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Why You Are Losing Your Hair and What to do

Why You Are Losing Your Hair and What to do
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By    |   Wednesday, 11 October 2017 12:07 PM

Most of us don’t worry about losing a few strands of hair overnight, but if you’re losing yours in large amounts, every follicle becomes important.

Unfortunately, genetics play a large role in baldness and there’s nothing you can do to change your follicular heritage. But fortunately, there are steps you can take to keep your hair, even if you have a genetic predisposition to losing it, a top expert says.

Diet, stress, and even certain medications can all contribute to hair loss, Dr. Angela Phipps tells Newsmax Health.

“Our hair follicles are very temperamental. Almost anything that throws your body out of balance can trigger hair loss,” she notes.

Most people are familiar with male pattern baldness, which is hereditary baldness in men that often results in the familiar “horseshoe pattern,” which is characterized by loss of hair in the front, top, and crown, leaving only a peripheral rim of hair around the sides and back.

This condition is caused by a gene that makes hair follicles more sensitive to the effects of the androgenic hormone dihydrotesterone (DHT). That weakens them over time, resulting in a miniaturization of the follicles and eventually hair growth stopping.

This genetic condition can affect both men and women, says Phipps, a board-certified hair restoration surgeon in Raleigh, N.C., who is the medical advisor for Hair Club and part of the Bosley Medical Group.

But, in women, hair loss is usually more complicated.

“The cause of hair loss in men is usually genetics, but with women, there can be a lot of other reasons,” Phipps notes.

But genetics are only one factor in hair loss.

Here are other surprising reasons for hair loss:

No 1: Medications. Some common drugs can affect the hair. These are the top ones most associated with hair loss: 

  • Acne medications, especially isotretinoin (Accutane, Claravis, etc.), which alters oil gland production.
  • Anti-depressants
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Blood thinners
  • Cardiac drugs, including beta blockers and cholesterol-lowering statins
  • Long-term antibiotic therapy
  • Long-term use of NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).
  • Hormone replacement therapy

Of course, the benefits of the drug need to be balanced against possible hair loss, notes Phipps.

“Sometimes changing to another drug within the same medication class can sometimes resolve the problem."

No 2: Stress: When we are under stress, our bodies release a hormone called cortisol, which can negatively affect the hair growth cycle, says Phipps. “The loss of a job, the start of a new one, the death of a parent, the sleep loss that comes with the arrival of a newborn all of these are stressors that can take a toll on your hair.”

No 3: High-protein diets:  According to Phipps, low-carb eating plans, like Atkins and the Paleo Diet, may be great for weight loss, but they can potentially take a negative toll on your hair. These diets result in ketosis, which is a metabolic state in which the body is induced to burn more stored fat. 

“This is great for weight loss, but in some individuals, it’s a shock to the system, and results in hair loss,” she says.

Although these three factors can result in hair loss, once they are removed, hair will begin to regrow, although this can take a few months to become noticeable, she says.

As of now, there is no cure for hair loss, but several treatments can stop it, regrow hair it, improve the appearance of thinning hair, or relocate hair follicles to a place on the scalp where they will grow.

Here’s a rundown:

Rogaine (minoxidil)  –This is a topical treatment to help prevent hair loss in both men and women. Absorbed by the hair follicle cells, this treatment strengthens the root to produce a healthier and stronger hair shaft.

Propecia (finasteride) –This oral medication, which is only for men, blocks 5-alpha-reductase, the enzyme that converts testosterone into the more potent androgen dihydrotestosterone, which is the cause of genetic hair loss.

Low level light therapy (LLLT) – This therapy uses a variety of laser devices, including bands, combs, and helmets. LLLT can decrease inflammation, increase local blood flow to the scalp, and cellularly strengthen the root of the hair follicle to stimulate hair growth.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) – For this newest type of hair loss treatment, the person’s own blood is taken and spun down into platelets, which are injected back into the scalp skin, in hopes of stimulating stronger hair growth. PRP is used for several medical reasons, but has not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for hair loss.

Non-surgical hair replacement – This is a completely customized hair “system,” in which multiple strands of hair, which has been perfectly matched to a person’s own according to color, texture and curl pattern, is blended with the person’s own hair, and then, using a medical grade adhesive, fixed in place.

Surgical hair transplant – This surgical procedure involves the removal of your own hair follicles from the back of your head and re-implanting them into the hair loss areas on the top of the head.

Most of the above treatments require patience, because it can take several weeks to months, such as in the case of a hair transplant, for the results to become noticeable. But that patience pays off, says Phipps.

“Being concerned about hair loss is often thought of as being superficial, but hair loss can really become a deep psychological issue that affects an individual’s self-esteem, and hair restoration can be life changing,” she says.

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Genetics isn't he only reason that people lose their hair. There are actually many different reasons for hair loss, and there are also different ways to maintain a full head of hair as well.
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