The search for natural alternatives to treat hair loss aims to find alternatives for conventional pharmacological measures, since these often have extreme side effects. One of these alternatives is homeopathy – it can be termed a natural route because this medicinal system utilizes distillations of organic substances. Homeopathy has several treatment modes for addressing hair loss. A qualified homeopath’s arsenal of remedies includes fluoric acid, lycopodium, kali carbonicum, kali sulphuricum, natrum mur, phosphorus, selenium and tissue salts. What a homeopath actually prescribes depends on the problem’s nature and severity.
Causes of Specific Types of Hair Loss
Pattern Baldness (androgenetic alopecia)
In male- and female-pattern baldness, the time of growth shortens, and the hairs are not as thick or sturdy. With each growth cycle, the hairs become rooted more superficially and more easily fall out. Heredity likely plays a key role. A history of androgenetic alopecia on either side of your family increases your risk of balding. Heredity also affects the age at which you begin to lose hair and the developmental speed, pattern and extent of your baldness.
This type of permanent hair loss occurs when inflammation damages and scars the hair follicle. This prevents new hair from growing. This condition can be seen in several skin conditions, including lupus erythematosus or lichen planus. It’s not known what triggers or causes this inflammation.
This is classified as an autoimmune disease, but the cause is unknown. People who develop alopecia areata are generally in good health. A few people may have other autoimmune disorders, including thyroid disease. Some scientists believe that some people are genetically predisposed to develop alopecia areata and that a trigger, such as a virus or something else in the environment, sets off the condition. A family history of alopecia areata makes you more likely to develop it. With alopecia areata, your hair generally grows back, but you may lose and regrow your hair a number of times.
This type of hair loss is usually due to a change in your normal hair cycle. It may occur when some type of shock to your system – emotional or physical – causes hair roots to be pushed prematurely into the resting state. The affected growing hairs from these hair roots fall out. In a month or two, the hair follicles become active again and new hair starts to grow. Telogen effluvium may follow emotional distress, such as a death in the family or a physiological stress, such as a high fever, sudden or excessive weight loss, extreme diets, nutritional deficiencies, surgery, or metabolic disturbances. Hair typically grows back once the condition that caused it corrects itself, but it usually take months
Excessive hairstyling or hairstyles that pull your hair too tightly cause traction alopecia. If the pulling is stopped before there’s scarring of your scalp and permanent damage to the root, hair usually grows back normally.
Home Remedies For Hair Loss
- The Indian gooseberry has been showing great results treating hair loss. For this, oil containing Indian gooseberry will be great to use.
- Lettuce is another great home remedy for treating hair loss. A mixture of lettuce and spinach juice is considered to help the growth of hair if taken up to ½ liter a day.
- Another great home remedy for hair loss is Amaranth. Its fresh leaves juice should be applied to the hair and this can help growing new hairs.
- An application of coconut milk over the scalp will be helpful treating hair loss. You can take coconut milk and then massage it into the hair roots. It nourishes the hair and promotes the hair growth.
- The most valuable home remedy for hair loss is using seeds of lime and black pepper. Ground it together and then make it into fine paste. Use this paste as an application on the patches. This might irritate but simultaneously it stimulates the hair growth and promotes the hair follicles to grow firm hairs.
- The leaves of the tree margosa will be useful treating hair loss. It should be used as a decoction. This will stop hair from falling and will stabilize them into their roots. It also kills the hair lice.
- Another useful home remedy for hair loss is using the paste of liquorice. It can be made by grinding the liquorice pieces in the milk with a pinch of saffron. The paste should be applied over the bald patches at night before retiring to the bed. This works wonderfully for treating alopecia condition.
- Onions have also been found beneficial patchy baldness along with hair falling condition. The affected part must be rubbed with onions in the morning and evening. The juice of onion is stimulant to the hair follicles and hence will prevent falling too.
- A fine paste made form pigeon pea or red gram is also considered as good home remedy for hair falling. Use this for longer period for maximum benefit.
- One of the proven hair loss home remedy for hair loss is rubbing olive oil onto the scalp and affected area.
Other Remedies For Hair Loss
- Apply olive oil at bed time and wash off the hair next morning.
- At home, wash hair with cold water, rub scalp with fingers. This is a simple, and effective remedy against hair loss.
- Boil Heena leaves in mustard oil till they are burnt, the oil can be filtered. A regular massage of this oil is helpful.
- Seeds of lime and black pepper ground together to a fine paste helps treat patchy baldness.
- Apply coconut milk all over the scalp and massage into roots.
- Scrub the area of patchy baldness with onions untill it becomes red. Follow up by applying honey over this patch.
- Trim the hair every 4 to 5 weeks even if you are growing it.
- Avoid rubber bands, sharp clips, spiky brushes and do not brush hair when it is wet.
- The juice of leaves of bhongra massaged into the head is an effective hair tonic to check falling hair.
- The paste made from powdered seeds of shana with coconut/sesame/castor oil is used as a hair tonic.
- The juice of kanta karika mixed with honey applied to the head acts as a hair tonic.
- The oil extracted from rohisa, briskly rubbed into the head encourages the new growth.
- The oil extracted from the seeds of sagvan is massaged on the head to check premature loss of hair.