Hair loss is a problem that has its roots in a variety of causes. Though it is typically not a cause for great concern, hair loss can sometimes be linked to more serious causes such as lupus or diabetes. Thus, to treat it, it becomes important to find out its underlying causes so that it can be dealt with accordingly.
Let us delve into this in some detail:
Hair Loss Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of hair loss are:
- Clogged drains: Your sink and shower drains may be getting clogged with hair more often than usual.
- Hair on hair brush: You might begin to notice large lumps of hair caught on your hair brush after brushing your hair.
- Receding hairline: Your hairline might look higher than usual, especially when you pull your hair back.
- Looser ponytails: Your ponytails are looser than usual, and your hair ties keep slipping from your hair.
- Bald patches: You might start noticing bald patches of various sizes that may grow over time.
- Widening part: This becomes noticeable while parting your hair, which is a sign of thinning hair.
Hair Loss Causes
- Hereditary: The most common cause of hair loss is genetics. Called androgenic alopecia, this hair loss occurs automatically with ageing. In men, it manifests as a receding hairline, while in women it results in thinning hair along the crown of the scalp.
- Hormonal: Hormonal changes due to pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, and thyroid problems can cause hair loss.
Traction alopecia: This can occur when excessive pressure and tension is applied on the hair, often from wearing it in tight styles.
- Poor Nutrition: Nutrients like iron, zinc, biotin and protein are vital for hair health and growth, deficiencies of which can cause hair loss.
- Stress: Excessive and prolonged stress can push hair into the resting phase, which can result in them falling out suddenly.
- Chemical Treatments: Frequent chemical and heat treatments on the hair can cause hair and scalp damage, leading to hair fall.
- Diseases: Hair loss can sometimes be a symptom of an underlying disease such as thyroid, diabetes, etc.
Hair Loss Due To Health Problems
While most forms of hair fall are reversible or manageable with the right care, sometimes hair fall can have more serious causes. This can be due to underlying diseases, and the hair loss can be controlled only if the disease is managed. What’s more, sometimes the medication prescribed to manage or cure these diseases can cause hair loss, as can the stress that comes with managing it. In such cases, it becomes important to be patient and seek proper medical attention. Once the disease is under control, the hair loss can also be controlled with natural remedies and lifestyle changes.
Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Hair Loss
We all know that nutrition is directly linked to hair health. Adding foods rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals, especially vitamins B and C, and zinc, iron and copper can help you prevent hair loss. Eggs, leafy greens, carrots, beans, milk, nuts, seeds, and other fruits and vegetables are all foods that can provide your body with the right nutrition for hair growth. In addition, drinking at least 8 glasses or 2 litres of water every day can also help increase the growth rate of your hair and prevent hair thinning.
As we have mentioned, stress is extremely detrimental to the hair. Thus, we must follow appropriate measures to release stress from the body. This can include:
Regular exercise is essential not only to prevent hair loss, but also for a healthy body, and as we all know, a healthy body equals healthy hair. Exercising also promotes the flow of blood and oxygen to your scalp, leading to an increase in hair density.
Getting adequate sleep helps in the synthesis of proteins and the release of growth hormones and enzymes that are vital for hair growth and health. At the same time, it also helps to de-stress. Aim to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep everyday— this will not only prevent hair loss, but also improve your overall health and leave you feeling fresh and rejuvenated.
Meditation is a great relaxing exercise for the body, and can also help increase the oxygen and blood flow to the scalp, while simultaneously reducing stress levels.
Giving yourself proper oil massages, brushing your hair regularly, avoiding chemical and heat treatments, and using natural hair care products can go a long way to help prevent hair loss.
How to Treat Hair Loss with Natural Products & Ingredients?
Overuse of chemical hair products can often make the hair weak and brittle, resulting in hair fall. For healthy and strong hair, we must do all that we can to take care of them, and the first step toward this is making the switch from commercial hair care products to natural ones.
Green tea, aloe vera, yogurt, fenugreek seeds, amla, bhringraj, flax seeds etc are all natural products that can help fight hair loss, and can be used at home in the form of hair masks and hair packs. Using all-natural hair care products such as Zemé’s can also help you improve the strength and quality of your hair with regular use.
Zemé Recommendations for Hair Loss:
Zemé’s No Lather Cleanser is made from shikakai, methi, neem, amla, hibiscus, bhringraj, all of which are ingredients that help you reduce hair fall and regrow hair naturally. It is 100% chemical free, is mild and gentle on your hair, and will help you restore your hair to its former glory with regular use.
With active natural ingredients such as coconut oil, methi, kadipatta, hibiscus, kalonji and aloe vera, Zemé’s hair oil is extremely helpful in getting rid of hairfall problems & dryness naturally. Regular scalp massages with this hair oil can help you improve the overall health of your hair.
With methi, flaxseeds, aloe vera and neem, Zeme’s hair mask is made from fresh ingredients that naturally help hair growth & give you great scalp health. Non-sticky and easily absorbed, this hair mask can help you reverse some of the hair loss caused by health issues with regular use.
When suffering from hair loss, it is important to be patient and keep a calm head. Consult your doctor before starting any new treatments, and stay away from self-diagnosis. With the right care, most forms of hair fall can be managed and controlled — you just have to be patient. Good luck!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can being unhealthy cause hair loss?
Unhealthy habits such as a poor diet with little to no exercise can cause hair loss. However, hair loss can also be a symptom of a more serious disease like thyroid, lupus, anaemia, diabetes etc. Therefore, it is important to consult with a doctor before self diagnosing and getting proper medical care.
Q. What health problems cause hair loss?
Hair loss can be caused by autoimmune diseases, thyroid, lupus, syphilis, fungal infections, malnutrition etc. More often than not, though, it has less severe causes.
Q. Is there a disease that makes your hair fall out?
Hair fall can be caused by many diseases, or even by less severe causes. Thus, instead of searching what diseases cause hair to fall out, it is most prudent to consult a medical practitioner about hair loss for appropriate treatment.
Q. When to See a Doctor for Hair Loss?
Sudden and rapid hair fall can be a cause for concern, and it is best to see the doctor anytime you think that you’re losing more hair than usual. If your hair loss is accompanied by fatigue, unexplained weight loss, limb swelling, fever, or rashes, it could be a sign of an underlying disease.