Alopecia: How You Can Overcome It
noun. (medicine). the partial or complete absence of hair from areas of the body where it normally grows; baldness.
Men are more likely to lose their hair than women. In studies across the Pacific pond, the loss of hair is a common fear among the youth and the middle-aged.
Baldness can be the result of many things. It could be hereditary; it could be due to hormonal changes, or perhaps medical conditions. While some prefer to let it run its course, you’ll find others who cover it up with hairstyles, makeup or headwear.
There are also treatments available in preventing further hair loss or restoring its growth. Before all of that however, let’s explore what causes baldness more thoroughly:
Typically, people will lose 50 to 100 hairs a day. This usually isn't noticeable because new hair is growing in at the same time. Hair loss occurs when new hair doesn't replace the hair that has fallen out. It is related to one or more of the following factors.
This is the most common cause of hair loss. A hereditary condition that comes from a family history of alopecia, manifesting over the course of one’s age. This condition, androgenetic alopecia, or more widely known as male/female-pattern baldness, is usually a gradual and predictable process. First, there is a receding hairline, accompanied by bald spots in men.
2. Hormonal Changes and Medical Conditions
Changes in hormones due to conditions such as thyroid complications which can cause permanent or temporary hair loss. There are also other medical conditions such as alopecia areata where the white blood cells attack the cells in hair follicles, thus causing them to shrink and significantly slow down hair production. There are also scalp infections such as ringworm and hair-pulling disorders such as trichotillomania.
3. Medication, Supplements, and Medical Treatments
Drugs used for the treatment of cancer, depression, gout, heart problems, arthritis and high blood pressure may induce hair loss as a side effect. Radiation therapy can also prevent one’s hair from growing back the same as it was before.
An intensely stressful event can lead to a general thinning of hair several months after the said event, much in the same way that it can also affect its color. However, like the hair graying, hair loss due to high stress is temporary.
As overwhelming as they all may seem, as mentioned before, there are options. Things that you can use as well as things that you can do.
Eating well and maintaining a balanced diet can go a long way in maintaining healthy hair. Like your body, your hair needs minerals and nutrients as well.
Furthermore, a honey and lemon mix for the scalp can also help strengthen one’s hair. The antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and humectant properties found in honey aids in cleansing the scalp from whatever might be clogging hair follicles. The same can be said of coconut oil and garlic, allegedly.
But for a more assured cleansing experience, you can always rely on using a clarifying and cleansing shampoo. Cleansing shampoos that use micellar utilize micelles that soak up dirt and oil like a sponge.
Supplements like Haestic’s Garden Pea Powder Supplement gives your hair all of the advanced nutrients it needs for hair regrowth. Nutrients such as biotin, ascorbic acid, and Vitamin E are perfect for mitigating thinning hair and hair loss altogether.
Barring the home remedies, the ‘3 + 1 Hair Growth Series’ that Haestic provides is a thorough selection of products with ingredients that ensures scalp hygiene, hair retention, as well as hair regrowth.
There you have it. Alopecia can be a daunting experience and is in fact exactly that to some. What is important is to recognize that there are options available for you in this ever-growing world that not only seeks to widen your options but to empower your choices too.