“I didn’t worry about it at first.” She says. “I thought it was a natural thing that happened to everyone’s hair once in a while.”
Priya first noticed clumps of short brown strands of her hair remaining in her hair brush one Tuesday morning after a hot shower. Some of it had been washed down to the floor of the bathroom and was blocking the water pipe.
“I didn’t worry about it at first.” She says. “I thought it was a natural thing that happened to everyone’s hair once in a while.”
Being a working class woman and a single mother of two, Priya went on about her daily duties, forgetting about that incident in the shower.
But when it happened again the very next day in the shower, her fears started to take shape. “I was mortified!” she remembers. ‘I immediately thought it was the sign of a terrible disease like cancer. I panicked so much and wondered what to do.’
The marks were everywhere. She started to find hair on her pillow every morning and found it in her hands when she passed them through her hair. “I checked myself in the mirror and found that I was developing patches of bare skin on my head.”
Seeing how unusual she looked in the mirror, Priya broke down and cried. The very next day, she visited her doctor in one of Mumbai’s private clinics. He did some tests on her and concluded that she was expressing signs of androgenic alopecia.
Priya didn’t know what that was, so she Googled it. She couldn’t believe it could happen to her. “I always thought only men went bald as they grew older” she recollects.
Louisa is another woman that has experienced sudden hair loss before. “It all started after one of my most recent hair dos. I had this dye job that turned my hair blue and left my roots dark. The result was beautiful. But the consequences, not so much.” she revealed.
Louisa loves her hair, and has had countless styles plaited into it. A month back, she had just unplaited tight cornrows, which she says were all the rage then. “Everyone was doing cornrows. I had to have them.”
The quick change of styles from cornrows to dying affected her scalp in worse ways than she could have imagined. Her hair started to break and fall out in different places, leaving her in a difficult position.
“I cried the first time I saw strands of hair on my pillow. It felt like a nightmare.” The dying had resulted in hair breakage, but her hair had already been weakened by tight plaiting over the course of the year.
“I stayed indoors for a month. I couldn’t go to work and let my workmates see me. I couldn’t even walk to the grocery store without a cap on. It was so frustrating.”
Such is the plight of countless women and men faced with the carnage of sudden hair loss within India and around the world. It only gets worse for most. The fact is that hair loss is a painful situation that can be cured and controlled, if not fully prevented.
Research shows that more than 21 million women and women suffer from hair loss around the world per year, and the number only gets bigger. Most people will ask, what is hair loss? What causes it? Who gets it and why? There are so many questions to ask about hair loss, and Rangoli Ayurved is going to answer them all.
The Facts About Hair Growth And Hair Loss
It is normal to lose hair.
Doctors say that is normal to lose up to 100 hairs a day. Hair loss is a part of the growth cycle; the hair that falls off is every day is old hair that has been replaced by new hair on the head.
The process occurs in a recurring cycle such that one never has to get bald as the hair falls off. Rather, old hair is replaced immediately by new hair. As people grow older, it is also normal for more and more hair to fall off their scalps, leaving a bald head.
Hair loss only becomes something to worry about when it is induced by other factors and results in temporary or permanent baldness.
The Forms Of Hair Loss
This is the more common form of hair loss. It is common in older men, resulting in being branded male baldness. The condition also affects women, usually as a result of genetic influence.
In men, it is evidenced by a receding hairline that goes backward from the facial hairline, leaving a bald head. In women, the baldness usually starts in the centre of the head and spreads out, never reaching the facial hairline.
Unlike androgenic alopecia, alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition where the body reacts against itself.
It severely affects the hair, resulting in hair breakage and loss. In the literal sense, the body’s immune system starts to recognise hair as a dangerous, foreign object that has to be dealt with.
The result is small or large round particles of baldness on an individual’s head where hair has fallen off completely.
Myths Associated With Hair Loss
- It only affects men
In almost every country in the world and all over India, people still take hair loss and baldness to be a condition that only men can suffer. The myth is not true. Women can also suffer from permanent baldness resulting from a high rate of hair loss over a period of time. The causes range from hormonal imbalance to genetic influence.
- It is not genetic
To many people, hair loss is a condition that occurs naturally. They do not consider it genetic or hereditary in any way. The truth is, hair loss can be genetic, passed on from parents to their offspring.
Signs Of Hair Loss
If you’ve never experienced it before or been in the presence of someone that’s had it before, you may never whether or not you are having hair loss.
Sometimes, it starts at such a slow rate that you may think it’s the daily amount of hair you lose every morning. Check out the signs below to see if you may be heading for eventual hair loss or are already experiencing it.
Hair on your brush/comb
You can see the signs of hair loss when every brush you pass through your hair comes back with strands of hair within the brush. If this happens to you and a lot of hair is collected in your brush, it is likely that you are facing hair loss.
Bald patches in your hair
Stand in front of the mirror and pat your hair. Do you see any small round patches where hair no longer exists? Is it more than one patch? That could be the sign of hair loss (alopecia areata) or an infection of ringworms. Both conditions cause hair loss in the long run.
