Are those stubborn little strands of baby hair making your hair styling efforts go in vain? We understand it could be spoiling your entire look.
Baby hair is often short and different in texture, which makes them resilient to straighteners, gels or other hair styling products. But, you can manage them with simple hair hacks or style them to create a unique look.
Scroll down to know what's causing them and the best ways to prevent their occurrence.
What Is Baby Hair?
You’ve probably noticed the fine, pale, downy strands of hair bordering your hairline or the nape of your neck every time you pull your hair into an updo. Well, those are your baby hair. Due to its fine, feathery texture, it is also referred to as Vellus hair, which means wool in Latin.
Vellus or baby hair is quite different from the terminal hair that grows on your scalp. Vellus hair covers most parts of your body, some of which later grow into androgenous hair (hair in your armpits and pubic areas) with the onset of puberty. So, it is natural for vellus hair to grow into terminal or androgenous hair. The problem arises when this natural cycle is reversed and terminal hair begins converting into baby hair. This often indicates the first signs of hair thinning in adult women or male pattern baldness (Androgenetic Alopecia) in men.
Does Baby Hair Grow Out?
Many women notice the growth of baby hair during their period of pregnancy, but this is a temporary phase. It is caused by hormonal imbalances, which is natural during pregnancy. However, if you are noticing the sudden increase of baby hair on your scalp, it might be a good idea to consult your Ayurvedic doctor. “Scalp hair gets converted to vellus hair because of follicle miniaturization. DHT is often the culprit, which turns thick terminal scalp hair to vellus hair,” says Dr. Zeel Gandhi, Chief Ayurvedic Doctor at Vedix.
Hair experts advice shifting to natural hair products that are sulfate and paraben free. Baby hair is dry in nature, hence avoid the use of products or heat styling tools that further dry out your scalp. Keep your scalp and hair strands moisturized with some natural deep conditioners such as honey and aloe vera.
Growing back your terminal hair is possible with the proper diet and hair care regime. Ayurveda offers a range of Ayurvedic herbs and methods (Shiro Abhyanga, Shiro Dhara, Shiro Lepa, Nasya) that have proven successful in promoting hair growth and preventing chances of an early hair loss.
Is Baby Hair A Sign Of Breakage Or New Growth?
Baby hair is the short, fine hair usually found covering your hairline. They rarely grow beyond 2mm in length. An excess of baby hair on your scalp may mean your hair follicles are not receiving enough nutrition to grow healthy terminal hairs. Lack of nutrition or certain other external or internal factors can make your hair follicles shrink giving rise to vellus hair.
These hair are not moisturized by the sebaceous glands and tend to be dull and dry in texture. Growth of these hair on the scalp of adult men and women are signs of hair damage. Immediate attention may prevent the condition from progressing into Androgenetic Alopecia or Alopecia Areata.
According to the ancient science of Ayurveda, hair deformity is caused by the imbalance of the Tri Doshas or Life Energies in your body. A Vata-Pitta Dosha imbalance in your scalp often causes excess heat and shrinks your hair follicles. At other times, Kapha dosha combines with Rakta Dhatu (blood tissue) cuts off the oxygen and nutrition supply to your hair roots, causing hair to degenerate. A proper Ayurvedic diet as prescribed by your Ayurvedic doctor along with Ayurvedic medical therapies such Shiro Dhara and Shiro Abhyanga (hair massage using therapeutic oils) will harmonize the imbalance and can put an end to your hair problems.
Vedix Tip: Including certain Ayurvedic superfoods such as Amla, Methi, Brahmi, Curry Leaves, Moringa, Coconut, Cumin and Ghee in your diet can promote the growth of healthy, strong tresses. Back it up with head massages twice a week with Ayurvedic hair oils - Bhringraj, Coconut and Methi, Hibiscus, Amla and Gunja.
What Causes Baby Hair On Your Hairline?
When the hair follicles on your scalp fail to produce terminal hair, you notice the growth of finer, soft textured baby hair. This, in adults, is most common when there is a hormonal imbalance preventing natural hair growth. Healthy terminal hair gets replaced by vellus or baby hair due to an increase in Androgen hormone levels. This hormone blocks off the nutrition and blood supply to your follicles making them miniaturize and give rise to deformed hair.
