Hair Loss Facts
While it is true men are more likely to lose their hair than women, women also worry about thinning hair and hair loss. Causes of hair loss can vary from “male pattern baldness” in men to hair loss because of vitamin deficiencies or health issues.
Most people normally shed 50 to 100 hairs a day. But with about 100,000 hairs in the scalp, this amount of hair loss shouldn’t cause noticeable thinning of the scalp hair. As people age, hair tends to gradually thin. Other causes of hair loss include hormonal factors, medical conditions and medications.
Temporary hair loss can be caused by stress, both physical and mental. Being involved in a car accident, having surgery and even a bout of the flue can initiate hair loss. Your hair has a natural life cycle, growth, rest and shedding.
Hair grows in three different cycles: anagen, catagen, and telogen. About 90% of the hair on the head is in the anagen, or growth phase, which lasts anywhere from two to eight years. The catagen, or transition phase, typically lasts 2-3 weeks, during which the hair follicle shrinks. During the telogen cycle, which lasts around two to four months, the hair rests.
Physical trauma can shock the hair cycle pushing more hair into the shedding phase. This affect is typically visible anywhere from 3 to 6 months from the event. Pregnancy can also cause hair loss but hair typically grows back in a couple of months after birth.
Taking Vitamin A in excess can trigger hair loss according to the American Academy of Dermatology. The safe recommended Daily Value is 5,000 International Units for Adults and children over 4. Supplements can contain anywhere from 2,500 to 10,000 units. Once excess of vitamin A is halted, hair should grow back normally.
Lack of Protein can cause your body to shut down non-essential functions, which may include hair growth. Fish, Meat and Eggs are excellent sources of protein and there are Vegan and Vegetarian alternatives also.
The easiest way to tell if you are experiencing unusual hair loss is to look at your pillow in the morning and check for an unusual amount of hair. Your hair brush is another early indicator, if you start seeing a larger amount of hair in your brush or comb, you could be experiencing excessive hair loss.
There are medical conditions that can cause early hair loss. Some common conditions are Thryroid Problems, Alspecia Areata – immune system attacks hair follicles, Scalp infections and Skin Dis-orders. Medical treatment for Cancer, Arthritis, Depression, Heart Problems and High Blood Pressure.
Stress is accounting for some women in their twenties. A recent survey said that a sixth of women had experienced hair loss by their 30th birthday and eight percent said they had started to thin by age 25. This may be the biggest influencing factor in hair loss for our generation.
Male pattern baldness is due to change in hormones and testosterone levels. Typically males will start losing hair at front of head and rear circle which will continue to expand. W
omens hair also is lost in typical fashion usually starting at their part line. But women also can start with a receding hairline.
One known chemical for hair growth is chemical used to increase hair growth is called “minoxidil.” This chemical is usually applied topically, as a shampoo or ointment. When minoxidil contacts the cells of the scalp, it dilates the blood vessels in this area. This dilation encourages nutrients and hormones to reach hair follicles and aides in hair growth. One of the most common brand names of this chemical is “Rogaine.” This chemical can be found in drug stores and general retailers.