[toc]Hairs on top of our heads are indicate the condition of our health. By the quantity and quality of a persons’ hair, you can accurately judge the robustness of an individual’s well-being. The abundance of hair adds youthfulness to one’s personality. The quantity of hair on one’s head gives the assurance that he or she is still young.
It becomes really very depressing when one starts losing hair. It is normal to lose between fifty to hundred strands of hairs daily but losing more than that is surely a matter of concern. If you see more than usual quantity of hair on your hairbrush, your pillow or on your washbasin; you should become concerned.
Ways To Prevent Hair Loss
Lessen Your Stress Level
First and foremost, don’t get stressed out on loss of your hair. This will only worsen the situation. Stress and hair loss are directly proportional; more the stress then more the hair loss, less the stress then less the hair loss. Find the root cause of your stress and try to eliminate it.
You will be surprised to know that lack of exercise affects your hair very badly. A sedentary lifestyle does not allow blood and oxygen to reach your hairs. To make blood and oxygen reach your head you must defy gravity; standing on your head is the best exercise to prevent hair loss. Make a point do o some physical exercise everyday.
Get yourself a minimum of six hours of sleep daily. Improper sleep or less than required quota of sleep affects the quality of hair. Your hair becomes weaker and eventually falls off. Lack of sleep also increases your stress level. So ensure that you get your share of sleep.
Minimize Dyeing Your Hair
Dyeing your hair, robs the hair all it’s nutrients. The chemicals in the dyes makes the hairs dry and brittle. Damage to hairs due to excessive dying are more permanent in nature. Avoid it if you can. If it not possible then make sure that time period between two subsequent dyes are more than six weeks. Always use dyes from reputed companies, strictly follow the instructions and always apply a hair conditioner after dying your hair.
Know Your Antibiotics
Prolonged illness and use of antibiotics may also result in loss of hair. If you suspect that medication is giving you hair loss then immediately talk to your doctor and ask him to change the prescription. If changed, then its okay, else ask your doctor to provide solution to lessen the side effects of the medication.
Avoid Using Hair Dryers
The hot, dry air of hair dryers make the hair extremely dry and brittle, it also weakens the root. It is highly advisable that you do not use hair dryers. If the use of hair dryers cannot be avoided then make sure that its temperature is set to low or medium. Never ever dry your hair at maximum temperature.
Avoid Harsh Sunlight
Harsh sunlight and UV rays of the sun destroy the texture and weave of hair. Always cover your head with a scarf or cap whenever you go out in the sun. By covering your hair, you not only protect your hair from sun’s harmful rays but also from dust, grease and air pollution.
Never use a bar of soap for washing your hair. Always wash your hair with a very mild shampoo. The fillers and chemicals of the soap can wreck your hair beyond repair. And also try to condition your hair after every wash.
Hot Oil Massage
Pampering your hair can work wonders to your hair. With your fingertips apply warm organic oil to your scalp, rubbing it vigorously. Coconut, mustard or olive oil are the best oil for hair massage. Coconut oil makes the hair more supple, mustard oil is anti-bacterial and anti-viral, whereas olive oil gives the hair more bounce.
You can choose the oil according to your requirement and preference. After applying the oil, soak a towel in hot water, squeeze out excess water and wrap it around your head as a turban. Leave it for at least twenty minutes. It will be nice if you can leave the oil on your hair overnight and wash it with herbal shampoo next morning.
Amala, Shikakai And Reetha (Herbal Shampoo)
DIY an excellent herbal shampoo with Amala (Indian Gooseberry), Shikakai (Acacia concinna) and Reetha (soap nuts). Take equal quantity of dried Amala, Shikakai and Reetha, add four times of water by volume, boil the mixture till water is reduced to half, strain with a muslin cloth and bottle. An excellent quality of shampoo is in your possession.
Replace your commercial shampoo with this and use it for cleansing your hair. Shikakai is a mild cleanser that cleans hair without robbing it of essential oils. Reetha helps in removing dirt from the scalp. Amala stops the hair from drying and prevents premature graying of hair. These three ingredients together is panacea for all hair problems.
Increase Protein Intake
Hairs are made up of proteins; insufficient or poor quality protein intake will affect the robustness of hairs. You will have to get the proteins from food. Proteins from hair shampoo is just a fad and colossal waste of money. A protein rich diet will only provide you with proteins for strong hair. Rich sources of proteins are legumes, grams, eggs, poultry, milk, lean meat, etc.
Iron, Vitamin C, Omega-3 and Zinc
Ensure that you have adequate quantity of Iron, Vitamin C, Omega-3 and Zinc; these are the nutrients that preserve and cultivate hair growth. With protein, iron is also required in making of hairs. Vitamin C is required for better absorption of iron. Omega-3 prevents the hair from becoming dry and brittle and zinc, nourishes the hair. Leafy greens, liver, pork, beef are excellent source of iron.
You can get vitamin-c from citrous fruits. Omega-3 can be had from salmons, flax-seeds, walnuts, etc. and zinc from oysters, peanut butter, pumpkin seeds etc. As for everything in life, prevention is always better than cure. Eat healthy, keep your stress level in control and you will never lose your crowing glory. Follow the methods and you will not only prevent hair loss but also sprout new ones.