Hair Loss: Its effect on the quality of life

In a 2001 survey conducted by the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology …, 90% of the persons who suffered hair loss ‘‘tended to agree’’ that they had feelings of loss of self-confidence, low self-esteem, and heightened self-consciousness

Hair loss is something that every person fears. Hair is the most attractive part of one’s personality. Hair shedding is a part of natural balance- some hairs fall out while others grow in. It becomes a problem when the balance is interrupted, more hairs are falling than the ones growing in.

Hair loss significantly impacts the quality of life. It can lead to depression, anxiety, and social phobia. Depression can lead to a feeling of low mood, lack of interest, loss of energy, and sleep deprivation. It directly affects the mental health of the person.

Causes of Hair Loss

There are different reasons for hair loss. Some have it inherited. Hereditary hair loss is the most common type in the World. It is most often found in men but also occurs in women. It is not a disease but a natural condition.

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Hormonal imbalance also affects hairline. Hormonal imbalance may occur from stress and depression in daily life, so it is important to live a healthy and balanced life.

An imbalanced diet can also affect hairline. Diets that are too low in protein and certain vitamins cause excessive hair shedding. Hair loss also occurs with age.

How to prevent hair loss?

Yes, it is true hair loss can be prevented. For preventing hair loss one should have a healthy diet and lifestyle. Proper hair care should be done. You need to take care of your hair just like you take care of your car.

Wash your hair every day. It keeps your scalp healthy and clean. Different kinds of oil like coconut oil or olive oil are better for your hair growth. Aloe vera is the best thing for your hair. It naturally grows your hair.

A proper diet is crucial for your hair. Diets containing anti-oxidants, zinc, and biotin are best. Biotin is essential for a hair protein called keratin, therefore biotin must be supplied through diet. Furthermore, vitamins are also necessary for hair growth. Vitamin A, D, E are pretty much required for hair growth.

Following are some important diets:

-Eggs

-Spinach

-Berries

-Fatty fish

-Sweet potatoes

-Avocados

-Nuts

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How to Treat Hair Loss?

There are many ways of curing hair loss. If we enlist them, we find these 3 major cures:

-Medicine

-Hair transplant surgery

-Laser therapy

Medications are available to treat hereditary baldness. The most common drug prescribed is Minoxidil(Rogaine). It comes in liquid and shampoo forms. However it is a slow treatment, it may take months to prevent further hair loss. There also may be some side effects, so one should consult a physician first.

Research published in Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology — Elsevier depicts that patients treated with minoxidil showed a better response rate(38%) than the patients that were not administered with minoxidil.

In the most common type of permanent hair loss, hair transplant surgery is performed. During the procedure, a dermatologist removes hair from the part of the head that has hair and transplants it to the bald spot. It is a painful procedure so the patient is given sedation medicine.

Laser therapy is also available for treating hair loss.

Conclusion

If hair loss is affecting your feelings of self-esteem or self-worth or is causing disruption in your relationships, you may want to consider talking to a therapist about it. The right therapist will provide a non-judgmental ear and help guide you through the feelings that hair loss may be bringing up for you.

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