How To Naturally Prevent Hair Loss And Greying
Written by: Anusha Rajan
Everyone dreams of having shiny, healthy hair all throughout their lives. For us gals, we often correlate beauty to thick, lustrous hair that’s glimmering with natural health. However, nowadays, reality appears to hold different, unfortunate tendencies.
Many people – even at younger ages – suffer from hair loss. There are about 100,000 strands of hair on your scalp and it is considered normal to lose 50 to 100 strands a day. But when you start losing more than that, it may be time for you to take action and stop this process in its tracks.
A lot of people try to find solutions through wig pieces or hair transplant therapies. The good news is that you can find a solution in your culinary backyard – your kitchen! All you need is to be equipped with some basic knowledge of hair health and simple homemade herbal remedies.
It is well known that hair growth depends on standard hair care practices. However, it also depends on your overall health and physical environment. Excellent nutrition, continued use of natural haircare products, lower stress levels and regular oil massaging all contribute to excellent hair growth and health. On the contrary, hair health is adversely impacted by the aging process, high stress levels, excessive smoking, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances and the use of wrong or chemically enriched hair products.
Have you ever thought of coconut oil as a remedy for hair fall or greying?
Coconut Oil has increasingly become a popular healthy choice for cooking oil and as an addition to vegan smoothies or juices. It even protects and moisturizes the scalp, thereby leaving the hair lustrous and shiny. Oil massaging promotes healthy hair growth and delays the greying process.
This topic makes me nostalgic. My mom used to massage my hair with coconut oil before my showers during junior school days. Coconut oil massaging is very common in my part of the world. Women usually massage a small amount of oil on their hair and leave it on for some time before washing. Initially, this process made me very uncomfortable, as there was a high chance of being teased as the “Sticky Hair Girl” in school. But eventually I started realizing its amazing benefits, one of them being the compliments I started to get regarding my hair. My hair started growing longer and thicker and it was noticeable.
Hair growth treatments are some of the best ways to prevent thinning, shedding and breakage, which ensures optimal hair growth and prevents potential hair loss. Usually, a lot of high quality treatments and products that promote fast hair growth are either expensive or only work in the short term. I have tried so many pre-packed hair oils and have experienced minimal benefits.
These pre-packed hair oils add dangerous ingredients such as Parfum (aka Perfume), a type of fragrance agent, which is rated as a high health concern ingredient by The Environmental Working Group database (EWG).
As I said before, you can prepare your own herbal treatment in the comfort of your kitchen with the help of essential oils and herbs. So, I decided to go back to my roots – to make my mom’s secret Coconut Hair Oil at home. This worked miracles for my hair! I’m very glad to share this recipe with you through this forum since I believe that it will benefit all of you, the same way it has done for my sister and I.
Homemade Coconut Hair Oil Recipe
- 2 cups natural coconut oil
- 1 cup of curry leaves – a key ingredient in Indian cooking, known to be beneficial to prevent skin infections, dandruff and maintain hair health.
- 3 tablespoons of 100% natural henna powder. This powder has been used as a natural hair dye remedy in ancient Southeast Asia, Middle East and North Africa. It is considered to be one of major contributions from Ancient Indian Medicine (Ayurveda). It is a formula cleverly designed by our ancestors using traditional Indian herbs, flowers, fruits and plants as described below:
Hibiscus – A popular flower grown in Southeast Asia and some parts Africa and Pacific Islands. It reduces hair fall, increases new hair growth, thickens hair, acts as a mild cleanser and keeps the hair soft.
Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) – An Ayurvedic plant used generally to improve memory, reduce stress levels and to fight conditions such as Alzheimer’s and ADHD. It also promotes hair growth.
Bhringraj (False Daisy) – A plant from the sunflower family. It is grown in warm temperate and tropical areas and is widely distributed in India, China, Thailand and Brazil. The name literally translates to “King of Hair” in Sanskrit (Ancient Indian language). It works as a rejuvenator, keeping the hair conditioned and prevents early greying of hair.
Shikakai (Acacia concinna) – Fruit of an Asian shrub, mostly found in the warm plains of Central and South India. It literally translates to “Hair Fruit.” It leaves hair and scalp clean and shiny.
Fenugreek Seeds – Very common in South Asia and the Middle East. They are used in seed, herb or leaf forms for edible purposes. They condition, nourish and revitalize the hair.
Neem (Indian Lilac) – A well known tree in the Indian subcontinent. It fights scalp infections and dandruff.
Jatamansi (muskroot or spikenard) – A flowering Himalayan plant. It prevents the greying of hair.
Aloe Vera – Moisturizes and makes hair silky.
Amla (Indian Gooseberry) – An important fruit used in Ayurveda. It darkens hair color and adds shine and luster.
- Boil the coconut oil, curry leaves and henna powder in a pot for 15-20 minutes.
- Keep it out covered overnight for 2-3 days so that the rich ingredients get infused in the oil.
- Strain the oil and store it in an air-tight jar.
- Please store in a warm place, especially during the winter season, when Coconut Oil has a tendency to solidify.
- Please note that the color of this oil will be black, because of the herbs present in the henna powder.
You can find coconut oil and henna powder in grocery stores and specialty organic stores. They are also available online on Amazon.com. Fresh curry leaves are available in those grocery stores that specialize in Asian and African herbs and foodstuffs.
If you want to reap the following benefits, I encourage you to give Coconut Oil massaging a try!
- Healthy, luscious hair
- Natural conditioning of hair
- Healthy scalp, dandruff-free
- Increased blood circulation to scalp
- Increased hair growth
- Decrease in hair fall and early greying
Anusha Rajan is the founder of BerriesGreensnMore.com, a cutting edge online resource with healthy recipes with a twist and simple action steps for a healthy lifestyle. Her passion for Nutrition and Fitness led her to leave a lucrative banking career to pursue her dreams. She is known in her circle as a fitness freak, sports junkie and an innovative culinary genius. She is in the process of getting certified as a licensed Nutrition & Wellness Consultant to pursue her passion further. Her goal is to help people gain a better understanding of nutrition in their pursuit for sustained health.
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