Are you too among literally millions of people sick and tired of finding an increasing amount of hair in your drain every time you have a shower? Do you feel like any day now there’ll be more hair left in your brush than on your head? We know the feeling.
What causes hair loss?
Even though hair loss is often associated with men over the age of 50 due to the fact that it indeed affects more than half of the group, it doesn’t treat women any more kindly either. Androgenetic alopecia, an inherited trait resulting in significant hair loss around the temples and across the crown of the head, is just one of the numerous causes of hair loss. Others include aging, stress, different illnesses, significant hormone changes such as at times during pregnancy, childbirth or menstrual pause, a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is a byproduct of testosterone, various medication side-effects including chemotherapy, but also different hairstyling and lifestyle options.
Based on the underlying causes, we differentiate permanent hair loss from the temporary kinds. Both may be either rectified or moderated with the help of different hair loss treatments, depending on what caused it.
What are hair loss treatments?
When it comes to certain circumstantial hair loss causes such as stress or hormone changes in pregnancy or menopause, the best hair loss treatment is actually time. Once the causes start to fade, the hair will continue its previous natural hair growth pace and patterns. However, other occurrences may require use of different hair loss treatments.
Certain hair-loss causes can be treated through medications, the most common being liquid or foam minoxidil and pills finasteride. However, as with any medications, make sure you consult your physician and/or dermatologist before taking them and inform yourself of all the precautions and possible side effects.
Balanced diet and food supplements
As a rule, healthy hair likes food rich in iron, omega-3 fatty acids and protein, so the lack of these nutrients in your body will be visible in your hair. If the cause of your hair loss is malnutrition or any sort of nutrient deficiency, in addition to balancing your diet, the most effective hair loss treatments are supplements. Usually in the form of pills or liquids, they are simply taken orally for a period of time until the deposits in the body are restocked.
If the hair loss is caused by inflammation of the follicles which prevents new hair growth, a possible hair loss treatment involves a laser treatment. Topical low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is proven to reduce inflammation safely and effectively, allowing for follicles to recover and produce new hairs at their usual rate.
In addition to the blissful feeling they produce, scalp massages can also be an effective form of hair loss treatment. The relaxing movements cause an increase in blood flow and oxygenation to the scalp, which then has positive effects on the hair growth rate, density and volume with no negative side-effects. For even better effects, complement the massage with some of the oils with proven benefits for hair, such as peppermint, coconut, castor or olive oil. If you’d like to try it out yourself, book your appointment with your hairdresser as soon as possible and enjoy both the short-term and the longer lasting positive effects of scalp massages.
Unfortunately, as hinted by the term “permanent hair loss”, the effects of this type are irreversible on their own. It occurs when hair follicles are, for any reason, too damaged or shrunken to keep producing hair in the affected area and the only sort of hair loss treatment is actually a hair replacement procedure. There are several kinds, such as micro-grafting, slit grafting or punch grafting and they are mostly performed by removing either individual hairs from your scalp or a smaller strip of skin with healthy hairs and transplanting it directly onto the area suffering from hair loss. The surgery takes between 4 and 8 hours, leaving you with the results that last for several years.
How can I prevent my hair loss?
Regardless of your gender, if there is a history of androgenetic alopecia or thinning hair in your family, you should consult your hairdressing professional and your dermatologist and discuss the best prevention or treatment methods for your own case.
Another common cause of hair loss is the hair maltreatment during styling. Excessive hair pulling can damage hair follicles, so try to be as gentle as possible when brushing, drying or styling it. Avoid frequent use of tight hairdos like ponytails, braids or buns. Furthermore, try to limit the use of heating gadgets and heavy chemicals which may inflict temporary or permanent damage to your hair.
Additionally, everyone should invest their best efforts into maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle as much as possible – avoid cigarettes and stress, get enough sleep, exercise regularly and drink plenty of water. Balanced diet of a rich food variety will keep you healthy and looking your best self. Your hair, as well as the rest of your organism, will be happy and radiant.
If you’d like more information about how you can safely style, maintain and protect your hair, don’t hesitate to contact us or book your appointment.