Hair Loss Havoc

Friday, April 2nd, 2010 No Commented
Categorized Under: Hair Loss

Although more common in men than women, hair loss does affect both the male and female population and it can strike at any age and for a variety of reasons. The most common causes for hair loss are rarely worrisome but there are times that they can be health related and require a doctors attention. Some of the more common causes for hair loss are very straightforward and in direct relation to “how” one treats his hair as opposed to any other factor. For example, wearing hair in overly-tight ponytails/braids, twisting/pulling on strands and/or forcefully brushing through knots can either make the hair break (“snap”) or make it fall out directly from the root. Being that all of these “losses” are a result of harsh human treatment they can, for the most part, quite easily be diminished with simple changes in human behaviour; wear hair loosely so as not to disturb the roots, remove knots and tangles “gently” while brushing and, when it comes to twisting/pulling your hair, well, the short answer to this is to simply…stop!

There are, though, other factors to take into consideration when it comes to hair loss. It is normal (and natural) to lose some hair everyday but, being that the hair follicles on your scalp go through their hair growth “stages” at different times, it is difficult to pinpoint exactly how much hair loss per day is considered normal. Some experts believe the “norm” to be a loss of 50 to 100 hairs per day while others conclude it to be anywhere up to 200. Therefore, anything in excess of 200 hairs lost per day should be viewed as “out-of-the-norm” and finding the cause for such loss should be investigated. On the flip side, losses of such an extravagant amount are not always a cause for concern and may, indeed, be completely normal. Being that there are such a wide variety of factors behind hair loss (age and genetics being two of them) finding the “root problem” (pun intended) really needs to be looked at on a case-by-case basis. Generally speaking, most hair loss is not the result of systemic or internal disease but, even so, it would be wise to check with your doctor if ever you are unsure as to why you are experiencing hair loss.

So, what options are available to treat and/or “hide” hair loss? Well, there are several to choose from, actually, but not all of them will necessarily be “right” for you nor do all of them always “fulfill on their promise(s).” Often, you will see over-the-counter products (such as shampoo, conditioners, vitamins, etc) that claim to slow down, or even cure, hair loss. However, as harmless as most of these products are, they are just as useless as well.

Save your money and time by not falling into false claim traps such as these and look elsewhere for something you know to be “tried and true”. If in doubt, ask your doctor to refer you to someone well-knowledged in the department and who can best direct you on which way to go. Dependant on what may be causing your hair loss your doctor might choose to send you to an endocrinologist, dermatologist or other professional for an initial diagnosis. For example, if your doctor suspects something hormone related an endocrinologist is who you will likely see while, if it is a skin condition that is under scrutiny, a dermatologist would be the most likely source for finding an answer.

Of course, there are also those people who could care less to see a professional for their hair loss issues and feel more comfortable with “self-correcting” instead. This can be fine if you know (for fact) that your hair loss is non-health related and does not require professional intervention. In this case, those few things that you can do to try and “disguise” your “hair-that’s-not-there” dilemma (wigs, hairpieces, weaves, spray-ons, makeup, tattooing, etc) might be worth giving a try. However, on the same token, not all “quick fixes” will give you desirable results and not all are easy to work with nor are they always easy on the wallet (some are considerably costly). In addition, for an unfortunate few, these quick fixes can also sometimes be deemed as “not so easy on the eyes” (ie: bad comb over). Hence, if it is a full head of “natural” looking hair you are looking for it would be highly suggested you look further than just your local drugstores cosmetics aisle.