Hair Fall 101: Everything You Need to Know to Prevent It

Grow your hair longer and shinier with these secret hacks by dermatologist and #hairgrowthqueen Dr Stuti Khare Shukla!

Whether you are battling dry, brittle hair with split ends or are losing hair at an alarming rate, it is time to take stock of the situation. While home remedies such as hot oil therapies and DIY hair masks can provide some respite, you need to take a closer look at your hair health to stop the hair fall.  

"Onion juice, Saw Palmetto and Chia Seeds do show results in patients but in cases of hair loss associated with genetics and hormonal issues, medical treatment is required," says dermatologist Dr Stuti Khare Shukla, popularly known as the “hair growth queen” for promoting non-invasive hair growth techniques. She shares some common causes of hair fall that you need to watch out for:

Stress is the major cause of hair fall including chronic. Especially if you have recently battled acute illness such as trauma, malaria, dengue or even Covid-19.

Iron and vitamin deficiencies  hence it’s important to check the iron profile, vitamin D 3 and B12 levels

Choosing the wrong styling products, trying too many random products or chemical treatments are other causes. It is best to seek the advice of your dermatologist before starting any product or treatment.

Hormonal issues caused by dysfunctioning thyroid, PCOD or even an erratic lifestyle can be a major cause of female pattern hair loss.

Genetics is another most important cause of hair loss. In cases of hereditary hair loss, it is best to seek medical treatment at the earliest, because the sooner the treatment starts, the better would be the results.

Now, that you have narrowed down on the cause of your hair fall, it is best to start addressing the issue by making some lifestyle changes:

- Avoid eating too much junk

- Avoid overdoing straightening, overdoing chemical treatments

- Avoid hard and warm water for washing hair

- Avoid combing wet hair

- Avoid overoiling your scalp, once a week for one hour is good enough.

- Avoid doing random home remedies for too long, some hair loss issues might be hormonal or hereditary, seek a dermatologist opinion rather!