I do maintain that if your hair is wrong, your entire life is wrong. — Morrissey
Hair has always been women’s crowning glory. However, these days, it seems that’s no longer the case. Although it is a natural phenomenon for men to experience hair loss, or alopecia, as they age, but it seems that they also resort to drastic measures as women to prevent this from happening.
Understanding The Basics
What is Alopecia?
According to WebMD, hair is made up of a protein called keratin that is produced in hair follicles in the outer layer of the skin. As follicles produces new hair cells, old cells are being pushed through the surface of the skin at the rate of about six inches a year. The hair you can see is actually a string of dead keratin cells. The average adult head has about 100,000 to 150,000 hairs and loses up to 100 of them a day; finding a few stray hairs on your hairbrush is not necessarily cause for alarm.
Each follicle has its own life cycle, therefore, losing some of them as you age is a natural occurrence. However, some people experience alopecia, which is a medical term for hair loss. There different types of alopecia and some of the common forms are male or female-pattern baldness, alopecia areate (also known as patchy baldness), scarring alopecia, anagen effluvium and telogen effluvium. Alarmingly, this does not only manifest in both adult men and women, but it can also start at an earlier stage in childhood. Although one of the main cause would be genetics, but there are also other underlying factors that could also cause hair loss.
There is no specific age as to when people will experience hair loss as it can begin any age and to varying degrees. Genetics play an important role, especially for men. If you have noticed the trend in male pattern baldness in your family especially with the noticeable receding hairline Uncle Bob is sporting, then you might want to start investing in hair care and treatment at an earlier stage.
Women, on the other hand, have varying factors that could contribute to female pattern baldness. One common cause would be pregnancy. It is said that after a woman has given birth, they will experience postpartum hair loss for a couple of months. Other causes would be thyroid imbalance, diseases and some hormonal medications such as birth control pills or estrogens and of course, stress.
Throughout the years, humankind has searched for the ‘miracle cure’ for hair loss. Some have even come up with practices or beliefs that don’t even have any scientific evidence that could prove if it could stop baldness. So yes, wearing hats doesn’t cause hair loss, unless if that hat is invented to yank fifty percent of your hair off your head then so yes it does. Also, circulation has nothing to do with it so think again if you’re planning to do headstands for the next thirty days.
Although there is no such thing as a ‘miracle cure’ for hair loss, however, this can be effectively treated once a person has been diagnosed with alopecia.
As you read along this article, you’ll be able to know some tips that could stop your greatest nightmare from happening.
It All Boils Down to Basics
1. Dietary Therapy for Hair Loss
Protein, protein, protein! Lots and lots of protein!
People have always mistaken that protein is only good for our body to stay fit, however, try to remember that our hair is pretty much pure protein so make sure to eat enough for both your body and hair. What if you’re a vegan or a vegetarian? Protein does not only come from animal resources but in other food sources as well. Throw in some zinc, vitamins A and C and a little bit of magnesium then your hair will definitely thank you for being so generous.
2. Sleep for Hair Loss
Less sleep equates to stress. Stress results to hair loss. It all boils down to internal disturbances. Our hair is very sensitive to any changes and alterations within the body, therefore, sleep deprivation usually triggers stress as it affects our body’s immune function and hormone secretion.
So put on that nightcap and give yourself a good old 8 hours of sleep every night.
3. Shampoo for Hair Loss
There are a lot of products out there with ingredients that are known to promote healthy hair growth. Make sure to check the label and see if it contains any of the following ingredients: biotin, caffeine, organic argan oil, castor oil, and DHT blockers.
On the other hand, here are some ingredients that you must avoid at all cost as they are proven to be ‘hair killers’: sulfates, parabens, and phthalates.
4. Vitamins for Hair Loss
As aforementioned, we should watch the food that we eat to help us combat hair loss. In addition to that, you may also take some supplements that could help with hair growth.
These days, a product called SugarBearHair Vitamins is one of the most popular and revolutionary hair vitamins since 2016. It has been featured on many sites that provides testimonies from people who have tried the product. Not only does it contains the necessary vitamins needed for our hair, but it’s also a vegetarian hair multivitamin so everyone can enjoy its benefits.
Not only does it prove to be effective, but it tastes good, too!
5. Scalp Massage
Everyone enjoys massages, right? There are tons of benefits why people would like to get a massage after a long day of work. Basically, people want to relax and release all the tension they have.
It works the same way with our crowning glory. We have to let our hair breathe.
Since our hair follicles have hyperactive stem cells, getting a scalp massage would also promote hair grow faster. However, giving it a simple massage won’t do. It needs the necessary tools for it to work such a really good scalp massage brush and some nourishing oils to invigorate and strengthen our scalp and hair.
So the next time you think about going out to get a massage, trying adding an Indian Head Massage to your list and you’ll be definitely whipping your hair back and forth as you groove into the music.
As the old saying goes, we are what we eat.
A lot of people seem to forget that whatever we decide to eat and drink will always have two consequences to our body. It can be good, it can be bad. Whatever you’ve chosen will surely show any physical manifestations as we get older. Basically, it all boils down to having a good diet and lifestyle. Although in some cases, it might be caused by genetics or it’s hereditary, however, those are some extreme cases that can be solved by medical treatments. But if that is not the case, then we should definitely start thinking about having and leading a healthier life.
Your hair and future self will thank you later on. Trust me.
The best way to think of the way hair grows is to picture a garden. How well it grows is completely a result of what is happening ‘underground’. — WebMD
Understanding the hair loss — the basics https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/understanding-hair-loss-basics#1