The typical average loss of hair amounts to about 100 strands a day. Male pattern baldness, also known as alopecia, is characterized by hair that is receding from the lateral sides of the forehead, known as a receding hairline; an additional bald patch may also develop on top of the head. The severity and nature of baldness can vary greatly; it includes male and female pattern baldness which is alopecia areata, which involves the loss of some of the hair from the head, and alopecia totalis, which involves the loss of all head hair, to the most extreme form, alopecia universalis, which involves the loss of all the hair from the head and the body.
Hair loss can occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance; correcting the hormone imbalance can stop the hair loss. Some mycotic infections can sometimes cause massive hair loss. Traumas such as chemotherapy, childbirth, major surgery, poisoning, and severe stress may cause a little-known hair loss condition known as telogen effluvium.
In the past it was believed that baldness was inherited from a person's maternal grandfather; and while there's some basis for this belief, both parents actually contribute to their offspring's likelihood of hair loss. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder, also known as "spot baldness", which can result in hair loss ranging from just one area to every hair on the body. Hair loss can occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes.
Hypothyroidism can cause hair loss, may also induce localized baldness. Recognizing and treating infections early may help stop hair loss.
Propecia is available with a prescription; it comes in pill form, is only for men and may take up to six months before you can tell if it's working. There are natural home remedies and many recipes you can use for making mixtures to apply topically to the scalp. A wide range of products for hair loss include: shampoos, shampoos and conditioners, conditioners, lotions, creams, concealers, thinning hair shampoos, laser combs, laser brushes, the Lasertron Hair Growth Brush, herbal-based products, chemical-based pills or tablets, Nizoral shampoo, Neutrogena T-Gel, and many others.
Studies done on subjects of various ages suggest that weight training alone may increase levels of testosterone in studies where aerobic exercise only was compared to either weight training or a moderately sedentary life. Hair loss treatments and remedies range in price from free to expensive. Topical application of the chemical Ketoconazole, which is both an anti-fungal and a potent 5-alpha reductase inhibitor, is often used as a supplement to other approaches.
Regular aerobic exercise can help keep androgen levels naturally lower while maintaining overall good health, lowering stress and increasing SHBG. Stress reduction can be very helpful in slowing hair loss. Very little testing has been done regarding the long-term effects of Minoxidil on women.
Massage the scalp nightly with oil made from one part rosemary oil and two parts almond oil. Try lying on a slant board with head down for 15 minutes a day, but get clearance from your doctor first. Try using double-strength herbal sage tea as a hair rinse or apply it to scalp every day as a tonic.
Some home remedies: Raw onion remedy for hair loss - take half a raw onion and massage the scalp with it; cover the head overnight, shampoo and rinse in the morning. Garlic oil remedy for hair loss - at bedtime, puncture a couple of garlic pearles, squirt the oil on the scalp, massage, cover with a cap, shampoo and rinse in the morning. Also raw apple cider vinegar used as a hair rinse may stimulate hair growth.
Garlic as a hair loss remedy - an hour before bedtime, slice open a clove of garlic and rub it on the hair loss area, wait for an hour then massage the scalp with olive oil, put on a cap, go to bed, shampoo your hair in the morning, repeat for a few weeks, and hopefully hair will stop falling out and regrowth will appear. Make sure to test remedies on a very small area first and check with your hair loss doctor or skin doctor before trying any natural home remedy if it includes any irritating ingredients. Also try scalp massage every day to increase circulation to the area which is very important.
Resveratrol, from grape skins, is a lipase inhibitor and by decreasing the body's ability to absorb bad fats through the intestine walls, it reduces the total fat and calorie content of a person's diet. For an onion juice and honey remedy for hair loss: prepare a hair-growing elixir by combining 1/4 cup of onion juice with one tablespoon of honey; massage the scalp with the mixture every night.
Treating hair loss with chemicals from the inside or topically may or may not be the best treatment for you. Consider picking one of the least harmful, topical, natural home treatment remedies (the kind you whip up at home), and try it on your scalp for at least 30 days. Remember that regrowing hair is a slow process so don't look for results overnight for any home remedy or treatment you try.