Baby hair occurs when the natural hair growth cycle is cut short due to improper nutrition or disease, and the hair growth stops abruptly. The usual phases of hair growth are Anagen or growth phase (4-7 years), Catagen or transitioning phase (about 2 weeks) and Telogen or resting phase (3 months). For baby hair, the Anagen phase quickly transitions into the Catagen and Telogen phase, preventing your hair to grow its natural length.
How To Get Rid Of Baby Hair?
If you are tired of styling them, you can opt to remove your baby hair. Possible methods are cited below but make sure you have a hair professional taking care of your needs.
You are used to shaping your eyebrows and removing facial hair with the threading method. Baby hair on your hairline can also be removed in a similar way. However, you need to keep repeating it to maintain your perfect hairline.
2. Cosmetic Hair Removal
Laser hair removal  techniques performed by professionals can offer a more permanent solution. However, make sure you research the side effects and post-treatment care before you opt for this method.
The lesser recommended method is waxing . There is a chance your hairline might incur some damage while you wax your baby hair. If you prefer waxing your baby hair make sure it is done only by a professional.
4. Natural Hair Removal Methods
If the above techniques sound too complicated, you could always bank on natural methods that have zero side effects. The below mentioned scrubs are great for removing unwanted baby hair.
A. Apricot Scrub
Grind apricots or buy some apricot powder and make it into a paste by adding some honey and water to get the desired consistency. Now apply the paste on your hairline, especially the areas covered in baby hair and leave it on for 20 mins. Gently scrub the dried paste before washing off. Repeat as required. The apricot scrub will exfoliate your skin and remove baby hair from your hairline.
B. Lemon, Honey and Besan (Bengal Gram Flour) Scrub
Make a paste with besan and honey. Squeeze a lemon into this paste. Add some water to get a thick consistency. Apply this over your baby hair and leave it on for 20 mins. When dry, gently scrub off to remove dead cells and baby hair. Repeat this twice a week to get desired results.
Tips For Managing Baby Hair
Learn how to manage those flying strands of baby hair with the proper styling tools and techniques to achieve a flawless hair style.
1. Gel Or Styling Cream
Use a hair gel or styling cream to tame your baby hair. Flatten them to match your hair style or tease them into fine curls for a softer appearance. If you are out of styling gel, that balm/hand cream in your bag can also do the trick.
2. Use A Fine Brush
Regular hair brushes or combs don’t go well when styling baby hair or flyaways. Since they are short and usually finer than your natural hair, you’ll need a fine comb to bring them to place. A toothbrush will also serve your purpose, as its fine bristles will aptly deal with your flying strands of baby hair.
Hairsprays are a great option for easily setting your baby hair. They help to hold your baby hair in place for a time. Simply spray it on the baby hair and then comb them to display a perfect hairline.
4. Hide Them
A fun way to prevent your baby hair from ruining your hairstyle is to hide them. Choose a hairstyle which covers your baby hair such as a fringe or side swept bangs.
Is Baby Hair A Sign Of Balding?
Hair doctors believe that one of the first signs of Male and Female Pattern Baldness  is the growth of vellus hairs in place of terminal hairs on your scalp. A few strands of baby hair on your hairline are common, but too many might suggest possible hair damage.
In hair conditions such as Alopecia Areata  and Cushing’s Syndrome, the rise in Androgens in your bloodstream causes the growth of vellus hair on your scalp. With the increase of vellus hair growth, you soon begin to show empty patches as is common in baldness.
The Last Word
Baby hair often acts as an obstacle in getting that perfect hair style. Preventing, growing or styling them is always up to you. But make sure that they are not early signs of hair damage or baldness. If you notice too much growth of baby hair, it is time to consult your Ayurvedic doctor to know the perfect prevention methods using natural Ayurvedic therapies. At Vedix, we customize a hair care regimen exclusive to your hair type and needs.Know Your Dosha Now
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