Essentials for Healthy Living: How to Deal with Hair Loss?
Shedding 50 to 100 hair per day is perfectly normal. It becomes matter of concern when you wake up in the morning and find a lot of hair on your pillow and your brush gathers hair by the handful every day. You need to calm down and get ready to do some research into the cause(s) for the hair loss.
Under normal circumstances, the biological processes involved in hair growth are in equilibrium. Hair falls out, new hair starts growing, you win some, and you lose some. This is the normal healthy process, which reflects the various growth phases of hair. If these growth phases no longer occur as nature originally intended, you may experience increased hair loss.
According to Dr. Bank, president of the New York State Society for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, a healthy scalp is typically when 80 percent of the hair follicles are in the growing stage, and 20 percent are in the resting stage (before it falls out and the follicle regenerates). When that growing stage stops — or slows down considerably — is when people will notice hair thinning and loss. Men tend to lose it in a pattern, receding from the forehead or the crown of the head, while women tend to lose their hair in more diffuse patterns. So they will notice an overall thinning of the hair at first as opposed to bald spots.
While many suffer from genetic hair loss — including the possibility of the autoimmune disorder Alopecia, which affects approximately one in 50 people. There are non-genetic causes, too. They include:
Hormonal changes or imbalances. Pregnancy, childbirth, menopause or an under-active/overactive thyroid can all cause temporary hair loss. Between 20 and 45 percent of mothers lose hair after giving birth as their estrogen and progesterone levels drop, and hair follicles are thrust into the inactive phase. In males and in females more androgens are secreted under stress conditions. This can upset the hormone balance and lead to hair loss.
Medications. Drugs to treat anything from gout and arthritis to diabetes and high blood pressure can cause hair loss in some people. Starting or stopping birth control pills can also affect a woman’s hair growth.
Physical trauma. Surgery or even an extreme illness — such as a high fever, bad flu or pneumonia — can result in temporary hair loss.
Stress. Although it’s rare that everyday stresses can cause a woman to lose her hair, extreme stress, such as a death in the family, divorce, losing/starting a job, during exams, etc can have an impact. Stress can literally shock hair follicles into an inactive state, after which they will likely fall out.
Poor nutrition. Crash diets aren’t good for your health or your hair. Rapid weight loss plans, especially low-protein diets, can cause hair loss.
Excessive styling. While hair is very resilient, too much stress will make it rough and fragile.Women do a lot of damage to their hair in the name of beauty: Coloring, straightening treatments, weaves and extensions can all cause hair to become dry and brittle. Such maltreatment does not directly cause hair loss but may lead to hair breakage close to the roots, resulting in unsightly stubble.
Some people may get all their hair growing back while others may have total hair loss for the rest of their lives. For finding the best solution after pin pointing the cause of your hair loss, you first need to see if you can get your hair healthy again with some simple lifestyle changes which include avoiding damaging treatments in order to enhance the texture or color of your hair and better accept what nature has provided you and carry your hair with full confidence. Secondly nourish your hair by having a proper healthy diet, use coconut, black-seed or almond oil to make your hair softer, shiner and stronger. Use a good quality shampoo and deep conditioner.
Do not comb your hair while it is still wet. Wet hair is particularly sensitive and can easily be pulled out. Instead, you should carefully dry your hair before detangling it with a wide-toothed comb. Putting your hair in a tight ponytail, braids or a bun can cause breakage because the follicles of the hair are not being stimulated, so skip tight styles.
Additional supplementation with Zinc and Biotin (Vit B7) have been proved to reduce hair loss.
If nothing helps, you may need to consult a dermatologist, who will probably discuss treatments such as Topical Minoxidil solution (marketed as Regaine), hair replacement or hair transplant surgery.
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