Alopecia is a baldness or hair loss on the scalp or other hairy regions of the body. That may be either psychological compulsion to pull out individual hair (trichotillomania) or the unforeseen consequences of voluntary hairstyling routines. In some cases, the reason is that male-pattern baldness is a genetically dominant feature. It may begin as early as 20 years in some individuals. For women, the hair normally gets thin only after the age of 50. The most common problems with bald hair are dandruff, graying, hair fall, brittleness and slow growth. Intensive medications and environmental pollution could be other reasons for severe hair loss. Temporary hair loss may occur in conjunction with a high fever, severe illness, thyroid disorders, iron deficiency, general anesthesia, drug treatments, hormonal imbalance, extreme stress, or after childbirth. Some of the most common types of Alopecia are:
- Androgenetic Alopecia is a pattern baldness caused by Androgens hormones. In males this can often mean total hair loss. However, many men still retain some hair on the sides of their heads. Women seldom have complete hair loss, but may lose hair in patches.
- Alopecia Areata Monolocularis means that hair loss occurs in one spot only. It is a type of hair loss that makes spots in compare to pattern baldness and may not be limited to the head only.
- Traction Alopecia is baldness due to placing too much pressure on the hair, causing it to loosen in the follicle. If a pony tail is too tight there may be hair loss at the frontal hair line. Tight plaiting can result in hair loss at the sides of the base.
- Alopecia can often occurs in people whose family members have other autoimmune diseases, like
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Thyroid disease
Systemic lupus Erythematosus (lupus or SLE)
- Pernicious anemia
- Addison's disease.
- People having symptoms of Alopecia do not usually have other autoimmune diseases. However, they may have:
- Thyroid disease
- Atopic dermatitis
- Nasal allergies
Natural treatments and recommendations
- Take 2-3 drops of any essential oil and massage your scalp. Press gently and knead the scalp to make sure the oils seeps deep into the roots, then wrap your hair in a shower cap for 10 minutes. After that you could place a warm towel around it and leave that for a while before cleaning.
- If you have brittle or dry hair, try to use mild shampoo not containing detergent rather than using chemical shampoos.
- Take a handful of white sesame seeds (around 1,200 mg. of calcium and magnesium) every morning. That nourishes your scalp reducing hair loss.
- Make a mixture of apple cider vinegar and tea, then put on your hair to make it grow stronger and faster.
- Make a mixture of lukewarm castor oil and almond oil and massage your scalp at least once a week.
- Grind lime seeds and black pepper in equal amounts in some water.
- Take a glass of water then grind lime seeds and equal amounts of black pepper into it. Apply regularly that mixture on the scalp.
- Apply a spoonful of scrub with onions on the bald portion of your scalp once a day.
- Massage your hair either with coconut milk or Aloe Vera gel slowly and gently. Leave that for half an hour before rinsing off with warm water. Repeat thrice a week.
- Don't rub your hair too vigorously with a towel while drying it.
- Never style your hair when it is dry or damp.
- Take a balanced and healthy diet.
- Let your hair down and switch up your styles regularly to give follicles a rest.
- Get a scalp massage and deep conditioning treatment once a month to help stimulate follicles.
Insert date: 2011.12.03 Last update: 2011.12.22