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Hair Thinning - Treatments That Can Help Manage It!

Dermatologist, Bangalore
Hair Thinning - Treatments That Can Help Manage It!

Waking up to a pillow covered in hair can be scary. Losing a little hair each day is normal but when your hair begins to fall in bunches, you need to be concerned. Thankfully, there are lots of simple ways to treat hair fallHere are a few different types of treatment that can help deal with hair loss-

Eat Right: One of the most common causes for hair loss is a deficiency of certain vitamins and minerals. When you do not eat a well-balanced diet, your hair is the first to be affected. Thus, when you see hair falling, you need to start paying attention to your diet. Eat fresh foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals. You need to pay special attention to foods rich in proteins, vitamin B12, iron and zinc. This can be found in nuts, beans, leafy green vegetables, fish and lean meats.

Massage Therapy: A massage not only relaxes the mind and body but also improves circulation. Blood circulation is important for hair health. This is because the better the blood flow, the more nutrients will be available to the hair follicles. Scalp massages are best with warm oils. This can be done just before washing your hair or the night before so that the oil is left overnight. Also, try and massage your scalp when shampooing your hair.

Laser Therapy: Laser therapy has a number of uses including being a treatment for hair fall. Laser treatment helps treat hair fall by reducing the inflammation in the hair follicle roots that is keeping the follicles from regenerating. Bi-weekly laser treatment can improve hair density in 6 months.

Hormonal Treatment: A fluctuation of hormones is one of the common reasons for hair fall. This is often seen in cases where women are approaching menopause or are genetically at a higher risk for female pattern hair loss. Hormone therapy can help reduce hair fall in such cases.

Cortisone Treatment: Cortisone is important for the health of your hair. cortisone may be injected directly into the scalp. This form of treatment may also be sued to treat hair fall caused by inflammatory scalp diseases.

Meditation: Stress can also cause hair fall. To deal with this, try yoga and meditation. Even a mere half hour of meditation each morning can help improve your overall health and hair density. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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How Often You Must Get the PRP Treatment Done?

Dr. Sunakshi Singh 90% (147 ratings)
MD - Dermatology, MBBS
Dermatologist, Delhi
How Often You Must Get the PRP Treatment Done?

If there is one thing that men and women dread the most, it is hair loss and hair fall problems. In the last decade or so, the number of young men and women suffering from severe hair loss is quite alarming. The hair fall, which may be an outcome of stress, anxiety, hormonal imbalance, genetics, medical conditions, unhealthy habits, poor diet or lack of a proper hair care routine, can make life miserable and embarrassing. People try out every possible treatment to deal with the problem. In this regard, the PRP or the Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy comes as a revelation.

The Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is a path-breaking, nonsurgical and natural option that treats the conditions of severe hair loss through hair, scalp, and skin simulations, as per the requirements. The procedure for PRP are as follows:

  • The plasma contains the platelets. The platelets are important as they not only heal but also helps in regeneration
  • of the damaged tissues.
  • The first step involves extracting the blood of the person undergoing the PRP Therapy.
  • Next step is the centrifugation step. Centrifugation helps to obtain the platelet rich plasma (which gets separated from the blood during the centrifugation process).
  • The patients are given anesthesia at the scalp (mainly the nerves) to ease the pain.
  • The platelet rich plasma is then carefully injected into the scalp of the patient to initiate the hair restoration.

The PRP therapy channelizes on the fact that the growth factors present in the platelet rich plasma will act as a catalyst, triggering the stimulation and growth of the hair follicles

Some of the growth factors that help in the hair restoration are as follows

  • Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (responsible for the formation of blood vessels).
  • Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (triggers the growth of blood vessels along with cell replication as well as the formation of the skin).
  • Epidermal Growth Factor (involved in the formation of blood vessels and collagen along with the growth and differentiation of the cell).
  • Insulin Like Growth Factor (this growth factor is mainly involved in the regulation of the normal cell physiology).

For better and effective results, the therapy is repeated at every 3 - 4 months interval.

