Hair loss in children

Care for your child’s scalp and promote natural hair growth

Adults remember how it feels to grow up in a world full of challenges. When a teenager or young child experiences a form of hair loss, their life can suddenly feel even more daunting.

As well as being a traumatic experience for the child, many parents and carers feel helpless during a child's hair loss. YELASAI use natural methods to grow hair naturally and give advice on caring for your child's hair and scalp.

Indentifying hair loss in Children

Hair that falls out through play, exercise, and everyday styling can be difficult to notice due to a child's active lifestyle. At the end of its growth cycle, hair naturally falls out to make room for new hair to grow. So, if you are noticing a few strands of hair on your childs' hairbrush or pillow, then this is no real cause for concern.

However, if bald patches begin to emerge on your child's scalp or you notice clumps of hair fall out through brushing and washing, then it is an indication that they may be experiencing a form of hair loss.

The key indicator is a noticeable increase in the hair coming away from the scalp. Hair loss often presents itself as clumps of hair leaving the scalp rather than a few strands. Large amounts of hair left on your childs' pillow after sleeping can also indicate that an imbalance is occurring.

Our approach to hair loss

YELASAI approach hair loss from an Ayurveda perspective. Ayurveda teaches that everything in the body is connected and that internal and external imbalances can result in a change of bodily function, such as hair growth.

As children grow, they experience changes in the body. Hormone and cell development can shift functions in the body. These changes can prevent nutrients from reaching the scalp and can interrupt the natural growth cycle of hair. Changes in oil production can create dryness and irritation on the scalp, and external factors such as stress can cause hair to fall out.

Through the principles of Ayurveda, YELASAI care supplies the scalp and body with the nutrients it needs to rejuvenate itself and regain natural cycles.

Common causes of imblance:

In babies It is very common for babies to lose their hair within the first few months of life. Hormonal changes, sleeping positions (friction), and general growth can all be triggers. It is rarely something to be concerned about is unlikely to be associated with a permanent medical condition.

Children: Nutrition, Bacterial infections, excess touching of hair, emotional stress and traumas, and autoimmune diseases are among the most common causes of hair loss in children aged 4-12

Teenagers – Vitamin deficiencies, puberty, emotional stress and traumas, medications, an imbalanced diet, excessive styling, and stress can influence teenage hair loss.

Caring for children's hair loss

In today’s modern world filled with social media and photoshop, children can put intense pressure on themselves to look and feel a certain way. When hair loss occurs, there is the potential for young people to lose any self-confidence they were working hard to build.

YELASAI use naturally derived vitamins, minerals and extracts that fuel the scalp with nutrients to promote natural hair growth. Our gentle products and methods are suitable for sensitive skin and is designed to encourage sustainable hair growth.

Circular Hair loss – Alopecia Areata

Alopecia Areata is a type of hair loss that occurs when the body's immune system attacks the hair follicles. It appears as bald circular patches on the scalp, giving it the name circular hair loss. The circular bald spots are smooth and don't necessarily irritate the scalp, as the inflammation occurs under the skin.

Some children may experience periods where their hair falls out and then regrows again repeatedly. If this occurs, we recommend writing down the duration between the onset of symptoms and the interval of re-growth every week. Wherever possible, speak with your children and ask them if they have noticed any patches emerging. The sooner you identify the symptoms, the easier it is to care for them.

Caring for Alopecia Areata in children:

Rest assured, approximately half of children experiencing Alopecia Areata will grow their hair back without the use of treatment. It is worthwhile to introduce a care plan to maximise the chances of maintaining hair growth.
Unlike some medical treatments, our products are made from natural ingredients to care for sensitive scalps. Considering a natural approach to hair loss is safer for children and is more effective in many cases.

Suitable products
Natural Scalp Exfoliator
Ayurveda scalp peeling

Our Ayurvedic Scalp Exfoliator gently unclogs pores and helps to create the ideal ground for growing hair. Our natural formula is suitable for children and sensitive scalps.

Ayuvreda hair growth serum
Hair growth Serum
Ayurveda Hair Active Tonic

Our Ayurvedic Hair Active Tonic sinks deep into the skins layers to provide the roots with an abundance of natural nutrition. Suitable for children, our optimal hair growth serum stimulates roots and encourages sustained growth. 


