Your hair is an expression of you! Sometimes I would find myself telling my clients that hair can create emotions. Have you ever experienced a bad hair day? Can you recall the emotions surrounding that day? Hair leaves us with a feeling and this feeling many times dictates our mood, our day and even our interactions with people. Have you ever heard “Aw, I’m not going out tonight, because my hair is not done?” or “I’m not feeling well” which can translate into many factors. Some of those factors relate to hair loss and people are perceived with hair loss issues. You feel less attractive, less assertive and less successful. We will cover some of the causes of hair loss.
Hair is renewable is the follicle is not damaged or scarred. It is the ONLY body structure that can regenerate itself which why we experience the hair growth cycle.
You first have to understand that the hair goes through 3 growth phases which is the anagen or growth stage, the catagen which is the transition stage and the telogen or also known as the resting stage.
During the growth stage, new cells are developing. The average growth healthy scalp hair is 1/2 per month. About 90% of hair is growing in this stage at one time. The growing period lasts between 2 to 7 years. This duration is affected by gender, age, heredity, nutrition and health. The catagen phase ends the growth stage and lasts 1-2 weeks and less than 1% is in this stage at one time. The last phase is the telogen phase, about 10% of hair is in this phase at one time. After this stage the hair growth cycle begins again.
During the growth cycle we can lose an average of 50-100 hairs per day during the telogen phase. When your hair begins to thin, shed, break off, fall out or when male-pattern baldness is apparent. The body is sending a signal! Causes of hair loss include:
- Hereditary (Male or Female pattern baldness)
- Sudden weight loss
- Lack or poor nutrition
- Infection due to improper sterilization
- Hormonal changes
- Emotional stress
- Excessive heat
- Endocrine disorders
- Viral diseases, cancers, lupus
- Excessive pulling or tightness
- Autoimmune disease
If hair loss is due to a medical reason, once the condition can be arrested, hair usually returns once the body heals.
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