The contribution of a person’s hair towards his or her general appearance has been relevant throughout history. Among women, it is a symbol of beauty and elegance, while it denotes masculinity among men. This is why the loss of hair causes self-consciousness for any individual. Hair also carries significance professionally to denote status, and has played a role in religion since time immemorial.
Aesthetic value of hair aside, it also has great importance biologically. It protects our head and scalp from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Our eyelashes and eyebrows also mitigate this damage from harsh sunlight, and also keeps out dust and other particulates. Hair also serves to regulate body heat in lower temperatures by trapping warmth close to the skin. It even traps heavy chemicals in the body more than any other channel, which makes it revealing when it comes to testing for substances.
The most common cause of hair loss is hereditary baldness. This means that if your family has a history of baldness, there is a good chance that you could lose your hair too. In addition to this, there are also medical conditions that cause hair to fall. Hair fall can also arise due to the treatment of illnesses. Disorders and high stress levels also unfortunately promote hair loss.
Various pharmaceutical remedies are available primarily in the forms of creams that can be applied to the scalp, but even these have the potential to have side effects. There is also the option of surgery to cure pattern baldness, but it is riddled with risk in addition to being expensive.
In Ayurveda, it is believed that hair fall is caused due to an excessive amount of pitta (fire) in the body. This can be mitigated by eating cooling foods and drinking fruit juices, along with having a balanced diet with fixed eating habits. By following a basic regimen, we can take preventive measures to keep hair fall at bay.
There are simple Ayurvedic remedies to deal with the problem in case the precautions do not succeed:
- Amla – It is naturally loaded with Vitamin C, which keeps hair healthy and strong. By mixing amla paste along with lime and applying it on the scalp, hair growth can be stimulated and itching of the scalp can be relieved.
- Coconut – Its importance to various cultures can never be understated. Coconut oil is well known for its properties to maintain healthy hair and scalp. In addition to this, coconut milk is also said to be nutritious for hair.
- Aloe Vera – Aloe Vera is one of the most effective cures against an itchy scalp due to its moisturising properties. Its antifungal properties also fight off dandruff.
In addition to these, nature is full of chemicals that work synergistically with our bodies and do not negatively affect the balance within our relationship with our external environment.