Is Hair Loss Genetic?

Is hair loss genetic? Is there a way to stop it?

Hair loss or baldness is very traumatizing and has many unwelcome psychological effects. Baldness often runs in families, and that is because of genetics.

Hair loss is very common, which means that many people including you may carry traits for baldness. Is there a way you can stop it?

Keep in mind that genetics may not be the entire reason for your receding hairline. Environmental and lifestyle factors also influence hair growth as well.

It is normal for you to lose some hair; we tend to lose around 100 hair strands daily (around a small bunch). Despite losing that significant amount of hair, our body replaces them with new hair growths so you do not get bald spots[i].

The genes we inherit from our parents and grandparents dictate the texture, shape and hair growth cycles. Each hair follicle in the body has a continuous cycle of growth and resting phases. Normally, this cycle lasts for a lifetime so no thinning of hair takes place[ii]. If you have baldness genes, normal growth cycle in the follicles becomes disrupted at the ages of 20’s to 30’s that stops your hair from growing, causing thinning of hair or bald spots.

You may hear that baldness traits are inherited from your mother’s side. However, this is not true since children receive traits from both parents. To say it simply, your likelihood of early-age hair loss is high if baldness runs in the families of your mother and father[iii][iv].

Environment and lifestyle factors that cause hair loss

The factors in your environment and lifestyle can be the reason to hair loss. Pollution in air and water is a significant environmental factor for hair loss[v]. Pollutants contain heavy metals like mercury, cadmium, uranium and arsenic that cause hair loss in humans[vi]. These pollutants stop cells in the body from dividing. Hair follicles rely on rapid cell division in order to produce hair fibers.

You can counter the effects of pollution to your hair by using Ayurvedic herbs such as Brahmi and Amla, making them grow healthy hair again[vii]. According to the study, shampoo with Brahmi and Amla herbs are as or more effective than 2% minoxidil in increasing size and hair-building activity of low-functioning or dormant hair follicles.

Another important environmental factor is sun exposure, which is very bad to your hair and scalp. The keratin layer of the scalp is thin, which allows ultraviolet radiation to easily penetrate and reach hair follicles. Ultraviolet rays can slow growth of your hair, and studies show that it promotes inflammation in the hair follicles[viii]. Sun’s rays can also weaken the hair fibers itself and make it prone to breakage that can lead to thinning of hair[ix].

Our scalp is vulnerable to sun’s radiation because it is on top of the head, and unlike the skin, you cannot apply sunscreen on it. Protecting your scalp is one of the simplest and effective ways to control hair loss. Protect your hair and scalp from the harsh sun by using Ayurvedic hair preparations like Neeta’s Herbal Hair Oil, which contains almond oil that protects your scalp from sun’s radiation. In an animal study, almond oil helped protect the skin from ultraviolet radiation[x].

Your lifestyle can be a factor for hair loss as well. One very common cause of hair loss is stress. You will notice that individuals stressed in their jobs have lesser or balding hair compared to those who are not too overwhelmed with stress. Prolonged physical and emotional stress accelerates hair loss, especially if you are already genetically at risk. Stress alters function of immune system, causing inflammation in the hair follicles that stops hair growth[xi]. Uncontrolled stress is also linked to a condition called alopecia areata, which cause the hair to fall out in clumps and result to bald spots on scalp[xii].

We encounter stress every day, but there is a simple fix to save your hair. Coconut oil contains lauric acid that reduces protein loss in hair strands and rejuvenates damaged hair when used before and after bathing[xiii][xiv]. Use Neeta’s Herbal Hair Oil, which contains coconut oil that deliver lauric acid to your hair strands to stop hair loss.

The hair is very sensitive to overall health of the body[xv]. Nutrient deficiencies slow hair growth, and if the body does not get enough nutrients, it begins to shed hair. In addition, losing weight can make you lose hair because it reduces inflow of nutrients to hair follicles. Rapid or unexpected weight loss causes hair follicles to stop growing hair and cause hair loss[xvi]. Medical conditions like diabetes, hormonal imbalances (like thyroid issues), childbirth and even anemia and use of certain medicines can also induce hair loss[xvii].

