Hair loss or hair fall, also known as alopecia or baldness, is a loss of hair from the head or body. Hair loss can refer to general hair loss or male pattern hair loss.
Some types of hair loss can be caused by alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder. The extreme forms of alopecia areata include alopecia totalis, which involves the loss of all head hair, and alopecia universalis, which involves the loss of all hair from the head and the body.
Why is combating hair fall important?
For a woman, healthy hair represents feminity. For a man, the abundance of hair on the head is a sign of youthfulness and vigor. Hair fall is a serious problem for both men and women though it is more widely prevalent in men.
People experiencing hair thinning often find themselves in a situation where their physical appearance is at odds with their own self-image. The common worry is that they appear older than they are, or maybe, less attractive to others.
Women also generally prefer men with more hair on their head, as it is considered a sign of vitality. For unmarried men who experience hair fall, the psychological strain is even more intense and finding a spouse can be a struggle... especially in the Indian society.
Hair fall is generally associated with aging, but even young men and women are known to suffer from hair fall these days. Hair fall is not simply a genetic condition or sign of aging but can also be lifestyle-related. Also the BE CAN It Caused by chemotherapy and radiotherapy or OTHER medical conditions.
Causes of hair fall:
The common reasons leading to hair fall include:
- Lack of essential nutrients in the body.
- Excessive use of chemicals through hair coloring and hair styling treatments.
- Improper and unhealthy dietary habits.
- Hormonal imbalance.
- Certain medications.
What does Ayurveda say about hair fall?
Hair loss is known as Khalitya in Ayurveda. According to Ayurveda, hair is a byproduct of bone formation, and the tissue responsible for building bones is also responsible for the growth of hair. Early hair loss is related to body type and the balance of the .
People who have excess in their body are likely to lose their hair early in life, or have prematurely thin or grey hair. Excess in the sebaceous gland, at the root of the hair, or folliculitis can lead to hair loss.
Ayurvedic treatment for hair loss is aimed at pacification of through a customized diet and lifestyle regime, along with medication. A combination of diet, herbs, oil massage, meditation, aromatherapy, breathing and yoga can be beneficial in addressing the problem of hair loss and premature greying of hair.
How to control hair fall through Ayurveda?
Follow a healthy diet: Include protein-rich food like wheat, oats, barley, maize and brown rice in your diet. Kidney beans, black beans, chickpeas and green peas are other great sources of protein. Also, drink a lot of water as it not just keeps your skin healthy but also makes hair roots strong.