Our hair enhances our personality to a great extent, which is why we are very obsessed with healthy and lustrous hair. Right from our childhood, our mothers would have given us oil massages and used grandma’s secret hair mask recipes to maintain our enviable mane. But the story changes when we step into adulthood. Stress, irregular sleep, bad eating habits, and exposure to pollution – all of these wreak havoc our overall health and body. And the first victim of this unhealthy change is our hair. It’s only when we start losing them that we realize their worth again. Then, we start digging for magical potions for hair regrowth.
In this process of finding the perfect recipe for growing receding hairline, we might even end up committing grave mistakes that might prove too costly for our hair. Sounds familiar? If you too are in a similar situation and looking for effective ways that’ll help in growing receding hairline, then worry not. Because we have a simple solution for your hair loss – exercise! Yes, you’ve heard that right! Exercise and certain yoga poses are not only good for your health but can also help in effective hair regrowth.
Here we list some of them:
1. Scalp Massage
We begin with the root (pun intended) of the problem – scalp! Dust, grime, and dandruff can lodge into the pores in your scalp and can result in hair fall. So, restart on this important childhood regime of yours by massaging your scalp with some oil, preferably warm (not hot). Massage in circular motions. Massaging your scalp not only dislodges the grime and dust but will improve the blood flow as well. This, in turn, helps your hair follicles to receive nutrients effectively and promote hair regrowth. Do this regularly and you’ll be surprised to notice tiny hair growing back in your receding hairline!
2. Neck Exercises
What do you do first when you are stressed after a hard day’s work? Stretch your neck! That’s right. While the neck supports our head, there is nothing to support it. When you are stressed, your neck takes most of the strain. This can also keep you away from a peaceful sleep at night which again results in hair loss. So, it is important to relax your neck muscles too. Here’s how you can do it:
Sit straight up. Bend your neck from side to side, then up and down followed by looking left and right. Doing this simple exercise daily will help take the stress off the neck muscles and give you a good night’s sleep. Thus promoting hair regrowth.
3. Brisk Walk/Jogging
After your scalp and neck, comes your skin on the scalp. Try to go for a brisk walk or jogging for a few minutes every day. When you jog or run, it helps you perspire. Perspiration (sweating) opens up the pores on the scalp’s skin naturally and eliminates harmful toxins from the scalp. This detox of the pores paves way for healthy hair regrowth.
Yoga Poses For Hair Regrowth
Yoga, an ancient Indian form of exercise, has been part of our culture for ages now. And rightly so because it has various health benefits, including promoting hair regrowth. Apart from the simple exercises listed above, you can also perform yoga poses to help in growing receding hairline. Here are a few yoga poses listed for you:
1. Balayam Asana
This yoga technique works on the principle of acupressure. Every organ in our body has a specific pressure point, which, when massaged appropriately, can prove to be beneficial for that organ. In Balayam Asana, the pressure point for hair follicles is believed to be present at the tips of the fingers, right under the fingernails. To massage these points, curve your hands in the form of a heart. Let the tips of both the hands touch each other. Now, rub them rapidly against each other. Simple, isn’t it?
It is believed that massaging these points stimulates hormones which are responsible for hair regrowth and hair darkening. This also helps in improving the blood circulation to the hair follicles. This hair follicle-revitalizing yoga technique is also beneficial in growing receding hairline.
Balayam yoga has also been found to be beneficial in reducing dandruff and delaying premature graying of the hair.
In this yoga pose, you are required to first stand straight. Then, slowly bend down, move your hands back and hold the back of your ankles while still keeping your head down. Do not bend your knees or waist. It may not be possible for you to achieve this pose perfectly at the very first attempt. Give it some time and you’ll be able to do it after a good practice.
The benefit of this yoga pose is, firstly, bending helps the muscles around the waist to relax. Then, winding your arms around the legs loosens up your shoulder muscles and relaxes and stretches your arms. As your head hangs below the heart, this ensures that blood flows toward your head, and thus your scalp. The increased blood flow to the scalp and roots will promote hair regrowth.
