Talking about receding hairline openly used to be a taboo among Asians. Balding is a condition usually reserved for the older generations, and it’s startling to see how people in their early 20s could suffer from it.
But the census fact sheet released by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) shows that people of different ages are losing hair—and want it back. The ISHRS facts and figures show that in 2015, more than 140,000 hair restoration procedures were done in Asia. This is surprising considering that Asians are known for their thick, straight hair.
Although the report is quite alarming, it’s worth noting that the procedures done were not confined to the scalp. The face and the chest were also some of the areas subjected to treatment.
Yet, this begs the question: If people are losing hair on other parts of the body, how many of them are losing hair on their scalp?
Thinning hair is not too uncommon after all
According to the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), androgenetic alopecia or pattern hair loss is common to both Asian men and women. For males, hair thinning begins at the temples and progresses to the top of the head. For women, hair loss usually begins at the crown or at the parting.
The report also states that although both sexes may find hair loss to be alarming, the condition is more distressing for women. Luscious locks are often equated with sexiness and femininity. But more importantly, they boost self-confidence. Losing hair can be quite damaging to one’s confidence, but there are plenty of scientific explanations as to why this happens. Knowing the reasons behind the condition may help you find cures that will restore your hair’s vitality.
Why do some people lose more hair than others?
Thinning hair occurs when the hair’s shedding phase comes rather quickly. The hair goes through the cycle of growth, resting and shedding. The growth phase, which lasts for two to seven years, is when new hairs grow from the follicles to replace the old ones. This phase determines how long your hair can grow.
During the resting phase, the hair remains stagnant for about three months. The follicle relaxes its grasp on the hair, preparing it for the final stage. While some of the hairs are in the resting phase, new ones are beginning to grow.
The shedding phase marks the last step into the hair growth cycle. In this phase, the resting hair detaches from the follicle and falls. And the cycle begins all over again.
However, some people reach the shedding stage more rapidly. They lose more hair than they grow new ones, so sparse spots become more prominent. Why does this happen?
Various factors come into play when it comes to hair loss. Sometimes, a combination of these factors could be the reason behind the hair fall. One theory as to why hair loss has become a major issue among Asians is the lifestyle shift. Western diets and poor lifestyle choices contribute to hair loss for both men and women.
Poor nutrition, which results from the convenience of having processed foods, is one of the culprits why hair doesn’t last too long in the growing and resting phase.
Lack of protein, the main nutrient that makes hair grow, is one of the reasons why we have lackluster and brittle locks. Commonly found in meats, protein speeds up the growth process of hair, so the strands that you shed will be easily replaced by new ones. If you notice your hair falling more often than usual, it’s best to examine your diet to see if it has something to do with your receding hairline.
Stress is also a determining factor when it comes to hair loss. Traumatic events, difficulty at work, and psychological stress can inhibit your hair’s ability to grow back. In addition to this, genetics and hormonal changes can also trigger premature hair loss.
In women, the hormone estrogen plummets after menopause and leaves women with thinner hair. The sparse spots are usually pronounced along the parting, but they can also be visible elsewhere.
In addition, excessive hair loss also occurs after having a baby. Though common, postnatal hair loss can be both frustrating and embarrassing. As a remedy, mothers should use a gentle, revitalizing shampoo that will help to restore fullness of hair without the need for chemical products and treatments. Synthetic ingredients that are commonly found in hair loss products does not only cause harm for moms, but for babies as well, especially if you are breastfeeding.
In some males, the hormone testosterone is transformed into a more potent form called dihydrotestosterone or DHT. DHT is the reason why some men exhibit pattern baldness as early as their 20s when testosterone levels are at their highest. This hormone kills the follicle, making it impossible to grow new hair.
Despite these seemingly permanent condition, hair loss can be prevented (and reversed, depending on its severity). If caught early on, hair follicles can be saved and re-growth remains possible.
What you can do with a receding hairline
The first encounter with thinning hair is usually followed by a panic attack. Receding hairline ages both men and women considerably, and it’s a sensitive topic to discuss because of the repercussions it brings to one’s self-confidence. However, there are measures that you can take to make thin hair look lush.
If you are losing a lot of hair, your first instinct might be to hide it. But this makes the balding spots even more obvious. A receding hairline treatment like the OTC cure minoxidil can prevent hair fall from happening. Rogaine, a popular topical minoxidil, works by lengthening the maturation phase of the strands. If that doesn’t work, a prescription cure such as antiandrogen meds may be recommended by your doctor.
Styling your thin hair
Although thin hair may limit the styles you can do to your hair, there are different ways on how you can disguise sparse spots. With the right cut and color, you can make your hair look luscious once again.
Shorter haircuts are more flattering for people with thinning hair. For women, layers that are placed strategically can add more volume. If you’re planning to color your hair, opt for highlights instead of full-on color. Hair dyes contain chemical ingredients that can weaken the hair strands and make them brittle.
Switching parts can also make thin hair appear thicker. If you frequently style your hair with heated tools, set them at the lowest level or skip using them altogether. Heat can damage the hair shaft and make it break a lot faster. As much as possible, use less styling products to avoid the buildup of chemicals on your scalp. Go easy on your hair and give it the TLC it deserves.
Speeding up hair growth can be frustrating. While there are plenty of products that can restore hair vitality and growth, natural hair loss cures offer excellent hair loss treatment capabilities. With only the purest ingredients that come from Mother Nature, natural cures are not only effective—they are also safe for your health.
One of our favorite natural treatment for thinning hair is virgin coconut oil. For many years, coconut oil has been the go-to natural treatment for receding hairline and other hair conditions. Commercial cleansing and hair styling products often include harsh ingredients that can further weaken the hair.
Combined with noni enzyme, coconut oil can help strengthen hair from the follicles right down to the tips. With their antioxidant properties, coconut oil and noni enzyme help protect hair from harmful elements.
A natural receding hairline treatment is not only inexpensive; it is also effective. The Biconi Natural Hair Repair Conditioner moisturizes hair and replenishes its natural oils. Made with all-natural ingredients such as virgin coconut oil, noni enzyme and cocoa butter, this deep conditioning hair treatment prevents breakage and split ends. Shop our hair products to choose the right hair fall product for you.