Hair disorders may cause hair loss. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, a hair condition called alopecia is responsible for the loss and thinning of hair. The condition results in hair loss all over the scalp or in certain areas, a receding hair line and inflammation on the scalp. Alopecia and other hair disorders are usually triggered by diseases, pregnancy certain medications or bacterial infections.
Castor oil has long been touted as a cure-all for many ailments, and hair loss seems to be no exception. Massage your scalp regularly with cold-pressed castor oil and potentially enjoy thicker hair. It is a very fatty kind of oil, which can protect your hair against falling follicles.
Corticosteroids injections into the scalp can be used to treat alopecia areata. This type of treatment is repeated on a monthly basis. Oral pills for extensive hair loss may be used for alopecia areata. Results may take up to a month to be seen.
The best candidate for hair restoration surgery has had hair loss for a number of years but has stabilized and is not losing more hair quickly, Kaufman says. A person needs to have realistic expectations of what can be done to give them a natural appearing hair line.
An autoimmune condition makes the body recognize its own hair follicles as foreign and attacks them and makes the hair fall out, Fusco explains. This could be alopecia areata—an autoimmune hair loss condition— or something like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease, and certain types of anemia (like sickle-cell anemia, not the more common iron-deficiency anemia). Schlosser notes that lupus can cause some scarring of the hair follicle, resulting in permanent hair loss.
The dermatologist also will carefully look at your scalp and hair. During an exam, the dermatologist may pull on your hair. Sometimes a dermatologist needs to pull out a hair to get the necessary evidence. And sometimes a dermatologist needs to look at the hair on the rest of your body to see whether there is too little or too much hair in other areas.
Hair loss is typically more than just an annoying physical problem. For many people experiencing hair loss, the daily suffering is very real and takes a huge toll on them in many ways. Research has shown that hair loss can cause “dramatic and devastating emotions in patients, which can negatively impact their self-esteem, body image, and/or self-confidence.” (18)
Side effects, which are most often of a sexual nature, like loss of libido and erectile dysfunction, affect only a very small percentage of patients. And more often than not, they are psychological. The chances of you experiencing real side effects are next to impossible.
Be sure you’re eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, and generally taking good care of yourself and your hair. You can also try massaging castor oil, coconut oil, or a hair regrowth product into your scalp, which should help stimulate hair growth and strengthen the hair. If you follow all of the guidelines here and the problem continues, get checked out by a doctor to see if you have some medical issue.
If you’re pregnant, breastfeeding or have any ongoing health concerns, make sure to speak with your doctor before using any conventional or natural hair loss remedies. You should also make sure that your treatment option does not interact with any current medications or supplements. In addition, combining natural and conventional treatments (like minoxidil with essential oils) may cause unwanted side effects.
Crash diets and fad diets promise quick weight loss, but most do not work and can be dangerous. If you lose 15 pounds or more very quickly, you may lose a significant amount of hair within a matter of months. Stick to a healthy, balanced eating plan. Fresh fruit, vegetables, lean meats, and complex carbs give your body the fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals you need to maintain a healthy body, including a full head of hair. Other dietary risk factors for hair loss? Excess vitamin A and protein deficiency may both set the stage for your luscious locks to fall out.
For hair loss due to illness (such as fever), radiation therapy, medicine use, or other causes, no treatment is needed. Hair usually grows back when the illness ends or the therapy is finished. You may want to wear a wig, hat, or other covering until the hair grows back.
The symptoms: Lupus often causes extreme fatigue, headaches, oral ulcers, and painful, swollen joints. Many people develop a butterfly-shaped rash across the bridge of the nose and become more sensitive to the sun. Other symptoms include fever; swelling in the feet and hands and around the eyes; chest pain; and anemia. Many people also experience hair loss, which may be mild and occur while shampooing or brushing your hair—or it may be more severe, coming out in patches and accompanied by a rash on the scalp, says Arthur Weinstein, MD, director of the division of rheumatology at the Washington Hospital Center. Because these symptoms occur in many other conditions, lupus is often called the great imitator.
