Hair Loss: What it is
The hair loss of up to a hundred hair follicles a day, must be considered a normal physiological process. The growth, the fall and the regrowth of hair, is a cycle that is repeated about 20 times during the existence of an individual. At certain people, usually women, the duration of each cycle can reach 6 years.
Until the hair loss is within the boundaries of this growth cycle should not worry and should be considered quite natural, but if the ratio of hair growing and hair undergoing involution, or next to the fall, is in favor of the latter, means that we are in the presence of an abnormal hair loss.
In this case it’s necessary to consider if this is a temporary phenomenon, linked to contingent factors (emotional, dietary, environmental, etc.), or if the hair loss has other important causes and it’s lasting in time.
Hair Loss: Types
Disentangle between the various forms of hair loss can take depending on the causes and scalp areas that are affected is not easy. Below here are a map to find your way to gather information on the causes and remedies for hair loss:
- Seasonal hair loss: physiologically increases in autumn and spring;
- Receding hairline and thinning hair: takes different forms in man and woman;
- Types of Alopecia: temporary and scarring;
- Androgenetic alopecia or baldness: hereditary hair loss;
- Seborrheic alopecia: hair loss caused by excess sebum;
- Alopecia stress (psychogenic): the role of psychological factors and prolonged nervous tension;
- Alopecia Trichotillomania: hair loss caused by tension or manic type wrenches;
- Telogen effluvium: reversible hair loss;
- Defluvio Telogen: irreversible loss of hair;
Hair Loss: Remedies
For many that fail to address the hair loss to unconsciousness or weakness of character, there are many who resort to “do it yourself” methods or traditional remedies, with more or less significant results, or pharmacological remedies or hair-care remedies.
The most common attempts to remedy the loss of hair:
- balanced nutrition and diet: care and attention in the choice of food and of the provision with adequate amounts of protein, vitamins and trace elements, certainly contributes to the health of the hair. However, a balanced nutrition, can not be considered a hair loss remedy;
- dietary supplements: are effective when they make up for a diet deficiency in adequate substances or to defects in metabolic synthesis. In these cases it is useful to strengthen the hair, but are rarely able to stop or considerably restrict the thinning that in most cases has genetic causes or psycho-physical;
- keratin hair treatments. It is well known that our hair are prevalent formed of keratin, so many people think that increasing the contribution of this protein in the hair makes it grow strong and able to resist the fall. Such treatments are useful but inconclusive for hair fall.
- wraps and hair masks: They strengthen the hair and are a good remedy to address cases of slight weakening. But when the problem is that the hair is brittle or thin and brittle it’s necessary to intervene with aimed treatments aimed.
- Drug treatments: The products based finasteride constitute pharmacological remedies against hair fall which have shown some effectiveness. Finasteride is a synthetic drug originally created with the aim of treating prostate cancer and that was later proven helpful in containing the hair loss.
- Haircare treatments used to purify the scalp freeing it from the dross and impurities (starting with the excess sebum and dandruff) that make it an “environment” inhospitable for the growth of healthy and strong hair. In this sense, the treatments should be considered corrective remedies to strengthen hair and stimulate hair growth. These are flanked hygiene practices that aim to sanitize the skin preparing it to receive the treatments.