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How Dead Sea Salts Can Help Your Hair Loss

Hair loss is a common occurrence in daily life. The average person looses up to 100 hairs per day. This number increases due to heredity, stress, trauma, scalp infection, certain diseases, high fever, the use of certain medications, chemical therapies like those used to treat cancer, thyroid problems, hormonal imbalances and various other reasons. The compound called dihydrotestosterone (dht) can have an adverse effect on the growth receptors in the hair follicle; it causes the blood vessels in the papilla to shrink which restricts food and oxygen to the matrix that produces hair protein. Dht also blocks certain receptors in the sebaceous gland producing a heavy sebum that later hardens in the follicle to for a hard deposit restricting the hair and causing it to fall out prematurely. This cycle will repeat itself until the follicle itself atrophies. This result in the term we refer to as baldness.

How do you cure hair loss? Well there are hundreds of companies with products stating they can reverse hair loss. They even claim that they can make hair grow. You have all seen the commercials where the balding man is not only the spokesperson but a client as well. Men and women spend hundreds of dollars to fight premature balding only to find that the product they are using is not for them. So why not go back to the basics and take your scalp back to its natural state, before the hair gels, creams, serums, sprays and other byproducts we use everyday to make ourselves look good. We have to think about detoxing our scalp. How do you do this? The same way you detox the rest of your body, you rid yourself of the unhealthy cells that clog your pores and hair follicles.

Dead Sea products have been proven to improve ailments such as eczema, acne, and other skin diseases. Dead Sea mud has proven to cleanse the scalp, resulting in improving the hair follicles ability to allow hair growth as well as strengthening hair roots.

Mud masks made with Dead Sea mud have also proved to be very helpful when applied to a scalp for hair roots strengthening. These masks help to stop hair loss and enhance new growth. They proved to be 4 times more effective than any other product of the kind during comparative tests with many other popular cosmetic brands. Another very powerful effect of using Dead Sea mud is the fact that as it dries, it pulls out any toxins that may be present in your skin cells from your everyday diet. This leaves the skin completely clean, refreshed and pure on top of infusing it with the minerals. At the same time, it firms your skin and tightens it, giving you an exceptional anti aging benefit and leaving your skin looking younger. Because of this dual effect of exfoliating, cleansing and providing essential minerals, Dead Sea mud is able to help with so many various ailments or to simply keep you skin looking young and healthy for a long time!

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How to Stimulate New Hair From Dormant Follicles Naturally

Do you know that just because your hair follicles get into the dormant stage, they can actually still be regrown if you take the proper steps? It’s true, even though some of your may have stopped growing, you can still regrow it. Read this to learn how to stimulate new hair from dormant follicles naturally.

The first thing you’ll need to know, is what areas do you want your hair to regrow. Next, take your fingernails and lightly tap them on the areas of your head where your hairs have gone in the dormant stage, when they are no longer growing. Tapping your fingernails lightly on your scalp can have remarkable results in reviving those dormant hairs.

The science lies in physical stimulation, basically the constant tapping of your fingernails will “wake-up” your sleeping hairs and force them to grow again. How does happen you ask? Well, the main reason they went into the dormant phase in the first place is because they have been receiving less and less blood, tapping your fingernails on your head forces the blood to go to the surface, essentially feeding your hair follicles.

How to stimulate new hair from dormant follicles naturally – the oil method

You can also do this by getting some almond oil, and mixing all-naturally cayenne pepper, and ginger powder. Put some of this mixture on your scalp where you want to grow new hair naturally, and you will notice new hair fuzz within a few weeks.

The spicy and hot cayenne drastically increases blood circulation and the ginger is an anti-inflammatory which cools your hair and skin so that they don’t get irritated. The oil is just the carrier so that your scalp absorbs all of the properties.

For best results, use these methods at least 3-5 times per week, preferable at night when you are at the comfort of your home.

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How to Use Bhringraj to Promote Hair Growth

The Bhringraj plant is well known for its hair growth properties, but it’s easy to become confused by the numerous names that it is also known by. If you are looking for natural products that contain extract of the Bhringraj plant, then look out for the following names, as they all refer to the same plant.

