How to get rid of Pattern Baldness
Pattern Baldness: hair plays such an important role in defining our self-identity, particularly our sense of self-worth. Increased hair volume generally signifies youth, good health, and beauty. Hence, once one notices that their hair is falling off or that they are developing baldness, they go into a state of worry and desperation.
In this world where external appearance is valued the most, people are willing to go to any length to bring about natural hair growth. It is a general belief, and largely a cultural belief, that less hair or bald patches make a person look less appealing. But what are the signs of premature hair loss?
Pattern baldness is hair loss from the scalp which causes baldness. The progressive thinning of hair eventually leads to baldness. It generally occurs at three spots:
1. Thinning occurs from the temple, causing hairline to gradually recede. It makes hair, in the front, appear as an ‘M’ shape.
2. Thinning through parting hair. It appears as a stark hairless line on the head at the partition, which divides the hair in two.
3. Thinning on the crown. It is the most common and most visible pattern baldness.
So what does one do when one has pattern baldness? Why did it occur to them and how? Do not worry as this article is designed to specifically help you understand what pattern baldness is and discover the means to deal with it. While pattern baldness cannot be treated, it is a condition that can be managed with the help of some natural home remedies.
What causes Pattern Baldness?
There are numerous factors which are responsible for having caused pattern baldness and general hair loss. The most common explanation is Telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium is temporary hair thinning due to changes in the growth cycle of hair. Generally, 90 percent of our hair is in an active state while the remaining 10 percent is in a resting state.
During the resting state, hair ceases to grow and generally falls off. But each hair that falls off is replaced by a new hair. But in Telogen effluvium, About 30 percent of the hair goes into a resting state and falls off without new hair being replaced in the places of the fallen hair. It occurs by causing the hair follicles to become weak and hence bringing about hair thinning.
But what are the other factors that worsen pattern baldness or hair loss by increasing its rate?
• Hormonal imbalance:
Abnormal levels of androgen can cause pattern baldness in both males and females. It has also been found that a hormone called DHT causes the hair follicles to shrink. This causes the hair, that grows to replace the fallen one, appear thinner, shorter and much finer than the previous hair. Eventually, the hair follicles continue to shrink until no hair grows at all.
• Scalp conditions:
Alopecia areata causes hair to fall out in smooth, round patches. It is a type of autoimmune disease that attacks hair follicles. But hair usually grows back. Scarring alopecia is a disease that destroys hair follicles and causes scar tissues to form in its place. It causes permanent hair loss.
Baldness may be a trait obtained via genetic transmission from parents to the child.
Aging is a very common and natural cause for pattern baldness and hair loss to occur.
The sudden drop in female sex hormones following delivery causes hair loss.
Birth control pills, chemotherapy, and beta-adrenergic blockers can cause pattern baldness.
Radiation therapy to the head and excessive exposure of scalp to sunlight is a cause of pattern baldness.
Physical stress on hair (by means of excessive hairstyling and tying hair tightly) and psychological stress is known to worsen the conditions of Telogen effluvium.
Lack of necessary proteins, minerals, and nutrients for hair growth or excessive vitamins and minerals that impede hair growth cause pattern baldness.
• Medical conditions:
Medical conditions such as cancer, anemia, thyroid conditions, diabetes, obesity, and hypertension are known to cause hair loss and baldness as a side effect.
How to treat Pattern Baldness?
Now, the answer to the million dollar question: ‘How to treat Pattern Baldness?’ Pattern baldness can be treated and managed by using the following natural home remedies:
• Applying oil to hair:
To apply oil to hair is one of the most direct means of directly providing nutrition to hair. Some oils such as castor oil and coconut oil need to be warmed applied over hair and left overnight. Pumpkin seed oil needs to be mixed with olive oil, applied over scalp and left overnight. This needs to be done thrice a week for the best results.
• Apple Cider Vinegar:
Diluted apple cider vinegar solution needs to be applied on hair after having washed hair with shampoo. Then hair needs to be massaged for three minutes and washed off with plain water. Apple cider vinegar helps balance the pH of the scalp and removes any microbes that obstruct hair growth. This needs to be repeated twice a week for the best results.
• Aloe Vera:
Aloe vera gel needs to be applied on hair, followed by a gentle massage so that it goes in between all the hair strands. It is left on the hair for fifteen minutes, followed by a thorough hair rinse. Aloe vera helps combat scalp dryness and dandruff. It enhances hair growth. It is highly helpful to take care of the scales PH level. For the best results, it needs to be followed thrice a week.
• Onion juice and honey mixture:
Squeeze out onion juice and mix it with honey. Then apply it on the scalp using a cotton ball. Let it rest for 25 minutes. Finally, wash it off with shampoo. The onion juice and honey mixture help in promoting the health and growth of the hair follicles. For the best results, it needs to be followed at least twice a week.
These are some workable tips to get rid of pattern baldness in both men and women.