GETTING TO THE ROOT OF HAIR PROBLEM?
What is the one thing that people often complain about? To-do lists? May be stress? Often, hair loss? Always! In a city like Karachi, it is fashionable to blame the polluted or saline water for all our hair-related problems. However, the water (and the high level of minerals in it) we use to wash our hair with is just one aspect. The problem runs deeper and the root of the problem lies in our diet and lifestyle.
The four most common hair problems are:
1: excessive hair loss
2: Early graying
4: Thinning hair
An individual can experience a general thinning of hair or increased hair loss or graying after a physical or emotional shock-event that result in a spike in stress or pain. It can also be caused by sudden excessive weight loss, which is one another reason why one should never opt for the various diet trends that keep coming up all the time. High fever can result in hair loss also.
Hair problem can be caused by anything ranging from hot climatic conditions, dietary choices, age or lifestyle choices. Nutritional deficiency, hereditary factors, acute illness, high stress, thyroid imbalance, other hormonal imbalances, including those related to pregnancy, lack of sleep and certain medications also cause hair fall.
According to experts one of the primary reasons for hair fall in this region s a combination of stress, eat and humidity. These cause most people to shampoo their hair excessively. Air-conditioning also dries out hair and result in hair loss. A person with excessive Pitta dosha usually suffers from hair related problems.
Life style choices also impact one’s tresses – it could be due to poor hygiene or excessive shampooing or smoking. Increased amount of sebum in the scalp can also clog the pores and prevent nutrients from reaching hair follicles, resulting in hair loss. Infrequent washing is another culprit as it results in build-up of dirt on the scalp, thus blocking pores and weakening roots. Hair loss is also caused by hairstyles which involve the hair being tied or wound too tight resulting in traction hair loss and traction alopecia. Illnesses like typhoid, viral infections, anemia, surgery, lupus and diabetes can also cause hair loss. Dandruff, fungal infection of scalp, birth control pills and anti-depressants also affect the quality and quantity of hair.
Besides controlling your diet by eating a balanced diet, you can also alleviate hair problems by keeping hair follicles clean. Activating blood circulation to your scalp with regular scalp massages and applying regular hair and scalp packs. While massaging your scalp, be sure to do it vigorously till you experience a warm, tingling sensation all over it. This will activate the blood circulation and in turn the sebaceous glands.
Avoid using excessive amount of color, bleach and styling gels which are high in chemical content. Choose hair care products that contain more natural ingredients.
Hair is made up of a protein called keratin, so a diet high in protein would be beneficial for hair growth. Here Vitamins like B, C, E and iron are also needs for healthy growth of hair, so ensure that your diet has these. Also include leafy vegetables, asparagus and bitter gourd in your diet. A diet rich in proteins is also highly recommended for better hair. This can include milk (not yogurt), soya beans, cheese, ghee, butter, seeds nuts and grains. Sprouts are important besides fruits and vegetables are also recommended.