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Hair Loss Facts

What are the different types of hair for Hair Loss?

Excessive or abnormal hair loss is known as alopecia, and there are several kinds. What all hair loss has in common, whether it’s in men or women, is a symptom of something that’s gone wrong in your body. Your hair will remain on your head where it belongs unless hormone imbalance, disease, or some other condition occurs. That condition may be as simple as having a gene that makes you susceptible to male or female pattern baldness or one of the forms of alopecia areata, or it may be as complex as a whole host of diseases.

Fortunately, hair loss can be a symptom of a short-term event such as stress, pregnancy, disease, or medication, which can all alter hair‘s growth and shedding phases. In these situations, hair will grow back when the event has passed. Once the cause of the loss is addressed, hairs go back to their random pattern of growth and shedding, and your problem stops.

The most common types of hair loss in Men and Women are associated with dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a derivative of the male hormone, testosterone.

Androgenetic Alopecia 

The majority of women with androgenetic alopecia have diffuse thinning on all areas of the scalp. (Men rarely have diffuse thinning but instead have more distinct patterns of baldness.) Some women have a combination of two pattern types.

Alopecia Areata 

An inappropriate inflammatory reaction is behind alopecia areata. A person’s own immune system attacks the roots of hair follicles. Symptoms include patchy shedding of hair, which sometimes develops quite suddenly. About 70% of patients recover their hair within two years, whether or not they receive treatment.

Telogen Effluvium

When your body goes through something traumatic like child birth, malnutrition, a severe infection, major surgery, or extreme stress, it can impact your hair. Many of the 90% or so of hairs in the growing (anagen) or transitional (catagen) phases can actually shift all at once into the resting (telogen) phase.

About six weeks to three months after the stressful event, the shedding phenomenon called telogen effluvium may begin. It is possible to lose handfuls of hair at a time when in full-blown telogen effluvium.

For most who suffer with this, complete remission is probable as long as severely stressful events can be avoided. For some women, however, telogen effluvium is a mysterious chronic disorder and can persist for months or even years without any true understanding of the triggering factors or stressors.

Anagen Effluvium

Anagen effluvium occurs after any insult to the hair follicle that impairs its cellular-level mitotic or metabolic activity. This hair loss is commonly associated with chemotherapy. Since chemotherapy targets rapidly dividing cancer cells, your body’s other rapidly dividing cells — such as hair follicles in the growing (anagen) phase — are also greatly affected. Soon after chemotherapy begins, approximately 90% or more of hairs in the anagen phase can fall out.

The characteristic finding in anagen effluvium is the tapered fracture of the hair shafts. The hair shaft narrows as a result of damage to the matrix. Eventually, the shaft fractures at the site of narrowing and causes the loss of hair.

Traction Alopecia

This condition is caused by localized trauma to the hair follicles from tight hairstyles that pull at the hair over time. If the condition is detected early enough, the hair will regrow. Braiding, cornrows, tight ponytails, and extensions are the most common styling causes of traction alopecia. 

Is there a cure for Hair Loss (Androgentic Alopecia)?

There is no cure for Male and Female Pattern Hair loss which is known as Androgenetic Alopecia, as soon as their is, Hair Retention Clinic will cease to exist and we can assure you everyone will know about it.

While their is no cure, if you get on to your changing hair early enough there are medically / clinically proven ways to stabilise (not lose anymore), stimulate (nourish and help miniaturizing hair follicles), regrow (get hair follicles that are in the early stages of miniaturisation rejuvenated back to a healthy condition) and then importantly with continual treatment retain your hair and the benefits of what you have been able to achieve.

What Causes Hair Loss?

There are multiple causes of hair loss. The most common form of hair loss is Androgenetic Alopecia which can effect both Men and Women. Androgenetic will effect close to 50% of both Men and Women at some point in their lives.

At Hair Retention clinic we manage it depending on the individual circumstances of our clients while it depends on what type of hair loss they are experiencing. 

Can hair follicles be revied?

Unfortunately, hair follicles that have miniaturised to a small level (hair shafts just visible to the naked eye) or a bald spot (no hair growing) will not be able to be rejuvenated to its optimal condition it once was.

Hair Follicles that have are in the very early stages of minituristation have the best chance of being stablised and stimulated back to a healthy condition. These hair follicles need to have not miniaturised beyond 50% of its orginal size to fully benefit from Hair Retentions Program. That is why it is important to take the free online consultation or speak to the Doctors / client service team to identify where you are in relation to your concern and to get the realistic expectations of what the benefit of what you will be able to achieve.

The earlier you act, the better the result.

Is there a Shampoo that can help with my hair loss?

There is no miracle shampoo out there capable of reversing or even slowing hair loss down. While they may not be able to regrow hair, there are volumising shampoos can make it appear thicker and fuller.

Hair is almost 90% keratin, a fibrous protein that gives your locks their structure. Because of this, most effective thickening shampoos are protein based. The protein in the shampoo fortifies the outer layer of each strand and Panthenol – a form of vitamin B2 – penetrates the scalp, creating and attracting moisture. The more moisture a strand of hair has the fuller it looks.

Hair can only swell (enlarge) a limited amount so it will be different for someone with fine hair as compared to someone with already thick hair, Damaged hair and hairs of different textures will experience different degrees of swelling.

This means is while there aren’t any shampoos that can stop or reverse hair loss, there are a few hair thickening shampoo’s that may help to boost the fullness of thin hair. 

 

What are the different stages of Androgentic Alopecia (Male and Female Patterned hair loss)?

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