Human beings want to remain young, smart, stylish and attractive forever. People use so many cosmetic products and spend thousands even lakhs of rupees to maintain their beauty. Small alteration in look make them worried. Hair constitute one of the important part of beauty. People change their look by changing their hairstyle. Number of products like shampoo, dyes, hair dryer, hair gel, hair straightener, hair conditioner and many more are used to keep hair long, healthy and strong. Generally 50 to 100 hair fall everyday and this rate of hairfall is normal and should go unnoticed. More than 150 hair fall require to check the exact reason for hairloss. Person needs to follow these top tips to control hairfall and grow hair again.
Top tips to control hairfall is to identify the exact reason that led to faster hairloss. If we know the cause of hairloss, we can easily control hairfall.
There are thousands of article on internet about top tips to control hairfall and people blindly start following those tips without knowing exact reason of hairloss. We should follow only those tips that treat the cause. Let’s come to the point of identifing reason for hairfall.
REASONS FOR HAIRFALL
There are number of reasons that causes hairfall and will discuss one by one. We are going to discuss types of hairloss, reason and how to control them.
It is also known as hereditary hairloss, male or female pattern hairloss. This type of hairloss is associated with genes and consider to be acquired genetically from family. Hairfall starts from frontal and central part of head and characterized by hair thinning and hairloss. You can see pattern of hairloss in the given picture and correlate with hairloss pattern you are suffering from. Most of the people suffered from this type of hairloss at one stage of life and it is hardest to control. Androgenic hairloss is most widespread and easy to recognize. Let’s discuss how we can control and treat it.
Tips to control hairfall
- Keeps the hair short to minimize friction between hair. There are number of benefits of short hair like minimize friction between hair that ultimately prevent hairfall, medication directly applied to hair follicle, prevent medicine from seepage, nourishment reaches hair follicle and easy to maintain. Short hair help to control every type of hairfall.
- Mainly two line of treatment are available for Androgenic alopecia. One is to apply topical solution like Minoxidil , aminexil or combination of both in various strength two times a day. Minoxidil increase blood circulation in scalp region and help hair to grow while aminexil increases density of hair. It is advised to use combination of both for best results. One should consult dermatologist for exact strength of these topical solution because it depends upon rate of hairfall, region of scalp involved.
- Second line of treatment is a quick fix formula. If hairfall is not responding to topical solutions and hair density is low, Trichologist advises for hair transplant. Hair transplant is surgical implant of hair follicle. Though it is costlier but best for people who do not want to apply medicine daily for few months.
- Latest and most effective treatment to control and stop hairfall is PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy. Result of PRP therapy is effective. PRP therapy not only used to control hairloss but also effective in treatment of arthritis, sign of aging etc. In PRP therapy, blood is drawn and put in centrifuge machine under specific temperature in order to separate RBC and Platelet Rich Plasma. This Platelet rich plasma is injected at hairloss affected area with fine syringes. The whole procedure is performed by dermatologist and very effective to control hairfall. In India, One cycle costs around 5000 Rs depending upon affected area. PRP therapy is safe and has no major side effects. PRP therapy is performed once in a month and results starts showing after 2-3 sitting.
2. Alopecia Areata
This type of hairfall normally involves scalp hair and beard but might involves other part too. There would be patches of complete hairloss. The condition is very embarrassing but curable. Alopecia Areata responds well with intralesional steroid injection. Inj Triamcenolone 2.5mg/5mg/10mg is advised depending upon severity. One should consult to Trichologist for exact dose and should be injected only by the medical professional for best results.
3. Involutional Alopecia
involves thinning of hair over period of time. People above 50 year of age suffer from this disorder. It can be easily distinguish from Androgenic alopecia. Involutional alopecia majorly affects aging people and involves whole scalp instead of male or female pattern baldness. It can be controlled through healthy diet and proper nourishment to hair.
Other major causes of hairfall
also known as seborrheic dermatitis, is disorder of skin and speedy hair-loss might be results of seborrheic dermatitis. If you are having dandruff, it needs to be treated immediately to control hair fall. Dandruff is white flakes of dead skin that exfoliate from scalp. It can be easily visualized by scrubbing scalp. Dandruff layer over scalp makes hair follicle brittle that results into hair-loss. Hairfall due to dandruff can be controlled by treating dandruff with anti-fungal shampoo. Generally anti-fungal shampoo should not be used too frequently and recommend to use two times a week. Main reason of not using shampoo daily is that shampoo like ketoconazole or other anti-fungal shampoo promotes dryness and speed up the hairfall process. Consult doctor for exact dose and frequency of using shampoo to achieve best results. You can read best tips to treat dandruff naturally through home remedies.
This type of hairloss can be seen in people having long hair. This is result of pulling hair back by using hairband or other similar stuff. Traction hairloss is rare and people whose hairstyle involves pulling down hair backward, become victim of it. Recommend treatment is to change hairstyle. Don’t apply any pulling force, remove hairband, keep hair short and free from any pressure.
