Ashwaganda – has been linked to help assist with reduction of stress and anxiety (which itself helps reduce hair loss by lessening the cortisol flowing through your body). The concentration of lecithin helps to hydrate and strengthens hair.
Aloe vera – is rich in vitamins, minerals and has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help with hair growth. However, if you suffer from oily skin or scalp, then be wary. Too much sebum can actually be bad for your hair as it greases your scalp, clogging your hair follicles and leading to inflammation which can reduce the growth cycle of your hair.
Overview – why am I losing hair?
Your hair grows around 1cm per month in the Anagen phase (growth phase) of the hair cycle, for around 3 to 5 years.
Hair fall is a normal course of life’s daily occurrences, and on average you may find you lose anywhere from 50 to 150 strands of hair every day. With over 100,000 hair follicles in your scalp, losing up to 150 doesn’t make a difference in the appearance of your hair as more hair is growing to counteract this fall.
But you may notice you’re losing too much hair, when brushing or showering and seeing clumps of hair gather in the comb or drain.
This can happen when your hair reaches a phase called Telogen Effluvium – which means your hair growth has been cut short for one or more reasons and has gone straight into the fall out stage.
A number of reasons could cause this, including genetics. More commonly, you’re probably under more stress and / or suffering a hormonal imbalance. Diabetes, skin conditions and nutritional deficiency could all play a role in the loss of hair.
Natural and Ayurvedic remedies for hair growth
For some of you (or most of you), your hair is your defining feature – your identity, and symbol of expression.
Suffering from hair loss could make you feel less of yourself or miss your identity. You may not want to try chemicals or cosmetic surgeries (and nor should you need to), as there are plenty of natural health remedies you can use to help re-grow your hair, while making your hair stronger and healthier than ever before.
These tips aren’t just to re-grow hair, they can be used in your daily life to maintain a healthy and fuller head of hair without resorting to cosmetic surgery.
Review your shampoo
Depending on the shampoo you’re using, you may be surprised just how full of chemicals it is, it’s unreal.
There are plenty of shampoo you can use for your hair, and the best tip is to focus on those which are sulphate, BPA and paraben free – which can make your hair brittle and lead to breakages and fall.
If you typically have dry scalp, it’s best not too over-wash as you’ll dry out your scalp. Vice-versa, if your scalp is typically oily, then you need to ensure you wash more frequently to keep the right balance.
Oil and massage your scalp
Oiling and massaging your scalp and hair can help restore hair growth by improving blood circulation and nourishes your hair.
Oil itself has other benefits from nourishing your hair, to providing essential minerals and fats, depending on the oil you use.
Coconut oil has been used as a traditional Indian hair remedy for centuries, and much of the science points to its ability in nourishing your scalp with essential fatty acids that nourish the roots of your hair.
Coconut milk isn’t actually milk in the traditional sense – it’s the coconut meat blended, which itself provides a thick milky type by-product. When slightly watered down, Coconut milk as you know it from the shelves is formed from the meat of the coconut.
This milk is rich in minerals and fats that would normally be found in the meat of the coconut.
Packed with Vitamins and essential minerals including Iron and Selenium, coconut milk whether ingested as a food product or massaged into your scalp, promotes hair growth, nourishes dry scalp and can condition your hair leaving it silky and smooth [source].
Another traditional Indian Ayurvedic remedy, Amla oil is a natural hair oil made from Indian gooseberry.
Ayurvedic teachings attribute the beneficial properties for healthy hair and hair growth to Amla oil, typically due to the high Vitamin C concentration, and naturally occurring anti-oxidants which help strengthen your hair down to its roots.
Amla is noted in traditional Ayurveda medicine to help fight against dandruff and help soothe the skin of your scalp, which can also help prevent against hair loss.
Neem oil, from the neem tree located in India, is a staple of Ayurveda praised for its natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Often used for skin conditions, Ayurveda practice suggests Neem to be beneficial for both skin and hair due to its naturally rich composition of fatty acids, vitamin E, calcium, antioxidants and triglycerides.
Ashwaganda has been linked to help assist with reduction of stress and anxiety (which itself helps reduce hair loss by lessening the cortisol flowing through your body) [source].
Methi (or fenugreek) is a common Indian spice which is also known to have many natural health benefits including helping stomach and digestive issues, reduce fat and of course, help with hair growth – giving you healthier and fuller volume hair.
Fenugreek contains naturally occurring vitamins including Vitamin A, K and C and contains minerals including Iron. The concentration of lecithin helps to hydrate and strengthens hair [source].
Aloe vera is rich in vitamins, minerals and has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help with hair growth. Its suggested Aloe Vera can also help against alopecia where the cause of alopecia is inflammation, as Aloe Vera has cooling and anti-inflammatory properties [source].
Onion Juice has been used in patients with alopecia, by applying it onto the patches, helped stimulate more hair growth than plain water. It does this by boosting antioxidant enzymes and providing your hair follicles with sulphur, necessary for minimizing hair thinning and regeneration of hair [source].
Natural foods diet for healthy hair and hair re-growth
In addition to supplements and oils that can be massaged into your scalp, it is crucial to address the nutrients in your body through a clean, natural diet.
Protein & Biotin rich foods
Protein and Biotin are two key nutrients for the development and growth of your hair.
Biotin helps promote Keratin – a hair protein which makes up a large portion of the composition of your hair.
Protein itself is essential as your hair is largely protein.
Ensure you are getting enough protein in your diet and where necessary, supplementing with vegan protein powder, tofu and soya based products.
High Fat foods
Foods rich in good fats and omegas are helpful for hair growth as they provide anti-inflammatory properties which helps reduce causes for hair loss, assists in reducing the impact of cortisol and can help with improved circulation and mineral transportation.
Foods like avocados are also rich in Vitamin E and help contribute to healthier looking skin by reducing oxidative stress and removing free radicals in your body.
Adding nuts into your diet can provide the essential fat your body needs, whilst also providing extra protein, vitamins and other minerals such zinc. Nuts are also linked to other health benefits such as reducing inflammation and even weight loss.
Foods rich in Iron (dark-leafy greens)
Foods rich in iron, such as Spinach and Kale, are helpful for hair growth as Iron helps development of red blood cells, which carry oxygen and other minerals around your body.
A lack of iron in your body has been linked to hair loss [source].
Sweet potato contains naturally occurring Vitamin A which helps your body produce more sebum. Sebum is an oil secreted by your skin which keeps your scalp moisturised to prevent it from drying.
However, if you suffer from oily skin or scalp, then be wary. Too much sebum can actually be bad for your hair as it greases your scalp, clogging your hair follicles and leading to inflammation which can reduce the growth cycle of your hair [source].
There are many natural ways to regrow and build healthier hair. Ultimately, you don’t need to try every herbal supplement or follow every Ayurveda practice, but combining a mixture of the above tips will help.
You could try massaging your scalp with Amla oil and drink a Coconut Milk beverage for instance.
Or, use coconut oil in your cooking and throw in some fenugreek (methi) seeds into your salads. Maybe add Ashwaganda supplements to your diet in the morning, or better yet – buy a shampoo which has Ashwaganda as an active ingredient within.
The first step is the willingness to adapt and incorporate these tips into your daily life. Hair loss is often connected to stress or diabetes or another illness (if not genetic) and by keeping a healthy mind and body, taking care of yourself first, will help you develop and keep healthier, longer and shiner hair.