Why baldness? There are various reasons behind it, and it is the most common problem today!
But there are ways to regrow hair on the bald spots in every age group. And that too in different methods at both salon and home.
Do not worry! We are here to solve the problems you are going through. Through this article, you will learn about the causes, solutions, and many ways to regrow hair on bald spots.
What are the bald spots?
An excessive hair loss on the scalp causes baldness. Bald spots could appear anywhere on the head, brows, or beard and last for years or lifelong. It is more common in males. Many people in India face the condition of bald spots every year.
Definitely, some ways could help you out with bald spots, but these tips and tricks do not guarantee a full recovery. So, do you want to see what they are? And how can you prevent bald spots? Yes? Read on!
What is the reason behind bald spots?
Before moving to the ways to get rid of bald spots, do you know the cause of your bald spot? No? So, let us dive deeper into the causes of bald spots to make it easier for you to choose the treatment to cure baldness.
Bald spots differ in men and women, and so do the causes. Each person could have a bald spot because of some different reason. Let us find out the reason behind your bald spot!
Hereditary pattern baldness is not a disease; it is a condition that is naturally happening. Because usually, bald spots occur at a certain age, like after the ’20s. And if you are young and still facing baldness, the cause is surely heredity.
It is very difficult to regrow hair on bald spots if the cause is genetic hair loss. But, you can try some tips and tricks to improve your hair growth potential.
2. Medical side effect
Sometimes, some medicines’ drugs cause temporary hair loss and regrow hairs when you stop consuming them. But, some drugs destroy your hair follicles and lead to bald spots.
Antibiotics, antifungal medicines, anti-clotting drugs, cholesterol-lowering drugs, anticonvulsants, blood pressure medicines, antidepressants, weight loss drugs, mood stabilizers, gout medicines, chemotherapy drugs, and high doses of Vitamin A can cause bald spots.
3. Hormonal changes
Your hair may become thinner when the levels of estrogen and progesterone drop. Also, the androgen level increases when the hormones get imbalanced, letting the hair follicles shrink, resulting in hair loss.
Most women face the condition of bald spots after menopause because of hormonal changes. But, you can treat the bald spots if the cause is hormonal changes because, most probably, it will not be a permanent hair fall problem.
Hair growth slows down through the age. The hair follicles stop growing new hair, resulting in thin, smaller, and having less pigment in hair strands. And weaker hair follicles resulting in extreme hair loss may cause bald spots in some.
Almost two-thirds of the people face baldness or bald patterned hair after 60 years of age. If you are young, you can prevent old age baldness by taking proper care of your hair from now onwards.
5. Use of harmful products
A few products like shampoos, dye, conditioners, serums, and much more have harsh chemicals which weaken your hair follicles. Therefore, buy good branded hair care products that are either natural or have safe and soft chemicals to use.
Harsh products can also lead to bald spots. It is curable, but the treatments and natural methods may work slow to regrow hair on bald spots caused by harmful products.
Are you losing hair while combing or washing your hair? And are you under some stress? Yes? Your stress pushes a large number of hair follicles to the resting period causing bald spots on your scalp. The affected hair gets weak enough to start falling in a few days or months.
Therefore, if you get to know that the reason behind your bald spot is your stress, before trying out any other solution, try to relax first to reduce stress, which will help you reduce hair fall.
7. Cancer treatment
Chemotherapy targets rapidly dividing cells, whether they are good or bad cells. And hair follicles having the healthiest and fastest-growing cells get affected, causing hair loss or bald spots. But the hair starts regrowing in 3 to 4 months after chemotherapy stops. The hair’s texture, volume, and color may differ because the hair growth is fresh and like a new beginning after the therapy.
Some patients do not recover completely to regrow hair and even eyebrows and eyelashes. They may face complete baldness or bald spots even after the therapy stops. The tips and tricks mentioned below may help them regrow their hair.
What are the types of bald spots?
There are many types of bald spots. And what type of bald spot is yours depends on the cause. Let us dive deeper into the types to let you know the reason behind your bald spot.
Androgenetic alopecia or male pattern baldness where males lose their hair in a pattern and after some time hairlines recede in an ‘M shape.’ High production of dihydrotestosterone attacks the hair follicle and causes bald spots. Therefore, the cause of this type of bald spot is hormonal disbalances occurring mostly in men.
A temporary and treatable bald spot called telogen effluvium occurs because of any traumatic event, stress, or shock. It is common in men and women, and for some, it could be reversible rather than treatable.
Anagen effluvium happens because of the intake of toxins or some drugs like the drugs used in cancer treatments. You may face excessive and permanent hair loss in some cases.
Alopecia areata is caused when the immune system attacks hair follicles or takes too much stress. You may see sudden bald patches occurring on the scalp and sometimes overlapping patches.
Tinea capitis is a ringworm or fungal infection on the scalp causing bald spots. These fungi penetrate deep into the hair follicles and invade the hair shafts. It is common in toddlers and can affect adults also.
