Baldness, also known as alopecia, is hair loss, or absence of hair. The condition is more common in men than in women. Baldness is not a life-threatening condition and it is easy to spend a lot of money unsuccessfully attempting to restore a full head of hair. Male baldness usually begins with thinning at the hairline, followed by the appearance of a thinned or bald spot on the crown of the head. The most common form of baldness is a progressive hair thinning condition called androgenic alopecia or 'male pattern baldness' that occurs in adult male humans and other primate species. It usually follows a typical pattern of receding hairline and hair thinning on the crown, and is caused by hormones and genetic predisposition. Traction alopecia is most commonly found in people with ponytails or cornrows who pull on their hair with excessive force. Traumas such as chemotherapy, childbirth, major surgery, poisoning, and severe stress may cause a hair loss condition known as telogen effluvium.
Women with common baldness rarely develop bald patches. Instead, they experience a diffuse thinning of their hair. Hair loss may lead to baldness when the rate of shedding exceeds the rate of regrowth, when new hair is thinner than the hair shed or when hair comes out in patches. Treatment is not necessary if you are comfortable with your appearance. Minoxidil is sold over the counter as a topical solution, to be applied twice a day, under the brand name Regaine. About two-thirds of the men who use it have some improvement in their hair growth, ranging from minimal regrowth to moderate to dense regrowth after four months of use. It depends on how bad the hair loss has been and how long it has been happening. Twice daily applications of minoxidil need to be continued for continued hair growth. Regrown hair may begin to disappear three to four months after stopping treatment and the balding process will start again.
Home remedies for Baldness
- Grind 1/2 lime seeds, and 1/2 black pepper, apply to bald patches regularly. Helpful home remedy to cure baldness.
- Scrub the bald area with onions till it becomes red. Follow up by applying honey over patch.
- To reduce pitta and preserve the health of hair, drink 1/3 cup aloe vera juice. Alternately, you can take 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel with a pinch of cumin 3 times a day for about 3 months.
- Amla, shikaki powder mixed with curd is a good conditioner and should be made use of.
- Use lavender or lemon shampoo if your hair are oily and if dry, use titri oil or rosemary shampoo too.
- Massage with bhongra juice is also very effective to reduce hair loss.
- Washing the hair with a paste of cooked black gram dal and fenugreek lengthens the hair.