Facts About Hair Loss



Hair defines many things for a woman –personality, attractiveness, success, health and social status, just to name a few. Losing it can have a dramatic effect on both self esteem and social life. Many women feel that with their hair, they've lost a large part of who they are.

There are many reasons why women lose hair. Hormonal imbalances, postpartum/stress, chemotherapy, and disorders such as trichtilliomania are just a few. Female hair loss can also be induced by certain prescription drugs or result from the use of harsh chemical relaxers and extremely tight hair braiding that can cause permanent damage to the hair follicle.

 But the most common type of hair loss among women is female pattern thinning, or Androgenetic Alopecia. For this we can blame a chemical called Dihydrotestosterone or DHT. DHT builds up around the hair follicle and eventually kills both the hair follicle and the hair. The hair follicle's resistance to DHT is genetic, so if there are others in your family with thinning hair, there's a pretty good chance at some point you'll experience the same. That is, unless you decide to experience more.

The onset of menopause causes a drop off in the production of estrogen. And without estrogen to produce testosterone-blocking enzymes, testosterone can be freely converted to DHT on the scalp. The result is a shorter hair growth cycle, finer hair, and hair loss. This is a time in all women's lives that many things are changing.

  • Of the 100,000 hairs on your head, you need to lose about half before it's noticeable. And when that point is reached, most of the time you're not the only one who notices the hair loss.
  • Losing 50-100 hairs a day is normal. It's when they don't grow back that things get rough. Which is why Hair Club has stepped in to help hundreds of thousands of clients change their hair count, and their lives.
  • Hair loss in women is much more common than people think. About half of all women are affected by hair loss of some kind by age 50. The plus side – you can do something to change that.

Hair has two separate parts: the follicle and the hair shaft. The follicle lies below the scalp and produces the hair strand that you see growing out of your head. The follicle is alive. The hair strand is not. It's simply made up of fragile, dead cells that have no regenerative properties.

Hair grows from the follicle at an average rate of a half an inch per month. Each hair grows for about four to seven years, after which it enters a “resting phase” and then falls out. A new hair begins growing in its place anywhere between three weeks and three months later. At any given time about 85 percent of hair is growing and 15 percent is resting.

Meet with a hair loss specialist and receive your free microscopic hair and scalp analysis. This is the key to discovering the progression of your hair loss.

Remember what it felt like to run your fingers through your hair? Or even better, how it felt when someone else did? You can stop reminiscing and welcome back that feeling. Because the results of the Bio-Matrix hair replacement process not only look real, but feel real

The key to achieving the naturalness of the Bio-Matrix, is its Strand by Strand® process. We accomplish this by closely examining the spiraling crown area of your head that may be balding or thinning and then adding real human hair in the same natural way that it grows. Our hair replacement professionals create a virtually undetectable matrix of crisscrossing, transparent fibers that are shaped to specifically fit the balding and thinning areas of your head. So no matter how close you get, no one will notice a thing.

Afterwards, one of our expert hair stylists will complete your look with the cut and style of your hair. We don't just aim to make you look as good as you did, we're shooting for even better. When styling your hair, our hair experts take into consideration your age and facial structure, to create a look that will make heads turn.

 

Hair transplantation technology has evolved so much in recent years that hair can now be transplanted exactly the way it grows naturally — in follicular units.

Follicular unit hair transplants are the most effective method of hair transplantation. They result in hair coverage that's the closest to nature. What this means for you is a look that was never before possible, and an appearance so natural, you may forget it's not. Units of one, two or three hairs are moved from a donor site at the back of the head to the areas where hair growth is needed. Once transplanted, the follicles are no longer susceptible to hair loss and will naturally continue to grow. So no matter what age you reach, you'll be reaching it with a full head of great-looking real hair.


Involve the use of high-powered surgical microscopes to divide the donor strip into its natural hair growth units. They are considered the gold standard in hair transplant technology.

We've handpicked our staff to include the most talented hair loss specialists that will work with you one on one to find that right solution.

