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Have you noticed bald patterns on your frontal scalp? Are you anxious to see them growing? If so, it is time to stop examining your baldness patterns and experimenting with random hair care regimes.

Treating your hair with natural methods is undeniably the best way to cure hair disorders. Ayurvedic hair therapies wholly incorporate nourishing ingredients to curb hair loss and to grow resilient and healthy hair. Read on to find out the best natural ways to cure female pattern baldness.

What Is Female Pattern Baldness?

Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL) or baldness is typically characterized as a nonscarring diffuse reduction in hair density that begins over the scalp's frontal and vertex areas.

FPHL is a progressive follicle miniaturization (shrinking) process transforming terminal (thick) follicles into vellus (thin) follicles. Hormones or genetics are likely responsible for FPHL.

What Does Female Pattern Baldness Look Like?

Baldness does not mean your scalp loses hair completely. Women's scalp is rarely prone to baldness. If you are affected by FPHL, your hair looks lackluster, thin, and fragile, with weak hair shafts. Bald patches can be spotted at the vertex and temples of your scalp. Mane looks thinner with reduced density and volume.

What Are The Symptoms Of Female Pattern Baldness?

1. FPHL is associated with the bitemporal recession, gradually expanding triangular pattern hair loss over the two temples.

2. Your frontal hairline is intact but develops a triangular bald patch at the vertex of your head.

3. Hair thinning widens the parting line on your crown with a breach of the frontal hairline.

4. Hair volume is decreased in the parietal and occipital regions of your scalp.

What Causes Female Pattern Baldness?

1. FPHL is commonly caused by the disrupted secretion of hormones in your endocrine system

2. Genetic predisposition or inheritance from your parents is also a common factor that causes FPHL.

3. FPHL is a natural phenomenon that gradually progresses as you age, and it is common after menopause.

4. Rarely, it is caused by an autoimmune disease that directly attacks your hair follicles.

5. Certain medications or surgeries also cause FPHL as a side effect.

6. FPHL can also be caused due to illness like high fever or infection in your blood.

7. FPHL can be caused by traction alopecia in which hair follicles are damaged due to external factors. [1]

  • The only information that can't be identified by your hair is your gender.

Treatments For Female Pattern Baldness

1. Ayurveda

Ayurveda aims to treat local and systemic conditions causing hair loss by achieving the balance of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha Doshas - your body's physiological regulators. It says that the vitiation of pitta dosha is the leading cause of hair disorders. However, some conditions may involve other doshas. [2]

Dr. Zeel Gandhi, Chief Ayurvedic Doctor at Vedix, says, "Increased Pitta Dosha, along with Vata Dosha at your hair roots, causes hair fall. Kapha Dosha, combined with Rakta dhatu, results in degeneration and shutting down your hair follicles, leading to baldness."

She further adds, "Hair relates closely to your bone tissue. Ayurveda designs hair therapies, which consequently strengthen the bone tissue. And detoxification is the essence of the whole treatment."

A. Shiro Abhyanga

Massage your scalp energetically with your fingers for 10-15 minutes daily using an oil that pacifies your elevated doshas. It strengthens your bone tissue and improves blood circulation to activate your hair follicles.

Oils To Use

1. Vata Dosha- Sesame, almond, or mustard oils

2. Pitta Dosha- Use medicated oils like bhringraj oil or brahmi oil by adding a few drops of coconut oil or neem oil.

3. Kapha Dosha- Sesame, corn, or mustard oils

B. Sirolepa

Gently massage your scalp using a herbal hair mask that contains herbs to pacify your elevated doshas. Wash it off after 30 minutes. Repeat it for 21 days. It reduces hair fall and strengthens your tresses.

Herbs To Use

1. Vata Dosha - Onion, licorice, black sesame, ashwagandha, or shatavari.

2. Pitta Dosha- Licorice, hibiscus, kamala, neem, or lodhra.

3. Kapha Dosha- Rosepea, grapeseed, fenugreek, or camphor.

How To Make A DIY Hair Mask At Home?

1. Use any one of the herbs to grind it into a paste or a powder.

2. Take two tablespoons of the herbal paste or powder.

3. Mix it with an adequate quantity of curd/buttermilk if you are Vata Dosha dominant. Use milk/coconut milk for Pitta and aloe vera gel for Kapha.

4. Apply it to your scalp and spread it evenly on your hair strands from root to tip, like you apply henna.

5. Leave it for 30 minutes. Rinse it with cold water.

6. Use herbal shampoo to wash your hair. It enhances the impact of the hair mask.

C. Shirodhara

Pick a herb to boil it in water and pour the decoction onto your scalp after cooling it down. Use the liquid as a cleanser to clean your scalp. Use the herbs that can pacify your elevated doshas.

woman lying under shirodhara vessel

1. Nasya

Nasya is one of the panchakarma treatments that help treat scalp and hair disorders. It is the process of instilling medicine through your nostrils. Usually, oil, ghee, or anu tailam is instilled. [3]

2. Intake Right Herbs In Your Diet

Your body is a product of what you eat, so is your hair. Hair contains information about everything in your bloodstream, such as medicine, drugs, minerals, and vitamins. Blood vessels deliver nutrients to your hair follicles. Therefore, add herbs to your diet that can pacify your elevated doshas and stimulate hair growth.

