Articles on healthy 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!

Diet for Healthy Hair Growth

Dr. Amar Deep, Homeopath
Lustrous, beautiful and healthy hair is a result of a healthy body and a healthy diet. Any nutritional deficiencies can lead to problems like dryness, brittleness, dandruff and ultimately hair loss. Cause of unhealthy hair/dandruff/hair fall: Hair fall and baldness is increasingly becoming a problem for most people who love to eat junk food, follow an unhealthy eating pattern and have a stressed lifestyle. Hair fall can also be caused by anxiety, insomnia, hair abuse or excessive use of chemicals like bleaching treatments, perming and coloring. Soft drinks, snacks like the fried, overcooked junk snacks, caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine have detrimental effects on the nutrients that enhance hair growth. Stress, tension, some medications and poor dietary habits are known to retard hair growth.Eating right, exercising, reducing stress and getting plenty of sleep, will help you maximize your hair growth potential. Also, incorporating healthy foods in your day-to-day diet will lead to a difference in hair.Include the following in your diet for healthy hairs: Carbohydrates - These are an essential source of energy and help in the growth of body tissues, hair. So, it is important to consume more of complex carbohydrates like vegetables, fruits, whole grains and brown rice rather than simple sugars and white flours. Carbohydrate rich foods are good source of B complex vitamins that are vital to healthy hair. Protein -- Protein provides strength to the shaft of the hair and reduces chances of hair fall by snapping and splitting. Inadequate protein intake over a lengthy period can cause major hair fall, which will affect its texture and quality. Foods high in protein are soy, tofu, and dairy products like milk, curd, paneer, cheese, nuts, oilseeds, beans and pulses. Essential fatty acids – This aids dry and brittle hair and improves the texture. Essential fatty acids from vegetable oils, whole grains, legumes, fresh nuts and oil seeds, spirulina, flaxseed oil and pumpkin seeds.Vitamin A Vitamin A is essential for hair growth and a healthy scalp. Beta-carotene is found in green and yellow vegetables and fruits, sweet potatoes, broccoli, apricots. Vitamin E Vitamin E increases oxygen uptake and improves circulation, thereby improving hair health and growth. Add E to your diet by consuming foods like avocados, rice bran, nuts, dark green vegetables, legumes and whole grains. Vitamin K This lesser known vitamin helps to maintain healthy hair. Food sources of Vitamin K include dairy foods, figs, asparagus, broccoli, lettuce, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, dark green leafy vegetables, oatmeal, rye, soybeans, wheat and yogurt. Vitamin B To ensure that your hair is healthy and does not split include foods rich in the different B vitamins. These include whole grains, beans, lentils, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits and tomatoes. Biotin deficiency has been linked to hair loss. Foods high in biotin are brown rice, cracked wheat, green peas, lentils, oats, soybeans, sunflower seeds and walnuts. Deficiency of B complex vitamins can lead to greasy hair, dandruff, poor hair growth and grey hair. Vitamin C Vitamin C is important for good circulation, hair growth and hair color. If you have enough vitamin C you will have strong, supple strands of hair that do not split. Good sources of vitamin C are all citrus fruits like oranges, lime, lemon, berries, and vegetables like Brussels sprouts, cucumbers, tomato, cauliflower, green leafy vegetables and red peppers. Minerals Iron – This carries oxygen to the hair. Without enough iron, hair and its follicles are starved of oxygen. This means that the goodness in the root of your hair is much less effective along the length of the strand. You can increase your iron intake by eating dark green vegetables, whole grains, and garden cress seeds or by adding iron supplements under supervision. Potassium Banana is the best source for potassium, which is important in nutrient transfer through cell membranes.Zinc Zinc builds hair protein and thus plays a vital role in maintaining good hair condition. Zinc stimulates hair growth by improving immunity. Its deficiency often results in poor hair growth and considerable hair loss. Natural Sources of zinc are legumes, mushrooms, non-fat dry milk, spinach, whole grains, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds. Lifestyle changes that needs to be followed: 1. Along with a healthy hair diet it is important that you exercise properly as it will ensure that there is proper blood flow to your scalp and will help in the growth of hair. 2. Treat your hair delicately. Avoid unnecessary brushing, combing or handling. Use a soft, round bristles brush. 3. Have a weekly scalp massage to provide stimulation to the hair follicles. 4. Have regular trims to eliminate split ends and allow the hair to look and feel healthier. 5. Get plenty of rest and sleep to allow your body to grow hair.

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!

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.

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.

A Complete Solution for Hair Fall by Ayurveda

Rekha Kumar Naidu
Although hair fall is considered as a common problem, it is one of the complex problem. Hair fall has to be dealt from the roots; understanding the root cause.In some cases modifying your daily diet and lifestyle helps to put an end to hair loss.                     DIET RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HAIR LOSS  Aloe Vera - Positive results can be seen by consuming aloe vera juice with 1/2 spoon of cumin powder 2 times a day for 3 months.Yogurt - contains lots at good bacteria , zinc and minerals. Consuming it daily in the afternoons can reduce hair fall.Curry Leaves & Green Leaves Vegetables - Include curry leaves and green leafy vegetables in your daily diet. They are rich in fiber Nuts - Include nuts and dry fruits like dates, almonds, pistachios. A few pieces of nuts daily can be very helpful in hair and skincareLemon & Oranges - Vitamin C helps in iron absorption thereby strengthening the hair follicles preventing hair loss. Including them regularly in your diet helps in detoxification bringing glow to hair and skinProper sleep, Adequate water intake, balanced diet including fresh and bright coloured fruits and vegetables is essential to prevent all disorders including hair lossAYURVEDA HAIR REMEDIES1. Hair packs for shiny hair 10 Hibiscus flowers (petals only)½ tablespoon of finely powdered fenugreek ½ to 1liter of waterSoak all the ingredients in water overnight Morning crush with hand and filter the content. Apply it on hair and soak for 20 min Wash with plain cold water thoroughly  2. Hair pack for Dandruff and Hairfall1 cup yogur1 eggP1 lemon Mix the above to make a pastApply in hair for 20 mins and cover with shower cap. Wash hair with warm water and a mild herbal shampoo.GENERAL IDEAS TO PREVENT AND CARE HAIR FALLMassage hair with a mixture of coconut oil (4 tablespoon ) + sesame oil (2 tablespoon ) + castor oil (½ tablespoon) Massaging hair with olive oil or Vitamin E oil is also helpfulApplying freshly grinded   Bhringaraja paste (karesalakanni) on hair delays the process of greying hairApplying the juice of Indian goose beery (Amla) on the scalp with a mild massage can help in reducing hair fall and dandruffRubbing small onion on bald head can promote hair growth .  