Hair on the shower floor after a shower
Some people never look down at that pipe carrying used water out of their bathrooms until it clogs up and floods the bathroom. Start checking the pipe vent and the bathroom floor whenever you’re done with showers to see if hair has been washed down from your head. If you see lots of hair strands at one interval, you might be already experiencing hair loss.
Hair strands on your pillow and sheets
What better way is there to see if you’re losing your hair than by checking your pillow in the morning? None that comes to mind. If you find strands of hair on the pillow more than once a week, you may be already a victim of hair loss.
Gradual thinning of hair starting from the hairline (for men)
This is the commonest sign of hair loss – a receding hairline and an expanding forehead. This one doesn’t even require you to go deeper into questions. If you’re hairline has started to go backward, you may already be experiencing hair loss.
How Hair Loss Happens
Through weakening of the hair roots, resulting in breakage and falling out.
Hair roots function to keep hair on the head. Excessive tugging, constant parting at the same place and pulling from tight hair styles and rough combing eventually weakens hair roots, causing them to break and fall out of the scalp.
Through breaking of dry hair strands
When hair loses its natural moisture and oiliness, it dries up and becomes susceptible to breakage from anywhere along the hair strand. This can be caused by overheating, chemical treatments, excessive dying jobs and mineral nutrient deficiencies.
Through shrinking and blocking of the hair follicle
Hair grows from within the hair follicle, which is itself located within the scalp. The shrinking of the hair follicle automatically stops the production of new hair. Shrinkage can result from a bodily illness or the action of a hormone.
Hair follicle blockage, on the other hand, usually occurs as a result of dirt, sweat and oil accumulating and drying on the scalp. The accumulation inhibits the growth of new hair.
Through bodily autoimmune actions
Sometimes, it’s the body itself that mistakenly kills the hair. Through the immune system’s autoimmune function, hair may sometimes be taken for a foreign object on the body and duly killed.
Through scalp inflammations
Scalp infections may result in inflammations, which directly facilitate hair breakage and loss.
Causes Of Hair Loss
Hair loss is brought on by a number of things, each of which highlights a different kind of danger or situation you might be in. Some causes of hair losses require immediate medical attention; others can be treated with homemade remedies.
At the end of the day, before you can learn how to control hair fall, you have to know what’s causing it. Below are some of the most common causes of hair loss among both men and women.
Stress does more than just tire you out or make you feel unhappy and moody. It also affects your hair’s growth, resulting in sudden hair thinning and loss. Both physical stress and emotional stress have an effect on your hair, especially when they go on for a long period of time.
Physical stress results from any physical activity such as an accident or long illness. Hair shedding is a common sign of the trauma from the incident. Emotional stress on the other hand, such as that from the loss of a parent, usually serves to worsen an existing condition of hair shedding.
Also known as androgenic alopecia, this is the commonest cause of hair loss among both men and women. It is also a natural cause, whose effect (baldness) is usually permanent. (the hair may not grow back).
If you are from a family that suffered from baldness, it is highly likely that you will experience that kind of hair loss too. Usually, the most affected individuals are those for whom both their father’s and mothers’ side had cases of baldness resulting from natural hair loss.
For men, the commonest sign of this kind of hair loss is a receding hairline. For women, it is the noticeable loss of hair starting from the top of the head.
Hormones control a large part of how our bodies function, and play a big role in highlighting the difference between a male body and a female body.
When hormones go into overdrive, they tend to weaken hair roots resulting in hair loss. A number of natural conditions cause hormonal changes, especially among women.
A great deal of hormonal imbalance takes place during pregnancy, resulting in increased sensitivity of the hair follicles.
The condition may worsen after the baby is born, resulting in hair loss. If you are faced with such a situation, rest assured that the hair gets to grow back after some time.
Birth control pills and medicines work by inhibiting the production of female hormones that facilitate pregnancy. In retaliation, the male receptors on your scalp are awakened, slowing down hair growth and triggering hair fall. The same may occur when you switch from one birth control pill to another.
The hormonal changes that take place at menopause cause an effect similar to that caused by birth control pills, resulting in sudden hair loss.
In the literal sense, as a result of the development of male receptors in the scalp, the hair follicles start closing up, inhibiting the growth of new hair.
As people get older, so does the body and its systems. Hair is also affected by aging; by the time someone grows to an old age, their hair has gone through hundreds of life cycles.
Each hair life cycle is made up of three continuous stages; anagen, where hair starts to grow from within the hair follicles in the skin, the catagen stage, where hair goes into resting and the telogen stage, at which hair stops growing and starts to fall out.
The old hair is replaced by new hair almost immediately that it is hard to notice the loss. In old age, the rate at which a person loses their hair to the rate at which it grows back becomes high, as does the rate at which hair thins on the scalp.
At a certain point, the hair follicle will stop generating the hair strand. That is when baldness occurs, especially in men.
This is a condition that results from an early on setting of the catagen phase as a result of a quick cycle from the anagen phase.
As a result, a large section of the hair follicles slides into the telogen phase or the resting phase, cutting down on the number of hair follicles actively producing hair. The whole process results in massive loss of hair.
Like any other body part, hair uses natural mineral nutrients to facilitate its growth and development. Without particular nutrients, hair will go brown, reddish or dry. At worst, it will fall off or stop growing in general.
