5 S approach to stop Hair Loss
Hair loss is defined by multiple factors from genetics to the environment, stress to bad diet. The holistic approach takes all of this into account: our environments, our habits, our dietary choices, and all the different treatments we can undergo, from diet to injections to surgeries. It combines all of these to slow down hair loss and to regain hair and self-confidence. 5 ‘S’ approach includes a graded approach to hair problems which includes stress management, supplements, stimulators, self- factors, and surgery.
Hair Loss Due To Stress
PROBLEM:- Stress can be a major factor leading to hair loss and can be associated with these conditions.
Telogen effluvium:– Stress can lead to losing hair even with simple washing or combing of hair in this condition as large numbers of hair follicles enter the resting phase.
Trichotillomania – Stress can lead to an irresistible urge to pull out hair from the scalp leading to hair loss.
Alopecia areata – Excessive stress can induce an autoimmune response which can damage hair follicles.
Best solution for hair loss:-
DOs – Yoga, Meditation, Assertive, Hobby, Exercise, Positive attitude
DON’T – Negative attitude, Aggressive, Addiction
Supplements for hair loss
PROBLEM– Unbalanced diet or less nutritious diet can lead to hair loss.
Multivitamins – A multivitamin does play a role in the growth cycle of the hair follicles. B-vitamins, zinc, and at least 1,000 international units of vitamin D in a tablet daily can be helpful.
Iron: Anaemia can lead to hair loss, so incorporating an iron supplement can help with hair problems.
Biotin: Post lunch dose of 5 milligrams daily can help.
Zinc: Post breakfast can improve hair health.
Stimulator for hair loss treatment
Minoxidil – in a foam or solution is an effective way to regrow hair on the head but can lead to hair growth on the face due to field effect. Also, pregnant women or breastfeeding is a contraindication.
Rosemary oil – In a study it has been found as effective as Minoxidil but without the side effect of the scalp itching. Leaving it in for at least 10 minutes before washing it out with shampoo can help improve hair health.
Low laser light therapy – when hair follicles absorb laser light at a certain level, it stimulates hair to grow. But there’s not enough evidence that any of these devices restore hair or prevent balding.
Mesotherapy – It uses a variety of substances in form of injections, including herbal extracts, vitamins, minerals, hormones, enzymes, and prescription medications. Because there’s no standard mixture or method, there’s variability to when the results show up.
Self factors or growth factors like PRP has a proven role in helping with hair loss. PRP contains high concentrations of over 20 growth factors that are actively secreted from the α-granules of platelets. PRP has been found to be effective for both age-related hair loss and alopecia areata. It’s also safe, inexpensive, and less invasive. A minimum of 3 sessions at 1-month intervals are recommended.
surgery for hair loss By Dr. Anmol Chugh
When there is a large patch of baldness, it requires hair transplant surgery. Follicular unit transplantation (FUT) /strip surgery hair transplant, or follicular unit extraction (FUE). With the FUT method, hair follicles are taken from the back or sides of the head by removing a strip of skin and hair. With FUE, individual hair follicles are removed from the donor site with a small punch, one by one, and transplanted in the recipient area. The trend of late has been towards FUE but it is important to be well versed in FUT too. In some patients, a combined approach can give great results.
In conclusion, a holistic approach of non- surgical to surgical treatment options should be provided to the patient. A graded and customized approach works best for the patient dealing with hair problems.