Does shampooing cause baldness?

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Hairs are an important part of our personality, therefore having good looking hair is the need of the hour. To have healthy hair, their maintenance and grooming are required regularly. There are a number of hair care products available for the beautification of hair. Shampoos are among these hair care products that are widely used by the people.

Role of shampoo

A shampoo is a hair care product which not only helps in the cleaning of the scalp and hair but it also conditions and beautify hair and works as an adjunct in the management of several scalp diseases. To achieve these benefits, several ingredients in their correct proportion are combined to form a shampoo that is suitable for people having different hair types and hair requirement. The chief ingredients which are used for making shampoo are detergents, conditioners, sequestering agents, thickeners, preservatives and pH adjusters.

Types of shampoos

Following is the list of different types of shampoos:

  • pH-Balanced Shampoo – These types of shampoos are balanced to the pH of hair and skin. These shampoos help to close the hair cuticle and are advised for lightened hair or colour-treated hair.
  • Conditioning Shampoo – These shampoos make hair smooth and shiny. They improve the manageability of the hair.
  • Medicated Shampoo – These shampoos contain ingredients which help to reduce dandruff and relieve some other scalp conditions.
  • Clarifying Shampoo – These shampoos contain an active chelating agent which binds to the metals and eliminates them from the hair. They contain an equalizing agent also, which enriches the hair and aids to hold moisture.
  • Balancing Shampoo – These shampoos are best for oily hair and scalp as they wash away excess oiliness whilst preventing the hair from drying out.
  • Strengthening Shampoo – This type of shampoo has a variety of strengthening nourishing ingredients that are designed to repair damaged and brittle hair.
  • Dry Shampoo – These shampoos clean the hair without the use of soap and water. They are designed to remove oil and dirt when brushing the hair.
  • Sulfate-Free Shampoo – These shampoos are formulated with little to no alkaline soap base. These shampoos are manufactured as wetting agents to be friendly with hair and soft water sources. They are usually known to be sensitive to artificial hair colour. They maintain the natural oils in the hair.
  • Shampoos for Thinning Hair – These shampoos are gentler and contain volume-boosting ingredients which give the illusion of extra volume and density to the hair.
  • Neutralizing Shampoo – They are designed to re-balance the pH level of hair that is most commonly used as part of a chemical relaxing process.
  • Color-Enhancing Shampoo – They are used to add a slight hint of colour, brightness and remove unwanted colour tones as gold or brassiness from the strands.
  • Shampoos with Keratin Protein Added – These shampoos are designed to strengthen the hair.

Advantages of shampoos on hair

However, there are some oils which are required for the hair to stay healthy. These natural oils also called sebum which scalp produces helps to keep hair moisturized and strong.

  • Fights with Dryness: Eliminating dryness and bringing soft strands is one of the effective features of a good shampoo.
  • Relieves itch and irritation: A good shampoo relieves the scalp irritation. Application of the shampoo soothes the scalp making it smooth. The foam of shampoo is pleasing.
  • Controls Oiliness: Shampoos made for oily hairs controls oiliness in your hairs.
  • Removes Flakes: The use of effective shampoo helps to eliminate dandruff and leave your hair flake-free.
  • Keeps Hair Beautiful: Shampoos have a great role in the beautification of hair. Using hair shampoos regularly makes your hair look beautiful as shampoo keeps your hair silky and smooth. Moreover, shampoo adds a fragrance to your hair strands and scalps.
  • Keeps hair and scalp clean: Use of shampoo removes dirt, dust, pollutants and oil away from the scalp and hair.
  • Easy to use: Shampoos are easy to rinse and there carry the minimum risk of skin and eye irritation.

Disadvantages of shampoos on hair

There are certain ingredients in shampoos that can cause unpleasant effects. Thus, due to these ingredients shampoo has disadvantages:

  • Sodium laureth sulfate is a common ingredient in shampoos that may harm skin and eyes and may act as carcinogenic.
  • Use of ethylene oxide with may lead to 1, 4-dioxane, which is carcinogenic.
  • An additional ether chain, which is added as a cleaning agent, may lead to severe scalp discomfort and hair loss.
  • The nitrogen-based sodium laureth sulfate can be carcinogenic and can result in skin rash, top irritability and other allergic symptoms.
  • The use of sodium laureth sulfate reduces new hair growth and lengthen hair loss period.
  • The existence of sodium laureth sulfate in hair may worsen the follicles of hair and increase the scalp related problems.

The relationship between shampoo & Baldness

Regular shampooing of hair is very important. It does not cause baldness. Regular shampooing prevents dandruff by removing dirt, oils and pollutants from the scalp. However, irregular shampooing can cause skin cells to accumulate and form flakes leading to dandruff which can cause hair loss.

Real causes of baldness

Family history :  The commonest cause of hair loss is a hereditary condition called male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness. It usually occurs gradually and in predictable patterns – a receding hairline and bald spots in men and thinning hair in women.

Hormonal changes: Hormonal changes due to pregnancy, childbirth or the onset of menopause may cause baldness.

Medical conditions:

  • Patchy hair loss: It occurs when the immune system of body attacks hair follicles. This results in sudden hair loss which leaves smooth, roundish bald patches on the affected skin.
  • Scalp infections: Fungal infections as ringworm can cause scaly patches and hair loss.
  • Skin diseases: Diseases which cause scarring alopecia may lead to permanent hair loss at the scarred areas.
  • Medicines: Baldness can be caused by medicines used for the treatment of cancer, arthritis, hypertension, depression, heart problems and some other conditions.
  • Androgenetic alopecia: It is the most common cause of baldness. It generally occurs slowly as a receding hairline and bald spots in men and thinning hair in women.

Other causes of hair loss

  • Radiation therapy to the head: After this therapy hair may not grow back same as they were before.
  • Certain hairstyles and treatments: Excessive hairstyling and permanent hair treatments can cause inflammation of hair follicles which may even lead to permanent hair loss.
  • Hair-pulling disorder: It is also called trichotillomania. In this condition, people suffer irresistible urge to pull out their hair from the scalp, the eyebrows or other parts of the body.

Prevention & Treatments for baldness:

Baldness can be prevented by following few measures:

  • Eating nutritionally balanced diet
  • Avoiding tight hairstyles as braids, ponytails or buns
  • Avoiding twisting, pulling or rubbing your hair
  • Treat your hair gently during washing and brushing. Use a wide-toothed comb to prevent pulling out hair
  • Avoid harsh treatments as hot rollers, permanents, curling irons and hot oil treatments

However, if the baldness occurs then there are certain treatments available to treat it. Following are the main treatments for baldness:

Medication : Two medicines are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat baldness:

  • Minoxidil: Minoxidil is an over-the-counter topical medicine which you rub into your scalp twice a day to regrow hair and to prevent hair loss further. It can be used by both men and women. Possible side effects of this medicine are scalp irritation, unwanted hair growth on the nearby skin of the hands and face and tachycardia.
  • Finasteride: This medicine is available only for men. Reduced sex drive and sexual function and elevated risk of prostate cancer are its rare side effects.

Hair transplant surgeries : Direct hair transplant and follicular unit extraction are the two most advanced techniques of hair transplant. Direct hair transplant is the modification of follicular unit extraction method, thus it provides the best results of hair transplant. It is scarless, painless and 100% safe technique.

Wigs and hairpieces : Some people prefer to use wigs or hairpieces as an alternative to medical treatment in case they do not respond to other treatments.

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