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Alopecia: Dealing With Hair Loss

Your hair is one of the most recognizable features of your overall appearance, whether it's long, short, straight, or curly, it’s a part of the way you look, and when symptoms of alopecia start appearing, having to deal with the process of losing your hair isn’t easy.

Dealing with alopecia can take an emotional toll on you. You may be experiencing psychological issues, a lack of self-confidence, and the inability to socialise the way you used to.

The good news is, not all hope is lost. If you have androgenic alopecia or traction alopecia, and have been struggling to cope with the loss of your hair, there are ways to manage your hair loss, and regain your self-confidence. 

What is Alopecia?

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Alopecia is a medical condition that occurs when there’s a pattern of hair loss. Alopecia is mostly associated with hair loss on the scalp, but the condition also causes hair loss on other parts of the body.

There are various types of alopecia and different reasons that result in someone developing this condition. Various causes may include stress, genetics, environmental, or drug induced factors.

Here, we’ll be discussing three types of alopecia, two of which are curable and the third being incurable. 

Androgenic Alopecia

Androgenic alopecia is a form of hair loss that can be found in both males and females, and is also the most common type. However, it is more prevalent in men. This type of alopecia is related to an androgen hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

When there are high levels of DHT, your hair follicles start to shrink and fall out quicker than usual. While there is a clear link in androgenic alopecia and DHT, it affects people differently as environmental and genetic factors play a role.

According to MedicalNewsToday, The pattern of hair loss with androgenic alopecia differs between men and women. Women with this form of alopecia experience thinning of hair all over the head, whereas men often experience complete baldness.

Traction Alopecia

Traction alopecia is caused by the frequency of hairstyles that tightly pull on your hair. Symptoms of traction alopecia include; loss of hair around the hairline and small pimples or redness on the scalp.

This form of alopecia is typically experienced by women. The best way to avoid developing traction alopecia is to avoid tight hairstyles that strain your hairline. 

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is a type of alopecia that develops when hair follicles are attacked by the immune system. Alopecia areata is also known as spot areata because the hair usually falls out in round patches.

Alopecia and Its Impact on Beauty

While no hair or short hair is an acceptable hairstyle for many men, the narrative is different for women, as hair is sociably a key beauty feature for women. However, many young men experience difficulty dealing with prematurely losing their hair. While many people pull off a bald look, losing your hair involuntarily isn’t easy and can negatively affect your self-esteem.

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In an interview series conducted by the University of Oxford, one of the interviewees explains how even after her hair has grown back, she is still emotionally affected by the thought of losing it again.

Other study participants mentioned that they experienced feelings of embarrassment and tried to cover up their alopecia by wearing wigs, scarves, and hats. However, wearing wigs and hats was liberating for some of the participants as it allowed them to be socially comfortable, and eliminated the need to constantly explain themselves.

Is Alopecia Curable?

Androgenic alopecia (AGA) can be treated using a number of remedies, however, Natural remedies are popularly used and have proven to positively affect AGA treatments in encouraging hair growth.

In a 2015 comparative trial by SKINMed, two groups of patients were evaluated for six months to compare the use of rosemary oil to monoxide 2%. The findings of the trial suggest that both rosemary oil and monoxide 2% displayed an increase in hair growth and a decrease in hair loss.

Traction alopecia can be reversed when detected early, but, if there’s a pattern of straining the hair overtime, it could damage the hair follicles. Hair oils like castor oil, jojoba hair oil, pumpkin seed oil and aloe vera oil are known to aid scalp treatment as a great foundation for hair regrowth. Pumpkin seed oil has also been linked to having a positive effect on hair growth in pattern hair loss in men and women. 

Alopecia areata is incurable but hardly destroys your hair follicles, meaning you can still regrow your hair after it has fallen out.

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Aromatherapy has proven to encourage hair growth in individuals with alopecia. Results from a randomized trial of aromatherapy suggest that mixing essential oils such as rosemary oil, thyme, cedarwood, and lavender with carrier oils like jojoba and grapeseed oil can promote hair growth.

If you’re looking for a great product to start with, the Naturous Life Natural Hair Leave-in Conditioner includes hair growth promoting oils such as rosemary oil, jojoba oil, antioxidant-rich argan oil, and nourishing Jamaican castor oil. 

Studies suggest that there may be a link between the lack of vitamin D and hair loss. Alopecia areata is a condition that develops when the immune system attacks your hair follicles. The link between alopecia and vitamin D is made due to the positive effects of vitamin D on cells in the immune system.

Alopecia is managed best when detected early, so, it’s best to take measures to ensure that you can do that. If you’re experiencing symptoms, you can consult a medical professional to potentially get you on a lab workup to evaluate your vitamin D levels.

Regrowing Your Hair

Dealing with alopecia can be emotionally taxing, but you can find comfort in knowing that you can manage the loss of your hair, replenish your scalp, and grow your hair. As part of your journey, you can use a variety of oils and hair products from Naturous Life to aid your hair growth.

Taking Care of Your Scalp and Regrowing Your Hair Follicles

Taking care of your scalp is a fundamental step you need to take in ensuring that you can grow healthy hair. Fortunately, at Naturous Life, we are committed to providing natural oils and ingredients to support you on your hair growth journey.

Our Natural Hair Leave-In Conditioner contains an aromatherapy blend formulated to stimulate your scalp to help regrow your hair follicles. The formula includes ingredients such as rosemary oil, antioxidant-rich argan oil, nourishing Jamaican Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil and other replenishing nutrients.                                                                                                                                                     

Another great product to use for your scalp is Witch hazel. Witch hazel is a great astringent that you can use to alleviate irritation on your scalp. Witch Hazel helps reduce dandruff and is also beneficial in dealing with a greasy or oily scalp.

That's not all, there are other products that you can use to aid your hair growth and holistically ensure that your hair is healthy and strong. These products are:

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