  • bhangra, bhringaraj or bhringraja
  • Eclipta alba
  • Eclipta prostrata
  • False Daisy
  • kehraj
  • karisalankanni
  • yerba de tago
  • maca

The Bhringraj plant by any of these names is a member of the large Asteraceae family of plants. It can be found growing in the wild in most countries, where it can be seen growing in damp soil, usually at the side of rivers or plantations. It is recognisable for it’s small white flower, and for growing to a height of up to 200mm. The leaves are green but have an unusual red tint around the edges and also on the branches of the plant.

When grown commercially, seeds are planted in a fertilizer rich soil and can be harvested after around 12-13 weeks. Subsequently the Bhringraj plant can be re-harvested around every 8 weeks. Its reputation as a treatment for hair loss originates from India. Indian Ayurvedic medicine attributes many beneficial properties to the Bhringraj plant and its leaves; however it is its effective use as a hair loss remedy that is making it popular more recently in Western culture.

There is a growing selection of hair loss products becoming available that rely on the hair growth properties of the Bhringraj herb. There are many ways of preparing the Bhringraj plant for application or ingestion, but either Bhringraj powder or Bhringraj oil is favoured for hair loss treatment. One method of applying to hair is to boil the leaf juice of the Bhringraj plant and mix with some coconut oil before applying to the hair. This not only adds body to the hair and natural nutrients to the scalp, but also adds a nice black sheen to the hair. The powder too can be used in place of the leaf juice.

Alternatively, sesame oil mixed with Bhringraj powder can also be applied to the scalp and hair, conditioning the hair and leaving it beautiful, dark and lustrous. It is this effect of darkening the hair that makes Bhringraj treatments of particular interest to adults who find their hair starting to grey. By using Bhringraj oil adults can make their hair darker and more beautiful, but also benefit from the Bhringraj plant’s hair growth properties. Users of Bhringraj oil usually find that their hair is easier is thicker and healthier.

Unlike some other hair loss treatments, Bhringraj is a herbal product and as such is a truly natural way to grow hair, prevent hair loss and keep your hair looking beautiful without using harmful chemicals. This absence of artificial ingredients in Bhringraj products makes it the preferred choice for many consumers looking to find the best product for hair loss. Some people have even reported that their hair regrowth has continued after they have stopped using Bhringraj oil.

Bhringraj is sold in both powder and oil form. There are also herbal supplements available for people not so keen on making tea out of the Bhringraj powder. The oil and powder are excellent treatments for hair loss and thinning hair and can continue to be used to keep the hair strong and healthy. The oil can be used as a pre shampoo treatment or massaged into the scalp the night before washing the hair. The powder can be added to conditioners and deep hair conditioning treatments.

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Hair Pressing – A Natural Styling Alternative For African American Women

Many African American women are turning away from chemical relaxers in favor of natural methods of maintaining their hair. There are many beautiful styles that can be accomplished with healthy, chemical-free, afro textured hair. Twists, braids, sisterlocs, natural afros, are just a few of the many options. One hair maintenance option that often gets overlooked, or looked upon negatively, is pressing. Hair pressing is when tightly coiled, or highly textured hair is straightened using a heated appliance such as a pressing comb or a flat iron. Pressing, if done properly, can provide another means for the natural African American woman to wear her hair without chemicals. Hair pressing has advantages and disadvantages. In this article we will look at both to help you decide whether or not pressing is for you.

Advantages:

  1. Pressing is a chemical free way to straighten hair. Unlike the chemicals in relaxers which often irritate and damage the scalp, pressing requires no chemicals to straighten the hair.
  2. Pressing is reversible if it is not done aggressively or too frequently. One misconception that people have about pressed hair is that it has to be done so that the hair is stick straight. Pressing hair to this extreme causes hair damage by permanently altering the protein bonds in the hair. If hair is pressed at a reasonable temperature, and it is not done too frequently, the hair will revert to its natural texture when it is washed.
  3. The heat from pressing helps oil penetrate the hair shaft. If you press your hair using a natural hair oil, you will find that the heat from the pressing comb helps the natural oils to penetrate the hair shaft, which helps the hair to be softer.
  4. Pressing is relatively inexpensive. Unlike chemical relaxers, which must be maintained with touch-ups every few weeks, wigs, weaves, and extensions, which can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars, hair pressing is very cheap, and with practice, can be done at home.

