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Tired of changing your hairstyle frequently to cover those empty patches on the crown? Losing hair on the temples is a common hair problem that can start quite early, even in your late twenties.

However, this condition of hair thinning on the temples can be reversed with the help of specific Ayurvedic remedies. Read on to understand the possible root causes, symptoms and best remedies.

What Is Temple Hair Loss?

Temple hair loss is termed as ‘Khalitya’ [1] in the ancient science of Ayurveda. Those going through it experience their hair growing thin and shedding, leaving behind bald patches.

While you may have inherited this, hormonal imbalances, overuse of hair products or treatments, tight hairstyles or stress can also lead to this condition.

According to Ayurveda, the elevation of any of the three life energies (doshas) -Vata, Pitta or Kapha, puts the body into a state of disease. Temple hair loss occurs when Pitta combines with Vata or Kapha dosha to increase body heat or block out blood supply to the hair. This cuts off the hair’s nutrition, causing it to fall.

It’s a common myth that wearing hats causes hair fall. Some people believe that oxygen supply to the hair is cut off if you wear frequent head covers. However, that’s untrue. Your hair follicles receive oxygen from the bloodstream and not from the air.

Why Does Hair Loss Start At The Temples?

To understand why hair loss starts at the temples, it is important to understand the hair growth cycle.

Hair Growth Cycle

Your hair grows in 4 different phases:

1. Anagen

This is the growth phase, where new hair begins to grow from the hair roots. Hair stays in this phase for about 4 to 7 years before transitioning to the catagen phase.

2. Catagen

This is the transitional phase when hair growth slows down. It lasts for about 2-4 weeks.

3. Telogen

This is the resting phase where hair growth stops (Telogen A) and the exogen phase when hair completely detaches and falls off, making way for new hair to grow in its place (Telogen B).

Temple hair loss occurs because of the abrupt shortening of anagen and a prolonged delay between the exogen phase (shedding of the hair) and the next anagen where new hair is supposed to grow.

Why Are You Losing Hair At The Temples?

hair loss causes in woman

Hair loss at the crown area is quite common among both men and women. With age your hair follicles shrink and lose their capability to produce new hair. The temple zone is more prone to hair loss in conditions such as male and female pattern baldness.

In Ayurveda the stages of life are divided into 3 phases - Vata phase (childhood), Pitta phase (youth to adulthood) and Kapha phase (old age). During the Pitta phase the effects of Pitta dosha are usually stronger and may cause issues such as hair fall.

What Causes Female Hair Loss At Temples?

Female hair loss at temples is often caused by a condition called Female Pattern Baldness or Alopecia Areata. In Ayurveda, it is referred to as ‘Khalitya’ or ‘Indralupta’ [2]. If your hair is gradually thinning at the crown, it may be one of the first signs of baldness. According to Ayurveda, hair loss can occur for various reasons depending upon the dosha responsible for it.

  • Elevation of Vata dosha can cause dehydration of the scalp leaving it dry and flaky. The hair follicles dry up without proper nutrition, making the hair susceptible to breakage.
  • Aggravation of Pitta dosha leads to excess heat in the body which scorches the hair follicles causing them to swell up. Gradually the hair follicles lose their capability to produce new hair.
  • Kapha Dosha elevation makes the scalp release excess sebum which clogs the hair follicles, preventing nutrition from reaching the hair.

What Causes Male Hair Loss At The Temples?

A spike in the levels of androgen, the hormone controlling male sexual development, often leads to hair loss in the temple region for men. This hormone can also cause hair loss in women. However, its effect is more defined in men.

As per Ayurveda, when the Tridoshas are not in harmony, the body tries to pacify the elevated dosha. To do so, it releases excess hormones into the system, to restore bodily order. This diseased state results in various bodily problems including hair fall.

Other Factors Causing Hair Loss At The Temples For Both Men And Women

A. Poor Nutrition

The health of your hair directly depends on the food you eat. If you are not including enough proteins in your diet, your hair follicles will not receive proper nutrition and prematurely begin to shrink.

A few Ayurveda recommended power foods that can be included in your diet are Brahmi, Coconut, Almonds and other nuts, Curry leaves, Fenugreek, Moringa, and Ghee.

B. High Stress Levels

An unhealthy lifestyle puts your body in a state of stress which hinders proper metabolism leaving the body and the hair malnourished. Blood circulation to the follicles is also disrupted leading to various hair loss problems such as Alopecia Areata and Telogen Effluvium.

C. Genetics

Hair loss at an early age can also be hereditary, depending upon your family history of baldness. In such cases addressing the issue early may slow down the hair loss.

