There are many types of hair loss with different symptoms and which causes male and female pattern baldness.
Male pattern baldness is the most common type, it can sometimes affect women (female-pattern baldness).
It can be particularly difficult for both men and women to cope with.
Male pattern baldness follows a pattern of a receding hairline, followed by thinning of the hair on the crown and temples. During female-pattern baldness, hair usually only thins on top of the head. This is called androgenic or androgenetic alopecia. Male baldness is hereditary, but it is not clear with female-pattern baldness.
Alopecia areata is patches of baldness that may come and go. It occurs at any age, but mostly affects teenagers and young adults. Six out of ten people develop their first bald patch before they are 20 years old. Alopecia areata is thought to be caused by a problem with the immune system. Some people's genetics make them more susceptible to alopecia areata, as one in five people with the condition have a family history of the condition, hair often grows back after about a year.
Scarring alopeciaalso known as iatrical alopecia is hair loss that can occur as a result of complications from another condition. In this type of alopecia, the hair follicle (the small hole in your skin that an individual hair grows out of) is completely destroyed. This means your hair will not grow back.
Conditions that can cause scarring alopecia include lichen planus (an itchy rash affecting many areas of the body) and discoid lupus (a mild form of lupus affecting the skin, causing scaly marks and hair loss).
Anlagen effluvium is widespread hair loss that can affect your scalp, face and body which is commonly caused by the cancer treatment chemotherapy. It may be possible to reduce hair loss from chemotherapy by wearing a special cap that keeps the scalp cool.
In most cases, hair loss in anlagen effluvium is temporary. Your hair should start to grow back a few months after chemotherapy has stopped.
Dietary needs to help with hair loss
Breakfast: The most crucial meal of the day for our hair, follicle energy levels drop to their lowest point. Some form of complete protein is essential at breakfast which could include poultry, meat fish, eggs and milk.
Snack: Fresh fruit, juice or water help to hydrate the hair and skin. Avoid tea and coffee as it dehydrates the body. Drink more herbal tea such as redbush, green tea or herbal teas & at least 2 litres of water a day.
Zinc Omega 3 (shop link)
Indian head massage beneficial by
Increasing the blood flow to the head, neck and shoulders increasing the supply of oxygen to the brain.
Helps with pain relief and stimulates the body’s immune system.
Helps promote healthy hair by stimulating the hair follicles.
Lavender and Rosemary shampoo and conditioner (shop)
Lavender and Rosemary stimulate the hair follicles and promote growth, and gives the hair a natural shine and softness
At Ascent therapies we can make tailored products such as conditioners with essential oils to suit your needs.