If you are experiencing hair loss that occurs on one side of the head this can be a sign of a more serious issue, or it can signal more thinning and hairline recession to come in the future.
In this article I’ll be addressing one-sided hair loss. This will include a look at its most common causes, as well as the all-natural treatments you can use to combat it and regrow your hair.
What Is One-Sided Hair Loss?
One-sided hair loss is thinning and alopecia that occurs – either in part or in totality – on one side of the scalp. This may occur in patches, or it can occur as a result of diffuse thinning.
While not a common cause of hair loss, one-sided hair fall can happen for a number of reasons.
Even in individuals with Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA), recession may occur more quickly on one side than the other (known as an uneven hairline).
However, true one-sided alopecia can be a sign of different underlying conditions. Let’s take a look.
What Causes This Uneven Hair Loss?
Alopecia Areata (AA) is an autoimmune disorder with characteristic patchy hair loss.
Essentially, individuals with this condition have autoimmune systems that attack their cells. In this case, the cells are those that are necessary for hair growth.
Interestingly, the majority of patients with alopecia areata only experience balding in small patches.
There are cases of individuals with total balding of the scalp and face (alopecia totalis) as well as total body hair loss (alopecia universalis). However, this only occurs in 1-2% of cases.
An impulse control disorder that leads to the pulling out of one’s own hair, trichotillomania is a common cause of patchy hair loss.
Due to anxiety, stress, depression, or PTSD, individuals with this condition will feel the overwhelming urge to remove the hair from their scalp, face, and other body parts.
There are treatment options for individuals suffering from this disorder (including therapy and medication), but even after the hair pulling has ceased, it can be difficult to regrow the hair due to scalp trauma.
Trauma or Illness
From head injuries to stroke, there are a number of injuries and illnesses that can trigger asymmetrical hair loss.
Scarring and poor blood flow to a particular location of the scalp are two of the common causes of injury- and illness-related hair loss. And, depending on location, both can lead to irregular.
Dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis
Neither of these conditions are directly linked to alopecia; but, the constant itching and inflammation associated with them can certainly lead to hair thinning and balding overtime.
And, if these symptoms are more prevalent on one particular area of the scalp, this can lead to uneven hair thinning and loss.
How to Treat One-Sided Hair Loss
With a better understanding of the most common causes, it’s now time to learn how you can get started treating the issue and regrowing your hair.
1. Find the Cause
As shown above, there are a few conditions or circumstances that can lead to one-sided hair loss. In order to properly treat the issue, however, you’ll need to narrow down the cause.
In some cases, the cause can be easy to determine. However, you may also require the help of a dermatologist.
2. Treat the Issue At Its Source
While you can always utilize different over-the-counter medications and hair loss treatments, it’s best to treat the issue at its source. This will not only mask the symptoms, but also help to rid you of the condition altogether.
This step will look different for everybody as it depends entirely on your cause of thinning, as well as your symptoms. Let’s explore some of the common treatments.
Scalp Massage and Stimulation
This is a great treatment option for individuals with poor blood circulation (such as in the case of head injury or trichotillomania).
As you can imagine, blood flow is important in the hair growth process. This is because blood not only delivers oxygen and vital nutrients to the hair follicles, but it also removes waste and harmful buildup.
To begin, use your fingertips to massage your scalp (paying particular attention to the affected area) for at least 5 minutes each day.
You can also use a scalp massager or dermaroller to really get the blood pumping.
Reduce Stress & Remove Hair Loss Triggers
Stress is a common cause of hair thinning, and is especially present in those with trichotillomania. In addition, it may be a contributing factor to AA sufferers, though it isn’t the main cause.
There are a number of stress reduction techniques that you can do easily at home. These include chee breathing, yoga, and self massage.
Of course, you can also utilize the services of a professional, such as a massage therapist or counselor.
In addition to reducing stress, you’ll also want to eliminate triggers from your life. This may not always be possible, especially if you suffer from anxiety, however it can help to reduce your overall stress.
Natural Hair Product Use
The greatest thing about homemade shampoos is the ability to tailor the recipe to fit your needs.
This means you can include ingredients that increase blood circulation (such as peppermint oil and rosemary oil), reduce inflammation (such as ginger and turmeric), and even reduce stress levels (such as lavender essential oil).
Sometimes, one of the biggest hurdles for those looking to reduce chemicals in their hair products is time.
While making homemade products doesn’t take too much time, it does take a little more work than purchasing the products from the store.
Fortunately, there are all-natural products you can buy, you just have to know what to look for.
No matter the cause, you don’t have to suffer from the effects of irregular thinning and balding. While uneven hair loss can be a frustrating and irritating issue, it’s also one with a number of treatment options.