Articles on body hair

Know More About Your Hair

Dr. Sameer Kumar Singh, Homeopath
GROWTH OF HAIR AND FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE HAIR GROWTHWhen a new baby is born, he or she has soft, fine and downy hair called lanugo that disappears shortly after the birth. Normally hair on the scalp and other parts of body becomes thicker and coarser. In middle age, hair growth can be seen on the ears of men and women develop the same on face at the time of menopause. This is due to change in endocrine pattern.Stages of hair growth-ANAGEN HAIR (Period of Active Growth)The stage when the growing is in process, the hair is called ‘Anagen’ hair. Anagen hair keeps on growing from two to five years. In Anagen hair, the cells of follicle grow, divide and are keratinized in order to make hair grow. Having keratin means that the base of the hair shaft is moist and soft and the rest of hair shaft above hair bulb is dark pigmented.CATAGEN HAIR (Period of Transition or Breakdown and Change)When the hair is under transition stage, which is from root to end, the hair is called ‘catagen’ hair. Catagen hair, begin transitional, live for about 7 to 15 days. During this transition phase, the growth activity of the hair stops. Growth of hair is not a continuous affair as some people think. Hair growing takes a resting phase during which no growth takes place and the roots of the resting hair become club-shaped. It is this condition that is called club hairs.TELOGEN HAIR (Resting Stage before Resumption Of Growth)Catagen hair live for some time and when they are in the state of rest without any change, they are called ‘Telogen’ hair. Telogen hair are also called club hair. They are in the state of rest for three to four months before they grow or are pushed from follicle due to growth of another hair or due to some harsh combing/ brushing or hard massaging/continuous drying of hair by hot hair-blower or in fight etc. All these are mechanical reasons.Factors that Influence the Hair GrowthAge: – Growth of hair is fastest from the age of fifteen to late twenties. The hair grows faster and the rate of growth slows down when the hair have grown to its maximum. There is no limit to maximum but some doctors are of the opinion that this limit is three feel which means that when the hair are over three feet long, the growth rate drops to half the former growth rate. Nervous and circulatory system: – The hair is affected by the state of the nervous system and circulatory system. This means that hair have a direct relation with functioning of the entire human organism, mind, sentiments, emotions and the body. Any such stimulation in the body by grief, emotions, etc. makes impact over the opulence of the nerve and blood supply to the head. If grief or emotions continue for some days, it affects the growth of hair.Chemicals & Drugs: – Chemical and drug reactions also affect the growth of hair. The coloring of hair and dyeing of hair are virtually exposure to chemical reactions and many persons who dye or color their hair have retarded hair growth or encounter falling of hair.Heredity: – The heredity/genes actually determine the hair density, growth and color of hair.Hormones: – Hormonal change is one of the reasons for growth of hair.Your Hair – An Index  to your Health….Our hair is not just ‘dead’ protein it is a pointer to what is happening deep inside our body and mind. Hair has more to it than what appears on the surface.  It says a lot more about us than what the stars foretell. The health of our hair and scalp provides us with insightful cues about a host of ‘latent’ health disorders.In addition, our hair, like our psyche, responds to both physical and emotional stressors, including underlying health deviations,  much before apparent clinical symptoms manifest.DRY, LIMP, THIN HAIR:-This may be a ‘cursor’ for hypothyroidism. In some cases, the ‘tell-tale’  sign is hair loss on the eyebrows, especially in the outer area of the eyebrow.SCALY  OR CRUSTY PATCHES ON THE SCALP:-This indicates psoriasis, a common skin disorder. It occurs when the skin for a ‘toss,’ sending out flawed signals that accelerate the turnover and growth of skin cells. The detection of psoriasis can help us prevent and treat more serious condition- especially psoriatic arthritis, or painful swelling of the joints with scaly psoriatic distress.OVERALL THINNING:-It’s customary to shed about 50-100 hairs a day. But, when hair appears to be coming out in ‘clumps,’ it’s time for action. Any extreme stress can be the reason for hair loss, liking losing a job can cause extreme hair loss. Likewise, about of flu or fever, illnesses like jaundice, typhoid and malaria can cause hair loss. Most importantly, diabetes and hypertension can also cause such hair loss, much before they may be clinically diagnosed. DRY, BRITTLE HAIR BREAKS EASILY:-This kind of hair loss can be a sign of autoimmune disorders, early onset diabetes and thyroid disease.

