Losing hair affects men and women of all age groups the world over, hence the huge demand for hair loss treatments, shampoos, drugs, etc. which has spawned a multi-million dollar industry.
Regretfully people who are losing hair sometimes become victims of scams and hair loss products with dubious credentials. Caution is needed and a common sense approach to any claims that a particular product will work.
Before becoming too alarmed if you are losing hair, determine which category you are likely to fall into from the explanation below:
Category 1: Temporary Hair Loss
Some men and women suffer losing hair through sudden shock or as a result of an accident of medical procedure. As hair is constantly going through various stages involving growth and resting, it may be up to 3 months before a person starts losing hair.
So if this is your experience count back 2 to 3 months and try and ascertain whether your hair loss is the result of some sudden change in your circumstances or health.
Often, this type of hair loss is temporary and many times hair will regrow as the months pass by.
In the case of women losing hair, pregnancy, childbirth and menopause can all have a bearing due to major hormonal changes in the body. It is not uncommon for a women to experience considerable hair loss about 2 to 3 months after having a baby.
The hair often returns to normal within 9 to 12 months.
Some men and women end up losing hair due to harsh treatment using strong chemicals in hair products or for improper use of a hair dryer. Be aware that hair can be fragile when wet so use caution when toweling dry or using a comb (avoid a brush as it causes too much traction on wet hair).
Category 2: Semi-permanent To Permanent Hair Loss
Hair loss is likely to be permanent if it is due to genetic factors. Some young men even show a predisposition toward losing hair in their teens.
Out of all the reasons why men and women suffer losing hair, heredity is the number one cause. At a certain time in life, hereditary factors can be triggered that cause an increase in testosterone 5-alpha reductase, a male hormone. When this is converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) hair loss is the result as the hair follicles shut down.
Additionally, there are certain diseases and conditions of the scalp that can lead to permanent hair loss. If you see what appear to be serious irregularities in the skin around the scalp area seek the advice of a medical practitioner.
Although hair loss as a result of genetic factors or disease can be permanent, the rate of losing hair as well as how permanent it will be varies widely. The following are different ways in which hair loss can develop:
- Hair loss is rapid initially but then levels off and slowly continues after that
- Hair loss is slow at first and continues that way for some years but then accelerates rapidly
- Hair loss spreads slowly being hard to detect
- Bald spots appear rapidly within a few months
While hair may not regrow completely, in many cases there is partial hair regrowth in affected areas.
Develop A Strategy
Realizing you may be losing hair due to factors mentioned in category one can do much to reduce the anxiety level. With patience and attention to good diet and exercise, the body will recover and hair will come back in most cases.
Even if you are losing hair due to the reasons mentioned in category two there is still hope. It may not be possible to stop hair loss completely or get all the hair back if genetic factors are involved but wise lifestyle choices can certainly minimize the effect of hair loss by slowing its progression and maintaining healthy hair growth.
Education and knowledge can partly alleviate the distress due to losing hair. Carefully weigh up your own circumstances and decide on a plan of action.
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