How to Stop Hair Loss

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If you’re starting to lose your hair, there’s a perfect solution!

“Extra” spoke with Dr. John Kahen of Beverly Hills Restoration, who has formulated a new plan to grow hair with the help of platelet-rich plasma.

The procedure injects your own platelets into your scalp, which means there is no surgery!


Say it is so, Joe: California to reject cancer warning to coffee drinkers

A cup of coffee, yesterday.

California officials, having concluded coffee drinking is not risky, are proposing a regulation that will essentially tell consumers they can drink without fear.

If the regulation is adopted, it would be a huge win for the coffee industry which faces potentially massive civil penalties after losing an eight-year-old lawsuit in Los Angeles superior court that could require cancer warnings on all coffee packaging sold in California.

Judge Elihu Berle found that Starbucks and other roasters and retailers failed to show that benefits from drinking coffee outweighed any cancer risks. He had previously ruled the companies had not shown the threat from the chemical was insignificant.

The unprecedented action Friday by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment rejected that ruling, following a review of more than 1,000 studies published this week by the World Health Organization that found inadequate evidence that coffee causes cancer.

The state agency implements a law passed by voters in 1986 that requires warnings of chemicals known to cause cancer and birth defects. One of those chemicals is acrylamide, which is a byproduct of coffee roasting and brewing.

“The proposed regulation would state that drinking coffee does not pose a significant cancer risk, despite the presence of chemicals created during the roasting and brewing process that are listed under Proposition 65 as known carcinogens,” the agency said in a statement.

“The proposed regulation is based on extensive scientific evidence that drinking coffee has not been shown to increase the risk of cancer and may reduce the risk of some types of cancer.”

Attorney Raphael Metzger, who won the court case on behalf of the Council for Education and Research on Toxics, said he was shocked the agency would move to nullify the court decision and undermine its own report more than a decade ago that drinking even small amounts of coffee resulted in a significant cancer risk.

“The takeaway is that the state is proposing a rule contrary to its own scientific conclusion. That’s unprecedented and bad,” Metzger said. “The whole thing stinks to high hell.”

The National Coffee Association had no comment on the proposed change. In the past, the organization has said coffee has health benefits and that the lawsuit made a mockery of the state law intended to protect people from toxics.

Scientific evidence on coffee has gone back and forth but concerns have eased recently about possible dangers, with some studies finding health benefits. Coffee companies do not deny that acrylamide is found in coffee, but argue it is only found at low levels and is outweighed by other benefits such as antioxidants that reduce cancer risk.

The state agency’s action comes about a week after bipartisan bills were introduced in both houses of US Congress to require science-based criteria for labels on food and other products. One of the sponsors, Kurt Schrader, an Oregon Democrat, alluded to the California coffee lawsuit as an example of misleading warnings.

“When we have mandatory cancer warnings on a cup of coffee, something has gone seriously wrong with the process,” Schrader said. “We now have so many warnings unrelated to the actual health risk posed to consumers, that most people just ignore them.”

The lawsuit against Starbucks and 90 companies was brought by the tiny nonprofit under a law that allows private citizens, advocacy groups and attorneys to sue on behalf of the state and collect a portion of civil penalties for failure to provide warnings.

The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, better known as Proposition 65, requires warning labels for about 900 chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects. The law has been credited with reducing cancer-causing chemicals, but it has been criticized for leading to quick settlement shakedowns and vague warnings that are often ignored.


4 DIY Body Scrubs For Soft And Smooth Skin During Summer

4 DIY Body Scrubs For Soft And Smooth Skin During Summer

Summer can turn out to be quite harsh for your skin if you don’t take good care of it. Summer is the time when you need to ensure that your skin stays hydrated to keep it looking healthy. But because of the heat, anything to do with extra creaminess or oil is repelling, and as such people tend to look out for lighter alternatives. Even when it comes to body scrubs, which is a must during the hotter months to clean out dirt and oil from the skin pores, we often seek those that bring about a refreshing effect, with the likes of peppermint and lime.

