Loss of Hair: What Can You Do about It?

Scalp hair follows a certain growth and loss cycle. It grows, rest, and then falls out. About 90% of scalp hair grows at the same time; 10% is at resting phase. The growing phase lasts for 2 to 6 years; the resting phase lasts for 2 to 3 months. However, this normal cycle is not experienced by everyone. Some experience hair loss more. Male shed more hair than female. Older people experience loss of hair or baldness. Certain medical conditions accelerate the rate of hair loss. The question now is, what can you do about it?

Most hair loss cases are hereditary. So if a person carries a genetic structure that is designed to lead into an eventual loss of hair, then there really isn’t any way to prevent it other than having a hair transplant or artificial hair replacement. However, treating or preventing hair loss that is caused by the non-genetic factors is possible.

Hair Loss Treatment

Childbirth, stress, nutritional deficiency, poor eating habits, surgical operation, and febrile illness trigger hair loss. The effect is characterized by thinning of the hair due to the premature shifting of hair follicles into the resting phase. The effect though is not instantaneous. Usually, the person can experience loss of hair from any of these reasons after 3 to 6 months. These are all temporary. Direct treatment may not be required since hair loss stops when its cause ends. Proper management of stress level and regular eating habits stops hair loss. Hair loss can also be a sign of underlying disease such as diabetes and lupus thus it is important to consult a doctor for immediate diagnosis.

Certain medicines and medical treatments can have a side effect like hair loss. These include anticoagulants, medicines to treat arthritis, cancer, acne, and gout, radiation therapy, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy. Asking your doctor for other possible drugs as an alternative often leads to a positive result.

Skin conditions such as eczema, burns, dermatitis, skin injury, and psoriasis and scalp disorder such as tinea capitis, and scalp fungal infection may lead to temporary or permanent hair loss. Again, hair loss stops when these skin and scalp conditions are treated.

Hormonal imbalance such as thyroid disorder, hyperthyroidism, hypopituitarism, hypothyroidism, pituitary disorder, and iron deficiency anaemia is another cause of hair loss. Correcting hormone imbalance can stop hair loss.

Hair Loss Prevention

What is good to your body is good to your hair. Thus proper diet as a preventive action to hair loss is effective. Follow a high protein, low carbohydrates, and less fat, salt, and sugar diet. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, fish, poultry, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and eggs. Eat regularly and try not to skip meals. If you cannot get complete nutrition from natural food sources, take supplements like B complex, kelp, vitamin C, fish oil, evening primrose oil, and multivitamins and minerals.

Hot-combing of hair, regular tight ponytails, regular hair braiding, regular use of hair rollers, excessive use of tight hair accessories, excessive shampooing, and hair-drying may lead to scalp damage and eventually into permanent hair loss. Prevent loss of hair by not putting severe stress on your scalp with the use of any of these hair accessories and devices. Keep your hair healthy, remember that what is good to your body is good to your hair.