Too much stress is bad for health and beauty, but did you know there’s a known connection between stress and hair loss, too? Constant stress can cause cortisol levels to spike, which can contribute to increased hair shedding. To relieve stress and its damaging effects on your hair, try meditation, regular exercise, keeping a regular sleep schedule, or any other activity that helps you decompress.
Finasteride (Propecia): a pill taken once daily that blocks the activity of an enzyme that metabolizes testosterone to a substance that inhibits hair growth. Any regrowth is not permanent. Finasteride is not used for the treatment of hair loss in women.
Avoid low quality wigs and hairpieces. While these may seem like good cosmetic solutions, they may encourage hair loss if they aren’t made with quality materials and/or don’t fit properly. Stay away from these types of wigs and hairpieces, as they can put pressure on your hair follicles and they also often don’t allow proper circulation.
What you can do: See a rheumatologist if your hair loss is accompanied by joint pain, fatigue, and other symptoms of lupus, which is treated with oral medications such as prednisone. If you also have a rash on the scalp, you need to see a dermatologist, who is likely to prescribe a topical cream.
We normally lose approximately 50 to 100 scalp hairs each day. If more than this is falling out, you may find unusually large amounts of hair in brushes, on clothing, and in the drains of sinks and tubs. You may also notice that your hair is generally thinner, that your part is wider, that your hairline has changed or that one or more bald patches have appeared.
While rubbing your hair with a towel seems like the quickest way to dry it, it is also the worst thing that you could do to your hair. Drying your hair vigorously with a towel will lead to hair breakage, tangles, and pulling. Instead, gently squeeze out the excess moisture from your hair with your towel and then let it dry naturally.
Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) have a long-term hormonal imbalance. There are higher levels of androgens than expected. This often causes extra hair to sprout on the face and body, while the hair on the scalp grows thinner. PCOS can also lead to ovulation problems, acne and weight gain, but sometimes thinning hair is the only obvious sign.
Some women may notice their hair seems fuller during pregnancy. That’s thanks to high levels of hormones that keep resting hairs from falling out as they normally would. Alas, the reprieve is short-lived. After childbirth, when hormone levels return to normal, those strands fall out quickly. This can mean a surprising amount of hair loss at one time. The hair usually returns to normal by the time your baby reaches her first birthday.
What to do: There are topical creams like minoxidil (Rogaine; $45 on amazon.com) and oral medications such as finasteride (Propecia) that can halt hair loss or even cause some to grow; surgery to transplant or graft hair is also an option.
Finally, take advantage of the gorgeous hair accessories available for purchase. It’s an affordable way to conceal thinning hair. Try a hairband that covers the scalp, a beautiful scarf or even a hat. It might seem too simple and only a way to mask the problem, but on busy days, it is likely just what you need.
You’ll notice recession in very particular places: at the anterior hairline (your temples), the crown (what we commonly refer to as the bald spot), and diffused thinning through the mid-frontal scalp.
Valued for their medicinal properties for more than 3,000 years, pumpkin seeds have a remarkable health benefits. Pumpkin seeds are mineral and vitamin rich. They contain high quantities of magnesium, manganese and phosphorus, and are also a source of iron, copper, vitamin K, protein and zinc. Some basic research may suggest that the phytosterols, which is found in pumpkin seeds, may block the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Less DHT should mean less hair follicle fallout or hair fall.
According to Dr. Robert Nettles, hair loss expert and the founder of Stop and Regrow, the single most common cause of hair loss in women is androgenetic alopecia, also known as female pattern hair loss.
Stress is another major culprit in hair loss, and in these instances, thinning typically starts about three months after the emotional or physical stressor and lasts three to four months. It is important to manage stress, as it can accelerate hereditary hair loss and cause stress shedding.
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