If you have been looking out for body scrubs that are perfect for summer, you can actually make them at home as easily as making a cup of tea. All you need are a few basic ingredients that can help you put together a refreshing body scrub in no time. Wondering how? Here are four DIY body scrub ideas to help you get started:

Banana + brown sugar

Banana is known to nourish the skin from deep within yet being light. Take one ripe banana and mash it well. Add a cup of brown sugar and mix, and let it rest for 10 minutes. Apply generously on your body and scrub gently to remove dirt.

(Also read: 3 Ways To Use Curd For Beautiful Hair And Skin)

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Moong dal + turmeric

This is a commonly used home remedy for beautiful skin. Moong dal works just like banana, and makes the skin soft. Soak half a cup of moong dal in water for 30 minutes and then grind into a paste. Add half a teaspoon of turmeric powder or fresh paste and mix well. Use as a scrub and wash clean with water.

Peppermint + cucumber + sugar

Peppermint and cucumber are two of summer’s favourite skincare ingredients. Grate half a cucumber, add half cup of sugar and two drops of peppermint oil, and use as a scrub.

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Almond + honey

Almonds have incredible skin nourishing properties. Soak a handful of almonds in water overnight, then blend into a paste. Add two tablespoon honey and use it as a scrub.Now that you known these home recipes for body scrubs, keep your skin beautiful this summer.


Woman Who Lost 350 Lbs. Says Skin Removal Surgery Isn’t an Instant Fix: ‘You’re in So Much Pain’

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Jacqueline Adan knows she made the right decision to have skin removal surgery after losing 350 lbs., but she didn’t expect the months of pain that would come with it.

After four years of hard work, Adan was thrilled to lose well over half her weight — at her highest in 2012, she weighed over 500 lbs. — but she was dealing with body dysmorphia because of her excess skin.

“When I got down to my lowest weight and had all that loose skin I was still being made fun of, and when I looked in the mirror it was hard to see anything but all this extra skin,” the Montessori preschool teacher, 31, tells PEOPLE. “You still feel fat and you still can’t fit into clothes because the skin won’t fit. I felt proud of myself and I knew I had lost 350 lbs., but when I looked in the mirror I saw my body completely differently. It was hard to see anything but that same, overweight girl.”

So in June 2016, she started the long process of skin removal surgery. While it’s often seen as an instant fix, Adan’s experience shows how difficult it can be. Her first surgery was a lower body lift, followed by upper body and arm lifts five months later. Then she had more skin taken off in June 2017, and had skin removal on her legs in Jan. 2018.

“People don’t fully understand what goes into this process. They think it’s just cosmetic, and it’s hard for me to hear that,” she says.

The surgeries left Adan extremely swollen and in severe pain, especially her most recent leg surgery.

“I think because I had so much weight taken off my legs during the surgery, and because I had back to back surgeries, my body didn’t react well this time,” she says. “I dealt with a lot of swelling, and my body is hanging on to a lot of fluid.”

“This is why I wanted to talk about my body dysmorphia — I’m seeing myself in the mirror and I’m seeing myself a lot bigger than I have, and it’s hard to make that distinction that it’s not weight gain, it’s just fluid,” she adds. “Now that I’m swollen, I feel like everyone’s noticing.”

But with each surgery — Adan expects to undergo about three more after those first five — she’s learning more about the process, and figuring out how to push through.

“I’m so glad that I did it, not just for my physical health but for my mental health and wellbeing. But they are very difficult procedures,” she says. “Recovery was a lot, and I felt like each one, you had to dig down deeper and deeper to find the strength to keep continuing to heal and move forward. There are times at home when you’re in so much pain and wondering how this could ever get better, how could this pain ever go away? You can’t move, after the leg ones. It’s hard to walk; it’s hard to go to the bathroom. You have to dig down deep and find that strength to recognize that this isn’t going to last forever and it’s going to get better and better.”

