Hair Loss – Causes & Cure
Did you know that about thirty five million men and twenty one million women suffer from hair loss in the United States alone? Over 40% men have noticeable hair loss by the age of thirty and over 65% by the age of sixty. In fact, hair loss is common to all individuals. It is a scientifically proven fact that at any given point of time, about 10% of the hair on your scalp are in the resting phase, which after three to four months fall out and new hair replace them. However some people may experience hair loss in inordinate proportions. This condition is medically termed as Andogenetic Alopecia.
There may be various reasons for abnormal hair loss, stress being most prominent one. Mostly after recovering from an illness or after a major surgery, people experience hair shedding. This type of hair loss is stress related as well as temporary. Hormonal disorders may also stimulate hair loss. People suffering from the thyroid disease often complain of hair fall. Thyroid is a hormonal disorder in which the thyroid gland is either overactive or underactive. Imbalance of male hormones, androgens and female hormones, estrogens result in hair fall. Hair loss experienced by women after pregnancy is also a result of hormonal imbalance. This kind of hair fall can be treated by restoring the hormonal balance of the body naturally or by means of hormonal pills. Certain medicines if consumed regularly result in week and breakage prone hair.
Birth control pills, anticoagulants used as blood thinners, medicines for blood pressure and gout are examples of medical drugs that cause hair fall. Usually, this type of hair loss ceases to exist once the medical supply of the drug to the body is cut off. Fungal infections of the scalp may cause hair loss as well which can be taken care of by using an antifungal medicine.
The above mentioned causes result only in temporary hair loss in most cases. However, hair loss maybe permanent as well in which case it is termed as male or female pattern baldness. This trait in men and women is hereditary and results in a receding hair line permanently.
Other than baldness, hair problems also include split ends, fizzy hair and dandruff. Split ends are induced by destruction of the protective cuticle at the end of the hair which can be easily avoided by applying the right conditioner and not brushing wet hair. Fizzy hair are usually hereditary or a result of constant exposure to humidity. Dandruff occurs due to excessive shedding of the dead skin cells from the scalp.
From personal experience I can say that the best way to avoid hair damage is to apply appropriate hair oil onto your scalp before every wash.