Explaining Alopecia

Explaining Alopecia

Melanie Ryan

There are different kinds of hair loss or balding all referred to as Alopecia.fs

Loss of all scalp hair is Alopecia totalis. Loss of all body hair including eyebrows and eyelashes is called Alopecia universalis

Alopecia areta is an autoimmune condition and the hair usually falls out in patches. There can be a genetic component, but often is linked to stress. It’s believed the body’s immune system mistakes hair follicles for foreign invaders and attacks them.

The most prevalent hair loss is Androgenetic alopecia also called male pattern baldness. This has a hormonal link.

There can be hair loss after menopause for women and usually hair loss 2-3 months after giving birth.

A tiny mite Demodex follicularum may be the cause of balding. They are present on hair follicles by the time a person reaches middle age and don’t usually cause harm. Some people’s body can start an inflammatory response to rid of these mites which closes down the hair follicle resulting in killing the hair (not just the mite).

Apart from heredity causes other possible causes of hair loss include:

  1. Poor circulation
  2. Acute illness
  3. Surgery
  4. Radiation exposure/chemotherapy
  5. Skin disease
  6. Sudden weight loss
  7. High fever
  8. Iron deficiency and other vitamin deficiencies
  9. Diabetes
  10. Thyroid disease
  11. Stress
  12. Poor diet
  13. Ringworm and other fungal infections
  14. Chemicals such as hair dyes

Some natural ways to help:

  1. Apple cider vinegar as a hair rinse which can help hair grow
  2. Massage tea tree oil into scalp wait 10 minutes and shampoo as normal. This can help get rid of those pesky mites.

Supplements that can help:

  1. Essential fatty acids such as Melrose Flaxseed oil
  2. B vitamins such as Herbs of Gold Activated B Complex
  3. Herbs of Gold Silica Hair Solution is a great combo of essential hair nutrients such as silicon, biotin and zinc.
  4. MSM aids in the manufacture of keratin which is a protein that is the major component of hair – Oxymin MSM is our choice.
  5. Zinc is very important for hair and has been shown to be a deficiency in some people that experience Apolecia areta. We love Blooms Zinc Max 50.