Why You May Be Losing Hair?

18 Apr 2014
Healthy Hair, Start with Healthy Lifestyle

As everyone are concerned to take care of skin and to maintain the best to look beautiful, but sometimes they forget hair scalp also need special care to ensure hair stays healthy and beautiful. According to hair expert who is also a member of the International Academy of Dermatology (IACD), Dr. Thanaruch Thanakorn.

According to him, if the scalp treatment is ignored, possibility for someone easily suffer from dandruff and various hair problems like hair loss, branched or hair damage. Many people end without knowing or realize that the scalp needs between men and women are totally different. For male hair scalp generally more vulnerable and under pressure while exposed to pollution and heat. Compare to women are more prone to the problem of chemicals from hair dyes and tense.

Studies show that men hair scalp are more oily scalp than women because the areas of the zone are more weaker. Although if women more exposed to chemical pollution their hair scalp produce less oily rather than men because the skin immune system of women  more stronger.

Causes of Hair Loss

Stress is one of the most common causes of unusual hair loss. Hectic lifestyles can reduce a lot of energy out of us and increase our stress levels. Numerous studies hold stress responsible for many health problems ranging from smaller ones like a headache to life-threatening disease like a heart attack. True, a good percentage of people who shed a bit of extra hair are susceptible to a lot of stress, but that doesn't necessarily mean that stress is the only factor responsible for baldness. 

#Junk Food
Most junk foods contain artificial ingredients to enhance their colors and flavors. Monosodium glutamate, or MSG, is one of the primary substances used to enhance the flavor of processed foods. It’s mostly because junk food hardly gives your body any nutrients. Living on junk food could lead to nutritional deficiencies, which may contribute to baldness. People having eating disorders are also more likely to suffer from extensive hair loss.

#Frequent Use of Chemical Product
Excessive use of hair styling tools like strengtheners and curling iron or hair products like gels, mousse, sprays, colours, etc can damage the hair shaft and prolonged usage can hamper its growth. Tight ponytails, wrong combs, parting your hair, can further make the condition worse.
Pregnancy is the one example of the type of physical stress that can cause hair loss (that and hormones). Pregnancy-related hair loss is seen more commonly after your baby has been delivered rather than actually during pregnancy.

#Family history
If family history become the main reason causes your hair loss. So nothing much you can do. You can only reduce your chances of losing a lot of hair by following a proper diet, taking supplements and live in healthy lifestyle. The important is avoiding things that could contribute to accelerating hair loss.

What is DHT (Dihydrotestosterone)?

DHT, which stands for Dihydrotestosterone (5α-Dihydrotestosterone), is a male sex hormone, an androgen. 5α-reductase, an enzyme, synthesizes DHT in the adrenal glands, hair follicles, testes and prostate. Male and female adults can lose hair as a consequence of changes in the metabolism of androgen in the body - men more commonly than women. DHT plays a major role in hair loss.

The most important part of the hair follicle is the dermal papilla (papilla of hair), which is responsible for the growth of hair. The dermal papilla cells divide and differentiate to form new hair follicles. The papilla is in direct contact with the skin's blood capillaries, from which it gets its essential nutrients for proper hair follicle growth. The dermal papilla has a large number of androgen receptors (more in males than females).

When DHT gets to the dermal papilla, it undermines the absorption of vital nutrients required for healthy hair follicles. Hair follicles have resting and growing phases - without proper nutrition, their resting stages get longer while their growing phases get shorter.

Hormones are cyclical. Testosterone levels in some men drop by 10 percent each decade after thirty. Women's hormone levels decline as menopause approaches and drop sharply during menopause and beyond. The cyclic nature of both our hair and hormones is one reason hair loss can increase in the short term even when you are experiencing a long-term slowdown of hair loss (and a long-term increase in hair growth) while on a treatment that controls hair loss.

Since hormones operate in the healthiest manner when they are in a delicate balance, the androgens, as male hormones are called, do not need to be raised to trigger a problem. Their counterpart female hormones, when lowered, give an edge to these androgens, such as DHT. Such an imbalance can also cause problems, including hair loss.

How to Get a Healthy Scalp?

You are what you eat 

Your hair is literally or highly affected by what you eat. Avoid eating food that can prevent hair loss. Eat more nutritious and healthy food like fresh fruit and vegetables, sufficient protein and carbohydrates, and drink more plenty of water because it give a body all the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.

Regularly exercise

The combination between physical activity and nutrition is to generate better health. Nutrients are carried to the hair in the blood and regular exercise helps to maintain good circulation.

Avoid unnecessary stress 

Obviously stress can damages all of your body and is not exception for your hair. But at the certain point, stress starts causing major damage to your health, your mood, your productivity and your quality of life. Loss of hair can be one of your body signals that you are in stress or stress overload.

Taking supplements

Taking supplement that are specifically formulated to promote healthy scalp and hair. Look for a formula made for hair, skin, and nails that has biotin, vitamins B, C, E and  Iron. Multiple vitamins, including biotin, have been promoted for hair growth.

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