Most of us lose several hair strands each day and that is normal. However, losing huge chunks of hair is embarrassing and may even indicate an underlying health condition. Reasons why people lose hair include but are not limited to genetic factors, lack of certain nutrients, aging and medications. Fortunately for seniors and providers of at-home care in Ft. Lauderdale, lifestyle changes and home remedies can stop or prevent hair loss. Check out a few simple solutions below.
Natural hair is a protein. Lack of proteins and other vital nutrients, such as folic acid and vitamins, may lead to hair degeneration. Adding foods that are rich in vitamins A and C, such as carrots and pineapples; foods that have a lot of protein, including eggs and milk; foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon; and zinc-rich foods, to your loved one’s diet may help regenerate thinning hair.
Massaging hair and scalp with coconut, olive or other appropriate hair oils three times a week may help improve blood flow and, eventually, nutrients to the hair follicles, thereby conditioning the scalp and strengthening the hair roots. Additionally, oil massage soothes and warms up the skin, preventing or reducing dandruff and stress, which are both common causes of hair loss.
Herbs such as amla, aloe vera and Bhringaraj contain enzymes and vital nutrients that help soften hair strands, improve blood circulation and condition the scalp, counteracting hair loss. Using the herbs involves cutting any of the herbs into pieces, placing the pieces in a container, adding Fenugreek seeds, adding castor or coconut oil, crushing the ingredients thoroughly to form a paste, and then applying the paste to affected area. The herbs also prevent premature graying.
Slicing an onion, collecting the juices, and applying it to the scalp for 10 minutes may help prevent hair loss and improve hair growth. Onions contain sulfur that aids collagen production, which is necessary for healthy hair growth.
People who often lose hair can turn to home remedies to help reverse the problem and aid hair growth. Should your loved one’s hair loss persist, he or she should schedule an appointment with a doctor as it may be symptomatic of more serious health issues. To help your loved one manage and recover from illness in the comfort of home, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Ft. Lauderdale. In addition to helping seniors manage illness, we provide specialized services including stroke, Alzheimer’s, and dementia home care in Ft. Lauderdale. Learn more about our services by calling a knowledgeable Care Manager at (954) 909-0370 and schedule a free consultation.