Losing hair is a normal occurrence. In fact, we lose between 50 and 150 hairs on a daily basis. The hair follicles in our scalps go through growth cycles, where a hair falls out but grows back again within a few months. The new hair will last for 2 to 7 years before being replaced. Your follicles are always in different stages of the growth cycle, so it always appears that you have abundant hair on your head.
Why Does My Hair Appear To Be Thinning?
In normal, healthy follicles, strong new hairs continue to replace the ones that have fallen out. When your follicles are affected by a number of different factors, they begin to shrink. Over time the hairs they grow become thinner, until the follicles are so weak they simply stop producing at all. That is why your hair loses its luxurious fullness and patchy areas of your scalp begin to show. This is called hair loss.
What Causes Hair Loss?
There are 3 primary categories for the cause of hair loss - lifestyle, medical and hereditary.
For the same reasons you can develop situations that challenge other areas of your health, your lifestyle choices can influence your hair production. Stress, poor dietary choices, lack of exercise, restless sleep patterns, and overindulgence in caffeine, alcohol, nicotine and addictive substances contribute to unhealthy hair follicles. Having a lot of chemical treatments done to your hair, or constantly wearing a hat can also be contributing factors.
Certain medical conditions have a direct impact on the normal functioning of your hair follicles. For example, thyroid issues, cancer, heart disease, anemia, vitamin deficiencies, depression and arthritis can put stress on your body that damages your follicles. The medications prescribed by a physician to treat the symptoms of disease can be the cause of partial or complete hair loss. Some women experience thinning hair when they become pregnant.
Androgenic Alopeica is the most common reason for hair loss and baldness, affecting millions of men and women in the U.S. It can also be considered a medical condition, but it is genetic in origin, passed down through the generations in family lineages. The gene that causes it triggers the development of receptors in the hair follicles that bind with certain hormones known to inhibit hair growth. This is also referred to as male-pattern baldness and female-pattern baldness.
What Are The Emotional Implications Of Hair Loss?
Men and women of all ages can experience hair loss, and for most it comes with emotional side effects. The most common response is that it signals the end of youth and vitality. It is regarded as a sign of aging and decrease in desirability.
A receding hairline and balding areas substantially changes a person's appearance, making them look older and this can be upsetting. Men and women feel concerned about the way they look, and feel dissatisfied when they look in the mirror. It can affect a person's self-esteem and their feelings of attractiveness.
Hair Loss Solutions
In a society that places high value on a youthful appearance, hair loss can make people feel shy and even embarrassed. After all, for most of life, we associate our full head of healthy hair with our identity. Fortunately, at LH Hair, we have viable solutions for restoring your appearance at every stage of hair loss.
We provide non-surgical hair restoration systems for men and women. Your first step to regaining your youthful appearance and your confidence is to schedule a free, private consultation to explore your options with one of our stylists. We will walk you through the various systems that work for your hair and your lifestyle needs.
We are here to help you look and feel better than ever! Contact us today for a FREE confidential consultation.