Scene one: It’s a lazy day, you are just getting out of the bed and suddenly you notice a few strands of hair on your pillow. Panic! You think you are having hair loss.
Scene two: You are having a bath, suddenly you notice a bunch of hair on the floor. Panic! Hair loss again?!
Yes, we all do panic in these situations, however, hair shedding is a part of one’s everyday life and on an average, we tend to lose around 80-100 strands a day. The problem arises only if you begin to shed more than normal and/or notice that the lost hair is not growing back.
The reasons for hair loss may vary
- From deficiency in diet, vitamins & mineral deficiency
- Due to medication
- Hormonal imbalance
- Genetic/ Hereditary
- Scalp infection
- Alopecia areata
It is very difficult to pinpoint the exact reason. However, there are steps which can be taken to halt this loss. Getting to the right diagnosis is the first step. You can visit a qualified, MCI Recognised Dermatologist/Trichologist for the same. Beware of quacks and salon therapists claiming to be hair experts!
Some of the common and simple solutions are as follows:
Vitamins, Minerals and Diet
Vitamins and minerals are not only good for overall well-being but also good for hair growth and hair health. Vitamins such as Vit A, Vit E, Vit B12, D3 and C are good for hair. On the other hand copper, zinc, selenium and essential amino acids are some minerals which help us to have healthy hair. Having a protein rich diet also helps promote hair health and curb hair loss.
Some other methods include
- Massaging with essential oils to keep follicles activated
- Using good chemical free mild shampoos/conditioners
- To do physical activity to keep up general health
- Avoid smoking and drinking
- Using the correct comb
- Not combing when hair is wet. Quickly drying the hair with towel.
- Avoiding hairdryers/straightening irons
Medicine has advanced exponentially over the last few decades. Newer and better techniques have been introduced to prevent or reverse hair loss. It is very important to take the proper guidance from a certified professional before any products having medicinal value are used as these may need controlled usage as directed by the physician. Few of the products include usage of minoxidil, peptides, biotin etc. Some popular treatments that have recently gained a lot of publicity in stopping hair loss and gaining lost hair are Scalp Microneedling, PRP (platelet rich plasma) and Hair Transplantation.
All in all, each person reacts differently to different treatments, they may be home remedies or medical intervention. We need to keep in mind that not everyone having hair fall needs treatment and thus self-medication is not encouraged. We need to stay vary of misconceptions and seek expert advice if needed before beginning any sort of treatment.