From the time of the cavemen to the present, people’s hair has always been an asset. Hair has always been part of being human and it is an expectation of society that you have these locks on your pate. Today, these fine threadlike strands sprouting from your crown is not just a symbol but has become a thriving business industry. Each year, every American woman contributes more than $20 M to the beauty industry and Britons have no qualms spending £100’s in one salon appointment or in purchasing a hair product.
Every day of your life, it is perfectly normal to lose from 50 to 100 strand of hair falling from your scalp. However, each falling follicle is immediately replaced by others. Hair loss results when the hair growth cycle or the normal shedding is interrupted or when the follicle is damaged resulting to scarred tissue.
Losing your hair is like losing your identity. Sometimes women intentionally have their hair bald to make a fashion statement; but when it is a normal happening, people stared at hairless women. Even thinning hair can be very distressing. Although society is more lenient to bald men but the male ego loses his self-esteem. Thinning and losing hair are signs of impending old age that many elderly would not want to admit.
Symptoms of Hair Loss
Your mane has always been your pride but all of the sudden you notice the slow but progressive thinning of your crown. In the male, follicles start to recede from the forehead resembling the letter M. Women noticed widening on the part of the hairline. After an emotional or physical trauma, hair might begin to fall. A turf of your tendrils will stay in your comb or fall during shampooing. Then finally, you experience a total loss of hair due to certain medical treatment. It may occur suddenly or gradually affecting your scalp or the entire body. Some types are only for a short duration, but it can be permanent. This can appear in many different ways, depending on what’s causing it. Loss of hair is temporary then it starts growing after a while, but it is permanent when the hair is no longer replaced by new follicles.
Causes of Hair Loss
- Hereditary and family history
- Certain types of disorders as diabetes, lupus or thyroid problems
- Drugs for arthritis, birth control, cancer, depression, heart illness, or high blood pressure
- Taking over-supply of Vitamin A
- Stress and emotional trauma
- Low protein diet, poor nutrition or low vitamin deficiency
- Hormonal imbalance during pregnancy, childbirth or start of the menopausal period
- Radiation therapy to the head
- Types of hairstyles and treatment
Types of Hair Loss
- Baldness is common to men and it takes from 15 to 25 years before a man becomes bald but for some fewer than 5 years.
- Patchy hair loss happens when the immune system of the body turns abnormal and attacks the hair follicles that cause hair to fall leaving coin-size bald patches on the head.
- Scalp infections, like ringworm, inundate the hair and scalp leaving blank patches and hair loss. After treating the infection, hair grows back.
- Other skin disorders are types of lupus that may cause permanent loss of hair at the scarring area.
- Hair- pulling disorder is an impulse of the person to pull out hair of the scalp or other parts of the body.
Treatments for Hair Fall
Regaining hair growth, slowing down loss of hair or concealing hair loss are the purpose of the treatment.
- Use of medicine
Hair loss can be treated with medicine if it is due to underlying disease. FDA has approved some medicines that treat baldness. Consult your medical provider on what’s good for you.
- Restoration surgery or hair transplant
This procedure has been used in the U.S. since the ‘50’s. The surgeon takes from the scalp at the back of the head a thin strip that has hair. This strip is used to cover the thin or bald area. The surgery is performed in the doctor’s office. This procedure is not only painful but expensive.
- Laser therapy
Bald men and women are treated with low-level device that resulted to over-all treatment of hair loss and thickening of new growth.
- Wigs and hairpieces
Instead of medical procedure, a wig or a hairpiece is used to hide lack of hair. If the baldness is due to medical condition, the cost of the hair piece is covered by your insurance; just get prescription from your medical provider.
Home remedies are natural methods to keep your crowning glory grow faster, become shiner and more vibrant without using chemicals. The ingredients are commonly found in your home or easily accessible in your place.
Making use of herbs and supplements
- Treat your hair with saw palmetto. This Native American plant promotes healthy hair and skin. It prevents the production of DHT that causes hair loss.
- Take the following vitamins:
Vitamin A is an anti-oxidant that promotes production of sebum in the scalp. Sweet potatoes are rich in Vit. A that gives healthy scalp and promotes hair growth.
Omega-3 has fatty acids good for hair growth. Food like eggs, fish, fish eggs and milk are loaded with Omega -3.
Vitamin E increases blood circulation in the scalp that helps hair follicles to be productive.
B vitamins motivate body to produce melanin that gives hair a healthy color, as well as promotes blood circulation.
Make use of Topical Treatments
- Use essential oils to massage your scalp using a few drops of bay essential oil from almond or lavender or sesame. This promotes good circulation in the scalp and activates your follicles.
- Use oil from eggs in massaging your scalp and leave it on overnight. Rinse in the morning using herbal shampoo. Long massages strengthen hair and prevent hair from falling.
- Use oil treatments to bring back moisture in your hair. You can use the natural oil from safflower. Heat the oil to make it warm then massage oil into your scalp. Cover hair with shower cap for an hour then rinse it off.
- Use either garlic; ginger or onion juices to rub your scalp and leave it there overnight. Wash it off in the morning.
- Use rangoli henna to rub your hair. This herbal will make the hair shaft stronger at the roots.
- Simmer rosemary and potatoes on top of your stove, strain the liquid and use daily as your hair rinse.
- Moisten and ground fenugreek seeds into a paste and apply to scalp and massage lightly. Leave it on for an hour and rinse. The result is a strong and shiny hair.
Make changes in your lifestyle
- Change your eating habits by including more proteins in your menu as fish, lean meat and soy to prevent hair loss.
- Look after your hair by: never brushing when still wet hair, avoid rubbing your hair dry with a towel but allowing it to air dry or else blow dry.
- Avoid stress that is one of the major causes for hair loss.
- Take time to meditate as it helps to relieve stress and restores hormonal balance.
- Exercise by biking, swimming or walking. You can join sports activities for this will lower your stress level.
- Do not use wigs or hairpieces as they speed up hair loss by damaging your hair follicles.
You are likely to take youth and good health for granted and will only realize their values when you are old or sick. Be proactive in taking care of your hair as these long thick tresses are here today but maybe gone by tomorrow.