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How Hair In Ears Is A Sign Of Warning?

Dr. Sunakshi Singh 88% (164 ratings)
MD - Dermatology, MBBS
Dermatologist, Delhi
How Hair In Ears Is A Sign Of Warning?

We all would have noticed that with age, hair growth along the earlobe crease is not something abnormal. We all have seen people who develop these as a part of ageing. There was nothing unusual about it at all. However, what is unusual is that science has found a very interesting correlation between heart attacks and hair on the ears.

Yes, it does sound very unusual, but there have been studies conducted which say that hair growth on the ears could be one of the first warning signs of the onset of coronary artery disease.

What is coronary artery disease?

The heart is a pump that sends out and receives blood from the rest of the body through a channel of highly interconnected blood vessels. The ones which carry pure blood to the rest of the body are known as arteries and the ones which collect impure blood and bring it to the heart are known as veins. Due to changing food patterns and sedentary lifestyle, there is a lot more fat in the body, which also travels through the blood. Due to their heavier nature, they settle along the walls of the blood vessels, thereby narrowing the blood vessel thickness and reducing the blood flow to the various organs. This is the onset of coronary artery disease.

Early Indicators of coronary artery disease:

  • Hair loss (often premature, either in the temple region or the crown)
  • Fatty deposits on the eyelids
  • Earlobe crease i.e people with diagonal earlobes are more likely to develop heart disease
  • Hair in the ears

The last two are interrelated, as hair growth in the ears is more common in people with diagonal ear lobes.

The next correlation is between testosterone and hair growth in the ears.

People with more testosterone in their bodies are more likely to develop body hair, including in the ears. Scientifically, it has been established that people with greater amounts of testosterone are more likely to develop heart disease. Interestingly, the correlation is stronger in younger age groups.

Another interesting fact is that though coronary artery disease is linked to the presence of ear hair in both men and women. However, sudden cardiac death was more common in men than in women. Both these had hair growth, though.

There is another group which dismisses this theory saying that with age, both hair growth and coronary artery disease are likely to develop, and there is no significant correlation between the two. However, if taken as an early warning sign, ear hair growth can definitely guide in taking preventive measures, which can help control the problem in its early stage, which is definitely welcome to improve the overall quality of life!

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Keep Your Hair And Scalp Healthy!

Dr. Ritesh Chawla 90% (1114 ratings)
B.A.M.S, M.D In Ayurvedic Medicine
Ayurveda, Amritsar
Keep Your Hair And Scalp Healthy!

A head full of shiny and healthy hair remains a dream for most of us. Hair loss is one of the problems caused not only by cosmetic impact but also by major psychological effects like low self-esteem, reduced confidence, and other personality issues. Ways to restore hair are always in demand; however, what is more important is to reduce hair fall. Read on to know some of the common ways of preventing hair fall.

Environmental factors
Emotional stress
Ageing
Genetics
Nutritional deficiency
Excessive smoking
Hormonal imbalances like thyroid
Anemia
Unhealthy hair products
Infections of the scalp
Chronic medical conditions like diabetes
Chemotherapy

This list can go on and on, however, when seeking treatment for hair loss, the doctor will be able to identify the underlying cause and suggest an appropriate treatment.

Hair oil massage: coconut oil, almondoil, castor oil, gooseberry oil, rishi grow hair oil and olive oil can all be used to provide nourishment to the hair. These restore moisture and nourish the scalp and help in restoring hair growth. For best results, use lukewarm oil and apply slight pressure on the scalp. Repeating this process weekly will ensure best results.

Gooseberry: vitamin c deficiency is one of the main causes of hair fall, and gooseberry is rich in vitamin c. Not just that, it also has high anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial and exfoliating properties, which promotes hair growth and a healthy scalp. Amla powder or paste is available easily and can be mixed with water or lemon juice and left on the scalp for about an hour before washing it off.

