Thursday, October 01, 2015

Male/female pattern baldness (Androgenetic alopecia) and some common natural remedies

male pattern baldness

On a daily basis, you probably lose anywhere between 50 to 100 strands of hair which is perfectly normal, as agreed by dermatologists. It is when the hair loss exceeds this figure that we begin to notice thinning of hair or bald patches (a condition known as alopecia). Most people are likely to experience hair loss in their 30s because at this time, hormonal change, stress and an unhealthy diet take their comes into place.

Androgenetic alopecia (AGA), also referred to as male-pattern hair loss or common baldness in men, and as female-pattern hair loss in women, affects at least 50% of men by the age of 50 years, and up to 70% of all males in later life. Estimates of its prevalence in women have varied widely, though recent studies claim that six percent of women aged under 50 years are affected, increasing to a proportion of 30–40% of women aged 70 years and over.

The hair loss is heritable, androgen-dependent, and occurs in a defined pattern. It is assumed that the genetically predisposed hair follicles are the target for androgen-stimulated hair follicle miniaturization, leading to gradual replacement of large, pigmented hairs (terminal hairs) by barely visible, de-pigmented hairs (vellus hairs) in affected areas.

Besides trying to correct factors leading to hair loss, adopting a few natural/herbal remedies is also helpful in facilitating hair re-growth. Now let us look at some perfect example that have proved their potency.

The element sulphur increases the production of collagen which in turn helps the hair to grow. Onion and garlic are rich sources of sulphur and this explains why they have been used in traditional medicines for re-growth of hair.

Prescription: Chop the onion into fine pieces and squeeze the juice out. Apply to the scalp and leave on for about 15 minutes; then rinse with a mild shampoo. Crush a few cloves of garlic, add in a little coconut oil and boil for a few minutes. When this mix cools down to feel warm to the touch, apply it on the scalp with a little massaging action. Repeat this treatment two to three times a week for best results.

When it comes to caring for your hair, coconut provides a host of ingredients that naturally condition and promote growth of hair. The milk of the coconut contains proteins, essential fats and minerals such as potassium and iron; using it regularly can reduce the breakage of hair. Coconut oil also carries the same rich ingredients and it helps to make the hair stronger right from the root, through the shaft to the tip. Regular use of this oil to massage the scalp has a protective action against hair loss.

Prescription: Grate coconut and squeeze out the milk by mixing in a little water. Apply this to the specific area where you notice thinning or balding. Allow to stay overnight and the next morning, rinse off with water. Read about other oils which help prevent hair loss.

Known for long as a natural hair colour and conditioner in the Asian countries, henna has a major role to play in strengthening hair. When combined with mustard oil, it works even better.

Prescription: Take about 250 ml of mustard oil in a tin can; add in about 60 g of washed and dried henna leaves. Boil the mixture until the leaves get totally burnt and then filter the oil using muslin cloth. Cool and store the oil in an airtight container and use it to massage hair on a regular basis.

Some people also use a hair renewal pack that consists of 1 cup of the dry powder of henna leaves mixed with half a cup of curd. Apply this to the hair and allow to dry, and then wash with cool water and a mild shampoo. If you desire beautiful hair, try these other home-made packs henna hair packs.

Coconut oil and hibiscus are the secrets to the thick mane of hair we observe in people living in Kerala, India. Hibiscus has rejuvenating properties – it nourishes hair, prevents premature greying and also helps cure dandruff. Regular use of the flowers can help prevent hair loss too.

Prescription: Crush a few flowers of hibiscus and mix with sesame oil or coconut oil to make a fine paste. Apply this to the scalp and hair, leave on for a few hours and then rinse with cool water and a mild shampoo.

Packed with vitamin C and rich in antioxidants, amla is the perfect solution for most hair loss woes. Besides applying to the scalp, it is also helpful to consume it on a regular basis because the vitamin C is good for your body.

Prescription: Crush the amla fruit to extract a juice or buy the amla powder available at an herbal store. Add 2 teaspoons of the juice or the powder into an equal quantity of the juice freshly squeezed from a lime. Mix well, apply to the scalp and leave it to dry; then rinse using warm water. Also read other benefits of amla for your hair and skin.

Eggs are another rich source of sulphur; they also contain a lot of protein and minerals such as selenium, iodine, phosphorus, iron and zinc. This makes it an excellent promoter of hair re-growth especially when combined with olive oil.

Prescription: Take the white of one egg and mix in a teaspoon of olive oil. Beat to give a paste-like consistency and apply to the entire scalp and hair. Keep it on for about 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse with cool water and a mild shampoo. You can reap in benefits of egg by making other home-made egg hair packs too.

Often, hair loss may be the result of a faulty diet or even improper care of the hair. Make sure you eat a healthy and balanced diet that provides your body with all essential nutrients. Also, take care to avoid the use of harsh chemicals on your hair. However, the best known method of reviving hair growth is through transplant via a surgical operation.



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