It is normal to lose hair. The average person sheds 50 to 100 hairs per day. The reason we don’t notice this hair loss is that each strand lost is replaced by a new one. But there are conditions when new hair growth does not occur, resulting in thinning hair or a receding hairline.
Hair loss, also known as alopecia, is more prevalent among adults than children. It can develop suddenly or over time and may be temporary or permanent.
Several symptoms may indicate hair loss. Here are some to watch out for -
There are a variety of hair thinning treatments available, but which treatment will suit your needs will depend on the cause of your hair loss.
The first line of treatment includes topical and oral medicines. These are either organic hair care products or medicated gels, lotions, and foams directly applied to the scalp. The most used hair growth products contain niacinamide and minoxidil. These products help in regaining the lost volume and make your hair shiny.
Natural hair masks have numerous benefits. They provide deep conditioning, moisturization, and nutrition. Hair masks repair and strengthen the strands. They also help prevent damage and protect the hair from environmental stressors and styling tools. Additionally, hair masks improve manageability, promote a healthier scalp, and relieve dryness or irritation.
Dry hair is prone to breakage. A lack of moisture can lead to weakness and brittleness in your hair. Use this easy-to-make homemade hair mask for dry hair to regain shine and strength.
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This natural hair mask provides moisture and nourishment for dry hair. Coconut oil helps to deeply condition and hydrate the hair strands, while bananas offer vitamins and antioxidants. All honeys, especially manuka honey has moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties, and yogurt helps restore the natural shine of your hair.
Curly hair may be a lot to manage. They can vary in texture, density, and curl pattern, ranging from loose waves to tight coils. Curly hair is prone to breakage and dryness, leading to hair thinning. Use a hydrating homemade hair mask for hair growth and thickness occasionally to avoid hair thinning.
Here's a simple homemade hair mask recipe that you can try -
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This hair mask contains ingredients that can help moisturize and strengthen your curls, which may contribute to healthy hair growth over time. Avocado provides essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals that promote hair growth. Coconut and olive oil help moisturize and protect the hair, while honey adds shine and helps retain moisture.re
If you have an irritated or inflamed scalp, toss some aloe vera gel into the mask. Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial qualities that help calm the scalp.
An oily scalp can contribute to hair thinning due to excess sebum production, clogging hair follicles, weakening the hair shaft, and leading to inflammation or infections. It can make the hair greasy, clump together, and increase the chances of breakage. Using a natural hair mask for growth and managing an oily scalp can help minimize hair loss.
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Bentonite clay helps absorb excess oil and impurities from the scalp, while apple cider vinegar and lemon juice help balance the scalp's pH levels and control oil production. Aloe vera gel conditions the hair. Hormonal imbalances or genetics can also cause oily hair. If you're experiencing persistent oily hair or scalp issues, consult a dermatologist or trichologist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
Sometimes there is no underlying hair condition responsible for your hair loss. Often improper diet or vitamin deficiency can be the cause. The following foods have been shown to control hair loss and ensure healthy and strong hair.
Protein is the building block of hair, while biotin produces keratin, which strengthens the hair and controls hair loss. Eggs are a great source of protein, biotin, and other nutrients like zinc and selenium, which are also responsible for healthy hair.
Salmon, Herring, and Mackerel are fatty fish and great sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega 3 supports hair growth and enhances its density. Fatty fish is also a source of protein, selenium, and vitamin D3, essential for hair growth.
Soybeans are rich in hair growth compounds such as spermidine which shifts hair follicles into the growth phase. Experts suggest the longer a hair follicle stays in the anagen phase, the longer it grows.
Meat contains an abundant amount of protein which is necessary for hair growth and repairing damaged follicles. Red meat is the richest source of iron which helps the red blood cells deliver oxygen to the hair follicles.
Research is still needed to prove vitamin supplements for hair growth work efficiently. However, nutrient deficiencies are one of the major reasons behind unexplainable and sudden hair fall or thinning.
If your routine diet does not meet your nutritional needs, your doctor may prescribe vitamins for hair growth. Vitamins A, B, C, D, iron, and zinc contribute to improving immune health, provide oxygen to the hair follicles, fight hair loss-causing bacteria, and produce collagen and keratin.
With no severe side effects, home remedies are often a sought-after treatment plan for stronger hair.
1. Coconut oil
You can also use your hair as a leave-in treatment if it is dry. Studies have shown that coconut oil lubricates the hair shaft and prevents breakage. It also enriches the microbiome and makes the scalp and hair follicles healthier.