Some of the most important nutrients for hair growth (and the effect of their deficiencies) are shown below.
The body requires proteins for body tissue growth, development and regeneration. When in deficiency of protein, the body will naturally try to supply the little available protein to the body parts that need it most. In so doing, the growth and development of other body parts like hair will be halted.
Iron is necessary for a lot of important body systems to function, including the formation of blood in the body. Anaemia, also known as ‘lack of enough blood’ is the most common result of a bodily iron deficiency. In turn, this condition triggers a wave of hair loss in many women and men.
Omega 3 fatty acids
The body needs omega 3 fatty acids for everything from better eyesight to scalp development to many other activities. A deficiency of omega 3 fatty acids causes inflammation of the scalp, resulting into hair loss.
Vitamins A and B
Vitamins have long been hailed as some of the most important nutrients for our bodies. They support everything from eyesight to bone growth and strength to skin health to hair growth. Lacking enough of vitamins A and B in your body is one other cause of sudden hair loss.
NOTE: Overconsuming Vitamin A is in itself another cause of hair loss, especially when taken through supplements. Most Vit A supplements carry a nutrient capacity of 2500 to 10,000 IU, which when taken on a daily basis, is way above the recommended daily intake of 5000 UI for adults.
Trichotillomania is an impulse disorder where individuals face an urge to pluck their hair out of the scalp, eyebrows or eyelashes. Among some people, trichotillomania is a form of addiction that may not stop until massive hair loss occurs and bald patches are seen.
Making quick changes to your lifestyle can also result in hair loss after time, especially if the immediate effects of your changes include sudden weight loss.
Changing the way you eat, the food you eat, the hours you sleep and many other aspects of your daily life schedule can trigger shedding and thinning of hair.
If you have been working on a weight loss regimen, the process of sudden weight loss ocks the bosy, which responds through hair loss and other releases. Over time, this hair gets to grow back.
For some people, hair loss is triggered by the changing of seasons. Some people experience more hair loss during the monsoon season after being affected by its weather conditions.
Infections Of The Scalp
A healthy scalp supports the growth of healthy hair. If you have any infections of the scalp that haven’t been treated for a long time, they might be the reason you are facing a sudden wave of hair loss.
Ringworms, dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis) and psoriasis are some of the scalp infections with the most damaging effect on hair. Dandruff results in a shed scalp, while psoriasis covers the scalp with a thick, white scaling that inhibits hair growth.
When left untreated for long, the ringworm can lead to permanent hair loss in patches of the scalp. A dirty scalp is another cause of hair scalp, especially with hair follicles that are blocked by dirt, sweat and oil because of irregular washing of the scalp.
Side Effects From Medications
Many medications contain ingredient chemicals with varying effects on the body. While they might help you heal from another illness, their side effects can include hair breakage and hair loss. Many medicine companies tend to reveal this issue on their bottles and packaging, while others do not.
One stand out case of hair loss being caused by drugs being used to treat another illness is chemotherapy. The drugs used in chemotherapy are very strong in nature, designed to inhibit successive cell division in the affected area of the body.
The inhibition process always affects the cell division process of hair too, resulting in hair breakage and hair fall. This hair can grow back after chemotherapy is done.
Over Styling And Hair Styling Mistakes
There’s a lot that goes into the hairstyling process for various hair styles. But most of these processes can have a long lasting negative effect on hair, resulting in sudden hair loss.
Dyeing is a major cause of hair breakage; which when coupled with excessive shampooing and strict styling, boils over into hair loss right from the roots.
Particular hair styling techniques, including heat treatments and chemical relaxers weaken hair over time, while strict hair styles such as tight braids and corn rows stretch hair at its roots, resulting in breakage and loss after some time.
It might be another disease causing your hair fall. Many diseases have hair breakage and hair loss as one of their signs. In most cases, only treatment of these diseases can mitigate the hair fall.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
POCS is another major condition that causes hair loss as a side effect among its victims. It usually affects women, and results from a hormonal imbalance situation that involves the ovary producing more male hormones than necessary.
In addition to many other signs and symptoms, hair loss in many parts of the head is common. Among many women, and because of the release of so many male hormones, the hair loss on the scalp is retaliated by a sudden growth of hair in another part(s) of the body, especially the face.
If you have recently been diagnosed with lupus, then it is probably why you are experiencing drastic hair loss. Hair loss as a result of lupus can be either mild or acute, with the former appearing in form of hair loss in small areas of the head.
The acute effect results in more hair falling off in larger sections of the head, followed by a rash that develops all over the scalp.
Lupus is another autoimmune body that results from the body turning on its own tissues and destroying them. In many cases, the hair lost from the side effect does not grow back.
Other diseases that may trigger hair loss include syphilis, Hodgkin’s disease, lichens planus etc.
Thyroid Disorders And Treatments
The thyroid gland located in the neck area of a person produces the thyroid hormone that is responsible for many bodily processes including growth, development, metabolism, heart rate etc.
It directly affects the growth of skin, nails and hair all over the body, and when in proper release, enables bodily development to continue normally. When too little or too much of the thyroid hormone is produced from its gland, it results in a disorder that can trigger hair loss.
