Hair Loss: Causes, Treatments, Home remedies and More
We all dread the moment when we see a bald spot on our head or feel that tingling sensation in the back of our head, and know that hair loss is just around the corner. Hair Loss can be one of those things in life that you get used to – either because it’s your own hairline you’re watching disappear with each passing day, or because you are seeing it happen to someone close to you who has been struggling for years. Either way, there are ways to prevent hair loss from happening before it starts!
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What is Hair Loss?
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “hair loss occurs when follicles—the tiny sacs in the skin that hold each strand of hair—are destroyed and replaced with new ones.” But this process isn’t something that only happens on its own.
There are several different factors at play. Stress, diet, age, genetics, and hormones all have a part in what we might call the “hair decline phase,” and repairing your relationship with each of these can make a big difference in how likely you are to lose more.
A lot of people are experiencing hair loss these days. It can be a devastating blow to one’s self-confidence and self-esteem. However, it is important to know that there are many different reasons for this condition, and not all cases are permanent or irreversible.
Here’s a breakdown of the science behind that age-old problem, and what you can do about it so you never need to worry again. Don’t let genetics, a medical condition, or anything keep you from having a full head of hair.
What exactly causes hair loss?
Hormonal Changes in Women
hormonal changes in women due to pregnancy, menopause, or PCOD; estrogen decreases the amount of testosterone produced by the ovaries, which can lead to temporary hair loss. Hormone therapy is an effective treatment for most cases.
Stress / Psychological Triggers
While we all know that stress and anxiety take a toll on our general well-being, they also may cause significant thinning of hair in some people.
Whether it’s acute or chronic; emotional upheaval leads to an increase in both cortisol levels (which has been found to contribute to thinning) and insulin resistance (insulin regulates how much sugar gets stored as fat), which can also cause baldness because excess hormones impede new growth cycle and decrease follicle production so that existing hairs fall out more quickly than usual.
A lot of women notice a drastic change in their hair when they’re stressed from pregnancy or the birth of a child.
It’s estimated that up to 80% of baldness is hereditary, so if your mom was losing her hair early on and you have female pattern baldness, you’ll probably lose yours too. If this sounds like what’s going on with your locks, then there are options available for genetic causes – but keep reading!
Menopause in Women
While we don’t know exactly why some people go through menopause without any ill effects whatsoever (and others experience significant thinning), one study found that postmenopausal women who experienced “severe” hair loss had significantly higher levels of follicle inflammation than those suffering no shedding at all.
Disease or illness
If you have an underlying dermatological condition (from lupus to thyroid problems) it can impact the health of your hair. Thyroid conditions such – as hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, or an underactive pituitary gland. These are all things that can be medically treated with medication.
Medications such as chemotherapy drugs for cancer treatment, which are known to be hard on follicles are a big trigger for hair loss.
Lack of Proper Diet/Nutrition
Nutrition deficiencies like low protein intake, vitamin D deficiency from not getting enough sun exposure, or iron/calcium deficiency is also responsible for hair loss.
Smoking cigarettes is bad for everything. including your beautiful locks!
Harsh chemicals in your shampoo, or conditioner can lead to hair loss. Besides, titanium dioxide in sunscreen lotion is bad for your skin! And if you have sensitive skin, then you may find yourself developing a dry scalp or excessive shedding due to irritation from harsh chemicals.
Here are some quick tips to reduce hair loss:
- Do you know shrugging your shoulders back and down can help you reduce hair loss?
- wearing a beanie to work or on days where you’re outside for long periods of time. This is because the UV rays from sunlight can cause damage to the skin, hair follicles, and capillaries on the scalp.
- Eat more veggies. Vegetables are high in biotin which helps with cell growth and also has vitamin A which promotes healthy looking skin.
Kitchen Ingredients To Beat Hair Fall :
Eggs contain omega fatty acids which promote a healthier scalp.
- Green Vegetables
Vegetables like broccoli and spinach are high in biotin that ensure the cells including the follicles are healthy.
- Eat your fruits!
Bananas, oranges, grapes, and apples have a lot of vitamin C (a powerful antioxidant) for strengthening hair strands.
- Plenty of water
Don’t forget to drink plenty of water too as this is essential for hydration. This helps by preventing dryness or breakage on our hair shafts.
Indian gooseberry is an excellent alternative to medication and promotes hair growth.
- Carrots And Radish
By adding these to your diet you can stimulate new hair follicles by eating healthy foods rich in beta-carotene such as carrots or horseradish root that have a high vitamin C content. You should eat at least one serving per day of these vegetables for the best results!
