The problem of hair loss is not so uncommon among men and women but in case of men has actually gone worst. Health problems such as iron deficiency or anemia, thyroid disease, low vitamin levels and more can contribute to hair loss. Even though it can be controlled to some extent by regular shampooing and nutritious food but if not then hair treatments are required and that may include some tests like thyroid function tests (TFT), complete blood count (CBC), vitamin B and iron level.
Causes of hair loss
Generally hair loss might not be noticed by others but the person suffering from hair loss problem often gets conscious that their hair does not look as thick or beautiful as it used to be earlier. Causes of hair losses can be many :
- Most of the time hair loss has no specific reason which means it may not relate to any systemic or internal disease or poor diet as the cause of hair loss may be predetermined genetic factors or just aging factor or in case of family history.
- At times mild and normal physiologic thinning of hair may lead to the condition of hair loss and gets noticed at the age of thirties and forties.
- Temporary severe stress, illness, nutritional changes, and hormonal changes like those in pregnancy, puberty, and menopause might cause a reversible hair loss. Any health issues may cause sudden or severe hair loss such as thyroid disease.
- Although many medications list “hair loss” among their potential side effects, most drugs are not likely to include hair loss. On the other hand, with cancer treatments and immune suppression medications, hair loss is a very common side effect.
- Complete hair loss often occurs after a course of major chemotherapy for cancer. Usually hair re grows after six to 12 months.
Treatment for hair loss
In order to find out some other underlying health issues, see your family physician for basic health screening. Dermatologists are doctors who specialize in problems of skin, hair, and nails and may provide more advanced diagnosis and treatment of hair thinning and loss. Generally a scalp biopsy may be taken to help in diagnosis of severe or unexplained hair loss.
Before taking medical treatment, first try home remedies as they are best and effective with no side effects, and give patients good results since other treatments mostly use chemical or medicine which are not only harmful but will always have side effects. Following are some treatments which can be used at home very easily.
- Apply ginger, garlic or onion juice on scalp overnight and wash it in the morning.
- Meditation is very helpful it helps to reduce daily tensions and stress.
- Head massage is also another good option as it helps stimulate circulation in the scalp which keeps hair follicles active.
- Massage with natural oil such as olive, coconut or lavender or bay essential oil in an almond or sesame oil base may improve scalp.
- Jojoba oil also helps as it replaces the sebum in the scalp and controls dandruff.
- Coconut milk helps to stop hair fall by using its juice on scalp.
- Aloe Vera is very effective for hair fall especially if its reason is irritated, infected or dry scalp apply its gel on scalp and get positive results.
- Green tea contains antioxidants and by using two bags brewed in one cup of water on scalp for an hour and rinse, it prevents hair loss and improves hair growth.
- Neem is good for health, beauty and has hair benefits too. Boil neem leaves in water, cool it and then rinse out hair.
- Boil dried amla in coconut oil until it turns black in color and then apply on scalp. Make paste of amla with shikakai powder and apply on hair.
All these methods are very useful and effective, and make scalp healthy.