Is when too little of the thyroid hormone is produced. It normally occurs as a result of the underperforming of the thyroid gland. Its direct effect on hair is seen through the stiffening ad thinning of hair, resulting in breakage and hair fall.
This is the direct opposite of hyperthyroidism. While less prevalent than its counterpart, hyperthyroidism also triggers hair loss in patients.
What to do in case of sudden hair loss?
When you discover that you might be suffering from sudden hair loss, do not panic. The first thing should do is go see your doctor and explain your situation.
Your doctor will examine your scalp to identify he cause or even run some blood tests to rule out certain causes of hair loss. The main reason for this is to know what’s really causing your hair fall before you can control or treat it.
How To Control Hair Fall
‘When the hair loss continued, I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t have a clue on how to control hair loss or any other such condition.’ Priya says. Many people start panicking once they realise their hair is falling out, while others rush out to get the next hair growth medicine they can find.
Louisa says, “I found out from a friend that came to visit that I could try a number of things to control the hair loss. Surprisingly enough, most of the ideas she gave could be done be easily done from home.”
Louisa’s recollection highlights the fact that most people do not know how to control hair fall, breakage and loss when it happens. Without control, you can go bald in a short period of time. If you have noticed that your hair is falling out, there are a number of ways you can limit the process.
Some of them are explained below.
Monitor What You Eat
Your diet is everything when it comes to controlling hair loss. Your hair needs various nutrients in good measure to grow well and glow. Eating healthy is essential for hair growth too.
Opt out of strict diets that prevent you from eating major nutritious foods. Settle for full meals comprising of balanced nutrient sources including proteins, vitamin B12, vitamin B7, iron, omega 3 fatty acid and zinc to ensure that your hair gets to grow again fast enough.
The Balanced Diet
Learning how to reduce hair fall for anyone facing sudden hair loss should start with learning the foods they need to add to their diets.
Particular mineral nutrients have a strong effect on hair growth, and will cause hair loss when in deficiency. To add zinc to your diet, consider adding foods such as fortified cereals and oysters to your diet.
For more protein, go for beans, fish lean meat, peas, any other legumes, and low fat dairy products. Omega 3 fatty acid is another essential, and salmon, tuna, sardines and any other fish are great natural sources.
For vitamin B5, yoghurt is a good addition to your day’s meals. Eating fruits helps you get Additional vitamin A in the body, so add those mangoes, bananas and apples to the meal list. Also, vegetables are a great source of vitamin A.
For B7, eggs, chicken and dairy products should also make appearances in your meals.
Seek Medical Help Early Enough
When you discover that your hair is falling out, seek medical advice as soon as possible. Your doctor will carry out a proper examination and use the results to determine the root cause of your condition.
As shown above, hair loss can be caused by anything from genetic influence to poor styling to diet changes. It is easier to learn how to control hair loss when you know the immediate cause. Basing on your condition and examination results, the doctor will prescribe proper medication for your type of hair loss control.
Reconsider The Hair Products You Use
There’s lots of products on the market manufactured for use in hair. From gels to shampoos, the average Indian uses more than one type of hair product whenever they clean their hair.
But the reality is that most of those products contain chemicals that weaken hair when used for long or on a regular basis. To control your hair loss, use only those products that are herbal.
Endeavour to do a background check on each hair product and its ingredients before you purchase, and go for products that protect your hair or add to its sheen, shine and strength.
Use The Right Tools For Your Hair
This includes the combs, brushes, rollers and other styling tools you use when combing, curling or straightening hair. Look out for brushes with lots of brush strands packed together; they tend to get entangled in hair and yank it out when tugged at.
Brushes with shorter brush strands have a less negative effect and are more preferable if you’re facing hair loss. Using hot styling combs is dangerous for hair when done regularly. Use them sparingly.
Use Oral Supplements
Nutritional deficiencies are a major cause of hair loss and fall. Your hair, just like any other body part, requires a good balance of proteins, vitamins, omega 3 fatty acid other mineral nutrients to develop properly.
Experiencing hair loss is an imminent sign that your body is deficient of these nutrients. Unless your doctor says otherwise, start taking mineral supplements to add up for the gap created by deficiency of these natural nutrients.
Because they are just supplements, continue eating taking healthy dishes comprised of food that’s full of these exact nutrients. This will help you control the hair loss.
Handle Your Hair With Care
If you’re suffering from hair loss, you need to start handling your hair better. There’s lots of aspects to consider. Right from washing your hair to drying it, there’s more than one way you can damage your hair.
To control your hair loss, avoid rubbing your hair so hard after washing. When using a towel, do not tug at your hair so hard. For as long as your hair loss is till frequent, handle your hair with utmost care.
When combing dry, tangled hair, organise it first by pulling away the tangles. Brushing it in its dry, tangled state results in breakage and hair fall.
Use Proper Styling
There are lots of styles you can plait your hair into, but not all of them are good for your hair. Current trend or not, some plaiting styles stress the hair at its roots, weakening it and resulting in breakage.
If you’re facing sudden hair fall, avoid tying your hair up so strictly for long. Corn rows and pony tails are some of the styles that can stress your hair; avoid them as much as you can. Try wearing hair the normal way to control the hair loss until your hair grows back.
