NORMAL CYCLE OF HAIR GROWTH AND LOSS
- The growth and fall of hair is a natural process, which continues in our entire life time unless
interrupted by certain key factors which causes hair loss.
- The normal cycle of hair growth lasts for 3 to 6 years.
- Each hair grows approximately 1 centimeter(less than half an inch) per month during this phase.
- About 90% of the hair on your scalp is growing at any one time.
- About 10% of the hair on your scalp is in a resting phase.
- So, we tend to lose certain amount of hair during this resting phase and then fresh hair
is generated from the same hair follicles.
HOW TO IDENTIFY HAIR LOSS?
- Everyone loses hair. It happens during your shower, while you are blowing it dry
or when you give it a quick brush—this is normal.
- On average, we lose 50 to 100 hairs a day. That’s just hair going through it cycles and
there will be a new one to replace it.
- If it is more than 50 to 100 hairs, then it will be considered as hair loss.
- For those who don’t plan on counting their hair every day, there are ways to know when hair
is thinning or being lost at higher rate.
- When waking up in the morning, there may be a large amount of hair on your pillow.
- When you comb your hair, more than the normal will be left out in the comb.
- Hair loss is seen foremost through receding hairline and thinning hair on the scalp.
- Women may see a part that is gradually becoming wider or can see their scalp than normal
when their hair is pulled back.
- Men’s hair tends to recede from the forehead or the crown of the head.
REASONS BEHIND THIS EXCESSIVE HAIR LOSS?
- A number of things can cause excessive hair loss.
- But excessive hair loss may be a sign of more serious medical condition that needs
an evaluation by dermatologist and possible treatment
Here are the causes of hair loss.
HEREDITARY HAIR LOSS:
- The genes can be inherited from either your mother’s or father’s side of the family, though you
are more likely to have it if both of your parents had hair loss.
- Most of the women suffer from thyroid disease.
- Some people complaint that they are facing rapid hair loss which is the symptom of thyroid
problem resulting in thinning of hair, large amounts of hair falling out, changes in the hair
texture, making it dry or easily tangled.
AFTER PREGNANCY/MAJOR SURGERY/DRASTIC WEIGHT LOSS:
- Telogen effluvium is a temporary hair loss that occurs after pregnancy, major surgery or drastic
weight loss, high fever or severe illness in which you shed large amounts of hair every day,
usually when shampooing, brushing or styling your hair.
- This may be a side effect of the medicines that you use during this period.
- Stress is considered as one of the reasons for hair loss and it is temporary.
- When we are under stress, our body produces certain chemicals which are then to released
into the blood stream.
- These chemicals have an adverse effect on the hair follicles leading to sudden hair loss.
SCALP SKIN CONDITIONS:
- The most common scalp conditions include hair loss, hair thinning and slow hair growth.
- An unhealthy scalp cause inflammation that makes it difficult for hair to grow.
- Skin conditions that leads to hair loss include dandruff, itchy scalp, peeling scalp, psoriasis and
fungal infections such as ringworm etc.
- These drugs have also been known to cause hair loss in some people.
- Some blood pressure medicines, anticoagulants, antidepressants, antiarthritic and antiguot drugs can cause reversible hair loss.
- Birth controlling pills can cause increased hair loss while they are taken for 2 or 3 months after
these pills have been stopped.
- It is an autoimmune disorder in which immune system attacks hair follicles and appears as pathces.
- It is common in both men and women.
- This cause is unknown, but it may be due to stress or illness.
- This problem is becoming increasingly common among women today.
- It is usually inherited from either of their parents.
- In women, pattern baldness affects the entire scalp.
- In men, pattern baldness occurs in patches.
- Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens or estrogens are
out of balance.
- During menstrual phase, there may be hair loss.
- Correcting the hormonal imbalance may stop your hair loss.
- Too Much shampooing, styling and dyeing ca harm your tresses.
- Heat and chemicals weaken the hair, causing it break and fall out.