Our hair is actually protein matter called keratin. And news is- what we see on our head, the jungle of protein that we so passionately care about, is actually 'dead'. The living part of the hair is below the surface of the scalp, called follicle, which supplies these dead cells to keep our mane flowing.
At the base of the follicle is a cluster of living cells called the papilla, which eventually forms hair. Next to the follicle is the sebaceous gland that actually keeps the hair shiny and looking vibrant. Excessive sebum activity can make hair unduly oily while lack of sebum activity can make it dry and lifeless.
The hair follicle is fed by blood circulated around it, which is why a healthy body makes great looking hair. Anemia or a fall in blood count can affect the hair. In fact one can go to the extent of saying that an unhealthy body is first reflected in unhealthy hair.
This, in short is the geography of our hair. The most common complaints that every human faces some time in life are to do with hair loss, graying, and lifeless hair. Irrespective of the color of your hair (decided by genetic predisposition, racial characteristics and of course, the color of the dye used), all of us face these problems in our lifetime.
The remedies for other specific complaints are large in number and varied. What is however, common to all of them is, that they are all based on herbs, herbal extracts and are straight out of the kitchens of the East, but can be found in the Oriental and among exotic foods in western superstores too.
Herbs that Work Wonders for Hair
But graying and hair fall are graver. One has an option of taking drugs and harsh chemical treatments for these conditions, but a natural and herbal solution to the problem takes away the risk of undesirable after effects.
Henna, when made into a paste with gooseberry extract, coffee or lemon juice, is an excellent cure for hair fall as well as lifeless hair. It also gives a auburn sheen to dark hair while tinting lighter color hair a rich deep red, with no counter effects of ammonia dyes.
Aloe Vera Gel
If fresh green coconut is available, try to massage in warm coconut milk in the hair and keep for about an hour and a half, wrapped in a towel. Then rinse with warm water. This can be done twice or thrice a week.
For making hair still more soft and healthy, rub in Aloe Vera gel once a week and then rinse your hair. This should be done for at least two months for best results.
Neem Oil or Leaves
Sometimes, the reason for hair loss is some infection that is harming the follicle or the scalp and the best way to get rid of it is to wash air with water in which neem leaves have been boiled for about 5 minutes. Then this water is cooled, and used as a rinse for shampooed hair.
Accordingly, a paste of warm olive oil with honey and a teaspoonful of cinnamon powder can be rubbed onto the scalp (not along hair), and left on for about 15 minutes before washing hair. It promotes hair growth and keeps hair soft and shiny.
A solution of extract of crushed olive leaves mixed with vinegar applied on hair, is also a great treatment for falling hair.
Always remember, beautiful hair adds beauty to a personality and it is only a healthy body that can be capped with beautiful hair. So eat well, and make sure, no chemicals for your crowning glory.