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Four Facts About Hair Loss

by Jane Meggitt

A certain amount of hair loss is normal. Old hairs fall out and new hairs grow in. When more hair falls out than comes back in, that’s true hair loss. Causes of hair loss vary according to the individual. While genetics play a big part, heredity is far from the only factor when it comes to losing locks. The following facts will give you a better understanding of how and why your hair thins.

Normal Hair Loss

Most people lose about 100-125 hairs per day. That may seem like an extraordinary amount, but check your brush or comb and marvel at the amount of hair in your sink or shower drain when you clean. Those hairs are usually replenished, but if you lose more than 125 hairs or day or the hair doesn’t grow back, doctors consider that actual hair loss.

Pregnancy

When you’re pregnant, you expect weight gain, cravings and perhaps bouts of morning sickness. After you’ve had the baby, there are more bodily changes in store, and that includes hair loss. Hormones present while you’re expecting delay the normal hair loss process. Once those hormones subside, that old hair may fall out quickly. You have enough on your plate with a newborn, and thinning hair may put you over the edge. It’s temporary, and by the time your baby is ready to crawl, your hair is back to normal.

Trauma

Trauma can result in hair loss. If you were seriously ill or suffered a bad injury, don’t be surprised to notice balding or thinning. That’s a temporary hair loss situation known as “telogen effluvium.” Oddly enough, you may have already substantially recovered before the hair loss really kicks in. That may occur six months after your traumatic event, but don’t panic. Hair will start growing again, but you may have to deal with the thinning for several months.

Male and Female Pattern Baldness

Hereditary male pattern baldness is well-known – there are a lot of bald guys around. Susceptible men can start losing hair in their early 20s and sport a virtually bald head by their 30s. For men, it usually begins with a receding hairline, progressing to a bald pate. Women can also suffer from hereditary baldness, but it takes a different form. Hair loss usually begins after menopause and its hormonal changes. Thinning is more common than outright baldness, and it starts with a noticeably wider center part. For most women, a new hairstyle camouflages the worst loss.

If you suffer from true hair loss, visit your doctor for treatment options.

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