Hair loss can be caused by a number of problems, some of them easily dealt with by making small but important changes in your lifestyle. Some are hereditary issues a person has no way of stopping, but certain hair-loss conditions have been known to respond to treatment or time.
Whether you are a man or a woman, there are several ways to alter, improve, and restore hair health by following suggestions in this article. First, take a look at what might be causing your hair to fall out or recede.
21st Century Diseases
Stress is one of the biggest diseases faced by modern men and women. Physical and emotional stress will attack everyone at some stage in their lives — maybe chronically, perhaps intermittently — but emotional stress is a truly modern malady.
Prolonged stress can lead to serious problems and is often seen as a trigger for severe mental illness, addiction, and eating disorders. A symptom of stress that seems minor but is emotionally distressing is hair loss.
As one sees clumps falling out in his or her hairbrush, self-confidence declines and one begins to wonder what might be the problem. Scouring the internet and imagining serious illness instead of calmly assessing your life or talking to a professional is the worst thing you can do.
Poor nutrition and even malnutrition are rampant in western countries where, ironically, there is plenty of food. Consumers simply do not eat the right food or a good balance of nutrients, or they supplement good stuff with terrible food choices which also suck goodness out of every part of the body, including hair.
Not eating enough protein could be the cause. The analysis of hair samples by specialists easily shows what is lacking and the build-up of substances that should not be there.
Drug abuse, anorexia, and alcoholism could be contributing to your hair loss. Of all the symptoms and consequences of these diseases, this could seem like the least important. But if your hair is falling out, view that as a sign that your body will start to fail in more crucial ways soon if you do not seek treatment quickly.
Illness, Treatment, and Hair
Another reason you could be losing hair is that you suffer from or have suffered from an illness which, in being treated, has led to hair loss: complete baldness or thinning. Cancer treatment is the cause most readily associated with hair loss but your doctor and pharmacist will tell you if medication you take for other diseases could be contributing to hair loss. Anemia might also result in hair starting to fall out or thin out, but don’t start taking iron supplements until you have this confirmed with a simple blood test.
Men are more likely to deal with a receding hair line, either because of male pattern baldness or hereditary hair loss. Some treatments for male pattern baldness have shown promise but they are not always successful. Rogain truly is effective for the right candidate.
Certain hormones will also affect the health of your hair and follicles as deep as the cells which create hair. A common side effect of pregnancy, hair loss will usually go away when the baby is a few months old and your hormone levels return to normal. Some alternative therapists assert that women will lose hair cyclically: every 7 years or so, as their bodies go through new and natural hormonal phases.
Treating Hair Loss
How you treat thinning hair or locks falling out in clumps depends on what causes your problem. If follicles are blocked up, special shampoos containing tea tree oil will clean away debris from dry skin, dirt, and dust. They will also remove build-up caused by chemical-laden products so your hair can find its way through again.
If anemia or lacking protein is the problem, bulking up on meat, fish, chicken, nuts, or an iron supplement could be the solution to this and other related problems, such as sluggishness. Just eating better overall is likely to enhance the production of hair and health of follicles.
Not only will your hair come back but it will be stronger, thicker, and shinier. There isn’t a special shampoo capable of replacing good nutrition which, by the way, causes no negative side effects.
Essential oils are also known to support hair growth. They include rosemary, lemon, sage, spearmint, and anise. Natural shampoos containing these extracts are frequently recommended. Mushroom, grapeseed, cananga, phytochemicals, and a variety of other supplements are known to promote growth and renewal.
One of the most important things you can do to treat hair loss and promote good health generally is to reduce the stress in your life. Some events just have to run their course: the death of a loved one; injury; illness; job loss; and other obstacles. How you deal with them and recover emotionally has a lot to do with conditions you notice on the outside such as dry skin, dull and lifeless hair, and brittle nails.
If events are carrying on for a long time or you can’t let go of memories of pain and struggle, talk to your doctor. She will refer you to a mental health professional that can help you get through these difficult times and overwhelming thoughts. She might give you some pointers as to how to organize life so it is not always stressful. It is usually possible to change schedules and, with guidance, reprioritize in a way that makes healthier sense.