Hair contributes a great deal to someone’s confidence. If it’s an ordeal for adults, with colleagues commenting on an obviously depleting hairline or people asking how old you are, imagine how hard it would be for kids or teens going through it. There are also many benefits of having hair. These include:
- Protecting the scalp
- Forming a barrier from the UV rays
- Protecting your little one from cold
The normal cycle of hair growth lasts for 2 to 6 years and each hair grows approximately one centimetre (less than half an inch) per month during this phase. About 90 percent of the hair on your scalp is growing at any one time. About 10 percent of the hair on your scalp, at any one time, is in a resting phase. After 2 to 3 months, the resting hair falls out and new hair starts to grow in its place. It is normal to shed some hair each day as part of this cycle. However, some people may experience excessive (more than normal) hair loss. Hair loss of this type can affect men, women and children.
The reason for hair loss is a subject that no two doctors, seem to agree on and everyone seems to have their own opinion on the subject. The major causes of hair fall are hormonal, nutritional deficiencies and complication of other diseases and medications. Hormone-related hair fall may also result from an increased sensitivity of hair follicles to male hormones or due to a greater number of male hormone receptors attached to hair follicles. This is the component that is inherited through the genes — termed as Pitta constitution.
According to Ayurveda, an excess of Pitta dosha in the body is increased by hot climatic conditions, excessive intake of spicy, salty and sour food, hot and sharp food, tea, coffee, alcohol, meats and excessive smoking. Eating too much fried, oily, greasy, and acidic foods also aggravate Pitta. Pitta balancing herbs (Eg: Shatavari —Asparagus) and vegetables which improves the quality of Asthi dhathu (Eg: bitter vegetables) are effective in treating hair fall.
Below are some home remedies for hair loss:
- Onion juice: Crushing an onion and applying the juice on the scalp helps in hair regeneration as onions contain a chemical content which can fight hair damage. This has to be then washed off with warm water and dried naturally.
- Massage with Ayurvedic Oils: Massaging the head of Children with Hair Loss can enhance the blood flow in the scalp, and subsequently, additionally enhances the development of hair. Certain medicated oils like Neelibhringadi oil, Kunthala kanthi oil, Kanjunnyadi oil are very useful. Put oil on the scalp, and massage gently in the roots of the hair.
- Aloe Vera: Apply Aloe Vera on the scalp and leave for it a few hours. Then, rinse off with lukewarm water. Aloe Vera contains enzymes which promote hair growth in children. It also prevents inflammation, dandruff and itchy scalp.
- Ayurvedic Diet: Eating white sesame seeds is good for hair growth. Diet should also be rich in Vitamin B and C. Fruits, leafy vegetables and milk make hair stronger and therefore, less prone to breakage. Drink large quantities of water as it will help in flushing out the toxins from the body.
- Fenugreek Seeds: A synthesis of dihydrotestosterone is one of the causes of hair loss. Fenugreek is a strong blocker of this synthesis, and thus encourages hair growth. Soak the fenugreek seeds overnight. Grind it with water the next morning and make a paste. Apply this on your scalp, leave it for about half an hour, and rinse off with a natural shampoo.
- Green Tea: Drinking green tea is a very healthy alternative to the body. But it can also be useful for the home treatment of hair loss. Green tea is an antioxidant and contains polyphenols, which strengthen the hair follicles, prevent infections, and regenerate healthy cells on the scalp. Make some green tea and let it cool down. Dip a cotton cloth into it and apply on the scalp. Retain this for an hour and wash off.
- Minimizing Chemicals: Hair perms, shampoos with high chemical content and dyes could all destroy children’s hair as well as scalp and also advance loss of hair. The strong chemicals deteriorate the structure of hair rendering it much more vulnerable to breakage and thinning. As an alternative, choose natural and organic products for cleaning and maintaining hair. Everyday natural treatments can also be used such as:
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Coconut Oil
If your child is facing unnatural hair loss, it could hamper his/ her confidence and personal growth. It’s the time of their lives when they’re relating to peers and building relationships. A condition like hair loss might set them back and make them feel really self-conscious. The first step is to locate the root cause which might be causing the hair damage. For a complete Ayurvedic check up and natural solutions for yours or your child’s hair loss problems, contact 9043336444 to book your appointment at Herbz and Healz AYUSH Hospital.