What Is Hair Loss?

Tuesday, 26 Oct 2010 11:53 AM

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Hair loss differs from baldness. Baldness is a type of hair loss concentrated over an area of the scalp, whereas hair loss or thinning of the hair occurs all over the scalp.

Understanding the hair system and the causes of hair loss
Losing hair is no longer an accepted ailment. To understand hair loss, we have to examine the hair growth pattern. A hair grows almost an inch every two months in a lifespan of two to six years. After this, the hair follicle goes into a resting phase for a few months, after which the hair naturally falls out and a new hair grows in the same follicle. At any given time, only 10% of your hairs are in the resting phase, while others are growing. Hence, losing hair is natural, and we lose a few hundred hairs every day.

This temporary hair loss may be aggravated due to stress and strain, exposure to pollution, medicines, long pursued chemical treatments, or vitamin deficiency. Permanent hair loss is balding or hair thinning caused by
hereditary conditions, hormonal changes, or due to damage caused to the hair follicle or the scalp.
 
Permanent hair loss may even be the result of sudden excessive hair loss due to prolonged treatment for some disease, malnutrition, hormonal imbalances, surgery, medicinal side effects, or fungal infections of the scalp.

Hair loss treatment options
First, the cause of hair loss needs to be determined. Treatments need to be followed accordingly. Homeopathic medicines and traditional remedies claim wider success than other therapies. However, it is best to consult a specialist for selecting remedies.
 
While hair loss in men is conspicuous, it is not uncommon for women. Hair loss occurs in men and women during different stages of life and for various reasons. For women, hair loss mostly occurs later in life, usually after 40. But with some care, hair loss can be prevented.

Beyond hair loss treatments
If you experience major hair loss, it may be best to take action. If adequate treatment is not available for your type of hair loss, you may consider trying hair systems ranging from wigs, hairpieces, hair weaves, to artificial hair replacement. These are easy or near-instant solutions. You can get a hair system or toupee from a salon; it can even be ordered discreetly over the Internet. The instructions on how to wear and maintain the toupee are provided with the hairpiece. A good hair system causes no discomfort in carrying out daily work, and one can continue daily activities such as showering, running, bicycling, enjoying water sports, etc.

Hair extensions are another option you can discuss with your dermatologist. You can visit the salon periodically to get the hair cleaned, set, and refurbished. To have your hair system last longer, proper maintenance and care is mandatory.
 
More expensive surgical hair system treatments are best undertaken only under professional care. These treatments may raise the price and care required for maintenance.

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