by A. Grano on March 22nd, 2010 at 7:00 am
While we often hear people comment on personifying the likeness of someone they admire – whether financially, romantically, physically, etc. – it’s quite uncommon to hear them go as far to say that they hope to emulate their hair loss.
Although many people choose to shave their heads, this is a much different scenario than a person who suffers from involuntary balding. Research has shown balding occurs more often in men than women, and the experience can be horrifying for both parties. Balding is especially hard to deal with when it occurs prematurely or in women in general, who often find coping with baldness to be a very traumatic experience that can lead to self-esteem issues, anxiety and depression. It’s common for men and women to shed hair on a daily basis; some women deal with thinning hair more so than baldness as their age progresses.
Permanent Hair Loss
Balding can either be permanent or temporary. Males are most commonly affected by androgenetic alopecia, which is permanent balding influenced by genetics that can occur as early as their teens or early twenties, with the top of the head and hairline at the temples showing the first signs.
Women experiencing pattern balding seldom experience complete hair loss. Cicatricial (scarring) alopecia of the hair follicle can also lead to permanent hair loss, which can affect both men and women.
Temporary Hair Loss
Alopecia areata, defined as a non-contagious autoimmune condition resulting in temporary balding in both men and women, occurs in small spots of the head, eyebrows, or beard in men and is usually hereditary.
Sudden loss of hair occurs when the normal hair growth cycle is interrupted, known as telogen effluvium, most often as a result of emotional stress, surgery, or nutritional deficiencies. Hairstyles that stress the hair follicle can lead to traction alopecia, another form of temporary balding, such as hair that is pulled too tight or is excessively styled.
How to Help Stop Hair Loss
The average person sheds approximately 50 to 100 hairs daily, which is considered normal. Also keep in mind possible factors such as poor nutrition, certain medications, medical treatments, underlying diseases, hormonal changes, trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder) and hair treatments (bleaching, dyeing, tight braiding, tight ponytails, blow drying, straightening or hot curlers) which can all accelerate hair loss.
Herbal and homeopathic remedies, as part of a holistic therapy approach, offer an effective natural solution to stimulate and encourage hair growth as well as support blood circulation, hormonal balance and thyroid functioning. Natural remedies are a gentler alternative for people experiencing hair loss over the harsh effects of conventional medication.
Herbs commonly used include Ginkgo biloba, Rosmarinus officinale and Xanthoxylum clavaherculis, which increase blood circulation, promote a healthier scalp and support sound hair growth. Other herbs such as Equisetum arvense, Avena sativa and Echinacea restore hair growth and nourish hair follicles, helping to slow down hair loss.
ReGrow Scalp Massage Oil™ supports healthy hair growth by nourishing hair follicles and scalp.