“A nourishing diet ensures healthy hair”

India’s first certified trichologist. Dr Sonal Shah answers readers’ queries on hair and scalp care. We have here the second part of the chat transcript…

My hair is loss too much. at first i have good growth but now it is to much falling down due to danddroffs. and also, i m 38 years and my hair is almost white. what to do?
As regards to your hairfall, dandruff is not the only reason, there can be some other problems which can be better diagnosed with the help of trichoanalysis and proper consultation. As far as your dandruff goes make sure to follow the regime of washing and oiling your scalp regularly.If after this it fails to come under control then make sure to visit a trichologist.

Greying of the hair after the age of 30 years is a natural physiological process so it cannot be treated

I am  getting dandruff quite frequently,please help me with some resolution
Dandruff is a generalized term under which there are many major scaly disorders.

So we need to know as to which kind of scaly disorder you have and then we can treat the same.

A basic care for dandruff is to oil and wash the scalp regularly. If still it fails to come under control make sure to visit a trichologist.

I have good hair but it have a small thin patch at the forehead/partition& behind ..am 33 yr woman..can i use minoxidal or mintop lotion for.
Patches on the scalp can be due to various conditions. It can be because of alopecia which is an autoimmune disorder or it can be female pattern thinning. Using minoxidil without diagnosing the actual problem is of no use. If the problem is internal in origin then by just using external application you will not find long term benefits.

I am having very thin and dry hairs with split ends but i cant trim my hair give me some advice to make my hair long and strong
Having thin dry hair with splitends shows that you have a mineral deficiency so we need to overcome this deficiency. As such nothing external applications can help your hair to grow long and strong yet there are certain treatments which helps in detoxification of the scalp and improving the growth of your hair making it long and strong.

Do you recommend to use hair oil as my oil is very oily and dandruff…. kindly recommend the hair oil and shampoo??
Natural oil which is secreted on your scalp is full of toxins and waste materials whereas the oil which you apply externally gives nourishment to your scalp and also it conditions your scalp.

Using jaborandi hair oil and shampoo formulated for daily wash would be the best for your hair and scalp.

Hair fall started the NEXT DAY when i changed my place from orissa to visakhapatnam before changing my place i had no problem. now it is almost 5 years im loosing lot of hair and also developed lot of dandruff and and my scalp is very oily.
Change of place is not the only reason for hairfall as your hair problem seems to be chronic in nature a proper diagnosis is very important to make sure whether you suffer from hairfall or any other genetic thinning problems.

A basic care for dandruff is to oil and wash the scalp regularly. If still it fails  to come under control make sure to visit a trichologist.

Hi Dr. i am having very thin hair and also have split ends but i cant trim my hair due to religion can you give me some tips to make them long and strong.
Having thin dry hair with split ends shows that you have a mineral deficiency so we need to overcome this deficiency. There are certain treatments which helps in detoxification of the scalp and improving the growth of your hair making it long and strong.

Hello dr. sonal plz tell me what causes sebo dermatitis ?
Seborrheic Dermatits simply means inflammation of the skin of the scalp due to the  secretion of oil from the sebaceous glands.

There are few causes for the same which includes…

a.Stress

Seborrhoeic dermatitis may be aggravated by illness, psychological stress, fatigue, change of season and reduced general health.

b.Nutritional hypo- and hyperalimentation

Excessive vit A intake can cause seborrhoeic dermatitis.

Lack of biotin, vitamin B6 and vitamin B2 may also be a cause

c.Fungal

d.Hormonal due to excess production of testosterones or excess of sensitivity of sebaceous glands to the testosterones.

Any medicine is available Dr. i am wearing every time cap if i remove it not look nice

As you wear a cap it might leave your scalp sweaty and oily and then it looks flat.

So try and wear the caps which has small pores in it .  Medicines are required  provided you suffer from any hair problems like thinning so make sure to rule out the same.

My hair gets very flat even when i set it and go out,it also becomes frizzy also the front area looks like im loosing hair.although i dont have any skin prob with the grace of god.
First of all diagnosis is important to check out what is exactly going wrong with your frontal area.Its nice that you do not suffer from any skin problem but at the same time your hair loss can be due to internal causes too, so make sure to rule out the same.

