How to Naturally Stop and Reverse Baldness.
Four out of ten US citizens show mild to moderate signs of baldness sometimes between the age of 18 and 50, I researched on the internet and the only reason I could find was blaming genetics and poor nutrition habits. But when studies were conducted at the genes of some of these people, it failed to turn up a positive connection between baldness and genes. The accurate reason could be anything and there are way many reasons for you to determine the reason for you, here we will be discussing what we can start doing to stop the onset of baldness for both men and women.
What daily habits are affecting our hair.
Harsh chemicals and hot water shower: The very first damage you do when you jump into the shower and start with hot water, Daily washing your hair with hot water causes stress to your hair follicles and you’ll land up with frizzy, brittle, and dry hair. Also, hot water causes hair loss because the heat makes your hair weak and thus it tends to fall. Winters are approaching and just like every other year, People starts using hot water for bath and wash hair. Now, hot water might feel very comforting during winters but it can do horrible and irreversible damage to your hair. We know that many people prefer using hot water for washing their hair. Not only is it believed to be relaxing but can also efficiently cleanse the scalp, removing oil and dirt build-up effectively. but it can give you many hair related problems like
- Itchy scalp
- Inflammation of the scalp.
So the very first thing you need to do is to say a big no to hot water, but in winters, cold water isn’t recommended either because it is simply not efficient enough to cleanse your scalp. What’s more, it makes the hair look very flat. So, lukewarm water is ideal for washing hair. It won’t damage your hair, will feel relaxing, and manage to clean your scalp & hair.
The second most damaging thing is cleaning the hair with harsh surfactant-based shampoo. this way you have washed all the natural moisture of your hair, then you load tons of chemical-based conditioners to replenish that lost moisture. in my opinion, using conditioner to renourish your hair can be the stupidest habit. they might provide short-term shine but in the long term damage the hair follicles.
So the first thing to do is to replace your hair care products with natural products, ditch a hot water bath for hair. and abstain from using too many hair products on your hair.
Not oiling of the scalp: Scalp oiling is an Indian holistic healing tradition for all types of hair-related problems, it is a more than 5,000 years old approach, is rooted in the philosophy of taking care of your hair, with ingredients available in nature. It may not be accepted by the Western world yet, the ritual of hair oiling resonates with the obsession with clean and effective beauty practices on Indians.
Hair oiling is time tested approach to rejuvenate scalp and strands, a treatment that uses herbal ingredients to promote growth and hydration of hair. It is a two-step process: Applying nutrient-rich oils and then massaging them into the scalp. A traditional Indian routine involves a more in-depth approach: Divide the hair into smaller sections, take a generous amount of warm oil into the palms and massage it vigorously into the scalp and strands. This stimulates blood circulation in follicles and encourages growth. The hair is then tucked into a neat bun or braid and slept with. Keeping the oil in your hair overnight helps it penetrate deep into the skin. It is suggested to shampoo the next morning. When You will step out of the shower you will feel the difference.
Combing wet hair: Hairs are most vulnerable when they are wet, Always brush hair out dry before shampooing and conditioning because brushing knots out of wet hair can lead to major breakage, and if you blow-dry your hair, it is another common and easily avoidable mistake, Blow drying causes a “flash drying” effect that not only removes the surface moisture but also removes water that is bound to the hair, which is called sebum, very important for proper hydration. The effect of this flash drying is that the cuticles become dry, rigid, and brittle. When the hair flexes, the pressure causes the cuticles to crack. Combing hair with this degree of cuticle cracking causes significant breakage.
Stress: Stress can act as a stimulus that forces hair follicles into a “resting” phase so that they don’t produce new hair strands. Over time, hair can fall out more easily, even if you’re just washing, combing, or touching it. Any type of stressful situation can trigger hair loss, including pregnancy, chronic illness, injury, relationship issues, financial concerns, poor nutrition, surgery, medications such as antidepressants, and even jet lag.
What to do to prevent hair loss
Exercise: working out can be the multidimensional remedy for hair loss, Exercise helps in lowering stress levels, we know Stress is bad for hair. When you are feeling stressed, your body produces a hormone called cortisol which feeds on protein. Too much cortisol can lead to shedding and Alopecia due to malnutrition of hair follicles. One way to combat stress is to exercise. When people exercise, their body produces a hormone called serotonin that helps reduce stress. A lifestyle that supports less stress also supports a healthy head of hair.
Apart from physical exercise, you can also try an ancient exercise specifically designed for hair. It’s called Balayama, according to the ayurvedic scriptures, hair and nail are the vestigial products of the process involved in the formation of the human skeletal system, and the roots of the hair follicle are thought to be directly connected to fingernails. Balayam helps out to balance the three doshas which further leads to strong and rejuvenated hair follicles.
How to do Balayam
The right way to do it is to curl your fingers in the position to form a semi-closed fist, now excluding your thumbnail start rubbing the fingernails upwards and downwards of each hand against each other for at least 5 to 10 minutes twice a day. it is the easiest exercise you can do even during your commute, just make sure to practice it empty stomach. Yoga practitioners also suggest one should avoid rubbing nails during pregnancy or in high blood pressure conditions.
Healthy Diet: The health of our hair is also a reflection of our physical health. Our body knows it can survive without hair, and when the body is malnourished our body uses all the available nutrients to support our vital organs, If you’re not getting certain nutrients from food, you can clearly see the effects in your hair. our modern society mostly lives on can-packed and highly processed fast foods, making hair malnourished and dull, and more prone to breakage.
Our hair strands are made up of protein so always make sure to eat sufficient amount of protein to promote long and thick hair. Milk, eggs, cheese, fatty fish, chicken are all good sources of protein
Another important nutrient for hairs is Omega 3 fatty acid, one should always include, Almonds, Cashews, Peanuts, Walnuts, and flaxseeds in daily diet.
Make sure to consume iron and vitamin c in balance, cause these two goes hand in hand, when you won’t consume iron but won’t consume vitamin C, iron won’t get absorbed in the body,
Head Massage: Head massage is an excellent way to nourish your hair by sealing the hai moisture in. A hot oil massage is not only relaxing but also promotes your hair health. Everyone can benefit from applying hot oil to their hair, no matter their hair type. Incorporating hot oil massages into your regular hair care routine can benefit your hair in many ways.
How to massage your scalp and hair
- Pour a few tablespoons of the oil into the glass bowl. You can put as much or as little oil as you want, depending on the length and thickness of your hair.
- Fill the saucepan halfway up with water and place it on the stove.
- Place the glass bowl inside the saucepan and let the heat from the boiling water warm up the oil.
- Dip your finger into the oil to check if it has heated up to your desired temperature before removing it from the stove.
Protect Hair from UV rays: UV rays are responsible for hair protein and moisture loss and UVA radiation is responsible for color change of the hair, melanin is important for direct and indirect protection of hair moisture. Protecting the follicles is also very important for keeping the hair shaft’s integrity. Overexposure to the UV radiation caused by the sun actually damages our hair, causing it to lose proteins and weaken over time. And if you’re someone who spends a lot of time outdoors, this could have a long-term effect on your hair’s overall quality beyond lightening the color of your hair.