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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 September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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