Signs and Symptoms of Hair Loss
Baldness, also known as alopecia, is when some part of the body (particulary the head) has an absence of hair. The most common form of baldness is a progressive hair thinning condition called androgenic alopecia, which is commonly referred to as 'male pattern baldness'. This form of hair loss commonly occurs in adult males and can begin as early as the teenage years. Hair loss can start in different areas but is usually at the temples or on the crown of the head. Initial thinning of the hair progresses over a number of years and eventually the top of the hairline meets the thinned crown, resulting in a horseshoe pattern of hair around the sides of the head. Complete baldness of the head occurs when the rate of hair loss exceeds the rate of hair regrowth, or when new hair grows back thinner or in patches. Women suffering from hair loss rarely develop the same bald patches that men do. Instead, they experience a more uniform thinning of their hair across the entire head.
Causes of Hair Loss
Common baldness is usually the result of hair follicles that begin to shrink over time, resulting in shorter
and finer hair regrowth. While the exact cause of this shrinking is currently unknown, heredity, hormones and
age are believed to be major contributing factors. A history of androgenetic alopecia on either side of the
family increases the risk of balding. Heredity also affects the age at which you begin to lose hair and the
speed, pattern and extent of your baldness. Note that this type of common balding is usually permanent, but
some of the remedies below may help to slow down the hair loss process.
Hair loss can also occur as a result of certain diseases or infections, trauma, diet, medications, hormonal changes (such as during pregnancy), or improper hair care. In such instances, hair loss is usually very rapid or is associated with redness, scaling, or pain. In such instances, once the underlying cause is pinpointed and eliminated, the hair has the potential to grow back, so it is best to consult a doctor if you experience these hair loss symptoms.
Home Remedies and Natural Treatments for Hair Loss
Rosemary, which is an herb that is high in iron, calcium, and Vitamin B6, has been known to help combat dandruff. Since dandruff is a source of hair loss, the rosemary herb can also be used to treat it. Here is a simple remedy that you can use to treat hair loss:
- Put half a cup of rosemary leaves into a pan and add 2 litres of water to it.
- Simmer the mixture for 10-15 minutes and then let it cool.
- Strain the mixture into a container and then mix a few drops of wheat germ oil.
- Wash your hair with a mild shampoo (such as baby shampoo), and then apply the rosemary mixture evenly through your hair.
- Let it sit for 1 minute, and then wash your hair thoroughly with lukewarm water.
- Use this mixture daily.
Rosemary can often be found in the produce section of most grocery stores. Seeds can also be purchased if you want to grow this herb at home.
The seeds of psoralea are commonly used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine. A recent study
found that regular consumption of psoralea extracts by fourty-five bald men over a six month
period resulted in hair that was completed restored in 36 percent of the cases, and a significant
restoration in another 30 percent of the cases.
Therefore, a simple remedy for hair loss is to eat 3 to 9 grams of the seeds daily. They can be consumed throughout the day with every meal by using the seeds as toppings on your favourite dishes. Dried psoralea seeds can be found at some Asian markets and herbal shops. Psoralea can also be found in powdered form in order to make herbal teas.
Aloe Vera has been known to help balance the pH level of the scalp while also cleansing the pores. As a result, it has been used by many cultures to prevent hair loss and to promote healthy hair. A common remedy is to combine Aloe Vera gel with a small amount of wheat germ oil and coconut milk to create a shampoo that can be used daily to treat hair loss.
Jatamansi and Brahmi
Stress is a leading cause of temporary hair loss. Jatamansi is a traditional Ayurvedic herb that has been know to help relieve stress and therefore promote hair growth. Brahmi is another Ayurvedic herb that helps to revitalize the brain cells and promotes memory functions and concentration. If stress is leading to your hair loss, try the following simple remedy that uses these two herbs together:
- Mix equal amounts of jatamansi and brahmi into a small container.
- Add 1 teaspoon of this mixture into 1 cup of hot water.
- Drink the hot water mixture 2 or 3 times a day to relieve stress.
Jatamansi and Brahmi can be found in most Ayurvedic health shops, or you can purchase them online from large retailers such as Amazon.
Note: As a safety precaution, avoid using jatamansi and brahmi during pregnancy since there are no clinical studies studying the effect of these herbs on unborn children.
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