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Educational topics for laymen loosing hair (by Dr. A)


#1

Stay out of the Sun (UV rays harm hair)

As soon as summer sets in, the mind wonders about the extreme heat and the effect it has on our hair. As hair is very important for our self-confidence, hair loss or any type of hair damage is not considered good.

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The damage caused by the sun is due to the evaporation of the natural oils. These oils take away moisture and natural shine of hair. So, it becomes dry and brittle - damaging the protein bonds and reducing the strength, shine and flexibility of the hair leading to split ends. Cutting the long tresses of hair seems the only solution. Or, regular oiling twice a week with Bringhraj oil may seem like a solution.

But stop …there is another culprit that even regular hair oiling cannot protect you from.

This unknown damaging agent lies in sunlight. Its UV rays.

Research shows that direct exposure to ultraviolet rays actually damages hair causing hair thinning and hair greying.
Hair protein degradation is induced by wavelengths of 254-400 nm of UV light. Absorption of radiation by photosensitive amino acids of the hair has adverse impact on hair proteins, especially keratin.
Melanin, a hormone produced in pituitary gland in brain imparts color to the skin and hair as well.
It can partially immobilize free radicals and block their entrance into the keratin matrix.

Melanin also absorbs and filters adverse UV radiations. Therefore, melanin is important for direct and indirect protection of hair proteins.

So, go ahead buy a cap or put your chunni on whenever you go out into the sun.

Regards,
Dr A


#2

Words of advise for young hairloss sufferers

Anyone losing hair can be prone to anxiety. The first thing they want is to DO something for it. Its not about whether the treatment is going to help or not. Its more about feeling that one is actively doing something for his hairloss.

This is an innate human characteristic and many “snake oil dealers” and unethical practitioners try to cash on this.

Do not rush into any treatment.
Whether you are 20, 40 or 60 years of age, the first thing for you to do is to write down the following things. (This is what we ask from our patients too).

  1. What is your current age?

  2. What is the extent of hairloss male members on both sides of your family experienced? (Does not matter what age they reached that level of hairloss).

  3. What is the current speed of your hairfall? (slow, moderate or rapid).

  4. Have you taken some good clear pictures of the extent of your hairloss? Most people do not like taking pictures that show them in an unflattering light. However, pictures are important. Both for your future doctor as well as for you to gauge your speed of hairloss.
    Take clear pictures, preferably with a good digital camera. Do not use flash while taking the pictures. Flash distorts the picture and it becomes difficult to evaluate the real situation.
    Take pictures in indirect natural daylight. You may take them standing in the balcony or near an open window on a bright sunny day.
    Take pictures with the hair combed back (no combovers, this has to be your moment of truth with yourself). Front view and side view must include till atleast the eyebrows.
    The top view must include the complete head (both ears included).
    Back view and a view of the donor area of the scalp with the hair parted.
    These pictures are your baseline.
    Now repeat the same exercise at regular intervals. Once every 2 months will be fine.
    Whenever you have to gauge your speed of hairfall, or the benefit you recieved from any mediation, this photographic record will be of help.
    Many people think that they can gauge their hairfall or restoration by just looking in the mirror. That is a mistaken notion.
    Now that you have completed taking some pictures, repeat the entire exercise with you hair wet. (Not dripping wet, just a wet comb will be sufficient). This will highlight areas where thinning may have just started.

  5. Have you consulted your family physician or an unbiased physician about the cause of your hairloss? Do so. They may not be very experienced or sympathetic but they will be able to rule out any major factors leading to your hairfall.
    Hairloss need not always be a DHT influenced pattern hair loss.

  6. Does anyone in your family or friend circle suffer from hairloss? If yes, talk to them about their experience. They have already travelled some of the paths that you plan to follow. Their experience may benefit you.
    Once you have this list, you have reached the starting point of doing your own research on something that is bothering you.
    This is your first active step.

Regards
Dr. A