Hair loss can be frightening and embarrassing, but it can also be avoided and remedied

We spoke to professional trichologist Rasheed Patel from Fusion Laboratories to get to the root of hair loss.

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It’s not about texture

People of all hair types, colour and textures experience hair loss. While different types of hair loss could be more common with certain textures, when it comes to re-growing your hair the cause of hair loss is what matters and not your hairs texture.

“Most causes of hair loss are internal. It is therefore best to treat hair loss from within, by correcting these underlying concerns (hormonal imbalance, thyroid dysfunction, nutrient deficiency et cetera),” says Rasheed.

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Even hair issues like traction alopecia and chemical damage can be remedied from the inside by encouraging new hair to grow from the root.

You can make your hair grow faster

While most believe the best root to longer hair is length retention, it turns out it is a combination of both length retention and accelerated hair growth.

Whether you want to encourage speedy hair growth to remedy hair loss or you just want longer hair, Rasheed says nourishing your hair can stimulate the hair follicles and speed up hair growth.

“Yes, certain nutrients like Trichotin Hair Regenesis improve follicle health and activity. They also provide the body with the essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids required for production and construction of the hair shafts,” says Rasheed.

Nourishing your hair follicles works

Hair follicle nourishment may seem too good to be true, but Rasheed says it is the answer, even to alopecia.

“Multi-nutrients are effective, non-invasive treatment for combating alopecia. Minoxidil a topical application is also widely used for the treatment of hair loss. It is effective in promoting hair growth in both men and women. Research also indicates that Minoxidil is well tolerated with little or no side effects. This solution can be sourced from your pharmacies. The product is available in 5% and 2% concentrations,” says Rasheed.

Minoxidil is mild enough to get over the counter at most pharmacies without a prescription or even a referral.

Related: Traction alopecia: Everything you need to know

You still can’t escape genetics

Genetic male and female pattern baldness remain an inescapable destiny for many. While some interventions could slow it down or help you grow back some of your hair, Rasheed says there is still no guaranteed way to prevent genetic balding completely.