Hair products with Jatamansi and methi seeds (fenugreek) can help restart hair growth and formation of healthy hair, and are natural methods of addressing hair loss due to sickness and nutritional deficiencies. Jatamansi and methi is proven in studies to induce dormant hair follicles to create hair strands again[xviii][xix][xx]. Rejuvenate and promote growth of healthy hair by using Neeta’s Herbal Hair Oil and Hair Tonic, which contain Jatamansi and methi seeds.

With proper and consistent treatment, hair loss is completely reversible. This is true even for cases of hair loss caused by genetic predisposition or medical conditions.

Reverse hair loss with Neeta’s Herbal Ayurveda Hair Products

Genetics and family history may influence the hair growth cycle, but the lifestyle you have and the environment you live has more to say about the health of your hair. Pollutants, stress, exposure to harsh sunlight and medical conditions can induce baldness. Address these ever-present factors with Neeta’s Herbal hair products to treat and reverse your baldness and thinning hair.

Neeta’s Herbal contains Ayurvedic herbs with proven effectiveness against hair loss and baldness. Whether your hair loss is caused by stress, genetic predisposition, medical condition and exposure to sun and pollution, Neeta’s Herbal can treat it. Neeta’s Herbal is recommended for baldness and hair thinning in men and women.

Neeta’s Herbal hair product line includes Hair Oil, Amla and Henna Shampoo, Hair Tonic and Hair Cream. Neeta’s Herbal use coconut oil, almond oil, Brahmi, Amla, fenugreek, Jatamansi and henna – Ayurvedic herbs that work to promote robust growth of healthy hair.

Neeta’s Herbal products are proven effective against hair loss, so buy now! Visit Neeta’s Herbal Clinic for hair evaluation so you can know the factors and causes of hair loss and effective treatment modalities. We have particular formulations for dry or oily scalp, baldness and hair thinning, and a visit in our clinic will help you choose the best treatment to your hair problem.

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[xv] Nutritional factors and hair loss. Clin Exp Dermatol. 2002 Jul;27(5):396-404. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12190640

[xvi] Rapid Weight Loss in Men – Can it Cause Hair Loss? Belgravia Centre. Retrieved June 14, 2015. http://www.belgraviacentre.com/blog/rapid-weight-loss-in-men-can-it-cause-hair-loss-331/

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[xviii] Evaluation of Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graceum L.), Effects Seeds Extract on Insulin Resistance in Women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Iran J Pharm Res. 2013 Spring; 12(2): 475–481. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3813238/

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The 3 Major Causes of Hair Loss and How to Stop It

Hair loss is a common problem that has continued to plague our society; there are reasons why it happens. The reason why it is a continuous problem is the fact that before commencing any form of treatment, the exact cause of the hair loss is not identified. As a result, the treatment doesn’t work. Due to increasingly unhealthy and stressful lifestyles, it has become a common problem in both men and women.  Here at Neeta’s we have identified three major causes of hair loss and as well as simple, natural methods that can be used to alleviate them.

Genes and Hormones

The first and most common cause of hair loss is genes and hormones. In case you are wondering how this occurs; here is a breakdown of how genes and hormones are responsible for hair loss. This is also known as hereditary pattern hair loss that is caused by a combination of genetics, hormonal levels as well as aging process. You have to understand that almost every man or woman will notice some form of hair loss as they age at some point. It can be a genetic condition, known as male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness. For men, this kind of hair loss is usually characterized by overtime thinning of hair from the crown and frontal part of the scalp while for women; the thinning is general but most extensive at the crown. A derivative of the male hormone testosterone known as dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is the hormone responsible for what is known as androgenetic alopecia. Abnormal level of DHT basically shrinks the follicles on your scalp making it almost impossible for healthy hair to grow. DHT acts on both male and female hair loss when there is a hormonal imbalance as a result of excessive conversion of testosterone, genetic predisposition, stress, and other factors. Especially in females, the culprits of hormonal imbalance are oral contraceptive pills, pregnancy, childbirth or even menopause.

