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COMMON CAUSES OF HAIR LOSS

Posted on: February 18th, 2016 by hairrestoration

Barbie Pascal

Hair Restoration Specialists

Ever said to yourself, or someone you know, “My hair is falling out, and I have NO IDEA why?? “?  You are not alone.  Let’s get to the heart of hair loss and explain a bit about why this could be happening to you.

First, let’s explore how the normal hair cycle works when things are on track.  At any given time, 85-90% of healthy hair is in what the medical world calls the “growing phase”, which usually lasts between 2-3 years.  Following the growing phase, these hairs will enter the “resting phase” for about 3 months, where the effected hairs will fall out and new ones will replace the old ones.  So far, so good, right?  Yes, when you consider that the average scalp holds between 120,000 and 150,000 hairs at a time.  Most people experience a normal physical response to the human hair cycle by shedding about 50-100 hairs per day.

So what are some of the most common factors that contribute to significant hair loss?

HEREDITY-  This is the old go-to, the easiest explanation to describe male or female pattern baldness, and it surely makes it easier to blame it on your parents than to look at the other physical or emotional factors that could be at play!  Genes can play the director of your hair chronicles, by dictating what age hair loss begins, the rate of hair loss and the overall extent of hair loss throughout your life, usually beginning in adulthood.

HORMONES- Normal hormone swings can also be very impactful, as it relates to hair loss.  Most of the time, hormonal imbalances do not cause scarring to the hair follicles, and the situation rights itself as your hormones go back to normal.  Typical hormone triggers are pregnancy, childbirth and menopause.  Lucky ladies!  Thyroid issues can also cause hormone imbalances that can lead to hair loss.  Another serious hormone impact is the result of Estrogen or Testosterone Replacement Therapy.

MEDICATIONS- Pharmaceuticals can play a huge part in hair loss.  The big offenders would be the medications prescribed for cancer, depression, high blood pressure, heart problems, birth control and even arthritis.

ILLNESS/INJURY/SURGERY- The name of the game with this trigger for hair loss is to “take care of yourself” during and after these shocks to your system.  If the body does not fully heal or recover, hair loss can be a result.  Bottom line is do not rush back to work, daily chores, exercise or exerting yourself until you are fully rested and healed, if possible.  Your scalp will thank you for resting up!

DIET- Your hair is a living growing part of you.  Just like the rest of your body, your diet plays a huge role in how your hair cycle responds.  A healthy head of hair needs protein, nutrients, iron, vitamins, etc.  This comes directly from the food we ingest.  So, consider ditching the fast food and incorporate healthy food if you want thicker healthier hair.

STRESS- Feeling overwhelmed?  Juggling a hectic schedule, or dealing with physical or emotional issues that cause you more stress than you wish to handle?  Well, this can lead to serious hair loss, which may or may not be reversible, if you aren’t careful. There are three main hair cycle responses to high stress scenarios:

  1. Telogen Effluvium- when high stress causes large blocks of follicles to become dormant, or fast-tracks these follicles into the “resting phase”, and after a few months, fall out completely.  This may or may not be followed by regeneration of new follicles.  In other words, it can cause permanent hair loss and scarring of the hair follicles in those areas.
  2. Trichotillomania- when stress becomes unbearable to some, it can cause irresistible urges to pull out clumps of hair on the head or body. This has been known to cause irreversible scarring.
  3. Alopecia Areata- In this case, the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles, causing mild to severe hair loss.

In any case, the good news is that high stress can be managed or avoided to curtail hair loss.

The good news is that there are treatments and procedures that can be administered to reverse, stop or slow hair loss.  Medications, both oral and topical, as well as PRP (platelet-rich plasma) treatments can slow hair loss and generate new growth.  Hair restoration procedures are a permanent solution to restore natural hair growth, and patients find the results to be very attractive and desirable.

To speak to a consultant about your hair loss, and find the best solutions to get the results you want, we suggest you contact Hair Restoration Specialists at 312-806-2203 and check our website for additional information:  www.hairrestorationspecialists.com!

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