Fenugreek: this is rich in ingredients and is highly useful in preventing hair loss. Fenugreek seeds contain hormone antecedents that enhance hair growth and help in rebuilding hair follicles. The seeds can be soaked in water overnight and ground to a smooth paste which can be applied for about an hour and then washed off.

Aloe vera: the alkaline property of aloe vera reduces the scalp ph, which promotes hair growth. It also has enzymes essential for promoting hair growth, reducing scalp inflammation, improving luster, and relieving scalp itching. A spoonful of aloe vera juice in the morning has multiple benefits on the body.

Eggs: eggs are rich in proteins and minerals and are one of the best conditioners for hair. They also help in hair growth. It can be mixed with olive oil and applied on the hair and washed off after an hour.

Losing hair can lead to bald spots and eventual baldness, which can be easily controlled in a timely manner using the above measures.
 

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Hair Transplant - The Many Benefits of it!

Dr. Y. Suni 85% (10 ratings)
MBBS, DDVL
Dermatologist, Hyderabad
Hair Transplant - The Many Benefits of it!

A receding hairline and premature hair loss is a major cause of concern for most people. The affected person suffers a major loss to his appearance, self-esteem and confidence level. With one of the biggest causes for hair loss being the increased stress levels across all genders and age groups, premature hair loss is seen more and more in younger ages, as early as the late 20s.

That being the case, hair transplant, which comes as a rescue to the affected people is gaining significant popularity. There are two main techniques of hair transplantation and both involve replacing the lost hair follicles from one part of the body to another part.

While the scalp is the most commonly used donor site, the chest and back also can be used as donor sites if there is adequate hair growth. In the recent years, advanced techniques are in place that yield more natural results, are less invasive, and enable a quicker recovery.

Read on to know some of the common benefits of hair transplantation.

  1. Natural process: When compared to the wigs that were used earlier to mask the bald pate, the hair transplant is a more natural way to replace lost hair. It is healthier, has no chemicals, and does not have any harmful or allergic reactions.

  2. Improved esthetics: The person’s own hair is transplanted and so the new hair growth that covers the bald pate resembles the rest of the hair, producing quite a natural appearance. Of course, there is the initial stage where the donor site requires some healing before the transplanted follicles are completely absorbed and begin to yield results. Also, this is far better than the wigs that give away the fact that the person has had hair loss and is using artificial hair.

  3. Relatively permanent solution: Hair transplant is more or less a permanent solution to hair loss and receding hair loss. There are very few people who have had transplants and have again experienced baldness. Though the newly growing hair might be thinner, it is not that obvious for the others as it is for you. It is more often than not a permanent solution to the bald spots that you once experienced.

  4. Psychological effects: Restoring lost hair improves confidence and self-esteem and improves self-worth too. The personality of a person changes drastically, and anybody who has gone through hair loss and had successful transplant surgery can vouch for it.

  5. Low maintenance: There is actually no ongoing maintenance that is required after the hair transplant. Routine hair care suffices, making it easy for the person without multiple follow-up visits.

Go ahead with hair transplant, if you have a receding hairline. You will see the benefits for yourself.

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Alopecia Areata - 5 Major Causes Of It!

Dr. Abhinav Kumar 91% (252 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Gurgaon
Alopecia Areata - 5 Major Causes Of It!

Hair fall is not a problem as long as it is within the healthy range. In fact, as part of a normal cycle of hair growth, a person loses between 50- 100 strands of hair per day. The problem arises when the daily hair fall is more than 200 with little or no hair growth. In some cases, the hair growth may be slower than usual. All these factors may trigger thinning of the scalp, a condition commonly known as Alopecia. In some cases, the situation gets so bad that it results in baldness (both in males and females).

Alopecia can be of two types:

  1. Scarring Alopecia: Here, chances of a hair regrowth is next to impossible as scarring alopecia results in complete destruction of the hair follicles.
  2. Non-Scarring Alopecia: This is less severe with a strong possibility of hair regrowth as non-scarring alopecia does not destroy the hair follicles.

