Alopecia: Understanding what Hair Loss really is
Hair loss is devastating. Sadly, it only becomes noticeable when around 49% of the hair is already gone, which means in many instances, it is difficult to reverse. The medical term for hair loss is alopecia, and, contrary to what many thought, it is not a single condition.
Rather, there are a number of different types of hair loss, each with their own symptoms and causes. Alopecia as a whole can be divided into two categories: scarring (permanent hair loss) and non-scarring (reversible/temporary hair loss). Let’s look at some of the different types of hair loss in each category.
Alopecia areata - temporary hair loss
This form of hair loss is categorized by the coin-sized bald spots that can affect the back of the head (often near the crown), the beard, eyebrows and any area with significant hair. There is the chance of reversing this condition, but it has to be dealt with early. The problem with these types of hair loss is that while they are non-scarring, they can quickly lead to scarring alopecia, which means the hair loss is permanent.
How can I treat it at home?
We always recommend seeing a dermatologist. Alongside this, switch to natural hair and skin products. Hair loss is associated with inflammation. Your dermatologist will probably recommend some form of anti-inflammatory medication. Using all-natural products that are anti-inflammatory will encourage the healing process.
*Dermatologists say: The hair that grows back following alopecia areata might first appear white. Over time, it usually takes on its former color.
Androgenic hair loss (female and male patterned baldness) - temporary hair loss
This form of hair loss is categorized by the shape in which the hair declines. Female patterned hair loss typically starts with the hair thinning from the crown and moving forwards. Male patterned hair loss is characterized by a receding hairline, starting from the face.
In ladies, this type of hair loss is associated with hormonal changes: Androgens, a certain group of hormones, start to dominate they cause a multitude of symptoms. Acne, PMS, PCOS, and that’s not all. These hormones, at very high levels, also affect certain hair follicles, namely the ones of the crown of the head. The hair follicles battle to produce hair and the hair becomes thinner and weaker until it simply falls out. After a time, the follicles stop producing hair altogether.
Male patterned hair loss is very similar in that it is also brought on by hormones, except the culprit is not raised androgen levels, but rather dihydrotestosterone. Yes, it’s a big word! That hormone is responsible for causing the hair follicles around the face to weaken their hair production roles.
How can I treat it at home?
For both male and female patterned baldness, alongside visits to the dermatologist, we recommend switching to products with no hormone-disruptors. Our daily lives are filled with products that contain BPA (a hormone disruptor) and other chemicals that can promote an estrogen dominance and disrupt the delicate balance of our endocrine system.
Living with hair loss
Thinning hair is a complex condition. This is because it is not really a condition, it is usually a symptom of other conditions, which means there isn’t really a single cure that will work for everyone.
However, that said, there are commonalities among all the different types of alopecia (hair loss). By targeting those common symptoms, we can create an environment in which hair can regrow stronger, thicker, and healthier. Growing hair is like growing flowers. Different flowers require different amounts of sunshine and water - but every single plant requires soil or growing medium.
Amplixin provides the growing medium for your hair. Our products have taken the best from nature and condensed it into one concentrated formula. This formula reduces inflammation and contains zero hormone-disruptors, leaving the scalp in a state that is conducive to new hair growth.