Are you losing your hair? Are you frustrated about it? I’m not sure what to do about it? These are questions begin asked by million of men and women every day. The numbers are staggering, over half of all men will experience some degree of baldness by age 50 and at least one out of every four women. Another shocking fact is that the numbers seems to be increasing rather than decreasing. In this informational article titled “Self Help and Hair Loss” we will explore the four basic types of hair loss as well as convey a number of helpful ideas to help you avoid a painful initiation into the bald is beautiful club.
Balding is described through the medical term alopecia. There are four basic types of alopecia.
*Androgenic alopecia: This is a stubborn condition which is more commonly known as male pattern baldness that has both a genetic and hormonal component. Some experts believe that this condition account for over 90% of all cases of balding.
*Toxic alopecia: Put simply this is a broad category of hair loss resulting from either mental or physical stress.
*Alopecia areata: This is an example of a person’s immune system going nuts and all of the sudden believing hair is a bad thing. Hair generally comes out in round irregular patches and its onset may be rapid.
*Scarring alopecia: Balding that occurs because of scarred or damaged skin.
Some types of hair loss must just run their course such as chemotherapy related. With, others certain hormones must be moderated. In still other cases if you want to remember what your hair looks like either take a picture or a clipping now because the end of hair as you once knew it is quickly coming to an end.
On that sobering note let’s move on to a number of self help steps which may just save the day.
*Nutrition: There are a number of vitamins linked to hair health. Three of the most prominent are vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and biotin. While implementing a balanced diet high in protein and B vitamins will not cause you to grow much new hair it will create an environment that promotes and supports growth.
*Exercise: Blood carries nutrients to the scalp and good circulation is very important for a healthy head of hair.
*Reduce stress and anxiety: Have you ever heard anyone say “I am so upset I could pull my hair out”? Not to worry if you are that upset your hair will fall out on its own.
*Treat your hair better: Do not pull at it, comb or brush it harshly, or use harsh shampoos. Reduce use of colorants and other harsh chemicals. Reduce the use of blow dryers and curling irons. Realize that sun and chlorine can do damage so take steps to offset this.
*Don’t be hesitant to try new products: There are many affordable topical oils containing ingredients such as lavender, peppermint, meadowfoam seed oil, or nut oil that are widely available. Some people see success with these blends and they are certainly worth a try.
*Natural remedies: If you fall into the 90% demographic who’s balding is caused by androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness, female pattern baldness) then the only solution to your problem is to block or moderate a form of testosterone known as DHT. Many natural remedies contain Saw Palmetto and/or nettle. Both have shown to be effective in controlling harmful DHT.
In summary, the most effective self help for hair loss is achieved before dramatic balding has occurred. If you are proactive and take action while scalp coverage is still adequate your chances to slow and possibly reverse hair loss are good. There are some excellent hair regrowth products currently available and are affordable options worth considering.
R.D. Hawkins is an enthusiastic advocate of alternative natural health products and supplements with over 10 years experience. To learn more about homeopathic natural health visit Purchase Remedies.com