What triggers severe hair fall or Alopecia in men and women?
Hair fall or Alopecia is no longer a problem associated with old age (Diffuse Alopecia). Young adults (both men and women), in their mid 20's and 30's are suffering from Alopecia. While there may be many factors responsible for alopecia, some of the common and critical triggers are

  1. Genetics and hereditary: In some people, Alopecia may be more of a genetic and hereditary problem, a condition that is medically known as Androgenic Alopecia. Androgenic Alopecia can affect all and sundry, irrespective of their age and sex. Androgenic alopecia in males is known as Male Pattern Baldness and in females as Female Pattern Baldness. While the hair fall is rapid and severe, the hair growth is slow. In some cases, the hair follicles cease to grow beyond a certain length, resulting in short hair.
  2. Pregnancy: Many women suffer from a type of alopecia called Telogen Effluvium during their pregnancy. The condition is often a reversible and temporary problem that improves with time. Hormonal changes, stress, fatigue, insomnia and related pregnancy woes may trigger the severe hair fall during pregnancy. Some women also suffer from postpartum hair fall. The trigger here can be an imbalance in the estrogen level, the use of birth control pills, or even stress.
  3. Hormonal Imbalance: Hormonal imbalance can wreak havoc, giving rise to serious health complications with alopecia being one of them. Androgen (male sex hormone) is one such hormone whose imbalance can trigger Alopecia. The elevated levels of Androgen in the hair follicles are known to inhibit the hair growth. Hair loss can also be an outcome of Estrogen (female sex hormone) deficiency. Some women who had their menopause are likely to suffer from Alopecia.
  4. Certain medical conditions such as Alopecia Areata (an Autoimmune disorder that triggers sudden and rapid hair fall with the appearance of bald patches on the scalp), Scalp infections, Dermatological problems ( Lichen Planus, Sarcoidosis), PCOS, Thyroid problems, to name a few, are often responsible for severe hair fall.
  5. Some other factors that may result in alopecia include, excessive use of hair styling products, rapid weight loss, surgery, trauma, or a person undergoing radiation therapy.

Healthy Hair - 7 Tips For It!

Dr. Jyotsna Deo 84% (10 ratings)
MD - Dermatology, MBBS, DNB
Dermatologist, Navi Mumbai
Healthy Hair - 7 Tips For It!

Healthy, luscious hair is what everyone wants. But for maintaining healthy hair, a good brand of shampoo is not enough on its own. One needs to inculcate certain habits and avoid other ones in order to keep their hair healthy.

Here are 7 tips to how you can keep your hair healthy. Read on more to find out all about it. 

  1. Regular Haircuts: Avoiding regular haircuts is actually detrimental for healthy hair. In order to grow long hair regular haircuts are much needed as otherwise the ends would split and dry. Regular trimming reduces the chance of breakage and split ends and you should go for a trim once every 6 to 8 weeks.
  2. Keep it natural: Keeping your hair in its natural way is the best way to keep it healthy. Although doing that during the week could be a problem if you have long hair, specialists recommend that you keep your hair 'on rest' during the weekend. This includes letting it dry naturally, not using styling products and avoiding using headbands or tying up your hair in ponytails.
  3. Scalp care: If regular shampoo use is not stopping you from scratching your head, consult a doctor. Itches tend to traumatize the scalp, which weakens the roots of the hair follicles.
  4. Eat healthy and take in a lot of proteinEating healthily and making sure that a healthy amount of protein finds its way in your diet is another sure shot way of maintaining healthy hair. Iron is another mineral required, which helps you to maintain those luscious locks.
  5. Try avoid hot tools: Blowing your hair dry sure makes it dry faster, but it also takes away the natural moisture making it dry. If you have to use blow dryers, use them at a cooler setting and turn them at a lower velocity. This might take more of your time but it keeps your hair healthy as well.
  6. Deep condition: Go for a deep conditioner once every week as this keeps your hair both hydrated and healthy.
  7. Wear hats: If you are going out in the sun a lot, wear hats as they prevent the scorching heat of the sun from sapping all the moisture from your hair.
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8 Ways To Make Your Hair Grow Faster!