Ringworm

Ringworm is one of the most common infections among children to cause hair loss. It is highly contagious and displays symptoms worse in children than in adults. Unlike the name, Ringworm is not caused by a worm but by a fungal infection passed on through soil, animals, and other humans.

The infection appears as ring-shaped patches on the scalp and skin and causes scaling, reddening, inflammation, and crusting in the infected area. The symptoms usually form after around two weeks of the child being in contact with the infection and can differ in appearance for every child.

Caring for Ringworm in children:

Although we promote natural ingredients wherever possible, we recommend seeking advice from a medical doctor to eliminate your child’s case of Ringworm. Specific chemicals are required to counteract the infection and, if left untreated, the symptoms can worsen. Ringworm can be incredibly uncomfortable and itchy for a child, so we advise seeking support as quickly as possible.

For post ringworm, YELASAI care is advisable to introduce vitamins and calm the scalp. Our products contain growth activating ingredients that encourage thicker and more voluminous hair. Avoid over-styling your child’s hair and give their scalp the nutrients and time it needs to heal itself.


Traction Alopecia

Traction alopecia refers to hair loss caused by long term tension or pulling of the hair. When the hair is over-styled or excessively handled, the scalp is stretched and can breakages occur. Pulling on hair can loosen roots, which interrupts the natural hair growth cycle.

Children that wear tight ponytails, braids, plaits, or poorly placed extensions are more likely to develop symptoms of traction alopeciaProlonged tension on the scalp leads to potential scalp trauma. The affected areas can be itchy and cause scratching, which leads to inflammation and hair loss. 

Caring for and preventing Traction Alopecia

Whenever possible, let your child’s hair hang loose and allow time for hair to regrow. To encourage hair growth at home, use child-friendly natural products that support the structure of the scalp and promote hair growth.

YELASAI care encourages hair growth without the use of silicones, synthetics, or hormones.


Dry scalp and Dandruff

Dandruff and scalp irritation is common among adults and children. As children grow, their scalp can alter in oil production and moisturisation. Changes in natural sebum levels can cause dryness and inflammation. Dandruff leaves residue on the skin, which blocks pores and causes excess oil production. 

YELASAI care balances the scalp, remove residue and fuels the skin with nourishment to calm irritation and regulate oils. 

Daily scalp brushing is a natural way to help reduce dandruff and irritation in children. Read our Scalp Brushing guide for more information.


Common causes of scalp imbalance during puberty:

Diet

Eating habits can change during puberty as teenagers become more independent. Shifts in diets can alter the productivity of the immune system and cause hair loss.

Hereditary hair loss

Although hair loss in teenage males may be a genetic factor in your family, introducing natural hair loss shampoos can reduce symptoms and promote hair growth on a long-term basis. 

Styling

Hair can be a target for transformation as a teenager. Bleach, harmful products, hair dyes, and over-styling can help a teenager explore their independent style. Unfortunately, exploring can cause breakages, split ends, tension hair loss, fall out, and result in hair loss. 

Stress

Exams, relationships, social pressures, family problems and inner-conflicts can be a big contributor to teenage hair loss.

Advice on preventing hair loss in children

 

1. Nutrition and Exercise

Talking to your child about the implications of an unbalanced diet and stress on the body is highly recommended. Stress and poor nutrition have a multitude of potential health risks, including hair loss. Wherever possible, produce meals that are high in vitamins and proteins. Encourage activities that release endorphins and get your child moving.

2. Offer Gentle Advice

Giving gentle advice when your child is in a place to receive it can encourage healthier habits. Hair loss can be an indicator of an eating disorder, so keep a regular eye on your child’s scalp if you have any concerns. Introduce your teenager to natural hair loss remedies, hair masques, oils, and growth tonics in a supportive manner.

We understand that it can be a challenge to communicate with your child during this new phase of their life. Encouraging safe hair and health habits may not seem like a priority to your child, and they may be uninterested in any form of advice. When this occurs, it may be time to introduce some more ‘subtle’ methods.

3. Introduce Subtle hair care switches

Switching up the shampoo in your family bathroom can prevent teenage hair loss. You can also present nutritious hair loss care as a form of ‘luxury hair reward’ that you teenager can enjoy indulging in. It can also help your young adult to hear advice from somebody outside the family.. Our Hair Active Experts advise teenagers on safer hair habits across Europe.