All my male relatives Grandfather, uncles and father have the same male type baldness. Im 36 years old, started losing hair in forehead and crown. Is is possible to stop further loss? Can I re-grow the hair on the forehead and crown?
As you are saying that you have male pattern thinning we need to rule out whether you have male pattern thinning or something else and even we need to know which stage you fall into.If it is male pattern thinning then yes we do have treatment to slow down further destruction.After checking the scalp by capilloscope we can rule out how many follicles are alive and what we can do for it.

I have lot of hair loss during the past 3 to 4 years. i have a merena inserted in 2009 because i had heavy menstruation. pls advise some solution to stop hair loss and regain hair growth.
Merena is an iucd which releases the progesterone hormone in your body which has a direct impact on your hair. Since you suffer from heavy menstruations for which your gynaec has advised you to insert merena you have to go ahead with it but at the same time make sure to have certain supplements to control your hair fall. Since it is a hormonal treatment and your hairloss is chronic in nature we really need to rule out that whether it is just a hairloss or it is a female pattern thinning. So trichoanalysis and capilloscopy for your scalp to rule out thinning is very important.

I am losing a lot of hair while sleeping and combi ng hair..wat is the best way to prevent it..i am having multivitamins daily
As such minerals are required for the absorbtion and proper functioning of vitamins. Nutritional deficiency is not the only reason for facing hairloss but there are many other reasons too which needs to be ruled out for which trichoanalysis is really important.

I m 26 yers old lady.my hair is so thin, oily and premature white.wht i do to increase it’s volume and stop whitening. thank you
As you say that you suffer from thinning we really need to diagnose it.If at all it is female pattern thinning then we can give you treatments which can help in preserving your hair.

Greying of the hair can be prevented as you are just 26 years.

I got hair loss from past 3 years.its heridity in my family.how can i regrowth my hair & maintain? I am 26 years old.
We really need to check out the exact cause of your problem before going for any treatment. If at all you are suffering from thinning problems which are genetic in origin then there are treatments which can help in maintaining your thinning problem

My hair always becomes rough, what to do
Make sure to follow a proper hair care regime and also have a good diet. Make sure to have at least 3 litres of water daily.

My hair before three years is very thin. How can increase it hair.
Hair is a part of your body as you are noticing thinning since three years we need to diagnose whether you are suffering from any hormonal thinning. After the diagnosis only we can decide the prognosis for your hair.

Age 28 years old/male I am losing hair from front of head, went to doctor he gave 2 medicines & solution,Follihair/Finasteride; solution is MINOXIDIL TOPICAL SOLUTION USP 5% Is this ok , If i stop this medicines after 1 year will it effect hair growth ?
As you are already using minoxidil lotion you need to understand that it is a local DHT blocker which will block the effect of the hormone externally which is temporary in nature. After discontiniuing it your vellous hair will disappear.Finasteride is an internal DHT blocker and if it is taken for a longer duration it has been noticed that it gives certain side-effects so make sure to discuss the same with your doctor.

I am in US and after the birth of second child (who is now 17 months) I have lost a lot of hair and my hair have gone thinner. Also, I get lot of pimples on my scalp.
Postpartum hairfall normally starts after 3 months of pregnancy. To know the exact diagnosis you have to go for trichoanalysis and capilloscopy to rule out female pattern thinning. Even the boils on the scalp can be due to hormonal imbalance which is also seen with the female pattern thinning patients and if the cause is internal it is always better to treat it internally.

I had beautiful, thick and long hair till I had babies. After my second its .my hair is thin, grey. Any home remedies, vitamins etc… My daughter, a year and half has light and not dense hair…help
Postpartum hairfall normally starts after 3 months of pregnancy .To know the exact diagnosis you have to go for trichoanalysis and capilloscopy to rule out female pattern thinning. Greying of the hair after the age of 30 years is a natural physiological process and therefore we cannot do much to treat it. If at all you are under the age of 30 years then we can give you treatments which will help in preventing your greying problem.

