The crowning glory of every person, be it a man or a woman, is a thick shiny mop of hair. Hence, from time immemorial, lustrous locks have been a symbol of style and beauty speaking volumes about a person’s personality. To enhance appearance, people have fashioned their hair in innumerable styles, adorned with various decorative accents. Since then, various styles have evolved, especially for women and been recreated to suit the fashion needs.
Nevertheless, in the current scenario with constant exposure to harsh environmental pollutants and chemicals hair becomes dull and lifeless. A lot of pampering is required along with vital nutrients to restore their lusciousness. Therefore, to transform dull unattractive hair into long luscious tresses is quite simple. With these simple tips and home remedies for hair growth, one can attain shimmering glossy tresses, much to the envy of others.
Cycle of Hair Fall and Growth
The normal standard of hair for a scalp is about 100000 hairs that grow to a velocity of about half an inch per month. However, after two to six years the hair starts to fall after a resting period. Subsequently there is 85% hair growth while the remaining hair continues to rest. Nonetheless during the resting period there is a substantial loss of hair ranging from 50 to 100 strands per day. Any abnormal loss or thinning of hair requires consultation with the physician for a medical concern.
There are several medical and lifestyle factors contributing towards hair loss in most individuals. In most cases, there is no specific cause though, with Physicians suggesting a thyroid test to check hormonal imbalances, which is one of the factors for hair loss.
Certain unresolved underlying medical condition may trigger hair fall. Although by addressing the problem, hair returns to normal growth. A genetic or family history besides a chronic medical illness, certain prescription drugs or eating disorders may precipitate hair loss. In addition, radiation and chemotherapy given to cancer patients kill the hair follicles leading to extraordinary hair loss. Abnormal hair fall also affects people with diabetes, lupus, thyroid disorders, polycystic ovarian syndrome in women and post pregnancy.
Infections on the scalp like ringworm, alopecia areata and certain fungal infections on the scalp have a tendency to stop hair growth and create bald patches. However, after proper treatment, normal growth is resumed.
Certain medications, prescribed to treat various ailments are another factor for thinning scalp, arresting hair growth. They include blood thinners, antidepressants and certain medications used for treating hypertension, diabetes, gout, arthritis, depression and birth control pills.
Stress and Trauma
Intense personal or emotional trauma and acute stress such grief, bereavement, new job, accidents, health issues surgery and the likes play havoc with the hair for six to eight months, losing about one thirds to two thirds hair.
Drinking alcohol and smoking causes insufficient blood flow to the scalp thus preventing hair growth.