Hair loss : What to do ?

What is hair loss? What are the different types of alopecia? What are the most common causes of hair loss? What are the most common ways to prevent hair loss?

What is hair loss?

Hair loss, also known as alopecia, is a condition in which hair stops growing. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including stress, hormonal imbalances, scalp diseases, medication side effects and possible nutritional deficiencies.

What are the different types of hair loss, also called alopecia?  

  • Diffuse alopecia: Diffuse alopecia is a form of baldness where hair loss, more or less regular, is generalized on the entire scalp. It can be very difficult to diagnose this type of hair loss because it has no symptoms other than thinning hair. Diffuse alopecia usually begins with a gradual thinning of hair on the scalp in different places and may only affect small areas at first.
  • Androgenetic alopecia: Androgenetic alopecia is one of the most common forms of hair loss, affecting both men and women. It can be caused by different factors, related to hormones, genetics or age. Androgenetic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness, can worsen with age, but there are some preventative measures such as the use of a commonly used topical treatment such as minoxidil. 
  • Alopecia or congenital hair loss: Congenital alopecia is a form of hair loss that is present at birth. It is usually characterized by the progressive loss of hair from the scalp. It can also lead to baldness on many parts of the body, including the eyebrows, beard, chest and back. The exact cause of this type of alopecia is still unknown, but it is thought to be most likely related to a non-genetic mutation in an autosomal gene that can affect the development or function of epidermal cells or hair follicles.
  • Alopecia circumscripta: Alopecia circumscripta, also called "localized baldness", is a skin condition that can be triggered by stress, hormonal changes, genetics or other factors. The reasons for this are not precisely known.
  • Traction alopecia: Traction alopecia is caused by tight hairstyles, where the hair on the scalp is pulled out over time by tight braids or ponytails. In fact, this form of alopecia occurs because of chronic tension on the hair follicle, which causes a break in the hair production and growth cycle. 
  • Scarring Alopecia: Scarring Alopecia occurs when hair follicles are damaged and die over time, resulting in thinning and eventually total hair loss in an area. It can be caused by other factors such as:
  • Autoimmune diseases, conditions that cause the immune system to mistakenly attack healthy tissues or organs, including alopecia, lichen planus, lupus and dermatomyositis. 
  • Genetics: certain genes may predispose an individual to acquire this condition
  • Serious illness or injury: such as severe burns that have occurred. 

What are the most common causes of hair loss? 

Hair loss is a common problem and can affect anyone at any age. It can be caused by a variety of factors.

The most common causes of hair loss include:

- Heredity: it runs in families and there is little you can do to change your DNA. This is the case with male pattern baldness, for example.

- Aging: as we age, hair follicles shrink and hair strands become thinner.

- Nutritional deficiencies: problems such as anemia or deficiencies in nutrients such as iron or zinc can cause thinning or hair loss.

- Hormonal problems: Hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy, menopause, migraines, thyroid problems or cancer treatments can cause temporary or permanent hair loss in some people.

- Medications: Medications such as anti-epileptic or anti-hypertensive drugs can cause hair loss in some cases.

- Psychological factors: which can include various traumatic life events, such as the loss of a loved one, chronic stress or depressive episodes. 

What are the most common ways to prevent hair loss? 

Hair loss is the natural process of hair loss and replacement. Hair follicles go through phases of growth, rest and fall.

The most common ways to prevent hair loss include 

  • Changing your diet, and including foods that promote healthy hair growth such as eggs, beans, green leafy vegetables, fish oil capsules. 
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle, including not smoking or drinking alcohol excessively. 
  • Get moving: exercise improves blood flow, which can help reduce stress on your hair follicles. 
  • Make sure you get enough sleep: not getting enough sleep can make you more vulnerable to hair loss.
  • Massage your scalp: Massaging your scalp is a great way to keep your scalp healthy. This not only helps improve blood circulation, but also reduces the risk of baldness.
  • Reduce stress: One of the major causes of hair loss is chronic stress. It is therefore important to manage your stress level by practicing techniques such as breathing exercises, meditation and yoga.
  • Use hair care products: hair care products can be recommended to maintain your hair and stimulate blood circulation by massaging your scalp, in order to keep your hair healthy and limit hair loss. 

Hair care: an effective way to keep your hair healthy

Hair care is a subject that has been studied for many years. And with today's advances, better care is being offered to keep your hair healthy, longer. Some may find this process long and tedious, but it will undoubtedly save you from unpleasant surprises in the future! 

Indeed, there are many hair care products, which can be divided into two categories: scalp care and hair care. The scalp needs to be nourished for healthy hair growth to occur, but the hair itself also requires special attention to keep it healthy. Maintenance of both parts is important for healthy-looking hair to flourish.

So, the first step to good hair care is to know if you have a dry, oily or normal scalp. An oily scalp will need a shampoo with less oil to prevent the scalp from drying out, while a dry scalp will need more moisture to keep it hydrated. Here are some effective products to take care of your hair, to reduce hair loss and allow it to regain its natural shine and softness:

HAIR REVITALIZER MESO 5x5ml - L'ESTHETIC Paris

Thanks to its innovative formula, a mixture of calcium pantothenate and pyridoxine, hair vitality and growth are stimulated. Biotin promotes cell growth and combats both hair loss and graying. Indeed, it is a product that offers the perfect solution for damaged hair. The product will promote the health of your hair. This conditioning formula will help repair damage caused by UV rays, pollution and stress. The product is designed to repair and nourish the cuticles of your hair and can be used after shampooing or for deep treatments. 

Hair Cocktail 5x10ml MCCM

Thanks to its innovative formula, a mixture of calcium pantothenate and pyridoxine, hair vitality and growth are stimulated. Biotin promotes cell growth and combats both hair loss and graying. Indeed, it is a product that offers the perfect solution for damaged hair. The product will promote the health of your hair. This conditioning formula will help repair damage caused by UV rays, pollution and stress. The product is designed to repair and nourish the cuticles of your hair and can be used after shampooing or for deep treatments. 

XTRA Hair Restorer

It promotes growth, revitalizes follicles, promotes nutrition and oxygenation of hair roots. XTRA Hair Restorer contains natural ingredients to promote growth, revitalize follicles and promote nutrition and oxygenation of your hair roots. It contains an exclusive blend of vitamins and proteins that promote hair growth. 

CytoCare ® HairCare (10x5ml)

It is a product developed specifically for the treatment of various hair and scalp problems. It helps to fight against progressive or sudden hair loss and against dull, tired and dehydrated hair or against greasy hair, dandruff, etc. This treatment restores shine and bounce to your hair while reducing dryness and breakage.

DIVES RICH HAIR 10x5ml

This complex prevents excessive hair loss, inhibits the hair thinning process and stimulates hair growth by prolonging the anagen phase. This latest generation hair care product has been formulated to help you make the most of your hair growth.

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