Nowadays, both men and women are experiencing hair loss and are wondering if they ever are able to regrow their hair naturally. Apart from hereditary hair loss and hormonal hair loss, lifestyle is a major cause for thinning hair, receding hairline, hair falling out and premature baldness.
Even though hair loss and bald spots are some issues that concern millions, it can be frustrating to lose your hair, especially when we seem to be losing hair faster than we are growing hair. This article is intended to provide a useful guide on how to stimulate hair growth and tell you everything you need to know about hair loss treatment.
What Causes Hair Loss?
According to science, it is normal to lose your hair at any stage of life. Humans may lose about 60 and 100 strands of hair everyday without even noticing. Other than hereditary hair loss like male pattern hair loss, also known as “Androgenetic alopecia” and female pattern baldness, hair fall isn't usually something to be worried about and can be treated.
Temporary Hair Loss (Telogen effluvium)
Temporary hair loss, also known as Telogen Effluvium, is a common type of diffuse hair loss seen both among women and men. It results in thinning hair or hair shedding and happens after stress,post-pregnancy, poor diet, excessive heat styling, or smoking.
The good news is that telogen effluvium is reversible and the hair usually grows back to its healthy state once the cause has been identified and removed. The hair has the propensity to naturally regrow. Telogen effluvium treatment requires the right nutrition, including a balance of proteins, vitamins and minerals, to increase hair growth. It is also important to consume ingredients consisting of biotin, vitamin C, zinc and iron.
Is My Hair Loss Temporary or Permanent?
The most common type of hair loss is hereditary hair loss, also known as male pattern and female pattern baldness. It can appear as a receding hairline or hair thinning.
On the other hand, temporary hair loss can sometimes look like permanent hair loss at first glance. However, temporary hair loss may begin after pregnancy or other factors that lead to hormone fluctuations. Temporary hair loss usually ends once the medication is finished or the particular behavior stops. If you’re noticing hair loss, the best way to find out whether it’s temporary or permanent will be to speak to an experienced doctor like Dr. Serkan Aygın. With a thorough evaluation, we can help you identify the cause and find the best possible hair growth or restoration solution.
How to Speed Up Hair Growth?
So, what actually speeds up the process of boosting hair growth and leaves baldness behind? Here are some advice about how to stop hair falling out:
Scalp Massage for Hair Growth
Several studies also suggest that massaging your scalp regularly on a daily basis can reduce hair loss and help regrow your hair. Massages are said to strengthen follicles and boost hair growth.
“Studies have found that 69 per cent of men and women with alopecia have been able to regrow their hair with regular scalp massages.”
“A study conducted on 9 men for 24 weeks showed that gently massaging your scalp everyday for a few minutes can give a person thicker hair. " (2)
Best Diet for Hair Growth
What you eat can also have a dramatic effect on hair loss. Consider replacing processed and packaged foods that are very nutrient-poor for more whole, real and natural foods such as salmon, eggs, spinach, pumpkin, chia seeds, avocado, sweet potatoes. They consist of vitamins and nutrients for hair growth including lean proteins, omega-3 fatty acids, fat-soluble vitamins, B-complex vitamins, and iron.
“Study found that taking omega-3 and omega-6 supplements for 6 months may help protect against hair loss.”
“Data from that study also suggested that lower zinc levels may play a key role in hair loss”
Using Natural Hair Products
Some shampoos, conditioners and sprays may cause your hair to fall out. For this reason it’s important to use products that contain natural ingredients. It will naturally speed the process of hair growth, as well as maintain the overall health of your hair.
Certain oils such as coconut oil and jojoba oil or proteins such as keratin and collagen are believed to improve hair quality. If you like to learn more about harmful ingredients in shampoos, see Harmful Ingredients in Hair Products.
Minimize Heat Damaging to Your Hair
It is generally known that hair straighteners are damaging to your hair. It leads to dull and frizzy hair that you dislike. Therefore, it is significant to apply a gel to protect your hair before applying the hot iron. Of course, the best way to protect your hair fully is to minimize the application of heat.
Scientifically Proven Hair Growth Treatments
Mesotherapy is known for its positive effects on the growth of the hair follicle and the delivery of nutrients to the hair. It also corrects hormonal imbalances and improves blood circulation which stimulates hair growth, reduces inflammation, neutralizes excess DHT (hormone that causes hair loss), stimulates collagen and elastin on the scalp, increases hair follicles density. Various substances that are individually selected for each patient, such as natural plant extracts, amino acids cocktails, vitamins, enzymes and medicines (mostly finasteride and minoxidil) are injected directly into the scalp.
PRP is a treatment that is applied for thinning hair, especially as a result of androgenetic alopecia, mostly known as male pattern hair loss. PRP helps to prevent hair loss and to strengthen weak hair. PRP may also be applied after hair transplantation performed at Dr.Serkan Aygın Clinic to enhance the hair transplantation results. PRP treatment is preferred by many patients as it helps the post-operative healing process as well as positively affects hair growth and hair thickness after hair transplant operations.
Low-level Laser Therapy has become a popular alternative for treatment of Androgenic Alopecia (male pattern baldness). It works by directing photons from between 800 and 860 nanometres on the light spectrum at a person’s scalp. This red laser light triggers the bio-stimulation of hair cells in the scalp and hair follicles. The main goal of this treatment, which has been proven to be therapeutic in genetic hair loss in both men and women in previous scientific studies, is to increase the levels of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) and Nitric Oxide in hair cells.
Whether permanent or temporary, hair loss may be difficult to deal with. While genetics plays a significant role in hair growth, external factors also affect hair loss. Since there is no rapid hair growth formula, there are some steps that you can take to boost the health and growth of your hair.