Is it Possible to Stop Losing Hair?

· November 8, 2014
Losing hair might not be the end of the world, but most people consider strong, healthy hair to be beautiful. Is there a way to reverse hair loss?

Most of us enjoy showing off shiny and strong hair and we like the latest hairstyle or newest cut to accentuate our beauty and affirm our health. But our hair can be extremely sensitive to any change in our bodies, even slight ones. Suddenly, you start to find a large amount of hair on your pillow in the morning or on your brush. Losing hair may alarm you. And that’s not just because of the aesthetics involved, but rather because you fear it could be an indicator of a more serious issue.

The most important thing is to remain calm! The first you need to decide is: is there really a problem?

Losing hair daily is completely normal

An adult has between 100,000 and 150,000 hair follicles that grow and fall out continuously during a cycle known as the hair growth life cycle. Since each hair follicle grows at its own pace, you can find hair follicles in distinct stages of growth all over your scalp.

People lose between 60 and 100 hair follicles everyday. These are hair follicles that are in the third stage of the hair growth cycle, the resting phase and the falling-out phase or the telogenic phase. And this is normal.

Now, when hair loss increases notably or only occurs in certain areas, we might be experiencing a disorder known as Alopecia.  The causes behind this disorder are extremely varied: skin diseases, hereditary factors, medicines, stress, an inadequate diet and even hairdos that pull on the scalp could all contribute to the development of Alopecia.

If this disorder isn’t treated in time, it can cause complete hair loss, but this process can be reversible. In this article, I provide you with 7 remedies to stop losing hair and to stimulate hair growth to get back your shiny tresses.

First things first: we are going to investigate what type of alopecia you may be experiencing.

Types of alopecia: is it possible to stop hair loss?

It's sometimes possible to stop losing hair.

Different types of alopecia can be categorized into two large groups depending on the way they cause the hair loss: Cicatricial Alopecias and Non-cicatricial Alopecias. It is worth mentioning that each strand of hair is formed by a hair shaft and a root inserted into the hair follicle. During the telogenic phase, the hair falls out, while the follicle generates another hair. Therefore, as long as the follicle isn’t harmed, hair growth regenerates itself.

The types of alopecia within the category of Cicatricial Alopecias are rare and are characterized by the destruction of the hair follicle due to inflammation, infections or trauma. If this is the case, the hair loss is irreversible. Some main causes for this type of affliction include:

  • Hereditary diseases such as ichthyosis and Epidermal Nevus
  • Physiochemical agents such as burns and caustic agents
  • Infectious disease caused by fungi, bacteria and viruses
  • Neoplastic Diseases like lymphomas.
  • Dermatoses such as sarcoidosis and follicular mucinosis

Read Also: How to Detect and Treat Lymphoma

Nevertheless, 80% of alopecias are categorized as noncicatricial alopecias or rather, disorders that do not harm the hair follicle. Therefore, losing hair might not be a permanent condition. Some types of hair loss can be stopped. Here is a list of some of the most common types, but it is always recommended that you see a dermatologist in order to correctly identify the problem.

Common types of alopecia

1. Androgenous Alopecia: it is the most common of all alopecias (95% of cases) and can be caused by genetic or hormonal factors. There are two patterns of affectation:

a) Men: hair loss is observed mainly in the anterior and central areas of the head. Known entries start to appear and increase in number.

b) Women: widespread hair loss.

2. Traumatic Alopecia: this disorder is caused by physical trauma. Various patterns are identified depending on what caused the hair loss:

a) Caused by traction: the hair is subjected to constant tension resulting from certain hairdos, such as buns or braids.

b) Caused by pressure: This is caused by the continuous rubbing of the scalp against another surface – a pillow, for example.

c) Trichotillomania: this is the nervous habit of losing hair by pulling it out directly.

3. Alopecia areata: this appears to be caused by stressful situations. Losing hair this way is characterized by the appearance of round patches, although sometimes, the entire scalp may be affected. This is often cured spontaneously, but there may be relapses.

4. Diffuse Alopecia: this is hair loss that is more or less intense in distinct areas of the scalp. This is caused by diverse factors, such as malnourishment, rapid weight loss, serious illness, and others.

5. Alopecia caused by drugs or medicines: large doses of certain medicines such as antithyroid medication, blood clot medication, cytostatic medicines and iodine as well as large amounts of Vitamin A have the ability to cause alopecia. When the drug or medicine stops being ingested, you stop losing hair as much too.

If you already know the type of alopecia you’re experiencing and it’s a noncicatricial alopecia, you may be able to help yourself! Here are some treatments for certain types of alopecia.

A few treatments to combat hair loss

Aloe vera might be able to help you if you're losing hair.

TREATMENT 1: Aloe Vera 

The Aloe Vera plant contains chemical substances that stimulate the scalp. Cut the inner leaf of the aloe vera plant into cubes. Press those gelatinous cubes onto the scalp, massaging the entire affected area.

Cover your scalp with a cloth. This will allow the treatment to work through the night. The next day, rinse with of warm water and the juice of half of a lemon. Do this for three or four weeks to get optimum results.

TREATMENT 2: Onion

Onion is rich in Vitamins A, B and C and the best part is that it counteracts hair loss. To achieve this result, you should take a white onion and grind it in the blender along with 3 teaspoons of honey. This mix is applied to the entire affected area with a small brush, which is then covered for 30 minutes. After, that, rinse the mixture off of the scalp with a considerable amount of water. In less than three weeks, you may be surprised by the results.

TREATMENT 3: Garlic and Olive Oil

Garlic possesses the most unbelievable properties. Some studies have found that it can also help reduce hair loss. Before going to bed, rub two halves of a garlic clove on your scalp and then massage it with olive oil. Cover your head with a hat overnight. On the next day, wash your hair with shampoo. You should do this twice a week for a month.

Also Read: How to Make Garlic Oil At Home

TREATMENT 4: Rosemary and Rue

For this treatment, you should boil a branch of rosemary and another branch of rue in three cups of water for 5 minutes. The resulting infusion should be used to rinse the hair after shampooing, constantly massaging the scalp.

Some final advice

Now, all that is left to do is try out some of the treatments. Nonetheless, remember that you need to be resolute and determined and get to the root of the problem before you can solve it. A nutritious diet, the avoidance of hair dryers or intense hairdos, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are the best things you can do for healthy hair.

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