But Adan wants people dealing with skin removal, or body dysmorphia, or weight struggles, to know that they’re not alone.

“I hope that no one ever feels ashamed or embarrassed if they are struggling with an eating disorder or body dysmorphia or with their own body image or self love,” she says. “For me, actually admitting I needed some help and realizing that I was struggling and accepting what was going on and admitting it was exactly what I needed to overcome this and continue to move forward. No matter what you are going through or struggling with, it is okay to ask for help!”


Relax and zen out with yoga

yoga asanas conducted by Art of Living as a precursor to the International Yoga Day in Visakhapatnam on June 15, 2016. International Yoga Day is celebrated on June 21.

Waking up in a resort overlooking snow-capped mountains, setting up yoga mats and twisting like a pretzel, followed by suryanamaskar marathons and then hitch-hiking through the hills of a foreign destination — yoga has moved beyond a fitness regimen to evolve as a wellness retreat. Riding high on the evolution of wellness travel are corporates, entrepreneurs and yoga trainers who have made wellness one of the fastest-growing tourism sectors in India.

According to recent estimates by FICCI and Ernst and Young, the wellness industry in India is expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 12 % for the next five years and projected to touch ₹1.5 trillion by 2020. Worldwide, yoga is estimated to be an $ 80 billion industry. After the UN introduced the International Yoga Day on June 21, 2015, yoga saw a rise in popularity as a fitness regimen.

Yoga retreats

Now, vacationers are seeking a more holistic experience like a yoga retreat to revitalise themselves. Says Visakhapatnam-based yoga trainer Mahua Deb: “More and more people are combining a vacation with a yoga and wellness programme to de-stress.” Deb will be heading to Bali from November 23 to 27 to conduct a yoga and meditation programme. “The retreat will include kriyas, yogasanas, pranayama, guided meditation and treks to a volcano, among other features centred around fitness. The concept of yoga retreats, popular in the metros, has now trickled down to Tier-2 cities such as Visakhapatnam. The Bay Park Wellness Resort in the city has been drawing people from across the country to have a different kind of experience. “Yoga helps to get energy levels up, and the peace and quiet of the retreat works as a great de-stresser,” says Deb, who is a yoga instructor at Bay Park.

S Radhika, an entrepreneur who runs ‘Radisa’ — a cakes and confectionery unit, has witnessed a transformation in her mental and physical health after practising yoga for over a decade. From countering crises to feeling lighter physically, Radhika has learnt many a life’s lessons on the yoga mat.

“It is the most effective self-help regimen for physical as well as mental well-being,” says Radhika, who recently went on a yoga retreat to Rishikesh. Apart from Rishikesh, the other hot destinations of yoga retreat include Isha Yoga in Coimbatore and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in Mysore.

A holistic regimen

M N Krishnaveni, a yoga trainer in Yoga Consciousness Trust (YCT), admits that her chronic neck pain subsided and disappeared altogether after she started doing yoga. “My stress levels have considerably come down due to regular practice,” says the yoga trainer, who has a PhD in yoga and has been practising for the past 24 years. According to her, while dedicating a day for yoga has certainly augmented its popularity, not many are serious practitioners. “However, there are many who are seeking to make it a routine,” she adds. At VUDA Park, around 100 to 130 people gather every morning from 5 to 8 am under the aegis of YCT. Retired professor D Venkat Rao, who heads the Vishahapatnam centre of YCT, says that the number has been growing. “Today, we have seven yoga centres in the region that caters to over 10,000 yoga practitioners,” he says.

And indeed, the yogis are mushrooming. Doctors, engineers, teachers, corporate employees and marketing heads are adopting hatha yoga with vigour.

“Hatha yoga is the foundation of advanced yoga practices,” says retired professor Akkur Raman. According to him, if one can sit in Sukhasana for more than three hours, one is said to be a yogi.

