The hair on your head goes through a life cycle that involves growth, resting, and shedding. Loosing 50 to 100 hair per day is an average for a normal human being. Excessive hair loss from scalp is called as hair loss which can led to Alopecia. Such hair loss may be temporary or permanent. It may be more sudden loss, loss in patches, or overall thinning. It can be the result of heredity, hormonal changes, medical conditions or a normal part of aging. Anyone can lose hair on their head, but it’s more common in men. Some people ignore it and cover with hair style or makeup, hats or scarves. Hair style on head always contributes to individual personality. So many persons get worried once they observe excessive hair loss and try to treat the condition. Some shedding is temporary and may respond well to changes in diet, certain treatments, or lifestyle changes. Other loss may be more permanent or not stop until an underlying condition is treated.
By age 40, all men will experience hair loss due to hereditary conditions like androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness). Likewise, more than half of women will experience genetic hair loss (female pattern baldness) before the age of 70.
Hair loss is always a big challenge to cure since long time. With the knowledge of Ayurveda treatment, Dr. Prasad Bapat has herbal solutions .
Om Ayurvedic, established in Pune, is one of the best clinics in India who provides Ayurvedic solutions for Corns, Fistula (Bhagandar), Pilonidal cyst, Piles (Mulvyadh), Fissures, constipation and all other diseases. Our Kshar sutra research is a revolution in this field. We have two branches in Pune (India). Patient can visit clinic by appointment for consultation. We also have paid online consultation facility and courier service for medicines.
Hair loss can appear in many different ways, depending on what’s causing it. It can come on suddenly or gradually and affect just your scalp or your whole body.
Signs and symptoms of hair loss may include:
- Gradual thinning on top of head.This is the most common type of hair loss, affecting people as they age. In men, hair often begins to recede at the hairline on the forehead. Women typically have a broadening of the part in their hair. An increasingly common hair loss pattern in older women is a receding hairline (frontal fibrosing alopecia).
- Circular or patchy bald spots.Some people lose hair in circular or patchy bald spots on the scalp, beard or eyebrows. Your skin may become itchy or painful before the hair falls out.
- Sudden loosening of hair.A physical or emotional shock can cause hair to loosen. Handfuls of hair may come out when combing or washing your hair or even after gentle tugging. This type of hair loss usually causes overall hair thinning but is temporary.
- Full-body hair loss.Some conditions and medical treatments, such as chemotherapy for cancer, can result in the loss of hair all over your body. The hair usually grows back.
- Patches of scaling that spread over the scalp.This is a sign of ringworm. It may be accompanied by broken hair, redness, swelling and, at times, oozing.
Causes of Hair Fall :
People typically lose 50 to 100 hairs a day. This usually isn’t noticeable because new hair is growing in at the same time. Hair loss occurs when new hair doesn’t replace the hair that has fallen out.
Hair loss is typically related to one or more of the following factors:
- Family history (heredity) : The most common cause of hair loss is a hereditary condition that happens with aging. This condition is called androgenic alopecia, male-pattern baldness and female-pattern baldness. It usually occurs gradually and in predictable patterns — a receding hairline and bald spots in men and thinning hair along the crown of the scalp in women.
- Hormonal changes and medical conditions : A variety of conditions can cause permanent or temporary hair loss, including hormonal changes due to pregnancy, childbirth, menopause and thyroid problems. Medical conditions include alopecia areata (al-o-PEE-she-uh ar-e-A-tuh), which is immune system related and causes patchy hair loss, scalp infections such as ringworm, and a hair-pulling disorder called trichotillomania (trik-o-til-o-MAY-nee-uh).
- Medications and supplements :Hair loss can be a side effect of certain drugs, such as those used for cancer, arthritis, depression, heart problems, gout and high blood pressure.
- Radiation therapy to the head : The hair may not grow back the same as it was before.
- A very stressful event : Many people experience a general thinning of hair several months after a physical or emotional shock. This type of hair loss is temporary.
- Hairstyles and treatments : Excessive hair styling or hairstyles that pull your hair tight, such as pigtails or cornrows, can cause a type of hair loss called traction alopecia. Hot-oil hair treatments and permanents also can cause hair to fall out. If scarring occurs, hair loss could be permanent.
