Ayurveda-Backed Ways to Treat Hair Fall at Home

We all strive to have luscious, thick, and healthy hair. Our hair has an important impact on our overall look and aesthetic appeal. It’s safe to say that hair is an important feature that also affects our self-confidence and self-esteem. However, hair fall is an issue faced by both men and women all over the world. While hair fall and hair loss are a natural part of the aging process, they can sometimes be aggravated due to stress and certain conditions. Ayurveda believes that hair fall can be a consequence of an imbalance in the Pitta Dosha or energy. [1]

Balancing the Pitta Dosha

Pitta is a Sanskrit word that roughly translates as ‘fire’ and it is linked with the heat energy in the body. The Pitta Dosha is responsible for metabolism, digestion, and appetite. Hair fall is one of the symptoms that is believed to occur when there is an imbalance in the Pitta Dosha. To balance out this energy, it is advised to avoid spicy, hot, salty, and sour foods. It is also advised to consume nutrient-rich foods that have a cooling effect on the body such as cucumbers, pineapples, dahi or curd, green leafy vegetables, coconut water, pomegranates, etc. Protein-rich foods that facilitate hair growth such as beans and legumes are also recommended.

Apart from balancing the Pitta Dosha, here are a few other home remedies you can try to treat or prevent hair fall:

Head Massage Using Brahmi Oil

Brahmi oil is made from the extracts of the plant Gotu Kola which is a revered herb in Ayurveda. Brahmi is well known for its regenerative properties and it is known to have a soothing effect on the skin and scalp. It has also been used to treat dandruff. Owing to its antifungal properties, it is used to treat fungal infections. Because of its regenerative properties, Brahmi oil can be effective in promoting hair growth while enhancing the hair follicles. To use Brahmi oil for hair fall, apply it directly on the scalp and massage it until the oil is well absorbed by the scalp. A carrier oil such as coconut oil or almond oil may also be used in combination. Head massage also boosts blood circulation which promotes hair growth. For best results, practice this remedy at least twice a week. [2]

Amla or Indian Gooseberry

Amla or the Indian gooseberry is an essential fruit in Ayurveda. For centuries, amla has been valued for its beneficial properties. It is known to be one of the highest sources of antioxidants, mainly vitamin C which fights free radicals that cause ageing and damage to skin and hair cells. You can incorporate amla into your beauty regimen for hair loss by consuming it and nourishing your body from within, or by applying amla juice or oil topically on the scalp. Amla may be consumed raw, dried, powdered or in its juice form. For topical application and best results, use amla juice or oil at least three times a week. [3]

Methi or Fenugreek

Methi or fenugreek seeds have been used to treat a host of hair-related problems such as hair fall, hair thinning, dandruff, itchy scalp, etc., since ages. These tiny seeds have shown to be effective in strengthening the hair from its roots and follicles. They are a rich source of iron and protein which are vital for proper hair growth. A teaspoon of methi seeds can be left to soak in a glass of water which can be consumed every morning on an empty stomach to fight hair fall. Methi oil may also be used and applied topically on the scalp twice a week for shiny, lustrous hair. [3]

Parting Thoughts

Stress, pollution, a poor diet, not getting enough sleep, certain health conditions, etc., can all contribute to hair loss. It is important to rule out these factors and fix them in addition to trying the Ayurvedic home remedies mentioned above in order to fight hair fall. [4]

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