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Hair Treatments

Introduction

Hair is a protein filament that grows from follicles found in the dermis. Hair is one of the defining characteristics of mammals. The human body, apart from areas of glabrous skin, is covered in follicles which produce thick terminal and fine vellus hair. Hairs should not be treated as an individual entity, rather they gives us the reflection of our internal well-being and vitality.

Anatomy of Hair

Each strand of hair is made up of the medulla, cortex, and cuticle. The innermost region, the medulla, is not always present and is an open, unstructured region. The highly structural and organized cortex, or second of three layers of the hair, is the primary source of mechanical strength and water uptake. The cortex contains melanin, which colors the fiber. The cuticle is the outer covering. Its complex structure slides as the hair swells and is covered with a single molecular layer of lipid that makes the hair repel water. There are two million small, tubular glands and sweat glands that produce watery fluids that cool the body by evaporation.

Functions of Hair

Warmth

 Protection

Touch Sensation

Regulation of body temperature.

Hair Care

(A) Food items good for hairs

 Eggs – Protein

 Spinach – Vitamin A

 Sweet Potato – Vitamin A

 Blueberries –Vitamin C

 Salmon – Omega 3 fatty acids

 Meat – Protein

 Walnuts – Protein, Copper, Omega fatty acids & Vitamin E

 Pumpkin – Vitamin A, C, E, Zinc & Iron.

(B) Food items not good for hairs -

 Sugar

 Artificial Sweeteners

 Sword Fish

 Fast Food

 Alcohol

Diseases of Hairs

Hair loss or Alopecia

– Hair loss, also known as alopecia or baldness, refers to a loss of hair from part of the head or body. Typically at least the head is involved. The severity of hair loss can vary from a small area to the entire body. Inflammation or scarring is not usually present. Hair loss in some people causes psychological distress
Variants-

Alopecia areata

is a condition that causes hair to fall out in small patches, which can be unnoticeable. These patches may connect, however, and then become noticeable. The condition develops when the immune system attacks the hair follicles, resulting in hair loss. Sudden hair loss may occur on the scalp, and in some cases the eyebrows, eyelashes, and face, as well as other parts of the body. It can also develop slowly and recur after years between instances.

Homoeopathic Medicines

Phosphorus -

Itching of scalp, dandruff, falling out of hairs in large bunches.
Falling of hairs from forepart of head and especially above ears.
Alopecia areata with dry scabs and great scaliness of scalp.
Patient is very susceptible to clod yet loves cold drinks.

Natrum Muraticum -

Has a marked action on hair follicles, hence a wonderful medicine for Hair fall.
Oily, greasy skin.
Dry eruptions, dandruff and scales especially on the margins of hairy scalp, behind the ears and bends of joints.
Patient has an extreme desire for salt and salty food with great thirst.

Fluoricum Acidicum -

A leading remedy for both Alopecia areata and Alopecia universalis.
Falling off of hairs, the new hair is dry and breaks off easily.
Early Baldness.
Severe itching of the head

Vinca Minor

Spots on scalp with oozing moisture. (Humid eruptions)
Hair falls out and is replaced by grey hair.
Matting hair together.
Corrosive itching of scalp with irresistible desire to scratch.
Bald spots on the head covered with short, woolly hair.

(b) Alopecia Universalis

The condition can result in total hair loss, called alopecia univers
alis, and it can prevent hair from growing back. When hair does grow back, it’s possible for the hair to fall out again.
The extent of hair loss and regrowth varies from person to person.

Homoeopathic Medicines

Acid Phosphoricum

Hair turns gray early in life and falls out.
Hairs are thin, delicate and easy to break.
Hair fall after grief.
Patient is thin, emaciated with profound mental and physical weakness.
Indifference to everything

Selenium Metallicum -

Hair falls out in young man with sexual debility.
Falling off of the hair when combing it.
Falling of hairs especially from eyebrows, whiskers, beard and genitals.
Tingling itching of scalp in evening, oozing after scratching.
Scalp is too oily and face is full of acne.

