Hair Care

Go­ing through ma­jor hair­fall? These could be the rea­sons…

Health & Nutrition - - CONTENTS - DR VINOD SONAWANE MD, Hair Trans­plant Sur­geon, PG Diploma in Tri­chol­ogy & Manag­ing Director, Bloom Hair Trans­plant

The rea­sons for fall­ing hair

To many, the crown of hair they adorn is their pride and joy. There­fore, when one loses a cer­tain de­gree of hair, be it in the shower or on a comb, it can be a ma­jor cause for alarm. A small amount of hair­fall is nor­mal. It is es­ti­mated that any nor­mal hu­man be­ing loses up to 80 strands of hair ev­ery sin­gle day. It is when this hair­fall is sud­den, ma­jor and con­sis­tent that re­me­dial steps must be taken. To un­der­stand the nec­es­sary treat­ment that one needs,

it is es­sen­tial to dis­cover the root cause of hair­fall. Es­pe­cially when it comes to women, there could be a va­ri­ety of fac­tors that lead to hair­fall and hair loss. Let’s look at some of the pri­mary causes for hair­fall in women:

Stress: In to­day’s day and age, stress is a way of life. Stress does not just bring about men­tal changes, but phys­i­cal as well. Be­cause of stress, one’s eat­ing and sleep pat­terns may be dis­rupted, lead­ing to changes that cause a great deal of hair­fall. More­over, it causes a rise in the an­dro­gen con­tent in one’s body and dan­druff in one’s scalp. All these fac­tors con­trib­ute to hair­fall. The best way to counter stress is through yoga and med­i­ta­tion.

Post preg­nancy hor­monal changes: Dur­ing preg­nancy, one’s hair seems thick and lus­cious be­cause oe­stro­gen freezes hair in the grow­ing phase. After de­liv­ery, this hair be­gins to fall out be­cause oe­stro­gen lev­els de­crease. While the amount of hair that falls out can seem alarm­ing at first, it is not some­thing to worry about over the long haul. This is a phase which could last from six months to a year. You can al­ways try a new hair­cut or hair­style un­til this tem­po­rary phase ends!

Anaemia: Very sim­ply put, anaemia refers to a lack of iron in one’s sys­tem. Hav­ing the right amount of iron or fer­ritin in the sys­tem helps your hair grow nor­mally. How­ever, when there is a pro­found lack of iron in the sys­tem, the body can trans­fer the fer­ritin to crit­i­cal or­gans. In such a case, it leads to anaemia and hair loss. It is rec­om­mended that one con­sumes food rich in iron such as spinach, red meat, pars­ley and lentils to make up for the lack of iron.

Thy­roid dis­ease: There is a strong link be­tween thy­roid func­tion and hair loss. Not only can low thy­roid func­tion stunt hair growth, thy­roid med­i­ca­tion can have an ad­verse ef­fect on hair too. More­over, thy­roid dis­ease de­prives the body of nu­tri­ents caus­ing ma­jor hair­fall. The prob­lem should re­solve it­self when your thy­roid dis­ease is treated. It is rec­om­mended that you con­sult a pro­fes­sional about thy­roid hair loss and treat­ment so­lu­tions.

Ge­net­ics: Ul­ti­mately, the fate of one’s hair is oft de­ter­mined by his/ her genes. If there’s a his­tory of bald­ness in the fam­ily, women can de­velop what is known as Fe­male Pat­tern Bald­ness.

The key thing to re­mem­ber in all these cases is that hair­fall isn’t the end of the world. There are a va­ri­ety of pro­fes­sion­als who can per­form hair trans­plant surgery and hair treat­ment so­lu­tions. En­sure that you pick the right one to work with.

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