Every day, you tend to lose around 50 to 100 hairs. But you need not worry about it as new hair grows back, as it is part of the hair’s life cycle. As part of the cycle, there are three phases – the growth, the shedding and the resting phase.
A thing of worry is when there is excessive Hair Loss or hair thinning begins to happen. It’s all due to the normal hair’s life cycle been disrupted, or the hair follicle is destroyed and further replaced by a scar tissue. This then results in thinning and receding hairline and end up in balding.
There are many causes of hair loss, which range from common to not so common.
Physical Stress: If you have undergone any kind of trauma a surgery, severe illness or an accident, this could lead to temporary hair loss. When you go through a really stressful event, it can shock the hair cycle and push further the hair cycle into a shedding phase. Hair loss is more noticeable after three to six months after one has gone through the trauma.
Male Pattern Baldness: By the age of 60, about two out of three men experience hair loss and majority of times, it’s due to male pattern baldness. This type of hair loss, is caused by a combination of male sex hormones and genes, that follows a classic pattern as hair receding happens at the temples, which leaves an M- Shaped hairline.
Thyroid: An underactive thyroid that results in the medical condition of hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid called hyperthyroidism can be the cause of hair loss as this condition causes hormonal imbalance. The hormones as we know helps in the regulation of every function in the body that includes hair growth. When one gets the right treatment to control these thyroid conditions, the hormones get under control, stops hair loss and hair starts growing back.
Pregnancy and Childbirth: There are certain hormonal balances that can lead to hair loss, especially the hormones that fluctuate following pregnancy and child birth. After pregnancy, it takes time for hormone levels to return to normal. This happens after three months of the birth of the baby.
Certain Medications: Hair loss is also a side effect of a number of medications that are taken for common health problems. Oral contraceptives, blood thinning medications, drugs that are taken for depression, NSAIDs can lead to hair loss or thinning of hair. If one takes too much vitamin A and vitamin A-based drugs, it can also cause hair loss as well. There are some chemotherapy drugs that are used to treat cancer that can also cause total hair loss as they work to destroy cancer cells. But the hair also grows back after the chemotherapy after one stops the medication that causes hair loss.
Diet Deficiencies: If you are not getting the essential vitamins and nutrients like protein, this may lead to hair loss. Poor nutrition or following a crash diet can often lead to all kind of nutrient deficiencies leading to hair loss, from patches to baldness to thinning hair.
Infections: There are number of infections and illnesses that lead to hair loss. An infection that can cause high fever, a fungal skin infection and also bacterial infection can all be responsible for thinning or balding of hair.
Not washing the hair enough times: Poor scalp hygiene is one of the main reasons for hair fall. If hair is not washed enough, this can end up in a buildup of dead skin. Due to an inflamed and irritated scalp, the luscious hair can easily fall out.
Hair pulling: Your anxious nature can affect hair’s health. If you have persistent and frequent unmanaged stress, these affect the personal self-care, sleep and also maintenance of hair. People who suffer from stress and anxiety disorders may develop compulsive habit of pulling their hair. The condition called trichotillomania, may have you sitting at work and pulling out hair whenever you are nervous. This can lead to hair to fall out.
Environment: This will surprise you, but yes, the environment plays a vital role as well. The air quality and particularly urban environments that are high in pollution can cause stress on the scalp and hair that leads to hair loss over the time. First hand and second hand smoke also contribute to hair loss just the way smoking does.
How to prevent hair loss?
Preventing hair largely depends upon the underlying cause. A basic step towards adding benefit is good hair hygiene and regular washing of hair. In addition to it, a good diet with adequate levels of iron and vitamin B is also helpful. Getting treated for the underlying medical condition, like anemia, thyroid disease and hormonal imbalances can also be quite useful in preventing hair loss.
Here are a few ways that help you to avoid preventable types of hair loss
Treatment & medication
There are numerous remedies for hair loss range from mild to the extreme and there are also the inexpensive to the expensive ones. It all depends on how much hair has been lost and what is the priority to mask it or to replace it.
Hair pieces or wigs: Wigs and hairpieces can cover either completely the head or add to the existing hair. This is a great way restores your appearance of a full head of hair. But these are good for people whose hair loss is only temporary.
Creams and lotions: Over the counter minoxidil can help to restore some hair growth, especially those with hereditary hair loss. It is a popular hair loss treatment that is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. It’s available as a liquid or form to treat male and female pattern baldness.
Hair transplants: In a Hair Transplant procedure, hair is moved from an area that is unaffected by hair loss to the area that has hair thinning or baldness.
There are two hair transplant procedure – follicular unit transplantation and follicular unit extraction
Follicular unit extraction (FUE): In the FUE method, the hair follicles are removed from the scalp and again transplanted to the balding parts of the scalp
Follicular unit transplantation (FUT): The FUT method involves removal of some skin from the back of the scalp where there is more hair and then hair follicles are reinserted into the part of the scalp where one is experiencing hair loss.
You should keep in mind that a hair transplant is considered a surgery, hence it can be expensive and may be a little painful. You may also require having multiple hair transplant treatments if you want to have the desired outcome.
Although this advanced technology is quite popular and provides the patients with natural-looking results, the outcome of it is totally dependent upon a qualified and experienced surgeon. You have to select a doctor and a clinic that understands hair loss properly and also perform hair transplants regularly.
And to be considered for a hair transplant there are two important things that you will need – enough healthy hair on the scalp that can be easily transplanted to the area that would need hair and the ability to grow hair on the scalp where there is hair thinning.
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