Do you suffer from thinning hair? Regrow your own hair naturally, without surgery.
Hair loss is a problem for millions of people, both men and women, young and old. Hair loss affects 60-70% of men and 25-40% of women. All of us shed some hair routinely as part of the hair’s normal growth cycle. In fact, it’s normal to lose up to one hundred hairs per day. At any given time approximately 90 percent of the hair on our heads is actively growing (known as the anagen phase); the other 8 percent is in a resting or dormant falls out(catagen phase). After a few months, the remaining 2 percent of the resting hair sheds (telogen phase), resulting in a loss that is not noticeable. The shed hair is replaced when the cycle starts all over again.
However, excessive hair loss, or alopecia, occurs when this growth cycle is disrupted, either when clumps of hair fall out from the roots, hair breaks off at or near the scalp, or it ceases to grow altogether. This can lead to a host of emotional problems ranging from a decrease in self esteem and confidence to depression. People suffering the lost of their hair complain the way that they look does not jive with their own self image. Some feel they are less attractive to the opposite sex. Others think it makes them look older. After all hair styles’ define us! What comes to mind when you think of Farrah Faucet, Dorothy Hamil, or Jennifer Anniston? Or how about the 80’s rock band Poison or A Flock of Seagulls? All of them had unforgettable hair!
Even though hair loss is very common, and is more acceptable as you age, it doesn’t make it any easier. But what exactly causes people to lose their hair? Men and women experience the loss of hair for different reasons. Male hair loss, commonly called balding, genetic hair loss, male-pattern hair loss, or androgenetic alopecia, is caused by age, genes, and hormones. On the other hand, female hair loss can be caused by a number of different conditions. Sometimes hair loss is a normal consequence of life stages, such as during the postpartum period when hormonal changes cause large amounts of hair to fall out (termed telogen effluvium), or during menopause, when a lack of hormones may make hair thinner. At other times, hair loss is a short-term response to a health problem -a sudden weight loss, severe infection or illness, and even stress. After the crisis, hair usually resumes its normal growth. Other factors that can cause hair loss are: a vitamin and/or mineral deficiency, medication, prescription drug therapies, skin disorders, autoimmunity, severe stress, scalp radiation, diseases, bacterial infections, excessive androgen production, and over processed hair. Due to different causes between the sexes, treatments vary as well.
The good news is that hair loss caused by external, non genetic causes can be reversed in most cases. The earlier the hair loss is treated, the better the chances of success. You might not be able to reverse your genetics, but you can reduce the severity of your hair loss by giving the problem prompt attention.
What’s the best hair loss treatment?
Since there are multiple factors involved in male and female hair loss, it is wisest to approach the problem from several angles to maximize results, as some treatments are complementary and address different underlying causes. Using multi-therapy (employing more than one treatment) provides the best outcome. A common fundamental approach is to use an “antiandrogen” of some kind, whether systemic (such as finasteride) or topical (such as spironolactone or azelaic acid), and a growth stimulant such as minoxidil (Rogaine). To this basic program many add a topical SOD. Other options include therapeutic shampoos, such as the antimicrobial and growth stimulant shampoos. Still other approaches that may help include dietary and nutritional considerations and even lifestyle modifications.
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