Extreme Hair Therapy for Balding and Thinning Hair

 

The Bio-Matrix is a custom-made blend of your own hair with real human hair that is matched to your individual requirements. The hair replacement process is semi-permanent, natural-looking, and virtually undetectable 


Extreme Hair Therapy is an intense rejuvenation and hair loss prevention program that works to stimulate hair growth in thinning areas by keeping hair follicles in the growth phase longer, growing thicker hairs, and slowing further hair thinning. The hair therapy regimen is made up of an advanced hair rejuvenation cleansing and conditioning system for balding and thinning hair, an FDA-approved hair re-growth agent (minoxidil), a nutritional supplement and monthly in-house hair and scalp treatments.

Hair restoration is a surgical procedure that is intended to permanently replace hair in balding or thinning areas. Today, the most common type of hair restoration is follicular unit hair transplantation.

Alopecia Areata is spotty hair loss, resulting in completely smooth areas about the size of a quarter coin or larger. In some cases, Alopecia Areata can cause the complete loss of scalp and body hair. This hair loss condition is most common in people under 30. The cause of Alopecia Areata is unknown. However, for some patients, it resolves itself spontaneously within 18 months.

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Trichotillomania is an impulse disorder that causes people to pull out the hair from their scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows, or other parts of the body, resulting in noticeable bald patches. It is currently defined as an impulse-control disorder, but there are still questions about how is it should be classified. Trichotillomania is estimated to affect 1% to 2% of the population, or 4 to 11 million Americans, 90% of them women.

 

Chemotherapy can cause hair cells to stop dividing. In some cases, patients can lose up to 90% of their scalp hair. When the cancer treatment ends, the hair may possibly re-grow. Common chemotherapy drugs that cause hair loss include methotrexate, cyclophosohamide, blemycin, doxorubicin, mitomycin, cytarabine, vinblastine, and vincristine.


Although the American Hair Loss Council does not endorse or recommend any individual firm, they can supply you with a list of AHLC specialists in or near your specific area. All AHLC members sign a statement that they will honor our Code of Ethics which is centered around the protection of you, the consumer. Request the American Hair Loss Council Source Book.

                      NON-SURGICAL HAIR LOSS SOLUTIONS

HAIR ADDITIONS
Any external hair bearing device added to existing hair or scalp to give one the appearance of a fuller head of hair. i.e. Hair weaves, hair extensions, hair pieces, toupees, non-surgical hair replacements, partial hair prostheses, hair wefts, etc. Devices may consist of human hair, synthetic fiber or a combination of both.

HOW ARE THEY KEPT ON?
Partial hair additions are attached in a variety of techniques. Either the existing hair or the skin are the anchor sites.

EXISTING HAIR: Weaves, fusion, bonding, cabling, micro links, beading are general terms of techniques all attached to the client's existing hair. All are used to provide more security for the active life-style. They are all dependent on the growing existing hair and therefore must be reattached or tightened as the existing hair grows.

TO THE SKIN: Includes adhesives such as two-sided tapes and new improved waterproof liquids. Vacuum bases- held on by suction through an air tight fitting foundation.

SURGERY: Tunnel grafts are small skin grafts taken from a donor site and formed into a small loop which is used to insert removable inserts permanently attached to a hair addition.

SUTURES: Not seen as an ethical means of attaching a hair addition. Subject must live with constant pain, and the sutures often cause infections and permanent scarring. Individual marketers of hair additions often use terms other than those listed above for exclusive marketing and advertising purposes. The above terms are the most widely used attachment methods.

With the non-medical techniques, we suggest the following:
• Although most adhesives are safe, it is best to have a patch test done by a dermatologist if you have a history of allergies. Even if you do not, its always best to have a patch test done in advance.
• Hair weaving and other types of attachment that place prolonged tension can cause permanent hair loss at the anchor site on fine, thin hair. (Even temporary clips attached too tightly can also cause permanent hair loss). When performed properly on the qualified client, hair weaving does not cause hair loss.
• Proper hygiene must be maintained when wearing a hair addition for extended periods of time. It is essential that one must clean the scalp and hair on a regular basis.

