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  HAIR AND YOUR HEALTH - by Editor


Hair is a woman's crowning glory. When it starts to fall at alarming rates it becomes a cause of incessant worry. Many believe that baldness occurs only in men but this is incorrect.

Ignoring hair loss can be a big mistake because hair is an indicator of health and losing your tresses might mean there is some imbalance that needs attention. Dermatologists believe that hair loss can be treated in most of the cases with timely medical help.


What is hair loss?

Shedding 50 to 100 hairs is a part of the normal hair cycle. But if you are seeing a gradual thinning of your mane or bald patches on your scalp, consult a dermatologist.


What are the causes?

If you have diffused thinning all over your scalp, you might have androgenetic alopecia. Hormones are the culprit. There can be an increase in male hormones and other imbalance related to ovarian cysts, pregnancy, birth control pills and menopause. Heredity factors might also have a role in it.

If your hair growth goes in to a resting phase, yours might be a case of telogen effluvium. Child birth, malnutrition (iron and protein deficiencies), crash dieting, surgery, infection or extreme stress can cause a lot of shedding of hair.

If you are losing hair in patches, it is called alopecia areata. This happens when the hair roots are attacked by your immune system.


Other reasons for hair loss include:

  • Medication
  • Chronic illness like renal and liver problems
  • Pulling your hair through regular braiding and ponytails
  • Thyroid disease
  • Improper hair treatments with repeated use of chemical colors or incorrect way of applying hair cosmetics.


How can it be treated?

The good news is that most cases of hair thinning can be reversed or stopped with medical help.

When hair loss follows temporary events, it will grow back after you pass that phase. Stress, pregnancy, disease, medication are some of the examples of such temporary events.

If your hair is thinning out because of an underlying protein or iron deficiency, it will grow back when you take a proper diet or supplements.

In cases where tress trauma is caused by hormonal imbalance, dermatologists may prescribe estrogen and progesterone pills or creams. Birth control pills with low androgen levels are also given in a few cases. But a thorough medical check-up is required before taking these treatments.

If you are losing hair in patches, your doctor might give you topical treatments like ketoconazole to treat any underlying fungal infection.

Many a times dermatologists may not be able to help you regrow your hair. In the case of thyroid disease, you might not see your tressing making a comeback even after taking thyroid medication. However, your doctor might be able to stop further hair loss.

There are many companies peddling hair loss cures. Don't let these magical cure companies mislead you with their before-and-after pictures and guaranteed hair regrowth. The solution to your lost tresses does not lie outside. By taking a good look at your body basics you will not only treat your hair but also find a cure for the silent ailments that are attacking your health.