Top Causes of Hair Loss and Hair Thinning in Women

Dr. Jolly Shah Kapadia, Dermatologist
For women, hair means way more than a bundle of fibres. Long or short, bouncy or straight, it's an expression of your style and personality. Losing those lovely tresses can really freak you out. Hair Loss, a nightmareWhether it’s short- or long-term, women lose hair the same way men do. It might thin all over, or your centre part could get wider and wider. You might even get a bald spot at the crown of your head. Rarely women also have a receding front hairline.How Does Hair Grow?Your scalp has about 1,00,000 hair. Each one has its own life cycle. A follicle produces a single hair that grows at a rate of half an inch per month. It stays for 2 to 6 years, then stops for about a month. When the next cycle starts up, that hair falls out. At any given time, most of your hair are in the growth phase.How Much Hair Loss Is Normal?Most people shed about 50-100 hair every day. Don’t worry if you find a few in your hairbrush or on your clothes. But if it starts to fall out in clumps or if you notice it getting thinner over time, check with your Dermatologist.What are the root causes of Hair Loss?There’s no single cause. Triggers range from medical conditions, to stress and lifestyle factors, like what you eat. Your genes play a role, too. Sometimes there may not be a specific reason.Major Hair Loss Triggers in women: Thyroid Problems: If the thyroid makes too much or too little thyroid hormone,your hair growth cycle might get affected. You may develop progressive thinning of hair all over the scalp.PCOS: If you have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), your hormones are always shaky. Your body makes more male hormones, or androgen, than it should. This can cause extra hair on your face and body while the hair on your head thins out. PCOS can also lead to ovulation problems, acne, and weight gain. But sometimes thinning hair is the only obvious sign.Childbirth: You might notice your hair seems fuller during pregnancy.That’s because high hormone levels keep resting hairs from falling out. But after the baby comes, things go back to normal and those strands will fall out quickly. You could lose a lot of hair at once. It could take up to 2 years for your lovely hair to return to normal.The Pill: The hormones that suppress ovulation can also thin out your hair.You can also lose hair when you stop taking the pill. Medicines: Drugs like blood thinners those which treat high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, and depression; methotrexate, cholesterol lowering medications, chemotherapeutic agents etc. can cause hair loss.Crash Diets: You may lose more than weight with a fad diet. And if you lose weight more rapidly, you might also lose hair in a couple of months. Deficiency: A longstanding deficiency of Iron, Folic acid, and other nutrients can also trigger off hair loss and thinning.Tight Hairstyles: Wearing tight ponytails can irritate your scalp and cause hair to fall out. Long-term use of these styles can scar your scalp and lead to permanent hair loss.Cancer Treatment: Chemo and radiation therapy, two of the most widely used therapies, can take a toll on your hair. In their quest to kill cancer cells, both can harm hair follicles and trigger dramatic hair loss. But the damage is almost always short-lived. Once your treatment is finished, hair usually grows back.Extreme Stress: High-level physical or emotional stress can cause you to suddenly shed huge amounts of hair. The process may last 6 to 8 months. Examples of extreme stress are: - Serious illness- Major surgery- Trauma involving blood loss- Severe emotional distressHope this gives you a fair idea about the possible reasons for losing your crowning glory.The good news is, there's often a way to fix it. I will deal with the same in my next health feed. Till then, take care of your Hair!

6 Tips for Better Care of Your Hair

Dr. Vinod Sonawane, Hair Transplant Surgeon
There are several hair product  advertisements, for different types of hair and different types of hair problems, but we miss on the very simple and basic things that can give us lustrous hair. Following are some simple lifestyle changes you can make to improve your hair health drastically-  Wash your hair at least 3 times a week.  Most people use styling product or gel, so it is necessary to clean the buildup. Regular washing keeps the hair follicles clean so new hair growth has a clear path to your scalp’s surface. Most people use way too much shampoo to wash hair, only a small amount, the size of a coin is the right amount of shampoo that is required to wash the hair properly and clean the scalp. Dry the hair naturally. Any soft cotton cloth should be used for drying the hair, heavy towels should not be used for tying the hair. Trim the hair regularly every 6 to 8 weeks,this will help in getting rid of split ends.Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water everyday . Your diet should be rich in protein, iron, zinc.Massage the scalp, with your finger tips for 5 minutes, 2-3 times a day.  This increases the blood flow in the scalp region and aids hair growth. In India, the tradition of massaging oil in the scalp before bathing is followed, this improves blood flow and helps in conditioning the hairs. Even when you are not washing or applying oil to hair, still you should massage scalp everyday for 5 minutes.Blow drying and styling hair should be limited for special occasions.A few changes in routine life and habits can make a huge difference to the health of your hair. If you try these changes, you will witness them yourself!

