Like every other part of your body, hair changes through life. As you grow old, as you take stress and especially when you give birth.
The color, structure, texture, and density of your hair are related to your ethnic origin. It is genetic and runs in the family.
The hair length is different from one person to another and has its own specific length which cannot be exceeded.
Hair is similar to any cells in the body. It has its own cycle and different stages of growth, from the shedding of dead hair to the regrowth of new ones.
Gray Hair and Aging
Gray hair is related to aging as the hair follicle contains the melanocytes which produce the pigments that give the hair its individual color.
With time these pigment cells decrease in number, so the production of the pigments decreases and the hair starts to lose its color.
At first the hair growth is not affected by the graying of the hair, but later on, the hair follicles become less active like the rest of the body cells.
Early graying can be familial (runs in the families) without any physical disorders.
There are other causes of gray hair like external causes called stressors, causing oxidative stress. They lead to a premature decline of the hair follicle pigmentary system but protect them from oncogenic DNA damage.
This is because the hair follicles have an anti-oxidant system which acts against free radicals, but with increased exposure to oxidative stress, it sacrifices the pigments and damages them to prevent oncogenic mutation.
Among these stressors causing oxidative stress, are UV-exposure, inflammatory stress, direct exposure to exogenous oxygen radicals or even psycho-emotional stress.
Melanocytes easily lose their balance and acquire oxidative stress damage, leading to gray hair.
Normally 100-150 hairs fall every day. You notice the hair in the brush, inside the bathtub and on the floor where the hair has fallen. Sometimes you find your hair is thinner without noticing the fallen hair.
What causes this?
- Hypothyroidism or
Any change in the thyroid hormone balance causes hair fall but it is most noticeable with hypothyroidism.
- After childbirth.
Because of the hormonal changes and physical stress on the body, the hair starts falling more than usual, but it returns to its original state around 3 months after childbirth.
Around menopause, there is a great imbalance in the hormones. As stated before, hormonal changes or imbalance causes hair fall.
- Nutritional deficiency of biotin, zinc, iron, EFA, and protein.
These nutrients are essential for the hair follicle growth. Not only are they essential for hair growth, but they’re useful and good for your body.
- Drugs for hypertension such as (ACE) and beta blockers, anticoagulants, contraceptive pills and excess VIT. A.
- Toxins and heavy metals which contaminate the food and hair care products.
- Physical stress – as in systemic diseases, surgery, and anemia, or emotional stress.
Stress disturbs the immunity of the body and decreases the body’s ability to get rid of the free radicals
- Any inflammatory conditions of the scalp – like seborrhea, folliculitis and psoriasis.
- Hair styling and physical traction.
This is the hair loss from a specific spot on the head or beard even though you have a healthy scalp and healthy skin. It is considered to be an autoimmune disease, and it has a familial tendency.
The hair shows spontaneous regrowth over several months. It may be associated with other autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s disease (your immune system attacks your thyroid gland). It is a recurring condition, and most often than not it is in the same spot, but could happen in different spots.
What causes this?
The exact cause is not known since stress is a triggering factor that affects the adrenal gland and triggers an autoimmune response.
The conventional management of hair fall/loss is to wait and see after treating the original cause.
For alopecia areata, the conventional management varies from topical steroids to systemic steroids or other immune modulators (through a physician).
In many cases though, no intervention takes place.
Natural Ways to Help Hair Growth
Since ancient history, women used oils to protect their hair, promote its growth, and keep it strong and healthy.
So here is a Natural Remedy for Hair Growth!
- Cedar Wood Essential Oil – 2 drops.
- Thyme Essential Oil – 2 drops.
- Lavender Essential Oil – 3 drops.
- Rosemary Essential Oil – 3 drops.
- Jojoba Oil – 15 mL. NOTE: You can replace Jojoba Oil with Rosehip Oil.
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About Safaa Elbanna
Safaa Elbanna is a certified Homeopath and Holistic Skin Care Practitioner and a retired Dermatologist and Cosmetic Surgeon. Safaa helps busy working ladies avoid the aging effect of physical and mental stress, especially on the skin through natural, homeopathy medicines and techniques.