Many patients ask us if it is feasible to stop hair loss. Although a general answer cannot be given, the truth is that there are situations in which it is possible, and it has been proven.
Stopping hair loss will be possible or not, depending on the cause that is causing this situation. There are reversible causes and others that, unfortunately, are not. For example, hereditary alopecia. However, there are situations that may be generating or favoring hair loss and against which it is possible to act. And put a stop to the fall.
We know that alopecia has a hereditary factor, it is true. But bad habits, health problems or stress can be behind a sudden fall or accelerate a gradual fall .
To stop hair loss, take care
That could be our general recommendation. To stop hair loss, you must take care of yourself comprehensively. Inside and outside. Your general physical and mental health will affect the health of your hair.
For starters, something as simple as eating well. A healthy, varied and complete diet is the basis for the proper functioning of our body. A diet with nutritional deficiencies , without vitamins A, B and C, proteins, zinc or iron deficiency , can cause hair loss. Beware of drastic thinning diets, which can have consequences on your hair.
Another factor that you can act on is harmful habits. Of course, you must banish them. Not just for your hair, but for your general health.
We know, for example, that smokers lose their hair more . A study carried out in 2007 at the National Taiwan University and published in the Archives of Dermatology , confirmed this. The researchers analyzed tobacco use (or lack thereof) in a group of 740 men between 40 and 91 years old. The conclusion was clear: smoking has a destructive effect on hair follicles. It interferes with the circulation of blood and hormones in the scalp.
Smoking can therefore accelerate hair loss. The analysis came to calculate it specifically: men who smoked more than 20 cigarettes a day had a 134% risk of alopecia than those who did not use tobacco.
Also banish other harmful habits such as alcohol consumption (must be sporadic) or sedentary lifestyle . As we say, everything that affects the general health of the body will do so in the hair.
In your day to day
In addition to general grooming habits, pay attention to how you specifically care for your hair. Hair must be clean and washing it every day is not harmful, despite the general belief. The really important thing is that you use a neutral pH shampoo with little detergent. If you have oily hair, you should wash it daily with more reason. Oil can clog pores and “choke” follicles.
Comb your hair carefully, without jerking , and dispense with aggressive hairstyles. If you have to use a hairdryer, do it, of course. Put it at a warm temperature, far enough away from your head, and avoid jerking while using it. Never go to bed with wet hair.
The problem of stress
Stress is one of the biggest enemies of hair. The brain of a stressed person sends orders to defend itself. It secretes greater amounts of adrenaline and cortisol (the main stress hormone) and this creates an imbalance in the hormonal system. As a consequence, hair loss occurs.
If the person is healthy, the problem of hair loss will end when he manages to overcome the stress situation. But the same will not happen if the affected person has androgenetic alopecia . In these cases, stress can speed up the miniaturization of the hair and accelerate hair loss.
At other times, hormonal imbalance can affect the immune system and, as a consequence, start an inflammatory process that can permanently damage the hair follicle. These situations occur, for example, in alopecia areatas.
Treatments to stop the fall
In addition to good care, the good news is that we also have many very good anti-hair loss treatments.
Among these treatments are capillary infiltrations , platelet-rich plasma (PRP) , carboxytherapy or drugs such as Finasteride or Minoxidil .