- Nuts And Seeds
In general nuts are a great source of protein, omega fatty acids, and minerals like zinc.
- Onion Juice
Apply onion juice to your scalp. It will help with hair loss and promote new growth
- Tea Tree Oil
Use a few drops of the oil in water, standard shampoo, or conditioner. Doing this may provide relief for scalp irritations like dermatitis.
- Eat Healthy Fats:
Certain fats such as omega-rich nuts (almonds) have been shown to reduce inflammation which is one major reason behind hair loss.
Treatments For Hair Loss
Clinical Treatment – Hair Transplant Surgeries
Hair transplant surgery is perhaps more popular than ever in India now. In addition to being used as a treatment for those with pattern baldness, transplant surgery is now being used to treat countless patients who suffered severe hair loss due to chemotherapy treatments.
Clinical Treatment – Low-Level Laser Therapy for Male and Female Pattern Hair Loss
Low-level laser therapy is a safe form of light/heat treatment under investigation for a variety of health indications. It is being used to treat the genetic forms of hair loss common in men and women, androgenetic alopecia or pattern balding. Low-level laser therapy is also called red light therapy, cold laser, soft laser, biostimulation, and photobiomodulation. Source
Disclaimer: This information is not intended as medical advice. While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, the author does not accept liability for errors in the content.
At Home/Salon Treatments: Scalp/Head Massage for Hair Growth
For most people, promoting hair growth from the scalp is an effort in futility. But for others, it can be quite efficient. Scalp massages are a great way to stimulate circulation and the function of hair follicles which will ideally lead to thicker, stronger hair.
Scalp Massage Benefits
A deep scalp massage helps the circulation in your head which also improves blood flow; this makes it easier for nutrients to reach all associated areas including your hair follicles. It gets rid of toxins from the body and allows you to look and feel more gorgeous every day.
But before choosing this method as part of your do-it-yourself (DIY) regimen, there are a few things you should know: First and foremost, do not massage any area that has been treated with surgery or medication; this includes transplants and/or Rogaine products – or if there’s been any skin irritation caused by either. Avoid rubbing on large bumps or moles as well because this could cause them to become irritated and inflamed.
Best Oils for scalp massage
It will help promote blood circulation, which in turn improves the health of your scalp. The oil also helps with dandruff problems and prevents dryness on your skin.
In this case, coconut oil will serve as the base of your homemade lp massage. Coconut oil has been shown to help reduce dandruff and irritations on the scalp; it also promotes proper hair growth by moisturizing and nourishing new hair follicles.
Take a little amount of coconut oil at a time, because excess amounts will only lead to greasy locks – not pretty at all! And speaking of size, you’ll want to choose one that can be handled easily but large enough so that there’s enough leverage for applying pressure while massaging. You should also avoid using too much force for fear of bruising or otherwise injuring yourself.
Essential oils for hair growth
Essential oils are another popular treatment for hair growth. While shampoos and conditioners provide a temporary fix, essential oils are perfect for longer-term use. Use them once or twice a week to stimulate new hair growth without the negative side effects of using chemical-based treatments that contain harsh ingredients which can cause further damage to your scalp.
Certain oils such as cedarwood oil have been proven to promote circulation while stimulating follicles.
Cedarwood oil is extracted from the seeds of the Canadian cedar tree; this natural product has long been used by Native Americans for its antifungal properties due in part to its high content of thymol – an active ingredient known to fight against fungus and bacteria that could otherwise lead to inflation.
At Home/Salon Treatments: Hair Spa for Hair Growth and Thinning Hair
Hair spa is an ancient therapy that has been practised for thousands of years in many Asian countries. There is no doubt that this treatment has helped to prevent hair loss and its re-growth in a large number of people.
How to apply Hair Spa Cream at Home
The easiest way of doing a hair spa is to purchase spa creams in the pharmacy or over-the-counter drugstore. The best application area is your temples, which are considered to be the most sensitive part of the scalp that reacts quickly and well to home remedies.
For better effect, you can do a hair spa with ampoules that will help to improve blood circulation and stimulate hair growth.
Hair Spa Procedure:
- First, wash your hair adding a little bit of shampoo for thinning and falling out hair. Use a good conditioner too.
- Comb your hair with a wide-tooth comb.
- Then put a thick layer of cream on your temples. Massage them gently but firmly for a few minutes.
- Leave the cream for 20-25 minutes and then rinse your hair with cold/lukewarm water.
We recommend you take a professional’s help when it comes to your hair spa. It is way more relaxing and effective if a professional does it for you. You can hire salon services at home to get the best results.