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health and fitness Updated: Feb 28, 2009 17:14 IST
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You can’t call it life threatening, but it’s a fact that hairfall makes people miserable. And it’s a common problem, one that affects all of us at some time or the other. There are several reasons for hairfall including your genes (in which case it happens with age); severe illness; post pregnancy; rapid weight loss; and prolonged anxiety and stress. Other reasons include an infection of the scalp and severe dandruff.

According to ayurveda, hairfall is the result of excess pitta or vata in the body. Pitta is the element of fire and acid. If it is found to excess in the body, it leads to dandruff and acid in the roots. An excess of vata leads to dry and brittle hair.

In many cases, hairfall can be cured by these quick and easy methods.

Apply almond oil mixed with olive oil on the scalp with a few drops of lemon juice. Leave this on overnight and wash it out the next morning.

Eat five almonds, one teaspoon flax seeds, one walnut and a one fig daily.

Brahmi oil helps stimulate hair roots and promote hair growth.

Eat healthy proteins like sprouts, tofu and soy flour.

Take zinc supplements to improve hair growth.

Soak methi seeds in water overnight. Apply this as a hair pack the next morning on the roots of your hair.

Drink a vegetable juice of carrot, amla, curry patta and ginger. Or else make a juice of spinach, lettuce and beetroot.

Seeds of all kinds are good for the hair. Try sesame (til), flax seeds, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.

Wheat germ is also good for the hair and skin. Mix a teaspoon of wheat germ with your atta and have it in rotis.
However, you must avoid maida and other refined flours; excessive smoking and drinking; tight hairstyles, hair rollers and blow drying on a very hot setting; an overuse of setting gels and hairsprays; harsh hair colours; excess sugar and chemicals; irregular eating habits and lack of sleep; stress and harsh shampoos.