  • As impressive and fruitful as it may sound, the PRP Therapy is a big no for people dealing with certain medical conditions such as cancer, platelet dysfunction syndromes, hypofibrinogenemia, severe and chronic skin problems, severe liver disorders, sepsis, hemodynamic instability, or acute and prolonged infections.
  • People who are into drinking, smoking or drug abuse should also avoid the PRP Therapy.
  • PRP fails to provide the desired results in the case of complete baldness.


  1. The PRP therapy that has benefitted many people worldwide comes with the following advantages
  2. PRP Therapy is non-invasive and natural with a faster recovery.
  3. The Therapy is less time consuming and is quite safe.

When Should You Go For Hair Replacement Procedure?

Dr. Sunakshi Singh 90% (147 ratings)
MD - Dermatology, MBBS
Dermatologist, Delhi
When Should You Go For Hair Replacement Procedure?

Strong, healthy and lustrous hair acts as a natural ornament, adding an extra spark to one's personality. Women, particularly, are very possessive about their tresses. They try every effective hair care routine and remedy to maintain their hair. Unfortunately, at times, certain factors can trigger hair problems. For young adults, the problem can be highly demoralizing and depressing. In extreme cases and left with no other options, people opt for the various hair replacement procedures such as Hair Transplant, Hair Weaving, PRP, to name a few. In this article, we will mention the various factors that act as contributing factors triggering a hair replacement.

Conditions That Trigger Hair Replacement
On an average, it is normal for a person to lose between 50-100 hair strands daily. The problem starts when the hair loss exceeds 150 (often 200-250) with very little hair regrowth. With time and if left untreated, the condition worsens with the thinning of the scalp. Soon after baldness sets in (complete, partial or in patches). Men and women may both be equally affected by the condition. Mentioned below are some of the common reasons that result in hair fall, hair thinning and baldness.

Genetics: A term Androgenic Alopecia is often used to describe the severe hair loss in young adults (both the sexes), with the hereditary or genetic condition being the main wrecker in chief. In men, a condition called Male pattern baldness (some even in their early 20's) is characterized by hair loss and baldness mainly from the front part of the scalp and the crown. In women (female pattern baldness), the condition can result in severe hair loss from the crown and the overall thinning of the scalp. However, in most women, the visible signs appear after 40.

The hair loss can also be a part of the normal aging process, a condition medically termed as Involutional Alopecia.

The hair growth cycle consists of three stages-

  1. Anagen, a phase where there is active hair growth.
  2. Catagen, a phase characterized by transitional hair growth.
  3. Telogen, a phase when the shedding of hair takes place.

In some people, there may be a condition known as Telogen effluvium.This condition is characterized by an increased hair fall in the resting phase resulting in temporary thinning of the scalp.

  1. In some people, the hair loss can also be triggered by Alopecia Universalis, a condition where a person starts losing all the body hair at an alarming rate.
  2. Few young adults and children may rapidly start losing hair in patches (Alopecia areata). Over time, the condition may progress into Alopecia Totalis resulting in total baldness. However, the good news is, in most people the condition is reversible.
  3. Certain inflammatory disorders such as acne, folliculitis, lichen planus, to name a few (scarring alopecia), can result in permanent hair loss due to the inability of the hair to undergo regeneration. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
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Hair Detox

Dt. Aastha 91% (323 ratings)
BSc - Food & Applied Nutrition, MSc - Food & Applied Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad
Hair Detox

One way to ensure your hair grows long and healthy is to go a step further than shampooing by doing a scalp detox treatment. At times we forget that our scalp is living and breathing, and the hair strands are dead. We spend so much time, energy, and products on the hair on our head and neglect the reason why we have it in the first place; it grows from the scalp.

How to detox your scalp:

A scalp detox treatment includes massaging in a mask to exfoliate the scalp, which unclogs your pores of dead skin and removes toxins from the hair follicles, roots, and oil glands.

For a simple at home DIY scalp mask recipe, you will need:

1. 1 teaspoon of baking soda

2. 2 tablespoons of olive oil

3. 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder

To prevent dry hair and scalp, this mask treatment is for a deep clarifying cleanse and should not be used more than once a month.