Psorinum -

Great falling hairs from whole head.
Hairs are dry, lusterless, tangles easily, glues together.
Humid scabby eruptions full of lice.
Head feels too clod that patient needs to cover his head with a fur cap even in summers.
Humid eruptions with Alopecia universalis

Fluoricum Acidicum

A leading remedy for both Alopecia areata and Alopecia universalis.
Falling off of hairs, the new hair is dry and breaks off easily.
Early Baldness.
Severe itching of the head.

Pattern hair loss

loss is hair loss that primarily affects the top and front of the scalp. In male-pattern hair loss (MPHL), the hair loss often presents itself as either a receding hairline, loss of hair on the crown (vertex) of the scalp or a combination of both, while in female-pattern hair loss (FPHL), it typically presents as a thinning of the hair.

Homoeopathic Medicines

Same as above

. Premature greying of hair

also known as canities, can have negative effects on appearance, confidence, self-esteem, and social acceptance of the affected individual. Hair is said to have greyed prematurely if it occurs before the age of 20 years in Europeans, before 25 years in Asians, and before 30 years in Africans.

Pathophysiology of Premature graying of hairs

The onset and progression of graying correlate very closely with chronological aging, and occur in varying degrees in all individuals eventually, regardless of gender or race. Premature graying may occur alone as an autosomal dominant condition or in association with various autoimmune or premature aging syndromes. It needs to be differentiated from various genetic hypomelanotic hair disorders. Reduction in melanogenically active melanocytes in the hair bulb of gray anagen hair follicles with resultant pigment loss is central to the pathogenesis of graying. Defective melanosomal transfers to cortical keratinocytes and melanin incontinence due to melanocyte degeneration are also believed to contribute to this.

Homoeopathic Medicines

Acid Phosphoricum

Hair turns gray early in life and falls out.
Hairs are thin, delicate and easy to break.
Hair fall and graying of hairs after grief.
Patient is thin, emaciated with profound mental and physical weakness.
Indifference to everything.

Vinca Minor

Hair falls out and is replaced by grey hair.
Bald spots on the head covered with short, woolly hair.
Corrosive itching of scalp with irresistible desire to scratch.

Lycopodium Clavatum

Premature baldness and graying of hairs.
Hair falls off scalp, but increases on other parts of body.
Baldness – hair falls out first on the vertex, later on the temples.
Patient loves sweet and always prefer warm food.

Syphilinum -

Early graying of hairs in young adults.
Great falling of hairs.
History of alcoholism in family.
Syphilitic affections.

Syphilinum -

Early graying of hairs in young adults.
Great falling of hairs.
History of alcoholism in family.
Syphilitic affections.

4.Bubble hair deformity

is an abnormality of the hair shaft. It is characterized by rows of bubbles seen microscopically within localized areas of brittle hair

Homoeopathic Medicines

Graphites -

Thin but hard hairs, liable to break easily.
Baldness on the sides of head.
Hair turns gray.
Excessive sweat on scalp.

Thuja -

Dry and lusterless hairs.
White, scaly dandruff on scalp with falling of hairs.
Oily, greasy skin.
Profuse sweat in obese patients.

5. Hypertrichosis

is an abnormal amount of hair growth over the body. The two distinct types of hypertrichosis are generalized hypertrichosis, which occurs over the entire body, and localized hypertrichosis, which is restricted to a certain area. Hypertrichosis can be either congenital (present at birth) or acquired later in life. The excess growth of hair occurs in areas of the skin with the exception of androgen-dependent hair of the pubic area, face, and axillary regions.

Homoeopathic Medicines

Thuja -

Excessive hair growths on whole body .
Hairs on face in obese women.
Unibrow.
Profuse perspiration

Medorrhinum -

Hair growth on unwanted parts.
Mustache in females.
Hypertrichosis with rheumatism in middle ages women.

