Losing Your Hair and What to do About it
Hair today, gone tomorrow…
In my family, hair loss is common. My father is bald, and both of my brothers have receding hairlines with one going seriously thin on top. My mom's gone grey and has developed a ‘widow's peak' hairline, but I think that might have more to do with stress since my dad retired and is around the house all day. At one point, even I started thinning a little, and I am in my early twenties. It's gotten a bit better since I adopted a few strategies to battle hair loss.
I decided to write this list of things that I've looked up and even tried myself. I find that the parts about vitamins and cutting down on stress have helped a little. There are times when I feel as though my hair isn't looking so good, and that is indication that you aren't feeling good, which I believe is what they refer to as a ‘bad hair day'. Your physical health mirrors your mental or emotional state. Isn't your body clever?
There are different camps out there. Dermatologists will give you mixed advice. Some opt for finasteride, others minoxidil, and others who specialise in hair restoration by way of a transplant might recommend that option. But there are those out there who will tell you never to have surgery or take any sort of medication that might have serious side effects. And these types tend to recommend anything from vitamins to basic everyday practices that we should all undertake. I'll go though as many of the different options as I can.
"The hair stays in a resting phase in the natural cycle and no new hair grows for various reasons, stress being a common culprit. The body is warning you that it cannot cope with the stress levels. After the issue has been taken care of, the hair supposedly grows back."
Things that might help
• Get out in the sun
It's been said that just like plants, hair needs sunlight. So get out in the garden or on the beach for a while each day. In summer you will notice this especially with hair tending to grow thicker and faster, and being lighter too, perhaps.
• Take some natural vitamins and minerals
Try eating some vegetables and fruit as well as taking some supplements. Omega 3 is good for hair, as well as skin and nails. They all seem to be linked, like ears, noses and throats. Zinc, Biotin, Keratin, and Vitamin A are also good things for hair.
• Your diet
Not only should try to eat vegetables and fruits, but also watch your intake of certain foods (protein in excess from red meat isn't good apparently, and yet too little protein can also result in hair loss) and try and vary your food, trying to include items from every food group. This will also make you feel better and your body will cope better with its new found fuel supply.
• Cut down on stress
Some people believe that stress is a hair killer. You can try anti-depressants or chill pills for this, but other forms of relaxation could work as well. Take up a hobby, learn to set schedules for tasks, and learn to separate work from play. Vitamin B is a stress killer so make sure to take enough of that.
• Check your shampoo and conditioner
My hairdresser told me that you must make sure that your shampoo isn't to blame for hair loss. Make sure you use a mild and preferably 2- in- 1 organic shampoo with conditioner. Check the ingredients to see that it doesn't contain any harmful chemicals. Some people are more sensitive to the chemicals present in some shampoos. Some don't even use shampoos at all.
• Gently massage your scalp for three minutes each day
This is a hairdresser's trick to stimulate hair follicles and this might help with minor cases of hair loss. Try and do it in the bath while lathering with your shampoo. If too many hairs come out, you're being too harsh. Hair naturally will come out in the bath, in the bed and on your towel, but when there's too much hair coming out, this could be worrying.
Getting the blood following in your body could indirectly help your hair. This is the same as the tip before, massaging you scalp will get the blood flowing to that area. Exercise will also help alleviate stress levels.
Surgery, topical treatments, and other info
Baldness is a funny thing, as no two people seem to look at it the same way. Some just except that it happens, and they either shave their head, or wear a cap or something, whereas others believe that it can be slowed down or even reversed. I've read from some articles that 90- 95% of the time alopecia (baldness) is hereditary and it can start as early as your teens. There's also a phenomenon known as temporary alopecia or telogen effluvium, where the hair stays in a resting phase in the natural cycle and no new hair grows for various reasons, stress being a common culprit. It can also happen after a serious shock to the body, like childbirth or something, where the body is warning you that it cannot cope with the stress levels. After the issue has been taken care of, the hair supposedly grows back, but one wonders if it will ever grow back to the way it was.
There are also various surgical and non-surgical methods one can employ to slow down or in some cases reverse hair loss, such as Rogaine, Propecia or other treatments. It's not 100% guaranteed as peoples' bodies react differently. A lot of doctors or hair specialists provide options such as hair transplants, laser hair replacement therapy and other things such as ‘integration' or micro pigmentation, which is mostly cosmetic. You'd have to visit these clinics yourself to get detailed info on these things as I'm not an expert in the field, and they are the ones you can consult, usually for free, and later get the treatment; probably expensive.
Beware of scams like or things that are not really practical. If it sounds bogus, it probably is. I'm doubtful that a lot of these topical treatments like creams and lotions can really help, and I've heard that the causes and solutions have more to do with inside your body. Some people also claim that Bob Martin dog pills help. Whatever you try, be careful and be patient, as it takes time to see any results. Also, always consult a medical practitioner first if in doubt.
"Baldness is God's way of reminding you that you're human. He takes the hair from your head and sticks it in your ears."— Bruce Willis
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