Hair Care



Hair is important
 

 Hair is a prime physical attribute. Loss of it leads to loss of confidence. It is a sign of early diabetes.
 Hair loss on vertex linked to three fold higher risk of heart disease


Incidence
 

 Today the hair loss is becoming more common due to the wrong diet. People with hair loss don't get as many promotions. Higher job interviews for people with hair. It can leads to a higher divorce rate. After age 50 50% of men suffer some hair loss. 20% of women suffer hair loss at some point in their lives. 40% of women with hair loss have marital problems. 63% have carrier related problem.
 

Facts of hair
 

 Women after divorce loose more hair. Women prefer men with hair. Second to bone marrow it is the fastest growing tissue. 35 meter of hair grows per day on the average. Split ends cannot be repaired. Male hair grows faster. Brushing is more damaging than combing. Total number of follicles never increase. It only decreases with time. Palms, soles and lips have no hair.
 

Conditions with hair loss
 

 Tug test is gently pulling 100 hairs. Normally upto 3 hair may fall. If more than six hairs fall there could be a problem.
 These conditions are associated with hair loss. DM, Heart disease, PCOS, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Autoimmune disease, Stress.
These mental conditions are also associated.
Anxiety and depression, sexual dissatisfaction, sleeplessness. Dementia.
 

Hair loss
 

 Hair loss triggered by
Bereavement of a loved one. Moving house, separation anxiety, Divorce, Migration or relocation, Stress, childhood trauma. Wet hair is 30% longer. Asians have less baldness. Hair is as strong as a wire of iron.
Dry limp thin hair could mean hypothyroidism.
Scaly or crusty patches on scalp could mean psoriasis.
50-100 hairs can normally be lost daily.
 

Illnesses causing hair loss
 

 A bout of illness like fever, typhoid, malaria can cause hair loss. DM and HTN leads to hair loss.
Dry Brittle hair breaking easy could mean iron deficiency.
Grey hair means premature ageing, Or thyroid deficiency and vitamin B deficiency.

Graying of hair
 

 lack of B12, Folic Acid and Iron can trigger grey hair.
 Smokers have four times more grey hair. Hydrogen peroxide can damage melanin. Pollutants and free radicals do the same. Strong hair care products can contribute. Thyroid diseases do the same. Vitiligo patches may have grey hair.
 

Hair care
 

 Use a shampoo with natural ingredients. Avoid chemicals, Hot blow driers, Sun and Wind, perming, bleaching, highlights or hot oil treatments.
Hair protects scalp from sun and cold or heat, Prevent dust from entering nose or eyes.
 

Growth phases
 

 Anagen phase hair grows for 3-7 years, Catagen phase is resting without growth. Telogen phase is shedding for 3-4 months.
Eumelanin gives dark color, pheomelanin gives blonde or reddish color.
Healthy hair is soft and shiny and straighter.
 

Male pattern hair loss
 

 Unhealthy hair is brittle, dry, has split ends and is vulnerable to dandruff has no elasticity, spongy and matted when wet.
 Cuticle is usually permeable allowing moisture to be absorbed.
 Male pattern hair loss develop around 15-30 years of age. Genetic roots are common. Usually affects front and vertex.
 

Degrees of Male hairloss

DHT Dihydrotestesterone
 

 With DHT (dihydrotestestorone) male hair gets thinner with each cycle. This is called androgenic alopecia.
Homeopathic treatments
 Occidentalis and Sabal Serrulata both can block DHT.
Male pattern hair loss follows a pattern at 25, 40 and 50 years a similar amount of hair loss occurs. Genetics from both parents affect.
 

Dietary measures


 Avoid smoking and alcohol. Avoid dairy foods and red meat.  Coffee can cause loss of folic acid, zinc, Vitamin B and C.
Soy is good. Coconut oil is excellent. Roasted sesame seeds and green tea are good. Increase beans intake.

Eat three kinds of vegetable raw three times daily before meals. If possible make a vegetable soup and take it twice daily. (Dont add potatoes, pumpkin or other starchy vegetables into it. Add tofu pieces for better results)
Soybean, cauliflowe, muschrooms, peanuts are rich in biotin.
Iodine is needed for hair growth. Cabbage, Carrots, spinach, soy beans and pine nuts have iodine. Use sea salt.
 

Female pattern hair loss
 




 

 In women about 40 percent hair loss occurs after the menopause.
 Christmas tree pattern of hair loss seen above.
Caused by PCOS, menopausal changes mostly.
Estrogen helps hair
 Estrogen helps hair. A woman has best skin and hair during pregnancy due to the persistently high estrogen.
 

Alopecia Areata

 Patchy hair loss. Can lead to Alopecia totalis (whole head) or alopecia universalis ( whole body)
Autoimmune disease. Can occur with thyroid disorders 20% of the time, Anemia and stress.
Treat with locally injected steroids or steroid creams and hair grow creams.