In reviewing ALL treatment options, the hair addition is the safest means of obtaining additional hair. This excludes sutures and tunnel grafting procedures.

                            
                                  NON-SURGICAL FAQ:

CAN THEY APPEAR NATURAL?
Modern day advancements in products along with the technical skills of an experienced specialist are essential. The most important factor is the client him/herself. He or she must spend the required time to keep the hair addition looking its best.

HOW MUCH DO THEY COST?
Depending on the experience and knowledge of the specialist, the materials and design, the price can range from $750.00 to $2,500.00 for a quality custom-made hair addition. Although insurance does not cover male or female pattern hair loss, it may cover the cost of a hair addition when the hair loss is due to disease or abnormalities.

WHAT IS BEST, HUMAN HAIR OR SYNTHETIC?
The choice depends entirely on the attachment technique and life-style of the individual. Either human hair or synthetic, or a combination of both can be used successfully when matched to the proper individual. A competent specialist will advise you as to the proper components for your individual life-style.

ARE HAIR ADDITIONS MADE FOR BOTH MEN AND WOMEN?
Yes, with significant increases in sales by the female consumer. Instead of opting for wigs, women with female pattern hair loss are now selecting the more comfortable and natural appearing partial hair additions or integrated units.

WHO SHOULD AVOID PARTIAL HAIR ADDITIONS?
Males and females undergoing chemotherapy and newly diagnosed patients with alopecia areata should request a full prosthesis. Due to the nature of chemotherapy, all hair will likely be lost and a partial hair addition may be useless. With alopecia areata, the condition may not be stable and focusing in on one area may only be a temporary solution.

CAN HAIR ADDITIONS BE USED IN COMBINATION WITH HAIR REPLACEMENT SURGERY?
Temporary usage of hair additions while undergoing lengthy hair transplant sessions is becoming increasingly popular with many men and women who do not wish to appear "under construction" while in public. Many successful transplants will take from 1 to 2 years to complete.


                                       Vitamins

There are many different types of vitamins for thinning hair. B vitamins are very good for hair, as are vitamin C and vitamin E. It is also beneficial for those who are concerned about thinning hair to take a multivitamin containing zinc, folate, iron and calcium. Vitamins for thinning hair, however, have not been scientifically proven to assist in hair growth.

All B vitamins are good for healthy hair. In particular, B7, or biotin; B9, or folic acid; and B5, pantothenic acid, are good vitamins for thinning hair. Folic acid encourages the production of new cells, which makes hair strands thicker and healthier. Biotin has been found to strengthen hair and is found in many hair products, though it cannot be absorbed through the hair. A lack of pantothenic acid can be shown to decrease hair growth.

Vitamin C is important, because it helps the body grow collagen, which holds body tissues together. A lack of vitamin C can lead to split ends, which restricts hair growth. Vitamin E encourages blood circulation in the scalp, which can cause hair to grow faster. Along with vitamins for thinning hair, protein also is an important element. Hair is primarily made of protein, and a lack of protein can diminish hair growth.

Although these vitamins for thinning hair can assist in the growth of thicker hair, they can do only so much to stop hair from thinning. One major key for one to avoiding thinning hair is to avoid hair products that have harsh chemicals as well as hairstyles, such as perms, that can damage hair. Healthy hair can be encouraged by a general healthy lifestyle, including exercise, drinking water, sleeping well and limiting the use of alcohol and tobacco.

Vitamins can be used to encourage healthier hair, but they cannot stop hair loss. Hair thinning is generally a natural part of aging, and almost all men's hair will thin over time. Hair loss is generally determined by genetics and family history. In some cases, it can be because of extreme stress, iron deficiency, hormonal changes or improper nutrition.

