I once had great hair - almost double of what I now have. I never used to experience hair loss, not even a strand. But once it started, it only seemed to get worse. I consulted a dermatologist to understand the natural hair fall and regeneration cycle, and what could be done to treat the issue. I also started reading about causes of hair fall and how dietary as well as topical application of natural ingredients can help in mitigating the loss. And these efforts paid off, as I started noticing a difference.
Before we get down to treating hair loss, it is important to understand the basics of hair health. Hair is made up of keratin, and sulphur plays a crucial role in keeping a strand intact to its root. "Common hair fall is termed as telogen effluvium, which can be acute or chronic. It is very often seen after a systemic illness like typhoid or malaria, etc in the acute form, and chronic more so seen with vitamin deficiencies in the system. But it's often caused due to the absence of high sulfur proteins due to which hair loss and breakage increases tremendously," says a leading beauty expert and dermatologist, Dr. Deepali Bhardwaj.
In her opinion, hair fall has a set pattern and every three months there is a different cyclical phase - catagen, anagen and so on. During every cycle, we see difference in the pattern of hair fall along with the different seasons. "Medically, several studies note daily loss of about 100 hair strands as normal," noted Dr. Bhardwaj.
How I combated Hair Loss
Onion for Hair-loss
"Methylsulfonylmethane is a highly absorbable source of sulfur, found abundantly in onions especially in its outer layers. It facilitates the formation of keratin for hair, resulting in hair growth. It also helps a great deal in autoimmune conditions of hair loss like Alopecia Aereata," shared Dr. Bhardwaj.
Dr. Bhardwaj suggests: Onion juice can be mixed with crushed methi seed powder and kept overnight with honey. Apply it on dry scalp, or mixed with olive oil for normal scalp. It can also be applied for focal hair loss patches.