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 if it is slight. Suddenly, you start to find a large amount of hair on your pillow in the morning or on your brush and you become alarmed, not just because of the aesthetics involved, but rather because you fear that it could be an indicator of a much more serious issue.
The most important thing is to remain calm! Although this article will provide solutions to this problem, but first you need to decide: does a problem really exist?
Daily Hair Loss 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 appearance of Alopecia. If this disorder is not 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 hair loss and to stimulate hair growth to get back your shiny tresses.
First things first: we are going to investigate what type of alopecia you are experiencing.
Types of Alopecia: Is it Possible to Stop Hair Loss?
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 is not 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 Ictiosis and Epidermal Nevus
- Physiochemical agents such as burns and caustic agents
- Infectious disease caused by fungi, bacteria and viruses
- Neoplastic Diseases like lynphomas.
- Dermatosis such as Sarcoidosis and Follicular Mucinosis
Nevertheless, 80% of alopecias are categorized as Noncicatricial Alopecias or rather, disorders that do not harm the hair follicle and therefore, the hair loss can be reversed with adequate treatment. Here I present you with 5 of the most usual types, but it is always recommended that you see a dermatologist in order to correctly identify the problem.
1. Androgenous Alopecia or Common Calvicie: 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. Areas of total calvicie are not produced.
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, por example, a pillow.
c) Trichotillomania: this is the nervous habit of pulling out one’s hair.
3. Alopecia areata: this appears to be caused by stressful situations. This type of hair loss 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, fever processes, hormonal imbalances after pregnancy, among 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, the hair starts to grow again.
Thus, if you already know the type of alopecia you are experiencing and it is a noncicatricial alopecia, good news! The solution is near. In the following, I will suggest 7 simple, natural and effective treatments to stop hair loss and to help grow hair that is healthy and shiny.
Seven Treatments to Combat Hair Loss
TREATMENT 1: Aloe Vera
The Aloe Vera plant contains chemical substances that stimulate the scalp. The inner leaf of the aloe vera plant is cut into cubes. Those gelatinous cubes are pressed onto the scalp massaging the entire affected area. The scalp should be covered with cloth in order to allow the treatment to work throughout the night. The next day, rinse with quite a bit of warm water and the juice of half of a lemon. This should be down for three or four weeks for optimum results.
TREATMENT 2: Coconut Milk
Coconut is rich in water, nutrients and acidic saturated fats. The milk that is extracted from the coconut prevents hair loss. To obtain the milk from the coconut, the coconut flesh is grated and drained using a cloth. We massage the liquid obtained from the coconut into our scalp to promote absorption. This process should be completed once a week.
TREATMENT 3: 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 will be surprised by the results.
TREATMENT 4: Garlic and Olive Oil
Garlic possesses the most unbelievable properties. You will see for yourself when you carry out this treatment to combat alopecia. 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 and the next day, wash your hair with aromatic shampoo. You should do this twice a week for one month in order for results to be observed.
TREATMENT 5: Restorer
Mix a teaspoon of honey, the yolks of two eggs, one teaspoon of yogurt and one teaspoon of warm water. This paste is applied to the affected area of the scalp by a light massage and then the scalp is covered with aluminum foil. Wait 20 minutes and then rinse your hair with quite a bit of warm water. This treatment is very effective. Hair grows shiny and healthy.
TREATMENT 6: Rosemary and Rue
This treatment activates the circulation in the scalp. 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.
TREATMENT 7: Carrot, Honey and Oil
Mix two teaspoons of pure honey, one teaspoon of olive oil and one carrot in the blender until they create a paste. This paste is applied to the scalp by massaging circles into it and then covering your scalp with a towel. You should rinse your hair with warm water after letting the mixture sit for 20 minutes. Carrots are an excellent source of vitamins: if you give yourself this treatment twice a week, your alopecia will disappear altogether.
Some final advice
Now, all that is left to do is to select your treatment of choice and get to work. 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 and tense hairdos and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is an excellent way to care for your tresses and prevent irreversible harm.
- Innatia. Salud, bienestar y tradiciones.
- Virendra N. Sehgal, Govind Srivastva, Promila Bajaj: Alopecia cicatricial. International Journal of Dermatology 2001; 40: 241-248.