The monsoon season gives rise to several problems related to hair, and hair fall tops them all! There is no doubt that seasonal changes are one of the major reasons behind hair problems. But even hair thinning is turning out to be the culprit behind weak hair strands and increased hair breakage. Let us know about causes and some home remedies of thinning hair.
What is the reason behind thinning hair?
As you grow older, you see visible signs of change in your hair thickness. What was once a thick ponytail, may start looking like only a thin rope like hairdo. We should know that hair is made of protein, and the average lifespan of a hair follicle is 2 to 7 years. That’s when the hair falls off naturally, leaving space for new hair to grow. However, with age, the hair becomes less dense and also loses its colour, causing greying. Many hair follicles also stop producing new hair, leading to thinning hair.
2. Androgenic Alopecia
This is one of the most common reasons for thinning hair among men and women. It leads to hair becoming thinner in a strange M-shaped pattern – at the temple (side of the head) and the crown (top part) areas of the head. A receding hairline is typically a sign of androgenic alopecia.
3. Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL)
Women use a lot of hair chemicals which can lead to thinning hair. But FPHL is a pattern-based hair loss mechanism which can begin when a woman is in her 40s, 50s or 60s. Here, the frontal hairline is not affected, unlike in alopecia. Thinning hair in this situation, happens on the top or crown of the scalp.
Home remedies for thinning hair
1. Hair massage
Giving your scalp an invigorating scalp massage is helpful in increasing the hair’s thickness. This can stimulate the cells and improve blood circulation, thereby increasing the thickness of the hair slowly and steadily.
The Indian gooseberry is a treasure trove of benefits for health and beauty. To combat thinning hair, use dry gooseberry powder to shampoo your hair. You may alternatively use it as hair tonic to make the most of the amla benefits for hair.
Shikakai is another natural wonder ingredient used for stronger and thicker hair. Shikakai powder can be used to promote hair growth and even avoid hair fall.
Brahmi is yet another age-old remedy people use to strengthen hair follicles. Use hair oil containing Brahmi to increase hair growth. The alkaloids in Brahmi work like magic to make hair stronger and thicker.
We’ve all heard about the benefits of methi seeds for thinning hair. Fenugreek comes packed with protein and iron, which are useful for hair growth.