I’M SUFFERING FROM SEVERE HAIR LOSS
Q I’m 27 years old and have been losing my hair for the past 10 years. It started with dandruff and excess oil on the scalp. Are there any Ayurvedic treatments available?
A Vata-constituted people have dry, thin, dark, coarse, curly and scanty hair. Pitta-constituted people are characterised by fine, soft, blond, reddish or brownish hair that tends to go grey early. Kapha types usually have oily, dark or dark brown hair that’s, strong and abundant.
The normal cycle of hair growth lasts for four to five years. Each hair grows around 15cm a year during this phase. Kapha body types have faster growth and a longer growth phase of up to seven years. The result: people with this body type often have hair down to their hips.
It is normal to shed some hair each day. Hair loss may occur if your hormone levels are out of balance. Hormone-related hair fall may also result from an increased sensitivity of hair follicles to androgens (Pitta imbalance). Scalp inflammation and excess oiliness of the scalp could aggravate hair loss.
Many Asians in the Gulf complain of hair loss, dry and dull hair, and dandruff. The causes include a hot climate, air conditioning, chlorinated water, wind and stress levels.
Vegetables such as asparagus, bitter gourd and snake gourd are effective in treating hair loss. Proper nutrition is essential to good hair, as is proper rest. Eat well, drink plenty of water, include more green leafy vegetables, salads, milk, fruit, fish, wheatgerm, soybeans and ghee in your diet. Carrot and lettuce juices are also good.
Try a tablespoon of brahma rasayanam (available in Indian supermarkets) at bedtime.
Oiling and massaging of the scalp is beneficial. Use Ayurveda oils like Chemparuthyadi keram or Thriphaladi keram prior to shampooing. Use coconut oil in which fenugreek seeds have been soaked and kept under direct sun for seven days for your scalp and hair. Consult a doctor to rule out hormonal imbalances or health conditions.
DR VL SHYAM is a Dubai-based Ayurveda practitioner