Have you noticed hair thinning, bald spots or handfuls of hair on the brush or beddings? It is vital you see a doctor for proper diagnosis as this could be a sign of hair loss. Hair loss can be gradual or sudden depending on a variety of genetic or epigenetic factors.
Epigenetic factors include hair routines, hormonal changes, medications, medical conditions, nutrition deficits and trauma. Genetic factors rely solely on heredity, if your mother, father or a close relative experience any pattern baldness well you fall risk of going through the same.
TYPES OF ALOPECIA
Androgenetic alopecia which is purely genetic and relies on family history.
Traction/ traumatic alopecia- caused by hair routines that cause frequent hair pulling e.g. blow-drying, perming, dyeing, gluing ,tight hairstyles.
Alopecia areata- patchy (oval-round)hair loss due to stress.
Cicatricial alopecia- permanent hair loss due to replacement of hair follicles by scarring tissue. This results from a group of rare disorders.
Various types of hair loss are reversible while others are irreversible. Solutions have risen to curb this problem including medication, tattooing even hair transplant surgery but still lets say it is unavoidable as one advances in age.
Nutritional hair loss can be reversed by adding minerals and vitamins to you diet which are important in hair formation. Minerals include the likes of zinc,iron and selenium while vitamins essential for hair include Vitamin B,C,E and A.
- Nutrient supplements and nutrient-rich diets
- Hydrating daily by taking recommended volumes of water
- Avoiding harmful hair styling practices