Step 1: Mix all ingredients in a small container

Step 2: Part your hair in small sections and apply the mask down each part on the scalp

Step 3: Massage the mask into the scalp in a gentle circular motion

Step 4: Cover your hair and scalp with a shower cap for 10 -15 minutes

Step 5: Shampoo and conditioner your hair as normal.

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Long And Healthy Hair - Tips Recommended By Doctor!

Dr. Twinkle Daulaguphu 90% (64 ratings)
MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy, MBBS
Dermatologist, Guwahati
Long And Healthy Hair - Tips Recommended By Doctor!

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. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
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Scalp Micropigmentation - How Can It Be Managed?

Dr. Urvashi Chandra 87% (51 ratings)
MD - Skin, VD & Leprosy, Diplomate, American Board of Hair Restoration Surgeons
Dermatologist, Delhi
Scalp Micropigmentation - How Can It Be Managed?

Scalp micropigmentation is a non-invasive treatment option that uses tiny micro-needles to deposit pigment into the scalp. This result creates the appearance of tiny hair follicles that help to restore the look of fuller hair.
This treatment modality was introduced in 2001 by Dr. Alvaro Traquina in an article published in a Dermatologic Surgery medical publication. The article was titled, Micropigmentation as an Adjuvant in Cosmetic Surgery of the Scalp.” His title, text, and pictures clearly defined the use of the pigment as a concealer.

This treatment may be used to restore receded hairlines, thicken remaining hair, camouflage any scarring on the scalp and to create the look of close-cropped hair. Being able to accurately replicate one’s own natural hair follicles and hair color, scalp micropigmentation aids to strengthen and add density to thinning areas, creating an undetectable illusion of thicker and stronger hair. One of the most amazing things about scalp micropigmentation treatment is that it requires minimal continued maintenance and carries no lifestyle or dietary restrictions.

This treatment is able to conceal the following types of scarring on the scalp:

  1. Strip scarring
  2. Plug scarring
  3. Alopecia
  4. Accident scarring

This is hugely beneficial to those who are partially or asymmetrically bald. For people who have experienced patchy baldness, they know how embarrassing it can be to have such a condition. Scalp micropigmentation helps to restore the confidence and get rid of the complex, for people who were uncomfortable earlier.

Scalp micropigmentation is not only great for men who experience baldness or thinning hair, or for men who need to provide coverage to a scar, but it is also extremely beneficial for many women as it is a great cosmetic option for ladies who have thinning of hair.

This procedure is also called hair tattoo in layman terms. However, it is not to be mistaken with a tattoo on the head, as this is a medical treatment and requires more specialized equipment to be performed. A number of hair clinics all around the world now offer scalp micropigmentation. People everywhere are able to benefit from this treatment modality. Since it a permanent treatment, it is a great alternative for those who are considering hair transplantation.

Scalp micropigmentation gained sudden popularity in recent times due to the adoption of this technique by certain celebrities. Although it is a bit painful to undergo this procedure as it is after all a medical grade permanent tattoo on the head, it is seen to be way less painful than a traditional tattoo.

It is always advisable to see your dermatologist to be confident about this treatment modality, before making up your mind to go for it. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Eyelid Surgery: How It Works!

Dr. Prashantha Kesari 85% (10 ratings)
MCh - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, DNB, MS - General Surgery, MBBS
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Bangalore
Eyelid Surgery: How It Works!

Like good health and youth, most of us take our locks for granted, until they're gone. For many people, a hair transplant can help bring back what looks like a full - or at least a fuller - head of hair.

A hair transplant is a procedure in which a dermatological surgeon moves hair to a bald area of the head. The surgeon usually moves hair from the back or side of the head to the front or top of the head. Hair transplants typically occur in a medical office under local anesthesia.

Receiving a hair transplant can improve your appearance and self-confidence.

