What is Hair LOSS?
What is normal hair loss?
Most people shed 50 to 100 hairs a day. Like your nails and skin, your hair goes through a cycle of growth and rest. Gradual thinning is a normal part of aging. However, hair loss (alopecia) may lead to baldness when the rate of shedding exceeds the rate of regrowth, when new hair is thinner than the hair shed or when hair comes out in patches.
Anyone - men, women, and children - can experience hair loss. The emotional impact of hair loss can be significant. For most people, hair plays an important role in their appearance and self image.
What is Trichology
Trichology is a paramedical field, which is the study of hair and scalp disorders that also, involves the anatomy and physiology of hair.
How common is hair loss in women?
Hair loss affects approximately 20 million women in the United States. The incidence increases with age, with most women showing hair loss beginning in their late 20s to early 40s and men showing loss about a decade earlier, in their late teens to early 30s. About 50 percent of women and men have some noticeable baldness by age 50.
What does A Trichologist Do?
A qualifiedTrichologist can identify and treat all forms of hair loss, hair shaft breakage, scalp disorders, and the scalp environment. Hair is one of the body’s most metabolically-active tissues, often reflecting the first signals of internal disturbance. The hair and scalp are just as important as other areas of the body in the overall assessment of your health.
A trichologist will determine which problems they can treat and which ones may need to be referred to medical specialists. Some of the disorders that they will see on a daily practice may include dandruff, eczema, psoriasis, seborrhea, dermatitis, dry, oily or itchy scalp, hair breakage, hair thinning, hair loss, excessive hair loss over the entire scalp, baldness patches, female and male pattern baldness, alopecia or scaling alopecia.
Daily Nutritional Needs for Healthy Hair
vitamins- 16 A, Beta-Carotene, B-complex, C, Bioflavanoids, D, E, F, K
essential amino acids- 21
unsaturated fat- mono-unsaturated
Probiotics- Friendly Flora
Essential Fatty Acids (flax oil/seeds & GLA Evening Primrose Oil)
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2010 - present
Do women lose their hair the same way as men?
For women, hair loss (female pattern baldness) is usually limited to thinning at the front, sides or crown. Complete baldness rarely occurs in women. For men, this type of hair loss (male-pattern baldness) is typically characterized by hair loss that begins at the temples and the crown. For the most part, in other types of hair loss, the loss is similar in both sexes.
What role do hormones play in hair loss?
Hormones play a significant role in hair loss. People with significant hair loss, often called alopecia, have higher levels of the enzyme that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Over time, DHT causes hair follicles to weaken and shortens the growing phase of hair. These weakened hair follicles continue to shrink. More hairs shed and shrink with time, resulting in hair loss and thinning hair. Other hormones also play significant roles in hair loss. The female hormone estrogen may convert resting hairs to growing ones, and this might play a part in the thickening of a woman's hair during pregnancy.
What are the different types of hair loss people experience?
There are several causes of hair loss. The most common type of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia (AGA), or pattern baldness. It's usually permanent and attributed to heredity. Another type of hair loss, known as senescent alopecia, is the gradual thinning of hair with age. Other types of hair loss:
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease, and its cause is unknown. The hair loss occurs in small, rough, smooth patches.
Telogen effluvium is temporary hair loss due to a change in your normal hair cycle. This type of hair loss may occur following pregnancy, oral contraceptive usage or physical stressful situations such as high fevers, sudden excessive weight loss, nutritional deficiencies, surgery and metabolic disturbances. This type of hair loss is sudden with handfuls of hair on your comb, in the shower or in your hand after gentle tugging. Your hair grows back once the condition corrects itself.
Hair shaft disorders, or injured hairs are caused by improper perms or coloring, overstyling, straightening, curling or excessive brushing.
Toxic hair loss can occur when you undergo chemotherapy. Chemicals that destroy cancer cells can also kill hair cells. Once chemotherapy is completed your hair usually grows back.
What can women do to protect their hair during hair loss?
Your health affects the condition of your hair, making it important for you to maintain good health, eat right and exercise daily. Avoid unnecessary chemical or physical trauma to your hair. A good hair stylist will be sensitive to problems of hair loss, suggest appropriate styles and avoid improperly applied perms and hair colors that can worsen your hair loss. If you have sensitive skin, hair products that are less fragrant and contain fewer preservatives can be beneficial. Avoid conditions that dry your hair, such as prolonged low humidity, wind, blow dryers, and too frequent perming or coloring, which may take your hair brittle and fragile.