Your Hair Is What You eat!

Dr. Govind Suresh Mittal, Dermatologist
Hair and nutrition. The much talked about subject and something that almost every patient with hair loss asks me, "Doc, could my diet be responsible for my hair fall? Is there anything I must specifically take?" Well, well! I can attempt to throw you some facts about the same. 1. Does diet play a role at all? Yes, of course! The hair shaft, although a dead structure, is predominantly made of proteinaceous material. The cells at the hair root divide fast and a good supply of carbohydrates and other nutrients is essential for the biosynthesis of hair and normal energy metabolism of the hair follicle.2. Who is most predisposed to hair loss due to malnutrition? Those with poor dietary habits, inadequate food intake, food faddists, chronic alcoholics, those with certain enzyme deficiencies or inborn errors of metabolism, those on prolonged medication for various illnesses, those on prolonged antibiotics for months are some of the common victims of "poor" hair due to "malnutrition".3. What happens to hair in such circumstances? Malnutrition and specific deficiencies can cause hair to become sparse, brittle, easily pluckable, lustreless and they may also develop an altered brownish colour in severe cases. They tend to remain short, dry and grow slowly. Micronutrient deficiencies and severe protein-carbohydrate malnutrition can cause changes in nail and skin too.4. Do nutritional supplements help? Which are the ones that I must take? A person with a healthy balanced diet, without the predisposing factors above, may not need any supplements. Also, not all kinds of hair fall/alopecia may benefit to the same extent from supplementation. Importantly, replacement of specific deficiencies with supplements goes a long way in correcting hair fall. For example, women are often victims of iron deficiency anaemia and manifest with low hemoglobin, low serum iron/ferritin levels. They show dramatic improvement on correction of deficiency with supplementation. So goes the story with zinc and other micronutrient deficiencies too. Diet rich in sulfur-containing amino acids (proteins) has shown to increase the rate of hair growth and thickness. Research has shown that supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids over several months proves beneficial. There are several micronutrients that play important roles in hair biosynthesis and hair structure and may need replacement. But it's important to be assessed by the Dermatologist as to what may be the best supplement for you and the total duration that it must be taken for. Caution! Popping random pills and supplements without the doctor's advice can cause potential harm than good. Most importantly - no one wishes to pop pills for life, and probably one shouldn't! It's definitely worth working on a healthy nutritious balanced diet and maintaining it.

Hair Hair Everywhere!

