Hair loss, also known as alopecia or baldness, refers to a loss of hair from part of the head or body.
Dandruff is flaky skin on your scalp. Some flaking skin is normal because the top layer of the skin flakes away naturally over time. In most people, these flakes are too small to be visible. However, certain conditions cause cell turnover to be unusually rapid, especially in the scalp. The result is that dead skin cells are shed in large, oily clumps, which appear as white or grayish patches on the scalp, skin and clothes.
As your scalp becomes irritated, it responds the same way as skin elsewhere on your body so you may experience:
How the symptoms appear
Flaking is the most visible sign of dandruff and you may see them on your hair and also on your shoulders. This happens as the body increases the rate at which skin cells renew themselves, causing excess cells to appear on the scalp and flake off. While it might be the most visible sign, it’s not always the first. Itching is often the first symptom to show itself and can act as a warning sign before flakes start to appear. Dryness and redness can also appear early too, making your scalp feel tight. While not always sure signs of dandruff, they’re key symptoms to look out for and should act as a prompt to start using anti-dandruff shampoo to help treat the irritation.
How Homeopathy can help ?
At any one time, about 90% of the hair on a person’s scalp is growing. Each follicle has its own life cycle that can be influenced by age, disease, and a wide variety of other factors. This life cycle is divided into three phases:
Anagen — active hair growth that lasts between two to six years
Catagen — transitional hair growth that lasts two to three weeks
Telogen — resting phase that lasts about two to three months; at the end of the resting phase the hair is shed and a new hair replaces it and the growing cycle starts again.
- abnormal levels of androgens (male hormones normally produced by both men and women)
- Genes – Heredity
- Stress, illness, and childbirth
- Drugs-chemotherapy drugs used in cancer treatment, blood thinners, beta-adrenergic blockers , and birth control pills
- Burns, injuries, and X-rays
- Autoimmune disease – Lupus
- Cosmetic procedures eg. Overstyling
- Medical conditions-Thyroid disease, lupus, diabetes, iron deficiency, eating disorders, anemia
- Too much vitamin A
- Lack of protein
- Vitamin B deficiency
- Dramatic weight loss
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- Trichotillomania – people to compulsively pull their hair out.
- Anabolic steroids
- Gradual thinning on top of head.
- Circular or patchy bald spots.
- Sudden loosening of hair.
- Patches of scaling that spread over the scalp. This is a sign of ringworm.
- Coconut Milk
- Aloe Vera
- Neem (Indian Lilac)
- Amla (Indian Gooseberry)
- Methi (Fenugreek)
- Licorice Root
- Onion Juice
- Chinese Hibiscus
- Green Tea
- Coconut Oil Massage
- Egg White Mask
- Lemon Juice
- Coriander Juice
- Curry Leaves
- Honey, Olive Oil, And Cinnamon
- Aloe Vera, Indian Gooseberry, Shikakai, And Neem Powder
- white sesame seeds
- Do not use an anti-dandruff shampoo on a regular basis
- If you colour your hair, then make sure you keep a gap of 2-3 months before recolouring
- Do not get multiple treatments like colouring and straightening at the same time
- Do not comb wet hair rigorously
- Do not use a lot of home packs, like vinegar and egg, etc., for your hair in one go
- Do not use hair styling gels or straightening gels ever. And if, for some reason, you are forced to use them, then include more protein in your diet for the next 10 days, and stick to simple shampoos, using products that have lesser amounts of chemical and avoiding further heat damage to your hair for the next few days.
- Using hair sunscreens is not necessary, but a leave-on conditioner can be applied on dry, damaged hair 2-3 times a week. This regimen can be followed by both men and women. Just remember, apply the conditioner at the hair ends, not the roots.
- Use a wide-toothed comb if you suffer from high volumes of hair fall
- If you have scalp psoriasis and dandruff as well, then do not oil your hair
- If you have long hair, then don’t tie it up in a bun at all times
- Keep switching your shampoo every few months
- Do not tumble dry your hair
- Do not pick up hair serums from market
- Similar to shampoos, if you use hair dyes, then keep alternating the brand every other month, and take care to use only ammonia-free ones
- Do not go for a hair transplant at a very early age
- Make getting a haircut a quarterly ritual, not an annual one.
- Do not tie your hair immediately after a head bath, that is, when your hair is wet.
- Post-pregnancy hair fall is a common issue, so don’t stress about it because those tresses WILL grow back.
- Do not leave the head rollers on your hair overnight. The maximum time they should be in your hair is 3-4 hours.