D. Hormonal Imbalance

Hormonal changes is a common factor that causes hair loss especially in women. Hormonal imbalance in the body can be caused by various reasons such as medical issues, pregnancy, postpartum hair loss, menopause, thyroid etc.

Hair loss at the temples occurs when Dihydrotestosteron or DHT hormone freely flows into your bloodstream. It binds the hair follicle receptors, cutting off the blood supply to the hair. This makes the hair follicles to miniaturize abruptly leading to hair loss.

E. Traction Alopecia

Women who usually sport tight hairstyles face traction alopecia, a hair fall condition that occurs when hair is constantly pulled for a long period of time.

F. Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia

Here hair loss occurs especially in the temple or frontal area of the head. Also known as scarring alopecia, this condition causes inflammation, thereby destroying the hair follicles. It is more common in women after menopause.

G. Androgenetic Alopecia

Androgenetic alopecia is caused by the rise of a hormone called androgen in the body. In men this may start from the temple zone and extend further. In women diffused hair loss is noticed.

Symptoms Of Temple Hair Loss

male and female pattern hair loss set

In women, hair loss begins gradually with the thinning of hair at the crown. Widening of the hair partition is noticed with diffused hair loss all over the top of the head in the later stages. New hair that grows back is finer, thus exposing the scalp.

In men the hairline recedes back gradually to form an M shape and may later lead to total baldness.

Best Ayurvedic Remedies For Hair loss At The Temples

Though hair loss at the temple region can be a constant worry, the condition is treatable. While there are many products that guarantee treatment, most come with harmful side effects. Therefore, Ayurvedic remedies are always a better choice as they are completely natural and address the issue at its roots. Below mentioned are a few effective Ayurvedic remedies that have been tried and tested over the years.

Ayurvedic Oils for Head Massage or Shiro Abhyanga

woman getting ayurvedic massage

Shiro Abhyanga or Ayurvedic head massage rejuvenates your hair and increases blood flow to the hair follicles. Regular Shiro Abhyanga must be done over the scalp for 15 minutes using your fingertips for best results. A few oils recommended for this are given below.

1. Herbal oil made of Hibiscus, Coconut, Curry leaf and Methi

This powerful concoction nourishes your hair and scalp. It pacifies the elevation of Pitta dosha on your scalp that leads to Khalitya or baldness.

To prepare, heat coconut oil and add about 10 hibiscus flowers, 5 hibiscus leaves, curry leaf powder and fenugreek (methi). Soak the contents overnight and then filter the oil. Massage your scalp for fifteen minutes 2 to 3 times in a week as per your requirement.

Hibiscus improves blood circulation, promotes hair growth and nourishes the scalp. Its leaves gently cleanse excess sebum from the scalp without stripping the hair of its moisture.

Coconut oil improves scalp health by nourishing your hair from the roots. Its antifungal properties keep scalp infections at bay. Rich in vitamins and fatty acids, coconut oil seeps into the hair cuticle easily and protects the hair from sun and pollution damage.

Curry leaf is the super ingredient here. Loaded with protein, amino acids, beta-carotene and antioxidants it promotes hair growth in areas where your hair is thinning and shedding.

Methi or fenugreek seeds work amazingly against scalp problems of dryness, dandruff and hair fall. Rich in nicotinic and folic acid and lecithin with Vitamins A, K and C, it hydrates dry hair, giving it the perfect shine.

2. Bhringaraj Oil Brahmi Amla Taila

This exclusive combination of herbs promotes hair growth and prevents premature hair transition from the growth (Anagen) phase. By improving blood circulation to the hair follicles, it calms the effects of elevated Kapha dosha that combines with Rakta dhatu (blood tissue) causing alopecia or baldness.

Bhringaraj is enriched with the goodness of Vitamin E, D, polypeptides, calcium, magnesium and iron, thus making it the miracle ingredient. Bhringaraj is known for its capacity to regrow damaged hair by improving blood circulation in the hair follicles. It also prevents premature greying of hair and maintains constant production of the pigment melanin that gives your hair its colour.

Brahmi is a wonder herb that increases oxygen and blood supply to hair follicles. It has alkaloids that attach to the keratin in your hair, making hair shafts strong and healthy.

The phyto-nutrients present in Amla protect hair from sun damage. Minerals and vitamins in Amla rejuvenate the hair roots, making hair less prone to damage.

3. Onion Oil

Onion oil or juice extracted from small onions is an astounding hair growth booster. Full of antioxidants, Vitamins A, C, E and B1, calcium and iron, this oil actively reduces hair loss. With anti-inflammatory properties, onion oil prevents your hair follicles from shrinking. Combine onion oil with coconut or olive oil to prevent hair problems caused by Vata- Pitta dosha imbalance.

