Hair fall is characterized by excessive hair loss from the scalp. The condition is mainly experienced by young people affecting them medically and psychologically. In the natural hair growth cycle usually, the lost hair is replaced by new hair. However, people suffering from continual hair loss can have temporary or permanent hair loss. These conditions develop over time and there is a considerable amount of hair loss per day that increases with age.
Women experience thinning of hair over the years, due to aging, but some women experience hair loss soon after puberty with the hormonal changes. Hair begins to thin all over the scalp, but the hairline doesn’t recede. Although hair thins dramatically, it rarely leads to baldness. On the other hand, men experience hair loss more than women. It begins soon after puberty and can get worse with the aging process. Thus, it is advisable to opt for support for hair fall as soon as you notice bald patches or excessive hair fall.
Types of Hair Fall
1. Hair Loss During Pregnancy and After Childbirth
Many ladies suffer from temporary hair loss during pregnancy or after the delivery of the child/children. The hair loss lasts for several months. The hair follicles in the scalp enter the resting phase and do not enter the re-growth phase. As a result, women start losing hair, especially around the crown and temple.
2. Hair Fall Due to Dandruff
Dandruff is one of the leading causes of hair fall in both men and women. Although it seldom causes hair to fall on its own, itching can lead to scratching, which in turn, can injure the hair follicles, leading to breakage and loss of hair.
3. Hair Fall Due to Alopecia Areata
Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system begins attacking hair follicles and other healthy tissues of the body. This disease can affect people of all genders and ages. Hair starts falling in patches on the scalp, beard, eyebrows, and other parts of the body. If left untreated, this disease may lead to alopecia totalis or complete hair loss.
4. Premature Baldness
Premature baldness starts with hair thinning on its own and can be caused by several reasons like stress, hormonal imbalance, genetic conditions, exposing hair to excessive heat, or harsh chemicals.
Trichotillomania is an abnormal behavior where some people begin to pull their hair out from the scalp and other parts of the body and cannot seem to stop. If it continues over the years, then hair loss can become permanent. This condition is best treated by consulting a psychotherapist who can diagnose the issue, and then you can opt for homeopathic remedies to support it.
6. Tinea Capitis
Tinea Capitis, better known as scalp ringworm, is one of the most common causes of hair loss in children. This fungal infection leads to hair fall in patches that can lead to bald spots. The area begins to look scaly and can be itchy.
Hair Fall Other Causes
1. Family History (Genetic)
Genetic conditions can cause hair loss with aging as the condition has been passed down from generation to generation. You can inherit hereditary diseases from the paternal or maternal side of your family.
2. Hormonal Disorders
The hormonal changes due to puberty, childbirth, pregnancy, menopause, or thyroid problems can lead to hair loss. Hair falls due to hormonal conditions is more common in women than men. When progesterone and estrogen levels begin to drop, hair becomes thinner, and hair follicles shrink, resulting in temporary or permanent hair loss.
3. Medications And Other Supplements
Hair loss can also result from unwanted side effects of some medicines/drugs which are usually used to treat various fungal diseases, cancer (radiation therapy), and heart problems. The hair loss caused by medications is primarily temporary.
A significant amount of stress or trauma can lead to hair loss. Stress can force hair follicles to enter a resting phase. As a result, no new strands of hair growth, and the existing hair will keep falling while brushing or washing.
The continuous pulling of hair for making hairstyles such as ponytails or buns can also damage the hair follicles leading to hair loss. The unwelcome news is that hair loss due to continuous hair pulling can be permanent.
1. Gradual Thinning on Top of Head
This type of hair loss usually develops in men. In this condition, the hair starts becoming thin on the top of the forehead, and a broad patch develops in that region. Thinning of hair is also common among women as the age progresses, but the pattern is different from that of men.
2. Circular Or Patchy Bald Spots.
Sometimes the hair loss is in circular or patchy form around the scalp, beard, or eyebrows. The skin in those areas tends to become itchy before hair fall. However, hair fall in these areas occurs without any rashes, redness, or scarring.
3. Sudden Loosening of Hair
Sometimes, stress or a sudden shock can cause hair loss. While combing or washing, handfuls of hair tend to come out. Although this type of hair loss is temporary,
4. Full-body Hair Loss
This is the most extreme side of hair loss. It involves hair falling from different body regions such as eyebrows, eyelashes, chest hair, etc.
Prevention and Management of Hair Fall. Homeopathic Support for Hair Fall
Homeopathic support for hair fall can be a suitable option as it focuses on treating the symptoms of hair fall by treating its root cause. The remedies are prescribed to a client based on their individual case history and considering other factors that result in hair loss.
Although there are many homeopathic remedies available for hair loss, it is best to consult a Homeopathic Consultant to opt for the best suitable remedy.
Duration of the support required
Homeopathic support for hair falls usually shows improvement in a few weeks depending on the patient. The other factors that determine the duration are:
- The severity of hair fall
- The extent or spread of the disease
- Duration of hair fall
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