Hair loss is a very common condition and affects most people at some time in their lives. It can be occasional or progressive. Whether it is hereditary, simply seasonal or related to hormonal variations, hair loss must be treated early.

Finding the cause of hair loss can by challenging as there are many types of different hair loss.

  • Hair loss from breakage of the hair shaft is different than hair loss due to decreased hair growth.
  • Androgenetic hair loss is seen in both men and women but is more dramatic in men.
  • Thyroid disease, anemia, protein deficiency, chemotherapy, and low vitamin levels may cause hair loss.
  • Alopecia areata is a form of hair loss produced by the autoimmune destruction of hair follicles in localised areas of skin.
  • Medications indicated for hair regrowth include minoxidil (Rogaine) and finasteride (Propecia).
  • Prevention of hair loss includes good hair hygiene, regular shampooing and good nutrition.
  • Emotional trauma can have a negative impact on hair loss.
  • Aging, pregnancy, puberty and menopause may cause hair loss.
  • Lack of nutrition and correct vitamins and minerals.

Common causes of patchy hair loss are

  • Alopecia areata (small circular or coin size patches of scalp baldness that usually grow back within months).
  • Traction alopecia (thinning from tight braids or ponytails).
  • Trichotillomania (the habit of twisting or pulling hair out).
  • Tinea capitis (fungal infection).

Foods that contribute to Healthy Hair.

Once you have identified the dietary patterns that may be contributing to your hair loss, it is time to focus on foods that can help keep your hair strong and healthy. Make sure you are getting enough of the following healthy hair-promoting nutrients in your diet:

  • Protein. Your body needs an adequate amount of protein to keep your hair growing. While most people get enough protein, some people, especially people on very restrictive diets, may not be getting enough. Good sources of protein include meats, poultry, fish, beans, peas, tofu, eggs, nuts, seeds, milk and dairy products.
  • Iron is a mineral that your body needs for many reasons including the maintenance of healthy hair. Certain people, including babies, young children, pregnant women and menstruating women and girls, are at increased risk of becoming deficient in iron. Iron-rich foods include meats, poultry, fish, leafy greens, beans, peas, and fortified cereals and other grain products.
  • Thiamin (Vitamin B1) is a vitamin that helps your body convert food into the energy it needs. Pork, soy milk, watermelon, and acorn squash are particularly high in thiamin.
  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) is another vitamin that is essential for the growth of healthy hair. Riboflavin is found in milk, dairy products, whole grains, enriched grain products, and liver.
  • Zinc deficiency can be a cause of diffuse, all-over-the-scalp hair loss. Good sources of zinc include poultry, oysters, red meat, beans, nuts, and fortified cereals.
  • Vitamin D. Deficiency of this vitamin, which is common in northern latitudes in the winter, may also be related to loss of scalp hair. Dietary sources of Vitamin D include fatty fish, fortified milk or margarine, and fortified cereals.

Here’s a list of products that come highly recommended to treat hair loss and help for overall healthy hair:

  • Vichy Dercos Energising shampoo
  • Vichy Neogenic redensifying shampoo
  • Vichy Dercos Aminexil pro ampules
  • Prosana hair and nail supplement
  • Vigro 3 step starter pack
  • Solgar biotin caps

For more information on hair care, please consult any of our skincare experts or Pharmacists or contact Ansie directly at our Durbell Palmgrove branch on (021) 975-6570.