Hair, like human beings, has a life-cycle. Every hair that grows must fall out one day. New hair will grow at the same place, after some time.

There is a natural balance between the rate at which hair falls and the rate at which new hair grows. Any disturbance in this balance can result in an emotionally discomforting condition of either an excess fallout of hair or hairiness all over the body.

Nowadays, excess loss of hair is very common. It happens for various reasons such as the emotional and physical stress of city life, local scalp infection, adverse drug reaction, hormonal imbalances during teenage and pregnancy, etc.

Following are some homemade techniques you can use to control hair loss.

The Hair Rejuvenating Ointment

Powder 10 gms each of lime seeds and black pepper. Make a fine paste in plain water or if possible in ginger juice. Apply this paste on the head every night. Leave it on for at least a couple of hours. Then rinse it out. Massage your scalp with your fingertips for five minutes while applying the paste.

(Note: Application of the above paste may irritate your scalp. If you have sensitive skin, reduce the quantity of the ingredients.)

The Magic Treatment for Spot Baldness

Make a paste with a few small sticks of Mulathi in milk cream. Add a little saffron and apply it on the bald patches at night. Rinse it out with clear water in the morning. If possible, mix some ground Dhatura seeds in the paste. It increases the potency of the treatment. Massage your bald scalp spot generously with your fingertips for five minutes while applying the ointment.

The Wonderful Oil Massage

Castor oil is excellent for hair re-growth. If combined with white iodine which is available at the chemist shop, it can produce the desired results.

  1. Part your hair in small sections and apply the oil to the scalp with cotton. Massage it in with your fingertips. If you are able to get white iodine solution, use it similarly on every alternate day.
  2. Squeeze the milk out of 1/2 a coconut, add the juice of half a lime and massage into the scalp. Leave on for 4 – 6 hours. Wash with a mild shampoo or crushed Hibiscus leaves mixed with a tablespoon of crushed fenugreek seeds and made into a paste.

Do’s and Don’ts

  • in case of baldness due to fungal, viral or bacterial infections, consult a dermatologist;
  • use a soft brush with well-spaced bristles;
  • sanitise your implements, i.e. brushes, combs, etc. at least once a week;
  • take iron tablets in case you are anemic;
  • improve the protein content of your diet;
  • take birth control pills with a prescription.

The most important aspect of any treatment is the correct diagnosis. Unless it is well determined by observing the physical characteristics and studying the other causes of hair loss, the treatments given may not work efficaciously. It is advisable to seek professional help in cases of severe hair loss, as severe hair loss is usually an indication of a serious condition.