Life can take a toll on your looks, especially your hair. Hair loss can have a profound effect on self-esteem, triggering depression and so, ironically, and hindering recovery. Every day, everyone loses some hair. Our body then replaces it with some new strands as part of the many renewal processes that are built into our body systems. However, some people may experience excessive (more than normal) hair loss. Hair loss of this type can affect men, women, and children. The state of our hair is also a visible barometer of our internal health, but it is possible to be completely unaware that you are suffering from a health problem that is causing poor hair growth. Here are some of the reasons that could cause hair fall and their cures…. What causes excessive hair loss? A number of things can cause excessive hair loss. For example, about 3 or 4 months after an illness or a major surgery you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.
Anaemia -Iron deficiency leads to anaemia. Less oxygen is carried to the scalp, starving the follicles, and eventually causing gradual, uniform hair loss. Lack of Vitamin C and consumption of caffeine and alcohol can also hinder iron absorption. Drinking fruit juices with iron-rich food aids absorption, helping hair grow back. Eating disorders -The growing phase of the hair cycle is prematurely halted by reduced food intake. Hair loses its shine and falls out. Those who lose weight suddenly, or limit their calorie intake to maintain a low weight, may well also have wispy, dull-looking hair. The cure is to eat right especially protein at breakfast and also no skipping meals, not nutrient deficit foods. Too much vitamin A and lack of protein are main causes. · Family history (heredity) - this stands as one of the major causes of hair loss caused due to hereditary conditions such as male and female pattern baldness. It is said to have predictable patterns and symptoms such as a receding hairline and bald spots in men and thinning of hair in women which occurs in a gradual manner as one ages · Hormonal changes and medical conditions - there is always some hormonal imbalance or issue in our body which leads to other changes and a variety of such conditions can cause temporary or permanent hair loss. Could be due to either pregnancy situations, changes in period cycle or menopause, childbirth or thyroid related problems. Medical conditions such as alopecia areata that causes patchy hair loss, infections on scalp like ringworms or excess lice and hair pulling disorder called trichotillomania · Polycystic ovary syndrome is another imbalance in male and female sex hormones. An excess of androgens can lead to ovarian cysts, weight gain, a higher risk of diabetes, changes in your menstrual period, infertility, as well as hair thinning. Because male hormones are overrepresented in PCOS, women may also experience more hair on the face and body. 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. Also due to the use of anti depressants, blood thinners, excessive fitness supplements, Anabolic steroids, · Radiation therapy to the head. The hair may not grow back the same as it was before also experienced in chemo therapy sessions. · A very stressful event. Many people experience a general thinning of hair several months after a physical or emotional shock or setback. This type of hair loss is temporary but can be of high degree due to excess stress, tension, family issues. (telogen effluvium) · Certain hairstyles and treatments. Excessive hairstyling or hairstyles that pull your hair tight, such as pigtails or cornrows, can cause a type of hair loss called traction alopecia. not only that but excess of exposure to heat by straightening or other machines can lead to loss of quality of hair and eventually hair loss. Hot oil hair treatments and permanents can cause inflammation of hair follicles that leads to hair loss. If scarring occurs, hair loss could be permanent. Right material should also be used to shampoo hair and frequent changes in daily routine can cause the same. Post Pregnancy – Hair fall can increase post-delivery. At the time of pregnancy, women have high oestrogen levels, leading to prolonged growing stage of the hair. There are very few hairs in the resting mode and the overall hair fall is less. As a result, during pregnancy, women have thicker and stronger hair. However, post-delivery everything is changed the Oestrogen levels drop drastically in the body. And suddenly 100% of hair follicle go to rest mode. This leads to rise in number of hair fall. The sudden change in hormones also cause this, but this isn’t a permanent situation. For some women, this may come back to normalcy after 6 to 7 months, but to some of it doesn’t, it can lead to thinning of hair and making scalp visible. In such cases or situation, they must seek other medical guidance to avoid going bald. Chemical trauma – Hair fall can also be caused due to chemical trauma, extensive usage of chemical treatments, causes irritation in scalp and can sufficiently damage that section of hair. When these chemical burns are severe enough to harm the follicles but not cause permanent scarring, the result is chemical trauma and hair loss treatment is often possible. Should the burns be more extreme, however, causing scarring to the scalp, this is defined as severe alopecia which is generally only treatable through surgical hair restoration. We can also treat this chemical trauma caused hair fall, but this treatment can only be for restoring the hair condition and strength. You can stop or even reverse hair loss with aggressive treatment, especially if it’s due to an underlying medical condition. Hereditary hair loss may be more difficult to treat. However, certain procedures such as hair transplants can help reduce the appearance of baldness