Hair Loss Basics

Many people around the world suffer from hair loss and hair thinning. There is no doubt that men are more likely to be affected due to male pattern baldness, but women not safe from this condition either.

Although hair loss is not a life-threatening disease, it can have a notable impact on a victim’s mental vitality and confidence. About 40% of men exhibit visible hair loss symptoms by the age of 35, and most women also start slowly losing their hair in their 30s, but fail to notice any signs until much later.

Causes

Hair loss is not always unstoppable; a lot depends on the actual trigger that sets off the thinning or loss. Finding the underlying cause of hair loss is an important part of recovery as the condition is often a reflection of other physical or mental problems a person is experiencing.

The reasons behind hair thinning may stretch from vitamin deficiency, physical or emotional stress, hormonal changes (e.g. during pregnancy), lack of protein, excessive use of hair products, hypothyroidism, aging, hereditary predisposition to considerably more serious underlying diseases.

Treatment

Pattern boldness is most commonly treated, especially in the US, with Finasteride (a prescription drug that is taken one time a day in the form of a pill) or Minoxidil (a medication available without a prescription that needs to be sprayed or rubbed into the scalp). Alternatively, some people opt for radical options such as hair implants.

However, in many cases, hair loss caused by vitamin deficiency can be treated effectively by using significantly less radical solutions. In fact, treating your hair loss before you have examined the root of the problem can be harmful.

One of the first steps to preventing hair loss is to establish good hair hygiene habits. That means that should avoid washing your hair on a daily basis (preferably no more than twice a week), limit the use of styling products as well as heat stylization such as blow drying or curling which dries out the hair.

It is essential to identify and address any possible underlying medical conditions such as an excessive amount of stress, thyroid disease, anemia or hormonal imbalances to prevent further loss of hair. Trying to regain your original hair volume while ignoring the root cause will lock you in an endless battle. It is only after you have eliminated the root cause that you can begin the process of healing and recuperations without the fear of hair loss bouncing back.

To help your hair regain its strength, it is advisable to use more specialized anti-hair loss shampoos and conditioners based on natural ingredients. Equally, a balanced diet that includes enough iron and vitamin B is very helpful. Also, many health blogs suggest home remedies such as Aloe Vera gel, onion juice, and massage.

The effects of remedies – homemade or medical – differ from one person to another. However, it is important to understand that treating hair loss, in the first place, means determining and eliminating hidden underlying causes that make you lose your hair.