This page gives a general overview of the cures available in Dermatology for some common hair problems like Hairloss, Dandruff and so on. The available proven remedies or the lack of it, sets the outer boundary within which one has to practice safe haircare. In some areas, there seems to be inadequate research. These are mentioned in the latter part of this page.
Hair is the only part in the Human body which does not have much repairing techniques or solutions
1 Hereditary Hairloss There is no cure in any Therapy since last 5000 years. It is a different matter that some claim of cure comes out routinely once in 3-4 years.
1b Hairloss due to factors other than Heredity
The increasing incremental hairloss around the World are due to factors other than Heredity.
For anything and everything, some assume that there is a right shampoo, which is only a hair cleaner. We do not make similar assumption and take laxative daily to solve our stomach problems.
There is no universal or safe medical remedy. The vacuum is filled with semi functional shampoos.
By 2012, both P&G and Lever have conceded that nearly 60% of the public face / suffer from Dandruff at some point of Time. Now, one says, that Dandruff could be due to ‘Globosa’
Dermatology has not researched much about the impact of dandruff on hair retention. I hold the view that dandruff leads / speeds up hair loss. Other misuse factors can speed up the loss
There is no medical cure. The shouts are only about repainting / colouring. It just perpetuates and worsens the problem of greying, with Time
Excess shampooing [detergent use] and dry hair / no oil style are the major abuse factors for premature greying - based on my 26 years experience as a haircare scientist
4. Child birth
Many mothers shed a lot after delivery. Almost all recover from hairloss, on their own, 4 to 6 months after delivery.
These are explained away as due to, perhaps some hormonal changes. There is no medical cure as such during this period. That is why I say elsewhere in the site to wait out rather than rush to a Cosmetic product. In the traditional practices of Tamilians, there is a different scientific explanation for this loss.
"Hirsutism is the growth of Terminal / Normal hair amongst Females in part or all along the lines of the Male Sexual pattern. The factors analysed / discussed are Genetic Factors, psychiatric factors, Bio chemical aspects, Racial and idiopathic etc"
In Bio Chemical aspects, the Research by Ismail et al in 1973 is that "out of 35 Hirsutism subjects, no specific cause for Hirsutism has been discovered in 29 of the patients " - Vol. 3, 4th Edition, Text Book of Dermatology. No cause in 29 out of 35 - that is over 80%.
Medical Research has no answer. I did not find mention of any further research till 1998.
Haldi / Turmeric, which Tamilian females / many other Indian females may be using, is a clue. It can discolour the hair and make it light yellowish / nearly colourless is a comment that I have heard. Ayurveda practitioners should do research and come up with an easy application form
People want full headed, thick, long, dandruff free, strong hair irrespective of the way, the hair is cared. Such unrealistic fantasies can only be catered by Cosmetic Companies, who are Dream Merchants.
This is not a Science at all as many practitioners proclaim. Even the media misguide public on this score and call it as a Science of hair.
Trichology is a convenient, commercial mixture of basic Dermatology terms and Cosmetic practices. For theory, Trichology depends upon Dermatology as the base. So, Trichology cannot be ahead of Dermatology in diagnosis / reference materials.
A 10th class passed person knowing English or a Sales counter person in a Beauty parlour / saloon, can do a 4 months diploma course in Trichology
I do not think Trichologists are professionally qualified to do the advertised Transplantation works. Trichology centres may be using Cosmetic / Dermatology surgeons to carry out the surgical work - hair transplantation, which is a pluck and plant operation.
The pluckable area / area across the ears, is hardly 15% of the total scalp area and so, such transplants can never fill the head. Subsequent maintenance is for Dermatologists to attend. As earlier said, if that was that simple for Dermatology, why the loss and then the costly transplantation?
I have heard routinely since 1965, almost once in say 3-4 years, that some break through medicine is under way to Hereditary Baldness. Nothing effective has come out really
Keeping the limits in mind, hair has to be cared.