Dr. Dilip Hemnani, Dermatologist
What is hair fall?Normally hair sheds daily from your scalp so that new healthy hair can grow from the root. This hair shedding is normal when you shed 50-100 hairs per day depending upon individual hair cycle and density. But if you are losing hairs more than 100 per day then it is a warning sign. You are definitely having hair fall.Who can have hair fall?Anyone from a 6 months old child to old age person can experience hair fall. It's just that reason for hair fall and pattern of hair fall is different for different age group, sex and disease you are suffering.Warning signs!You should get alert when u starts seeing your hair on pillows, comb, sinks, working station. If you feel that the volume of your pony tail or braid is decreasing day by day it is the time to consult the doctor. In males receding hair line with balding is the sign to start your treatment.What are the causes of hair fall?Synchronous hair shedding- Suddenly all the hair of an infant may shed at a time and child may become bald overnight. Nothing to worry. It is a physiological phenomenon and hair will come back soon.Nutrition related – This type of hair fall can be seen in any age group and sex. Due to iron, protein, vitamins deficiency patient may experience stunted growth and hair fall.Male and female pattern hair loss- In males this type of hair loss is seen because of hormone named testosterone. In these cases, patient start losing hair from the frontal area slowly extending to crown and if proper care and treatment not taken on time may lead to complete baldness leaving only few cm of fringe of hairs at back of scalp.In females this type of hair loss may be seen due to hormonal imbalance either due to poly cystic ovary syndrome or androgen excess. In this type of hair loss female starts losing hair from frontal, midline and finally from the crown area. Hair line is shifted away from the forehead.Hair styling related hair loss- excessive blow drying of hair, hair straightening, colouring of hair all can lead to severe hair loss. So beware and think twice before using any hair styling tools.Stress related- stress may be of different types either mental or physical any type of stress can lead to hair loss and is called as telogen effluvium. Even post pregnancy, post any surgery you can lose lot of hairs.Alopecia areata- this is a condition where immune balance of the body is disturbed and patient starts losing hair in patches. Round to oval bald patches measuring from few mms to cm are seen at any part of scalp. In severe cases this may lead to loss of hair of whole bodyDisease related hair loss- many a time many systemic diseases are associated with diffuse hair loss.Medication related hair loss- few medicines also lead to hair loss after taking for few months. Most notorious being anti-cancer drugs.How can you avoid hair loss?Healthy eating habits: sufficient quantity of fruits, proteins and vegetables should be consumed dailyHealthy life style: regular sleep pattern, less stress and exercise will keep your hormones balanced and cause less hair fallTreatment of underlying cause: unless and until the cause of hair loss is not treated hair loss cannot be controlledHow can hair loss be treated?Multiple treatments are available for hair loss. The doctor evaluates the type of hair loss patient is suffering and accordingly the treatment is givenMedical therapyDepending on the underlying condition many times medical line of treatment is enough for hair fallOral tablets/capsules and lotions to apply can be used to treat hair fallSurgical therapyTotal loss of hair follicle cannot be treated with help of medicines. Hair transplant is the last resort. We remove hair from the back of scalp which are resistant to fall and is transplanted in the front and crown area. We even design proper hair line to give it a natural look.  Newer modalities of treatmentPRP and MESO therapy are the new therapies in the basket. Here we inject the cocktail of growth factors in the scalp, which boost up the faster hair growth as well as it helps to sustain longerGEOHAIR- is another new modality where in scalp is subjected to infra red light system boosting up the blood supply and hair growthInvest in your hair it is the crown you will never take off!

A Miraculous Cure for Hair Loss & Baldness

Dr. Dinesh Jain
Today science has advanced to a level that its possible to have the Crowning Glory Restored by one's Scalp completely covered with Hair. When we talk of hair restoration we always think about surgery which can only give us limited no. of hair taken from the Donor area & many times the results look fake & unnatural. Today its possible to regrow hair naturally ,prevent baldness or have a full head with hair  .What Is Natural Hair Regrowth Therapy? Natural Regrowth Therapy is a method where a chemical messenger is injected or penetrated in a scalp which is thinned out or has bald patches . This natural material or chemical  taken from one's own body is powerful enough and can activate the stem cells in your hair follicle to Regrow/Rejuvenate/Thicken the hair.How Much Hair one can Grow ? The Potential is unlimited, it has been observed that even up to 45000 hair can be restored and regrown by this miraculous therapyHow is it Different from a Transplant ? This treatment can grow hair in thousands even up-to 45000 hair strands can be seen on a bald scalp. There is no risk of surgeries and Donor hair need not be sacrificed. There is no scarring or pain & swelling.Does this Work for Thinning of Hair & for Women? Yes thinning is completely reversed & the scalp is seen with thick healthy hair  as early as 3 months & in women the results are achieved  quickly & Completely.How many Sessions & Is it Painful & what about side effects?  8-10 Sessions are required & the pain is almost nil. The client can resume all activities immediately after the treatment & there are no side effects .Concluding today there are miraculous options in modern medicine which can solve the issues related to hair with simple advanced techniques & without any need for  surgeries. These options of Natural Hair Regrowth Therapy are available only with few selected trained doctors . 

Summer Care for Your Hair- Things You Must Do This Summer!

