Hair fall over the years has become a serious yet normal condition. Even though losing 50-100 strands a day is normal, the condition worsens when we lose hair in tufts. In severe cases, it can even lead to balding. Presently, this condition is not only experienced by middle-aged adults but also among the young. Our hair is an essential part of our appearance and personality. Hence, having those strands on the head and not on the floor is essential.
Causes of hair fall
The main causes of hair loss are:
- Stress due to our on the go life
- Hormonal imbalance
- Side effects of medicines
- Medical conditions such as diabetes, heart issues, blood pressure
- Side effects of any hair product or overuse of hair appliances
- Drinking alcohol and smoking
- An unhealthy and innutritious diet
- Our environment- weather conditions, climatic changes, pollution
Yoga Asanas for Hair Growth
Wondering how to reduce hair loss?
If you want to prevent the hair strands from falling without popping any unreliable drugs or applying any products, we suggest yoga and pranayama is the best solution. It will not only keep your body fit and active but will also ensure you have a healthy scalp.
Ustrasana (Camel Pose)
This pose works wonders for stimulating hair growth. Sit in Vajrasana. Now stand up on your knees and keep them at a distance. The feet’s position will be the same; the sole will point the sky. Bend gently backward and hold your right heel with your right hand. Do the same on the left side. Do it step by step with each exhale. Now, exhale again and drop your head backward too.
An easy variation could be to stand on your knees with your knee apart, preferably hip-width distance. You can support your buttocks with your hands. The hands, in this case, will be between the back and where the buttocks start; the hands will be inverted and the fingers will rest on the buttocks and the palms on the waist end. You will not touch the heels with your hands. Just bend backward as much as you are comfortable and tilt the head backward too.
The chest should be open and push the hip line in the front while bending. To release the posture, release your hands, stand straight and come back to Vajrasana.
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Shashankasana (Rabbit pose)
Since your head touches the floor in this posture, the blood flow is regulated towards the crown area and hence this asana is beneficial for promoting hair fall.
Sit in Vajrasana. Hold your heels in a way that thumbs are on the outside and the fingers are inside. Inhale deeply and while exhaling, move forward to the extent that your chin is on your knees and your crown is on the floor. For those who are unable to do so, can also place their head a few inches away from the knees.
The next step is to exhale and lift your buttocks away from your heels in a way that they point towards the sky and the buttocks and the belly are in a straight line. You will pull your heels to lift your feet but your feet will push itself to remain on the floor. The feet and the head will touch the floor always. The hands will also be straight.
Breathe normally and hold as long as comfortable. To release, come in child posture and take 1-2 deep breaths. Relax your hands, face, and body and come back to Vajrasana.
Uttanasana (Standing forward bend)
This asana helps in increasing our blood circulation, hence it aids in having glowing skin and reducing hair fall.
For this, you need to stand straight with the feet together. Exhale and bend down so that your palms rest on the floor beside your feet. If you can’t do it in one go, bend bit by bit with each exhale. If you are unable to touch the ground, you can hold your ankles too.
Bring your head towards your knees. You will feel a stretch in your calves, legs, and back. The spine should be straight. An easy variation could be to rest your hands on the knees. (The half bend pose). Read more about Uttanasana,
Shirshasana (Headstand)- Best Yoga for Hair Growth
As in this pose, the body is inverted; the blood flow is towards the scalp. Hence, this posture helps promote hair follicle growth and reduces hair fall along with promoting facial glow.
This pose again starts with Vajrasana. Go into a child’s pose with your head on the floor in front of you and your buttocks resting on the heels. While inhaling, come back and hold both your elbows with the opposite hands. Bring both the caught elbows down on the floor together. They should be placed in a way that they touch the knees. Lock your fingers and position them in a way that they make space for the head to fit in. The elbows should always touch the floor and be firm.
Gently lift your hips up, place your head in between the created space of your fingers. Then lift your buttocks away from the heels and take them towards the roof. The hip line will be in line with the belly at all times. Your body is now on your heels and the elbows. Walk your toes 2-3 steps towards the hips and then gently lift your feet together. Bend them at the knees and then raise them up straight towards the roof and stretched out. Your entire body should be in line and perpendicular to the floor.
Stay as long as you can. To release, bend the knees, bring them towards your chest and then rest them on the floor. Relax the body and come in child posture. While inhaling, sit up straight.
Pawanmukhtasana (Wind- relieving pose)
This is one of the easy postures and works wonders for controlling hair fall and stimulates the scalp.
Lie straight on the floor with your feet together. Inhale deeply and while exhaling, bring them together towards your chest. Bring them as close you can. Your thighs will tuck in your belly. Wrap your arms and hug your calves.
Take a deep breath and while exhaling, lift your head away from the floor. Bring it towards your knees so that your forehead touches them. Breathe normally and hold this pose as long as it is comfortable. To come out of this posture, exhale and simultaneously drop your knees and head to the floor.
Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)
This posture is the queen of yoga as it provides various health benefits. It helps in reducing hair loss and ensures our hair is healthy and shining apart from providing a glow on our skin, weight reduction, relaxing the body, and energizing it.
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Pranayama for Hair Fall Control
Pranayama and breathing exercises help increased oxygen flow in the body, especially to the scalp and help relieve stress which helps in curbing hair loss.
This breathing technique helps to flush out the toxins from the body stimulating hair growth.
Sit in Lotus Pose (Padmasana), breathe in and blow out air with force. Your stomach will tuck inwards while exhaling. Rest the tummy while inhaling and repeat the intentional exhalation.
The beginners can start at 1 minute and do as long as for 5 minutes.
This pranayama exercise purifies our blood and increases its circulation in the body along with promoting hair growth.
Sit in Padmasana. The spine should be erect and the body should be relaxed. Bend both arms so that they are close to the shoulders, just at the sides. Your palms should face the wall before you and the backside of your hands should be towards you. Now fold the hands lightly to form a fist.
While inhaling, stretch your hands straight and upwards (towards the roof) and open your fists. Immediately exhale and bring them down to the initial position and form fists again. Repeat it continuously with energy. Beginners can do one round of 10-15 repetitions. Just ensure to relax after each round.
This technique helps in achieving healthy hair and reducing hair loss. Sit in Lotus Pose. Place the thumb on the right nostril and inhale from the left. Hold the breath and with the ring finger close the left nostril and exhale from the right. Now inhale from the right and exhale in the same way from the left. Repeat this for 10-15 times.
In addition to the above, you can also do Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand) and Balayam Yoga (rubbing the nails of your fingers together). While doing pranayama, those unable to sit in Padmasana can sit in Vajrasana.
- People suffering with blood pressure issues, insomnia, back pain, slip disc, neck pain/injury, migraine, knee and heart issues should avoid Ustrasana, Shashankasana and Uttanasana
- Pregnant women and while menstruation should avoid Shashankasana, Pawanmukhtasana, Surya Namaskar and Pranayama
- While doing Surya Namaskar, hold each pose for some time and breathe to have best results
- People with heart issues, blood pressure problems and lung issues should not do Pranayama
- Practice Pranayama after Yoga and relax your body in Shavasana for 10 minutes at the end. Also do Pranayama after or before 3 hours of any meal
- Opt for a peaceful and open space to perform Yoga and Pranayama
If you wish to achieve your goal of having, voluminous and shiny hair and controlling the hair loss, then following the above steps along with relaxation is essential. Having a nutritious diet and oiling a week will help give good results. Devise a skin care and exercise routine and stick to it for maximum results.
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