Cicatricial alopecia is also called scarring alopecia. It is caused by inflammation, resulting in bald spots. For some, hair loss due to cicatricial alopecia could be permanent.
People with hair shaft abnormalities have dry and lustreless hair shafts. And the dehydration of the scalp, weak follicles, and brittleness may cause bald spots.
Hypotrichosis is a condition where very little or no hair growth takes place. Even the hair may stop growing on eyebrows, eyelids, and pubic regions. The cause of hypotrichosis could be hereditary or hormonal imbalances.
How to regrow hair on the bald spots?
Now you must know the reason behind your bald spot, and you can easily choose any of the treatments mentioned below. There are many ways to regrow hair on bald spots. Let us see them one by one!
When you prefer to go to a doctor to treat bald spots, they first physically examine you, ask about your diet routine and family medical conditions, and take some tests. They do so to understand the reason behind your bald spots to provide you with the right treatment. There are different treatments to regrow hair on bald spots depending on the cause, so they select the suitable treatment for you.
Commonly, finasteride treatment is used to treat androgenetic alopecia. It is mainly for adult males. And the treatment is strictly not for youngsters or children. Finasteride treatment decreases the level of DHT (dihydrotestosterone), which is a natural body hormone to let the hair follicles get stronger and regrow on the bald areas. The treatment does not affect hair growth in other parts of the body. So, you can safely go for this one!
Corticosteroids treatment is used to treat people having alopecia areata. This treatment uses steroids to inject, acting as immune system suppressors and normalizing the immune system functions by helping the hair follicles get stronger and regrow hair on the bald spots. You must continuously take this treatment for at least six months to get the results.
Your doctor may give you anthralin cream mainly if the cause of your bald spot is alopecia areata. This cream is made from a natural substance found in the araroba tree, which slows down the growth of skin cells, thereby increasing hair growth and helping in the regrowth of hair on bald spots.
Methotrexate is an immune system suppressor used to treat cancer, ectopic pregnancy, and abortions. And cancer treatments done using methotrexate increases the chances of hair regrowth on bald spots after the cancer treatment completes.
Topical steroid cream is safe to use. It is mainly used to treat childhood alopecia areata conditions. It may help you with patchy bald spots by increasing hair growth on the affected area. But do not apply it without your doctor’s consultation. Usually, the doctor recommends applying a thin layer of the cream twice a day for around 24 weeks.
Oral steroids are easy to consume and show results in weeks without causing any pain and skin thinning. But, they may have side effects like weight gain, acne, metabolic abnormalities, and menstrual problems. And the results may also not stay longer.
Doctors prescribe intralesional steroids to treat alopecia areata for people over 50 years. Every month, this medication is given to the patients for around six months to increase hair growth on the bald spots. It is injected into the scalp if the alopecia areata is at the stage of mild to moderate.
Many people are scared of medicinal, surgical, and other treatments for hair growth because of their side effects and the fear of the reversible effect of hair loss. So, why not try natural treatments? Yes, there are some natural, homemade treatments for regrowth hair on bald spots, but it may show the results at a low pace compared to other treatments. Let us see the ingredients you can use at home to get rid of bald spots!
Aloe vera is used by people to treat hair loss, but it may also help cure bald patches as it soothes and conditions the scalp by unblocking the blocked hair follicles. It is safe to use as it is every week several times.
Just remove the covering of natural aloe vera and apply the gel on the scalp, or blend it with coconut oil or olive oil and massage it to the scalp. Wash your hair after a few minutes or an hour.
Green tea has epigallocatechin gallate that helps prevent hair loss by stimulating hair follicles to regrow hairs on bald spots. It nourishes the scalp and protects it from fungus and other damages.
You can brew two bags of green tea and wash your scalp and hair with it as soon as it cools down. Or, apply it to your hair, leave the tea for around 30 minutes, and then rinse away with cold or normal water.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and helps prevent hair shedding. But, if you have sensitive skin, avoid applying ginger as it may cause scalp irritation.
To apply ginger, you can apply its pulp directly to the hairlines or add some essential oil or carrier oil to it. Massage the mixture to the scalp, leave it on hair for around 30 minutes, and rinse it off with normal water.
Oils like coconut, rosemary, peppermint, Taramira, castor, pumpkin seed, olive, jojoba, tea tree, black seed oils have hair growth-promoting properties. And thyme, rosemary, cedarwood, and lavender oils may also help treat alopecia and balances the oil-producing glands.
You can apply any essential oil with carrier oil 10 minutes or an hour before taking a bath. Or apply any carrier oil directly to the scalp the same way. Use a mild shampoo to rinse off your scalp and hair to get the results. Also, you can add crushed camphor to coconut oil to enjoy more benefits.