Research Your Drugs And Medical Treatments First
Many drugs manufactured today have hair loss as one of the side effects of using them. More commonly than not, this side effect is never seen.
Even then, it is smart to know whether your recent prescription of back pain pills has the potential to cause hair loss as a side effect. Ensure that you read through the side effects of each drug you use and avoid any that might trigger more hair loss.
Certain medications such as beta blockers and antidepressants are common causes of hair loss. When accepting medicine from the doctor or pharmacy for any illness, endeavour to ask if it has the potential to cause side effects such as hair breakage or loss.
Protect Your Scalp
Having a healthy scalp is good for your hair in the long run. When you see your hair fall out, it’s a sign that you need a better cleaning regimen.
Shampoo your hair at least thrice a week to clean the hair follicles in the scalp. For proper hair growth, the hair follicles need to be unclogged regularly.
Avoid any scalp infections and treat any that you have. Protect your scalp in the best way possible, and control your hair loss in the process.
Avoid Doing Some Salon Treatments Regularly
Cutting your visits to the hair salon is another way you can control hair loss. Some salon treatments and procedures such as styling and dying are chemical based, which means that layers and layers of chemicals are applied into your plain hair to turn it into bouncy, voluminous tresses.
You might love to have perfect hair every time, but regular undergoing of these styling procedures tortures your hair and weakens its roots, resulting in breakage and hair fall.
Space out your treatments well enough, and opt for non-chemical based treatments from time to time, such as those with aloe vera as ingredients.
Some Lifestyle Changes You Can Use
Your lifestyle has a great effect on many aspects of your life and health. The way you eat, sleep, drink, walk and sit all have a way they impact your life, and in more ways than one, your hair.
For hair in particular, how you treat it, when you treat and what you eat to keep it healthy are some of the factors that affect your hair’s growth. It might come as a surprise, but bodily exercise is also suggested for those dealing with hair loss.
If you’re wondering how to control hair loss, a simple lifestyle may be the answer you need. We did our research and discovered a number of lifestyle changes you can effect in your life to make hair loss manageable. Some of the most important are listed below.
Substitute your cotton pillows for satin or silk ones. The cotton material extracts moisture from your scalp and hair, leaving them dry, brittle and exposed to breakage.
Start massaging your scalp regularly (at once a week) with olive oil or coconut oil. Massaging improves blood circulation in the scalp, which is good for hair growth.
Avoid parting your hair in the same place for a long time while tying it up in tight braids or pony tails. The hair roots are weakened by the tugging force, causing breakage over time.
Limit how often you use hot styling tools on your hair. The heat dries your hair up, making it brittle and exposing it to breakage. Start tuning your hair dryer to the ‘cool’ or ‘low’ settings when using it on your hair. Additionally, reconsider the number of times you use flat irons on your hair every week.
Avoid mixing hair products when treating your hair. Some products work differently and may cause breakage when they react against each other. Stick to the hair products you trust and use them as prescribed on the packaging.
Always rinse your hair well after a shower, application of chemical treatments or homemade remedies. In addition to preventing a bad odour, keeping the scalp pores clean helps to unblock the hair follicles, allowing them to grow.
Get more vitamins, proteins and other essential nutrients into your diet regularly by eating healthy foods. Vegetarians can add other non-meat protein sources into their diet such as peas, beans and fish into their diet.
When drying your hair after a shower, avoid rubbing it vigorously for more effect. The rubbing process weakens hair roots over time.
Avoid combing dry, tangled hair. The tugging process presents force that the hair can easily fall victim to and break. Wet the hair first if you can. In other cases, prepare the hair first and pull out the tangles, then start combing.
When combing wet hair, use a wide toothed comb instead of a brush. The former prevents excessive pulling of hair at its roots.
Drink more water to get hydrated. Being hydrated improves bodily blood circulation, which is good for hair growth.
Deal with issues early on before they accumulate and cause you a great deal of stress. Both physical and emotional stress can be avoided by taking a lighter approach to things, rather than an uptight one.
Consider cutting down on the smoking. Smoking hampers proper blood circulation, which directly affects the rate of hair growth from your scalp.
We know that changing your lifestyle can be difficult. Moving away from certain types of food or changing your hair treatment procedures may prove uncomfortable, costly and tiresome. But for the sake of your hair, a few changes are necessary.
Tip: Try taking up some changes one at a time in slow intervals.
“At the end of the day, it was my styling techniques and influences that led to my hair loss” explains Louisa. “I soon learnt how to control hair loss by changing my lifestyle, especially the food I ate. I completely stopped putting chemicals in my hair except shampoo and waited till my hair could grow back.” she adds.
Priya wasn’t so lucky. “With my new condition, I thought that all my hair was going to fall off in no time. I didn’t think the situation could be controlled in any way.” she recollects. “But the doctor told me it was possible, and showed me how to go about keeping my hair fall in check.”
How To Treat Hair Loss
Can hair loss be treated? The answer is yes.
To a certain degree, hair loss can be stopped with medication. In fact, some cases of hair loss do not require treatment of any kind. Patients have to just wait for the process to stop and reverse.
