One key challenge to dealing with any how to hairstyles question is hair loss. Losing hair is a fact of life. Men and women of all ages, races and nationality will most likely deal with hair fallout at some time in their hair lifetime.
Hair loss may become an issue when a particular hairstyle is desired but the desired hairstyle may actually highlight a pattern of hair loss along the hairline, the temples or the top of the hair.
Hair Loss May Occur As Early As The Teens In Some Cases
Although some people believe hair loss should only occur later in life, some people lose their hair as children or in their teens.
Often, when you have male-pattern baldness, you may not really notice that clumps of hair is coming out. What happens is that hair thins out until it’s just not there anymore. Basically as your hair drops off from the scalp, it just doesn’t grow back.
Most adults traditionally lose approximately 100 scalp hairs a day. Some people loss more hair, some people less.
Hair Growth Phases
Once hair transitions into the resting period it is only in the phase for three months. Once the hair has timed out in the resting phase the hair root literally shrinks into a very small white bulb. Once the white bulb appears the entire hair strands pops out.
The most common form of hair loss which most people are familiar with is androgenic alopecia or male-pattern baldness.
Causes Of Baldness
Male-pattern baldness is caused by testosterone, or rather, one of its derivatives. It slows down hair production. Testosterone is also present in women, though in lesser degrees.
This hair loss pattern may start as early as the teens, but most commonly occurs between the ages of 20 to 45. Male-pattern baldness generally starts at the temples or around the crown of the head. The hair loss then creeps to the top surface of the scalp and proceeds to full baldness.
There are many conditions which may cause baldness. The commonest type of hair loss is male-pattern baldness, or androgenic alopecia. For many alopecia is equivalent to baldness. As you age, your hair thins out and men experience it faster and more extensively than women.
For male-pattern baldness, there are the drugs minoxidil and finasteride. If you don’t want to use drugs, you can opt for hair pieces or hair transplants.
Your hair changes even during your teenage years. When you are in your adolescence, you might notice the hair around your temples receding and your hairline changes to the “M” shaped pattern of adult men. This is normal.
If you see your hair falling out and are worried, just pick up one of your fallen hairs. If there’s a white club at the end of it, it’s already dead and it was meant to fall out anyway and be replaced.
It is inherited, yes. Not just from your father, but from your mother’s male relatives. You just have to look at the male members of your family to know whether you will have a full head of hair or be bald.
There is a condition called female-pattern baldness, which is different from male-pattern baldness. It’s mostly hereditary as well. Your hair starts thinning over the top and front of your head.
Other than male or female pattern baldness, can we become bald because of certain diseases?
Yes, of course. There is patchy hair loss, called alopecia areata. You actually get twenty sen coin patches of absolute baldness, which usually regrows in three to six months. Then another patch starts. Sometimes the hair regrows back white in color!
Alopecia areata is caused by the body’s own immune system attacking its own hair follicles.
Other Causes Of Hair Loss
Fungal infections of the scalp (tinea capitis) may also cause hair loss. Another cause of hair loss is called trichotillomania where people pull at their own hair when they are stressed or suffering from some sort of emotional disorder. Eventually they go bald from chronic pulling.
Some prescription drugs may also cause hair loss in some situation. Also, cancer drugs such as chemotherapy may also cause massive shedding of hair.
Some conditions that “shock” the body tremendously, such as childbirth, high fever, sudden weight loss (dieting), and surgery can make you lose hair. Here, your hair falls out in clumps. It’s rather dramatic. But you will regain your hair.
How do we treat baldness?
For male-pattern baldness, there are the drugs minoxidil and finasteride. If you don’t wish to use drugs, you may be able to opt for a wide range of hair pieces, hair transplants or similar. Some people have found success with alternative treatments such as acupunture, herbs, vitamins and massage. When in doubt do your research before you commit to a course of treatment for your hair loss challenges.
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