Top 10 Reasons Why You Are Facing Hair Loss
grows in repeating cycles. The active growth phase lasts around two years and is
followed by a resting phase that spans three months, after which the
hair falls from the
scalp. Normally, every strand of hair in your head is at a different point
in this cycle, so the shedding is barely noticeable: a few strands in the shower
drain, some more on your brush, a hair or two on your pillow. A normal head
sheds at most 100 strands of hair a day.
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Today one in every four women is facing hair loss, a potentially devastating
problem. Weíll explain the top reasons behind it and how to fight it!
A sudden physical or emotional
may cause one-half to three-quarters of the hair throughout your scalp to shed
(called Telogen effluvium). When the body undergoes extreme stress, as
much as 70 percent of your hair can prematurely enter the resting phase, called
the telogen phase. Three months later, these hairs begin to fall out, causing
noticeable hair loss called telogen effluvium. In most cases hair will begin to
grow back within six months. In a very small percentage of people, however,
telogen effluvium may be only the trigger for more long-term hair loss.
can help you manage stress.
Status: In one experiment, scientists analyzed eighty-four female
identical twins and asked them to fill out questionnaires describing their
lifestyle. Hormone blood level of all the women was also tested, and an
extensive photo analysis of their hair was done. The results revealed that
the strongest predictor of women's hair loss was their marital status. Those
ladies who were divorced or widowed showed more hair loss when compared to
their married counterparts. The study were presented at the annual
conference of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) during
September 2011 in Denver.
changes: The male
hormone testosterone is thought to be closely linked to hair loss. When
testosterone is changed in the body to DHT (another type of hormone) through
an enzyme reaction hair loss can occur. This new enzyme binds to the cells
of hair follicles at special receptor sites and decreases the growth stages
of hair and increases the resting phase. Over a period of time this can lead
to excess hair shedding, limited growth,
hair thinning, and eventually
baldness. Similarly hormone levels rise significantly during pregnancy,
and estrogen levels fall, causing normal hair loss to be postponed.
Approximately three or four months after childbirth hormone levels return to
their natural levels, disturbing the hair growth and loss cycle. When this
happens, the hair loss that did not occur during pregnancy happens all at
once. Fortunately, the hair growth process stabilizes after this process
and returns to normal after not much delay. With peri-menopause or menopause
normal hair growth should return once the hormonal changes subside.
Surgery: For hair loss due to radiation therapy, medication use, or
other causes, no treatment is necessary. The hair will usually grow back when
the illness has ended or the therapy is finished. You may want to wear a wig,
hat, or other covering until the hair grows back. One of the biggest concerns
many people have Ė especially ladies Ė about having gastric bypass surgery is
Conditions of the Scalp: Skin conditions that lead to hair loss include
seborrheic dermatitis (dandrufff),
psoriasis, and fungal infections such as ringworm. Folliculitis, an
Infection of the hair follicles may lead to hair loss as a side effect. Severe
cases of psoriasis may cause temporary hair loss, but the hair grows back once
the condition has been treated and is under control.
Deficiency: The most important function of
Iron in the human body is helping the production of both hemoglobin (the
substance that carries oxygen withing red blood cells) and myoglobin. Myoglobin
is a form of hemoglobin found in muscles. Iron is also involved in the
oxygenation of the body's red blood cells. It is understood that levels of iron
play a significant role in various body functions, however, it is also essential
for the normal growth and maintenance of hair. If the amount of energy used up
by the body is not replaced by food intake, then other non-essential stores will
be used up. Unfortunately, this means the hair cells as they are not a vital
part of living. You can maximize your iron absorption by eating a combination of
iron-rich foods such as red meat, green, leafy vegetables, shellfish, egg yolk,
nuts and cereals with food or drinks that are high in vitamin C for example, a
glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Avoid tea until at least an hour after
eating as it contains tannin, which interferes with iron absorption.
Styling: A Cleveland Clinic study found 30 percent of middle-aged black
women are balding due to everything from chemicals to tight braids and
ponytails. To protect your locks, set your hair dryer on low, keep your
styling tools at or below 347 degrees Fahrenheit, and heat your locks no
more than two or three times a week. Avoid products with ammonia and styles that
pull on the hair. Styling damage may be reversible, but the top cause of female
hair loss isnít. Excessive shampooing and blow-drying
smoking was a significant contributor to female hair loss in the temple
area. Don't dye your hair more than one or two shades its normal color: The more
severe the color change, the more chemicals you require, which can make hair
habits such as continual hair pulling or scalp rubbing. Trichotillomania (trik-oh-til-oh-MAY-nee-uh)
is an irresistible urge to pull out hair from your scalp, eyebrows or other
areas of your body. Hair pulling can be a way of dealing with negative or
uncomfortable feelings, such as stress,
anxietyy, tension, loneliness, fatigue or frustration.
Health condition: Hair loss in the coronal area (nearer the top) of the
head among women has been linked to being diabetic. A number of medications,
including retinoids, birth control pills, beta-blockers, certain
antidepressants, NSAIDs (including iburpofen) and calcium channel blockers can
cause hair loss. Thyroid disorder can cause hair loss. Hyperthyroidism (too much
hormone) may cause inexplicable
heart palpitations, nervousness, irritability, diarrhea, moist skin, muscle
weakness, and a startled appearance of the eyes. You may also experience hair
loss as metabolism speeds up. Similarly, during Hypothyroidism (too little
hormone) hair, nails, and skin may become more brittle and break more easily.
Last, Hair loss can be genetic, known as androgenetic alopecia and,
according to the American Academy of Dermatology, is the most common
cause of hair loss.
Dated 11 July 2012