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When Should You Worry About Hair Loss?
by Angela Santoriello
Hair loss does not discriminate. Dictating the lives of both genders and all nationalities, “less than half of women go through life with a full head of hair,” according to The Guardian. “For men, it’s closer to 20%.”
Also known as telogen effluvium, hair loss and the disruption of its natural growth cycle ranges from autoimmune disorders to being brought upon by illness, pregnancy, or surgery, and commonly begins to fall out up to three months after any trauma.
As for average loss, The Guardian report’s that “it’s normal to lose up to 100 hairs a day (more than one clump).” If you’re continuously losing clumps, it’s advised to consult a general practitioner who should review current medications as well as thyroid and iron levels to determine the cause. But before you already find yourself bald and wearing wigs because of unnecessary worry, get informed on what is normal and what is not.
“Hair grows from the base of hair follicles at 1cm a month for about three years. Then the hair just sits there until it is pushed out by a new hair. In the scalp, hairs grow in tufts of three of four,” reports The Guardian. “Once male or female pattern baldness kicks in, the tufts lose hairs and the scalp develops bald spots.”
In the report, an audio segment plays a conversation between Cochrane editor Rachel Marshall and Ben Carter of Banger University in Wales. Marshall begins the conversation noting how “female pattern baldness can be a very distressing condition,” inevitably affecting a woman’s self-confidence and quality of life, making her feel shame and discomfort from the condition that often begins postmenopause.
And she’s right. But there is power in knowledge, says Carter, noting hope lies in the awareness of the “wide variety of interventions” available to treat hair loss. “The Cochrane review found that only minoxidil rubbed into the scalp showed any benefit, and it had to be used for at least 12 months and then continuously to prevent further hair loss” and help retain hair longer.
While more trials are conducted, the report suggests hiding hair loss subtly. “Both male- and female-pattern baldness can be disguised with spray thickeners and shading powders.” Suggesting wigs and hair extensions, the report points out that while faux hair “gets more realistic all the time,” hair transplants are becoming trendier and offer a lot of options on type, color and style.
If you’ve noticed hair loss, heed the aforementioned advice and see a doctor before it’s too late. After all, in today’s age there’s answer to almost any aesthetic problem, especially thinning hair.
If you or someone you know would like more information about hair loss and how to treat it, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!