Hair Loss Solutions Bonafide Cures Or Bald Face Lies

Hair Loss Solutions Bonafide Cures Or Bald Face Lies


Very much a​ highlighted news topic, the​ stem cell research controversy continues. Reasons for​ the​ “need” of​ research include possible help for​ persons with terminal cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury…and hair loss.

Hair loss is​ an​ important subject for​ the​ many men and​ women who experience it. the​ careless remarks and​ gratuitous jokes about baldness made by people with full heads of​ hair only add to​ their humiliation. Some people even experience anger that their hairline threatens to​ become as​ receded as​ the​ waters of​ the​ Red Sea for​ the​ Hebrews so many years ago.

Countless people wonder whether or​ not there really exists a​ cure for​ hair loss. Before we answer that question, we should first answer the​ questions, “What is​ hair loss?” and​ “What causes it?”

What is​ Hair Loss?

The term “Alopecia,” more commonly known as​ “baldness,” includes various disorders that involve the​ lack of​ hair where it​ would normally grow; especially when it​ involves the​ head. the​ most common form of​ baldness is​ a​ progressive hair-thinning condition that occurs in​ some adults.

Each piece of​ hair has a​ follicle located at​ the​ end of​ the​ hair shaft. Follicles act as​ the​ hair’s incubator;” it​ is​ where the​ hair is​ produced. Each strand of​ hair has a​ matrix, located at​ the​ base of​ the​ follicle. Cells in​ this area produce keratin, a​ tough protein that makes up the​ hair shaft, and​ melanin. Melanin stains the​ keratin, giving hair its color.

The activity of​ each follicle is​ dependant on​ surrounding follicles. Healthy hair follicles continuously grow. About 85% of​ the​ hair follicles on​ a​ healthy scalp are actively growing at​ the​ same time, and​ hair loss is​ not a​ problem.

Each strand of​ hair continues to​ grow for​ about 4 years, before going into a​ dormant period of​ about 4 months. on​ an​ average, only about 15% of​ the​ total amount of​ hair follicles on​ a​ healthy scalp is​ dormant at​ any one time. it​ is​ when a​ higher percentage of​ hair follicles stop growing at​ one time that hair loss becomes a​ problem.

What Happens During Hair Loss

Follicles are nourished by a​ network of​ capillaries, bringing nutrients to​ the​ base of​ the​ follicle. the​ amount of​ blood available to​ the​ scalp and​ to​ the​ follicles is​ determined by the​ health of​ the​ capillaries in​ the​ scalp, as​ well as​ the​ arteries in​ the​ neck and​ temple.

Problems develop when hair follicles do not receive proper nourishment. for​ instance, some women experience noticeable hair thinning after menopause, after the​ production of​ estrogen slows down or​ stops. Hair loss in​ women is​ usually more diffuse then in​ men. Women seldom have bold spots; a​ large area of​ the​ head may show sparse hair growth instead. Only about 15% of​ women are afflicted by such a​ high degree of​ hair loss that it​ becomes obvious.

in​ men the​ hormone DHT can harm hair follicles, making them shrink, or​ cause them to​ prematurely enter into the​ resting stage of​ the​ hair cycle. When this happens the​ result is​ often the​ characteristic U-shaped pattern of​ hair loss at​ the​ top of​ the​ head.

What Causes Hair Loss?

Predisposition can be one factor as​ to​ why one person begins losing their hair as​ they age, while another person does not. Various other disorders, such as​ obesity, allergies, and​ diabetes can also be attributed to​ predisposition. Sometimes hair loss can be the​ result of​ side effects caused by certain prescription drugs. of​ course, these factors can often be countered.

Where you​ may not be able to​ reverse predisposition, you​ can sometimes contain it. By changing lifestyle, maintaining a​ customized healthcare regimen, and​ eating a​ well-balanced diet, many such factors can be alleviated or​ turned around.

More about Hair Loss

When it​ comes counteracting or​ slowing down the​ process of​ hair loss, products such as​ Rogaine, Dutasteride, and​ Propecia can help. Scalp exercises and​ massages using special preparations can also help.

Telogen Effluvium TE is​ a​ type of​ hair loss more common in​ women then men. it​ is​ characterized by high numbers of​ hairs that enter into the​ resting stage of​ the​ hair cycle, all at​ one time. This usually causes profuse shedding, as​ opposed to​ bald patches. This can be an​ overwhelming experience for​ women, especially those who once had luxuriant hair.

TE can be brought on​ by prolonged emotional or​ physical stress, severe illness, post-pregnancy hormone changes, or​ crash dieting. Once the​ triggering factor has been removed, TE hair loss usually stops. Hair can grow back in​ even without treatment, usually in​ 6 months to​ a​ year.

With proper treatment, hair growth can be accelerated. Some professionals recommend bringing the​ level of​ iron stored in​ the​ body up to​ 70 or​ 80 ng/ml nanograms per milliliter. the​ range of​ iron normally stored in​ a​ woman’s body might be between 12 – 50; the​ lower end not high enough to​ speed hair growth.

Rogaine can also be used for​ a​ few months to​ start the​ TE recovery process; once hair does begin to​ grow back in, Rogaine use can stop.

As mentioned earlier, crash dieting can trigger TE in​ both men and​ women. as​ a​ matter of​ fact, diets of​ less than 1,200 calories a​ day can trigger sudden hair loss. This is​ especially true of​ diets low in​ protein. When the​ body lacks proper protein it​ “borrows” by shifting healthy hairs into dormancy to​ conserve protein.

Although hair loss resulting from inadequate diets is​ most often temporary, it​ can result in​ permanent loss of​ hair in​ persons genetically predetermined towards hair loss. Also, extreme weight loss in​ men can increase the​ production of​ androgens – male sex hormones that kill hair follicles. Once hair follicles are destroyed, there can be no re-growth of​ hair.

In part-2 we of​ this article we discuss effective treatments for​ hair loss and​ where to​ go for​ help. Visit Writers Write Now for​ part 2, “What can be done about Hair Loss.”

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