As women our relationship with hair is very personal – whether you’re rocking thick waves or pin-straight bangs – thinning hair can cause even the calmest of women to freak out! And although bald is beautiful in men – especially considering that some of the sexiest guys on the planet are bald, from Jason Statham to the Rock – hair loss is a huge concern and can impact your self-confidence.
Let’s face it, although most of us have a head of hair that’s far from lush, there are few things more alarming than noticing more and more hair left on your brush, on the floor, or lining the drain of the shower.
The average person sheds between 60 to 100 hairs per day, however, more than that can indicate an issue.
Hereditary hair loss, which is associated with aging, accounts for 90% of all hair loss in both men and women. It’s called androgenic alopecia or male-pattern baldness and female-pattern baldness. It occurs in predictable patterns – a receding hairline and bald spots in men, and thinning hair along the crown in women. However, if you come from a family with Rapunzel-like locks and yours aren’t, there may be something else behind your hair loss.
Temporary hair loss, medically known as Telogen effluvium could be the result of a few things. Some of the most common triggers of hair loss may include: hormonal imbalances, extreme stress, immune disorders, iron or vitamin B12 deficiencies, certain medications, and hypo- or hyper thyroidism.
If you notice excessive hair shedding for longer than 3 months, speak to your GP or dermatologist about possible treatment options.
Be sure to enquire about: Minoxidil lotion: About 60% of patients benefit from it to varying degrees, as well Finasteride: This anti-androgen is taken in tablet form and claims to halt further hair loss and promote re-growth in approximately 80% of patients after 3 to 6 months.
If your hair loss is sudden and excessive, talk to your doctor and take it from there. Very often a simple blood test could put your mind at ease.
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