Hair loss is inevitable – that’s the bottom truth. All men and women experience hair loss at some point in their lifetime. The causes for hair fall can widely vary from genetics, hormonal disorders, pregnancy, reaction to certain medications, stress, menopause, old age and more. Hair loss can be reduced with proper and regular hair care routine that includes massage and hair conditioning. However, it cannot be completely avoided. It is common for people to lose about 100-200 strands of hair in a day. Losing more than 200 to 700 strands of hair in a day could be hair loss and requires treatment.
Hair loss remedies and treatments have been in place since the early 1600s in the form of wigs and massages. Since the 1940s hair transplant has been used as the permanent treatment for hair loss and balding. Late 1990s saw laser treatments and advanced form of hair transplant such as FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) and FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) that were more successful that earlier treatment options. Some of the best treatment for hair fall is easily available in India at affordable costs. India is one among the top countries in the world that offer quality hair transplant treatment.
The right treatment for hair fall depends on each individual’s causes and extent of hair loss. Depending on many factors such as the density of the hair, genetic hair health, type of hair loss and more, a doctor would be able to device the right treatment plan. Some of the most common hair loss treatment includes
Mild to moderate hair fall can be treated with regular home remedies and hair care routine. Hair fall treatment at home could include
For severe hair fall, clinical treatments offer better and long-lasting results.
Hair loss treatment for women will require a thorough analysis on the causes for hair loss. There can be a variety of reasons for hair loss among women, some of the common ones are hormonal disorders, stress, pregnancy, childbirth and more.
Women begin to experience hormonal changes from the age of 30 which may lead to excessive production of DHT (dihydrotestosterone) causing hair loss. Birth control pills, stress and lifestyle disorders also affect women and the extent of hair loss. Chemical damage to the hair due to excessive use of heat based styling products, hair dye, sodium lauryl sulphate based hair products have a direct impact on the health. This in turn causes hair loss, thinning and premature greying among women.
Hair loss treatment for men are very common due to the prevalence of hair loss among men. Male pattern baldness, which is a hereditary hair loss condition is present among 50% of the male population above 50 years of age. Scalp infection, psoriasis, hormonal issues, alopecia and lupus are among the other causes for hair loss in men. Hair transplant is the most preferred solution for long-term results. Individuals are also advised to quit smoking, lead a stress-free and active lifestyle to reduce hair fall.
Chennai is home to some of the best hair transplant clinics that can give quality results. It is important to identify a board-certified doctor who specializes in FUE, FUT or PRP treatments for the best results. PRP hair loss treatments in Chennai cost INR 4800 to 13000 for each session. Hair transplant treatments could cost between INR 45000 to 1,50,000 in the city.
Some tips to reduce hair fall are
Hair fall cannot be reversed completely. The only permanent solution to hair fall is hair transplant. However, individuals can use topical products such as minoxidil can be used regularly under the advice of a doctor.
Some of the best home remedies for hair fall include regular head massage with oils, hair masks made of natural ingredients such as aloe vera, coconut oil, onion juice, egg, fenugreek, green tea and avocado.
Consulting a doctor who specializes in hair fall to identity root causes, taking higher amounts of protein, scalp massage and taking medications for hair loss can stop hair fall immediately.
Extra virgin coconut oil, castor oil, sesame oil, olive oil, neem oil and tea tree oil are some of the best oils for hair growth. Oils in general does not reduce hair fall but increases the production of new hair. Individuals with excessive oil on the scalp must stay away from too much oiling as it can lead to more hair fall.
Shampoos that are made of biotin (vitamin B), phyto-caffiene, Niacin (vitamin B-3), essential oils (thyme, tea tree, peppermint) and minoxidil are good to prevent and reduce hair fall. Thick and long hair can be obtained by choosing a gentle hair shampoo.
It is important to understand the type of scalp – oily, dry or normal. Individuals who have oily scalp must avoid excessive use of oil since this could increase hair fall. On the other hand, regular oiling can be beneficial for people with dry and normal scalp. Oiling once a week can be good to stimulate hair growth since massaging can improve the blood circulation and strengthen hair follicles. With better healthy hair follicles, hair growth will be improved.
To prevent hair loss, the root causes for it must be identified. Women who suffer from thyroid disorders, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and similar conditions should take treatment for the diseases to prevent hair loss. To stop hair loss fast medications such as minoxidil could be applied topically, protein rich diet, regular scalp massage and gentle brushing and styling can reduce hair loss.
Intake of vitamin and mineral supplements such as biotin, vitamin C, vitamin D, iron, zinc and protein can thicken the hair. Replacing cotton pillow cover with bamboo or satin covers could prevent breakage and thinning of the hair. Protein based hair masks (homemade or store-bought) can prevent damage and keep the hair thick.
Coconut oil has a lot of benefits when used on the hair. From soothing scalp infections and irritation to promoting scalp health and reversing heat damage, it helps in the overall improvement of ones hair. The Lauric acid in coconut oil is known or nourishment of the scalp which in turn promotes hair growth. It is a great moisturizer when used on a regular basis and can give relief from frizzy and untamed hair.
Yes, coconut oil can be applied before bedtime and washed the next day. Heat the required amount of coconut oil to make it warm and gently massage it on the scalp. Tie the hair into a bun and cover it with a satin cloth. Leave it for it for a few hours or overnight and wash with a gentle shampoo.
Aloe vera is rich in vitamin B12, A, E, amino acids, minerals such as zinc and fatty acids which help with treating damaged hair and promoting hair growth. The gel of the aloe vera leaf can be scooped and applied into the scalp and washed off with a mild shampoo.
DHI (Direct Hair implantation) is a form of FUE treatment that is the latest best known treatment for hair loss. PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) therapy is another technique where the person’s own blood is used to promote hair growth in balding regions.
It is nearly impossible to stop balding but the condition can be treated effectively with medications, hair transplant and other forms of hair loss treatment such as PRP. Hair transplant is the most long-lasting solution that promotes hair growth in the balding region and gives a natural and fuller look.
As discussed, the causes for hair loss can be hereditary, hormonal issues, pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, alopecia, scalp infections, telogen effluvium (temporary hair loss post traumatic or stressful events), anagen effluvium (hair loss as a result of certain medications) and more.