What Causes Hair Loss?
Hair loss from the scalp, also known as alopecia, can affect both men and women due to various reasons. Heredity and aging process are common causes for hair loss. However, reversible hair loss is often related to severe stress, dietary changes or hormonal changes. This can sometimes be seen in women after giving birth.
Underlying medical conditions can also be responsible for hair loss. This includes thyroid disease, iron deficiency anemia, lupus, diabetes and fungal infections. Hair loss may be a side effect of medications such as blood thinners, antidepressants, birth control pills, drugs for treatment of gout, high blood pressure and heart problems. Additionally, medical treatments for cancer like chemotherapy and radiation therapy often lead to hair loss.
Poor blood flow to the scalp can hamper hair growth. This cause of hair loss is not discussed as much as other causes but blood supply to the scalp is definitely an important factor for hair growth. Proper blood flow to the hair root is vital as it provides it with required nutrients, oxygen and lymph. Otherwise root of the hair shrinks and dies.
Tension and stress are conditions that can lead to reduced blood flow to the scalp. Too much stress causes tightening of the muscles and reduces blood circulation in the scalp, hands and feet. Also, male hormones, androgens, are produced under stress leading to tightening and thinning of the scalp which contributes to hair loss.
Poor blood circulation can also be a result of the hardened crystals made from sebum and hair perspiration. These hardened crystals clog up the hair follicles resulting in hardening of the nearby tissue and reduced blood supply to the hair follicle. To prevent accumulation of these crystals, apple cider vinegar can be used as a final rinse after shampooing. Also, jojoba oil can be used as a hair gel to limit formation of the crystals.
Furthermore, blood circulation in the scalp can be affected by arthritis and tightening of the neck muscles. This can be reversed with daily neck massage for 5-10 minutes.
Blood flow to the head can be improved by regular exercise or movement activity. This can be done by moving the head below the heart while lying on the bed with the head hanging over. However, this is not recommended to people with high blood pressure or circulation issues.
Scalp massage should be done at least two times a day. The scalp should be moved back and forth in circulating motion with the fingertips. Rubbing and scratching of the scalp should be avoided.