25 Jun Hair Loss & Alocepia.
Gradual thinning of the hair, generally occurs on the top of the head or receding from the forehead. These patterns are the most typical symptoms of hair loss.
Some people experience bald spots on the scalp. Moreover, they can also appear in the eyebrows and beard.
When small patches of scaly skin appear on the scalp, it is most likely a fungal infection (ringworm). As a result, the affected area may feel tender or painful and can be inflamed. It may be accompanied by broken hair, redness, and swelling.
The most common causes are genetic. Male-pattern baldness and female-pattern baldness are unfortunately hereditary. For instance, a receding hairline and bald spots in men will appear. And overall thinning hair in women will develop. It happens slowly with aging.
Many people will suffer sudden hair loss from a stressful event due to a physical or emotional shock for example. This type of hair loss is temporary, and the thinning hair generally grows back.
Over-styling & chemicals.
Using rubber bans or any other stressful hair accessories, can cause traction alopecia. Consequently, too much tension on the hair will lead to hair thinning.
Hair color treatments, hot rollers, curling irons, can cause inflammation of hair follicles. Therefore, it can lead to significant hair loss.
Hormonal factors appear to play a role, especially a male sex hormone known as dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is thought to cause hair follicles to minimize and this, contributes to male pattern hair loss.
Hormonal changes due to pregnancy, childbirth, menopause and thyroid problems are a major cause of loss of hair in women.
Medical conditions such as alopecia areata (an autoimmune disease that affects millions in the U.S), causes patchy hair loss, and scalp infections. Trichotillomania, a hair-pulling disorder can obviously lead to major hair loss. And obviously chemotherapy.
Hair care products.
Hair growth chemicals are widely available. Rogaine is one of the most popular one on the market. Its active main active ingredient is Minoxidil, which is claimed to be able to re-grow hair.
If you prefer to go au naturel and stay away from chemicals, there are plenty of excellent plant-based hair care products to help with re-growing hair. See our hair growth serum.
As a matter of fact, a study published in Sin Med Dermatology for the Clinician found that rosemary oil was very efficient. Applied topically twice daily, for 6 months rosemary oil was just as effective at treating androgenic alopecia as Minoxidil.
Ingredients to look for.
Alma oil, Argan oil, Brahmi oil, Bhringraj oil, Castor oil, Coconut oil, Jojoba oil, Neem oil, Sesame oil.
Aloe Vera, Burdock, Geranium, Ginger, Hibiscus, Horsetail, Lavender, Saw Palmetto.’
Look for natural anti-androgens. They are able to to inhibit testosterone and prohibit it from converting into DHT. DHT high levels can lead to baldness, acne and even prostate cancer.
Pumpkin seeds, tomatoes, carrots, mangoes, watermelon contain lycopene, which inhibit DHT naturally by blocking 5 alpha reductase, the enzyme responsible for converting testosterone into DHT.
Almonds, walnuts, peanuts, pecans contain L-lysine.
Spinach, kale, cashews, wheat germ, oysters contain Zinc.