In today’s fashion, women with long natural hair are more appealing and admired more than their counterparts with sparse hair. This is why most women patronize sellers of woman hair (artificially made hair, otherwise called synthetic), spending so much in a bid to complement their natural but sparse hair.
Naturally, as one grows older, she tends to shed off their natural hair which is normal. However, with proper diet and good hygiene, the rate at which this happens can be slowed. There are several factors that lead to hair loss in humans, some are caused by nature, and others by the lifestyle of such individuals.
Some of the causes of hair loss include
- Androgenetic alopecia: This type of hair loss is common in both males and females. It is called pattern hair loss or heredity as it is known by most people. This is also referred to as male and female pattern baldness. For males, they tend to lose hair from the temples and crown of their head, while in females, hair becomes thinner usually all over their head. Androgenetic alopecia is expected to set in normally at old age but it can come earlier at any point after puberty. Androgenetic alopecia may be experienced by females after going through their menopause.
- Pregnancy: Pregnancy comes with many side effects, one of which is hair loss. Some women may experience hair loss soon after birth. This is mostly due to a decrease in oestrogen levels in the body. Hair loss caused by pregnancy is temporary and usually resolves within a few years.
- Telogen effluvium: This is a medical condition where the hair remains in the telogen, the natural shedding phase of the growth process. This is usually a temporary condition that resolves with time. A known cause for this condition is severe stress, surgery, childbirth among others.
- Age: With ageing, most people begin noticing some hair loss due to slow hair growth. Gradually, the hair follicles stop growing causing the scalp to thin and lose its natural colour.
- Cancer treatment: Chemotherapy treatment is usually accompanied by hair loss within a few weeks of treatment. Chemotherapy drugs are powerful medications, these drugs attack growing cancer cells rapidly. In doing so, they also attack other rapidly growing cells in the body which include hair roots.
Prevention options for hair loss
- Diet: A food diet can prevent hair loss problems to a greater extent. A good meal that includes protein, ginseng, vitamin A and other multivitamins, biotin and saw palmetto can help prevent or eliminate hair loss.
- Regular washing: The practice of regular washing of the hair may help against hair loss. This practice helps keep the hair free from dirt. The use of mild shampoo is recommended, as harsher products can have adverse effects on the hair such as hair breakage and hair loss.
- Hair processing: In a bid to care for our hair, we use chemicals like perms or hair colour. This may damage hair and scalp if used regularly. Before using any hair products, consult with a professional hairstylist about alternative products like organic hair dyes and others that don’t contain ammonia, peroxide, or para-phenylenediamine (PPD).
- Gentle styling: Avoid tight braids or ponytails that tends to pull the hair at the root and potentially lead to excessive shedding. It is best to let the hair air dry to avoid irritating the scalp. Heat stylers, like curling or straightening irons, may also damage or break the hair shaft.
Treatment of hair loss
- Laser therapy: Low-level lasers are known to help improve hair density and growth for people with hair loss related to chemotherapy treatment and genetic makeup. This is also called red light therapy which works by stimulating epidermal stem cells.
- Platelet-rich plasma: Injecting platelet-rich plasma (PRP) into the scalp stimulates growth in areas already impacted by hair loss. The platelets are separated using a centrifugal method and then injected into the scalp.
- Minoxidil: Minoxidil also called Rogaine is an over-the-counter drug. Applying the product to the scalp daily will aid hair growth. Always check with a doctor to know if a treatment is good for you.
- Use of Sour Tsunami 3: The treatment of different patterns of baldness can be done by using sour tsunami. It is a stable CBD rich Sativa strain and does not give the level of highness one would normally expect. The use of sour tsunami for the treatment of epilepsy and anxiety (one of the causes of hair loss) turned out to be an effective strategy in most studies. Its properties can be conducive to speeding up hair growth because it provides fatty acids like omega 3, 6, and 9, and can strengthen hair.
In a nutshell, hair problems in both males and females can be minimized by eating a nutritious diet and good care. Oiling hair 2 to 3 times a week, less use of hair products and regular washing can help in hair growth.