The Stages of Hair Growth and Loss:
[cryout-multi][cryout-column width=”1/4″]What is Hair?
Hair is made up of two parts:
Follicle which lies below the skin on the scalp attached to the papilla (root). It is living skin tissue from which hair grows and determines the properties of your hair. (straight, curly, thin, thick, dry or oily)
Hair Shaft which is the hair strand that you see growing out of your head and is not alive. It’s made of fragile, dead cells that have no regenerative properties.
Hair grows from the follicle at an average rate of a quarter of an inch to 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.
There are three stages of Hair Growth:
ANAGEN: This is the Active Growth stage where hair has begun and is actually growing. This lasts approximately 2 to 6 years.
CATAGEN: This is the Transition Stage where the hair transitions upward toward the skin pore and dermal papilla begins to separate from the follicle. This lasts approximately 1 to 2 weeks.
TELOGEN: This is the Resting Phase where the dermal papilla fully separates from the follicle. This takesapproximately 5 to 6 weeks.
When the resting phase is complete, the hair falls out and another hair begins to replace it. The three stages will begin their cycle all over again. Anagen, Catagen and then Telogen. What causes Female Pattern Baldness?
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. The good news is that NBHI can help get your hair back.
There are many reasons why women lose their hair. Hormonal imbalances, postpartum/stress, chemotherapy, and disorders such as trichtilliomania (hair loss caused by compulsive pulling or twisting until it breaks off) are just a few. Female hair loss can also be induced by certain prescription drugs or result from the negligent use of chemical relaxers and extremely tight hair braiding that can cause permanent damage to the hair follicle.
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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 DHTis 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.
Many women experience hair loss as a result of menopause.
Menopause causes a drop off in the production of estrogen and without it 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. But if we have anything to do with it, they’ll be changing for the better. So instead of taking the hand life has dealt us, let’s discard a few things and get something more.
Other Causes Of Hair Loss
Knowing what’s causing your hair loss is half the battle when it comes to making informed decisions about the proper treatment for hair loss. Some conditions may only cause temporary hair loss, while others result in chronic and progressive problems that can last a lifetime without treatment.
Here are some of the genetic and environmental factors that can lead to hair loss in both men and women:
Stress from illness or surgery. This is generally a temporary condition.
Hormonal imbalances. An over – or under – active thyroid gland, as well as anomalies in androgen or estrogen levels, can cause hair loss.
Pregnancy. Women may experience hair loss after having a baby although this is typically temporary.
Menopause. This usually causes some thinning that progresses with age.
Medication. Medications for blood pressure, heart conditions, birth control, and depression have been shown to cause hair loss, and can be temporary.
Infection. Fungal infections in particular have been known to cause hair loss. Fortunately, they are treatable with medication.
Disease. Hair loss can sometimes be an early sign of an undiagnosed condition such as lupus or diabetes.
Age and genetics. Your genes can play a major role in whether or not you experience hair loss. If someone in your family has experienced it, it increases the odds you will too. Hair loss is also a common effect of aging. These are the two most common causes of hair loss.
After you notice your hair is thinning…
BE PROACTIVE. If your hair is thinning, see a dermatologist who specializes in hair loss right away. No matter what the cause, the sooner you address the problem the better for you and your hair.
BEWARE OF THE GIMMICKS. Lots of over-the-counter products claim to promote hair growth. Shampoos and vitamins might make your hair look and feel healthier, but they rarely put more hairs on your head.
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Thousands of products for female hair loss are advertised in ads and on the Internet. Almost all are a complete waste of money. Most of these products haven’t been assessed by proper research studies. And without recognized research, it is impossible to know about a hair loss product’s effectiveness to treat women’s hair loss and the safety of the product. Before trying any hair re-growth treatment ask the company for a copy of published evidence and the credentials of the firm testing the product. And if you have any questions, feel free to give us a call, we’ll help in any way we can to ensure you’re focusing your efforts on something that will move you forward.
You are definitely not alone!
More than 30 million women suffer from hair loss in the U.S. alone. Even though most treatments available today seem to be designed for men, there are safe, proven treatments designed especially for women.
At Smiley’s NBHI, we understand that women’s hair–and women’s experiences with hair loss–are very different. That’s why our staff is hand-picked to include talented female non surgical hair replacement specialists who understand the unique challenges faced by women.
Our team of licensed cosmetologists, have become certified in a variety of treatment options that have restored thick, beautiful hair to many women. We’ll take the time to give you private, one-on-one guidance, personalizing your treatment plan to give you the unique look you love. You’ll look and feel beautiful again before you know it!
Is it common for women to experience hair loss?
Hair loss is far more common for women than most people realize. Today there are more than 30 million women experiencing hair loss in North America. Forty percent of all women will have some female pattern hair loss by the time they reach menopause, and nearly half of all women will experience some form of hair loss by age 50.[/cryout-column] [/cryout-multi]