Disadvantages:

  1. Pressing is reversible. Unlike a chemical relaxer, if your hair is pressed and you get caught in a rain storm or sweat profusely, you will find that your hair will revert back to its natural texture before you intended it to do so.
  2. Pressing can cause burns if not done carefully. To press hair you are using a heated appliance, and you must be careful when you use it. If you are not careful, or not paying attention to what you are doing, you may burn yourself.

Some women feel that wearing pressed hair is a denial of their ethnic heritage. They believe that wearing their natural textured hair is an affirmation of who they are and that anything else makes them artificial. I understand that feeling because I felt that way too at one time. I don’t feel that way anymore, but I also don’t believe that pressed hair is for everyone. Pressing is just one additional way for the African American woman to take care of her hair. As you can see, just like any other hair care method, pressing has advantages and disadvantages. The choice is up to the individual as to whether or not pressing is for her.

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Client Care Tips For Your CNAs – Bathing

Assisting clients at bath time is part of the job of a nursing assistant. Do the CNAs at your workplace know how important this routine task is to their clients? Do they use bath time as an opportunity to observe their clients closely? By sharing the following information and tips at your next CNA inservice meeting, you may give your aides a new outlook on personal care.

The Joys of Bathing

Imagine this: You’ve had a rough day at work. You’re feeling sweaty and tired. You’re looking forward to taking a nice hot relaxing shower. Now, imagine how it would feel if instead of being able to simply hop in the shower, your physical condition required you to:

  • Take your clothes off in front of a stranger.
  • Hold onto grab bars because you were afraid of falling in the shower.
  • Ask for help washing the private areas of your body.
  • Stand and shiver while waiting for someone to bring you a towel.

Suddenly, the idea of a nice hot shower doesn’t seem so appealing, does it? Your clients used to be able to take care of their own bathing needs. Now, many of them need your help. And, they probably aren’t happy about that! Being dependent on others for bathing probably makes them feel:

  • Old and useless.
  • Ashamed.
  • Scared about what else they might have to give up doing for themselves.

Bathing clients requires patience, strength, compassion and skill. Keep reading to learn ways to make bathing a safer, more efficient process for you and your clients.

8 Benefits of Bathing

Bathing is important because it:

1. Cleanses the body by removing dirt and dead skin cells.

2. Promotes comfort by cooling and refreshing the skin and relaxing the client.

3. Controls body odor by removing bacteria and germs from the skin.

4. Prevents infection.

5. Provides an opportunity for clients to move their muscles and joints.

6. Stimulates circulation.

7. Helps prevent skin breakdown.

8. Gives you an opportunity to communicate with the client and to observe his or her body for changes.

Making Observations at Bath Time

Bath time gives you a terrific opportunity to observe your clients for physical changes. Keep an eye out for problems and report any changes right away.

  • Check the hair and scalp for head lice. (Lice can happen to anyone-no matter how young or old, dirty or clean, rich or poor.) Look for white lice eggs (known as “nits”). They look like small bits of dandruff, but do not wash or flake off. Instead, they stick firmly to strands of hair.
  • As you comb or wash your client’s hair, observe the scalp for scaling, crusting, irritation, bruises, bleeding, lumps or large areas of missing hair.
  • Look over the whole body, making note of any areas of redness, rashes, bed sores, moles or other changes in the skin.
  • Check the entire body for puffiness or swelling, broken skin, redness, bruises or bleeding.
  • Report any unusual body odors. A strange odor may be a symptom of an illness.
  • Watch out for clients who seem to sweat too much, too little or who tend to sweat a lot at night. There are medical conditions that can cause sweating problems. (In fact, it can be life-threatening if a person doesn’t sweat at all.)
  • Look for white or yellow areas on finger and toe nails. Your client may have a nail fungus.
  • Check for itching, cracked skin between the toes or on the soles of the feet. These are signs of infections such as “athlete’s foot”.
  • Watch for black warts on the soles of the feet.

