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Causes of Hair Loss and Natural Ways to Prevent It

Did you know that the average person sheds between 50 and 100 pieces of hair per day?

You probably notice hair coming out when you wash it or run a comb through it, but new hair continues growing at the same time. But a condition of hair loss occurs when hair follicles become destroyed and are replaced by scar tissue that doesn’t grow new hair. It can affect the scalp or the entire body, and anyone can experience hair loss.

Let’s learn a bit about what causes hair loss and some natural ways that you can prevent it.

Photo credit: Roger Mommaerts via Flickr

Photo credit: Roger Mommaerts via Flickr

Causes of Hair Loss

Hair loss is hereditary and affects the age that the condition begins and the extent of the baldness. Even men going through puberty can experience pattern baldness, which is marked by the hair becoming thinner, softer, finer, and shorter.

A derivative of the testosterone known as dihydrotestosterone can also be to blame for hair loss in men. Common causes of women’s hair loss are diffuse thinning on the scalp called androgenic alopecia, telogen effluvium after a traumatic event, and anagen effluvium associated with chemotherapy.

Hormonal changes can trigger hair loss, as well as immune conditions, scalp infections, and other types of skin disorders. Certain medications and hairstyle treatments can bring on hair loss as well.

Types of Hair Loss

Hair loss appears on different people in different ways, and it can come on gradually or all of the sudden. Many men and women begin to see a gradual thinning of hair on the tops of their heads with age.

However, other hair loss appears as patchy bald spots on the scalp and even eyebrows and beards. Shock and medical treatments can cause more sudden losses of hair, and unexplained hair loss could be a symptom of an undiagnosed medical condition.

Photo credit: Maria Morri

Photo credit: Maria Morri

Treatments for Hair Loss

Medications like Rogaine and Propecia are frequently taken for hair loss but come with their fair share of side effects. Some people with severe hair loss pursue surgery with hair transplants by implanting plugs into sections of the hairless scalp; however, these can be quite costly and painful.

Natural treatments for certain types of hair loss, such as alopecia areata, include the oil from herbs like cedar wood, thyme, rosemary, and lavender. Other beneficial oils to use to stop hair loss naturally include egg oil, olive oil, and safflower oil. Another home remedy that’s worth a try involves rubbing the scalp with the juice of garlic, onion, or ginger. Green tea may also help promote hair growth because it’s rich in antioxidants. Wigs can be worn as an alternative to medicinal and surgical treatment as well.

Preventing Hair Loss

To keep the hair you have and prevent it from falling out as much as possible, eat a well-balanced diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, and protein. Foods rich in vitamin B-12 are essential for hair health, as well as vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids.

Avoid using hot devices and treatments that can cause damage, such as straighteners, curling irons, and hot rollers. Always comb your hair with a wide-toothed comb (not a brush) after getting out of the shower to prevent breakage. And finally, reduce stress as much as possible, because stress is a top cause of hair growth in people who do not have a genetic predisposition.

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