Good candidates for a hair transplant are:

  1. men with male-pattern baldness
  2. women with thinning hair
  3. anyone who has lost some hair from a burn or scalp injury

Hair replacement isn't a good option for:

  1. women with a wide-spread pattern of hair loss throughout the scalp
  2. people who don't have enough 'donor' hair sites from which to remove hair for transplant
  3. people who form keloid scars (thick, fibrous scars) after injury or surgery
  4. people whose hair loss is due to medication like chemotherapy


  1. Planning and Assessment before the Operation.
  2. Harvesting Methods: The patient is sedated using mild sedation and local anaesthesia after which the transplantation is performed. Common hair transplant methods to choose from are:
    • Follicular unit transplant (FUT)
    • Follicular unit extraction (FUE)
  3. Strip Harvesting
  4. Robotic hair restoration

Care Post Operation:
After the surgery, your scalp may be very tender. You may need to take pain medications for several days. You will be prescribed an antibiotic or an anti-inflammatory drug to take for several days. Most people are able to return to work 2 to 5 days after the operation. The treated area should be protected from the sun.

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Abnormal Hair Growth In Female: Ways In Which Homeopathy Can Help!

Dr. Manish Satsangi 86% (48 ratings)
Abnormal Hair Growth In Female: Ways In Which Homeopathy Can Help!

As a woman, it can be really very difficult to manage self-esteem and confidence when you suffer from excessive growth of hair on the face and other parts of the body. This condition is excessive hair growth on face and body is known as hirsutism.

Hirsutism is fairly common and mostly results due to excessive production of the male hormones, also known as androgens. Women with excessive hair on their face, chest, back, and other parts of the body have extremely high levels of the hormone testosterone.

But the good news is that hirsutism can be managed and its treatment is well-tolerated in a majority of women with excessive hair growth. The androgen levels are brought back with the help of treatment and do not aggravate unless there is a serious underlying medical condition behind it, including polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD).
Homeopathy treatment for hirsutism is quite popular. Homeopathic remedies work by treating the body as a whole. The homeopathic specialist chooses a medicine for an individual depending on the pathological condition that he or she is suffering from and after a thorough cases analysis and examination of the patient.

Allopathic remedies for hirsutism can be painful, expensive, and traumatic. Additionally, it can cause a number of side effects. Homeopathic treatment, on the other hand, is completely safe and inexpensive and can work magically against excessive hair growth in case of hirsutism. While allopathic remedies work by restricting the functioning of excessive androgens, homeopathic remedies work by stimulating the different glands to secrete hormones in required amounts.

Homeopathy Against Abnormal Hair Growth: Mode of Action

  1. It reduces the side effects of allopathic medications such as bloating, mood swings, laziness, and breast tenderness.
  2. It helps reduce genetic susceptibility to excessive hair growth.
  3. It acts on the different glands to stimulate the production of hormones only in desired amounts and suppresses the production of excessive hormones.
  4. As a result of proper secretion of hormones, hair growth gets reduced naturally.
  5. It helps reduce weight, which suppresses the production of excessive androgen and thereby, reduces hair growth.

There are 16 different homeopathic remedies available to treat hirsutism or excessive hair growth in females. Only an experienced homeopathic doctor is able to prescribe a medication based on the severity of your condition, overall physical examination, and genetic predisposition.

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Understanding The Hair Growth Process In Men & Women!

Dr. Hiral Kumar Rakholiya 92% (1186 ratings)
Homeopath, Ahmedabad
Understanding The Hair Growth Process In Men & Women!

When a new baby is born, he or she has soft, fine and downy hair called lanugo that disappears shortly after the birth. Normally hair on the scalp and other parts of body becomes thicker and coarser. In middle age, hair growth can be seen on the ears of men and women develop the same on face at the time of menopause. This is due to change in endocrine pattern. 

Stages of Hair Growth: 