Bath Time Tips

Let your supervisor know if you feel a bath is ordered too often or too seldom for one of your clients. In addition, be sure to report if your client needs a different kind of bath. For example, a client who is getting stronger may be able to switch from a sponge bath to a shower. Or, a client who is getting weaker may need to stop taking tub baths.

Take your clients’ suggestions and feelings into consideration. As much as possible, stick to the same bathing routines that your clients had before they needed your help.

Remember that slowing the pace of the bathing process may allow older people to do more for themselves. If you rush them, you may be robbing them of the opportunity to remain semi-independent.

If possible, ask a physical or occupational therapist to teach you techniques for making bath time safer for a particular client.

Praise your clients when they participate in their own personal care. For example, “Your arm seems stronger today. You were able to scrub your back by yourself.” or “Your hair looks lovely. You did a great job brushing it.”

Safety Issues

The greatest danger in a bathroom comes when clients get in and out of the tub or shower. The risk of falling is high! As you assist clients in and out of the tub or shower, you are at risk for falling, too. Most of these “double” falls happen:

  • At the end of the bath when the client is tired and/or relaxed.
  • If a client’s physical condition has worsened.
  • While transferring a client out of a tub- because the client’s body, the tub and the floor are wet and slippery.

Your clients may be physically dependent on you for help at bath time. For example, a client with arthritis may not be able to turn the water faucets on and off. A client may also be psychologically dependent on you. For example, he or she may be afraid to take a bath alone for fear of falling.

If you work in clients’ homes-and have access to a cell phone-consider keeping it in the bathroom during bath time. You’ll be able to call for help if you and/or the client falls down.

Keep the bathroom well-lit during bath time. Make sure it is well-ventilated, too, so that the room doesn’t become too hot. (You-and your client-may become faint in the heat.)

Remember that older people are more sensitive to heat and cold. Test the temperature of the water before your elderly clients get into the tub or shower. If you use a bath thermometer, it should read between 105 and 110 degrees F. After reading the thermometer, test the water on the inside of your wrist…and consider asking your client to do the same.

Empty the tub before you help your client out of it. Getting out of an empty tub is easier than getting out of a filled one.

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5 Methods to Regrow Hair Naturally

You can learn how to regrow hair naturally. Regrowing hair naturally is an important concern for many people. There are lots of us who want to know how to regrow their hair and stop themselves from going bald. Needing to regrow hair is especially a problem for men over the age of 40, but don’t be fooled, ladies: many of you have need of hair regrowth, too. Furthermore, serious hair loss can start to show up in some people as young as 19 or 20! And people today are concerned about wanting to regrow hair naturally, since we have become sensitive to all of the synthetic chemicals that we are finding ourselves exposed to these days.

Let’s look at some of the best proven methods that regrow hair naturally.

*Take a Biotin supplement. Biotin is otherwise known as vitamin B7. It is the most important vitamin, along with vitamin E, for growing healthy hair. In fact, biotin, which was discovered in 1935, is used by your body not just to regrow hair and keep hair healthy and shiny, it also thickens your hair cuticles and helps you grow healthy fingernails and skin tone. Biotin supplements can be bought very inexpensively at places like Target. Take a biotin supplement every day for about two months and you should start seeing the regrowth of your hair.

*Use an herbal-based, all-natural DHT blocker. DHT is a biochemical, an enzyme, that binds to your hair follicles and eventually causes them to shut down entirely. DHT is more abundant in men than in women, which is the biggest reason why there is “male pattern baldness”. Since the discovery some years ago that DHT is the culprit behind so much balding, companies have come up with all-natural DHT blocking supplements that you can ingest to help you regrow hair.

