6 Home Remedies for Natural Hair Growth and Thickness

Hairfall has become a common problem in both males and females. While it is normal to lose 80-100 strands daily, the real problem occurs when you start losing more or when they won’t grow back. I know.. I know, finding your beautiful hair all over the comb and floor is a shock.
But don’t you worry! It is treatable with the right diagnosis and treatment.

Hair Fall OR Hair Loss?

Hair fall and hair loss are two different terms. Yes, we think that they are alike and use them in the same manner but now it’s time to find out the difference!

Hair loss is the normal loss of hair from the body or head that means it can affect hair on your scalp or on your entire body. It is also known as baldness or alopecia. 

Whereas, hair fall is the natural process of losing hair which results in new growth of hair.

Different Types of Hair Loss

Hair fall is of various types depending on a person’s genetics, in terms of hair products used and various other factors. Here are the four major types of hair fall:

  1. Alopecia Areata (al-o-PEE-she-uh ar-e-A-tuh): This condition is where there is sudden hair fall in a particular area. It develops when the immune system attacks the hair follicles causing the hair to fall out in small patches. This condition can affect anyone and usually occurs before the age of 30.
  2. Involutional Alopecia: It is a natural condition in which hair slowly thins with age and lessens in number.
  3. Androgenic Alopecia: It is a genetic condition that can affect both men and women.
    In men, this is called male pattern baldness and suffers hair loss as early as their teens or early 20s, identified by a decreasing hairline and slow disappearance of hair from the crown and frontal scalp.
    In women, it is called female pattern baldness. There is no noticeable thinning until the 40s or later and experience a general thinning over the entire scalp, with the most hair loss at the crown region.
  4. Telogen Effluvium: It is identified by temporary hair thinning over the scalp that occurs because of changes in the growth cycle of hair. A lot of hair fall and hair thinning is seen in this. The acute form can happen at any age including infants and the chronic form happens usually between the age group of 30 to 60.

What Causes Hair Loss?

Though hair loss can have various causes, it is important to identify what is causing it and then working on it to get back your natural hair.

  • Low Hemoglobin: Hemoglobin delivers nutrients and oxygen to your hair’s cells, which is vital for their growth. This process is disturbed due to a lack of iron, which causes low hemoglobin levels, leading to loss of hair. This is similar to the traditional male and female pattern baldness like we discussed earlier. 
  • Lack of Sleep: Research has shown that hair fall can occur due to lack of sleep too. This is because the body reacts to disturbed sleep as high stress. When we are asleep our body is resting and repairing itself so good sleep is needed to restore our hair growth.
  • Stress: One of the most common problems, stress can cause a certain type of hair fall known as Telogen effluvium in which the hair stops growing and within a few months, affected hair might start falling out while simply combing or washing.
  • Hormonal Changes and Medical Conditions: Hair fall can be permanent or temporary due to hormonal changes which is seen in conditions of pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and thyroid problems. Medical conditions like alopecia areata and scalp infections (caused by ringworm) result in patchy hair loss.
  • Family History (Heredity): The most common cause of hair loss is hereditary that happens with aging (androgenic alopecia). 
  • Medications and Supplements: A lot of drugs can have hair loss as one of the side effects such as cancer treating drugs.
  • Excessive Styling and Treatments: You might like experimenting with your hair but excessive hairstyling or chemical treatments can damage your hair and can cause hair to fall out.
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Easy Home Remedies

Now, let’s find out some simple home remedies for natural hair growth and thickness. Get ready to explore your kitchen!

