Hair loss or alopecia, baldness

Hair loss, also known as alopecia, refers to a loss of hair from part of the head or body. Typically at least the head is involved. The severity of hair loss can vary from a small area to the entire body. Typically inflammation or scarring is not present. Hair loss in some people causes psychological distress. But today we will be looking at hair loss of females.

Causes of hair loss

Gradual thinning of hair with age is a natural condition known as evolutional alopecia. This is caused by an increasing number of hair follicles switching from the growth, or anagen phase into a resting phase, or telogen phase, so that remaining hairs become shorter and fewer in number.

An unhealthy scalp environment can play a significant role in hair thinning by contributing to miniaturisation or causing damage. Air and water pollutants, environmental toxins, conventional styling products and excessive amounts of sebum have the potential to build up on the scalp. This debris can block hair follicles and cause their deterioration and consequent miniaturisation of hair.  It can also physically restrict hair growth or damage the hair cuticle, leading to hair that is weakened and easily broken off before its natural lifecycle has ended.

Pregnancy: Hair loss often follows childbirth without causing baldness.  In this situation, the hair is actually thicker during pregnancy due to increased circulating oestrogens. And after the baby is born, the oestrogen levels fall back to normal pregnancy level, and the additional hair foliage drops out. A similar situation occurs in women taking the fertility-stimulating drug clomiphene.


  • Hair transplantation. Hair transplantation involves the relocation of plugs of skin from parts of the scalp containing active hair follicles to bald areas. A person may need several hundred plugs, implanted 10 to 60 per session. The transplanted hair may drop out, but new hair usually begins to grow from the transplanted follicles within several months. Newer hair transplantation procedures called follicular unit hair transplants can transplant one to four hair follicles very close together, for a more natural look. In addition to follicule unit transplantation (fut), follicle unit extraction (fue), which involves transplanting individual follicle units for less scarring, is also available.
  • Lasers: Use of office and home-based laser comb devices are sometimes successful in stimulating new hair growth.
  • Hair pomade: The use of hair pomades, especially those that grows the hair, but if there is any side effect during or after usage please change it or stop using it.
  • Naturally hair loss can be restored through natural means. This includes: use of essential oils combined with a scalp massage. Massage promotes good circulation in the scalp, to keep your hair follicles active. Use egg, try rubbing your scalp with garlic juice, onion juice, or ginger juice.

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…Nikki Boa-Amponsem

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