  1. ANAGEN HAIR (Period of Active Growth): The stage when the growing is in process, the hair is called 'Anagen' hair. Anagen hair keeps on growing from two to five years. In Anagen hair, the cells of follicle grow, divide and are keratinized in order to make hair grow. Having keratin means that the base of the hair shaft is moist and soft and the rest of hair shaft above hair bulb is dark pigmented. 
  2. CATAGEN HAIR (Period of Transition or Breakdown and Change): When the hair is under transition stage, which is from root to end, the hair is called 'catagen' hair. Catagen hair, begin transitional, live for about 7 to 15 days. During this transition phase, the growth activity of the hair stops. Growth of hair is not a continuous affair as some people think. Hair growing takes a resting phase during which no growth takes place and the roots of the resting hair become club-shaped. It is this condition that is called club hairs. 
  3. TELOGEN HAIR (Resting Stage before Resumption Of Growth): Catagen hair live for some time and when they are in the state of rest without any change, they are called 'Telogen' hair. Telogen hair are also called club hair. They are in the state of rest for three to four months before they grow or are pushed from follicle due to growth of another hair or due to some harsh combing/ brushing or hard massaging/continuous drying of hair by hot hair-blower or in fight etc. 

All these are mechanical reasons. 

Factors that Influence the Hair Growth Age: 

Growth of hair is fastest from the age of fifteen to late twenties. The hair grows faster and the rate of growth slows down when he hair have grown to its maximum. There is no limit to maximum but some doctors are of the opinion that this limit is three feel and when the hair are over three feet long, the growth rate drops to half the former growth rate. 

  1. Nervous and circulatory system: The hair is affected by the state of the nervous system and circulatory system. This means that hair have a direct relation with functioning of the entire human organism, mind, sentiments, emotions and the body. Any such stimulation in the body by grief, emotions, etc. makes impact over the opulence of the nerve and blood supply to the head. If grief or emotions continue for some days, it affects the growth of hair. 
  2. Chemicals & Drugs: Chemical and drug reactions also affect the growth of hair. The coloring of hair and dyeing of hair are virtually exposure to chemical reactions and many persons who dye or color their hair have retarded hair growth or encounter falling of hair. 
  3. Heredity: The heredity/genes actually determine the hair density, growth and color of hair. 
  4. Hormones: Hormonal change is one of the reasons for growth of hair. Your Hair ? An Index to your Health. Our hair is not just 'dead' protein it is a pointer to what is happening deep inside our body and mind. Hair has more to it than what appears on the surface. It says a lot more about us than what the stars foretell. The health of our hair and scalp provides us with insightful cues about a host of 'latent' health disorders. In addition, our hair, like our psyche, responds to both physical and emotional stressors, including underlying health deviations, much before apparent clinical symptoms manifest. 


This may be a 'cursor' for hypothyroidism. In some cases, the 'tell-tale' sign is hair loss on the eyebrows, especially in the outer third of the eyebrow. 

This indicates psoriasis, a common skin disorder. It occurs when the skin for a toss, sending out flawed signals that accelerate the turnover and growth of skin cells. The detection of psoriasis can help us prevent and treat more serious condition- especially psoriatic arthritis, or painful swelling of the joints with scaly psoriatic distress. 

It's customary to shed about 50-100 hairs a day. But, when hair appears to be coming out in 'clumps' it's time for action. A job loss can cause such hair loss. Likewise, about of flu or fever, illnesses like jaundice, typhoid and malaria can cause hair loss. Most importantly, diabetes and hypertension can also cause such hair loss, much before they may be clinically diagnosed. 

This kind of hair loss can be a sign of autoimmune disorders, early onset diabetes and thyroid disease. 

GREY HAIR: This is no 'red signal' to be concerned that you are getting to 'look old' too early .It is a 'tell-tale' sign of stress, depression, or emotional anguish. However, diffuse grey hair at a young age may be indicative of thyroid problems and vitamin B deficiency. This problem is hereditary also.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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How Many Hairs Does The Average Adult Lose Per Day?

Dermatologist, Delhi
How Many Hairs Does The Average Adult Lose Per Day?

Approximately, everyday adult person loses between 50 and 100 strands of hair. Normal hairloss reverses naturally, with the lost strands re-growing. If a person begins to lose more than 50 to 100 strands a day or does not see any re-growth of lost hair, treatment for hair loss is required.

Hair loss exists in two types

A. Scarring Hair Loss

  • Does not allows for the hair to grow again (Because Hair Follicle is damage

B. Non-Scarring Hair Loss

  • Allows for the hair to grow again

Above average Hair Loss is usually noticed by people when they see more hair than usual on their clothes, hairbrush or pillowcase.


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