This yoga pose is also known as the diamond pose. This has to be practiced after a meal, especially after lunch or dinner. This yoga pose is believed to be beneficial to the digestive system, which is important for good health. To practice this asana, you’ll need to sit upright with both your legs folded behind together such that your bottom will rest on the back of your ankles. Try to focus the pressure more toward the knees than to the ankles. Place your palms on the knees and practice deep breathing. The rush of oxygen detoxifies the blood too. Thus, aiding hair regrowth.
However, avoid this yoga pose if you have problems with your joints.
4. Ushtrasana or Camel Pose
This yoga pose might resemble a camel’s pose, which is why it is also called as camel pose. To perform this yoga pose, you’ll first need to kneel down and balance yourself on the knees, keeping your feet straight behind. Then, slowly bend backward with your head hanging down and your hands holding your ankles from behind. This yoga pose is helpful in reducing back problems. It relaxes your mind and relieves body stress. It improves blood circulation, especially to the head and scalp, thereby aiding in growing your receding hairline.
Please note that this yoga pose should preferably be done under professional guidance.
You can suffer from hair loss due to many reasons with hormonal imbalance being one of them. This yoga is pose especially beneficial for those who suffer from hormonal problems, including thyroid hormone imbalance. In this yoga pose, the lower body is raised until only the shoulders, neck and head touch the ground. This helps the blood flow back into these body parts which otherwise get low blood circulation due to the effect of gravity. Sarvangasana is very useful in regulating the thyroid gland and improves its function. Thus, this yoga pose benefits those who suffer hair loss due to thyroid gland malfunction. It improves blood circulation to head as well as scalp and encourages hair regrowth.
6. Kapalbhati Pranayam
Kapalbhati Pranayam is the most popular yoga pose to improve breathing and strengthen the abdominal muscles. When there is an increase of oxygen in our body and scalp, it promotes healthy hair regrowth. Kapalbhati Pranayam works on the principle of breathing that we were born with – exhaling through the diaphragm. When we inhale oxygen, it enters our body and changes to carbon dioxide after mixing with the toxins inside. This carbon dioxide is then exhaled out of our lungs through the nose. However, while we inhale oxygen with deep breaths, we don’t push out the carbon dioxide with similar pressure. Since Kapalbhati Pranayam involves exhalation through the diaphragm, it effectively removes excess carbon dioxide from the body.
To perform this yoga pose, you’ll have to sit in the usual yoga seating position with crossed legs. Take a deep breath and push your diaphragm to exhale in short spurts. Start with doing it for 30 seconds and extend to one minute. Repeat the process with small gaps. Kapalbhati Pranayam improves digestion and keeps the gut healthy. A good digestive system is important for rejuvenating healthy hair regrowth.
7. Downward Dog Posture
This is one of the best yoga poses to improve hair regrowth and has proven helpful in growing receding hairline. Here’s how you can do it:
To begin with, stand straight on your yoga mat. Then go down on your knees, bend over and place your hands on the ground. Keep your hands at a 90-degree angle from your shoulders. The knees have to be perpendicular to your hips.
Now, take a deep breath as you slowly push your hips up. Try keeping the back as erect as possible and slowly stretch your legs until you are standing you your toes. Bend your head towards the ground and your hands too should be straight. You should be forming an “A” form. Stay in this position for up to 20 seconds. Then slowly lower your hips and relax your position while exhaling simultaneously. This yoga pose improves blood circulation in the body and head, especially the scalp. The improved breathing increases the level of oxygen in the blood and thereby helps in rejuvenating hair regrowth.
These exercises and yoga poses will prove effective in promoting hair regrowth and improving the receding hairline only if they are performed regularly. Discipline is very important to reap the benefits of these exercises and yoga poses. Having said this, it is also important to keep yourself stress-free and comfortable while performing these exercises so that you can focus on your breathing pattern.