Female Hair Loss:
No one wants to lose his or her hair. Hair loss in woman is a growing problem, affecting some 30 million women in the United States, with some forms of loss occurring at earlier ages. A cause may be temporary such as illness, thyroid problems, stress, poor nutrition, anemia or chemotherapy. Temporary causes can usually be treated by a change in diet, reducing stress, drug therapy or discontinuing drug therapy. Permanent causes are usually the result of an imbalance in hormones and in most cases are genetically inherited. The most common permanent cause is Androgenic Alopecia, sometimes called Female Pattern Baldness. The result is hair follicles that are overly sensitive to a hormone called dihyrotestosterone (DHT). Over time the DHT-sensitive hair follicles grow weaker. Eventually the follicle becomes unable to support healthy growth and dies. Other less common, permanent causes are Alopecia Areata which causes hair to fall out in clumps leaving bald patches, Alopecia Universalis which causes a loss of all body hair including eyebrows and eyelashes and Polycystic Overy Syndrome which results in hormone imbalance.
Since hair loss in women has many possible causes, there is no one answer to the question of how to treat the hair loss. Therefore, it is very important to see a doctor to identify the source. Knowing what is causing the hair loss will help you; your health care provider and hair restoration specialist decide what the proper restoration treatment is for you.
Male Hair Loss:
Most hair loss problems and balding in men is caused by Androgenic Alopecia also known as Male Pattern Baldness. This cause is permanent and genetically inherited. The result is hair follicles that are overly sensitive to a hormone called dihyrotestosterone (DHT). As a man ages, the DHT-sensitive hair follicles grow weaker. Eventually the follicle becomes unable to support healthy growth and dies. Men are also affected by the same temporary causes listed above.
Common Myths and Misconceptions Associated with Hair Loss:
Frequent Shampooing causes hair loss.
Wearing hats and wigs can cause hair thinning.
Hair coloring and permanents cause hair loss.
Shaving you hair will make it grow back thicker.
100 strokes of a hairbrush will make your hair healthier.
NONE OF THE ABOVE IS TRUE