How to Control Hair Loss

losing your hairOne of the biggest flaws in the genetics of both men and women is hair shedding however, for many people; this condition can be easily controlled by routinely following a few treatment measures. The following are some ways you can control and prevent mild hair loss without the need to see your doctor or buy expensive hair treatments and detergents.

Massage regularly with oils

This is one of the most popular techniques of controlling hair loss. Massaging the scalp with lukewarm oil such as coconut oil, amla (gooseberry) oil, mustard oil, almond oil or castor oil can greatly promote hair growth. This is an excellent treatment for those who wish for longer hair. Moreover, oil massages are also excellent treatments for dandruff, which is also a common cause of hair loss in many people. Regular massaging will encourage blood circulation in your scalp and reduce stress levels that arise due to hair fall. You can massage your hair with coconut oil for three to four times a week. Make sure the oil stays in your hair for at least six hours before washing.

Use homemade formulas to treat hair loss

Gooseberries can be dried in the sun and then boiled in coconut oil until the oil turns dark in color. Allow the oil to cool down and apply it before bedtime to control your hair fall. This home remedy also prevents premature graying as an added bonus!

Mix an equal amount of lemon juice and fresh amla juice and apply in your scalp 30 minutes before taking a bath.

Fresh lime juice can also be mixed with green coriander leaf juice to promote hair growth.

hair lossApplying coconut milk extracted from the meat of the coconut is an excellent way to nourish the hair, soften it and also prevent hair loss. Apply 30 minutes before taking a bath.

Mix egg white with sour yogurt or buttermilk. Apply the mixture with your fingers half an hour before taking a bath. This is an excellent protein treatment for the hair.

Soak fenugreek seeds overnight and grind them to make a paste. Apply the paste entirely on your hair to treat hair fall and dandruff.

Apply aloe vera gel on the scalp. The gel prevents dryness of the hair and thus reduces hair fall as well.

Maintain a healthy diet

A protein rich diet is very important for proper growth of the hair. Make sure your diet includes milk, yogurt, cheese, soybeans, eggs, poultry and fish, if you aim at improving your overall health and your scalp health as well.

Additionally, you must also increase your consumption of green leafy vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, amaranthus leaves etc. as they are rich sources of iron. You may also drink half a liter of spinach and lettuce juice every day if you want quick results.

Vitamin B1 and iodine deficiency also leads to hair loss in women therefore, it is important that you take an adequate supply of foods containing these two nutrients such as seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables.

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What is Alopecia?

alopecia wigs canadaAlopecia refers to the loss of hair from your scalp or any hairy regions of the body. Men, women and also children may experience alopecia as it can be a result of certain medications, hereditary factors or underlying medical conditions.

Baldness means the excessive loss of hair or the absence of hair from the scalp. Baldness is often noticeable when it affects the scalp; however, other regions of the body are also susceptible to the condition. Many people leave this condition untreated, without hiding their baldness, while others choose to cover the affected regions with scarves, hats, makeup and different hairstyles—if medical treatment is not sought.

There are two major types of alopecia namely: Alopecia areta and androgenetic alopecia. Alopecia areata take place when the immune system of the body attacks the hair follicles by mistake, causing their hair to fall out. Androgenetic alopecia is a condition that is inherited, which results in the thinning of the hair, causing hair fall. 60% of the men are affected by androgenetic alopecia, which is permanent.

Causes

Normally people lose 50-100 hairs per day, which should not make a noticeable difference as the human scalp can contain up to 100,000 hairs. With age, the hair gets thinner and hair starts to fall more. Other common causes of hair loss include medication, medical conditions and hormonal factors.

Medication

Hair loss is commonly caused by medication used to treat the following conditions:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • Arthritis
  • Medical conditions

The following medical conditions may also cause hair loss in many people:

Scalp infections. These may include ringworm, which tampers with the skin and the hair on your scalp causing a drastic hair fall. However, once the condition is treated, the hair will grow back.

Thyroid disorders. The thyroid gland plays a role in regulating the hormone levels of the body. A problem with the normal functioning of the gland may also result in hair fall.

Alopecia areata. This is a disease which occurs as a result of the body’s immune system attacking the hair follicles on the scalp, thus causing hair fall patches.

Other skin conditions. Scarring diseases such as lichen planus and lupus may lead to permanent hair loss in the scarred regions.

Hormonal factors

This is the most frequent cause of hair loss as a result of a hereditary condition termed as male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness. People, who are more likely to experience hair loss due to hormonal changes, suffer from permanent hair loss in different patterns. This type of hair fall is common in men and can even commence during puberty.

Sometimes hair loss due to hormonal imbalances can be temporary especially due to stopping the use of birth control pills, childbirth/pregnancy and menopause.

Other causes of hair loss include:

Hair pulling disorder. This is actually a mental disorder which gives rise to an urge to pull one’s hair from any part of the body leading to bald spots.

Physical or emotional shock. This can be a high fever, grief due to death or even drastic weight loss or malnutrition.

