Hair goes through a natural cycle of growing and falling out, and some hair loss is normal. But for women and men who are experiencing significant hair loss, the process can be quite devastating. When hair loss becomes more than normal, it’s often very evident on the pillow, in the brush or comb, and in the drain after a shower or bath.
Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss. It can occur at any age, with symptoms ranging from small areas of baldness to significant losses of hair. Alopecia affects up to 50% of males, and 25% of females. While the cause isn’t always identified, it can be the result of stress or medical problems. It is also often hereditary. Whether it is a few spots, or much more, alopecia and hair loss is highly upsetting and can impact many areas of an individual’s life.
Hair loss can occur because of hormonal imbalance—both for men and women—from thyroid, parathyroid, thymus, adrenals, pituitary, and pineal gland. It can also be due to menopause or PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) in women or taking medications for acne or depression. If you notice increased hair loss or thinning, schedule a visit to your doctor to ensure that any underlying medical causes are addressed.
Hair goes through cycles of growing (anagen phase), resting (telogen phase), and shedding (exogen phase). Hair loss and noticeable thinning can occur when the resting phase is entered too early and the growing phase shortens, leading to weaker and thinner hair. Because hair growth occurs from the follicle under the skin, stimulating the follicle and increasing circulation are helpful to address the phase changes, decreasing hair loss. Essential oils work in this way, targeting both the hair follicle and the blood vessels that nourish the follicle.