Hair Loss

Hair loss can occur in both women and men. Basically, the normal cycle of hair growth lasts for 2 to 3 years. Each hair grows approximately 1 centimeter per month during this phase. About 90 percent of the hair on your scalp is growing at any one time. About 10 percent of the hair on your scalp is in a resting phase. It is normal to shed hair every day. We lose between 100-125 hairs on any given day. However, some people may experience excessive hair loss.

Factors affecting hair loss can often take up to three months to have an effect. So, if you experience hair loss, consider events that happened up to three months prior to the hair loss.

Female Pattern Baldness vs. Male Pattern Baldness

Female pattern baldness is different from male pattern baldness. Female pattern baldness goes around the whole top of the head whereas men lose it on the temple, the crown, and the bald spot in the back. While balding in men almost always occurs as a result of a genetic predisposition and age, in women, it can happen at any time. The hair loss can first become apparent in women by ages 25 to 30.

Causes of Hair Loss

– Dihydrotestosterone (DHT): DHT is a derivative of testosterone, a male hormone. It is the enemy of hair follicles on your head because it restricts the follicles ability to produce hair growth.

– Genetics: if your family members have hair thinning condition, it is likely that you will have this problem as well

– Illnesses: Auto-immune disorders, thyroid disease, high fevers, chronic illnesses can cause hair loss. Some inflammatory conditions also cause hair to come out in clumps or patches.

– Medications: Medicines that can cause hair loss include blood thinners, medicines used for cancer, gout, high blood pressure and heart problems.

– Scalp infection: Fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair loss.

– Hormonal problems and changes in hormone levels: Hormone imbalance, menopause or pregnancy can cause hair loss.

– Diet: Deficiency of protein, zinc or iron can cause hair loss.

– Hair care products such as dyes and shampoos. The allergic reaction to these hair products can cause the body to respond in the form of dermatitis or hair loss. Common chemicals that lead to allergy include para-phenylenediamne (PPD) in hair dyes and sodium laurel sulfate and ammonium laurel sulfate in shampoos.

– Stress: Stress can lead to an increase in hormones circulating through the blood stream and cause problems with the body systems responsible for hair growth. Too much stress on the body can also cause a condition known as telogen effluvium in which hair loss occurs temporarily as a result of some trauma, stress, or shock to your body. This stress include pregnancy, a major physical injury, malnutrition and chronic illness.

– Aging: Hair loss is a normal part of aging process.

Treatments for Hair Loss

What treatment you need depends on the cause of your hair loss. If a medicine is causing hair loss, you may ask your doctor to prescribe a different medicine. If you lose hair because of hair care products, you should stop using such products and/or switch to other products. Correcting a hormone imbalance and nutrition deficiency should help prevent further hair loss.

If the hair loss is caused by DHT, you can use an over-the-counter topical solution called minoxidil. This solution is FDA approved to treat hair loss condition. Minoxidil can counteract the shrinking hair follicles to let your hair grow back. There are three forms of minoxidil – spray, dropper and foam. It is very important that you use this solution properly. Minoxidil can take months before results start to show.

Another product that helps stimulate hair growth is a hair growth shampoo. The ingredients you should look for include minoxidil, amino acid, caffeine, biotin, Argan oil and jojoba oil.

You can also promote hair growth from the inside out by taking hair growth vitamins. Try fish oil, zinc, B vitamins, biotin, vitamin C, iron and vitamin D.

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