Common Baldness

Usually means male-pattern baldness. Also called androgenic alopecia.
May be inherited.
Men who start losing their hair at an early age tend to develop more extensive baldness.
Hair loss typically results in a receding hair line and baldness on the top of the head.

Female pattern baldness


What causes excessive hair loss?
 Commonest cause of hair loss is imbalance between androgens and estrogens.
 If your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, your hair may fall out.

 Many women notice hair loss about 3 months after they've had a baby. This loss is also related to hormones. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair that would normally fall out.
 Some medicines can cause hair loss . This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Medicines that can cause hair loss include blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), medicines used for gout, high blood pressure or heart problems, vitamin A (if too much is taken), birth control pills and antidepressants.


 Steroids, NSAID, Accutane, BC pills, Antihypertensives, Betablockers, Blood thinners, H2 blockers, thyroid medicine. Clotrimazole. Prozac, Statins, Trimethodione, Levodoma, Chemotherapy.
 Fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair loss in children.
 hair loss may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes.
 

Hair loss with scarring

 hair loss with scarring occur with lichen planopilaris. (purplish raised itchy, flat topped leasions healing with a scar.
Lupus, or fungal infections. (Called kerion. Acne in the back of the scalp, injury to the scalp. Parlor burns.

 If you wear pigtails or cornrows or use tight hair rollers, the pull on your hair can cause a type of hair loss called traction alopecia

 Hot oil hair treatments or chemicals used in permanents (also called "perms") may cause inflammation (swelling) of the hair follicle, which can result in scarring and hair loss.
 

Results
 

 With the treatments hair regrowth will happen in over 90 percent of cases.  Sometimes it may take three to six months.
 

Toxins affecting hair
 

Aluminum, arsenic, Cadmium lead and mercury are common metal toxins.
Boric acid if ingested over a long time causes hair loss. Chlorine can cause hair loss as well.
Treat with glutahione and other antioxidants. Astaxanthine, NAC and alpha lipoic acid are very helpful.
 

Common toxins
 

 Lead in is electronics. Once PC has 4 pounds of lead. Cd is in resistors, photocopiers and batteries.
Mercury, Fish and electronics. More toxic than arsenic.
 

Dandruff
 

 Starts with overproduction of sebum causing greasy hair. Hair gets sticky, disorderly, difficult to com and itchy.
Affects 40% of the people.
Shampoos help. Use Thuja Occidentalis with antidandruff properties.
Take probiotic daily. Selenium containing shampoos help
 

Psoriasis
 

 Red patches of skin with thick silvery white scales. Severe itching may be present.
Increases with bacterial infections, stress or chronic alcoholism.
Coconut oil at night helps. Flax seeds help control inflammation. Avoid red meat, and other animal foods.
 

Hair drying and bleaching

 When drying hair always end with a cold air to lock in shine.
 Hair bleaching
Changes the chemistry of hair. Open the cuticle to become porous leading to more dry and brittle hair. Can lead to contact allergy and chemical burns.
Chlorine can give bleached hair a green color.
 

Hair dyes

Use ammonia free hair dye. Always to a patch test. Apply vaseline or petroleum jelly to the surrounding skin.
Color about a day after a regular wash so natural oil has coated the hair.
Use color protect shampoo.
 

Hair rebonding
 

 Hair is irreversibly altered. Hair gets weakened and fractured easily.
If rebonded avoid blow dryers and hot irons.
Use conditioner regularly.
Do not use chemical colors.
Use protection when stepping out in the sun. Trim hair regularly since split ends happen more easily.
 

Perms
 

Can lead to loss of elasticity, Fragile brittle and easily breakable hair,
If permed, avoid color, shampoo gently, generous conditioner, avoid hair style or accessories.
Keratin therapy takes 2-5 hours. Involves keratin protein application and ironing. Hair is not washed for 72 hours,
Reduce frzz and curl. Adds shine, Hair is more manageable.
Aminexil is not proven to work. Not approved by FDA.
 

Needs long term Rx
 

 People with thin hair should not be using hair gels.
Hair spray can dry out on the scalp and give rise to dandruff.
Growing hair is a long term treatment such as 3-7 years. Henna does not have a hair growth effect. It has no effect on dandruff.


Half hour before a shower
 

 Put vitamin D3 one capsule, on tbs of virgin coconut oil and juice of one lime into a small cup.
 Apply to the hair and scalp and leave for half an hour. You can keep it even for an hour.
 This helps to remove buildup of chemicals and help to grow hair.
 

More Tips
 

 Wet hair gets damaged easy. Do not rub hair vigorously when it is wet. Try rinse hair with cold water. Once a month rinse hair with apple cider vinegar and water. This remove build up of products. Apply conditioner except for scalp and leave for two minutes. Use coconut oil for hair at night and rinse in the morning. To clean hair brush use cup of hot water with teaspoonful of baking soda. Don't sleep with hair clipped or tied.