What To Eat

1. Vata Dosha- Chamomile, ginger, ashwagandha

2. Pitta Dosha- Mint, coriander, shatavari

3. Kapha Dosha- Turmeric, ginseng, black pepper

3. Herbs To Cure Female Pattern Baldness

A. Gingko Biloba

Gingko Biloba improves blood circulation and encourages hair growth at the hair follicles' root level. You can apply it topically, or you can boil it and drink the decoction as a tea. It is easy to use it in the form of a supplement. It is especially useful to treat follicle miniaturization as it promotes follicle regeneration.

B. Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil heals your hair follicles and helps regrow hair. It soothes your scalp and activates stem cells in your hair follicles. The herb is commonly used as an ingredient in herbal hair care products. It is also available as a supplement. Peppermint oil can be applied topically. You can also add the herb to your green tea.

Word Of Caution

Take the advice of an Ayurvedic practitioner before ingesting herbal supplements. Intake the right dosage prescribed by your doctor.

C. Horsetail

Horsetail strengthens your bone tissue, which supports your hair follicles to grow healthy hair. It repairs your damaged hair and provides elasticity to your tresses by hydrating them. It is used as an ingredient in hair care products. Mostly it is available in the form of supplements. Make sure to drink plenty of water if you use horsetail supplements.

D. Stinging Nettle

The herb helps to unclog follicles by blocking the overproduction of hormones that lead to hair loss. It helps to restore balance to hormones that stimulate hair growth. Prepare a hot tea out of it. Consume it as a supplement or sprinkle the nettle powder over the food you eat.

E. Saw Palmetto

The herb works to balance hormones and unclog your hair follicles to stimulate hair growth. Use saw palmetto powder by combining it with nettle powder for the best results. It is available in dry form, liquid extracts, tablets, and powdered capsules. [4]

4. Ayurvedic Tips To Prevent Female Pattern Baldness

A. Have a sound sleep to manage stress and anxiety.

B. Take this food in your diet: Fish, eggs, beans, raisins, beans, sprouts, seafood, fresh vegetables, sprouts, legumes, soy, white sesame seeds, fruits, leafy vegetables, and milk.

C. Practice meditation and yoga while getting exposed to morning sunlight.

D. Drink more water as it flushes out toxins from your body.

E. Stay away from junk food, and don't use readymade food for cooking instantly.

F. Don't use synthetic hair care products as the harsh chemicals damage your hair follicles.

Vedix Tip

Don't wear your hair in tight hairstyles. It weakens your hair follicles, especially at your temples.

2. Minoxidil

Minoxidil is a topical medication to cure female pattern baldness. It must be applied to your scalp daily to improve hair growth and prevent further hair thinning. Dryness and itching are its side effects. It takes more than six months to show results and doesn't work for everyone. However, hair loss returns whenever you stop using minoxidil.

Clinical studies compared the efficacy of minoxidil to peppermint oil. After four weeks, peppermint oil remarkably promoted hair growth greater than minoxidil. Peppermint oil showed hair growth of about 92%, whereas minoxidil about 55%. [5]

3. Oral medication

Oral medications for female pattern baldness temporarily stop hair loss. Spironolactone is one that blocks excess androgens to help hair regrow. It has side effects like dry mouth, nausea, and dizziness. It is a diuretic that removes excess water from your body. Pregnant women are restricted from taking this medication as it causes congenital disabilities.

How Long Does Female Pattern Hair Loss Last?

FPHL doesn't last long if you follow the right treatment. However, it would help if you first ruled out any underlying medical conditions. It is not an overnight process to regenerate hair growth. It takes a few months of following a healthy and consistent lifestyle routine.

How Is Female Pattern Hair Loss Diagnosed?

If you notice bald patches on your scalp and rapid hair thinning, please consult a dermatologist. The doctor identifies FPHL by looking at the pattern of your baldness. No specific test is required to diagnose FPHL. If the doctor suspects an underlying health condition, he may perform a blood test to check your hormone levels.

The Last Word

Female Pattern Baldness is not an insoluble problem. It is a natural phenomenon that happens with age. Factors like hormonal imbalance and genetics may involve preponing it to your young age.

Choose the right treatment to cure FPHL and make the required changes to your lifestyle. Herbal remedies regrow hair in bald areas and strengthen your hair follicles in the long run.

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