MBBS, MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Delhi
8 Ways To Make Your Hair Grow Faster!

1 get frequent trims it may seem counterproductive but getting trims get rid of spilt ends 
2. Resist the urge to get your hair lightened as the bleach that is used damages the hair 
3. Distribute the hairs natural oils never go to bed without brushing your hair it distributes the scalps oil evenly into the hair and keeps it moisturized 
4. Eat the right food. Try increasing your protein intake by eating nuts, fish beans abd whole grains 
5. Skip daily shampoo as it removes the natural oils of hair 
6 don't use too hot water to wash your hair rinse it with cool water 
7. Be careful when you brush wet hair as wet hair is more to break 
8. Start using minoxdil for hair fall and hair growth

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Beautiful Hair - Foods That Are Good For It!

Dr. Priya Mohod (Shirsat) 90% (467 ratings)
CIDESCO, DGA, DBT, DBC, MBBS
Trichologist, Mumbai
Beautiful Hair - Foods That Are Good For It!

Hair are the most adjustable feature of your face and you can easily transform healthy hair into whatever style you prefer. However, healthy, shiny hair requires nourishment which can easily be achieved by adding foods with necessary nutrients to your diet.

Listed below are a few food items you need to add to your diet for healthy hair:

  1. Fish oilFish oil is present in fatty fishes and is high in omega-3 fats which are important requisites for healthy hair. Almost 3per cent of your hair strand is made up of this oil and it can also be found in the cell membranes of the scalp. Hence, loading up on omega-3 fatty acids is a great way to provide nourishment to your hair shaft and the scalp.
  2. Coconuts: Coconuts are fruits brimming with potassium, which is an essential electrolyte and provides nourishment to the nutrients already present in the cells. Coconuts consist of Vitamins A and K along with essential fats which can be used for cooking instead of vegetable oil because of its high smoke point (the temperature at which cooking oils begin breaking down).
  3. Greek yoghurt: It is packed with protein which is the fundamental unit of a hair strand, this delicious food item is a must-add to your diet. Greek yogurt also contains pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5) which boosts blood flow to your scalp and combats hair thinning and hair fall.
  4. SpinachAdding Popeye’s favourite vegetable to your diet is always a good idea as it is packed with essential nutrients. It is an excellent item to battle brittle hair as it boasts of vitamin A and C, iron, beta carotene and folate (essential nutrients for hair growth). These ingredients together moisturise your hair to keep the strands stronger.
  5. Sweet potatoesWith age and constant exposure to pollution, your locks lose their natural shine. To recover the lost radiance, add sweet potatoes to your meals as they are packed with beta carotene which changes into Vitamin A in your body and revitalises the release of sebum in your scalp. Sebum forestalls your strands from drying out.
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Tips That Can Help Your Hair Grow Out Longer & Healthier!

Dermatologist, Pune
Tips That Can Help Your Hair Grow Out Longer & Healthier!

We all desire for long, voluminous, lustrous hair and often crib about our hair not growing long enough or taking ample time to grow. But, we tend to forget that the secret behind beautiful hair is healthy hair. To maintain a long and healthy hair you must follow a rigorous regime. The following are a few tips to keep your hair long and healthy.