*The essential oils of jojoba, henna, lavender, and rosemary are known for being able to help regrow hair. Their essential oils are sold in many places. You can find them in shops that sell oil burners and essential oils for “scent enhancement” in the home. Mix the oils with your shampoo, or simply rub them into your balding areas of your scalp vigorously each day.

*Start eating and drinking healthier things. Your hair can be a good sign of your inner state of health, although it’s also true that looks can be deceiving since some people naturally have thicker hair than others, and some people (especially males) are born with hairlines that are going to “recede” even as soon as their teenager years regardless of what they do. Nevertheless, the point is that if you eat a healthier diet-that is, one that cuts out, or seriously down on, the refined sugars, HFCS, vegetable oil-fried foods, partially hydrogenated oils, empty carbs, and all carbohydrates in general-you can have success with your attempts to regrow hair.

*Increase your shampoo budget. Get an organic shampoo instead of the usual commercial fare. This will be more expensive, but that’s because it works, and your hair is worth it.

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Home Remedies For Oily Hair – Get Rid of This Effectively

Oily hair is a common problem faced by many men and women. This condition is mainly due to the excessive production of sebum by the sebaceous glands. Although sebum is essential for the health of the hair, excessive amount of sebum makes your hair greasy and sticky. Factors that can contribute to oily hair include weather conditions like severe heat or humidity, hereditary, hormonal imbalances, increase in androgen hormones, some medical conditions, use of hair styling products; frequent shampooing and conditioning, and excessive brushing and combing. If you have oily hair, there is no need to worry, as this type of hair can be effectively dealt with certain home remedies.

Apple cider vinegar is one of the best natural cures for this problem. It is beneficial to remove the excess oils and chemicals from the hair. Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a cup of water. After washing your hair, soak the hair with this solution. Then, rinse with warm or lukewarm water. Lemon is also a good natural remedy for oily hair. Press the juice out of a lemon and mix it with one cup of water. Use this mixture to rinse. After that, clean your hair with warm water. Take equivalent amounts of mouth wash and witch hazel, mix them together, and apply it on the scalp with a cotton ball.

Another way to get rid of this problem is to apply beer after shampooing. Allow the beer to remain on your head for at least thirty seconds. Wash it with warm or lukewarm water. Baking soda can be used to treat this condition. Mix baking soda with water to form a paste and rub it through your hair. Let the baking soda sit on hair for at least three minutes and then thoroughly rinse the hair with warm water. A further way to use baking soda is to apply baking soda to the hair roots when the hair is dry. Thoroughly brush your hair to distribute the baking soda evenly throughout the head. Tea rinse is also one of the natural home remedies for oily hair. Make some tea and wait until it is completely cool. Soak your hair with the tea and use pain water to wash it.

Take a quarter cup of your usual shampoo and mix a half teaspoon of aloe vera gel and a tablespoon of lemon juice in it. Apply this mixture onto your hair and leave it there for five minutes. Then, thoroughly wash your hair. This is one of the recommended home remedies for oily hair. Typically, it does not require any conditioning. However, if you have dry or split ends, use a soft hair conditioner on the ends of your hair. Do not use harsh shampoos on your hair. It is also better to keep away from hydrating or moisturizing shampoos. Try to use a shampoo that is meant for oily hair. Avoid frequent brushing of the hair and applying hair styling products like gels and sprays.

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The Best DHT Blocker Shampoos for Hair Loss

The hair loss industry is a growing business that has reached over billions of dollars a year in revenue. With that said, we can find so many products that all promises to do one thing. However, majority of all hair loss products do not really make the cut to deliver the results they were selling in their advertisements. And sadly the one that proved the least effective is the hair loss shampoo.

But we cannot denial that there are still some quality hair regrowth shampoos which have proven to work. The only difficult part is to identify them from the rest. Fortunately for you, I will talk about some of the best DHT blocker shampoos around and how they can benefit you. So if this is your ideal choice of product for treating your hair loss then read on.

