Want to manage hair loss? An expert points out things you may be doing wrong
Published on:3 September 2021, 13:04pm IST
If sudden hair loss is making you worrisome, it's time you note these important FAQs addressed by an expert to help you take the right and timely action!
Dr Jaspreet Rajani
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Have you ever told people you have hair loss? Or for that matter searched about it online? The most common answers to pop-up in both situations are hair care products. Like apple cider vinegar-based shampoos or onion oils. And if you ask your hair-dresser the same question, they will ask you to jump the bandwagon on the latest hair treatment, such as keratin, cystine or a hair spa? The thing is, maybe for a week or so you will convince yourself that these products or treatments are working thanks to the placebo effect or just sheer coincidence. But when they don’t, you will repeat the steps from above again. So what are you doing wrong here that is making it difficult for you to fix your hair loss.
Well for starters, you are asking the right questions but to the wrong people. Here, I am answering common queries. Let us start with the basics:
Are hair fall and hair loss the same?
No. Hair fall is normal shedding of hair that is in the falling phase, Which for women is about 100 hair strands in a day and for men about 50-70
hair strands. But any more than that or hair thinning is a result of a hair loss condition.
Is all hair loss the same?
No. There are three major conditions. Androgenic Alopecia or pattern hair loss, which presents as a receding hairline and hair thinning in the crown area for men, and widens the partition and increases scalp visibility in women. Telogen Effluvium, which happens as a result of stress to the body due to illness or extreme stress, for example, post-Covid hair loss. It can also be triggered by pregnancy, typhoid, TB, malaria, etc. Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune condition that causes coin-sized bald patches on the scalp and in extreme cases in the body.
Can genetic hair loss be treated?
Absolutely! As long as you take a preventive approach for your condition. Genetic or pattern hair loss has 7 stages and is successfully
manageable in the first four stages. Data suggests that over 90% of people who treat it in the first stage see it successfully managed. And
thanks to our country’s rich tradition of Ayurveda, itt is possible to combine modern prescription medicine such as minoxidil and redensyl
that are clinically proven to fix hair loss with herbs like ashwagandha, bhringraj and shatavari that help deal with its root causes.
At what point in my hair loss do I need to see a doctor?
Hair loss is like most health conditions, and it is manageable in early stages. Not to mention the younger you are, the better your body’s response rate to medication. So, if someone is 25 years old and in stage 1 and they decide to take treatment, they will see improvement within 4-5 months. In comparison, someone who is 40 years old and in stage 5 might see limited improvement and will take longer to see the changes as well. So, the right answer is to treat it as soon as you observe it.
Should I be using a dermaroller?
A dermaroller is meant to increase blood flow, improve absorption of products and create superficial wounds that allow growth factors to rush to the area to improve the health of your follicles. But it is best used with a serum such as minoxidil and redensyl. But, it is best used in supervision of an expert as using undue pressure can result in wounds on your scalp.
No. And here’s why about 65.9% of women that I come across have PCOS, 43.7% of the people have thyroid and 43.06% of them have sleep issues. This data proves that hair loss conditions are more complicated and have more than one variable affecting it. These internal triggers and root causes can be treated only with a holistic solution and not a shampoo, oil or a cosmetic serum. How can onion oil manage your anemia, which is a common trigger for the hair-related condition, after all?
In conclusion, what most people are doing wrong is not trying to understand what hair loss is and when they are still choosing the wrong solutions because of the conditioning from the hair care industry. The sooner they start speaking to experts about it, the easier it will be for them to correctly manage it.