A common Hair problem Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition in which the body attacks its own hair follicles. Alopecia Areata usually starts as a single quarter-sized circle of perfectly smooth bald skin. These patches usually regrow in three to six months without treatment. Sometimes, white hair temporarily regrows and then becomes dark. Alopecia areata can affect hair on other parts of the body, too like the beard or eyebrows.
Hair loss can affect just your scalp or your entire body, and it can be temporary or permanent. It can be the result of heredity, hormonal changes, medical conditions or a normal part of aging. Anyone can lose hair on their head, but it’s more common in men. Baldness typically refers to excessive hair loss from your scalp. Hereditary hair loss with age is the most common cause of baldness. People typically lose 50 to 100 hairs a day. This usually isn’t noticeable because new hair is growing in at the same time. Hair loss occurs when new hair doesn’t replace the hair that has fallen out.
Causes of Hair Loss:
A variety of conditions can cause temporary or permanent hair loss, some of which are:
- Hereditary hair loss: Both men and women develop this type of hair loss, which is the most common cause of hair loss. This is called as androgenic alopecia.
- Age: With growing age most people notice some hair loss because hair grows slowly. At some point, hair follicles stop growing hair, which causes the hair on our scalp to thin. Hair also starts to lose its color and hairline naturally starts to recede.
- Alopecia areata: It is a disease that develops when the body’s immune system attacks hair follicles, causing hair loss. You can lose hair anywhere on your body, including your scalp, inside your nose, and in your ears. Some people lose their eyelashes or eyebrows too.
- Cancer treatment: If you undergo chemotherapy or have radiation treatment to your head or neck, you may lose all your hair within a few weeks of treatment.
- Childbirth, illness, or other stressors: Few months after giving birth, recovering from an illness, or having an operation, you may notice a lot more hairs in your brush or on your pillow. This can also happen after a stressful time in your life.
- Hair loss: If you color, perm, or relax your hair, you could be damaging your hair. Over time, this damage can lead to hair loss.
- Hairstyles and treatments: Excessive hairstyling that pull your hair tight, such as pigtails or cornrows, can cause a type of hair loss called traction alopecia. Hot-oil hair treatments and permanents also can cause hair to fall out. If you often wear your hair tightly pulled back, the continual pulling can lead to permanent hair loss. The medical name for this condition is traction alopecia
- Hormonal imbalance: hormonal changes can occur due to pregnancy, childbirth, menopause and thyroid problems. Stopping some types of birth control pills can also cause a temporary hormonal imbalance. Women who develop a hormonal imbalance can develop hair loss on their scalp.
- Scalp infection: A scalp infection can lead to scaly and sometimes inflamed areas on your scalp. You may see what look like small black dots on your scalp. These are actually stubs of hair. Some people develop a bald spot.
- Medication: Hair loss can be side effect of certain drugs such as the drugs used for cancer, arthritis, depression, gout and high blood pressure.
- Scalp psoriasis: Many people who have plaque psoriasis develop psoriasis on their scalp at some point. This can lead to hair loss.
- Pulling your hair: Some people pull on their hair, often to relieve stress. The medical term for this is trichotillomania.
- Scarring alopecia: This condition develops when inflammation destroys hair follicles. Once destroyed, a hair follicle cannot grow hair. Diverse conditions can cause this. The medical name for this group of conditions is cicatricial alopecia.
- Sexually transmitted infection like Syphillis.
- Less intake of biotin, iron, protein, or zinc.
Symptoms of Hair Loss:
- In men, hair often begins to recede from the forehead.
- Patchy hair loss sometimes preceded by itchy or painful scalp.
- Gradual thinning on top of head
- Circular or patchy bald spots
- Sudden loosening of hair
- Full-body hair loss
- Patches of scaling that spread over the scalp
- broken hair
Ayurvedic treatment for Hair Fall:
Chandigarh Ayurved Centre provided you ‘’Alopecia Care Kit’’, which contains the best herbal based medicines that surely treat the condition of Alopecia. It includes all the natural ingredients which Cure the Alopecia Naturally. The kit contains five products which are described below:
1. Hair Sachet
The herbal hair sachet is prepared from all the natural ingredients which promote hair growth by its own properties. This Hair sachet contains –Parwal pishti, Shukta pishti, Giloy satva, Punarnava mandoor, Talsindoor, Gandhak rasayana, Jahar mohra. These ingredients balance the aggravated Pitta dosha and increase hair retention, soothing down the irritation, itching, inflammation, redness. This herbal sachet is used for the treatment of weak hair. The hair sachet helps in the rejuvenation of the hair. It increases hair retention, weight of the hair, and helps in regrowth of the hair.
