Save Your Mane With Natural Remedies
Our tresses or crowning glory is an extension of ourselves — our personality and sense of style. When our pride and joy start thinning and you experience excessive hair loss, your self esteem takes a hit and it’s upsetting. When this happens, it’s best to go back to basics, rid yourself of the chemical leached hair products you own and embrace natural and effective remedies to save your locks. There’s nothing like making the most of what nature has to offer.
Take some time to first understand your scalp type before choosing the right shampoo for your crowning glory. Determining your scalp type also influences the frequency of hair wash. For instance, if you have a dry scalp and overwash your hair, this can lead to hair fall. The result is the same if you don’t wash an oily scalp regularly. When we said ridding yourself of chemical products, this extends to your shampoo, ensuring it’s not loaded with chemicals as the likes of sulphate, paraben and silicone that can make your tresses brittle and hence, prone to breakage. A mild and natural shampoo will be a better choice.
Diet and Exercise
Taking care of your hair or any part of your body, for that matter, starts inside out. This means feeding it with all the essential nutrients, particularly protein and iron. Complement eating a balanced diet with exercising frequently and you’d find it effective in reducing hair fall.
It is also said that giving yourself a scalp massage can help to restore hair growth and can be practiced in conjunction with hair oils and masks. This stimulates the scalp and can improve hair thickness. Take the time to give yourself a scalp massage, which doubles as stress relief. It’s believed that the motion of stretching during the massage promotes hair growth and thickness in the dermal papilla cells.
Virgin Coconut oil
On self care Sundays, drench your hair Virgin Coconut Oil and cover it with a cap and allow it to soak. Massage it in either before or after hair wash, depending on your hair type. If your hair tends to be oily, you can do a leave-in treatment overnight or for a few hours before you wash it. Coconut oils are potent with fatty acids that penetrate inside the hair shaft and reduce protein loss from hair. While there needs to be more evident research on coconut oil as a promoter of hair growth, it’s been shown to improve the health and luster of hair and has been used for centuries in countries like India.
Omega fatty acids are filled with nutrients and proteins that nourish your hair from the inside out. Taking an omega supplement along with antioxidants improves hair density and diameter and reduces hair loss. It also guides your cells to work correctly and boost immunity, leading to betterment of overall health. Adhere to the dosage guidelines set by the manufacturer.
Rosemary is the essential oil to turn to aid your hair woes. Rosemary Oil stimulates new hair growth and can be used to treat androgenetic alopecia. Mix a few droplets of rosemary oil with a carrier oil and massage it into your hair and scalp, and rinse after. You can also add a few drops of this elixir to your shampoo and conditioner. Be sure not to apply essential oil directly on the skin, but mix them in a carrier oil or shampoo as it’s potent.
Make your Own Egg Mask
This home remedy is quite popular over the internet and the world for quick and natural hair growth. Eggs are inherent with high levels of proteins which help in the formation of new hair. It is also rich in sulphur, zinc, iron, selenium, phosphorus and iodine so it’s no wonder that it helps promote growth. While the thought of applying egg all over your hair is sceptical at best, it comes highly recommended. To create the mask, separate one egg white in a bowl and add one teaspoon of lavender oil and honey. Make a paste out of it and apply it all over your hair and scalp for about 20 minutes. Rinse it off with cool water and shampoo.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar’s benefits are multifaceted, including cleansing the scalp and maintaining the pH balance of the hair, hence accelerating hair growth. To make the solution, start by diluting 75ml of apple cider vinegar in one litre of water for a larger batch or 15 ml of it to a cup of warm filtered water for a smaller batch. Use it as a final step after washing your hair. You’d find in awe of the added shine and works to boost hair growth.