- Nutritional deficiencies (Iron, Zinc, Vitamin D, and Protein)
- Dandruff. exceptionally oily scalp
Other factors which can increase your risk of hair loss, are as follows:
- A family history of balding on your mother’s or father’s side
- Significant weight loss
- Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes and lupus
- Poor nutrition
Before making a diagnosis, doctor will ask about your diet, your hair care routine, and your medical and family history. These are most important points. There are few tests as the following:
- Blood test : This might help uncover medical conditions that can cause hair loss.
- Pull test : Your doctor gently pulls several dozen hairs to see how many come out. This helps determine the stage of the shedding process.
- Scalp biopsy : Your doctor scrapes samples from the skin or from a few hairs plucked from the scalp to examine the hair roots under a microscope. This can help determine whether an infection is causing hair loss.
- Light microscopy : Your doctor uses a special instrument to examine hairs trimmed at their bases. Microscopy helps uncover possible disorders of the hair shaft.
How To Control Hair Fall :
In most of the cases, baldness is caused by genetics (male-pattern baldness and female-pattern baldness). This type of hair loss is not preventable.
Following tips may help you to avoid preventable types of hair loss:
- Cleaning and conditioning : Wash hair with herbal combinations like Shikekai, Rita or use mild shampoo.
- Be gentle with your hair. Avoid tugging when brushing and combing, especially when your hair is wet. A wide-toothed comb might help prevent pulling out hair. Avoid harsh treatments such as hot rollers, curling irons, hot-oil treatments and permanents. Limit the tension on hair from styles that use rubber bands, barrettes and braids.
- Avoid chemical contact
- Ask your doctor about medications and supplements you take that might cause hair loss.
- Protect your hair from sunlight and other sources of ultraviolet light.
- Stop smoking. Some studies show an association between smoking and baldness in men.
- If you’re being treated with chemotherapy, ask your doctor about a cooling cap. This cap can reduce your risk of losing hair during chemotherapy.
- Diet : Diet should cover fruits, salads and all vegetables so that the requirement of Vitamins A, B, C, D and E, Zinc, Iron, Biotin, Protein, and Essential Fatty Acids should get fulfilled.
- Exercise : 20 to 30 minutes of exercise helps to balance hormones, improve blood circulation. It should be combination of cardio ( jogging / skipping / cycling ) and Yoga.
- Ayurvedic supplements : There are many herbs mentioned in Ayurveda, which can help to overcome all conditions creating hair fall. There are medicines and oils for hair nourishment, dandruff, blood purifier, etc. Contact US
Treatment Of Hair Fall :
Ayurvedic Herbal Treatments :
Ayurvedic herbal treatments are always safe and more beneficial in “non genetic” hair fall.
- Rsayan : This treatment can slow down aging process.
- Shaman : This helps to cure all related conditions like dandruff, low blood / HB%, hormonal imbalance, body heat, extra ordinary swetting, etc.
- Oil Massage : Ayurvedic oils can be very useful to nourish hair and scalp. It stops hair fall and improves hair growth.
Modern Medical Treatments :
Warning : We serve only Ayurvedic herbal treatments. We don’t practice any of below treatments. They are mentioned only for knowledge of readers.
There are many research and treatments coming in modern science. It includes medication and surgery
Medication are available to treat hereditary baldness. There are medicines which may slow down hair fall to some extent. Some medicated shampoos may regrowth hair.
Laser Surgery :
Low-level laser may help to improve hair density for people with genetic hair loss and loss due to chemotherapy. This option is also called red light therapy. It may work by stimulating epidermal stem cells.
Hair Transplant Surgery :
In the most common type of permanent hair loss, only the top of the head is affected. Hair transplant, or restoration surgery, can make the most of the hair you have left.
During a hair transplant procedure, a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon removes hair from a part of the head that has hair and transplants it to a bald spot. Each patch of hair has one to several hairs (micrografts and minigrafts). Sometimes a larger strip of skin containing multiple hair groupings is taken. This procedure doesn’t require hospitalization, but it is painful so you’ll be given a sedation medicine to ease any discomfort. Possible risks include bleeding, bruising, swelling and infection. You may need more than one surgery to get the effect you want. Hereditary hair loss will eventually progress despite surgery.
Surgical procedures to treat baldness are not usually covered by insurance.