Hair Loss and Its Causes:

What is the normal cycle of hair growth and loss?

The normal cycle of hair growth lasts for 2 to 3 years. Each hair grows approximately 1 centimeter per month during this phase. About 90 percent of the hair on your scalp is growing at any one time. About 10 percent of the hair on your scalp, at any one time, is in a resting phase. After 3 to 4 months, the resting hair falls out and new hair starts to grow in its place.

It is normal to shed some hair each day as part of this cycle. However, some people may experience excessive (more than normal) hair loss. Hair loss of this type can affect men, women and children.

What causes excessive hair loss?

A number of things can cause excessive hair loss. For example, about 3 or 4 months after an illness or a major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.

Hormonal problems may cause hair loss. If your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, your hair may fall out. This hair loss usually can be helped by treatment thyroid disease. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss.

Many women notice hair loss about 3 months after they've had a baby. This loss is also related to hormones. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair that would normally fall out. When the hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels, that hair falls out and the normal cycle of growth and loss starts again.

Some medicines can cause hair loss. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Medicines that can cause hair loss include blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), medicines used for gout, high blood pressure or heart problems, vitamin A (if too much is taken), birth control pills and antidepressants.

Certain infections can cause hair loss. Fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair loss in children. The infection is easily treated with antifungal medicines.

Finally, hair loss may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated.

Can certain hairstyles or treatments cause hair loss?

Yes. If you wear pigtails or cornrows or use tight hair rollers, the pull on your hair can cause a type of hair loss called traction alopecia (say: al-oh-pee-sha). If the pulling is stopped before scarring of the scalp develops, your hair will grow back normally. However, scarring can cause permanent hair loss. Hot oil hair treatments or chemicals used in permanents (also called "perms") may cause inflammation (swelling) of the hair follicle, which can result in scarring and hair loss.

What is common baldness?

"Common baldness" usually means male-pattern baldness, or permanent-pattern baldness. It is also called androgenetic alopecia. Male-pattern baldness is the most common cause of hair loss in men. Men who have this type of hair loss usually have inherited the trait. Men who start losing their hair at an early age tend to develop more extensive baldness. In male-pattern baldness, hair loss typically results in a receding hair line and baldness on the top of the head.

Women may develop female-pattern baldness. In this form of hair loss, the hair can become thin over the entire scalp.

Can my doctor do something to stop hair loss?

Perhaps. Your doctor will probably ask you some questions about your diet, any medicines you're taking, whether you've had a recent illness and how you take care of your hair. If you're a woman, your doctor may ask questions about your menstrual cycle, pregnancies and menopause. Your doctor may want to do a physical exam to look for other causes of hair loss. Finally, blood tests or a biopsy (taking a small sample of cells to examine under a microscope) of your scalp may be needed.

Is there any treatment for hair loss?

Depending on your type of hair loss, treatments are available. If a medicine is causing your hair loss, your doctor may be able to prescribe a different medicine. Recognizing and treating an infection may help stop the hair loss. Correcting a hormone imbalance may prevent further hair loss.

Medicines may also help slow or prevent the development of common baldness. One medicine, minoxidil (brand name: Rogaine), is available without a prescription. It is applied to the scalp. Both men and women can use it. Another medicine, finasteride, is available with a prescription. It comes in pills and is only for men. It may take up to 6 months before you can tell if one of these medicines is working.

If adequate treatment is not available for your type of hair loss, you may consider trying different hairstyles or wigs, hairpieces, hair weaves or artificial hair replacement.

Facts about Hair:

