HAIR & SCALP CONDITIONS
Some of the top reasons why you may be experiencing hair loss:
Interesting facts to note:
- Average daily hair loss is 100 hair strands
- Next to bone marrow, hair is the fastest growing tissue in the human body
- The average person has 100,000 – 150,000 strands of hair on their head
- Men and woman’s hair growth cycle is identical
- Dandruff is not caused by a dry scalp; it is from an oily scalp, so if you are experiencing dandruff, stop using oily products on your scalp
HAIR GROWTH CYCLE
Your Hair Growth Cycle regulates hair growth in your body. When your hair is growing normally, each strand of hair follows its own hair cycling schedule, completely independent of the other hairs on your scalp.
At any given time, you may be shedding 10-15% of your hair; whilst you may feel that you are losing a lot of hair, this is actually perfectly normal.
If your Hair Growth Cycle is disrupted, this will cause you to shed more hair, and the regrowth of your hair will be weaker resulting in thin, wispy hair.
MYTHS REGARDING YOUR HAIR
Hair loss and your hair growth cycle is influenced by your genetics, nutrition, metabolism and your general health and wellbeing. There are a number of myths regarding your hair, which we would like to clarify.
Constricting your hair causes you to lose hair
There is a common believe that if you wrap a turban around your hair and constrict your hair, this can lead to hair loss. This is not true.
Baldness is related to genetics on your mother’s side of the family
It could be, but equally it could be related to your father’s side of the family. Genetics does play a part, however there is no evidence to support whether this is from your mother’s side of the family or your father’s side of the family.
Frequent shampooing causes your hair to fall out
It is natural to lose up to 100 hairs a day and a percentage of this comes out when you shampoo.
However, on days when you don’t shampoo, whilst some of those strands will come out when you brush and style your hair some of them will also be sitting loosely in your hair follicles. Therefore the more time you leave between shampooing your hair, the more likely you are to see clumps of hair accumulating in the drain. You wouldn’t notice this as much, if you were shampooing your hair every day.
It is not bad to shampoo your hair frequently; in fact, this helps to stimulate your scalp and encourage healthy hair growth.
COMMON HAIR LOSS CONDITIONS
What is Alopecia Areata?
‘Alopecia’ is a general term for hair loss – from mild and temporary shedding to profuse and permanent hair loss. ‘Areata’, means ‘in areas’.
Alopecia Areata causes specific areas of baldness to appear randomly across your scalp. This hair loss can be temporary, semi-permanent (recurring) or permanent and it can affect your eyebrows, your eyelashes and your body hair; as well as beard hair in men. It very rarely leads to a universal loss of hair, or ‘alopecia universalis’.
How Common is it?
Alopecia areata affects approximately 4% of the population (90,000 in the UK alone), and around 98% of those diagnosed will recover. Alopecia areata can affect all ethnic groups and ages, it is most likely to occur between the ages of 20 and 50, affecting both men and women.
What causes it?
Alopecia areata is widely accepted to be an autoimmune disorder, where your body sees certain hair cells as foreign enemies and attacks them. The large majority of cases are brought on by stress, shock, bereavement, an accident or illness.
It is also common in people suffering from hay fever, eczema, Addison’s disease, pernicious anaemia, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, lichen planus, diabetes mellitus, vitiligo, lupus and thyroid problems.
Male Pattern Baldness
Hair loss and hair thinning are unfortunately experienced by most men as they age. It’s natural and inevitable, like grey hair or wrinkles. We have already lost a large percentage of our hair before we start to notice that we have a problem.
However, as with the signs of ageing, there are things that you can do to improve thinning hair. These include promoting new growth, reducing loss and increasing the diameter of individual hairs. Caucasian men are most likely to suffer from male pattern hair loss, and a degree of hair thinning probably occurs in 100% of Caucasian men.
This ranges from a slightly receding hairline, a thinning crown, an overall reduction in thickness, advanced receding from the forehead and very thin hair, to being left with a ‘horseshoe’ of hair that grows around your scalp from ear to ear.
Female Pattern Baldness
Female pattern baldness can start as early as puberty or later in adulthood, around the age of 40.
During female-pattern baldness, your hair usually only thins on the top of your head. With female pattern baldness, your hairline is rarely affected. Instead you may first notice that your parting looks wider than before, which is caused by your hair thinning at the top of your scalp.
In some cases, thinning hair is also noticeable near your temples. It is rare that the hair loss progresses to the state of baldness, like it does in men.
Genetics Plays a Part
Each hair on your head has stem cells that contain specific instructions for the extent of your hair growth. This is why the hair on the top of your head grows longer than your eyebrows – they are genetically disposed to different hair growth instructions.
These stem cells also have a genetically determined number of times that they can produce new hair, growing a certain number of hairs per month. At a point your hair will stop growing, it falls out and it is replaced by new hair.
When you suffer from female pattern baldness, the new hairs that grow back are shorter hairs over time, making your hair look thinner.
Hair is less shiny
Thin hair looks dry and less shiny as the outer hair follicle becomes thinner and doesn’t retain much moisture.
It also become more brittle and susceptible to damage from the sun, so it breaks easily. You may also lose the outer follicle of your hair over time, which makes your hair look duller.
Menopause accelerates hair loss
Unfortunately, with age, and the onset of menopause, your hormones are thrown off balance which has a direct effect on the growth of your hair.
Diet is Important
Low hormone levels, iron deficiency, poor nutrition, UV damage and harsh chemicals can all accelerate hair loss, making your hair thinning a lot more noticeable.
GET IN TOUCH
If you are experiencing any concerns with hair loss please do contact Simone Thomas Salons, we specialise in treating men, women and children’s hair and scalp conditions. Our highly experienced team will provide you with the support and advice you need.