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10 Natural remedies that will stop hair loss and boost hair growth

10 Natural remedies that will stop hair loss and boost hair growth

Nobody wants to lose hair, Losing hair does not only influence your overall physical appearance but can have an effect on your emotional condition as well. Having full hair is associated with health, youth and beauty.  So the idea of hair loss is very frightening to everyone, and especially to women who are very sensitive about their physical appearance.

Hair grows in cycles and each strand is shed at the end of its growth cycle. Therefore, out of 100,000 strands of hair on the scalp of a healthy adult, 100 strands are lost daily. Any more than that leaves bald patches on the scalp. In most cases of hair loss, genes and aging are to blame but scientific studies have identified other causative factors. These include smoking, hormonal imbalance, stress, environmental factors, scalp infections, medication, diet and certain medical conditions such as autoimmune diseases and iron-deficiency anemia.

Hair loss can be treated and prevented but because of the numerous useless and potentially harmful chemical-laden products in the market, it is advisable to use natural remedies. Effective natural remedies for hair loss are easily available, have no side effects and are very affordable. Below is a list of 10 natural remedies that should stop your hair loss and boost your hair growth.

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1. Coconut milk

Coconut milk is by far the most effective natural remedy for hair loss. This is because it is rich in many essential nutrients that promote hair growth. It contains potassium, iron and fatty acids. In addition to providing nutrition to the scalp, the ingredients penetrate the hair shaft, sealing in the moisture thus providing protection against heat and pollutants. The fatty acids also prevent breakage of the hair strands by binding the keratin making up the hair and strengthening it. Applying Coconut milk from a fresh coconut on your scalp for a few hours a day before rinsing it off, is very effective.

2. Fenugreek or Methi seed paste

This is a very popular Indian spice added to various dishes because of its health benefits. When applied to the scalp and hair, the paste stimulates hair growth and stops hair loss by strengthening hair shafts. This is because it is rich in proteins, nicotinic acid and hormone antecedents. It also contains lecithin, which moisturizes hair and protects it from breakage. To get the paste, you should soak the fenugreek seeds overnight in water before grinding them to a paste. You should then apply the paste on your hair and scalp for a few minutes before rinsing it off. Repeating this twice a week should significantly improve your hair growth.

3. Egg mask

People all over the world apply egg masks. It is one of the oldest natural remedies for treating breaking hair and hair loss. This is because of the restorative properties of the egg white, it has high nutrient content. With high levels of iodine, selenium, phosphorous, iron, sulfur and zinc, the egg white replenishes lost hair with shiny, softer and healthier hair. Making your own egg mask in the comfort of your home is very easy.

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4. Onion Juice

Onion juice has a high sulfur content, which promotes blood circulation in the scalp. Poor circulation of blood and oxygen causes death of scalp cells, which leads to hair loss. Therefore, applying onion juice on your hair and scalp, stops hair loss and promotes regeneration of hair follicles. The sulfur also promotes collagen formation, which translates to hair regrowth. Onion juice also possesses antibacterial properties, which kill germs on the scalp that may be responsible for your hair loss. You are bound to see significant change in your hair after applying the juice once a week for a few minutes each time before rinsing with a mild shampoo. The strong onion smell goes away after rinsing.

5. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera has many health benefits because of its high nutrient content. Aloe Vera has the ability to delay hair loss and in some case even regrow hair. In addition to nourishing the hair, additional properties of Aloe Vera confer various benefits to the scalp and hair. Its proteolytic enzymes remove the dead scalp cells, cleansing the pores and unclogging the hair follicles while its alkalizing properties maintain the scalp’s pH at a desirable level.

6. Indian Gooseberry

Also known as Alma, the Indian gooseberry is a magical remedy if you long for healthy hair growth. In addition to vitamin C, Indian gooseberry has antibacterial, antioxidant, exfoliating and anti-inflammatory properties that promote a healthy scalp and strong, well-pigmented hair.

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7. Potato juice

Hair loss can be triggered by insufficient nutrition of the hair strands. If your hair is dry, breaking or thinning, you should try this remedy. Potatoes are very rich in vitamins such as Vitamin B6, vitamin A and vitamin C. They also contain a variety of minerals such as phosphorous, manganese, calcium and Niacin. When fresh potato juice is applied directly onto the scalp, it provides nutrition to the hair follicles which prevents drying of the hair and premature balding.

8. Lemon juice

Doctors recommend using lemon juice Instead of harsh shampoos to combat this condition. Its low pH makes it effective in cleaning oil and dead cells from the scalp, while its rich vitamin content nourishes the hair follicles, and promotes their growth. Applying lemon juice on your scalp should eliminate dandruff, reduce the oil on your scalp and prevent hair loss.

9. Massage with natural oils

Massaging your scalp with natural oil is very effective in preventing hair loss. With many options to choose from such as Alma oil, castor oil, olive oil, coconut oil, rosemary oil, argan oil, emu oil, wheat germ oil, jojoba oil or mustard oil .Massaging oil on your scalp has the benefits of the massage that is promoting relaxation and blood flow to the follicles and the nutritional benefits of the oil you use.

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10. Licorice root paste

Licorice is a very potent herb that remedies many hair and scalp problems. It gets rid of dandruff and dry flakes thus opening up the pores and soothing irritation. The root should be soaked overnight in milk then ground into a thick paste, which is then directly applied to the areas on the scalp experiencing hair loss. It is advisable to leave the paste in place overnight before rinsing for maximum efficacy.

In 2016, there are a variety of hair loss treatments. But its better to change your diet first or try natural substances before applying expensive medications with major side effects .In many cases natural remedies may fix the underlying problem whether its nutrition deficiency or infection thus allowing the hair to grow freely stronger and more attractive than before. However, in case your hair loss is caused by a medical condition such as a thyroid problem or an immunodeficiency, it is advisable to seek help from your doctor.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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