Still, some cases cannot be treated. Patients faced with such kinds of hair loss end up with permanent baldness. In the past, countless techniques aimed at treating baldness and hair loss including laser treatment and scalp lotions were administered, but not much results were seen.
In fact, many men spent thousands of dollars years back trying to get specialised treatments, most of which bore no results. Fast forward to today and technological advancement has made treatment of hair loss and baldness easier.
New treatment procedures have come up, backed by years of research and clinical research. Some of the common hair loss treatment options and drugs you can try are listed below.
Finasteride is an FDA approved drug sold in form of a tablet, and stands as the most commonly prescribed drug for treating hair loss.
It works by inhibiting the production of DHT (dihydrotestosterone) from testosterone, which would otherwise have induced the shrinking and miniaturization of hair follicles, preventing hair growth.
When used as a drug, the hair follicles start growing wide again, allowing for the release of new hair strands. It is commonly sold in pharmacies as Propecia or Proscar. Finasteride works after being taken for at least six months regularly.
- It comes with a number of notable side effects including dizziness, swelling in the legs for some, low libido, weight gain and erectile dysfunction. Other men experience loss of sex drive after using it for a long time.
- Finasteride only works for as long as take it. Hair loss starts again after the treatment is halted or stopped.
This is another drug that is commonly prescribed for baldness and hair loss. It is sold as a lotion that is rubbed into the scalp twice a day for more effect.
It triggers hair regrowth by enhancing the size of the hair follicle that had previously been shrank by the effect of the DHT hormone. As a result, the follicle generates a wider, thicker strand of hair. It is commonly sold as part of the hair treatment drug Rogaine, and has been lauded for efficiently controlling hair loss.
- The hair regrowth stops once you stop using the drug.
- It delivers a low rate of hair regrowth.
- Has shown some health side effects among some users.
Corticosteroids are drugs comprised of steroids. These shots are injected into the scalp to suppress the body’s auto immune reaction against hair and stop it from attacking the hair follicles. (alopecia areata).
The injections are administered by injecting the corticosteroid in different parts of the scalp on a regular basis. It can also be used on eyebrows and beards facing the same condition. Their effect on hair regrowth can usually be seen after 4 weeks.
- They cause itching on the skin
- Regular usage results in thinning of the skin, also known as atrophy.
These are corticosteroid lotions, creams and ointments that are applied on the scalp areas affected by alopecia areata. They are usually given out with three month prescriptions, and sold in form of gels, lotions and gels, depending on the buyer’s choice.
- They cause itching of the skin and trigger acne in some people.
This is another common hair treatment procedure. It involves the removal of a piece of scalp from a section of the head with lots of hair (usually at the back) to use it for grafting hairs onto the bald sections of the scalp.
The piece of scalp with more hair is divided into single hairs or small groups of hair, which are then grated onto the bald sections in a long, complex procedure. The hair is not stitched on; the grafting is left occur naturally, resulting in growth of new hair.
- It is expensive to carry out.
- It can cause a great deal of bleeding and permanent scarring when done poorly.
Follicular Unit Extraction
Follicular hair extraction is a more intricate version of hair transplanting, owing to its use of actual hair strands for its process.
In this process, strands of hair are taken out one by one from their location at the back of the head by extracting their follicles using corer and planting them at the front of the end. It requires skill, patience and professionalism, but promises an even more promising result.
- It is quite expensive
Laser treatments work by emitting laser light into the skin under your scalp. The laser light is thought to stimulate hair follicles, triggering hair growth.
Laser treatments do not require a medical prescription, and are commonly used by individuals trying to give their hair a natural glow. The hair brushes and combs use for these treatments are sold with laser devices equipped in them.
- Long term application of laser light ti the body may produce health side effects.
As the name suggests scalp reductions actually involves reducing the area of the scalp that makes up your head. Right up front, this treatment method is not suggested for individuals faced with male pattern baldness.
It works best for individuals scarred by alopecia areata. The process involves reducing the bald scalp area between two hair sections on ahead to bring them closer together.
Sometimes, it involves stretching the skin between the two hair sections to create loose skin that is eventually cut off.
- It can cause scarring
This is usually dne before a scalp reduction procedure. In this case, it is done to expand the hair producing areas of the scalp. The procedure involves inserting devices under the scalp that stretch the skin for 3 to 4 weeks.
The stretching exercise expands the scalp region that bears hair, which allows more parts of the hair to have hair after the bald sections are cut off.
- It results in scarring and bleeding when done poorly. It is also very painful.
Some other forms of clinical treatments for hair loss including immunotherapy and artificial hair transplanting are not encouraged or widely used because of lack of enough scientific research data to back them up.
As shown in an earlier section, certain diseases cause hair loss as a sign. Hair loss, in such situations, does not come on its own. Treating any such diseases is the only way to control the hair loss.
If you are suffering from lupus or some other condition that triggers air loss, seek out medical help for that disease first.
The Problem With Hair Growth Medicines
The first thing people think about when their hair falls out is getting a pill or a portion for the condition from the nearest pharmacy.
Your trichologist or dermatologist may suggest a pill or tablets to help you control or treat the hair growth. Most of these medicines may work as promised, but are never the perfect solution you’re looking for.