“That requires a lot of effort,” says the 73-year-old professor who never misses out on his regular yoga practice.

In recent years, yoga has seen several variations like aqua, hot, cold and beer. While traditional practitioners of yoga have their reasons to fume at these modern modifications, there is no denying the fact that this ancient science has extended its reach, making yoga a brand new currency in the fitness world.

Supporting the statistics, yoga trainers say that the technique of yoga goes beyond just the physical realm, which is one of the main reasons why the world- over yoga has found such a mass following.

“Yoga goes much deeper than just the body. The meditation techniques have helped many to overcome chronic issues of depression, blood pressure and diabetes. It brings about an overall well-being of the mind and body,” says Deb.


Yoga’s full potential should be harnessed to reduce NCD-related deaths: WHO

On the eve of International Day for Yoga, WHO today said yoga’s full potential should be harnessed as it reduces the risk of life-threatening non-communicable diseases.

Adequate physical activity improves muscular and cardiorespiratory fitness, enhances bone and functional health, helps prevent depression and promote mental health, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh said.

WHO said that practising yoga reduces the risk of life-threatening noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension, stroke, heart attack and diabetes that causes around 8.5 million deaths across the world health body’s South-East Asia region annually.

“As member states across the region strive to reduce NCD-related premature mortality by a quarter by 2025, and one-third by 2030, yoga’s full potential should be harnessed,” Singh said.

As highlighted in the world health body’s recently released Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018-2030, routine yoga practice is a valuable tool for people of all ages to make physical activity an integral part of life for maintaining good health.

Those between the age of five to 17 years, need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity activity daily. Adults require at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity weekly.

As outlined in a resolution unanimously endorsed at WHO South-East Asia’s Regional Committee in 2016, harnessing yoga’s full potential should be a part of a wider push to promote physical activity as a key preventive health measure.

To that end, each of the region’s member states must fully implement multi-sectoral NCD action plans they have devised.

A WHO statement said each member state has now developed these plans and has included specific points on promoting physical activity and it is a tremendous achievement but requires concerted efforts to ensure maximum impact.

Singh said schools have a vital role to play in promoting physical activity among students – for instance, by keeping sports facilities open outside of school hours or ensuring time for structured free play – and this can help create healthy habits that last a life-time.

Achieving the target of a 15 per cent increase in physical activity by 2030 requires all member states to stay on track or correct course where necessary, the WHO said.


How Facebook Can Open Your Eyes

Researchers at Facebook have developed a new automatic photo filter able to open closed eyes in photgraphs with very impressive results.

Although similar automated processes are already available such as the ‘Open Closed Eyes’ tool in Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018, this new technique produces compelling results where previous efforts tend to stand out immediately as fake.

In the example below we see ‘before’ and ‘after’ samples comparing the results of the new method (column d) with Adobe Photoshop Elements (column c).

As you can see, the results in column c are far from convincing, whereas those in column (d) look entirely believable.

The new technique, published by Brian Dolhansky and Cristian Canton Ferrer, is a fresh take on a much-studied process known as ‘in-painting’ where missing components or holes in a photograph are automatically filled in with new pixels to create a convincing facsimile of an original image.

In this case the algorithm learns what the subjects eyes usually look like from an open-eyed image (column a in the example above) and uses that information to reconstruct a new pair of eyes which blend seamlessly into the new image, taking into account any changes in expression, facial orientation or gaze direction as well as other differences in the overall look of the picture, such as color, exposure and shadows.

Facebook’s new method uses a form of machine learning known as an “Exemplar Generative Adversarial Network” (ExGAN). The Generative Adversarial Network essentially pits two machine learning processes against each other, the first trying to produce convincing images while the second attempts to spot these fakes among a selection of real photos.

However, while this technique alone may paint in a pair of eyes which look real, it won’t produce eyes that the person in the photo would recognise as their own. This is where the ‘Exemplar’ comes in. By examining example photos of the person in the image, the ExGAN can generate new eyes that match those in the example photos, thereby retaining the person’s identity and any unique features of their eyes.

