Causes of Hair Loss

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Reasons for Hair Loss

Almost all the people lose hair either gradually or suddenly, but the underlying causes vary from individual to individual. Scientific evidence is increasingly suggesting that excess estrogen is the root cause for hair loss and ways are to be devised to maintain estrogen at proper levels. The following article discusses the probable reasons for hair loss and means of reducing hair loss by the natural method.

What is Hair Loss

About 100 strands of hair are lost everyday by an individual, depending on their genetic background. If the hair loss is pronounced especially where it often grows like on the head, it is called Baldness. Baldness generally afflicts males in varying degrees mostly on the head region and a severe case exists where the total hair from the body is lost. It is always easier to maintain the remaining hair than it is to grow, notwithstanding the claims made by people on their success in regrowing the hair. People experiencing hair loss will initially be diffident at the onset of symptoms and progressively reconcile themselves to their fate. Some people take their baldness as a sign of charisma and some feel something lacking in body image and self concept particularly by cancer patients where the radiation therapy makes it ugly and irreversible.

Causes of Hair Loss

Hair growth is seen from childhood up to the mid 20’s, then stabilizes and reduces gradually, but in some cases, the hair loss is sudden which varies from person to person.

Usage of certain chemicals in coloring and bleaching products may sometimes be the reasons for hair loss.

Hereditary plays an important part in male baldness which is transferred down the family chain, while cases of female transmission are very low.

People subjected to radiation treatment experience severe hair loss, sometimes permanently. Medications like antidepressants, contraceptive pills, amphetamines also cause hair loss. People undergoing treatment for ulcer, high blood pressure and arthritis also lose hair due to the side effects of the medications.

Hormonal deficiencies can cause hair loss, particularly so in women. Women normally undergo hormonal changes after menopause and the immediate fall out of this effect is hair loss. Fortunately, we now have treatments to rectify these hormonal deficiencies if diagnosed early. 

Application of too much force in certain hairstyles to maintain uprightness may also be one of the reasons for hair loss. Indiscreet use of hair rollers or devices makes the hair weak and ultimately falls off.

Building up of Sebum, a fatty substance in the hair follicles slowly weakens it, paves way for permanent damage and finally hair growth is stunted.

Motherhood also contributes to hair loss due to the staggering effects of the impact of pregnancy, but this loss is slowly reversible.

Scalpel infection and Thyroid disorders also cause hair loss but can be effectively treated. Insufficient supply of blood to the scalp or nutrient deficiency in the blood leads to hair loss.

Stress, as always produces many effects, hair fall the first adverse reaction to it. It is always advisable to lead a stress free life, as far as possible, as the long term consequences are debilitating and silently works on the body without any one personally noticing the havoc it creates. Pollution increases Estrogen levels, the main culprit of hair loss. It is recommended to live where the air pollution is within the permissible limits or else the liver has to be detoxified regularly for its proper functioning, as the liver is the principal organ which protects us against the effects of pollution. 

Hair Growth Remedies

Olive oil acts effectively in hair loss reduction and regular usage on the scalp nips the problem in the bud. Mustard seeds cooked in boiling water should be gulped as syrup for effective control of hair loss, even though it is not pleasant. Continuous application over a period of time, a mix of olive oil, lemon juice and egg yolk in the desired proportions will help in controlling hair loss and helps in new hair growth. Egg yolk applied directly on the head, massaged and allowed to remain for two hours strengthens the hair roots and lessens the chances of hair falling; however care should be taken to thoroughly wash the hair to clear the yolk. Adequate amount of water should be consumed daily and the food intake should be protein rich, available in various fruits and dairy produce. Hair growth can be stimulated by applying henna (Mehndi) leaves boiled in mustard oil.

After understanding the reasons for hair loss and analyzing means to reduce, appropriate measures must be taken in consultation with an expert, early enough to prevent irreversible damage.