First of all, it is important to know that a product will work differently for everyone. Some people may achieve better results when compared to other, as we all have different hair condition. So to understand the ingredients of each product and how they work will increase the chances of getting better results.

Pura d’or Premium Organic Shampoo

This product is getting a lot of reviews in all hair loss related forum lately. And if you check them out in Amazon, you will find a lot of positive feedbacks from customers who have used it. Through those feedbacks you can clearly see that it has proven to prevent premature hair loss related to DHT. It contain ingredients that help to increase the hair volume and also supports healthy hair growth, like He Shou wW (fo-ti), hibiscus oil, pygeum extract, pumpkin seed oil, green tea extract, zinc, soy isoflavones, beta sitosterols and aloe vera just to name a few. What I truly love about this brand is that despite of all the benefits it can achieved, it’s a natural organic shampoo for hair loss treatment with no harsh chemicals.

Groganic DHT Growthick Shampoo

It is definitely the most affordable DHT blocker shampoo in the market, with the price of an 8oz bottle at just below $8. But don’t be deceive by it value as this little bottle do produce amazing results. The specialty of this product is that it uses a rare natural herbal blends that is only fund in the Brazilian Amazon. This remedy blend is so promising that FBHA have regulated it for treating advance baldness.

So these are the best DHT shampoo that are currently found in the market. However, I would recommend using DHT blocker supplements like Provillus as part of the treatment for hair loss. This is because by just depending on using the shampoos might not be the best option.

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Andis Vs BaByliss Hair Dryer – Which is the Best Ionic Hair Dryer?

Both Andis and BaByliss make top rated hair dryers, so whether it’s a ceramic, tourmaline, cheap, travel, lightweight or top-of-the-range appliance you’re after, you can rest assured that both companies make a pretty comprehensive range of good quality blow dryers. But, which makes the best ionic hair dryer?

If you’re looking to buy a new hair dryer make sure it’s ionic. Traditional dryers will dry your hair all right, but they produce lots of positive ions. They are positively charged particles that have been shown to open up the cuticle thereby giving hair split ends, or that that ‘frizzy’, ‘blow-dried’ look. Negative ions, on the other hand, are good for hair. The negative ions seal the cuticle making hair shinier and healthier. They also break down water droplets into much smaller droplets that more easily evaporate – cutting down drying time – and the water droplets can also be absorbed into the hair shaft itself, thereby hydrating hair, giving it a smooth, shiny and sleek finish.

Andis has a long history of manufacturing hair care products and still designs and makes its product in the U.S. The company probably manufacturers more models of blow dryers than anyone else – everything from wall mounted, through to travel models. The company hasn’t been slow to produce a range of ionic hair dryers and the Andis Colorwaves Pro 1875 Tourmaline Ionic AC is an excellent and popular appliance.

BaByliss is actually a subdivision of Conair and its range of appliances is designed in France. The BaByliss Thermal Ionic dryer is a best seller.

So, how do both of these appliances compare?

On price, the Andis wins, costing only around two-thirds the cost of the BaByliss. If cost is a consideration, you could do far worse than choosing the Colorwaves Pro. While both come with a concentrator nozzle, the Colorwaves Pro also comes with a Pick, which some might find useful. However, the concentrator of the BaByliss is made from ceramic, which is better.

The BaByliss may cost more but you do get a lot more for your money. For instance, the Andis hair dryer comes with a 1875 watt AC motor, which is more powerful than most, but the BaByliss Thermal Ionic comes with a very impressive 2000 watts of power.

Also, you get more heat settings. The Andis comes with 2 speed and 2 heat settings whereas the BaByliss comes with 3 heat and 3 speed settings – the high heat setting is very hot.

When using both dryers I found that I disliked the positioning of the heat/speed buttons on the Andis – they’re found on the side of the handle, which is okay if your right-handed, but if you’re left-handed I could easily imagine how accidentally turning them on/off could be an issue – until you got used to using it, I suppose. The buttons on the BaByliss are found on the front of the handle, which makes using them so much easier. Both models feature the cool shot button on the front of the handle.