2. Onion juice
Pick a gentle shampoo that suits your hair type and massage your scalp gently while washing to improve blood circulation. Ensure thorough rinsing to remove any shampoo residue. When conditioning, focus on the lengths and ends of your hair while avoiding the scalp. Look for conditioners with strengthening ingredients and use an appropriate amount to prevent weighing down the hair. Don't skip conditioning, regardless of your hair type. Limit the use of hair styling tools to minimize damage.
Home remedies and hair care tips may not work alone in regrowing the lost hair due to a medical condition such as androgenetic alopecia. Consult your dermatologist to find the reason behind your hair loss and proceed with the prescribed treatment for the best results. If you are wondering what might be causing your hair fall, here are some potential reasons.
It's important to note that there can be many causes of hair loss. Some of these are -
Hormonal imbalances from pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, or thyroid disorders can lead to temporary or long-term hair loss. Postpartum hair loss is often temporary; most women regain their normal volume within a year or so.
Insufficient nutrition, such as iron or zinc deficiency, can cause hair loss, and poor nutrition can affect the health and growth of hair follicles. Hair loss gradually stops when the body is provided with sufficient nutrients.
Chemotherapy, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and hormonal therapies are some treatments that may lead to temporary or permanent hair loss.
A hectic work schedule or extreme stress and anxiety can cause hair to fall out. This is often temporary and stops once the root cause of the stress is addressed.
Hair growth slows down as we age, and the hair follicles may become less productive. This can result in thinning hair or hair loss in both men and women.
There are health issues that can cause hair loss, for example:
An auto-immune disease that attacks the hair follicles. This results in small to large bald patches and might lead to complete hair loss. People diagnosed with Alopecia areata also experience hair loss in the eyebrows, beard, eyelashes, or other body parts.
Another autoimmune condition is characterized by scaly patches on the scalp, leading to accelerated growth of skin cells. The result is a buildup of thick, red patches on the scalp, which cause itchiness, discomfort, and flaking. The exact cause of scalp psoriasis is yet to be understood however, it is believed to be a combination of genetic factors and an overactive immune response.
This type of hair loss happens suddenly and quickly during the growth phase of hair. It may result from chemotherapy, radiation therapy, exposure to toxins, or severe illnesses. The main symptom is rapid and widespread hair loss all over the scalp.
This temporary hair loss happens when there's a disruption in the hair growth cycle, typically due to stress, illness, medications, or hormonal changes. The main symptom is increased hair shedding all over the scalp. The hair usually grows back on its own once the underlying cause is resolved.
A hormonal or genetic condition, also known as female pattern baldness or male pattern hair loss, is a hormonal or genetic hair condition. It usually starts with thinning hair and/or a receding hairline in men. While there is no cure, there are treatments that can help slow down hair loss or promote hair growth. These include medications, hair transplants, low-level laser therapy, and hairstyling techniques.
To diagnose the cause of hair loss, your doctor will ask you questions about your hair loss and overall health. They will examine your scalp and may gently pull on your hair to see how many strands come out. They might also order blood tests to check for deficiencies or other factors causing hair loss. Sometimes, a small sample of the scalp is taken for further examination. Once the cause is identified, the doctor will create a treatment plan.
The most commonly prescribed drug for hair loss is finasteride (Propecia). It can help in controlling androgenetic hair loss and male pattern baldness. Some users have reported hair regrowth with this medication.
A hair transplant is a surgical procedure involving removing hair follicles from balding-resistant areas, i.e., the back of your head, and transplanting them to the balding scalp. People with inherited baldness are most likely to benefit from this type of transplant because the top of the head is where most hair loss happens. This method may not help people with scarring alopecia.
Ever-evolving technology has devised many new hair loss treatment options, such as micro-needling with PRP, to name a few. However, many are still in the early testing phases, and more research is necessary to determine their effectiveness.
Laser therapy can reduce the inflammation of hair follicles which prevents them from regrowing. Such inflammation may happen in conditions like alopecia areata. Studies suggest that low-level laser treatment stimulates hair growth in men and women by encouraging epidermal stem cells in the hair follicle to bulge and shifting them into the growth phase.
Microneedling is a therapeutic hair growth treatment that uses small and fine needles to create micro punctures in the scalp to boost collagen production and trigger hair growth. It helps treat hair conditions such as androgenetic alopecia.
Studies have shown that micro needling monotherapy increases total hair count compared to topical 5% minoxidil. Combining microneedling and topical minoxidil or platelet-rich plasma can improve the overall treatment and reduce the frequency of microneedling sessions.
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