Inexplicable hair loss could be a sign of numerous underlying conditions. Hormonal imbalances in the body along with genetic and lifestyle factors may be wreaking havoc on your system. However, there are certain signs and symptoms that will help you understand your circumstances better.
Main forms of hair loss
Some amount of hairfall is normal. The problem arises when the rate of hair growth can no longer match the rate of hairfall
Female pattern hair loss
The most common manifestation of hair loss in women. This includes overall thinning of hair on top of the scalp (androgenetic alopecia). It is largely a result of genetics and may begin as young as 12 years of age.
Scarring hair loss
Irreversible, or scarring, hair loss refers to the situation where the hair follicle is damaged and replaced by scar tissue. In some cases hair loss due to tight and restrictive hairstyles (traction alopecia) may also lead to permanent damage.
Patches and bald spots
Unpredictable and sudden hair loss (alopecia areata) is an autoimmune disorder where the body attacks its own hair follicles by mistakenly believing them to be foreign.
Non-scarring hair loss
Hair fall due to short term and immediate factors such as water quality, hair styling and heating products and/or emotional stress. This commonly manifests in handfuls of hair lost while combing or washing.
What can you do?
Family history, recent emotional or physical stress, drugs or medical procedures (including chemotherapy), and other hormonal imbalances could all impact the health of your hair. Here are a few things tips for good hair maintenance.
Be delicate when handling your hair. Use wide-tooth combs and regularly detangle your tresses. If using hair dryers and straighteners, always use a heat protectant spray.
Wear a scarf or hat to protect hair from harsh direct sunlight and other ultraviolet light sources.
Ensure a diet rich in fatty acids like omega-3, vitamins, and folic acid. A healthy protein intake is also recommended.
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Acne, hirsutism, and hair-fall, are three major causes of concern. Remedies range from topical (ointments and medical lotions), oral (antibiotics and tablets), dietary supplements, cosmetic creams, procedures (hair removal) and many more. Our tool lets you explore and select a method of treatment that works for you.