Overall, the BaByliss hair dryer is better, however if you want to save yourself a few dollars, don’t mind where the buttons are located on the handle, and don’t particularly need a very hot temperature setting, then the Andis hair dryer would be a perfectly good choice.

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Ayurvedic Treatment – The Safest Way to Prevent Hair Loss

Hair is, invariably, one of the most defining elements of our body. Healthy hair is the sign of a healthy body and adds a lot to a person’s personality. Almost every one experiences hair loss some or the other time in their lives. Referred to as Alopecia in medical parlance, hair loss is usually the sign of some underlying disease and can be quite distressing. The use of Ayurvedic treatment has proven to be quite successful in preventing hair loss and giving you hair that is beautiful and healthy.

In Ayurveda, hair is considered to be a tissue which uses the same nutrients as the bones and is formed as a bi-product of the bone tissue. Hair types have been classified in accordance with the three basic body types – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

• Vata Body Type – Generally dark, coarse, wiry, inky, and frizzy hair

• Pitta Body Type – Generally brown, blonde, light, fine, and silky

• Kapha Body Type – Generally dark or light, thick, heavy, wavy, and slightly oily

What causes hair loss?

The metabolic processing of the food we consume produces nutrient plasma, which nourishes the hair. According to Ayurveda, excess of Pitta dosha (heat) in the body is the chief cause of hair problems. Some of the common reasons for hair loss are:

• Hormonal imbalances – A high concentration of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in men’s hair follicles, or in women, both during pregnancy and after delivery, can cause hair fall.

• At times, high amounts of sebum in the scalp clog the pores of the scalp and prevent nutrients from reaching the hair follicle, resulting in hair loss.

• Inadequate nutrition or unhealthy diet

• Stress, worry, lack of sleep, and anxiety

• Long-standing diseases like typhoid, viral infections, anemia, surgery, etc., cause general debility which leads to hair fall.

• Some medicines, like birth-control pills, anti-depressants, etc., including those used for gout, during chemotherapy against cancer, etc., cause hair fall.

• Tying hair tightly pulls the hair from the follicles and cause traction alopecia.

• Dandruff or fungal infection of scalp

• Accumulation of dirt on scalp causes blocking of pores and weakens hair roots. This leads to hair fall.

How can hair loss be prevented?

Hair loss can usually be prevented by using basic Ayurvedic home remedies and treatments. Only aggravated cases call for the expertise of a doctor. Follow these simple steps and you will see the difference they make to the health of your hair.

• Ayurvedic treatments always target the root cause of any problem and try to cure it completely. To prevent hair loss, it is essential that you identify the root cause in your diet or lifestyle that is causing the pitta dosha. Once you know what’s causing the problem, try to give up or at least reduce the diet, habit, or activity responsible for increasing pitta.

• To clean the hair, it is advisable to use a natural shampoo or soap that is not laden with too many chemicals.

• Oiling and massaging of the scalp is highly beneficial in preventing hair loss. You should use coconut oil or mustard oil at least three times in a week. Certain medicated oils such as Mahabhringraj oil, Amla oil, and Arnica oil are also very useful.

• After you have washed your hair, rub your scalp vigorously. This helps in increasing blood circulation and activates the sebaceous glands.

• You can induce growth of hair by applying a paste of licorice (made by grinding it in milk) in the bald patches. Paste made of the seeds of lemon and black pepper may also be applied on the bald patches.

• Make sure you consume raw vegetables, fresh fruits, salads, and green leafy vegetables on a regular basis.

• The use of relaxing techniques such as yoga, pranayama, etc., can be quite effective in overcoming stress, anxiety, and sleeplessness – the most common causes of hair loss in today’s competitive world.

• Try and avoid making hairstyles that pull the hair and consequently damage it.

People across the world are increasingly establishing their trust on alternative treatments such as Ayurveda to cure basic, everyday problems like hair loss. The home remedies prescribed by Ayurveda are easily doable, affordable and without any side effects. Jiva Ayurveda is one of the premier organizations providing Ayurvedic treatment for prevention of hair loss and other diseases and conditions.

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