How does hair loss occur?
Hair loss or baldness is the state where the area which hair normally grows starts to decrease in count or gets thinner in size. The amount of average hair loss per day starts to increase by the day. Hair mass starts to get visible lesser and sometimes scalp can be noticed easily with the naked eye within a short distance.
A hair follicle is part of the skin that grows hair by packing old cells together. Attached to the follicle is a sebaceous gland, a tiny sebum-producing gland found everywhere except on the palms, lips and soles of the feet. Sebums are made from fats or simply oil and the debris of dead fat-producing cells. This is the oil that determines whether you should buy the ‘for oily or normal hair type’ shampoo. The thicker density of hair, the more sebaceous glands are found.
Stem cells are located at the area near the folicle and are principally responsible for the ongoing hair production during a process known as the Anagen stage. During this stage the cells divide rapidly and this when your hair starts to grow. The average growth rate of hair follicles on the scalp is .04 cm per day or about 1cm every 25 days. Hair loss occurs when the stem cells do not divide quick enough to produce that amount of hair within that time frame. Sufferers of hair loss might take a little more than 1 month to grow that 1cm of hair. The bulb shaped structure at the base of the follicle is called the papilla. The papilla is made up mainly of connective tissue that holds the whole hair shaft.
Why does hair loss occurs?
There are some men who keep their hair well into old age while others start to lose their hair at a tender age. Okay we do noticed that and so what? When men who starts to suffer from hair loss starts to ask why, most professionals will say the answer is in your genes. If our father has a bald head, the chances of us being another bald guy is very high. This inherited hair loss is very similar to the eye and skin colour. This genetic coding has been implanted right during the time we are being formed in the womb. The genes would make the hair follicles on our head be sensitive to the male hormones dihydrotestosterone (DHT). When puberty kicks in and these hormones are produced at light speed the hair follicle will start to produce less and less hair causing hair loss. This stage goes from thinning hair and receding hairline to complete baldness.
This theory is believed by most professionals to the main cause of hair loss or male pattern baldness. There are however other causes of hair loss not linked with hereditary reasons. Another reason is poor health which includes medication, stress levels and diets. A person who is sickly and ill and will affect the nutrients being absorbed by the body and released throughout it. Trichologists would be able to show that with the use of a microscope. After a bout of lets say flu, strands of hair will get crooked indicating the period where hair thinning occers due to loss of nutrients.
Temporary loss of hair can also occur in areas where sebaceous cysts are present for considerable duration; normally one to several weeks in length. This is the reason why we should shampoo our heads regularly.
Iron deficiency is also a common cause of thinning of the hair, though frank baldness is not usually seen.
Radiation to the scalp, as happens when radiotherapy is applied to the head for the treatment of certain cancers can cause baldness of the irradiated areas.
Some mycotic or fungal infections can also cause massive hair loss.
What treatments are available and effective for hair loss?
There are of course many products and treatments available out there in the market that claims to give you back the beautiful mane you can be proud of. There is also a secret you might want to know because many hair treatment companies do not want you to find out. This is because their multi million dollar profit business depends on you not knowing.
Although there are many products that do what they claimed however no one single type of treatment is suitable for all hair loss causes. It is better to find out what treatment is most suitable. Instead of starting to ask and search for treatments and cures for hair loss, perhaps you would like to adopt a different approach. One way would be to search for ways to improve hair growth rate. What are the available treatments that can help your hair follicles to start producing longer and thicker hair? Find out ways on how to prevent hair loss and methods to ensure the virility and strengthening of hair.There are many type of treatment that can help your hair follicles to kick start the engine again and produce back the amount of hair you always had until the dreaded hair loss scenario started.
If you are just looking for some hair oils and shampoo just to revitalize back your dull looking hair there is something you should take note about. Many commercialized shampoos contain hazardous chemicals. This not only causes skin and scalp irritation it could also lead to hair loss. It is always safer to read and check what goes into the mixture of the shampoo before buying. Organic or herbal based shampoos are always more often than not a safer bet.
Is hair loss a problem at all in the first place?
If you are feeling very confident about looking the way you are without any hair on your head I would really love to congratulate you. You are definitely one of the few guys I know who can really carry hair loss well. But if you are like any one of us bald headed guy, I would say it is a problem both physically as well as mentally. One of the causes of hair loss is called alopecia (al-oh-pee-she-uh) and that is a medical problem which is best to be treated.
Unless you are Vin Diesel, being bald will surely in certain ways affect the way confidence is projected. How important is it portraying the correct image especially at work and not to mention social life as well.