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Different types of hair loss in men & women | How to treat hair loss

Love  is in the hair! 

Admit it, we’re all obsessed with our hair. Gender no bar, there’s always a phase in life where your obsession with healthy, shiny locks of hair reaches its peak. It’s also around this time that seeing hair strands on your pillow, floor, comb, hands, or anywhere, can make you scream out in horror. Don’t worry, we can relate to it! Hair is one of those features that can not just liven up your personality to an outsider but make you feel good about yourself too! 

Considering that good hair days are more than just a trend, we understand the need to rock your mane – ie. shiny, voluminous hair at all times. Then how do you explain the phase where your hair no longer wants to be friends with you? Yes, hair loss is nothing less than a traumatic experience for many. But before you let stress take over the wheel, let’s help you understand the logic behind hair loss and the different stages of hair loss. 

What is hair loss?

Hair is composed of a protein called keratin. Yes, you must have heard the term either at the salon or through one of your multiple Google searches for sure. Hair growth essentially takes place in the hair follicles that are present in our scalp and produce hair cells. The process is such that when the hair cells become old, they’re pushed by new hair cells. The hair strand is essentially a line of dead keratin cells. An average person’s head has anywhere between 1L to 1.5L hair strands and the hair grows by an inch every month.

Types of hair loss

This may sound new but each hair strand has a life of its own, post which it falls out. It’s okay to lose about 100 hair strands a day since these are cyclically replaced by new hair strands. When this process is interrupted, it’s called alopecia. There are several types of hair loss observed in humans. 

  • Androgenic Alopecia

This condition occurs due to the genes and is passed on from one generation to another. Men are more prone to it than women. In men, it’s commonly called Male Pattern Hair Loss while in women, it’s known as Female Pattern Hair Loss. 

Male Pattern Hair Loss

Men who suffer from Androgenic Alopecia may start seeing symptoms early in their teens, stretching to their 20s for some. The hairline starts receding and the crown area becomes prominently patchy. The Male Pattern Hair Loss can be further divided into 7 stages

Stages of hair loss

Stage 1

The hair loss isn’t as significant. The receding hairline is not visible, clearly.

Stage 2

The hairline near the temple of the head becomes noticeable. 

Stage 3

The hair loss becomes prominent in this stage. The receding hairline becomes deeper near the temples. 

Stage 3 (vertex)

The receding hairline is more prominent towards the vertex ie. crown of the head. Comparatively, the receding hairline near the temples is not as visible. 

Stage 4

Hair disappears to quite an extent near the vertex. Hairline recession near the temple also becomes completely visible. The head more or less resembles a rough field with spots or patches of hair in some areas while bald spots cover the rest. 

Stage 5

The balding is highly prominent in the temple and crown area. A thin band of hair separates the two spots but it’s quite narrow. 

Stage 6

The thin band of hair distinguishing the bald spot becomes fainter and scantier resulting in the joining of the 2 balding spots. 

Stage 7 

The most intense stage of hair loss where the only hair visible is in the form of a band that goes around the sides of the scalp. 

Female Pattern Hair Loss 

In women with Androgenic Alopecia, balding becomes prominent post 40 years of age. The condition worsens post-menopause. The crown area and the parting line undergo maximum change and hair thinning. 

There are various other causes for hair loss. Some are medical conditions like Involutional Alopecia, Alopecia Universalis, Alopecia Areata, Tricotelomania and Scarring Alopecia. Other variations are consequences of several factors like poor dietary & lifestyle choices, scalp infections, hormonal, excess exposure to chemical & styling products and much more.

How to reduce hair fall, naturally and best treatment to control hair fall 

Natural hair fall remedies

 It may sound unbelievable and unachievable but controlling hair loss is in your hands. It’s not rocket science either! Reversing complete baldness may be difficult but not impossible if treated at the right stage and time. Using a natural and chemical-free oil to reduce hair fall is one of the guaranteed ways to nourish your hair and strengthen it from the roots. Identifying natural ingredients in your hair oil, specific to your concern is essential. If you’re looking for stronger & faster hair growth, onion is your superfood, while castor is what you need to control hair fall. Castor oil improves blood circulation in the scalp and keeps it irritation-free while onion oil prevents the thinning of hair with its high sulphur content. 

Bombay Shaving Company’s Onion & Bhringraj Hair Oil contains a blend of natural oils along with neem and fenugreek. It effectively helps in regenerating the hair follicles as well as prevents frequent hair breakage. If you’re looking for faster hair growth, onion oil is your true friend. The oil is free from chemicals and doesn’t leave a strange smell post-wash. 

Bombay Shaving Company’s Advanced Castor Oil is naturally formulated with the goodness of 7 hair oil growth stimulants. All you need to do is massage it well into your scalp every 4-5 days and let the anti-hair fall oil’s special RootBioTech technology work its magic. Get real results with reduced hair fall in 8 weeks. 

You can also treat hair fall chemically in the form of over-the-counter (OTC) options like foams, ointments, but that’s not bound to give you results without side-effects. The most popular OTC treatments are Minoxidil and Finasteride. If you’re keen on trying these, then seek a dermatologist before use.

Hair loss is a serious concern that might cause stressful situations, further adding to your hair loss. Treat it naturally and see the difference for yourself. Regular massage with the right hair oil is sure to give you quick results with strong & healthy hair. 

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