Some pills and tablets prescribed for hair loss work only for as long as you take them. They are a temporary solution, and your hair will start falling out again once they get done.
Possible Alternative Hair Treatment Procedures
The fact that most of the drugs manufactured to treat hair loss are quite expensive presents a bigger problem. The common surgery and hair transplant procedures are even more expensive. What alternative can people use?
It’s also not a secret that most drugs prescribed to hair loss patients come with a wide range of notable side effects that include cancer, infertility and pain all over the body. Is there a safer choice?
Are there drugs that people can use without fearing for other diseases, and expect to get their hair back? The answer is yes. Home-made medicine has helped thousands of people minimise their hair loss and grow back their hair over time. (talk about rangoli’s medicine here)
It promises no side effects, and, thanks to having fruits and natural food as raw materials, does more than just bring hair to dried patches.
Some Homemade Medicines You Can Use For Hair Loss
If you are facing a sudden increase of hair in your brush and cannot use or access medical treatment for one reason or another, you still have an alternative in form of natural remedies.
In fact, your alternative is the healthier option, as most dermatologists would put it. Natural homemade remedies are derived from fruits, herbs and other natural herbs, taking advantage of the nutrients in them that can be used to treat hair loss.
Scroll through the list to see the remedy that could work for you.
NOTE: Not all of the remedies for hair loss listed below may work for you. But there’s a wide variety of remedies to choose from, so you shouldn’t lose hope.
Aloe Vera Gel
When it comes to hair and the scalp, aloe vera is a known remedy. Rub it onto the scalp for an hour everyday four to five times a week and then wash it off.
Aloe Vera works by cleaning your scalp and optimising its pH, thereby triggering hair growth from within the follicle. You can also use a mixture of aloe vera gel, coconut milk and wheat germ oil.
The combination of the three has a positive effect on hair loss, and is one that many former hair loss victims in India swear by. For best results, apply it to the scalp on a regular basis and then wash it off after.
Many dermatologists and former patients agree that fresh coconut oil is one of the strongest natural remedies for hair loss.
Coconut oil provides nutrition to the scalp and the hair strand, keeping the moisture inside the strand and binding the keratin in the hair.
The result is such that the hair strengthens, avoiding breakage and falling off. Apply it all over the scalp once every day and then wash it off.
You can also apply coconut milk on your hair as a remedy. For best results, massage it onto your scalp regularly.
Get onion juice by crushing fresh onions and extracting their juice. Apply it on your balding scalp for half an hour every day and then rinse it off.
Continue with the application regularly for six weeks for more effect. This remedy has been found to work best for individuals losing hair to alopecia areata, but it might work for individuals facing other forms of hair loss, so, try it if you can.
Alternatively, you can try mixing the onion juice with two eggs in a blender to form a paste. You then apply the paste to your hair once a week for up to 10 minutes, rinsing it off after.
The third option is to use the ‘famous’ egg mask. Eggs contain a number of nutrients including zinc, iodine, selenium, iron and phosphorus, all of which are useful in strengthening hair and minimising hair loss.
The egg mask is created by applying the egg all over your hair and scalp and letting it dry. After some time, you can rinse it off and repeat the exercise regularly.
Fenugreek Seed Paste
Fenugreek seeds are thought to stimulate hair follicle development and strengthen hair shafts, thereby triggering and supporting hair growth. Fenugreek also moisturizes hair, protecting it from breakage.
The fenugreek seed paste is got from mixing fenugreeks seeds and water for a night. The paste from the mixture is applied to the balding areas of the head and in your hair.
Cover your head loosely with a plastic bag or any other plastic material for about an hour, then wash it off. For more effect, repeat the exercise every day for a month.
Liquorice Root Paste
Commonly referred to as the liquorice root paste, this is actually a mixture of liquorice and saffron. Both herbs are to work as treatments for various ailments, including hair loss.
To make the paste, mix 1 tablespoon of liquorice and one quarter spoon of saffron in a glass of milk. Apply the mixture on your balding areas for a whole night and then wash off in the morning. Do the treatment twice a week for more results.
Massaging the scalp is always recommended for hair fall prevention. You can use olive oil, rosemary oil, lavender oil, amla oil, almond hair oil, or castor oil for this massage.
Massage the scalp every day for at least a month to see effects. The massaging action stimulates the hair follicles through increased blood circulation to the scalp. The oils also condition the existing hair strands, preventing breakage and further hair loss.
This cleanse is suggested by medical doctors too. Lemon juice is good at cleaning the scalp and ridding it of dead cells, which in turn removes dandruff and oil from the scalp and controls further hair loss. Rinse your hair and scalp with lemon juice regularly for more effect.
Alternatively, you can also create a mixture from lemon juice, mustard oil and curd and apply it on the scalp for 30 minutes. Remember to wash it off after to avoid bad odour.
Camphor And Coconut Oil Mixture
The combination of these two ingredients is known to be very effective against hair loss. It cleans up the scalp and strengthens root hair, controlling hair loss in the process. Apply it to the scalp and the hair regularly and then wash it off.
Hibiscus And Coconut Oil Mixture
This is another mixture that works wonders for hair loss too. To make the mix, crush Chinese hibiscus flowers together and then mix them with coconut oil. Heat the mixture to visible charring.
