Losing your hair isn’t usually anything to be worried about, but it can be upsetting. Hair loss occurs in men and women and can happen for many different reasons. Treatment may help with certain types of hair loss or hair thinning.
The growth hair cycle consists of three stages; the anagen, catagen and telogen phase. It is important to understand the three phases in order to recognise problems associated with hair loss.
- Anagen Phase: This is the hair growth phase. Hair grows around 1.5cm a month, and usually faster in the summer than in winter. This phase lasts on an average around 3-5 years, so a full-length hair averages 45-75cm.
- Catagen Phase: This is a short transitional phase that lasts around 10 days.
- Telogen Phase: Hair enters the telogen phase, which is a resting phase where hair is released and falls out. The follicle then remains inactive for 3 months after which the whole process is repeated.
HAIR LOSS CAN BE HELPED WITH: (WHICH TREATMENTS)
SYMPTOMS OF HAIR LOSS
- Gradual hair thinning. This is the most common type of hair loss, affecting both men and women as they age. In men, hair often begins to recede from the forehead, while women typically retain the hairline on the forehead but have a broadening of the parting in their hair.
- Circular or patchy bald spots. Some people experience coin-sized bald spots. This type of hair loss mostly affects only the scalp, but can also occur in beards or eyebrows. Your skin may become itchy or painful before the hair falls out.
- Sudden loosening of hair.This mostly occurs due to stress. A physical or emotional shock can cause hair to loosen. Handfuls of hair may come out when combing or washing your hair or even after gentle pulling.
- Full-body hair loss. Some conditions and medical treatments, such as chemotherapy, can result in the loss of hair, this is usually temporary, and hair tends to grow back.
CAUSES OF HAIR LOSS
It’s normal to lose hair. We can lose between 50 and 100 hairs a day, often without noticing. Hair loss isn’t usually anything to be worried about. Some types of hair loss are permanent, like male and female pattern baldness. This type of hair loss usually runs in the family. Other types of hair loss may be temporary. They can be caused by:
- Medical Conditions
- Weight loss
- Iron deficiency
- Hormonal changes
- Hereditary hair loss
PREVENTION OF HAIR LOSS
There are no guarantees that you can prevent hair loss that is genetically programmed, or hair loss caused by factors not within your control; however, you can do the best by your hair to give it the greatest chance of staying in top condition. At Dermalogic Aesthetics we aim to address and treat different types of hair loss. There are also self-help tips that are thought to minimise or prevent hair loss:
- Limit your use of hair dryers. Heat weakens hair proteins. Constant heating and drying can lead to brittleness and fragility that can cause hair loss that would not have occurred otherwise.
- Cut down on dyes and chemicals. Frequent use of hair colouring chemicals increases the chances of serious damage being done to your hair. Never colour your hair more often than every four to six weeks. When it comes to going grey, it’s a lot kinder to your hair to let it turn grey than to dye it.
- Wash hair with mild shampoo. Hair washing helps prevent hair loss as it can keep your hair and scalp clean (preventing the chances of infections that might cause hair loss). You should try not to wash your hair every day, since shampoo can strip hair of its natural oils — aim for every other day at the most.
- Try a scalp massage. A scalp massage with a nourishing oil (such as coconut, rosemary, lavender, or almond oil) will increase the blood flow to the surface of the skin on your head and your hair follicles. Rubbing and kneading your scalp warms the skin and boosts circulation so the cells in the follicles get plenty of nutrients which in turn maximise hair growth potential.