Hair Loss on Temples: Causes & Treatments
Loss of hair, thinning hair, bald patches are nightmares that none of us want to encounter...ever. Whether a temporary condition or hereditary, losing more than 100 strands a day rings the unpleasant panic button which needs to be addressed immediately. If that wasn't enough, what's more commonly observed these days is hair loss on temples. Although this condition generally affects men, females too have been known to be impacted with hair thinning at the temple area. It mostly happens due to tight high ponytails and buns for long hours. And ofcourse, during the initial days it can get a bit difficult to deal with as that nasty receding hairline can deeply affect our mental sanity! But you need not worry, we at Kosmoderma are here to resolve all your queries by deep diving into the nitty-gritty of this condition that will help you take the necessary precautions.
Let's begin with understanding hair loss on temples -
Hair loss occurs in many different ways. When you start noticing a receding hairline near your eyes, ears and forehead it is termed as hair loss on temples. Generally this condition is characteristic of hair fall from the area near the eyes, ears and forehead.
At times, one may notice an overall change in the hair line but it can also happen on just one side of the forehead. Temple hair loss can be prevented if caught on at an early stage. For that, it is imperative to understand the early signs and causes of this condition.
How to identify if you are suffering from temple hair loss -
Losing some amount of hair is natural, however if you start noticing large clumps of hair while brushing or showering you need to take charge immediately. In women, reduced hair density and a receding hairline with visible forehead are also indicative of thinning hair near the temples.
Now, let's look at the major causes -
In general, thinning hair can be attributed as a genetic or hereditary issue among men and women both. However, sometimes there are some additional factors mentioned below that cause hair thinning at the temples:
- Smoking: There have been several studies that suggest nicotine reduces the blood flow throughout the body and restricts blood vessels. If genetics are not the concern for you, but you're a heavy smoker losing hair then it is crucial to cut down on this habit immediately.
- Environmental factors: In both men and women pollution, weather changes all take a toll on overall health and do not spare our hair. The harsh pollutants disturb the scalp and unfortunately cause hair fall. So it is wise to keep your mane clean by using a mild shampoo and conditioner regularly.
- Tight hairstyles: High buns, ponytails are comfortable ways of managing your mane at home. While sometimes we may also indulge in stylised pulled back hairstyles,what most of us don't realise is that with time, excessive pulling weakens the hair follicle leading to thinning of hair near temples. Hence the best way to manage your hair at home is to simply tie it in a loose braid or loose ponytail!
- Hair extensions: While extensions add volume and length. In the long term, it has an adverse effect on your original hair leaving you with finer brittle hair. So be wise and talk to your stylist about the pros and cons before you take the big leap of getting extensions.
- Menopause: Menopause is a biological change that every woman goes through between the ages of 50-60 years and it severely causes hormonal imbalance. Hair loss on the scalp and temples is a common occurrence during menopause. While there is no medication that can help with this, the best way to promote scalp and temple hair growth is to eat healthy, stay hydrated and avoid stressful situations.
- Vitamin D deficiency: Vitamin D is a key nutrient that plays a fundamental role in our body's overall function. It stimulates hair growth and creates new hair follicles. However a deficiency in vitamin D leads to excessive hair thinning and bald patches. We all know that sunlight is the main source of this vitamin, so ensure you get plenty to keep your mane healthy.
How to treat temple hair loss -
- Onion juice: While it seems extreme but onion juice has been used historically to promote hair growth. Sulfur is the main dietary nutrient that is known to boost production of enzymes and is found in hair protein called keratin. It also has anti-microbial properties that protect the scalp from infections and boosts blood circulation. So next time you notice thinning hair around temples and scalp; pick up that onion from your kitchen - grind up the pulp and apply the squeezed liquid to see good results.
- Aloe vera: Aloe vera is nature's gift to mankind. With abundance of nutrients, amino acids and minerals it acts as a soothing and moisturising agent that boosts hair growth. It is found in several cosmetic as well as medical products but the finest way to use it is in its natural form. You can simply scrape the aloe vera gel from the plant and blend it with coconut oil to get a thick creamy consistency solution. Apply this concoction for 30 minutes and then wash off with a mild shampoo. Incorporate this mask in your weekly hair care routine and see the results in just a few months.
- Minoxidil: This FDA approved over the counter drug is by far one of the widely used medications for any type of hair loss. However, If you're using minoxidil then patience is the key as it effects take almost 2-4 months. This is not for those who are looking for a quick fix. So be sure to invest upto a year to get the desired hair growth near temples. To know more about minoxidil click here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minoxidil
- Hair oils: Along with home remedies and treatments it is vital to include head massage with good hair oils. Be sure to choose a hair oil based on your scalp condition. For example - coconut oil is best for dry hair and scalp, while jojoba and almond oil are perfect for oily to normal hair. A weekly massage helps in blood circulation and stimulates hair growth.
- Diet & exercise: None of the home remedies or medical treatments will work if not supported with a good diet and regular exercise. In today's fast paced life, stress and sedentary lifestyle go hand-in-hand causing more damage to our health, skin and hair than we realise. Make slow and steady changes to your diet by including more fruits, veggies and legumes coupled with any form of exercise that suits you. Just 20-30 minutes of workout is good enough!
- Seek medical help: If you are facing excessive hair fall or alopecia then it is best to consult an expert who can guide you appropriately. Depending on the severity of hairfall, the team of doctors at Kosmoderma will advise certain treatments such as growth factor therapy, PRP or even supplements if needed. Watch this video to learn what our founder Dr. Chytra Anand has to say about these treatments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di9TlBBGakQ
Remember hair thinning near temples is a serious concern and can be problematic ,but if caught on an early stage then you can easily beat it. The above suggestions will definitely help you in restoring your natural hair to its previous magnificence. For optimum results, eat well, sleep well and exercise along with a healthy hair care routine! Lastly, you can also visit our nearest clinics for consultation with one of our medical experts to identify the underlying factors causing hair loss and get the correct treatment.
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