In as much as there is nothing you can do about your family history, there are effective treatment plans that will help you. One of the effective natural methods applied at Neeta’s is by using Amla Ayurvedic herb on your scalp. It protects your scalp from UV rays, stimulates hair growth and reduces level of DHT in follicles. Another Ayurvedic herb that can stimulate hair growth is the Jatamansi which is included in the Neeta’s herbal hair tonic. This hair tonic helps to counteract the negative effects of genes and hormonal imbalance while stimulating hair growth at the same time.

Poor Diet

Most people don’t know that poor dieting can bring about hair loss in majority of people. Usually, when you start noticing thinning and falling out of your hair, the easiest way to manage this situation is to look at what goes into your digestive system and how it affects your hair growth. When you eat healthy, it doesn’t just benefit your body, it does your hair too, so basically, what is good for the rest of your body is also good for your hair. In case you don’t know, your hair is composed mainly of protein, so does the nails, so they both require you to up your protein intake in order for them to grow in a healthy way.

Hair growth cycle has different phases and 90% of the time, your hair is usually in the growing phase. Each strand of hair has a growing phase of about 2 to 3 years after which it enters the resting phase for about 3 months, it sheds and a new hair grows. With almost 150,000 strands of hair on a person’s scalp, about 50 to 100 strands are shed each day and go unnoticed. Relating back to a balanced diet, if you are not getting enough protein, your hair will enter into resting phase sooner than it should. This will lead to a disruptive rate of hair shedding.

Imbalanced diet can slow hair growth, decrease health of the hair and lead to hair shedding and breakage thereby causing hair loss. You should make sure that you ingest food that are high in vitamins A, C and E which you can get them from citrus fruits, leafy greens and fish oils. They help you ace a healthy scalp and prevent hair loss. You should also consume food with high vitamin B5, B6 and B12 along with some trace minerals selenium and magnesium for healthy and shiny hair. If you are not getting these nutrients from your diet, you can always get them as supplements. The trick is to eat the right amount of nutrients, not too low and not too high, just the right amount.

Besides fixing your diet, be sure to practice a healthy hair regime to augment your hair growth. Here at Neeta’s, we will show you several natural and healthy hair regimes which you can opt to in combating hair loss due to poor diet. For example, applying Neeta’s natural hair oil twice a week and leaving it overnight moisturizes the scalp and provides the nutrients needed by your hair follicles to grow strong.

Bad Hair Care Practices

You can’t begin to imagine the kind of damage that people do to their hair from their daily hair care routine such as using chemical treatments for the hair, hair coloring procedures, the use of harsh chemical styling products and even heat hair appliances. Many women are known to go for hair treatments but what they don’t know is that most of those procedures and treatments are bad for their hair health if done frequently. The treatments may make your hair look nice temporarily but they have negative effects such as hair brittleness and breakage.

Most of the hair products used for the treatments contain harsh chemicals that dry out your hair and irritate your scalp and the frequent of heat based equipments on the hair causes more harm than good. If you are the type that is just interested in dying your hair to a desired color without considering the content of the product then you are for persistent hair loss.

Using hair products that contain ammonia can be disastrous to your hair because ammonia is corrosive and can cause irritation and hair breakage. Instead of using ammonia filled hair dyes, using Neeta’s black Henna which comes in three shades, black, burgundy and brown will be a safer bet for you. You can mix the colors to get your desired color. This henna hair coloring has a way of coating the hair shaft while preserving the moisture. After application of this herbal product on your hair, you will find your hair fuller, smoother and shinier. In order to treat already chemically damaged hair, you should go for Neeta’s herbal Amla shampoo, hair tonic and hair oil, they are effective in rejuvenating your hair back to its lost glory.

You should visit Neeta’s Herbal Clinic and find out the exact cause of your hair loss as well as an effective treatment for your hair. Meet our trained professionals that use ayurvedic hair products to treat your hair.