Dr. Hrishikesh Bhujbal, Homeopath
Summer moisture and the summer sun can be damaging to your hair. Proper preventative steps need to be taken during this season to ensure that your hair does not get damaged. Here are 19 things you should know this summer:Summer Hair Care TipsWear a scarf, hat, or cap to protect your hair from the sun; but make sure that it's not so tight where it will restrict the blood circulation in your scalp. If you know you are going to be in the sun for a long time and if you don't want to wear anything on your head, use a leave-in conditioner with sunscreen in it before you go out. If you are outside and forgot to use leave-in conditioner with sunscreen in your hair, you can put regular sunscreen in your hair, but make sure you rinse it out with a deep cleansing shampoo when you get home. Limit your use of "hot" items on your hair such as a blow dryers and curling irons. If you need to use a "hot" item, use a leave-in conditioner before using the item on your hair. Avoid taking hot showers or washing your hair in hot water. Use warm or cool water instead; the heat can dry out and/or damage your hair and skin. Staying hydrated is important for healthy hair as well as your overall health so make sure that you are drinking enough water. Avoid hair products with formaldehyde or alcohol in it which dry out hair. Try to use natural products that are gentler on your hair. Try washing your hair less often; shampooing your hair strips the moisture out of your hair. Use a conditioner on your hair daily.Try using a dry shampoo if you need to wash out your hair. One dry shampoo you can use is baby powder, simply sprinkle some onto your hair and use a comb to comb it off. Use a moisturizing shampoo that is gentler than your regular shampoo for the summer. Before going into the pool/ocean, wet your hair; this will decrease the absorption of chlorinated/salt water into your hair. Use a clarifying shampoo after swimming to wash out the chlorine/salt and any residues that may be in your hair. Chlorine will severely dry out your hair if it is not washed out. Get your hair trimmed every six to eight weeks. Your hair grows faster in the warmer months and frizzes are more common in the summer months due to the heat and moisture. Hair products that have the word "Replenish" on them are made to moisturize your hair. Knotting your hair, braiding it or wearing it up or in a bun will help contain frizzes. Putting conditioner on the frizzy areas of your hair and sleeping with your hair up or with plastic around your hair will help re-moisturize the dry areas of your hair. Once you have your hair moist, lock in the moisture by running your hair through cold water; this will also give your hair an extra shine.

5 Natural Ways to Get Healthy Hair

Dr. Amar Deep, Homeopath
1. Olive OilOlive oil will also add body to your hair. Plus, it will help soften and strengthen yourtresses.Massage your hair and scalp with warm oil and leave it on for at least 30-45 minutes. Risen it out thoroughly and wash your hair overnight and then shampoo your hair the next morning.Another option is to mix olive oil with some honey and apply the mixture on your hair. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes and then wash your hair.Use either of these remedies once or twice a week.2. Fenugreek SeedsFenugreek seeds can also be used to prevent hair loss and enjoy better hair growth.Soak two to three tablespoon of fenugreek seeds in water for eight to 10 hours. Grind the soaked seeds to make a fine paste. You can also mix two teaspoon of coconut milk in it. Apply the paste on your hair and scalp and allow it to sit for about 30 minutes before washing your hair with lukewarm water. When done weekly on a regular basis this remedy will prevent dry scalp and help you enjoy thicker hair.3. Indian GooseberryThe anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial and exfoliating properties present in Indian gooseberry can help a lot in maintaining a healthy scalp and better hair growth rate.Mix one tablespoon of Indian gooseberry or amla powder in two tablespoon of coconut oil and heat until boiling. Strain the oil and massage it onto your scalp before going to bed. The next morning, shampoo your hair as usual. DO this on weekly basis.4. Aloe VeraAnother very popular ingredient that can be used to enjoy thicker hair is aloe vera, thanks to its moisturizing quality. It will also help restore the pH balance of the scalp.Extract the gel from one or two aloe vera leaves and rub the gel onto your scalp. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes before rising your hair with lukewarm water. Do this once or twice a week on regular basis.5. Henna LeavesAnother easy way to get thicker hair naturally is to apply henna. Henna leaves will give your hair a rich natural color and make it thicker, softer and less prone to breakage .•    Grind a handful of fresh henna leaves with a little water to make a fine paste. Let it sit for two hours and then apply it to your hair. Cover your hair with a shower cap. After a few hours, wash your hair thoroughly and shampoo your hair.•    Another option is to mix sufficient water in henna powder to make a paste with a yogurt-like consistency. Instead of plain water, you can also use green tea for better conditioning. Keep the henna paste aside overnight. The next day, add one raw egg and two teaspoons of lemon juice to this mixture. Apply it to your hair and leave it on until it dries completely. Finally, wash it off and shampoo your hair.Note: Make sure to wear your gloves when using henna and apply the paste using a hair brush to avoid staining.