Hair Packs To Treat Baldness or Khalitya

head massage

Ayurvedic texts speak of the use of various Shirolepas [3] to treat the condition of Khalitya or baldness. A Shirolepa is a hair pack prepared by combining various herbs that help in balancing the effects of the doshas.

1. Gunja beej Lepa

Gunja or Indian Licorice is a herb that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for treating alopecia since ancient times. It balances the Vata and Pitta doshas on the scalp. Gunja seed and root powder are available in Ayurvedic stores.

Make a paste with water and apply on areas suffering from excess hair fall.

2. Jatamansi

This magical herb is known to promote hair growth even in cases of severe alopecia. Jatamansi powder can either be mixed in coconut oil or made into a paste for Shirolepa. Leave the pack for 30 mins before washing off with water.

3. Henna

Henna, Mehendi or Madayantika’s cooling effect on the scalp pacifies Pitta dosha elevations that cause hair to fall off. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties that prevent scalp or hair follicle infections.

4. Guduchi

Guduchi is mainly used for its cleansing properties that purifies and rejuvenates your body along with promoting hair growth. Its anti-inflammatory nature reduces swelling of hair follicles caused by Pitta dosha elevation.

It is advisable to wash hair with Shikakai which cleans the scalp of excess sebum and allows the hair follicles to breathe.

The next 3 Ayurvedic treatments can only be administered by an Ayurvedic doctor after knowing the patient’s Prakriti or bodily constitution.

A. Shirodhara

Shirodhara is the process of pouring medicated oils or liquid prepared from herbs on the forehead and allowing it to flow down your scalp and hair. This is used to correct the elevation of doshas in the body and heal the affected areas on the scalp. Shirodhara is often followed by Shirolepa.

B. Rasayana

In Rasayana Chikitsya oral Ayurvedic medicine is prescribed to patients by Ayurvedic doctors after diagnosing the ailment. Among many herbs, Guduchi and Ashwagandha are considered one of the best Rasayanas.

C. Nasya

In this procedure, Ayurvedic medicine such as oil, ghee are administered through the nasal cavity to treat premature greying or Palitya and balding or Khalitya. In Ayurveda Nasya is considered one of the best ways of treating Khalitya and other hair related problems. Oils used in Nasya are Bhringaraj taila, Nimba taila, Sahacharadi taila and Maha Nila Taila among others.

Other Medications and Treatments for Hair loss at Temples

1. Minoxidil

Minoxidil topical solution [4] is often recommended for both male and female hair loss at the temples. Minoxidil has shown considerable results in slowing down hair loss and regrowth of new hairs in areas experiencing baldness. However, this condition can only be partially reversed with the use of minoxidil.

The common side effects of minoxidil are dry and itchy scalp. But you can easily battle these side effects by using Ayurveda recommended oils and herbs such as Aloe Vera or Neem Oil.

How To Prevent Hair Loss At Temples?

In most cases, the onset of temple hair loss can be easily prevented if you follow the below mentioned guidelines:

1. Consult an Ayurvedic practitioner and get your doshas checked to prevent aggravation.

2. Get a diet chart based on your body constitution. Consuming certain foods that don't suit your constitution can put your body in a state of disease. For example, spicy foods are not suitable for a Pitta dominant constitution as it can further increase heat in the body. Include Ayurveda superfoods such as Triphala, coconut, curry leaves, almonds and other nuts, fenugreek, Brahmi, moringa, and ghee.

3. Ensure that you are getting adequate sleep. Practise Yoga to maintain a calm mind and equilibrium in your doshas. Remember, stress and negative emotions play a key role in hair loss problems.

4. Indulge in Ayurveda recommended hair care regimes that are mentioned above

Can Hair Grow Back On Temples and How?

woman before and after hair loss treatment

It is difficult to regrow hair in areas where the hair follicles have shrunk. However, if enough blood supply and nutrition can be provided to the hair follicles, temple hair loss can be reversed.

To reverse the effects of temple hair loss, it is important to know the cause behind it. Ayurvedic remedies have shown positive results in growing back lost hair. Additionally, consumption of Ayurveda recommended power foods and DHT blocker foods can help.

Adding vegetables containing zinc (spinach, kale, mushrooms, green peas, sweet corn), and foods that contain lycopene help in controlling DHT levels in your body. Include foods like watermelon, tomato, carrot, red capsicum, and pink grapefruit in your diet.

The Last Word

Hair loss or thinning at the temples can be the first sign that you are going through a condition of hair fall. Hence, it is advisable to consult your Ayurvedic doctor at the earliest in order to diagnose the root cause depending on your Prakriti. With Ayurveda’s holistic approach to healing, the problem of hair loss can be prevented and its effects reversed by restoring the balance of your Doshas.

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