Hairfall due to stress
Stess is also one of the major factor for hair loss. Persistent stress causes hair loss and other psychological symptoms in our body. Generally people take stress for hairfall and persistent stress results into anxiety. Stress acts as triggering factor for hairfall. In order to control hairfall, one should not take too much stress and should manage balance between work and rest. People should take adequate and sound sleep to overcome stress.
Best treatment to stop hairfall
Best treatment to stop hairfall depends upon exact cause of hair loss. Treating the cause with effective medications will give best results. As we discussed earlier, major causes of hairfall are dandruff, androgenic alopecia, stress, involutional alopecia and nutrients deficiency.
Best tips to control Dandruff
There are number of antifungal agents available in market. Main contents of antifungal agents and their functions are given below
Most used and effective antifungal agent. You can purchase it in lotion form or shampoo form. It should be used twice a week. Apply over scalp, rinse thoroughly, keep it 3 to 5 minutes and wash it off. Excess use of Ketaconazole shampoo leads to dryness and results into dry & brittle hair. Therefore it should be used twice a week.
is an effective anti dandruff agents and used in several anti-fungal shampoo along with other anti-dandruff agents. Selenium Sulphide inhibits cell regeneration, thus controls dandruff. Cell regeneration causes white flakes in scalp. It also destroy malessezia yeast which is causing agent of seborrheic dermatitis.
Also known as ZPTO is an effective anti dandruff agents and used in most of anti dandruff shampoo along with ketaconazole. ZPTO controls oiliness and eliminate yeast consider to be the main cause of dandruff.
Is also used in anti-dandruff products due to its keratolytic property. Salicylic acid removes flake of dandruff from scalp and helps in treatment of dandruff.
Is a coal product and cheaper as compared to other anti dandruff shampoo. It reduces skin cell generation and help in treatment of dandruff. Dandruff is basically excess generation of skin cells that leads to deposition of flakes in scalp. This flakes of skin cells causes brittleness and dryness of hair. Coaltar inhibits cell generation and prevent deposition of that flake. Coaltar is widely used in other skin conditions like psoriasis.
If we recommend a product that contains necessary elements in required amount to treat dandruff and dermatitis is Nizoral anti dandruff shampoo. It gives amazing results. Although it’s costly but it’s results justify its cost.
List of nutrients essential for hair growth
Apart from treating the cause of hairloss, we need to provide essential nutrients to hair follicles for their growth. These nutrients should be part of your diet instead of taking in form of medicine. Now we will discuss all essential nutrients required for hair growth.
Role of Protein in hair growth
This is what hair strand composed of. Protein deficiency affects hair growth cycle, make hair brittle and ultimately stimulate process of rapid hairfall. Protein deficiency mainly takes place when someone want to lose weight and adopt calorie restricted diet. One must ensure that taking required amount of nutrients in calorie restricted diet is crucial for our body. Protein rich vegetarian foods are spinach, beans & legumes , chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, oatmeal, green peas, soy milk, Broccoli, black beans and lentils. Non vegetarian foods are rich in protein as compared to veg food but veg food can suffice your daily protein requirement. Protein rich Non vegetarian foods are chicken, beef, sea foods, white fish, pork and jerky.
Omega 3 role for hair growth
Omega 3 fatty acid are unsaturated fatty acids and not produced by our body. It means we need to supply omega 3 fatty acids to our body for proper functioning. Omega 3 are anti inflammatory agent and best for healthy, shiny and lush hair. Omega 3 decrease inflammation, soothe, moisturize scalp and acts as stimuli for hair growth. It prevent hair dryness, control dandruff and ultimately prevent hair fall. As we discussed, Omega 3 are not produced and need to supply through healthy diet. Seeds, nuts and fish are rich source of omega 3. Out of these, atleast one should be included in our diet to provide required amount of Omega 3 fatty acid.
Role of Vitamin C in hair growth
Vitamin C is also very important for hair growth. Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) helps in building collagen that provide strength to hair and prevent hair loss. It helps in absorption of iron that is also useful for hair growth. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruit abundantly. Lemon, orange, grapes are rich in Vitamin C and should be included in our diet.
Role of Biotin in hair growth
Biotin also helps to control hair fall and promote hair growth. There are scientific evidence that suggest Biotin role in keratin growth. Keratin, a kind of protein constitutes hair follicle. Biotin is considered useful for health of nail, hair and skin. Experts recommend 30 mg to 100 mg of Biotin per day to person above 10 years old. Generally Biotin is supplied in ample quantity in diet. Source of Biotin are whole grain, banana, egg yolk, organ meats, soyabeans, nuts like peanut, almonds.
Role of Vitamin E in hair growth
also known as evion, is an antioxidant. Its anti inflammatory property reduces inflammation of hair follicle and promotes hair growth. Vitamin E can be taken orally and vit E gel can be used topically over scalp. It makes hair lush, shiny and strong. Vitamin E is found in plant seed oil in abundance. Almonds, mustards green, spinach, turnip greens and kale are rich source of vitamin E.
These points needs to be taken into consideration if you are facing hair loss problem. Identifying exact cause of hair loss and treating the cause can give fruitful results. Try to control hair loss first rather than promoting hair growth. Dietary supplements is important and needs to be taken daily for hair growth.