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Name: Amana
City:   galway
Comments:   AsalameAliakum, i can just tell u to massage ur head with cocnut oil and add little bit of lemon.massage it for 10 mins and this will circulate the blood flow in ur sculp and it will give nourishment 2 ur hair so then automatically ur hair(colour)will turn white to black. HUDAHAWAZ
Name: Janu
City:   Singapore
Comments:   Hi i´m having dandruff. Is there any home remedy for this problem?
Name: Anu
City:   Bangalore
Comments:   Try masaging ur head with Warm olive oil or apply curd. even applying lemon works .
Name: mia
City:   Singapore
Comments:   For dandruff apply aloe vera gel on ur scalp.... It will help to cure dandruff and prevent hair fall at the same time....
Name: Sharmila
City:   Mumbai
Comments:   I took oil massage daily & washed my hairs daily. My hairs are straight & silky but not thick. Is any harm if I wash my hairs daily?
Name: Vaibhav
City:   Thane
Comments:   Can any one Suggest Hair Loss Solution for Heredity factors.
Name: neelima
City:   mangalore
Comments:   hi, iam 14 yrs old. i am suffering from dandruff from past one year. my hair is thinning daily.How to regrow my hair?
Name: ruchi
City:   secunderabad
Comments:   hi,i am 30 yrs old and suffering from almost all hair problems like severe falling,greying,not growing at normal rate.I used to have very thick hair which is thinning daily.please help me.
Name: jaanath
City:   hyederabad
Comments:   dandruff problem and iwant to know how to increase hair lenght
Name: rajnish
City:   jaipur
Comments:   hi, i am 35 years and my hairs falling due to some medicines effect (in fever a doctor gives some medicines to me and after it my hairs falling) please suggest me what can i do and is it possible to regrow hairs
Name: pepper
City:   san jose
Comments:   i have been losing hair and have tried several shampoos. i have now become very sensative to chemicals (perfume, dyes, propylene glycol, paraben) which are common in shampoos and soaps. i have been to several dermatologists and none are able to give advice as to what to use. my scalp has become very irritated and red. i now only rinse with water every day. but has created dandruff problems which has resulted in severe acne problem in my face. please help.
Name: Srikanth
City:   Hyderabad
Comments:   Hi this srikanth from Hyderabad, I 25 years old, my hair to good but i have a lot of white hair. so i want to remove this problem what i should do in this case & i have danddruff problem too can u help me out please.
Name: maura mason
City:   washington court house
Comments:   i have really really oily hair and i dont not how to get it not so oily i have to wash it every day at lest 34 times a day so it dont look oily and nasty please someone help me with my hair...
Name: gaurav
City:   Kanpur (U.P.)
Comments:   plz tell me about hair transplant centers in india and its estimated cost
Name: Krishna
City:   Coimbatore
Comments:   Pls tel me about the hair transparent hospitals in my city & the its estimated cost
Name: khame
City:   batangas
Comments:   its ok but the other shampoo cost of none beaty
Name: khame
City:   batangas
Comments:   its ok but the other shampoo cost of none beaty
Name: simran
City:   mumbai
Comments:   hi, i m under wait & my hair´s are very very thin. i cannot do ponnytials also i have no option for hair style pls pls help me for this.
Name: Madhu Lakshman
City:   CHICAGO
Comments:   I LIVE IN CHICAGO DONT KNOW WHY BUT I AM HAVING HEAVY LOSS OF HAIR MY HAIR IS DRY I APPLY OILS JUST GIVE ANY ADVISE HOW TO PROTECT MY HAIR ...
Name: pankaj
City:   kanpur
Comments:   i am under wait and my hair is very thin and loss hair front side of head.tell me hair trans. clinic and its estimated cost .
Name: anu
City:   chennai
Comments:   my hair is very short length, it´s look not well. please help to my hair growth, my body condition is very hot in every day, how to prevent to the my body heat.& hair growth. otherwise what type of hair style is modernlook,my body is look to lean. how to prevent the body heat and growup to the hairhair style, please reply to me
Name: SAVITHA
City:   Bangalore
Comments:   HI, MY HAIR FALL INCRESES DAY BY DAY. I USE TO OIL MY HAIR OFTEN. BUT GOES ON FALLING PLZ PLZ PLZ HELP TO GET RID OF THIS PLZ.
Name: Raje
City:   chennai
Comments:   Hi, As said by everyone above hair fall is one of the major problem MINE TOO. I have a long and bouncy hair from my cildhood, but when i was doing my 10th i started to loss my hair (as said by others "stress and unproper balanced diet").Now i´m workin in BPO co where again there is a stressful work envt. From 10th to till date i´m lossing my hair and my bouncy hair came very thin .I feel very bad and i need proper response from you. Thanks and regards Raje.
Name: sulekha
City:   thane
Comments:   doctor for me
Name: jaisan
City:   kuwait
Comments:   i am having contineous hair losss had bald. i want to retain my hair. give me some tip
Name: Basha
City:   Hyderabad
Comments:   How can i stop growing of white hair
Name: isha
City:   delhi
Comments:   hi my hair are straight, silky, shiny hair. if i change my shampoo(Pink Sunsilk shampoo) my hair get Damaged. if i do Oil massage i got bad hang over with in 12 hr. PLZ HELP
Name: Shaylan
City:   South Africa
Comments:   Hey reading all you guys comments i realise im not alone, im a 19 year old guy who has no history of baldness in my family from either side. Ive always had thick and healthy hair since i was a child but around seven months ago i noticed everytime i washed my hair, i few strands would fall, i thought this pretty normal so i didnt realy bother about. As time went by i noticed more and more hair started to fall, my hair is gone so thin where you can actualy see my scalp!!! Im apsolutly terrified and ive started getting dandruff, is this normal? am i going bald? If not than whats wrong with me? Please help!!!
Name: NEELAM TRIVEDI
City:   mumbai
Comments:   i m having lot of white hair &oily hair....is any chance of gating black hair again....
Name: roz coleman
City:   durham
Comments:   iam 48 years old when i came out of high school,so my hair start come out like bald front of my head so now i am wearing a wig like 1982.now iam tired of wearing it too.
Name: Neelam
City:   Hoshiarpur(Punjab)
Comments:   hi! i´m 25yrs from last 2 yrs i´m having heavy hairfall...from 2 yrs i was using pantene hairfall control shampoo and conditioner...but found no results ....my hair is oily and very thin...plzzzzzzz suggets me some good shampoo and condotioner
Name: Jayanth
City:   Delhi
Comments:   I have lost my hairs in the sides of my scalp its going back n it is progressive even after using the good shampoo n conditioners its going n i´m loosing hair daily while oilling,shampooing etc i get into lot of stress because of my works,too much sometimesis tat the reason? n tel me a solution to get it back n get my ful scalp filled wit hairs. I´m thinkin of going for rebounding should i go for it?
Name: Gunjan
City:   Sonipat
Comments:   I am 32 years old, I feel due to stress My hair growth became very slow and it started falling. Now I have thin hair. 1 Year back I was having good hair growth and thick hair. But I also have split ends and I usually get it removed. What should be the solution. What should I do? Please let me know.
Name: S.Abdul Salam
City:   Hyderabad
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City:   kanpur
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