Recommended Dosage – Take 1 sachet twice a day with normal water.
2. Hair Live Herbal Shampoo
It is used in various kind of hair related issues like Baldness, Graying of hairs etc. It contains very good herbs that work on your hair and roots of hair in your scalp. It makes your hair shiny and thick. The herbs used for formulation of this oil shows antioxidant, anti-dandruff, anti-inflammatory properties. This product is herbal and natural formula for maintaining hair health. It is used in Hairball, graying of hair, dandruff, dry scalp, thinning of hairs, baldness, alopecia and loss of lusterless.
Method of usage– Apply it on wet hair, massage into a rich lather for 2-3 minutes and rinse properly with water.
3. Hair Live Tablet
Hair Live Tablet is formulated with ingredients like Bhringraj (Eclipta alba), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Mulethi (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Dhatry Loha (Purified iron), & Shud Gandhak (Purified sulphur). This herbal kit is formulated to take care of all the hair problems. It is an amazing combination of various natural herbs which can be beneficial for both male and female hair problems. It provides nourishment to the hair from the root level, repairs broken, splinted and damaged hair. This kit gives a natural strength and smooth texture.
Recommended Dosage – Take 1 tablet twice a day with normal water.
4. Hair Live Oil
It is used in various kind of hair related issues like Baldness, Greying of hairs etc. It contains very good herbs that work on your hair and roots of hair in your scalp. It makes your hair shiny and thick. The herbs used for formulation of this oil shows antioxidant, anti-dandruff, anti-inflammatory properties. This product is herbal and natural formula for maintaining hair health.Til oil (Sesamum indicum) Almond oil (Prunus dulcis) Jotishmati oil (Celastrus paniculatus) Amla (Embelia officinale) Bhringraj (Eclipta alba), etc
Method of usage – Gently massage your hair once or as per requirement
5. Kutki capsule
This herbal capsule is pure ayurvedic preparation which is prepared pure extract of Kutki (Picrorhizza kurroa). Kutki enhances functions of liver, fights skin problems, and treats jaundice. Kutki has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-hepatotoxic, and Anti-allergic properties. This capsule helps to cure digestive disorder, liver problems and improves immunity.
Dosage: Take 2 capsules twice daily.
Tips that may help you avoid hair loss, are as follows:
- Be gentle with your hair: Use a detangler and avoid tugging when brushing and combing, especially when your hair is wet. A wide-toothed comb might help prevent pulling out hair.
- Avoid harsh treatments such as hot rollers, curling irons, hot-oil treatments and permanents. Limit the tension on hair from styles that use rubber bands, barrettes and braids.
- Ask your doctor about medications and supplements you take that might cause hair loss.
- Protect your hair from sunlight and other sources of ultraviolet light.
- Stop smoking as it cause baldness in men.
- If you’re undergoing chemotherapy, wear a cool cap. This cap can reduce your risk of losing hair during chemotherapy.
Home Remedies to prevent Hair Fall:
- Aloe vera- Extract the pulp from aloe vera leaf or stalk and rub into your hair. Keep massaging in circular motions, leave for about 15 minutes, and then rinse with cold water.
- Amla- It is highly rich in Vitamin C, it provides strength to the hair follicles, and prevents hair fall. Boil the dried amla with coconut oil till the oil becomes black. Let it cool down and then massage your hair with this oil. Leave it for 20 minutes and then shampoo your hair.
- Green Tea- Soak two green tea bags in the hot water and let the water cool down. Then rinse your hair with this solution and keep massaging your scalp gently.
- Onion juice- Extract onion juice and dip a cotton ball in it and apply all over your scalp. Leave it for 20-30 minutes and then rinse it off.
- Honey and yoghurt- make a mixture of 2 tablespoons of greek yoghurt with 1 tablespoon of lemon and honey. Then apply this pack to your scalp using a hair dye brush. Leave it on for about half an hour, and then rinse thoroughly with cold water.
- Coconut oil- Slightly warm coconut oil and start massaging your scalp in circular motions.
Vaidya Jagjit Singh is an Ayurvedic Physician in Chandigarh and has an experience of 30 years in this field. He is founder of Chandigarh Ayurved Centre. Chandigarh Ayurvedic Centre provides best ayurvedic treatment &panchakarma therapies centre in Chandigarh. Chandigarh Ayurvedic Centre is a leading Multi specialityAyurvedic Clinic of North India.