Collect the oil generated and apply it thoroughly on your whole scalp before bed. Leave it on for the night and wash off in the morning. You can repeat the exercise two to three times a week for better results.
Green tea is another herb you should consider using on your hair to minimise hair fall. Green tea is a natural source of antioxidants, which also happen to control hair loss and support better hair growth. To use green tea, just apply warm green tea to the scalp for an hour and then rinse it off.
These mixtures and juices are also good natural remedies for hair loss.
- Curd, shikaki powder and amla (Indian gooseberry) mixture.
- Honey and egg yolk mixture
- Potato juice
The Ayurvedic Alternative
In addition to all the alternatives listed above, another one that deserves special mention is Ayurvedic medicine, the healing science that has been helping people get rid of various illnesses for the past 5000 years, including hair loss.
Developed in India centuries back, Ayurvedic medicine is a combination of various herbal remedies, lifestyle practices and recommendations, mind exercises etc. all of which redesigned to help your body get back to order without using medical drugs or surgery.
Although it’s been popular in India and parts of Asia for years, tis form of medicine only recently made a mark on the international scene a few years back.
In recent years, Ayurvedic medicine has been found to be effective against various illnesses including stress, bodily injuries, weight loss, acne, cancer, inflammation, hormonal imbalance and hair loss.
Our Hair Treatment Packages
Rangoli Ayurved is a Kolkata based manufacturer of health, hair and skin products rooted in Ayurveda, and one of India’s leading hair loss treatment providers.
The company has been treating hair loss victims for years now, and recently launched its hair loss treatment package that covers everything from baldness to scalp treatment to hair breakage and thinning to alopecia areata.
The company also has a special dandruff treatment package designed for people suffering from dandruff that won’t go away. Dandruff stands as one of the major causes of hair loss today, and the company set out to help people combat it effectively the natural way.
To control or reduce your hair fall, an oil massage is suggested by experts on a regular basis. Rangoli Ayurved has the perfect solution for you.
The company’s Herbal Karishma Hair Oil is already popular among Indian nationals for its effectiveness in giving dry hair a new glow and strengthening hair to prevent hair fall. The oil works by giving your hair new moisture that strengthens it and binds its keratin, strengthening it in the process.
Dermatologists suggest washing your hair with shampoo for better hair and a cleaner scalp. But not every shampoo is good, especially if you’re experiencing hair loss.
You need a shampoo with a herbal base that will stimulate your hair follicles and facilitate hair growth. Rangoli Ayurved has the kind of shampoo you can trust. The Karishma Herbal Premium shampoo is herb based, perfect for treating an infected scalp and effective at cleaning hair completely.
Priya and Louisa are some of the few individuals that have seen their hair loss stop completely after using Rangoli Ayurved’s hair treatment packages.
Priya recalls. “After diagnosing me, the doctor suggested that I start on some medication to slow down the hair loss. He told me I couldn’t stop my hair loss – I could only slow it down. The medication didn’t work. My hair continued shedding gradually, and I got more worried.”
Still, Priya continued to search for cheaper, effective treatments. “When I first discovered the hair treatment package from Rangoli Ayurved, I was unsure of its effectiveness.’ she adds. “But four months down the road, my hair loss has slowed greatly. I now know how to reduce hair fall.”
Louisa’s story is different. “After learning what caused my hair to fall off, I decided to find info on how to control hair loss. The first thing I had to forego was salon appointments.”
This wasn’t the hardest part for Louisa though. “I changed my diet, drank more and researched good hair products before I bought them. That’s how I found Rangoli’s Karishma shampoo and oil. Once I started using them, the effect was gradually positive.” she happily reveals.
In a period of three months, Louisa’s hair started to grow back fully. It no longer stays in her brush or on the shower floor. It also has a better glow than it used to have, a factor she attributes to the oil she uses for massaging her scalp
Priya and Louisa’s stories illuminate the condition that many women and men still deal with when it comes to hair. They also show that anyone can learn how to reduce hair fall and eventually treat hair loss, as long as they use the right treatment methods.
Millions of women and men around the world still suffer from hair loss and breakage, caused by lots of things as shown in the article. In India alone, over 3 million men and women lose up to 70% of their hair every year.
Like any other illness or health condition, sudden, constant hair loss can be a cause for unhappiness, discomfort and emotional instability, and therefore needs to be treated.
And even though there are lots of processed drugs on the market to help reduce hair fall, their side effects and costly nature makes them quite inapplicable for many Indian nationals.
Rangoli Ayurvedic has the perfect alternative to all these drugs. And here’s the good part – the company bases its remedy production on holy ancient Ayurvedic customs, known for their undisputable healing abilities.
And as with any Ayurvedic medicine outlets, Rangoli Ayurvedic makes all its natural remedies from natural products. There are no chemical compounds that will weaken your hair further.
It’s no longer impossible to control your hair loss or treat it completely. Rangoli Ayurvedic has the treatment packages for any kind of hair fall/loss that you may have.
At Rangoli Ayurved, it’s never about profit. It’s about helping people get relief from their ailments without spending more than they should. We have the medicine and the experience, and we intend to share it with everyone.