  1. Get to know your hair- This is the primary step to attain your goal of having a long and beautiful hair. Knowing your hair type (dry or oily; fizzy or straight etc.) and figuring out a meticulous hair care routine is of utmost importance. You may also consider professional help.
  2. Choose the correct products- This step needs attention. Make sure you do not get lured by advertisements. Choose products that suit your hair type. Once again for this step too, if you are unable to decide for yourself, do seek professional help.    
  3. Learn to clean your hair in a proper manner- Message the shampoo on your scalp and rinse it properly with sufficient water. Remember to use a conditioner every time after applying shampoo, as it helps to seal the hair cuticles and restore protein and lipids. Use a towel gently to dry your hair.
  4. Pamper your hair with an oil message at regular intervals- Massaging your hair with oil will help it to grow faster. It also prevents your hair from dryness and being frizzy. You may also consider massaging your hair with hot oils the night before a shampoo. 
  5. Go for regular trimmings- Trimming your hair at regular intervals will prevent your hair from split ends. Split ends hinder hair growth. So by avoiding split ends, you can make your hair grow longer.
  6. Avoid dryers and use a proper comb- Dryers may turn out to be very harmful for your hair. Using a dryer at close proximity to your hair may damage your hair. Try to dry your hair naturally. Also, use a proper comb that will not hurt your scalp. Combing in the right direction is also essential. Start combing from the tips to the roots.
  7. Use hair revitalizers- Revitalizers, Vitamin E capsules and other essential oils may also boost your hair to a desirable length. But, make sure you consult an expert to find out the needs of your hair.
  8. Eat a healthy diet, exercise and have a good night's sleep- These are the key factors necessary to maintain healthy and long hair. Incorporate Vitamins such as Vitamin A, B Complex and vitamin G in your diet as these will help your hair to grow long. Exercising and sleeping will is also crucial for maintaining healthy hair.
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Hair transplant cost in Bangalore

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Singh 89% (192 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
Hair transplant cost in Bangalore

Hair transplant is a surgical, in which hair follicles are extracted from the donor site, usually back or side of the hair, where there is hair growth and moved to the recipient site or the bald area. Follicular unit hair transplants (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE) are two of the common methods that are adopted for hair transplant.

FUT hair transplant is the method in which a strip of hair follicles is extracted  from the area where their is good hair growth and is then inserted into the recipient area. This method has few advantages like it is less expensive as it requires few sessions. The number of follicular units transplanted are more. In FUE individual follicular units are removed and are placed at the recipient area. This method is time consuming and proves to be beneficial in small areas like beard, eyebrow, eyelashes. 

Hair Transplantation Cost in Bangalore:

Bangalore is considered as one of the popular destination for hair transplantation, because there are number of clinics that are available and use the latest technologies. The price may start from Rs 20 per graft and go upto 150 rupees. An average cost of hair transplant may come out to be Rs 35,000, but it is not the final cost. The final cost depends on various factors like the area of baldness, number of follicles required and experience of doctor operating.

Here is list of few clinics that have a high success rate in hair transplant:

1. Fortis La Femme - Richmond Town, Bangalore

The Department of Dermatology at Fortis La Femme, aims to deliver the highest quality of care to patients with skin & hair disorders under the leadership of Dr. Rohini Krishnamoorthy, one of the top dermatologist in Bangalore.

Consultation fees: ₹400 - ₹2000

2. Aster CMI Hospital - Sahakara Nagar, Bangalore

Aster CMI is a multispeciality hospital and dermatology department is considered one of the best. Dermatologist here use the best an advanced facilities available to take care of your problems. They offer different treatments depending upon the age and condition. Different services provided here include wart removal, molluscum extraction, mole evaluation and removal, PRP for hair loss, active acne therapy & patchy hair loss therapy.

Consultation fees: ₹500 - ₹1000

3. Motherhood - Indiranagar, Bangalore

Motherhood is known for its care and understanding for woman needs. Basis the need they have various cosmetological and dermatological solutions, provided at their multiple centers. 

Consultation fees: ₹500 - ₹750

4. Contura Cosmetic Clinic - Kammanahalli, Bangalore

Contura Cosmetic Clinic is known for their medical care facility and offers a variety of treatments like abdominoplasty, botox, breast treatments, cheek augmentation, cosmetic & plastic surgeries and hair transplant. They have some of the most reputed doctors like  Dr. Sreekar Harinatha, associated with them.

Consultation fees: ₹500

5. Hairline International- Jayanagar, Bangalore

Hairline International has some of the best dermatologists & trichologists on board who have years of experience and are experts in hair & scalp treatments. Hair restoration hair transplant & treatment for grey hair is amongst the best and most successful treatments provided here. The use of advanced technology makes the treatment pain free and reduces the chances of scar as well.

