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Hair Fall – Stages & Causes

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Hair Fall – Identify Stages

You may be knowing that Average adult head has about 100,000 to 150,000 hairs and it is very NORMAL to loose about 100-150 strands everyday. It is a normal cycle of follicles producing new hair cell and old feels are being pushed through the surface of the skin. It is therefore, a not to worry situation if you have new hair strays in your comb within this range throughout the day.

Hairfall1Each follicle has its own cycle which differs according to age, disease, infection, treatment, medicines, season, use of harsh cosmetics & a lot many factors. This cycle has mainly 3 stages:

Anagen: An active phase of Hair Growth

Catagen: Transitional Hair Growth

Telogen: (Resting Phase) – at the end of this phase, the hair sheds and a new hair follicle takes its place and starts all over again with 1st stage.

BUT, there is a condition called alopecia, very commonly known as Hair Fall/ Hair Loss, which goes far beyond the normal shedding of 100 strands and person may tend to loose hair from all over the scalp or from a particular area of head. They are of various types:


Involutional alopecia – a natural condition in which the hair gradually thins and fall with age, there is no pattern and it may trigger anytime.

Telogen effluvium – temporary hair thinning because of changes in the hair growth cycle.

Androgenic alopecia – a genetic condition that can affect both men and women. In Men, called male pattern baldness, it is identified by a receding hairline and slow disappearance of hair from crown and front scalp. In Women, this condition called female pattern baldness, experience thinning over the entire scalp.

Alopecia areata usually starts suddenly (an auto-immune disorder) and causes patchy hair loss in children and young adults. This condition may result in complete baldness (alopecia totalis).

Alopecia universalis causes all body hair to fall out, including the eyebrows, eyelashes, and pubic hair.Hair Fall

Scarring alopecias result in permanent loss of hair. Inflammatory skin conditions and disorders often destroy the ability of the hair to regenerate.

There are various factors that can trigger hair loss, out of which some are genetically induced and others are eternal factors:

Hormonal Changes – a sudden change in hormonal balance due to medication, pregnancy, age – can cause hair fall.

Genetic Pattern – Its usually seen with male that if the older male members family have a pattern of hair thinning, then later, it continues with other male members too.

Stress/ Illness – A stressed lifestyle or prolonged illness can cause hair shedding.

Drugs/ Treatment – Strong medications like for Blood pressure, birth control pills, treatments like chemotherapy etc.

Cosmetic Procedures – Harsh treatment done to hair for a long course of time, have adverse effect on their life and strength.

Medical Conditions – Suffering from Thyroid, anaemia, Iron deficiency, diabetes may all cause hair fall.

Diet – Last but not the least, a poor / imbalanced diet has detrimental effect to hair strength. One should be very careful with nutrient rich diet as it contributes with health in and out.

Hair Fall – what triggers it Post-Pregnancy?

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Pregnancy is indeed a beautiful phase a woman goes through, bringing plethora of changes – physically, mentally and emotionally in her body and all it creates a beautiful life inside. One of the priceless rewards during this journey are the hormone levels, especially estrogen, takes its peak, resulting in beautiful, shining skin and lustrous, bouncy, beautiful hair throughout these 9 months.

What triggers hair-fall?

Once the baby is delivered, the major change a woman experience is “postpartum” fluctuations – marking hormone levels returning to pre-pregnancy. It can be really challenging if these dramatic changes not followed-on systematically because delivery drains out all strength out of mothPregnancy - er’s body and she is already in a state of “hard recovery” from various changes initiated immediately after delivery. One of the most ‘worried’ and ‘talked about’ problem, a mother notices is “Hair-fall”, a medical condition known as “telogen effluvium”, which gradually begins after she starts nursing the baby.

Apart from various changes already pressurising a new mother, hair-loss  can make it worse if one doesn’t have knowledge on how to cope with the same. Various “quick tips” are being suggested, viz. lotions, creams, medicines but nothing can work as ‘miracle’ if hair fall has already set-in and deteriorating the bouncy hair (at the time of pregnancy) to thinner, dry strands and gradually balding the scalp.


Well, inspite of numerous remedies being told by friends, relatives, elders and internet resources, as for the internal recovery, a good balanced diet is one most crucial thing that needs to be followed diligently:

  1. An iron enriched diet for recovering with blood loss;
  2. high protein for relaxing muscle strains,
  3. diet enriched with calcium – to enhance milk supply for baby,
  4. Zinc, one of the most important mineral required by body for hair health,
  5. Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids – for baby’s healthy brain development
  6. Above all – a good sleep so to combat “postpartum depressive mood swings”

And as no power in this world can stop a mother to not to get worried about baby’s development, so better is to take a very good care of your health with balanced and nutritious diet and plenty of rest – which will ultimately nourishes the baby and strengthen the bond between you two!