Hair loss refers to excessive loss of hair caused by interruption in the hair growth cycle. It is a common problem in men and women, and it can occur in different patterns, depending on the underlying cause.
The Science of Hair
Hair is made up of two parts – The Hair Follicle and The Hair Shaft. The hair follicle holds the hair to the scalp whereas the hair shaft is the skin where hair grows. Human hair has its own natural cycle of hair growth and hair shedding. At any given time in our lives, hair will be in one of the following phases of the hair growth cycle:
Anagen- This is the growth phase where hair actively grows from the roots for an average of 3 - 7 years before hair follicles become dormant. During this phase, hair can grow between 18-30 inches.
Catagen- In this transitional phase, at least 3% of all hair stops growing and gets detached from the follicle. It is known as club hair. This phase lasts for some days or a maximum of three weeks.
Telogen- This is the resting phase where the follicle is at rest and a club hair forms completely. Hair falls out at the end of this phase, and new hair replaces it, restarting the anagen phase and a repetition of the hair growth cycle. This phase lasts for two-three months.
A healthy person can lose about 50 to 100 strands of telogen hair every day. But when the hair growth cycle is disrupted due to various factors or conditions, hair loss occurs.
Major symptoms like receding hairlines, hair fall in patches and hair thinning are common for both men and women. A personalized approach to hair loss treatment is hence necessary to detect the underlying condition causing hair fall.
-Hair-fall concerns were highest amongst expat Arab women with 92 per cent experiencing some degree of hair loss.
-Of the Emirati nationals surveyed, more women reported experiencing hair loss (60 percent) than any other beauty-related problem.
-Expat Asian women were similarly affected with 80 percent experiencing hair loss.
At Dr Batra's, millions have received hair loss treatment and have benefited from it. Our homeopathic hair loss treatment has no side-effects.
HAIR LOSS TYPES
Different types of hair loss affect the quality of life of an individual. Identifying the type of hair loss is essential to suggest an appropriate hair loss treatment.
Some of the hair loss types are discussed below.
Androgenetic Alopecia is one of the most common types of hair loss. It is a genetic condition which is passed on from one generation to another and affects both men and women. It is known as ‘Male pattern hair loss’ in men and 'Female pattern hair loss' in women. Our team of doctors are experts in hair treatment for men and women.
Symptoms - Hair loss in family, gradual and progressive hair loss.
This type of hair loss occurs when hair strands are damaged or hair falls out due to stress, repeated pulling or force. Various hairstyles like a tight ponytail, bun or braids and the use of chemicals and heat on hair can lead to Traction Alopecia. It is difficult to ascertain if the best treatment for hair loss can help hair re-growth in this condition as it differs from one individual to another.
hair loss treatment experts believe that sports persons or others who tie their hair for a long period of time are at a greater risk of Traction Alopecia.
Symptoms - Itching, redness, inflammation of the scalp.
Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune condition that causes sudden hair fall as the antibodies attack the hair follicles which can cause damage to the hair and also hair to fall out. It also prevents new hair from growing.
Symptoms- Hair loss in patches, acute condition, broken hair shafts, Vellus hair
Anagen Effluvium is the hair loss that takes place in the anagen or growth phase of the hair cycle. Commonly, Anagen Effluvium is associated with medical treatment like chemotherapy and radiation used for cancer. It affects the production of hair follicles.
Symptoms - Tapered fracture of the hair shaft, diffuse hair loss after chemotherapy.
In this condition, a large number of hair follicles enter the resting phase of the hair growth cycle known as telogen, and the next growth phase does not begin. This leads to hair loss all over the scalp, and the new hair does not grow. It is often considered as temporary hair thinning, but if the condition lasts longer than six months, Telogen Effluvium is considered chronic.
It can occur due to the deficiency of vitamins or minerals. Certain medications and physical or emotional stress can also lead to this hair loss type.
Symptoms- Cluster of hair is noticed in a hairbrush, during showers etc.
It is a psychological disorder usually found in children where they pull their hair out. This leads to hair loss on the scalp. Hair fall of this type can be permanent if pulling of hair continues for many years. Cognitive behaviour therapy along with hair fall treatment is an effective treatment option.
Symptom- Patches of alopecia.
Involution Alopecia is a natural hair loss condition where hair thinning occurs with age. In this type of hair loss, hair follicles remain in the resting phase for a longer time, and new hair grows slowly. This leads to gradual thinning of hair.
Symptom - Slow thinning of hair.
Medication-induced hair loss
Anti-depressants, thyroid medications, drugs for cholestrol, high blood pressure, Parkinson’s diseases, cancer and steroids can lead to hair loss.
If you are experiencing hair fall due to any medication, you can consult us for the best hair loss treatment which will help control and mitigate the side-effects.
With the right hair loss treatment at the right time, many of the hair loss types can be treated.
At Dr Batra’s, a holistic approach is taken to completely understand your hair loss triggers. Thereafter, the homeopathic doctors use the latest technologies and assistance from aestheticians to provide hair loss treatment for the best results. Our team of doctors are experts in hair treatment for men and women.
Heredity is the most common cause of hair fall in men and women. The natural condition and the ageing process contributes to the gradual loss of hair and progressive hair thinning.
Hormonal changes due to various health issues can lead to hair loss. Abnormal levels of hormones like androgens affect the growth of hair. Also, diseases like thyroid and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can cause hormonal imbalances in women leading to hair loss.
When your body is physically stressed in situations like an accident, surgery, burning or severe illness, it can shock the hair follicles, disturbing the natural hair growth cycle and leading to significant hair loss.
Mental stress like the death of a loved one, divorce or depression and anxiety for long periods of time can result in hair loss. Psychological disorders like trichotillomania which is a condition of compulsive hair pulling, can cause hair loss too.
Medication and Treatment
Medications of various types and for different conditions like blood thinners, acne, anti-depressants and cholesterol-lowering drugs to name a few, can cause hair loss.
Treatment procedures like radiation and chemotherapy for cancer, medicines and supplements for other diseases like arthritis, depression, blood pressure and heart ailments can cause hair loss.
Fungal and bacterial infections and the resulting high fever can lead to thinning of hair. Fungal and bacterial infections of the scalp like ringworm, favus, kerion and folliculitis, furuncles, carbuncles respectively can lead to hair loss issues as well.
The physical stress caused and the hormonal fluctuation during pregnancy can lead to hair loss problems after the child is delivered. This temporary hair loss is common amongst expectant mothers.
Hair Styling Products
Cosmetic products for styling and conditioning of hair can weaken or damage the hair shaft. Acidic wave treatment, bleaching and colouring agents in excess can also result in hair loss.
A poor diet low on protein, certain vitamins, and iron can cause hair loss.
After reading the exhaustive list of hair loss causes, are you wondering if there is any hair loss treatment available? Consult Hair Experts at Dr Batra's.
As part of the diagnosis and hair loss treatment, our doctors will physically examine the extent of hair loss, the grade of baldness and hair and scalp condition. It will help them understand the root cause of hair loss.
-Discuss the medical and family history, diet and hair care routine of the patient.
-Conduct a video microscopy test which magnifies the hair follicles and scalp up to 200 times. It will help to discover possible hair shaft disorders.
-Customize a scientific hair loss treatment plan as per your needs.
-Suggest a combination of treatments which includes homeopathic medicine, nutritional supplements, and aesthetic treatments to address immediate as well as long time concerns.
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