Causes of Hair Fall and Control It
loss is common problem that everyone faces at one point.
Understanding the causes of it and following some home remedies
might effectively control your hair fall.
How Much Hair Fall Is Normal?
popular belief, hair fall is actually quite a normal phenomenon,
where you lose up to 50 to 100 strands of hair each day. It is when
start to lose more than that you need to worry. Hair fall, when it
happens in its natural course, is backed by hair growth. But if the
rate of hair loss exceeds the frequency of natural hair regrowth,
it is a cause for concern. If you are losing hair in tufts and are
unable to maintain volume, you should immediately consult a
trichologist. Hair fall can lead to baldness, technically known as
alopecia. It is characterized by the loss of hair from the head and
body. With the latest advancements in technology, hair fall can be
controlled and reversed to a great extent. In fact, there exist
certain traditional hair growth home remedies that work in
combating this problem.
Causes Of Hair Fall
Hair fall is
caused due to many factors. They include:
Stress is a common problem these
days faced by almost everyone. It can lead to several health
problems ranging from a minor illness to life-threatening medical
conditions. Studies have indicated that high level of stress is
responsible for causing hair fall in most people.
Hair fall that happens due to
genetic reasons is also known as androgenetic alopecia. According
to the American Academy of Dermatology, it is the most common cause
of hair fall. This gene can be inherited from either of your
parents' side of the family. You are more likely to suffer from
hair fall if both your parents have suffered from it too.
Hormonal imbalances caused due to
menopause, pregnancy, and malfunctioning thyroid glands are also
responsible for causing hair fall.
Junk food is considered harmful
because it hardly provides your body any nutrients and makes it
vulnerable to health conditions. Eating junk food can lead to
nutritional deficiencies which can cause hair fall and baldness.
People with eating disorders are also likely to suffer from
excessive hair loss.
Harsh Chemical Treatments
Harsh chemical treatments offered by
salons, such as straightening and curling, can weaken your hair
follicles when frequently done. This contributes to more hair fall.
Blow drying your hair on a regular basis also contributes a lot to
Dandruff is a common problem these
days which can be easily treated. But if neglected, it can start
turning into thick scaly patches, known as psoriasis. This long
term skin problem is caused when the skin cells grow rapidly,
leading to thick, white, silvery or red patches of skin.
Our hair is made up of a protein
called keratin. Deficiency of this protein in your diet can weaken
your hair. This results in dry and brittle hair that breaks easily.
This can also be a symptom of thyroid related issues, so consult
Iron Deficiency or Anemia
Anemia is a common problem observed
in women who do not have enough iron rich food. It is caused when
the blood does not have enough red blood cells. These cells
transport oxygen throughout your body, providing you the energy
that you need. Anemia is a major cause of hair loss as hair
follicles also require an adequate supply of blood for their growth
and maintenance. Some other causes of hair fall are aging.
Deficiency of vitamin B6 and folic acid, over styling, and thyroid
Tips to Control Hair Fall In
- A balanced diet goes a long way in maintaining the
overall health, including hair health. To combat hair fall, it is
important to incorporate a balanced diet.
- Put greater emphasis on the intake of vitamins, calcium
and iron as they can prevent hair fall to a great extent.
- Insufficient protein and iron intake is one of the common
causes of hair fall.
- In addition to these, vitamins are also good for your
- Vitamin A, being an antioxidant, promotes healthy
production of sebum in your scalp.
- It stimulates blood circulation in the scalp, thus
keeping your hair follicles productive.
- The B vitamins aid in the production of melanin, which
imparts a healthy color to your hair.
- It also stimulates blood circulation.
- Thus, having a balanced diet comprising of essential
nutrients can significantly lessen hair fall.
- Incorporate fish, green vegetables, iron rich fruits,
milk and milk products in your diet.
Apply An Avocado Mask
- Avocados are supposed to have lots of vitamins and
minerals that can deep nourish the hair strands and treat dryness
and hair fall.
- A mask made of mashed avocados can be applied on the hair
and left for 45 minutes before washing.
- Follow it every 7 days to get the results.
- Avocado can also be mixed with banana as one of the other
masks for the same treatment.
