporarily). When you get out of the stress, hair begins to grow again.
Pregnancy is also a kind of physical stress that may cause hair to fall after you deliver your baby (normally) due to the imbalance of hormones. After you deliver your baby, your hair will grow back as usual.
Lack of protein
If you don’t add protein to your diet, it will cause your hair to fall. According to a hair specialist doctor, the shedding of hair can start about two to three months after you stop using protein-based diets.
Like in the case of pregnancy, switching to birth–control pills and going off can also cause telogen effluvium (temporary loss of hair) more likely if you have a family history of hair loss. Hormonal changes that occur during menopause may also have the same results in losing hair.
The frequent styling of hair and treatments may also cause hair to fall like tight braids, straightening your hair, curling hair, etc. Application of harsh chemicals or high heat, for instance, using hot oil massage on your scalp, ironing and drying of hair at extreme heat. These kinds of hair treatments affect the hair root and you might permanently lose your hair.
Intake of too much vitamin A, drugs for back cancer, cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, arthritis, and depression may be a cause of hair loss. Radiation therapy is usually used as a part of cancer treatment.
If hair loss is sudden, then there might be a medical condition behind it. A wide range of medical conditions may be the reason for hair loss but the most common factors are as sudden weight loss, thyroid disorder, anemia and polycystic ovary syndrome, and diabetes, Skin conditions like lupus, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis etc.
How to Control Hair Loss with Home Remedies?
Luckily we have natural remedies for rapid hair growth and to stop hair loss.
Licorice Root, Milk, Saffron Paste
- Make a paste of licorice, milk, and saffron
- Add one tablespoon of licorice powder in 1 cup of milk and ¼ teaspoon saffron and mix them thoroughly
- Apply this paste to bald patches on your scalp before going to bed
- Leave it for the night
- Wash your hair in the morning
- Follow this recipe once or twice a week
- Add 1 cup of fenugreek in water and let it soak over night
- Put the mixture in a grinder and grind to make a paste
- Apply on your hair and wrap a towel or wear a shower cap
- Rinse off your hair after about 30 – 40 minutes
- Stick to the recipe for a month at least to get the better results
Onion Juice Stops Hair Fall
Onion is rich in Sulfur and increases collagen to control hair fall.
- Chop an onion, cut it into little pieces and squeeze its juice.
- Apply the juice on your scalp and let it sit for 15 minutes at least and wash your hair.
- You may use this recipe twice a week for a good result.
Traditional Henna Treatment
Henna has been used for thousands of years as natural hair color and conditioner it strengthens your hair from the roots. Though Henna can alone treat many hair disorders but combining it with other ingredients may bring revolution in hair care.
- Wash and dry about 60 grams of henna leaves and add 250 ml of mustard oil.
- Boil this mixture till henna leaves burn then strain
- Apply it on your scalp regularly every day
- Store the remaining mixture in an air–tight jar for future use.
Carrot is not only for Bugs Bunny but it is an excellent nutritional food for health. Rich in beta- carotene which helps strengthen the structure of the hair follicle. Also contains vitamin C to improve blood circulation in your scalp allow to hair stronger & grow well. All you have to do is drink a glass full of carrot juice and leave the rest to juice itself
Aloe Vera Gel to Boost Hair Growth
Aloe Vera juice is one of the best recipes to prevent hair loss, and balances the pH level of the scalp.
- Massage your scalp gently with Aloe Vera gel and let it for a few hours
- Rinse hair with lukewarm water
- To get excellent results, you have to do this twice a week
Improve Protein Intake to Avoid Hair Loss
Add protein to your diet like fish, meat, cheese, yogurt, eggs, etc Lack of protein in your body may stop hair growth. If you are vegetarian or don’t prefer meat, use protein enriched vegetables like spinach, potato, beans, broccoli, and soy, etc.