There are many things you can do to stop and slow hair loss. But why you’re losing your hair what to do depends on the reason. Some situations may resolve on their own, like hair loss after pregnancy (telogen effluvium). And which is perfectly normal, remember that everyone sheds hair daily.
You want to see your doctor it’s when hair loss is persistent that. If your hair loss is caused by things like thyroid issues, stress, scalp infections, androgenic alopecia, or simply ageing your healthcare provider may be able to diagnose.
By keeping the scalp healthy and clean washing hair daily may protect against hair loss. Harsher formulas may dry hair and cause it to lead to hair loss and break and the key is to use a mild shampoo.
Researchers believe that coconut oil may help prevent hair damage from grooming and ultraviolet (UV) light exposure, according to a 2018 review of studies.
Protecting it from a breakage at the root and strand, the lauric acid found in coconut oil helps bind protein in hair. Massaging coconut oil into the scalp helps with regrowth and may promote better blood flow.
Potentially lead to excessive shedding and skip tight braids or ponytails that may pull on hair at the root. Let your hair air dry to avoid irritating your scalp while you’re at it. Heat stylers may also damage or break the hair shaft like curling or straightening irons.
Chemical treatments may also damage hair and scalp like perms or hair colour. Ask your stylist about alternatives, like organic hair dyes and others that don’t contain peroxide, para-phenylenediamine (PPD) or ammonia.
With genetic hair loss, low-level lasers may help improve hair density and loss due to chemotherapy. It may work by stimulating epidermal stem cells and this option is also called red light therapy. For between $200 to $600 you can find home laser devices. To see results it may take many treatments.
In areas already impacted by hair loss injecting platelet-rich plasma (PRP) into the scalp helps stimulate growth. To separate out the platelets blood is run through a centrifuge and then injected into the scalp.
In one 2017 study, after four sessions 11 participants saw 30 per cent more growth in thinning areas. According to the Cleveland Clinic, each session costs between $500 and $1000 and is not covered by insurance.
Why does hair fall out?
The hair on your head goes through a life cycle that involves resting, growth and shedding. Around 100 hairs a day it’s common for people to lose. You may want to see the doctor if you experience more sudden loss, loss in patches, or overall thinning.
Some shedding may respond well to changes in diet and temporary, lifestyle changes and certain treatment. Other may not stop until an underlying condition is treated or loss may be more permanent.
By age 40, due to hereditary conditions like androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness) about half of all men will experience hair loss. Likewise, before the age of 70 more than half of women will experience genetic hair loss.