Ways to achieve mane magic

BEAUTY CORNER

Dr Blossom Kochhar.

Hair, in normal and healthy conditions, does not fall out at an alarming rate. The excess fall out occurs mostly when the hair condition is extremely dry, rough and damaged.

Conditioning and nourishing of hair are the top priorities to prevent excess hair loss. Cream rinses help dry and rough hair to regain its flexibility. Generous application of moisturisers and oil preparations replenish the moisture and oil in dry hair.

Massage is a very important element of scalp treatment to control excess  hair fall. It invigorates blood circulation, giving hair an increased supply of nutrition and oxygen for healthy growth. Massage also stimulates the dormant hair follicles to grow fresh hair.

Home-made cosmetic care

Try these age-old recipes.

The trick is to use a mild shampoo when you wash your hair. A paste of hibiscus leaves mixed with a tablespoon of ground fenugreek seeds adds bounce and shine to your hair.Hair rejuvenating ointment

*Powder 10 gm each of lime seeds and black pepper.
*Make a fine paste in plain water or, if possible, in ginger juice.
* Apply this paste on the head every night.
* Leave it on for at least a couple of hours.
* Then rinse it out.
* Massage your scalp with your finger tips for five minutes while applying the paste.  
Treating spot baldness

*Make a paste with a few small sticks of mulathi in milk cream.

*Add a little saffron and apply it on the bald patches at night.

*Rinse it out with clear water in the morning.

*If possible, mix some ground dhatura seeds in the paste. It increases the potency of the recipe.

Massage your bald scalp spot generously with finger tips for 5 minutes while applying the ointment.

Soothing oil massage

* Squeeze the milk out of 1/2  coconut; add the juice of half a lime and massage into the scalp.

*Leave it on for 4 to 6 hours.

*Wash with a mild shampoo or with a paste made from hibiscus leaves mixed with a tablespoon of ground fenugreek seeds.

Do’s and Don’ts

*In case of baldness due to fungal, viral or bacterial infections, consult a dermatologist.

*Use a soft brush with well-spaced bristles.

*Sterilise your implements, i.e. brushes, combs, etc. at least once a week.

*Drink a glass of carrot juice to which the juice of half a lime has been added.

*Take iron tablets in case you are anaemic.

*Improve your protein intake.

*Take birth control pills with a prescription. 

The most important aspect of any treatment is the correct diagnosis. Unless it is well determined by observing the physical characteristics and studying the other causes for hair loss, the treatments given may not work well.

It is advisable to seek professional help in cases of severe hair loss.

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