Saturday, 3 October 2015

Hairloss and baldness; is there a way to stop it?

     I hope you all are enjoying your weekend like I do! I`d like to make at least a few posts outside of an October challenge and the weekend is a best time to do it.
     This one is going to be about my experience with hairloss. Since my hair started to fall out, I tried many things and bought many products. This is an unique opportunity for you to learn from my mistakes. Hopefully, you won`t end up wasting precious time, energy and  money on things that won`t help. This post is also written from male perspective. However, I`ll try to provide some general rules valuable for both sexes here. What`s the first thing that comes to mind with hairloss?

The treshold for excessive hairloss is at up to 100 hairs

     The "golden" rule for excessive hairloss few years back was 100 hairs. Just lean your head over the sink, comb your hair and if you count more than 60 hairs, it`s too much. The number goes from 50-100, depending on the source. Newer sources speak of amount of 20 and more. So which is true?
     Of course, this depends on many factors. Gender, scalp condition, skin vitality and many more. My experience with counting fallen hairs is that even 20 each day is too much. Women might now probably imagined the situation after washing their hair and combing it. 20? "But it looks like I was shaving a wookie there!" The difference is that while even if your hair fall off, it will regenerate at some point. My hair don`t. If some hair falls off, it will grow again, but much shorter and weaker. This goes on and on till there is only a skin left. 

     Now I`m not going to jump into the general knowledge you can read somewhere else. We know male hormone goes "rogue" and attacks hair follicules and so on. My point here is to give advice, not teach you biology. This being said, I found out even 20 hair a day is too much, since they don`t regenerate. Hair density was lower and lower and than it came; edges of my forehead started to become visible.

Sorry for the bad quality, it`s my old smarphone photo 

     I can actually see some badass hairs still holding on in an abandoned area here and there. So don`t worry about counting your fallen hair till they still have the quality and density they used to have.

Go to see specialists

     Many people I know started self-treatment without even knowing the root cause of their hairloss (me too!). In the best case scenario it`s just ineffective; in the worst it`s money tossed out of the window. There are 2 prevailing causes of hairloss- first is hormonal (as I mentioned before) but this is not only exclusive to "bad male hormone". The second one is character of your scalp, bad quality of your skin and metabolism.
     Both of these causes are hard to tackle with. But, as far as a male hormonal baldness is considered, there is no definite cure. You can only slow down this process, because its root cause is hormonal. Therefore to cure this type of hairloss you have to visit an endocrinologist.
     Hairloss caused by a skin condition is in some cases treatable much better. There is even a possibility of hair renewal, but only if the condition starts to be treated in a period of 1-2 years after visible hairloss. This could be even shorter period of time, it`s all individual. This type is treated by dermatologists, or a hair specialists called trichologists.
     Again, visit specialists and find out exactly what`s wrong. Don`t be afraid and find some spare time! That`s the best start.

Skin conditioned hairloss and other non-hormonal causes

     Let me tell you straight away- I can`t tell you much about hormonal hairloss. Skin conditioned alopecia is however treatable, at least in a sense you don`t have to give up hope automatically by learning it`s a bad hormone stuff, we can`t do much about it. However treatable in some cases, treatment itself is really tricky. Everybody has a slightly different skin and different needs when it comes to skin care.
     My skin is very dry after shampooing or washing. That`s why I don`t have to wait even a day and it gets all oily if I don`t use any additional skin balsam or hair conditioner. If your scalp is dry as main, I suggest using hair balsam rich on oil and vitamines. You don`t have to care about other stuff on the label. Some people I know even suggested no shampoo challenge saying their skin is getting less oily after some time when using water instead of shampoo. I`ve never had "guts" to try it, after 5 days I couldn`t bear the feeling anymore.

What to look for on a label of hair product

     First thing you should look for on the label of hair product is its ph. If it`s ph neutral, you won. This shampoo won`t hurt your skin if it`s too dry. If there are any vitamines and oils added to it, your skin might even get some energy. First, I tried this one, nothing about ph, after a while from application, skin got sore. It`s supposed to be one of the best, at least that`s what label says

Skin is sore after this one, not helpful and expensive

     As far as I`m concerned, coffein and other substances alone can`t help you with hairloss. It`s not coffein your skin needs so bad, it`s a gentle treatment, vitamins and natural oils. Here is what works for me: Ph neutral shampoo with natural oils and vitamins rafined out of "healing mud" from local spa. I first noticed it a year back when my friend got back from the spa with actually more hair and better scalp. As far as I`m concerned, there is no magic product with coffein, just a natural formula. So, instead of buying expensive products it`s worth a while going to spa or pharmacy with natural products and try some of them. Here is what I use and how I use it:

Rafined from "healing spa water", with vitamins

     This is a balsam. There is also a shampoo to it, but I ran out of it :( First, you massage your scalp with the balsam, let it work for some time. It actually stinks a bit like mud! Then I wash my hair with a shampoo. This is very important: balsam and shampoo should complement each other! If not, you might even reverse effects of your treatment. Then, when hair is still wet, I put on another balsam- this time a normal one to make my hair bit oily, since I don`t want my skin to produce excessive amounts of oil. This one is more commercial and I need it for its wonderful smell of nuts, after using those "muddy" treatments

This one suits me :)

     The last remark is going to be about conditioners. I don`t use them anymore. I used to. The thing is, the most of liquid conditioner is washed away and I want my skin to be nutritioned longer. That`s why either dry conditioner, or balsam after washing.

The experience with pills for hairgrowth

     Working pills for hairgrowth are tricky; my experience with it is that hairs grew, but fell out short after. Also, the vast majority of those pills will make all your hair grow! This is important knowledge, since some people doesn`t realise it. So the result is that it slowed down whole alopecia process, but I look like Yetty. The worst thing is that it`s still progressing even after I stopped taking those pills. It`s like it unlocked something in me, maybe a Hulk? Hairy Hulk definitely :D Also, I heard body hair is not so excessive with women. Anyway, this is a warning for all those of you who buy pills without any medical consultations before. 

The last note goes to persistence; be persistent. If you use pills, don`t stop using it, in most cases you will be able to see results after few months! If you stop for few days and then continue, it`s like starting all over again. I sincerely hope this will help at least some people out there. If I had this experience sooner, I wouldn`t lose so much hair by now.
About Unknown

My name is Sidney Aldaine. And this is the start of my ultimate project, my Fantasma. My way of helping people to make them feel better. My way of contributing something of a value to the world we all live in. Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoy my little corner of the web. Place, where I left a piece of my soul and dreams. A Fantastic place. I would love to call myself a blogger and a writer some day. And I`m not going to give up this dream, at least not until my Fantasma comes into reality.

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