Hair Loss and Prevention

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Is there any way to prevent hair loss?

If your hair loss is caused by hair care or styling habits, medications, stress, or diet, there are preventative steps you can take.

Hair loss prevention usually involves altering your habits (for example, eating healthier foods or opting for a more relaxed hairstyle).

If your hair loss is caused by a medical condition, consult with your doctor to find out if alternate treatment options are available.

Unfortunately, genetically inherited hair loss can’t be prevented, but it can be treated.

Are there any hair loss medications that work?

There are many hair loss “medications” on the market, some more legitimate than others. Contrary to the promises that accompany them, not all of them work. And those that do may not work for you specifically. Each person responds differently to hair loss medications based on a number of factors, including the cause of hair loss, degree of hair loss, age, lifestyle, and health.

Minoxidil is the most common on the market. While some people find it effective, it doesn’t work for everyone. Any results gained using them will be lost once you stop using them.

How can I tell the difference between normal hair loss and a condition that needs treatment?

Some hair loss is normal. An average healthy person ordinarily loses 50 to 100 hairs from the scalp daily. More serious hair loss comes in many forms. In many cases, you’ve already lost as much as 30% of your hair by the time you start to notice.

Hair loss that occurs in patches is often a result of conditions such as Trichotillomania, Traction Alopecia, and Alopecia Areata. Cancer treatments that include radiation and chemotherapy can also cause hair loss that affects the entire scalp.

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What is Traction Alopecia?

Traction Alopecia is a gradual form of hair loss that occurs when hair is pulled excessively tight for long periods of time. This type of hair loss is usually caused by regularly wearing a tight braid, ponytail, “cornrows,” or hair weaves, but it can also occur after a patient has a facelift and other cosmetic surgery that creates constant tension on the hair.

What is Trichotillomania?

Trichotillomania is a compulsive disorder that causes people to pull out the hair from their scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows, or other parts of the body, resulting in noticeable bald patches. It is currently defined as an impulse-control disorder, but there are disputes about how it should be classified. Trichotillomania is estimated to affect 1% to 2% of the population, or 4 to 11 million Americans, 90% of them women and children.

Can chemotherapy affect hair growth?

Chemotherapy can cause hair cells to stop dividing, resulting in hair loss. In some cases patients lose as much as 90% of their scalp hair. Sometimes this hair grows back when the cancer treatment ends, sometimes it doesn’t.

Does wearing hats cause hair loss?

No. Many people think that wearing hats can cause hair loss, but this is not the case. There is absolutely no evidence–scientific or otherwise–that hats affect hair growth in any way.

Is hair growth or loss affected by shaving, trimming, or cutting your hair?

No. Hair growth is genetically programmed. Your hair growth rate is not affected by close clipping, shaving, trimming, or cutting.

Can brushing my hair extensively make it stronger?

No. In fact, excessive hair brushing can actually cause breakage and stress your hair. Ball-tipped or boar bristle brushes are recommended to prevent hair loss.

What is Androgenetic Alopecia?

Androgenetic Alopecia, commonly known as male or female pattern baldness, results from a genetic predisposition that makes follicles sensitive to the effect of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT builds up around the hair follicle, causing a shorter hair growth cycle and finer hair. Eventually, the follicle shuts down and completely stops producing hair so that when the hair falls out, it isn’t replaced. It’s the most common form of hair loss and affects both men and women.

What is Alopecia Areata?

Alopecia Areata is sporadic hair loss, resulting in completely smooth areas or patches on the scalp about the size of a quarter or larger. In some cases, Alopecia Areata can turn in to Alopecia Universalis, which is the complete loss of all scalp and body hair. Alopecia Areata is most common in people under the age of 30, and its cause is unknown. For some patients it resolves itself spontaneously, while for others it may last a lifetime.

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Hair Loss Myths.. Hair Loss Causes.. Types of Hair Loss..

Wearing hats causes hair loss.

FALSE. While many people believe hats contribute to hair loss, there is absolutely NO evidence-scientific or otherwise-that proves this. Many people wear hats simply to hide their hair loss.

Shaving, trimming, or cutting your hair strengthens it.

FALSE. Hair growth is genetically programmed. Your growth rate isn’t affected one way or the other by close clipping, shaving, trimming, or cutting.

Brushing your hair can make it stronger and more resistant to hair loss.

FALSE. Excessive hair brushing can actually stress your hair and make it more likely to break. Boar-bristle or ball-tipped brushes are recommended as the most gentle tools to use on your hair.

Blow drying can lead to hair loss.

FALSE. There’s no link between balding and hair dryers, although using too hot of a setting can dry out your existing hair, making it brittle and less healthy-looking.

Hair styling products and dyes cause hair loss.

FALSE. While some of these products have the potential to damage hair, they don’t affect hair follicles or hair growth cycles. Harsh chemicals like relaxers, however, can damage hair follicles.

How you position your head while sleeping can have a effect on hair loss.

FALSE. Your follicles are pre-programmed to grow in their own unique way. Lying on one side or the other won’t affect that.

Men who lose their hair have lower libidos.

FALSE. Actually, it may very well be the opposite. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT)-the main culprit in hair loss-is a metabolite of testosterone, a hormone that increases men’s sex drive.

Towel-drying your head can cause hair loss.

FALSE. It’s normal to for some hair to fall out every day as a result of the normal growth cycle. If your hair doesn’t grow back, it’s probably because of your genetic predisposition, not the towel.

Hair loss is genetically determined by just your mother’s father.

FALSE. Actually, it’s determined by genetics on BOTH sides of your family, not just your mother’s. Simply because your mother’s father has a full head of hair doesn’t guarantee you’ll have the same luck. The causes of hair loss can be passed down through either side of the family.

Hair loss can’t be stopped or helped.

FALSE. NBHI offers hair restoration solutions and can help you determine which one is right for you. Give us a call to schedule a Consultation and/or Microscopic Scalp Analysis. Request our free brochure, or simply give us a call 404-458-2839.

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