As your baby is so small you really need not worry about her hair. Use oil and baby shampoos regularly and give her a healthy diet.

My daughter’s hair is thinning even though she is on treatment for excess male hormone secretion, will that take time to be effective or is there any other way to stop it. pl. advise.
What kind of treatment she is on is not very clear to me. Excess of male hormones are responsible for thinning of hair so definitely we need to give her the right kind of supplements which can take care of the problem.

At the same time these treatments do go for a longer period so it is very important that you go for a safer modality of treatment which would help you without giving you any kind of side-effects.

For hair we do have certain supplements to nourish them.

I am getting some signs of partial bouldness , what should i do ?
Once again it is very important for us to know the exact cause of your baldness. This can be known after doing trichoanalysis and capilloscopy. Once your problem is clear to us we can help you accordingly.

Have got dry dandruff & hair fall problem whats the solution?
Dandruff can be because of various problems like psoriasis, seborrheic sicca? So we need to diagnose what you suffer from. Same way hairfall can also be because of many reasons which can be diagnosed after doing trichoanalysis and capilloscopy. Once we get to now the exact cause then only we can plan up the right line of treatment for you.

I’m just 20 years old and i m getting bald. my hair is falling very much . i m using Himalaya anti dandruff shampoo . plz suggest me some hair oil or somthing better for my hair.
Jaborandi hair oil is an excellent scalp nourisher. Make sure that for your hairfall you diagnose the exact cause with the help trichoanalysis and cappilloscopy. Once the exact cause is diagnosed it can be treated accordingly.

My hair is very thin and not pure black. How to make it thick and pure black in natural way / food. Please recommend food menu.
Basically it is the protein and the minerals which are required for your hair. Thinned out and black hair is not only because of nutritional problems but there can be hormonal  involvements which needs to be ruled out with the help of trichoanalysis and capilloscopy.

My hair is very thin and it’s falling ratio is increasing day by day..how i can stop falling hair loss. thanks
First of all we need to know the exact cause of your hairfall which can be understood by doing trichoanalysis and capilloscopy. Once we understand the exact cause of hairfall we can decide the line of treatment for you accordingly.

What kind (brand )of Hair color can we use . Any solution of hair to re-gain the color with out coloring . I heard that the hair dye contains some chemicals , Which in turn absorbed by the skin and affects the Eyes in regular use. Expecting your advice
It is always advisable to use ammonia free colours if at all it is a compulsion for you to use colours only. If you can hide your greys with the help of henna it would be wonderful and this will stop you from worrying about the side-effects of dyes..There are no natural ways of getting back color on your hair.

I am loosing hair. I don’t why before coming to UK I had good healthy hair but i don’t no why? I am loosing it. I don’t no because of weather or What? Plz Suggest me something so that I can stop loosing hair. Thanks.
Change of weather can be one of the cause of hair loss but it is always better to do trichoanalysis and capilloscopy before you can get to know the exact cause of your hairloss. Once the cause is known it will become very easy for us to formulate for you the exact line of treatment. If you are getting exposed to hard water which is one of the cause of hairfall, make sure to sprinkle a lemon into a bucket full of water and then have a hair bath.

I am losing hair at back side of head. is it due to age factor . i am aged 54. is it due to change in hormone level
It will be better that you go for a trichoanalysis and capilloscopy in details before you go for any form of treatment. So make sure to diagnose the hair problem properly.

I’m facing U Shaped balding. i m 29. what should i do to regain my hairs. Kindly suggest
It is very important for us to know the exact cause of your baldness and even the stage of your baldness. This can be known after doing trichoanalysis and capilloscopy. Once your problem is clear to us we can help you accordingly either with the supplements or with some other options.

Hi doctor i am losing my hair faster is there any medicines to stop it…as we are seeing many companies endorsing products to stop hair fall…the hair loss is in our heredity..so kindly suggest a remedy..thanks
Hair is made up of what you eat just because your hair roots get the nourishment from within the body. Nothing external can be helpful to control your hairfall. So make sure to have a healthy diet and also drink enough amount of water to control your hairfall. Even then if it fails to stop then go for a trichoanalysis.

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