Eggs stimulate your scalp and nourish the hair follicles by helping hair regrowth on bald spots. Also, biotin in eggs keeps the hair hydrated and improves elasticity. Just take an egg and whip it in a bowl. Add 1 tbsp olive oil and mix it well to apply to the scalp. Leave the mixture on the scalp and hair for 20 to 30 minutes and rinse off with a mild shampoo in cold water.
Fenugreek powder helps reduce inflammation and shedding of hairs by increasing hair growth on bald spots. You can use both leaves and seeds of fenugreek to apply it to the scalp.
Soak 2 tbsp seeds in water overnight and blend them into a paste in the morning. Apply the sticky paste to your scalp and hair and wash away in 20 to 30 minutes. Or make a paste of leaves, add some carrier oil, yogurt, honey, or milk to it, and apply the mixture to the scalp and hair. Wash your hair in 10 to 15 minutes with a gentle shampoo in lukewarm water.
Licorice root opens up the closed pores of the scalp and strengthens the hair follicles. You can both apply and consume it orally every week. To apply licorice roots to the scalp and hair, grind a tbsp of grounded licorice root with a quarter tsp of saffron and a cup of milk. You can keep it on your hair overnight and wash it in the morning. Also, you can consume licorice tablets available in the market instead of applying the mixture to the scalp.
Five Chinese herbs, namely, He Shou Wu, Dang Sheng, Dang Gui Pian, Ling Zhi, and Ginseng, help prevent hair loss and also help cure bald spots. You can either eat them raw or make herbal tea out of them. Also, it is available in the market in tincture, tablet, and powdered form.
To apply it, you can use the powdered form and apply it to the scalp by mixing it with water.
Caffeine in coffee may help prevent bald patches by stimulating hair growth and reducing hair loss. Also, it may help block the effects of DHT in males reducing bald spots.
Brew coffee, spray it on the wet hair, and massage your scalp for a few minutes. Or, you can directly apply the brewed coffee to the scalp and rinse your hair and scalp in 20 minutes.
Surgical treatments and therapies
Some effective surgical treatments and therapies increase hair growth on bald spots. Let us see what they are!
- Hair transplant
Hair transplant or restoration surgery helps recover your lost hair on bald spots. In this type of surgery, a dermatologist removes a few hairs from some other part of your body and transplants them to the bald spot of your scalp. The process is painful, so sedation is given to the patient. Also, it helps in the regrowth of hair on eyelashes and eyelids.
- Laser therapy/ Excimer lasers
Laser therapy is safe, less painful, and less invasive than other surgeries and therapies, letting the weak cells absorb the photons. Excimer therapy is very effective for treating alopecia areata. But, it may not affect the extremities. And cold or red light laser therapies irradiate photons into your scalp tissues by helping regrowth on bald spots.
- Low-level light therapy
Low-level light therapy is also a laser treatment that stimulates the growth of the cells and strengthens the hair follicles. This therapy is painless and has no side effects.
In mesotherapy, stem cell serum or platelet-rich plasma is injected into the scalp to reduce hair loss. The injections boost vitamins and blood flow in the scalp and activate the follicles by treating bald spots in both men and women.
- Leech therapy
Leech therapy helps unblock the blocked hair follicles, helping new hair growth on bald spots. Leeches help bring out the impure blood from the scalp by increasing the strength of follicles to hold the hair.
OTC product treatment
Over-the-counter medicines are the ones that you can buy without a subscription because they are safe and effective for hair regrowth on bald spots. Some of them which are effective to apply to the scalp is,
You can use liquid, foam, or shampoos containing minoxidil. But, if you have sensitive skin, do not use it as it may cause skin irritation and unwanted hair growth on the skin near the scalp, not anywhere else. Just rub 1ml of it and wash away. And only apply it to the dry scalp, not wet.
Collagen promotes healthy hair growth by increasing protein levels, strengthening the scalp, and preventing follicle damage. To apply it to the scalp, mix some collagen peptides with water and add them into the oils to apply to the scalp. Rinse your hair after an hour or so.
- Vitamin supplements
Consuming tablets of biotin, Vitamin D, C, zinc, and iron may help prevent and cure bald spots. You can also consume pills consisting of a mixture of all vitamins.
Besides the treatments mentioned above, you must take proper care of your hair and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Like, avoid taking hard showers, meaning use soft water to take showers when you are washing your hair. And drink lots of water all day long to stay hydrated and keep your hairs hydrated. Do not forget to take plenty of rest by sleeping at least 8 hours at night.
As said before, the reason for the bald spot could be stress. So, perform exercises, meditations, and work out to relax your muscles and stress level. Also, maintain a healthy diet, including nutritious and mineral-rich food. And to maintain a healthy lifestyle, quit bad habits like smoking and drinking alcohol.
An excessive hair loss on the scalp causes bald spots that are patches on the scalp with no hair. It could appear anywhere on the head, brows, or beard and last for years or lifelong.
You can go for surgical treatments or therapies or prefer medications or home remedies to regrow hair on bald spots. Also, you can consume OTC products and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
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