Both men and women suffer from hair loss. it's normal to loose between 50-100 hairs per day but anything more can be an indication of an underlying issue. Men suffer from Androgenic alopecia, for which there is currently no cure as it's mainly genetics.
A misconception is that women don't have the same issues, Women suffer from Female pattern baldness.
DHT - Alpha 5a causes follicles to shrink and eventually not produce any hairs.
Losing 50-100 hairs per day is normal but anything more is a sign of an underlying condition, which needs to be addressed. Hair Loss can be the result of hormonal changes, medical conditions, heredity, or just a normal part of the ageing process. Anyone can lose hair on their head, but it's more common in men. Baldness typically refers to excessive hair loss from your scalp. Hereditary hair loss with age is the most common cause of baldness.
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Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune condition, the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues, including the hair follicles. Ultimately this causes hair to fall out, preventing new hair from growing. This condition can affect adults and children, this type of hair loss can begin suddenly, without warning. Hair from the scalp typically falls out in small patches and is not painful. Hair in other parts of the body, including the eyebrows and eyelashes, may also fall out.
In men, hair loss can begin any time after puberty and progress over the course of years or decades. It starts above the temples and continues around the perimeter and the top of the head, often leaving a ring of hair along the bottom of the scalp. Many men with male pattern hair loss eventually become bald. Treating the problem sooner rather than later has shown better results when combating hair loss.
In women, hair slowly thins all over the scalp, but the hairline usually doesn’t recede. Many women experience this type of hair loss as a natural part of aging, although hair loss may begin any time after puberty. Female pattern hair loss can cause hair to thin dramatically, but only rarely does it lead to baldness.
Some hairstyles, including tight ponytails and braids, pull hair away from the scalp with such force that hair strands are damaged and fall out. Unless the hairstyle is changed, traction alopecia may lead to thinning hair or bald spots. Most of the time, hair regrows after you alter the hairstyle.
Telogen Effluium is caused when we suffer from shock, stress or trauma, which forces our follicles into an early shedding phase. This can start to look like we're going through a permeant hair loss as 200+ hairs are lost per day. Scalp starts to become visible.
Remedy - Usually cures itself once the stressful element has been address. Vitamin intake and PRP can help force hairs into the anagen phase
Same symptoms as Telogen Effluvium the distinction between the two are if it lasts for longer than 6 months then it's regarded as Chronic Telogen Effluvium.
When Telogen Effluvium becomes chronic, there is usually an underlying physical or mental condition that needs to be addressed. It’s important to see your doctor to rule out underlying medical issues, scalp conditions, hormonal imbalances, or mental health conditions. The sooner you can identify the cause, the sooner you can seek treatment and reverse your hair loss. There are several solutions that can help to reverse telogen effluvium once it has become chronic, including PRP Therapy.
Either an under-active thyroid, a medical condition called hypothyroidism, or an overactive thyroid, can result in hair loss as it causes a hormonal imbalance. Hormones help to regulate nearly every function in the body, including hair growth. Getting the right treatment to control either of these thyroid conditions will get hormones under control, stop hair loss, and allow your hair to starting grow back.
Other hormonal imbalances can also lead to hair loss, especially the wildly fluctuating hormones that occur following pregnancy and childbirth. It takes time after pregnancy for hormone levels to return to normal, so it's not at all uncommon for post-partum moms to notice thinning hair or even patches of baldness. This often occurs about three months after baby’s arrival. As the rest of your body recovers, so will your hair follicles. Don't worry, this type of of hair loss is only temporary, your hair will grow back.
Hair loss is a side effect of a number of medications taken for common health problems. Blood-thinning medications, oral contraceptives, drugs for depression, NSAIDs, and beta and calcium channel blockers can all lead to thinning hair or baldness. Excessive amounts of vitamin A and vitamin A-based drugs called retinoids can cause hair loss as well. Some chemotherapy drugs used to treat cancer are known to cause total hair loss as they work to destroy cancer cells. Just as hair usually grows back after chemo, it should also grow back once you stop taking any medication that causes hair loss.
When you’re experiencing hair loss, it’s very important to handle your hair gently.
Avoid using harsh chemicals and stick to gentle hair care products. Be careful not to be overly aggressive when you are combing or styling your hair. Hairstyles that pull tightly on the scalp should also be avoided for the time being.
Eat a Healthy, Balanced Diet — Your diet plays an important role in the cycle of hair growth. Eating a balanced diet that includes plenty of protein, healthy fats, and sources of antioxidants is key for preventing and treating further hair loss.
Correct Nutritional Deficiencies, Vitamin deficiencies can be a cause of hair loss. If your doctor finds that you have a nutrient deficiency, it’s important to correct it as soon as possible. While a healthy diet can provide an abundant supply of vitamins and minerals, sometimes, a vitamin supplement may be necessary. Some types of nutritional deficiencies include Biotin, vitamin D, vitamin B12, folic acid, and iron.
The sooner you address the symptoms of hair loss, the more likely you are to prevent irreversible damage. Contact us today to begin your journey to a fuller head of hair.