Baldness Treatment

Unless there are obvious signs of constitutional illness, most people with baldness problems will try home remedies to commence with.

Dull, lusterless hair. This is very common. It is often due to the overuse of harsh chemicals. Hair is very sensitive to chemicals such as rinses, bleaches and aerosol sprays for setting. Dyes and permanent-wave preparations can produce hair that lacks sheen and a normal healthy luster. Excessive exposure to the sun, wind, rain, salt water, and chemically treated swimming water can all play an adverse part. This removes the sebum that covers the hair shaft. Foreign materials should be thoroughly removed afterwards. Wash the hair adequately in fresh water after surfing in salt water or chemically treated swimming pools; avoid excessive exposure to the sun (use protective headgear) and brush out setting sprays at bedtime.

Broken ends and cracked hairs. These are often caused by rough handling of the hair. Excessive combing with a comb with the teeth set too closely together; use of plastic hair brushes (which can mercilessly cut the hair shafts); and teasing arc the chief causes. Broken, cracked ends tend to proceed down the central part of the hair shaft, and the problem is self-perpetuating. Cut off the cracked ends. Some shampoos are claimed to help prevent hairs from cracking, but basic hair care and tender handling is cheaper and more worthwhile. This complaint is sometimes a symptom of underlying poor health, which may need medical attention.

Dirty hair. It is essential to keep the hair clean at all times, including the scalp. A soapless, detergent-based shampoo produces best results. Greasy scalps should be shampooed two to three times weekly. Otherwise, once a week is adequate. Soap should never he used for cleansing the hair as it tends to leave a film on the hair.

Soapless detergent-based shampoos will not do this. They effectively remove dirt, but leave the sheen. Frequent brushing gives the hair shaft added luster, and massaging the scalp assists the circulation of the blood. Although it will not prevent baldness, it promotes a healthy scalp. Using a comb with widely spaced teeth, or a pure pig bristle brush is best for the hair.

Hair loss. If hair loss is minimal it could be within normal limits as previously described. No treatment is therefore needed.

Check the various causes of hair loss. Some of these may be present, and could be corrected with little effort (e.g. having rollers too tight; habit of pulling the hair: emotional upsets and domestic crises etc).

Further treatment. If the simple home remedies suggested do not bring about improvement with your problem, it is worth visiting your physician. The possibilities then embrace several lines action.

Complete physical examination. As hair loss may be secondary to underlying necessities such as an underactive thyroid gland, the physician will check you out for all possible causes. Certain tests and pathological procedures may be required. When a definitive diagnosis is made, the doctor will conduct suitable treatment aimed at curing this. In many cases, like male pattern baldness, a regeneration of the hair is quite likely.

Referral to a dermatologist. Under certain circumstances, your physician may elect to refer you to a skin specialist. These doctors carry out a detailed examination of the scalp, and order any treatment they believe could assist in bringing the hair growth back to normal. The steroids are being used to regenerate and stimulate hair growth in certain circumstances. It is usually carried out in the form of local injections, but the application of creams and liquids is sometimes used.