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Hair Loss Conditions Explained

What are the different types of 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 different factors.

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 

Androgenetic alopecia is known as pattern hair loss. While the patterns of baldness for men and women differ, they both have a common genetic cause.

With male pattern baldness, hair loss typically occurs on the top and front of the head. With female pattern baldness, thinning occurs on the top and crown of the head. This thinning in women often starts as a widening of the centre hair part that leaves the front hairline unaffected.

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. 

Hair Loss Facts

Is there a cure for Androgentic Alopecia (Male and Female Pattern hair loss)?

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 revived?

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 miniaturisation have the best chance of being stabilised and stimulated back to a healthy condition. These hair follicles need to have not miniaturised beyond 50% of its original 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)?

Male

What is Male Pattern Baldness?

Male pattern baldness, also called androgenic alopecia, is the most common type of hair loss in men. More than 50 percent of all men over the age of 50 will be affected by male pattern baldness to some extent.

What Causes Male Pattern Baldness?

One cause of male pattern baldness is genetics, or having a family history of baldness. Research has found that male pattern baldness is associated with male sex hormones called androgens. The androgens have many functions, including regulating hair growth.

Each hair on your head has a growth cycle. With male pattern baldness, this growth cycle begins to weaken and the hair follicle shrinks, producing shorter and finer strands of hair. Eventually, the growth cycle for each hair ends and no new hair grows in its place.

Inherited male pattern baldness usually has no side effects.

What is Dihydrotestosterone?

Male pattern balding, also called androgenic alopecia and is one of the most common reasons that men lose hair as they get older.

Women can also experience this type of hair loss, but it’s much less common.

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is an androgen. An androgen is a sex hormone that contributes to the development of what are thought of as “male” sex characteristics, such as body hair. But it can also make you lose your hair faster and earlier.

What does Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) do?

DHT is derived from testosterone. Testosterone is a hormone that’s present in both men and women. It and DHT are androgens, or hormones that contribute to male sex characteristics when you go through puberty. These traits include:

A deep voice, increased body hair and muscle mass growth of the penis, scrotum, and testicles as sperm production begins and changes in how fat is stored around your body

As you get older, testosterone and DHT have many other benefits to your body, such as maintaining your overall muscle mass and promoting sexual health and fertility.

Men typically have more testosterone present in their bodies. About 10% of testosterone in all adults is converted to DHT with the help of an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase (5-AR).

Once it’s freely flowing through your bloodstream, DHT can then link to receptors on hair follicles in your scalp, causing them to shrink and become less capable of supporting a healthy head of hair.

What is Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) connection to hair loss?

Hair everywhere on your body grows out of structures underneath your skin known as follicles, which are essentially tiny capsules that each contain a single strand of hair.

The hair within a follicle typically goes through a growth cycle that lasts about two to six years. Even if you shave or cut your hair, the same hair will grow back out of the follicle from the root of the hair contained within the follicle.

At the end of this cycle, the hair enters what’s known as a resting phase before finally falling out a few months later. Then, the follicle produces a new hair, and the cycle begins again.

High levels of androgens, including DHT, can miniaturise your hair follicles as well as shorten this cycle, causing hair to grow out looking thinner and more brittle, as well as fall out faster. DHT can also make it take longer for your follicles to grow new hairs once old hairs fall out.

Some people are more susceptible to these effects of DHT on scalp hair based on variations in their androgen receptor (AR) gene. Androgen receptors are proteins that allow hormones like testosterone and DHT to bind to them. This binding activity typically results in normal hormonal processes like body hair growth.

Variations in the AR gene can increase androgen receptivity in your scalp follicles, making you more likely to experience male pattern hair loss.

Female

What is Female Pattern Baldness?

Female pattern baldness, also called androgenetic alopecia, is hair loss that affects women. It’s similar to male pattern baldness, except that women can lose their hair in a different pattern than men.

Hair loss in women is normal, especially as you age. Up to two thirds of women experience hair loss after menopause. Less than half of trusted source of women will make it past age 65 with a full head of hair.

Female pattern baldness is hereditary. It’s more common after menopause, so hormones are likely responsible. If you notice that you’re losing hair, see your doctor or a dermatologist. They will be able to determine if you’re experiencing female pattern baldness or another type of hair loss.

The sooner you get treated, the faster you’ll be able to stop the loss — and possibly even regrow hair.

What does Female Pattern Baldness look like?

Female pattern baldness, the hair’s growing phase slows down. It also takes longer for new hair to begin growing. Hair follicles shrink, leading the hair that does grow to be thinner and finer. This can result in hair that easily breaks.

It’s normal for women to lose 50 to 100 hairs each day, but those with female pattern baldness can lose many more.

In men, hair loss starts in the front of the head and recedes to the back until they go bald. Women lose hair from all over their head, starting at their part line. Hair at the temples may also recede.

Woman are less likely to go completely bald, but you may have a lot of thinning throughout your hair.

Doctors divide female pattern baldness into three types:

Type I is a small amount of thinning that starts around your part.Type II involves widening of the part, and increased thinning around it.Type III is thinning throughout, with a see-through area at the top of your scalp.

Can genetics cause female pattern baldness?

Hair loss is passed down from parents to their children, and many different genes are involved. You can inherit these genes from either parent. You’re more likely to have female pattern baldness if your mother, father, or other close relatives have experienced hair loss.

What else causes Female Pattern Baldness?

Female pattern baldness is generally caused by an underlying endocrine condition or a hormone secreting tumor.

If you have other symptoms, such as an irregular period, severe acne, or an increase unwanted hair, consult your doctor. You may be experiencing a different type of hair loss.

Clinical Trials and Peer Reviewed Studies – Non Prescribed Hair Retention Clinic Products

Clinical Trials for Hair Retention Clinic "Grow Laser Caps" Photobiomodulation / LLLT Technology
Clinical Trials for Hair Retention Clinics Follicle Rejuvenation Formula

US National Library Of Medicine

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6691938/

Pub Med Biomedical Literature

Men

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12196747/

Women

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15034503/

Clinical Trials for Hair Retention Clinic's Micro Needling Roller

Pub Med Biomedical Literature

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30706177/

US National Libary Of Medicine

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3746236/

Clinical Trials for Hair Retention Clinic's Supplement

Saw Palmetto – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33313047/

Silica – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4938278/

Biotin – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3509882/

Zinc – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7277952/