Hot Oil Treatment
- Massage your hair with lukewarm oil regularly at least
once a week.
- In addition to its inherent goodness, it will improve
blood circulation in your scalp.
- Always oil your hair from root to tip.
- You can use almond, olive or coconut oil for your hair.
- Massage your scalp with your hand for a couple of
- Put on a shower cap for an hour and then shampoo and
condition your hair as usual.
- For greater effects, you can add a few drops of rosemary,
lavender, bay or peppermint essential oils to almond or sesame
Keep your Scalp Clean
- A dirty scalp is always prone to infections. Make it a
point to regularly shampoo and condition your scalp with reliable
products. Keeping your hair clean will prevent dandruff problems.
It will also keep itching and hair lice at bay which are among
the main causes of hair fall.
- Besides washing, hair should be brushed properly.
- You should also regularly trim your hair to prevent
tearing of hair and avoid split ends.
- Wide-toothed comb should be used.
- Blow drying should be avoided as far as possible because
the heat generated can cause damage to your hair.
- Avoid combing wet hair immediately after having a bath.
Follow a Healthy Lifestyle
- An unhealthy lifestyle is also one of the causes of hair
fall. So it is important to incorporate a few changes to make it
conducive for healthy hair growth.
- Mental stress is one of the major contributing factors
for hair fall.
- Practicing meditation is a great way to ease mental
stress and restore hormonal imbalance.
- Proper sleep is also vital for overall health including
- Using too much heat and chemicals on the hair should be
- If you are using a hair gel, make sure you wash it off
the very next day.
- Avoid tobacco and alcohol as much as possible.
- By following the above natural hair growth remedies, you
will definitely experience noticeable results. However, if none
of these remedies are working, it is advisable to consult a
dermatologist before the condition worsens. Certain medical
treatments are also available, such as hair transplant, hair
restoration, stem cell treatment and hair extensions. You can go
for these procedures but only after proper consultation with your
Say No To Junk Food
- It has been proven time and again that consumption of
junk food can cause hair fall. Junk food contains excessive
calories and no essential nutrients, which can eventually lead to
hair loss (25). You can, instead, switch to including more of
green leafy vegetables, protein-rich foods, and fruits in your
Be Gentle With Wet Hair
- Wet hair is more prone to breakage, which is why you must
be gentle while handling it. The best way to dry wet hair is to
pat it with a dry towel, instead of rubbing it harshly.
- 8. Exercise Regularly
- Regular exercise enhances blood circulation and improves
the flow of oxygen to your scalp, thereby controlling hair fall.
Ideally exercise for about 30 minutes a day, five times a week
- Drinking sufficient water is one more way of keeping hair
fall at bay (27). Owing to our busy and sedentary lifestyles, we
seldom remember the importance of keeping ourselves hydrated.
Drink about six to eight glasses of filtered water on a regular
- 10. Trim Your Hair Regularly
- Split ends can also cause hair fall (28). To avoid this,
keep trimming your hair periodically.
Avoid Steamy Showers
- Hot water dehydrates the hair strands, making them
brittle and vulnerable to breakage. Rinsing your hair with hot
water also flushes out the essential oils of the scalp, which can
lead to increased shedding of hair. You can, instead, go for a
shower with lukewarm or normal water.
Stay Away From Hot Styling Tools
- Exposing your hair to high temperatures can destroy the
vital proteins and damage your hair's protective cuticles. When
this happens, the moisture balance of your hair gets disrupted,
making it susceptible to breakage.
- Ideally, you can limit the usage of hot styling tools
(including your blow-dryer) to not more than twice a week. Also,
make it a point to apply a heat protection spray to reduce
friction and protect your hair.
Don't Wash Your Hair Too Less (Or Too Much)
- You can skip shampoo for a day, but make sure that
doesn't become a habit. Not washing your hair for days together
can lead to the accumulation of dirt, oil, and product residue
that can clog the pores in your scalp.
- On the other hand, washing your hair too often (washing
every day) might remove the essential oils your scalp needs. The
best you can do is wash your hair every two days, more so if you
are prone to excessive sweating and use many hair products. Use a
sulfate-free shampoo to prevent excessive dryness.