Tuberculinum -

Unibrow
Too much of hairs on whole body in thin, tall individuals

Tuberculinum -

Thyriodinum
Excessive hair growth on body

6. Hair casts

- (also known as "Pseudonits") represent remnants of the inner root sheath, and often occur in great numbers and may mimic nits in the scalp

Homoeopathic Medicines

Vinca Minor –

Spots on scalp with oozing moisture. (Humid eruptions) Matting hair together.
Corrosive itching of scalp with irresistible desire to scratch.
Hair falls out and is replaced by grey hair.
Bald spots on the head covered with short, woolly hair

7. Ingrown hair

- is a condition where a hair curls back or grows sideways into the skin. The condition is most prevalent among people who have coarse or curly hair. It may or may not be accompanied by an infection of the hair follicle (folliculitis) or "razor bumps" (pseudofolliculitis barbae), which vary in size. While ingrown hair most commonly appears in areas where the skin is shaved or waxed (beard, legs, pubic region).

Homoeopathic Treatment

Borax -

Lashes turn inward (Entropion) Hair tangled at tips, cannot be separated.

Silicea Terra -

Hairs of scalp turns inward.
Ingrown nails.
Boils, abscesses, felons and old fistulous ulcers.
Every little injury suppurates.

8. Tinea capitis

is a disease caused by superficial fungal infection of the skin of the scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes, with a propensity for attacking hair shafts and follicles. The disease is considered to be a form of superficial mycosis or dermatophytosis.

Homoeopathic Medicines

Arsenic Album -

Circular patches of bare spots on scalp.
Intolerable itching of scalp.
Scalp is rough, dry, itchy and dirty and covered with scales.
Tinea capitis with dandruff.
Scalp is very sensitive, cannot brush hair.

Dulcamara -

Tinea Capitis , scald head with thick brown crust.
Scalp bleeds when scratched.
Humid eruptions.
Dampness and rainy season aggravates all complaints

Mezereum -

Circular patches on scalp with yellow-brown scab over it.
Oozing and bleeding from scalp.
Intolerable itching of scalp.
Skin and hair problems in children after vaccination

9. Dandruff

is a skin condition that mainly affects the scalp. Symptoms include flaking and sometimes mild itchiness. It can result in social or self-esteem problems. A more severe form of the condition, which includes inflammation of the skin, is known as seborrhoeic dermatitis

Homoeopathic Medicines

Natrum Muraticum -

Has a marked action on hair follicles.
Dandruff of white color.
Dry eruptions, dandruff and scales especially on the margins of hairy scalp, behind the ears and bends of joints.
Oily, greasy skin.
Patient has an extreme desire for salt and salty food with great thirst.

Phosphorus -

Itching of scalp, dandruff, falling out of hairs in large bunches.
Falling of hairs from forepart of head and especially above ears.
Dry scabs and great scaliness of scalp.
Patient is very susceptible to clod yet loves cold drinks.

Thuja -

White, scaly dandruff on scalp with falling of hairs.
Dry and lusterless hairs.
Oily, greasy skin.
Profuse sweat in obese patients.

Kalium Sulphuricum -

Dandruff and scald head (Crusty Eruptions)
Dandruff of yellow/copper/honey colored.
Severe itching of scalp with big flakes. .

10. Cradle cap

causes crusty or oily scaly patches on a baby's scalp. The condition isn't painful or itchy. But it can cause thick white or yellow scales that aren't easy to remove.

Homoeopathic Medicines

Calcarea Carbonica -

Yellow scab formation on scalp in infants who sweats profusely.
Unhealthy and untidy skin.
Severe itching of scalp.
For those children who loves to eat eggs, potatoes and sweets.

Vinca Minor -

Thick yellow eruptions on scalp with oozing moisture. (Humid eruptions)
Matting hair together.
Corrosive itching of scalp with irresistible desire to scratch.

Mezereum -

White, scaly dandruff on scalp with falling of hairs.
Dry and lusterless hairs.
Oily, greasy skin.
Profuse sweat in obese patients.

Kalium Sulphuricum -

Eruptions on scalp with yellow-brown scab over it.
Oozing and bleeding from scalp.
Intolerable itching of scalp.
Skin and hair problems in children after vaccination .