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How To Hairstyles And Dealing With Hair Loss

How To Hairstyles And Dealing With Hair Loss

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One key challenge to dealing with any how-to hairstyle question is hair loss.  Losing hair is a fact of life.

Men and women of all ages, races, and nationalities will most likely deal with hair fall loss at some time in their hair lifetime.

Hair loss may become a challenge if a particular hairstyle is desired that is not well suited to hair fall.

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, in reality, people lose their hair as children or in their teens.

Often, when you have either male or female pattern baldness (MPHL or FPHL), you may not notice that clumps of hair are 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 lose more hair, and some people less.

Hair Growth Phases

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Hair goes through a series of phases, from the growing phase (anagen) to the resting phase (telogen).  At any one time, approximately 10% of scalp hairs are resting.

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 pop 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 to 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 often 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 that may cause baldness.  The commonest type of hair loss is male-pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia.   As you age, your hair thins out, and men experience it faster and more extensively than women.

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For both male and female-pattern baldness, there are an array of hair loss medications. 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.

Hair Loss Patterns

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.

Yes, it's inherited.

Not just from your father but also from your mother’s male relatives.

You just have to look at all the members of your family to know whether you will have a full head of hair or be bald.

Female-Pattern Baldness

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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 to white in color!

Alopecia areata is caused by the body’s own immune system attacking its own hair follicles.

Other Causes Of Hair Loss

There’s also traction alopecia, which is hair loss caused by wearing severe braids or severe ponytails for an extended period of time.

Fungal scalp infections (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.

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Some prescription drugs may also cause hair loss in some situations.  Also, cancer drugs such as chemotherapy may also cause massive shedding of hair.

There are conditions that “shock” the body tremendously, such as childbirth, high fever, sudden weight loss (dieting), and surgery, which can make you lose hair.

This is known as Telogen Effluvium.

Although your hair falls out in clumps, and it's rather dramatic, in most cases, you will regain your lost 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.

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Some people have succeeded with alternative treatments such as acupuncture, 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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