The article that every woman with hair loss needs to read.
Everyone is losing their hair.
On average, humans lose about 50-100 of the hairs on their head daily. We all lost some today.
Most of us have about 100,000 - 150,000 hairs in our scalp, so losing 50 hairs is nothing to worry about right?
Unfortunately, for some of us, those hairs don’t return. What's worse is it's hard to notice at first, but eventually, it becomes obvious.
Think of it like this...you have $150,000 in your bank account. I borrow $100, with the promise to pay back in a few months.
If I pay it back, cool. But if not, $100 in comparrison to $150,000 is not a big deal.
But if I borrowed $100 everyday for months and never paid it back, it would become a problem.
Not only am I not paying your money back, but you notice the difference in your bank account.
Those $100 dollars add up quick!
Hairloss is like the borrower that doesn't pay back.
Even though hair loss is not life threatening, it's still very serious.
Hair loss — also known scientifically as alopecia — is a highly prevalent problem.
So, this is a common issue that, while it’s more likely once you get older, can start at any age.
Hair loss afflicts about 30 million women in the U.S., or about 40% of the balding population.
Hair loss is not a life-threatening condition. But just because it is not fatal, does not mean that it is not serious.
Society places heavy meaning on a woman’s hair. It’s closely associated with beauty, and even sex appeal. In fact, hair loss is often even more traumatic for women because of the importance the world places on our outer appearance.
When first facing hair loss you may have a lot of questions. Common ones can include the following:
- My hair is starting to thin. Is this normal or will it be permanent loss?
- Why am I starting to lose my hair all of a sudden?
- Is my hair loss because of my genetics/diet/ or lifestyle?
- How will my hair loss affect my life every day?
- What should I do to stop or slow down the process?
- Medical options? Natural options?
- Should I see a doctor?
- Is there anything I could’ve done to prevent this?
That’s just a few of the questions I get asked on a regular basis. Hopefully by reading this article and joining our community you will start to understand the ins and outs of hair loss.
The goal of this blog post is to be a useful guide to determine your Type of Hair loss that you can come back to whenever you have questions.
Types of Hair Loss
The best way to know how to treat your hair loss issue is knowing what you’re actually experiencing. From the moment you notice something is wrong, it’s good to pay attention to your signs and symptoms. Hopefully this list will be a starting point:
- Gradual thinning of hair at the top – (Androgenetic Alopecia) This is the most popular form and appears as overall thinning of the hair. It’s known to be a genetic trait passed down from either parent and is common in women during menopause.
- Patchy or circular bald areas – (Alopecia Areata) Another sign is the appearance of coin-sized bald spots. In certain situations, your skin may feel itchy prior to the hair falling out. This frightening scalp disease starts suddenly in patches and can become total loss. It causes hair loss on the scalp in smooth, circular clumps about 1 inch in diameter. Although temporary, how long you have it is unpredictable.
- Traction Alopecia - Styles that tug on the hair, such as cornrows, braids, and ponytails can result in a variant of hair loss called traction alopecia. This traumatizes the follicles and leads to the hairs falling out before the completion of their growth cycle. Usually traction alopecia is temporary, taking three to four months for the follicles to recover. Nonetheless, repeatedly subjecting the same follicles to this constant pulling will eventually lead to permanent hair loss.
- Hair suddenly loosening – (Telogen Effluvium) While combing their hair over the sink, washing it in the shower, or just tugging on it, they may notice more strands falling out than usual – even coming out in small clumps. It usually leads to hair thinning rather than bald patches. Usually caused by a traumatic event. So more hair than usual goes into the resting phase and sheds. To add more frustration, this form of hairloss can be delayed 3-4 months or longer AFTER the traumatic event. Since there is no damage to the follicle, most of the hairs will return once the normal growth cycles resume.
- Total-body hair loss – Anagen effluvium: This is the sudden loss of hair due to chemo & radiation treatments for cancer patients which usually occurs almost within 1-3 weeks after treatment. Patients can expect that most or all of their hair will fall out. In most cases, the condition is temporary and within 6 months to 1 year, the hair will begin to regrow. Certain medical treatments (for example, chemotherapy for cancer) can result on full-body hair loss, although sufferers are usually prepared in advance, and the hair typically returns.
NUTRITIONAL DEFICENCES & BREAKAGE
- Nutritional deficiencies - When a person is malnourished or ill, the hair stops growing and the hair shaft will begin to look less and less healthy. Your hair health is a direct reflection of your overall body health.
- Breakage: Hair shaft breakage can also result in hair loss. Some of the worst things we do to our hair is using chemicals, especially the cheap alcohol based gels, sprays, mousses in your grocery or discount store. Hair bleaching, heat tools and relaxers can cause damage especially if you use them regularly or without the help of a professional.
As you can see the symptoms of hair loss can show up in various ways. Weather gradually or quickly, the impact can be temporary or permanent.
If you feel your hair loss is concerning – you may need to visit your doctor, as it may be a sign of an underlying medical issue.
But as you will see in other blog posts there are many natural and medical treatment options available to confront the problem.
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