Consultation fees: ₹500

6. Kaya Skin Clinic - HRBR Layout, Bangalore

Kaya Ltd is more than 15 years old and has centers all across India as well as in the Middle East. Kaya offers a number of services and when it comes to hair transplant in Bangalore, it is considered as one of the best.

Consultation fees: ₹500
 
7. Healios Cosmoderma - Bangalore 

Healios Cosmoderma clinic offers a wide range of treatment in clinical & pediatric dermatology along with many cosmetology services. They are also known for their process of restoration of hair through different procedures like following prescribed drugs, low level laser therapy (LLLT), mesotherapy, PRP( Platelet-rich plasma) and hair transplant. 

Consultation fees: ₹300

8. Dr Dixit Cosmetic Dermatology- Koramangala, Bangalore

Dr. Rasya Dixit, a well known dermatologist from Bangalore heads Dr. Dixit cosmetic dermatology clinic. She has many years of experience and has conducted many type of cosmetological & dermatological procedures successfully. 

Consultation fees: ₹500

9. Vitalife Health Care - Whitefield, Bangalore

Vitalife has a network of multi specialty clinics offering comprehensive primary care services under one roof. It has multiple centers in South India, it is known for its cosmetological service and success in hair transplantation

Consultation fees: ₹400
 
10. Healios Wound And Plastic Surgery Clinic - Jayanagar, Bangalore

Healios wound and plastic surgery clinic is a specialized center for wound and plastic surgery, It offers wide range of treatment for management of diabetic foot and other related issues. In plastic surgery procedures they offer treatment to congenital deformities correction, burns, scars they are also known for their success in hair transplant.

Consulting fees: ₹300

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Why Is It Important To Choose The Right Hair Brush?

Dr. Suruchi Garg 89% (10 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Chandigarh
Why Is It Important To Choose The Right Hair Brush?

It is natural to get overwhelmed and bewildered while walking down the aisle containing a dizzying variety of hair brushes. Most get confused when it comes to choosing the right one. It is a fact that the right type of hair brush can help a lot in keeping up the natural texture of the hair as well as the look you are willing to achieve. Here is a brief guide that can help you get hold of the hair brush you had been longing for.

How important is the bristles type of the hair brush?
When it comes to the bristles of the hair brush, some are synthetic while some are natural or a combination of both these variants. The natural bristles are acquired from boars, and they can help in the cleaning of the scalp and the hair. They are easy and trouble free on the scalp and cause minimal breakage. Many people are of the opinion that the hair brush with natural bristles lasts longer than the synthetic ones.
If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to natural brushes, then you can go for the synthetic ones made from nylon. This type of hair brushes functions by sliding through the fine hair. Hence, people with thick hair should put in considerable research properly before opting for synthetic bristles. Also, you must make sure that the bristles don’t melt under excessive heat.

What are the different types of hair brushes?

There are several types of hair brushes available and here are some of them:

 

  1. Vent brush: This type of brush is efficient for taming frizziness and detangling your hair. It is absolutely a must-have for short to medium length hair and can also be used as a tool for blow-drying. The vent brushes allow faster drying. They can also add volume to the hair.
  2. Round metal brush: A go-to brush for big bouncy hair, round metal brush, can be your best choice if you are looking to add volume while blow drying. There is an extensive range of shapes and sizes available, and you should choose one as per your needs and brush features. With the advent of newer technologies, you can also get a ceramic and ionic brush.
  3. Paddle brush: This one is also available in various shapes and sizes. You can go for the smaller ones that you may carry on the go while the large ones are best pieces to style at home. They are typically available in square or round shape, and they can smooth and detangle rough, frizzy hair effortlessly. If you have medium length fine hair, they can be a great aid while blow drying.

With this information, it will be easier for you to prioritize your needs and settle for the best hair brush within your budget.

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