Alopecia, or hair loss, as it is most commonly known, can begin at any age. In fact, on a daily basis, we lose quite a bit of hair as part of our normal bodily functions. Hair loss can be caused by any number of factors—beginning with genetics, stress, pollution, vitamin deficiencies, and diet, among others. Whatever may be the cause, there is no need to fret as it is generally treatable and reversible. There are three kinds of hair loss types:
• Androgenetic Alopecia – The most common type of hair loss, and is also known as male-pattern or female-pattern baldness. Genetics come into play greatly here, as the condition is hereditary. • Scarring Alopecia – This kind of hair loss normally manifests on sites where there are scars or burns.
• Toxic Alopecia – This kind of hair loss is usually associated with any kind of emotional or physical stress.
• Trichotillomania – This kind of hair loss stems from a habit or condition of hair pulling. • Alopecia Areata – This kind of hair loss is actually triggered by a skin disorder which ultimately causes whatever hair there is on the affected area to fall off.
• Alopecia Universalis or Totalis – This kind of hair loss is the most drastic of all, because all body hair is lost in the process, including eyelashes and brows. However, this can still be reversible, as the hair follicles are not destroyed when the hair is shed. This condition is rooted psychologically, and can likewise be addressed. So how do you prevent hair loss? While there are no sure-fire ways, here are some measures you can take:
• Make healthy eating choices – Up your food intake of those containing Zinc, Iron, Protein, Vitamin C, and Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Not only will they be good for your hair, but for your general health and well-being as well.
• Consider supplements – As with making healthy eating choices, upping your vitamin intake will not only benefit your hair, but your general health and well-being.
• Consult a professional – If your condition has progressed beyond a point where you are no longer comfortable, it would be best to consult a medical practitioner and seek professional health.
Your doctor will be able to diagnose and address your symptoms more accurately, and tailor-fit a plan to halt, if not reverse the condition.