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Five Ways To Help Prevent Hair Loss

Sep 9, 2008
Losing hair everyday is a normal part of hair growth cycle. The hair constitutes of 90% in a growing stage and 10% in a resting phase, which is lost every 2 to 3 months. Hair loss tends to get noticed when the loss is beyond the usual limit. Why does hair loss take place? There are several reasons for this, including: Alopecia areata. Affects both males and females; hair loss is rapid and the most common pattern is one or more spots of hair loss on the scalp. When there is a mal-function of the immune system the intrinsic white cells attack the hair follicles and result in this ailment. When all the scalp hair is lost it is called Alopecia Totalis. Alopecia Universalis is a rather uncommon condition where all the hair of the body is lost.

Hereditary factors: This can affect 25% of men by the time they are 30 years of age. It is called male pattern baldness. Over and above the reason being genetic, it could also be due to testosterone the male hormone. One of the functions of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is produced by the conversion of testosterone, causes impairment or stoppage of hair growth and produces short and weak hair. Men who do not have testosterone do not get male pattern baldness.

Skin diseases: yet another cause for hair loss, which affects the scalp. Dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, scalp fungus such as ringworm and tinea captis are some of the ailments caused by skin diseases.

Sudden illness or fever: after any serious illness or fever, you could experience large chunks of hair falling out. This is generally a temporary condition however.

Childbirth, menopause, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and aging could also be the other reasons for hair loss. Though these are the primary reasons for hair loss, there could be several others also.

Successful hair loss treatments are available where you not only stop hair loss but re-grow your hair too. Some ways you could treat hair loss naturally are:

1. Vitamins A, B, C and E are hair promoters. Include them in the diet. What is the importance of these vitamins? They not only provide sebum, they also help in increase of blood circulation to the scalp by absorbing more oxygen and collagen.

2. Importance of scalp care: Remember to massage your scalp regularly with herbal oils like olive oil, jojoba oil, amla oil. Some conditions of alopecia areata can be effectively treated with essential oils of thyme, rosemary, lavender and cedar wood.

3. Avoid scalp abuse - Avoid daily use of chemical shampoos and blow-drying. Hair and scalp get damaged by chemical treatments such as coloring and straightening. Even washing your hair daily with hot water will cause it to get stripped of natural oils and make it dry and brittle.

4. Using herbal care: Using powders of amla, shikakai, henna and ritha as shampoo and conditioner can be an effective treatment. If you are looking for a powerful anti-oxidant, which can prevent graying, and hair loss, you would get it in amla powder, which is the richest source of natural vitamin C. If you want a hair cleanser, which cleanses without depriving your hair of its natural oils, go for Shikakai, also known as the Fruit for hair. It has a natural low pH. Henna then acts as a natural conditioner.

5. Reduce stress: Take the help of exercises and meditation to reduce stress levels, which is another factor in hair loss. Quit the Cancer Stick: The nicotine blocks the blood passage to the scalp, reducing blood supply to this region. To avoid damage to the scalp avoid UV rays from sun exposure.
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