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.

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 . 

9 Tips for Healthy Skin and Hair in Winter

Dr. Hardik S Pitroda, Dermatologist
Winter – the onset of weddings, festivities, vacation and parties. Time to rev up, let your hair down, sing, dance and enjoy the best of times with your friends and family. It’s but natural that you ought to look your gorgeous self at each and every occasion. But winter does make this difficult. Dry skin and hair can rob you of your natural glow. With these basic tips, it is possible to look your best this winter:1. Keep it lukewarmWinter is the time when your skin and hair need maximum attention. Though the idea of piping hot water is very tempting, stick to a lukewarm water bath every day. Make sure to use a mild non-drying soap or a moisturizing soap.2. ExfoliateDuring winters, the varying temperature outdoors and indoors can have a major effect on the skin. While taking a shower, get into the habit of exfoliating with a loofah so as to remove layers of dead skin and make way for new healthy skin cells.3. Make moisturizer your daily companionNeedless to say, choose a really good moisturizer to keep the skin moisturized and soft. Pay special attention to the exposed parts (and the most affected areas) like your hands, nails, feet and lips. Keep them well moisturized at all times. Use a lip balm to keep your lips soft and supple.4. Sunscreen is not just for summersWear a sunscreen when you step out in the open. In fact, it should be a part of your daily routine throughout the year and especially during the winters. This is the time when it may seem that you don’t need protection from the sun but you really do!5. Avoid excess use of deodorantsAs you hardly tend to sweat during winter, it’s best to restrict the usage of deodorants which contain high alcohol content. These products tend to strip away the skin’s moisture leaving your skin dry. Go for alcohol-free products instead.6. Conditioner is a mustSince you don’t sweat much in winter, don’t shampoo too often as it may dry out the scalp and hair. Use a mild shampoo and lukewarm water as very hot water can be harmful to your hair and scalp. And don’t forget the conditioner. If you want to go natural, coconut milk is an excellent conditioner.7. Oil your hair regularlyHowever busy your schedule is, don’t skip the oil your hair needs. It will help regulate the blood circulation and keep your scalp moisturized. 8. Style wiselySay no to hair dryers/ flat irons/ curl irons. These hair styling instruments work on the principle of heat, which when used during winters make matters worse. Instead use the cool setting of the dryer which though may take longer to dry but it would retain the moisture. Choose wooden hair brushes or combs instead of plastic. This is to fight the static hair caused by absence of moisture. If it fits in your schedule and budget, visit a good salon for protein treatment.9. Cover with careWhile woolen caps, scarves and stoles may make a style statement, it can also be the cause of hair breakage especially at the nape of your neck or forehead. Don’t try to be over-protective by wearing them tightly around your head. Leave sufficient space for air circulation in the scalp.

Losing Hair? You Can Do Something About It Before It Is All Gone!

Dr. Karthik R
Hair loss {alopecia is the medical term} is a very common complaint in today’s population.Shedding of 100 to 150 hairs in a day on one's comb, brush, in the sink or on the pillow is considered normal. This is the result of the normal hair growth cycle.  Each and every strand of hair should undergo the growth cycle in 3 main phases. The growth phase, the resting phase and the shedding phase. Usually the growth phase is shortened leading to frequent shedding phase, resulting in severe hair fall. Majority of the adult population has been noted to have fallen under hair loss phase at some point of their life. Sometimes during their teens or in mid -thirties. Typical signs of STRESS RELATED hair fall is well appreciated in women. A women claiming to have always had a ‘ head full of hair’ and now reporting her hair to come out suddenly ‘by the hand full’. Usually she will be accurate in the onset of hair fall. This stress related hair fall is experienced more in women 3 to 4 months post delivery.The main causes:• Anemia appears to be an important risk factor for development of hair fall in otherwise healthy female patient• Infection on the scalp , either bacterial or fungal like in severe dandruff• Major physiologic stress• Abrupt hormonal changes• Some medications like thyroid and anti- depressants in a long run• Severe fever attacks• Blood loss leading to blood transfusion• Crash dieting and malnutritionTreatment: By reducing the hair fall the treatment goals are to achieve a change in the hair density and to provide an apt treatment without complications in a more safe way. Any reversible cause of hair shedding, such as poor diet, vitamins and minerals deficiency, hypothyroidism, or medication use, should be corrected first which slowly subsides the severity. Any unbalanced diet should be corrected before treating the cause. Patients should be reassured about the cause and modalities available to pacify the severity. Patients should be educated and encouraged to style their hair in the way that masks the defects. Some topical serums and tablets are available to treat this condition in an effective way. A regular follow up with a proper medical care will slowly heal the cause.