Hair fall is common enough and could be due to ageing or genetics. But if you suddenly find clumps of hair falling out at once, that’s when you need to start looking deeper into the cause for hair fall. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease wherein your immune system attacks and damages healthy cells. In alopecia areata your body attacks your hair follicles causing them to shrink and stop producing hair.

You know you have alopecia areata if:
  • You find bald patches on your head.
  • Your hair is falling excessively and not just from your head but eyebrows too.
  • You find large clumps of hair falling out at a time.
If you are experiencing these symptoms, it’s time to start taking preventive measures. We suggest you visit a dermatologist or trichologist first. Additionally, you can supplement your treatments with some easy, organic home remedies. Here are some home remedies you can try for improving hair growth.
 
Onion or garlic juice
 

Onion or garlic juice

Apart from making food tastier, onion and garlic are rich in sulphur which reduces hair fall by increasing collagen levels in your body. You can use either onion or garlic juice once a week for hair growth.

Crush 1 onion and apply its juice into your scalp. Let it stay for 20 minutes and then shampoo and condition as usual.

Or you can crush some garlic cloves and apply the juice on your scalp. Leave it for 20 minutes and wash your hair as usual.
 

Essential oils
 

Essential oils

Essential oils are popular for their relaxing effect which helps reduce stress and depression. Lavender or rosemary essential oils work wonders for those suffering from alopecia areata. Lavender and rosemary oils contain nutrients that strengthen the hair follicles, preventing hair loss.

You can mix either of these essential oils with a carrier oil like coconut oil and apply it to your hair. Wash it off after 40-45 minutes. Do this twice a week for thicker hair.
 

Anti-inflammatory foods
 

Anti-inflammatory foods

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease and the best way to treat it is by eating healing and non-processed foods. Increase your intake of green leafy vegetables, nuts, and coconut oil. Such foods contain antioxidants which help treat nutrient deficiencies.

The best way to do this is by eating a bowl of salad containing beans and leafy vegetables with lunch or dinner. When you get hungry between meals, opt for nuts over any other processed snacks.