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The Signs of Hair Loss – A complete guide to prevent hair loss

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Signs of Hair Loss: Hair plays such an important role in our life. It constitutes our external appearance; it has come to gain importance in representing one’s self-esteem and status; it has come to refer to our sexuality; it has strong cultural and religious significance. It has evolved contextually to mean much more than what it actually is: ‘a slender thread-like strand that grows from the epidermis of humans and animals’.

But nowadays, hair (which we treasure so greatly ) is under siege all over the world. This is largely due to today’s poor lifestyle choices. Hair loss not only diminishes their perception of their own external appearance, but it also places a tough challenge on the psyche. Studies have correlated stress with hair loss; meaning that increased stress levels can initiate and/or worsen hair loss. Vice versa, hair loss causes individuals, with low self-esteem, to become desperate.

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This desperation forces many of them to avail of expensive hair treatments. Today’s world being a fast-moving world, everyone wants quick and immediate solutions. But what people do not know is that there are many scientifically proven traditional remedies for treating hair loss. But the traditional remedies require patience and only provide gradual results.

In this article, you shall find answers to the following questions:

1.    What is Hair Loss?

2.    What are the most common signs of Hair Loss?

3.    What are the causes of Hair Loss?

4.    How can Hair Loss be prevented?

5.    How can Hair Loss be treated?

So let us dive into this article in an attempt to understand all that you need to know about hair loss.

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1.    What is Hair Loss?

Did you know that the medical term for ‘Hair Loss’ is ‘Alopecia’? Alopecia can refer to temporary or permanent hair loss. It occurs in the scalp. Hair loss develops gradually, starting out as small bald patches which eventually expand and become bigger.

It starts out with Studies say that the most common form of hair loss is ‘androgenetic alopecia’. It is characterized by the combined action of male hormones (androgen) and genetics. Hair loss is very common and naturally occurs with age. Baldness refers to excessive hair loss in the scalp.

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2.    What are the most common signs of Hair Loss?

The signs of hair loss vary in males, females, children and adolescents.

Signs of hair loss in males include:

•    Thinning of hair in the scalp.

•    Receding of a hairline.

•    An M shaped pattern forming on the crown of the head.

•    Formation of bald patches on the scalp which gradually expands.

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Signs of hair loss in females include:

•    Receding of the hairline.

•    Formation of bald patch near the receding hairline.

•    Thinning of hair particularly at the crown.

•    Increased hair falls when combing or having a head shower.

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Signs of hair loss in children and adolescents:

•    Loss of patches of hair suddenly.

•    Losing hair completely all over the body.

•    Excessive hair shedding.

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3.    What are the causes of Hair Loss?

There are multiple probabilities for hair loss to occur by.  These are also the reason why you face common signs of hair loss. Check out these most common causes of hair loss:

•    Genetics-

Hair loss can be transmitted from parents to their children by genetics. Family history plays an important role in the transmission of hair loss.

•    Hormones-

Hormonal changes can cause hair loss, particularly imbalance in the secretion of androgen.

•    Stress-

Stress is an important cause of hair loss. Physical strain on hair and psychological distress initiate and worsen the conditions of hair loss.

•    Radiation-

Radiation to the head can also cause hair loss. Radiation therapy and increased exposure to sunlight can cause hair loss.

•    Medication-

Hair loss can also be a side effect of some medications, namely antidepressants, chemotherapy, and blood thinners.

•    Medical condition-

Hair loss can be caused by medical conditions such as cancer, AIDS, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, and lupus.

•    Age-

Age is the primary cause of hair loss. Hair loss due to aging is a natural and common process.

•    Weight loss-

Sudden and drastic loss of weight can cause hair loss.

•    Chemical hair products-

Excessive use of chemical hair products causes hair loss.

•    Smoking-

Research has found that there exists a strong and positive association between smoking and hair loss.

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4.    How can Hair Loss be prevented?

While it is quite difficult and time-consuming to treat hair loss, it is very easy to prevent hair loss. Below are some practices that everyone must follow to preserve their hair and prevent loss of it. These techniques apply even after hair loss has been treated, as what has been grown needs to be preserved.

•    Avoid tying hair in tight braids, buns or ponytails.

•    Avoid applying strain to wet hair as wet hair is very fragile and susceptible to breakage.

•    Avoid using headgear such as caps and hats.

•    Avoid using hair rollers, curling irons, and hot oils.

•    Avoid smoking.

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5.    How can Hair Loss be treated?

While it is not recommended to use artificial hair treatment methods, due to its chemical content and high cost, there are some natural remedies for hair loss.

•    Aloe Vera Gel:

Aloe vera gel when applied on hair thrice a week not only promotes hair growth but also nourishes hair and prevents dandruff.

•    Oil:

Applying olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil and almond oil on hair, followed by gentle massaging, leaving it overnight and following it with a hair wash the next day helps to nourish hair follicles and promote its growth. This needs to be followed thrice a week for the best results.

•    Egg:

The egg is rich in proteins and biotin which is good for hair growth. Applying egg to hair twice a week, followed by a hair bath helps to nourish the scalp and hair follicles, and promote hair growth.

•    Yogurt:

Apply yogurt to hair, let it sit for 20 minutes and then wash hair. It promotes hair growth and gives it a shine.

All these tips and natural remedies will help to control the hair fall and promote natural hair growth.

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