Certain drugs including the contraceptive pills and chemotherapy can affect the growth and thickness of the hair. Vitamin B6 with magnesium will assist to some extent in counter acting the negative effects of these pills.
Do consult with your doctor if you suddenly lose hair.
Home Remedies for Hair Loss:
Again, home remedies that claim to restore or prevent hair loss have no evidence to support their claims other than stories that say it worked for someone who knew someone. It is always advisable to discuss any
significant hair loss with your doctor, especially if it is accompanied by signs of irritation of pain.
Applying almond oil on the scalp frequently and massaging the hair stops the hair loss.
A useful remedy for the patchy loss of hair is the paste of the liquorice made by grinding the pieces in milk with a pinch of saffron. This paste should be applied over the bald patches.
Amla oil prepared by boiling dry pieces of amla in coconut oil is considered a valuable hair tonic for enriching hair growth. Amla is called the Indian Gooseberry, and is available from many outlets by mail order. It is
a key ingredient in many Indian hair products.
Mix the juice of one lime with 4-table spoon of thick coconut milk and rub into the scalp and wash well. This should be repeated once a week for effective treatment of hair loss.
Dandruff / Dry Scalp
According to the Mayo Clinic, dandruff can have a number of causes, from the medical to the mundane. Here are some examples:
Simple dry skin — the kind you get during winter when the air is cold and rooms are overheated — is the most common cause of itchy, flaking skin. Flakes from dry skin are generally smaller and less oily than those from
other causes of dandruff.
Irritated, oily skin (seborrheic dermatitis) - This condition, a frequent cause of dandruff, is marked by red, greasy skin covered with flaky white or yellow scales. Seborrheic dermatitis affects not only your scalp
but also other areas rich in oil glands, such as your eyebrows, the sides of your nose and the backs of your ears, your breastbone, your groin area, and sometimes your armpits.
Not shampooing often enough - If you don't regularly wash your hair, oils and skin cells from your scalp can build up, causing dandruff.
Psoriasis - This skin disorder causes an accumulation of dead skin cells that form thick silvery scales. Psoriasis commonly occurs on your knees, elbows and trunk, but it can also affect your scalp.
Eczema - If you have eczema on your scalp, it's possible you could develop dandruff.
Sensitivity to hair care products (contact dermatitis) - Sometimes sensitivities to certain hair care products or hair dyes can cause a red, itchy, scaling scalp. Shampooing too often or using too many styling products
also may irritate your scalp, causing dandruff.
A yeast-like fungus (malassezia) - Malassezia lives on the scalps of most healthy adults without causing problems. But sometimes it grows out of control, feeding on the oils secreted by your hair follicles. This can
irritate the skin on your scalp and cause more skin cells to grow. The extra skin cells die and fall off, clumping together with oil from your hair and scalp, making them appear white, flaky and visible in your hair or
on your clothes. Exactly what causes an overgrowth of malassezia isn't known, although having too much oil on your scalp; changes in your hormones; stress; illness; neurological disorders, such as Parkinson's disease;
a suppressed immune system; not shampooing often enough; and extra sensitivity to the malassezia fungus may contribute to the development of dandruff.
Home Remedies for Dandruff
Soak 2-tablespoon fenugreek seeds in water over night. In the morning grind into a fine paste. Apply all over the scalp and leave for ½ an hour to control on dandruff and hair loss. Fenugreek is a Mediterranean herb
used for flavor enhancement and that is purported to treat many different conditions.