Is it possible to regrow hair?
The causes of hair loss range from simple to complex. This list is not exhaustive, and if you are suffering from hair loss, it would be wise to consult a doctor for their advice.
Androgenetic alopecia (aka. Pattern baldness) is a type of hair loss that is the result of genetics and dihydrotestosterone (DHT, a male hormone). Depending on sex, this type of hair loss is called male/female pattern baldness.
Male pattern hair loss is the primary cause of balding in men. A clear indicator of this is a receding hairline and hair thinning at the crown. Although you normally see this condition in middle-aged men, some teenage boys can show early signs of hair loss in those problem areas. It is hereditary, so if your dad or a male family member has it, you probably will have it eventually.
Female pattern hair loss happens because of the same reasons as male pattern baldness, but the signs are different. It begins when the frontal hairline (center part of the scalp) starts to thin and slowly progresses to the sides, which forms a bald patch at the top of the head. It is rare for females to experience completely lose their hair (it just gets really thin) unless they have excess production of male hormones. Once again, this could be hereditary.
If your hair loss symptoms are different from the above, there could be many reasons for your hair loss. If it happened suddenly, think about any major changes to your life recently: things like changes to your dietary habits, stress levels, birth control/pregnancy, etc. On the other hand, if the hair loss was gradual, you might simply be genetically predisposed to having hair loss.
Medication can cause hair loss too. Medicines for blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and cholesterol are known to have caused hair loss. Medications that directly influence the hormone balance of the body, such as contraceptives, hormone replacement therapy, steroids and acne medications are possible culprits too.
To slow the progression of Male/Female pattern hair loss, doctors can prescribe Minoxidil or Finasteride (male only). Minoxidil tries to excite hair growth, while Finasteride tries to reduce the amount of DHT. Fortunately, there are other ways to regrow hair that is lost is through hair transplant surgery or micro needling therapy.
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Have you been feeling stressed out lately? Stress can cause many problems like dandruff, irritability, or even cause your hair to fall out. Perhaps take some time off one of these days 🙂
Pregnancy and hormone changes can also cause hair loss. The drastic decrease in estrogen after childbirth can cause hair loss, which normally occurs at the hairline and temple area.
If your hair loss is occurring in small circles, it is probably “spot baldness” (aka. Alopecia areata). This autoimmune condition can cause hair loss in small spots (hence the name) or even the entire body. This condition makes your body think that your hair follicles are invaders, and the body will thus attack it and possibly stop hair growth. It can be inherited, so if someone in your family has it, there is a good chance this is causing your hair loss.
Are you eating well? A vitamin B12 deficiency can cause also hair loss. It is thought that the vitamin B12 affects the health of red blood cells, which then limits the amount of blood that your hair follicles get. Your hair literally dies because it has no nutrition!
Natural home remedies for hair growth and thickness
There are natural remedies for hair loss. These remedies have been used for centuries and are worth a shot.
- Aloe Vera: Apply Aloe Vera juice/gel to the scalp and leave it on for a few hours. Aloe Vera contains minerals that promote hair growth directly. It also has pH balancing properties that restore the natural environment of your scalp.
- Coconut milk: Apply coconut milk to your scalp using a hairbrush. Cover your head with a towel for 20 minutes. Let the natural oils of the coconut milk seep into your scalp. Finally, remove the towel and rinse hair with cold water. Coconut milk contains vitamin E, protein, and potassium, all of which can help your hair grow and also moisturize your scalp.
- Egg whites: break eggs in a bowl and separate the whites. Mix the whites until it is thick and even. Apply the mixture to your scalp and let it sit for 20 minutes. Finally, you can rinse everything away, followed by shampooing your head. Eggs are full of protein, vitamin B, and other nutrients that promote hair growth. This remedy should be done once a week.
- Onions: red onions are generally preferred. Cut the onion and rub it over bald areas of the scalp. Onions are rich in sulfur that is important for thick hair
- Spinach and Other Dark Leafy Greens
- Citrus Fruits
- Nuts and Seeds
- Whole Grains
At any rate, hair loss is very common in people and a natural part of aging in most cases. Fortunately with advanced treatment today we are able to reverse hair loss effectively.
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