Hair Loss and How to Control Hair Fall
Hair loss is a common issue faced by the majority of women and even men. While it may seem tricky at first, hair fall control is often not as hard as it seems to be. Read on to learn a few ways in which you can take care of your hair at home, and for a few signs to look out for before seeking help from your doctor.
Ways to Control Hair Fall
There are several ways to control hair fall. Unless it is resultant of an underlying medical condition, hair fall can be controlled by following a few simple tricks. Moreover, I would suggest that before you run to the doctor or the pharmacist for a quick fix, first try to make a few changes in your daily life and see if that helps with the hair loss. Let’s look at some habit change first.
1. Wash Your Hair, The Right Way
Ensure that you keep your scalp and hair clean by using a mild herbal shampoo regularly. There are a few factors to take into consideration while shampooing. First, steer clear of shampoos with high levels of sulfates and paraben. Second, use a shampoo, which is for your hair type. Just because your sister uses a certain brand does not mean that you use that too. Remember, everyone’s hair is unique, and so must be their hair fall control routine. Ask yourself, is your hair dry, frizzy, limp or even oily. Third, do not overdo. More shampoo does not mean cleaner hair. Over-shampooing can strip your hair of its natural oils leaving your hair dry. Lastly, apply the shampoo with kindness. Do not just rub it in but work it through your hair and apply on the scalp. Remember, too much shampoo is as detrimental as too less shampoo is. The use of warm hair oil can also help in controlling hair fall.
2. Post-wash Care
To minimise hair loss, post wash care is as important as washing. Once you are done washing your hair, do not use a fine-tooth comb and begin untangling your tresses. Your hair is at its weakest when wet. So dab your hair with a towel. Next comes the hairdryer. Most women with long hair use hair dryers to quickly get done with the drying process. But hairdryers are not good for your hair. The heat can dry and weaken your hair, ultimately leading to hair loss. What you should do is, first try a cooler setting, steer clear from turning the hairdryer at its hottest, second do not point at a single place but sweep it over your hair and lastly, avoid doing it every day.
Another way to control hair fall, especially for women with a long mane, is to tie it up. First, do not tie your hair in a tight ponytail because that puts an enormous strain on the roots of your hair that eventually weakens it. It is hence not out of ordinary for people who tie their hair in a tight ponytail or bun often experience receding hairline. The next is to ensure that your comb and hair accessories are clean. People rarely include cleaning the comb as one of their chores. Merely picking out the hair from it is not the end of the work. Extra care needs to be given to such mundane exercises to control hair loss. Ensure that you wash your combs and hair accessories in mild warm soap water. There is no point in keeping your hair clean if your comb is dirty.
4. Helmets and their Impact on Hair Fall
Do you ride a two-wheeler? Helmets are indeed a lifesaver. But it can damage your hair. Let me explain. At night it is best that you tie your hair and then go to bed because if you were to leave your hair open it will rub against the pillow and cause hair fall. The idea is the same when you wear helmets. Therefore before wearing that helmet fashion a skull cap out of soft cloth and put it on before putting on the helmet. This can go a long way in helping you control hair fall.
5. The Hydration Factor
The human body is 60% water and the one-fourth of the hair is water. So you must stay hydrated and keep your hair nourished. On average a human being should drink a minimum of 2 litres of water every day. In addition to this, you could opt for conditioners and warm hair oil massage (we will come to that later) to keep dryness at bay. This will help you maintain your silky smooth hair.
6. Warm Oil Massage
By the end of the day, after work or completing all your chores opt for a warm hair oil massage. It might sound like too much to do to control hair fall, but this has several advantages. Stress is one of the primary reasons for hair fall. Warm oil massages, when done right, not only reduces stress by opening up your pores in the scalp and increasing blood circulation but also nourishes your hair. While doctors have not been able to establish why a high level of cortisol (stress hormone) in the body leads to hair fall, studies on sample groups have shown that a sustained high level of cortisol disrupts the hair growth cycle.
Persistent Cases: Causes and Treatments
An imbalance in the hormone level in humans can have several consequences, including hair fall. The specific hormone responsible for hair fall is dihydrotestosterone or DHT, a byproduct of testosterone. Although women produce lesser testosterone than men, the hormone is responsible for several functions in your body, including regulating sex drive, maintaining bones and muscle tissue health and strength. It also plays a crucial role in maintaining the strength of your hair. DHT affects the hairline by miniaturizing hair follicles, causing the hairs to stop growing as they normally would and eventually fall out. This hair loss is called androgenic alopecia, or female-pattern hair loss (FPHL). But this is, thankfully, treatable.
Polycystic ovary syndrome has become common among women nowadays. It is a condition in which small cysts form on the ovaries. While doctors have been unable to come to a consensus on why it happens, it results in a hormone imbalance in which the ovaries produce more testosterone than usual. Higher levels of testosterone in women can lead to oily skin, acne, excess facial hair and thinning scalp hair (female pattern baldness). You may also notice light or irregular periods, which may stop altogether. PCOS too can be controlled, and controlling your PCOS can in turn control hair loss.
The term describes the end of a woman’s menstrual cycles, marking the end of your reproductive years. Menopause is often accompanied by several symptoms, one being hair loss. This is because menopause causes your oestrogen levels to decrease, and oestrogen is a hair-friendly hormone. The sudden fall in the oestrogen levels disrupts the hair growth cycle. Hair loss control in case of menopause is currently termed as impossible, but it can be managed using a combination of medicines and the above listed methods. Consult your doctor if you think your hair loss is caused by menopause.
If you say that you do not lose hair then you are definitely lying. Losing 100 strands a day is considered normal, but if you are losing more then you must pay attention to it. Most often the rate of fall can be restricted by making minor changes in the diet, day-to-day habits and being a little more careful about your hair. But if you are losing an alarming amount of hair, or have lost a large amount of hair in a short span of time you must consult a doctor.