Typically, hair grows an average of an inch every two months.
The average head can shed up to 100 of its 100,000 hairs every day.
Indication of hair loss:
Hair Loss generally is noticed in one of two-ways.
With common pattern baldness, the loss is gradual. It can start as early as puberty, or very late in life.
Sudden loss of hair, or loss in clumps usually indicates a different problem. This type of symptom could be caused by a number of factors, including hormonal changes, medications, thyroid problems, among others.
Male pattern baldness typically starts by causing the hairline to recede in the center of the forehead. A bald spot may then form on the top of the head, towards the back and center. Eventually almost all the hair on the top of the head will be lost. This leaves the hair on the sides and back forming the notorious horseshoe pattern. By this stage, hair loss will be very difficult to treat with medications. A hair transplant may be a good option at this point, though they can be expensive.
Female pattern baldness results in a more evenly spread out thinning of hair. Women will notice an increased rate of hair loss. This will most likely be noticed on pillows, in the shower, hairbrushes, or even vacuum brushes. It is impossible to count the number of hairs being lost per day, but women will notice the thinning and loss of hair around the same time. Some women who have curly or thick hair may not notice the change as early. Skin and hair color also determine how easily the thinning is noticed. Someone who has light hair and dark skin will notice balding much sooner than most.
Self-care remedy tips for hair loss:
Massage the scalp with 2-3 drops of essential oil or a good vegetable oil. Massage well into the scalp so that the oil gets into deep roots of hair. Wrap the hair in plastic wrap and place a warm towel around it. Leave it for 2 to three hours or overnight. Shampoo the hair with a mild shampoo. Practicing this at regular basis would help your hair pores get rejuvenated.
Eat a handful of white sesame seeds every morning. One handful of these small seeds contains about 1,200 mg. of calcium and magnesium to ignite the required nourishments of your scalp not to loose hair.
Take some yogurt everyday (unless you are allergic to milk).
Rinse hair with a mix of apple cider vinegar tea to help hair grow.
Mix little warmer castor and almond oil and massage over scalp at least once a week.
Grind lime seeds and black pepper in equal number in some water and apply on the scalp at regular intervals.
Scrub the bald portion with onions till it becomes red. Then applying honey, scrub the scalp once a day.
Massage almond oil on scalp 2 to 3 times a day. Further hair loss will stop by doing this practice.
Massage coconut milk or Aloe Vera gel into the scalp and hair. Leave it for ½ hour, and then rinse with warm water. Repeat 3 times a week.
Massage honey with egg yolk into the scalp and hair. Leave for a 1/2 hour, then rinse to prevent hair loss.
Cause of hair problems:
The cause of hair loss is most commonly related to male gender, hormonal changes and genetics. Medications can be another reason for the hair loss.

Temporary hair loss can occur in conjunction with a high fever, a severe illness, thyroid disorders, iron deficiency, general anesthesia, drug treatments, hormonal imbalance, or extreme stress, and in women following childbirth. In these conditions, a large number of hair follicles suddenly go into a resting phase, causing hair to thin noticeably

General tips to take care of hair from loss:
Eating a balanced, healthy diet is important for a lot of reasons, and it really benefits your hair. And don't forget to treat your hair well. For example, some doctors recommend using baby shampoo, shampooing no more than once a day, and lathering gently.
Don't rub your hair too vigorously with a towel, either. Many hair experts suggest you consider putting away the blow dryer and air-drying your hair instead. If you can't live without your blow dryer, try using it on a low heat setting.
Style your hair when it's dry or damp. Styling your hair while it's wet can cause it to stretch and break. And try to avoid teasing your hair, which can also cause damage. Finally, be careful when using chemicals - such as straightness or color - on your hair.

Hair is a serious matter whether we have it, or we are losing it. Western society puts a lot of emphasis on being bodily thin, but when it comes to our hair, thin is not the word we want to hear!
While most baldness occurs in males, women are not immune to thinning and hair loss. 1 in 4 will experience this hair loss phenomenon before and during menopause, thanks to the changing hormones, estrogen and testosterone. The flip-flop in ratio of estrogen to testosterone during menopause causes women to lose the hair on their heads while growing it on their face, (now girls, we have always known some things are out of balance in our society, but this is ridiculous!), and while most men will accept this loss and move on, women have a harder time coming to terms with their hair loss.
Losing our locks, our beauty signature, is a devastating and depressing feeling. Brittle, dry hair is now the norm. Hair products such as expensive shampoos and conditioners no longer work like they have in the past.
Just as expensive hair "goos" only dry your hair more and residue makes it look limp and dull. Hairsprays are just as bad as the alcohol content only makes lifeless hair seem more like a helmet than those soft, bouncy curls of yesteryear.

So what can we do to bring back those youthful looking hair days? Well you may be able to promote hair re-growth in a natural way by changing your diet and exercise routines. If you are not getting enough exercise or have a lot of stress in your life, aim for 30 minutes of aerobic exercise daily (P.S. exercise has nothing to do with hair re-growth what so ever, but it can't hurt!).
If you are eating to many red meats, or fatty foods, stop it! Start adding more fiber, fruits and veggies' to your diet. Also, drink water, lots of water. A beautiful inside can only promote our beautiful outside assets.
There are also professionals who believe that treatments to clean the body orally will promote a healthy and balanced system. These may include a licensed professional to perform an enema or colonic irrigation. Both of which sound very invasive, but if the right professional does the job there is nothing better than feeling good inside and out.

If those treatments seem too extreme, try Henna, for your hair, and Psyllium, for balance, two easy ways to achieve hair re-growth, a natural way to a more balanced system, are less intrusive, and can be found in any drug store.
If the above how to tips aren't for you, ladies there is still hope! Doctors have found that women are better candidates for hair plugs and hair transplants because of the way our hair thins, or how we lose our hair, as opposed to male pattern baldness. There are hormone treatments that can even-out the ratios in our bodies to start the hair re-growing pattern again (on our heads and not on our faces), and there are numerous over the counter medications for hair re-growth, that some say really do work!
Don't lose faith gals! Just read the tips listed here, try them if you want, and maybe you will see those luxsurious, full, shiny hair follicles coming back to life.


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