The result is a new pair of eyes which match the real eyes of the person in the photo while looking in the right direction and matching all the other photographic qualities of the image.

While it’s not immediately clear how this technology would be used effectively on Facebook, it could be useful when editing group shots. A great group photo can often be ruined by that one person who happened to blink at the wrong time, but the technique would allow the photographer to re-open their eyes without having to copy them manually from another image.


Police’s plea for information on Spice drug after concern about Portsmouth use

Police in Portsmouth have found people under the influence of the drug spice, similar to this person in another city

POLICE and health officials in Portsmouth have spoken of their concern about a life-threating drug which has seen users become ‘zombies’.

Portsmouth police urged anyone with information about suppliers of Spice, a synthetic cannabis substitute, to come forward.

The plea came following two days running in which police discovered homeless people on the drug. Although the users received medical attention, there are fears similar incidents could happen again.

Inspector Dave Ryan, from Hampshire Constabulary, said: ‘We’re concerned for the welfare of users of these types of drugs, as they can be potentially life-threatening. Equally we’re concerned for members of the community who witness people under the influence of these drugs.

‘We are taking steps to identify people supplying these drugs and we’re working with our partners in public health to raise awareness and to offer support.

‘Anyone with information about the suppliers of these types of drugs is asked to call 101 or to call the anonymous Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.’

Public health boss for Portsmouth and Southampton, Dr Jason Horsley, added: ‘New psychoactive substances have been causing significant problems since they were introduced to the market as so called ‘legal highs’.

‘A lot of these substances were actually more harmful than illegal substances, having more negative side effects and less of the beneficial effects users were looking for.

‘From a public health perspective, our best advice is to avoid illicit substances because of their potential harmful effects and because people can never be sure that what they have bought is what they intended to buy.

‘Members of the public who are concerned that they have witnessed someone affected by an overdose should contact 999.

‘If you are with someone who has become unwell using drugs get them urgent medical attention, and let the medical staff know what the person has taken so that they can best help them recover.

‘If you’re a drug user looking for support to come off substances, contact Society St James who have local support options available.’

A recent report to Portsmouth City Council revealed that across the city approximately 12,000 residents use illegal drugs annually.

It also showed that there are an estimated 1,427 heroin and crack cocaine users in Portsmouth.


The ‘wild’ Osho cult seen through Spanish eyes

A recent Osho meditation session in Guadarrama, Madrid.

The disciples of the late Indian guru Osho are far from wild, particularly those in Spain. There are no assault rifles in their ashrams or poisonous potions for their rivals, nor do they plan to take over whatever cities they may live in.

In fact, their lives are far more ordinary than those depicted in the Netflixdocumentary series Wild Wild Country, a retrospective of the Osho community’s rollercoaster years in Oregon when it became embroiled in criminal activities and its leader was ultimately run out of the country.

The Osho Foundation now has its headquarters in Zurich, from where it peddles Osho products and promotes the Osho Meditation Resort in Poona, India, where the movement was first established in 1974 by the Indian mystic Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.

Osho International recommends 16 centers in Spain to anyone interested in pursuing his teachings. Most are run by sannyasins – disciples who have been renamed in an initiation ceremony. “I had a friend who was a sannyasin and changed her name three times,” says José Antonio Espeso, head of the Masunaga school in Coslada, Madrid, which offers shiatsu. “In the end, you didn’t know what her name was anymore. These rituals are somewhat infantile.”

Born in India in 1931, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh was a student of philosophy who shocked Indian society with his liberal ideas on sex and religion and who changed the spiritual landscape for foreign hippies who had been drawing their inspiration from that part of the world since the 1960s.

