8 Facts about hair loss

Hair loss and alopecia is more common which can affect almost anybody, more than people realise. Alopecia affects all genders and can have an effect on confidence and self-esteem in people. Here are some facts that you may or may not know.

  1. Male-Pattern Baldness is commonly inherited, which usually starts later in life. However, some males can start much earlier and they might begin to notice hair loss or thinning of the hair in their 20s. It tends to start as receding hairlines and then it begins thinning your hair at the crown and temples, creating a horseshoe shape around the sides and the back of your head.
  2. Hair loss occurs in Women too. This type of hair loss can be inherited and usually affects post-menopausal women. Female-pattern baldness begins at the top of the head and this includes the thinning of the hair.
  3. Alopecia areata is a type of hair loss that can affect both men and women. This condition affects the scalp and is often caused by an ‘autoimmune disorder’ in your body. This is when your immune system is attacking the hair follicles which cause the hair loss. The damage caused to hair follicles tends not to bee permanent and can be recovered with the right treatment.
  4. We lose hair naturally every day. On average, a human has roughly 100,000 hairs on their head and will lose around 50 to 100 hairs naturally per day. The amount of hair loss does vary from person to person. Our hair cycle usually produces more hair than we lose, however, once the cycle begins to produce less hair that is when hair loss may occur.
  5. Not every type of hair loss is preventable, however, there are a variety of methods and treatments which can help reduce the thinning of the hair and slow down the hair loss. There are different types of hair loss shampoo available which can help strengthen your hair and revitalise your scalp to preserve the hair you have.
  6. Factors that contribute to hair loss. Dyeing your hair with chemicals and colours can be very harmful to your hair if done on a regular basis. This is the same with hot curlers, straighteners and hair dryers. The heat from the equipment can weaken the proteins in the hair which reduces the strength of your hair.
  7. Be careful with how you style your hair. Traction alopecia is a type of hair loss which is caused constantly adding stress to the hair. Normally but pulling hair back too tightly for a hairstyle may cause gradual hair loss as it stresses the scalp and reduces hair production. This type of hair loss is often preventable and permanent balding from traction alopecia is very rare as long as you treat your hair carefully.
  8. Hair has an average lifespan of about two to six years. Every strand of hair on your head has a continuous growth cycle, known as the hair growth cycle. Whenever a strand of hair sheds, a new strand of hair will begin growing to replace it.

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