It is normal for someone to lose 50-100 hairs per day. Scalp hair generally lives for several years before entering a telogen, or resting, period. After a few months in the telogen phase, the root of the hair will shrivel, and the hair will fall out. After the hair has entered the telogen phase, it cannot be "saved."

        Home Remedies for Hair Loss

Avoid medical hair growth treatments. People have used natural remedies for hair loss for centuries. Find out what natural remedies for hair loss can work for you.

We all lose hair as we age and want it to regrow. That’s why numerous products are sold to help hair grow. Each year, millions of people consult their doctors or pharmacists for the magic cure to help regrow hair. But hair growth chemicals don’t always work as well as some natural remedies. Here, some legendary natural home remedies for hair loss.

  • Keep your hair healthy with regular cuts (every 6 to 8 weeks), gentle weekly washes, daily deep moisturizing conditioners, and air drying instead of using hair dryers.
  • Massage coconut milk into your scalp, leave on for 30 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Repeat 3 times per week until your hair loss decreases and healthy hair grows in.
  • Mix coconut oil with avocado and spread on hair. This combination eliminates flaking and gives your hair a healthy boost — good for natural regrowth.
  • Simmer hibiscus flowers in coconut oil and spread on hair to condition it. Rinse lightly and style as usual.
  • Apply a few drops of almond oil to hair every day.
  • Mix 2 tablespoons of amla (Indian gooseberry), reetha (from the soapnut tree), and shikakai, which comes from a shrub native to India. Add egg and form a paste. Apply on scalp and massage throughout hair. Let sit for 25 to 30 minutes, then rinse and cleanse with a mild shampoo. Try this 3 times per week for one month to help hair regrow naturally.
  • Saw palmetto has been used to treat hair loss for decades. It is the primary active ingredient found in the vast majority of natural hair loss remedies and can help hair regrow naturally.
  • Stinging nettle, one of the most common herbs used in traditional folk medicine, is said to help regrow hair naturally.
  • Gotu kola. This popular herb is available in its natural form at many health food stores and can stimulate hair growth.
  • Ginseng. This Chinese herbal medicine is said to rejuvenate the scalp, increase blood flow, and help regrow hair.
  • Fo-ti. Also known as He shou wu (Chinese for “black-haired Mr. He”), this herb has been consumed as tea or in herbal medications to help increase hair growth and reduce hair loss.
  • Vitamin A is essential for hair growth, but too much vitamin A can actually cause hair loss, so be sure to take no more than 100,000 IU each day. And try natural food sources such as mango, orange, carrot, sweet potato, and squash.
  • Vitamin B boosts the production of hemoglobin, which helps the scalp receive enough oxygen to stay healthy and promote hair growth. Be sure to consume potatoes, bananas, garbanzo beans/chickpeas, chicken breast, oatmeal, pork loin, and roast beef.
  • Folic acid. Found in collard greens, lentils, garbanzo beans/chickpeas, papaya, peas, and asparagus, folic acid contributes to natural hair regrowth.
  • Vitamin E, which also helps blood circulate to the scalp and improve hair growth, can be found in most cereals, almonds, safflower oil, corn oil, and soybean oil.
  • Vitamin C is required for the healthy development of collagen, which is necessary for growing strong hair. Enjoy kiwi fruit, guava, red peppers, and oranges.
  • Exercise. Daily exercise improves circulation throughout your body, including your scalp, which can result in faster hair growth. Be sure to get your heart pumping at least 3 to 4 times each week.

Many of these natural remedies can help regrow hair. They’re easy and might make a difference in your rate of hair growth in just a few short months.

How to Protect Your Hair During the Sun.   Those waves. This warm weather.

If there's ever a time for shiny, vibrant, luscious hair, it's summer. But your locks may actually take a hit over the next few months. Sun and water can be damaging, leading to faded color, split ends and a brittle, dry texture. "A lot can go wrong," says Gregory Patterson, a stylist and instructor at Blow, the New York Blow Dry Bar. "Hair color is such an investment, and keratin treatments are super expensive. Hopping in the chlorine or salt water can just strip them right out of the hair and cause it to look dull and dehydrated."