Hairstyles. Pulling the hair too tightly to style it can also cause hair loss.

Symptoms

The way hair loss occurs depends on the underlying cause that leads to it. Sometimes hair loss can be gradual or sudden and sometimes it can be ‘patchy’ only affecting small parts of your body or it can also cause a complete hair loss affecting the whole body and the scalp. Hair loss can be temporary in many people, however, it can be permanent as well—it all depends on the causative factor.

Some common signs and symptoms of hair loss include:

Gradual thinning of hair from the top of your head. This can affect both men and women and is often characterized as an M shaped line on the forehead.

Round and/or patchy bald regions or spots. Commonly known as bald spots, this kind of hair loss usually affects the scalp but can also occur on the eyebrows and beards. You may even feel some irritation or itchiness while the hair falls off.

Sudden hair loosening. This can be a result of a physical or emotional shock, allowing your hair to ‘loosen’ from the scalp. You may get handfuls of hair falling off while you wash or comb your hair. Usually all of the hair is not affected and the condition does not result in patching.

Hair loss from the whole body. Chemotherapy or other medical treatments may cause the complete loss of hair from your body. The hair will re-grow after treatment is complete.

When to seek medical help

Sudden hair loss may indicate a red flag for an underlying medical condition that may be hazardous to your health. If you suspect that the hair loss is not caused due to an obvious cause or is your hair falls much more than usual while combing or washing, consult your doctor as medical treatment may be required.

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Information for Women Who are Losing their Hair

hair loss in womenFemale pattern hair loss is not easily recognized as it is in men. Female hair loss usually starts after the age of 50, due to which there is rarely an obvious hereditary reason or recognizable factors such as thinning over the scalp in female pattern alopecia. When a woman experiences hair loss, sometimes she is not even sure if the hair loss is going to temporary or permanent. For example, certain illnesses and pregnancy bring about hair thinning which is often restored once the period of illness or pregnancy is over.

It is important that you consult a doctor or a hair restoration specialist as self-evaluation is often ineffective. Female pattern hair loss is less obvious in women and they are more likely to suffer from non-pattern hair loss.

Like men, women are more likely to suffer from hair loss due to the genetic sensitivity to androgens in the follicles of the scalp. This is called androgenic alopecia. However, women do not exhibit the same pattern of hair loss such as the ‘cue ball’ pattern like men do.

A few common patterns of female hair loss include:

  • Diffuse thinning of the hair affecting the entire scalp—the thinning is more apparent at the back of the scalp
  • Diffuse thinning of the hair affecting the entire scalp—more apparent thinning of the hair in the front (not the frontal hairline)
  • Diffuse thinning affecting the entire scalp—thinning is more apparent at the front including the frontal hairline

Unlike in men, the visibility of the hair decreases or the hair becomes thinner, not as a result of the uniform miniaturizing of the hair diameter, in fact, in women, the hair diameter varies greatly. It is important to note that miniaturization does not always involve androgenic alopecia and may occur as a result of other causes such as menopause in women.

It is critical to understand that female hair loss may begin in the early 20s and can progress and exacerbate if left untreated.

Causes

Each hair grows at an average rate of around ½ inch per month from your hair follicles. It then keeps growing for 2-6 years, after which, it rests for a small period of time. The hair then falls off and is replaced with a new hair growing in the same spot.

Baldness or female pattern hair loss takes place when new hair does not grow in place of the ones that have been falling off. The exact reason why this happens is not yet understood properly, but some of the following conditions may be associated with certain female hair loss cases:

  • Aging
  • Family history consisting of several cases of male/female pattern baldness—condition is genetic so it might take place in you as well
  • Decreased level of androgens—after the menopause stage, for example

Other causes of female hair loss include:

  • Skin diseases that scar the scalp follicles
  • Hair breakage due to constant twisting, pulling or hair shaft abnormalities that may be present at birth
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Iron deficiency—anemia
  • Hormone disorders—high testosterone levels or low thyroid hormone levels
  • Medications such as beta blockers and those used for chemotherapy
  • A vitamin B deficiency
  • Alopecia areata—patchy hair loss
  • Temporary hair fall due to pregnancy, surgery or major  medical conditions or illnesses
  • Sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis

Symptoms

The following are some of the common symptoms of female pattern baldness

  • Thinning of the hair from the top of the scalp. Hair thinning progresses as it widens through the central region of the scalp
  • The frontal hairline will stay intact
  • The hair loss only sometimes develops into an entire baldness of the scalp—which is usually the case in men.

Itching, infections and skin sores are usually not present in such cases so if any of these symptoms are occurring associated with your hair loss, please make sure to consult with your family Doctor.

Short Term Solutions

If your thinning hair is getting to the point that you are embarrassed to leave the house, you may want to consider wearing a hair top piece to cover up the thinning areas until you go for treatment. If you need more information about hair top pieces, where you can purchase them and how they are applied, please contact us or follow our blog for more information and tips on hair care and hair additions.