Jairo Kalpa, director of the Osho meditation school.
Jairo Kalpa, director of the Osho meditation school. VÍCTOR SAINZ

Decked in expensive robes and jewelry, he had a fleet of 90 Rolls Royce and owned more than a few private planes. His meditations were renowned for their dynamism and his lectures were direct and easily grasped.

At the height of his fame, Osho and his sidekick Ma Anand Sheela snapped up a 26,000-hectare ranch in Wasco County, Oregon, US, and set about constructing an Osho city called Rajnishpuram, which included an airport and armed security forces. Thousands of Osho disciples flocked to the commune to experience the idealistic Osho lifestyle, but instead found themselves mired in conflict with the US authorities on account of assassination plots, illegal immigration networks, wire tapping and attempts to rig local elections.

Osho blamed a mass food poisoning attack and plots to kill public officials on Sheela and her inner circle at the ranch. But his bid to sidestep prosecution was not wholly successful. In 1985 he was given a 10-year suspended sentence, agreeing to leave the US and not to return for five years without the permission of the US Attorney General. The commune was dismantled and his disciples followed him back to Poona where he died in 1990 of heart failure.

Sannyasin Luis Martín-Santos – aka Charna – recalled last May on the radio station Cadena Ser how he used to see Osho pilgrims walking down Las Ramblas in Barcelona at the start of the 1980s, wearing the hallmark crimson tunics. He himself belonged to the Oregon commune between 1983 and 1985 and now acts as a literary agent, managing Osho’s publishing rights in Spain. More than 190 of the guru’s books have been translated into Spanish. Martín-Santos says he’s “overjoyed” with the publicity Wild Wild Country is offering the Osho brand but is dismayed by the protagonism given to Sheela. “It just shows that the press and the public idealize figures who are proven to have committed crimes or who personify a certain disorder.”

Martín-Santos says there are probably thousands of sannyasins in Spain but says that only a few dozen Spaniards were involved in the beginnings of the Osho movement in India and that around 100 would have visited the commune in Oregon.

The sannyasins’ response to Wild Wild Country can be found on their social networks and in the foundation’s digital newspaper, The Osho Times: their leader did nothing wrong. He was, they say, a victim of Sheela’s machinations and a conspiracy by the US government, which saw the cult as a threat to its conservative values.

A meditation session run by the Osho Foundation in Guadarrama, Madrid.
A meditation session run by the Osho Foundation in Guadarrama, Madrid. VÍCTOR SAINZ

Ana María Ramírez, a dentist in Tarragona, is one of Spain’s sannyasins. Her brother bought a camper van in the mid-seventies and traveled overland to India with his girlfriend. While in India, he came across Bhagwan Rajneesh and returned from Poona a changed man. Ana María, then just 16, fell under his influence and is now the head of an Osho information center. She believes that Wild Wild Country has been of more interest to journalists than to the population at large. Ramírez adds that while the documentary helps us to understand the corrupting effect of power on Sheela, it fails to enlighten us about Osho himself.

The Osho information center in Barclona is run by María Crespo, whose sannyasin name is Chiyono. Crespo is a New Age therapist, working with family constellations and a diet, exercise and massage-based approach to medicine known as naturopathy. Not long after her 20th birthday she became a sannyasin, influenced by a group of friends who had made the pilgrimage to Poona and Oregon. According to Crespo, the documentary has little relevance anymore, given the proliferation of similar movements.

Crespo admits that Osho was a controversial figure but insists that the free love angle has been exaggerated. As far as Sheela’s conference in May in Barcelona’s Contemporary Cultural Center (CCCB) is concerned, she didn’t attend as she prefers to remain aloof from the goings-on in Oregon.

Francis Sendín, another sannyasin, runs an organic food store in Palma de Mallorca. He is convinced that the documentary is one of Sheela’s strategies to clean up her image, hence the CCCB conference. “She’s unlikely to be doing it for money,” he says. “They claim she took $70 million.”


How to control hair fall? Every hair loss question answered!

