The immense joy of expecting a baby sometimes gets ruined at the sight of falling hair. Besides other pregnancy changes such as stretch marks, breast swelling, fatigue and nausea, hair fall is also very common with mothers-to-be as well as new mothers. Many new mothers experience excessive hair fall after childbirth which often leads to stress. This, in turn, leads to more hair fall.
An increasing number of hair go in the resting phase during pregnancy. This is part of the normal hair loss cycle. What one must remember is that it is a common phenomenon and there isn’t any need to hit the panic button.
Since most women try and keep medications at bay during pregnancy, home remedies are the best ways to treat hair fall naturally without worrying about any side effects. Here are some home remedies to reduce hair fall and make your hair lustrous and bouncy. Here you go!
Egg white can do wonders for your hair since it is loaded with amino acids and proteins, which help to nourish your hair immensely. Just prepare a hair mask by mixing one egg white with a tablespoon of olive oil. Now apply this on your scalp and allow it to stay for half an hour and rinse with lukewarm water.
Easily available in most homes, aloe vera gel is a magic ingredient that helps to keep the scalp healthy and prevents excessive loss of hair. Just apply some fresh aloe vera gel on your scalp and allow it to stay for a couple of hours and rinse.
Curd or yogurt is one of the best conditioners for hair. Packed with vitamins, it helps to ensure healthy, smooth and dandruff-free hair. Just apply some curd on your scalp and allow it to stay for 10 minutes and wash off. You must include curd in your diet as it helps to boost your immunity and improve the quality of your hair.
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This is one of the most effective herbal treatments for preventing hair fall. It has antibacterial properties which prevent the growth of microbes and thus prevent infections that lead to hair fall. Just prepare a paste of neem leaves and apply it on the scalp. Wash off after half an hour.
Methi or fenugreek seeds are commonly found in Indian kitchens and are one of the most effective ways to treat hair fall naturally and it also helps to get rid of dandruff. Just soak ¼ teaspoon of fenugreek seeds overnight and strain the water in the morning. Now apply this water on your head and allow it to stay for a couple of hours and rinse. A paste of roasted fenugreek seeds can also be applied to the scalp.
Since ancient times, Indian gooseberry has been known to be a powerful hair tonic. You can either eat amla murabba, drink amla juice or it can be boiled with oil and this oil can be then used for head massage.
Another effective way to curb hair fall is the use of coconut oil. Simply massage your scalp with coconut oil or burn the hard shell of the coconut till you get ashes and add these ashes to the oil every time you want to massage.
It keeps a check on hair fall and also helps to make the hair shinier and voluminous.
Flax seeds are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids and help to prevent hair fall. Dry fruits are rich in vitamins and antioxidants and they too help to maintain healthy hair. Just eat a handful of assorted dry fruits and a spoon of flax seeds every day.
Kadi patta or curry leaves are loaded with amino acids, antioxidants and various essential nutrients which help to stimulate hair growth, reduce hair fall and strengthen the hair follicle.
They help to darken greys naturally and make the hair shiny. Just boil half cup coconut oil along with half cup curry leaves. Boil it for 15 minutes and then allow it to cool. Now strain the oil and massage your scalp with this oil thrice a week.
Unless you’ve been advised otherwise by your doctor, it should be ok to use the above remedies. However, you can always check with your gynaecologist before you go ahead with the above as he/she knows your condition better.
Do not style your hair tightly like in a ponytail, tight braids etc as it pulls the hair and creates stress on your hair shaft.
Once you’ve combed your hair, keep that brush aside. Over-brushing also leads to hair fall. Also, do not comb wet hair as it is fragile and can break easily.
While drying your hair, just pat dry. Vigorous rubbing can lead to hair fall.
Always use a wide-toothed comb that has soft bristles. Fine-toothed combs pull the hair more.
Eat a healthy and nutritious diet with lots of green leafy vegetables to add strength to your hair.
Minimize the use of heat while styling your hair. Blow dryers, hair straighteners, curling equipment etc make the hair weak and this leads to hair fall.
Look for a mild shampoo and conditioner which doesn’t have harsh ingredients. You may also try an organic hair cleanser.
Treat your hair to a natural deep conditioning since most women’s hair becomes dry during pregnancy.
You may consult your gynaecologist and take some health supplements to combat any nutritional deficiency.
Stress and anxiety lead to hair fall and is a vicious circle. The more hair you see falling, the more stressed you’ll be and vice versa.
It is normal to lose about 80-100 strands of hair every day because of hair fall during pregnancy, but if you notice yourself losing too many hairs, consult your doctor so that the problem can be investigated further.
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