Not exactly the look you were going for, right? Fear not: There are plenty of tricks to protect your hair this summer. That way, you can enjoy the warm weather without having to spend the fall and winter repairing the damage. Patterson and other hair care experts shared their favorite tips:

Consider your geography. If you're close to the equator, the sun will be much more intense. That means it's more likely to dry out your locks and oxidize your color. "I'm a guy, and my hair is pretty simple," says Chris Lospalluto, a stylist at Sally Hershberger in New York. "But I was down in Barbados a couple weeks ago, and it's close to the equator. The texture of my hair was almost completely different. It created a little bit of a wave." In those situations, it's smart to take extra precautions, Lospalluto says.

[See: Do's and Don'ts of Healthy Hair.]

Get a haircut. It's always best to get a trim before summer. The sun will do extra damage to hair that's already dry, so if you remove those dead ends, you'll be in better shape. Though experts generally recommend getting a trim every six to eight weeks, Lospalluto suggests holding off during the summer. "You'll probably need one in August, but everyone's at the beach," he says. "Just stretch it a few more weeks, let the ocean beat it up and then come in for a conditioning treatment, and we'll refresh it and fix it up."

Start in the shower. If you've been out in the sun and forgot to protect your hair, you can still give it the nourishment it needs. Opt for a hydrating shampoo and conditioner, Patterson says. At Blow, such products provide "intense hydration" – largely thanks to a combination of soy and corn protein. Make sure products don't contain harsh sulfates, parabens or sodium chlorine, which will weigh down your locks.

[See: 10 Best Foods for Your Hair.]

Use UV-shielding products. You slap sunscreen on your skin to prevent burns. And likewise, an array of products are specifically designed to protect your hair from UV rays. These can help prevent highlighted hair from lightening too quickly and looking fried, and they can keep dark hair from turning brassy or red. Most are finishing products such as UV-based hairspray or leave-in conditioner. "Some of them really do work," Lospalluto says. "I mean, it's not pushing the sun back into the solar system, but they can make a difference." Keep in mind that products always need to be applied to damp hair. Otherwise, they'll sit on the surface and won't sink into the hair.

[See: Try These At-Home Sunburn Treatments.]

Dampen your locks. Spray some water on your hair before you go into the pool or ocean. It adds an extra layer of coating, so when you go swimming, your hair isn't as likely to absorb 100 percent of the chlorinated water. "You won't have this huge concentration of chlorine or salt water blast your hair and dry your hair out," Lospalluto says. "It'll be diluted because your hair is already wet." Otherwise, if you're starting out with dry blonde hair, there's a good chance it will be green by the end of the summer, he says.

Brush carefully. Since hair is most fragile when it's wet, don't rip a brush through it after swimming. Spray some detangler on it, and then use a wide-tooth comb to minimize breakage.

[See: Cheers for Beer ... Shampoo, That Is.]

Choose strong hair bands. Summer heat practically demands we throw our hair back, and a ponytail with no part can even protect the scalp from exposure to the sun. The problem is that pulling it too tight can cause hair to break – or just "snap the hair off," as Patterson says, particularly if it's already dry. Pulling your hair back when it's wet is even more damaging. Aim for loose buns and ponytails, and let your hair down before going to sleep at night. Alternate the way you put it up, too – tie it low one day, high another and to the side the next. That way, you're not always stressing the same strands.

[See: Gray Hair at 25? Yes. Here's What You Can Do.]

Wear a hat – or something cuter. It's one of the best ways to protect your hair from the sun's rays. And if that baseball cap is killing your look? Get a turban. Patterson just spent a month in Sweden and says they're all the rage. "I guarantee it's going to pop up over here," he says. "Cool, printed turbans are very fashion forward, and they make you look effortless and chic." You could also opt for a scarf, a wide-brim floppy hat or a cowboy hat. Keep in mind that the sun can shine through certain straw hats, so it's still smart to wear a protective product underneath.




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