How to control hair fall

First things first — every man will experience hair loss at some point in his life. Some may experience it at a slightly earlier than the others but hair loss is as inevitable as the proverbial death and taxes. There’s no shame in hair loss and while some choose to give in and shave it all off, others fight valiantly on. So if you’re the latter of the two and have often asked yourself that question every man asks — how to control hair fall — you, my friend, are in luck. Because not only are we answering how to control hair fall but also every other question you’ve had about hair loss and didn’t know who to ask.

Which vitamin is good for hair fall control?

If you’re experiencing hair loss due to nutrient deficiency, there are a whole lot of vitamins — Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B7 and Vitamin E among others can help you control your hair fall problem. Here are the vitamins that are good for hair fall control:

1. Vitamin A

Vitamin A repairs your damaged hair and is essential for cell growth. However, you must remember not go overboard because while Vitamin A does make your hair grow faster, overconsuming it will also aid hair fall. The easy way out of this is to consume foods rich in Vitamin A rather than popping supplement pills. Foods like carrots, spinach and sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin A and foods like carrots, according to Dr Deepti Dhillon, Medical Director at Appleskin Clinic, also help in treating dryness and itching of the scalp.

2. Vitamin C

Vitamin C helps in the absorption of iron from our food. “An iron deficiency can cause hair fall. People often take iron supplements, but forget about Vitamin C for its absorption,” says Dr Dhillon. Citric fruits like orange, sweet limes, lemons, and green vegetables like spinach and broccoli are rich in Vitamin C.

3. Vitamin B7

Vitamin B7 or Biotin is essential for the health and thickness of your hair. If biotin deficiency is causing your hair loss, then eating biotin rich foods, like walnuts and lentils, will kickstart your hair growth process and give you healthier looking hair. “Biotin is essential for keratin formation, which forms the main constituent of the protein which builds our hair,” say the experts at Advanced Hair Studio.

4. Vitamin D

This vitamin reaches the hair follicles in your scalp and helps in regenerating hair growth. The best and the easiest way to acquire Vitamin D is to go out and soak in the sun. Fish, sausages, eggs and milk are some of the foods rich in Vitamin D.

Can Vitamin E reduce hair fall?

Rubbing Vitamin E oil on your scalp betters the health of the hair follicles, which can lead to better hair growth. Experts at Advanced Hair Studio say that not only does this hydrate the scalp, reduces inflammation and its antioxidant properties help in controlling the hair fall and dryness.

What is the best shampoo for hair fall?

Unfortunately, shampoos don’t work like magic potions when it comes to hair fall. “You don’t experience hair loss because of the shampoo you’re using. A mild shampoo without intense lather-forming properties is ideal for people facing hair fall problems,” Dr Sumit Gupta, a consultant dermatologist at Skinovation Clinic, says. But there are a variety of mild shampoos that you can find in the market to battle hair loss, including Himalaya Anti-Hair Fall and Tressemme Hair Fall Defense.

And remember to avoid using hair conditioners. “If you’re using a heavy conditioner and your roots are already weak, there are more chances of hair fall,” Dr Dhillon says.

How do you make your hair grow faster?

If you’re losing a lot of hair, chances are that there are some lifestyle changes you need to make. Stress, for example, can is a major cause. So, it’s crucial that you take time out to destress and give your head an opportunity to breathe. “Sirsasana is great,” Dr Dhillon says, recommending exercise and yoga to fight hair fall. Eating right and maintaining your hormone levels can also help in hair growth. Hair growth has its own pace, however investing in the right care of hair make them healthy and strong, experts at Advanced Hair Studio say.

It can be hard to control hair fall in men, especially if the cause is genetic, as in a common condition called Androgenetic Alopecia. Some men resort to medical procedures like stem cell therapy, platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy and even hair transplants to regrow hair.

Having said that, it is important to remember that losing your hair doesn’t mean the end of the world. If you are unable to salvage your hair, here are some of the best hairstyles for men with thinning hair.