  1. Egg Mask : Eggs are rich in protein, biotin, folic acid, vitamin B complex, A, E and iron and zinc which is the building block of a hair strand. A natural egg mask is an awesome way to promote hair growth. Steps: 
    1. Separate one egg white in a bowl.
    2. Add a teaspoon each of olive oil and honey.
    3. Beat it well to make a paste, apply it on your hair for 20 minutes and then wash it off.
  2. Aloe Vera : A magic ingredient indeed! It is filled with vitamins like vitamin A,C, E, B12 and folic acid which helps in hair growth. Apply aloe vera gel on your hair for 45 min and then wash. So simple right? It would be best to use pure and fresh aloe vera gel. You can even add coconut oil to it.
  3. Onion :  Onion juice can do wonders for hair as it has sulphur present in it which helps in hair growth and it may be an effective treatment for patchy alopecia areata. Steps: 
    1. Grate or mash half an onion and extract its juice and apply on your hair for an hour.
    2. Rinse it by adding half a lemon in water to get rid of the onion smell.
  4. Coconut Oil : A good champi (massage) with coconut oil is all you need! It has the important vitamins E and K that your hair needs and also it protects the protein in hair. Get a hot oil massage 30 min before a head wash. You can even add almond oil to get a shiny look.
  5. Rice water : Remember how you soak some rice in water before cooking and then strain them and throw away the water? Who knew that that waste water is actually an asian secret for hair growth. It is rich in vitamins B, C and E which helps in hair growth.  All you need to do is:
    1. Soak ½ cup rice in 2 cup water for 30 minutes and then strain the water. OR
    1. Cook ½ cup rice in double the water, boil and strain the rice water.
    2. Now, wash your hair with shampoo and then pour this rice water in the end, massage and let it sit for 20 min and then rinse thoroughly.
  6. Green Tea : A magic potion of antioxidants! Put 2-3 green tea bags in ½ litre water for 15 minutes. Shampoo your hair as usual and then rinse your hair with this green tea water in the end. Massage and keep it for 10 minutes and then rinse.

Note: We are all different from one another with different skin types and our response to these remedies. So please discontinue any remedy which might cause any sort of discomfort to your skin or in any other way.

How do you Stop your Hair from Falling Out ?

  • Diet: What’s the secret to healthy strong hair? A diet which contains vitamins like A, D, C, E, biotin and folic acid, minerals like iron and zinc, protein and essential fatty acids which promotes hair growth, protects hair from damage, moisturizes the scalp and makes them shiny and smooth. You must include almonds, walnuts, raisins, cashews, flax seeds, chia seeds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, lemon, fruits, salads, beans, broccoli, sweet potatoes, pulses (dals), green leafy vegetables, amla, soy and soy products, eggs, chicken and fish in your diet.
  • De-stress Yourself: Involve in stress relieving activities like listening to music or dancing or zumba, just take a chill pill and dance your worries away! Remember to enjoy any activity you are into. You can also practice meditation and yoga techniques. 
  • Cleaning Your Body: Do not take very hot showers as the hot water strips off the natural moisture in your hair. Keep your scalp clean by regular washing and cleansing. 
  • Addictions: Avoid smoking as it reduces the blood flow to your scalp. Also reduce your alcohol intake as it also contributes majorly to hair loss.  
  • Stay Hydrated: Your hair has one quarter of water so drink at least ten to twelve glasses of water in a day to hydrate your hair and body.
  • PRP Hair Treatment: Also known as Platelet-Rich-Plasma therapy for hair loss is a three-step medical treatment in which a person’s blood is drawn, processed, and then injected into the areas of the scalp that need increased hair growth. Most PRP therapy requires three treatments 4 to 6 weeks apart. Maintenance treatments are required every 4 to 6 months.

If you want your hair to look beautiful you must follow a good hair care routine. Stay away from harmful chemicals and marketed products, instead opt for the natural remedies for hair growth. The remedies can take about 3-6 months to show significant improvement. Be Patient and give your hair time to grow naturally!

“Invest in your hair, It’s the crown you never take off.”

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References:

  1. (https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/understanding-hair-loss-basics)
  2. (https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hair-loss/symptoms-causes/syc-20372926)
  3. (https://skinkraft.com/blogs/articles/iron-deficiency-hair-loss#:~:text=Iron%20contributes%20to%20the%20production,(1)%20(2).)
  4. https://www.healthline.com/health/prp-for-hair-loss#prp-therapy-process