Hair is one of the most dominant cosmetic additions to one’s personal appearance. A healthy and good looking hair is the indication of a healthier body. Thus, it is necessary for us to maintain our hair shiny, silky and thick. Everybody experiences hair loss sometime or another in their lives. It costs our precious beauty and thus brings in depressing emotions. This particular article discusses the remedies of hair loss after delivery in the light of Indian Ayurvedic medicine. To know the causative factors of hair fall and loss, it is very important to know in brief about the structure of the hair and the normal growth cycle of hair.
Structure of the Hair
According to Ayurveda, the hair is considered to be a tissue which utilizes the same nutrients of the bone. The hair is also considered to be formed as a by-product of the bone tissue. The hair on the scalp is divided into two parts namely the root and the shaft. The skin or epidermis part of the scalp holds the root of the hair. The hair root is enclosed by a pouch referred as the follicle. The base of the hair root is shaped like a bulb which is nourished by intense nerve fibers and blood capillaries. The newly formed hair cells in the bulb push the previous cells upwards. The cells which are pushed up die slowly and thus form a hard hair shaft. The shaft of the hair is divided into three layers -the cuticle, the medulla and the cortex.
The cuticle is the outermost layer which offers protection to the other inner layers. It is transparent in nature. A healthy cuticle gives the hair a shiny appearance whereas an unhealthy cuticle gives the hair a lifeless and dull look.
The medulla is the innermost underlying layer which is comprised of large cells
The cortex is the middle layer between the medulla and cuticle and it contains the keratin and pigment. The cortex determines the strength and bulk of the hair. The hair follicle consists of glands which secrete oil which gives the hair a shinier look.
Normal cycle of Hair Growth
About 10% of our hair on the scalp is in a resting-phase at any given time. This hair falls after two to three months and the new hair begins to grow in its place.
The growing phase continues approximately for about 2.25 to 6 years. During this phase, each hair strand grows up to one cm per month. At any given time, around 90% of the hair on our scalp will be in their growing phase.
Hair Loss after Delivery
During pregnancy, all of the female body including the hair is at its best. Their hair looks so shiny and stronger than usual which will be undoubtedly perceived from the first few months of pregnancy. After delivery, the hair starts weakening and many women starts noticing hair loss in about three months after having a baby. This loss is basically related to hormones. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones causes prevention of hair fall. When the hormones return to pre pregnancy levels the hair fall levels starts increasing. All the women face hair loss after their pregnancy but, the quantity of hair fall is relatively more with some mothers. Though normal hair fall is about 75 to 100 hairs per day, after delivery , mothers usually lose about 500 hairs per day.
Ayurvedic Treatment for hair loss after Delivery
Ayurvedic treatment plays a vital role in the treatment for hair fall post pregnancy. An Ayurvedic research on hair growth is very extensive and also well structured. The treatment regimen includes diet and herbal oil massages.
Aloe vera has a proven usage in Ayurveda because it helps in keeping your system clean from within.
Take one third cup of aloe vera juice or you can also take a tablespoon of aloe vera gel along with cumin seeds three times a day for three months. Get prepared to surprise everybody with a flaunting hair.
Intake of yoghurt reduces hair fall to a greater extent. It is a trusted remedy for hair loss problem after delivery.
Green leafy vegetables and Fruits
When it comes to hair loss, no one can underestimate the power of green leafy vegetables and fruits. These are rich in fiber thus assist in preventing hair fall.
Vitamin C and B complex
These vitamins can be found in yeast, sprouts, buttermilk, soya , whole grains and nuts. Consuming these on a regular basis will help in the reduction of hair fall.
These are some of the herbs used in the ayurvedic treatment for hair loss after delivery.
Bhringaraj- The King of Herbs
This herb possesses has an excellent quality to enhance the hair growth.
Make a paste from the leaves of this herb and apply it on the scalp for 20 minutes before washing hair. Those who do not have an access to the herb can use the 5 to 6 tbsp of dried herb , soak it in warm water . Apply the paste and wash it after 20 minutes.
Methi- The Miracle Herb
Methi – fenugreek is a commonly used herb for reduction in the hair fall.
Slightly dry roast the methi and grind it to make a paste and apply on the scalp for 20 minutes before washing the hair.
The Indian Gooseberry
It is widely known as the Amla and it is rich in vitamin C which solves many hair problems.
Dried Amla powder has to be mixed with warm water to make it into a paste and applied on the scalp to promote the growth of thick hair.
Ayurvedic Oil Massage
Coconut oil or almond oil or brahmi oil
Massage your scalp with any of these oils before bed time for an effective hair growth.
Thus following these ayurvedic treatments for hair loss after delivery, you can gain back your strong and shiny locks of hair in a simple and natural way.