If you’ve been seeking solutions to your hair loss woes, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a guide to dealing with one of the most common hair concerns—hair loss
Hair loss is faced by most men—roughly 30 per cent suffer from hair loss by the age of 30 and 40 per cent by the age of 40. Hair loss faced by men presents itself in different patterns: receding hairline, bald patch or overall thinning of the hair. While it is not possible to regrow hair from shrunken follicles, one can take certain steps to reduce hair fall.
Healthy hair is regarded as one’s crowning glory and is also indicative of good physical and mental health. “Unwanted stress and an imbalanced diet contribute to the growth of unhealthy hair and excess hair fall,” remarks Shijoe Mathew, Ayurvedic consultant, Ananda in the Himalayas. A common cause of concern for most men is the genetic tendency to lose hair. This occurs along the front or at the top of the scalp and is a distinctive feature of male-pattern baldness or Androgenetic alopecia, which also leads to a receding hairline. “Some other factors responsible for hair loss are smoking, excess alcohol and excessive consumption of vinegar, pickles, carbonated drinks and spicy foods. The topical use of chemical-based shampoos, setting gels and hair sprays, along with the use of polluted water for drinking and washing hair, add to your scalp woes,” reveals Rajni Ohri, Founder, Ohria Ayurveda.
GROW AND BEHOLD
When gearing up for your wedding, healthy hair is an important part of the grooming checklist. Mathew recommends a traditional home remedy, “Take a medium-sized aloe vera leaf and cut it lengthwise along the middle. Place a tablespoon of fenugreek seeds in between the two slices and allow it to soak for 24 hours. Then, blend this into a paste and apply it on your scalp as a hair pack; leave it on for close to two hours for better absorption before washing it off.” For those weighing the pros and cons of surgical hair restoration techniques, Jai Singhania, Director, Marco Aldany India, feels that a hair transplant procedure is the only way. He shares, “This technique transplants hair follicles from parts of your scalp (with good growth) to areas of no growth. There are two methods of transplant that are available today. One is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), where strands of hair are extracted and planted individually. The other is Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) where a patch of hair is extracted and relocated at once. Another less invasive method for improving hair growth is the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) procedure, wherein a patient’s blood is drawn, from which the platelets are separated and injected back into the scalp. PRP therapy not only improves the growth of existing hair, but also aids in reducing overall hair fall.”
A balanced nutritious diet will contribute towards improving the health of your hair. “Eggs are a great source of protein and biotin, which are important for hair health and growth; in fact, a deficiency in either of these nutrients has been linked to hair loss. Berries are loaded with antioxidants and vitamins that are pegged to promote hair growth. Fish like salmon, herring and mackerel are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked to improved hair growth and density. Oysters are another source of zinc that support hair growth,” lists hair transplant surgeon Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi, MD, Consultant Dermatologist & Specialist Hair Transplant Surgeon, MedLinks.
Always ensure that the hair transplant procedure is performed by a qualified professional. “As long as you apply styling products to just the hair and not the scalp, you will be fine. Water-based products are the best as they are easy to wash out; avoid using products that contain excessive amounts of alcohol,” counsels Singhania.
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