Common Causes of Hair Loss for Men

Common Causes of Hair Loss for Men

Hair loss in Men “Losing your hair isn’t usually anything to be worried about but it can be upsetting.  It’s normal to lose hair. We can lose between 50 and 100 hairs a day, often without noticing – Hair loss in men is serious”. Androgenetic hair loss is seen in both men and women but is more dramatic in men. Thyroid disease, anemia, protein deficiency, chemotherapy, and low vitamin levels may also cause hair loss.  Alopecia is a form of hair loss produced by the autoimmune destruction of hair follicles in localised areas of skin. Calum Best, the reality star underwent a hair transplant before appearing in Celebrity Big Brother in 2015. “There is no doubt the three procedures have changed my life. No man wants to be

What is Telogen Effluvium?

What is Telogen Effluvium?

Telogen Effluvium Telogen effluvium is a scalp disorder characterized by the thinning or shedding of hair resulting from the early entry of hair in the Telogenphase (the resting phase of the hair follicle). Telogen effluvium is a form of temporary hair loss that usually happens after stress, a shock, or a traumatic event.  It usually occurs on the top of the scalp. Telogen effluvium is different from the permanent hair loss disorder called alopecia areata.  Large amounts of a person’s hair might fall out, but it is often temporary, and the hair usually grows back. What causes Telogen effluvium? Increased hair shedding in Telogen effluvium occurs due to a disturbance of the normal hair cycle. Common triggers of Telogen effluvium include childbirth, severe trauma or illness, a stressful or

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Related Hair Loss

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Related Hair Loss

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Related Hair Loss Polycystic ovary syndrome(PCOS) is a set of symptoms due to elevated androgens (male hormones) in females.  Signs and symptoms of PCOSinclude irregular or no menstrual periods, heavy periods, excess body and facial hair, acne, pelvic pain, difficulty getting pregnant, and patches of thick, darker, velvety skin. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that affects how a woman’s ovaries work. The three main features of PCOS are: Irregular periods – which means your ovaries don’t regularly release eggs (ovulation) Excess androgen– high levels of “male hormones” in your body, which may cause physical signs such as excess facial or body hair (see signs and symptoms below) Polycystic ovaries– your ovaries become enlarged and contain many fluid-filled sacs (follicles) which surround the eggs

Does Caffeine Stop Hair Loss?

Does Caffeine Stop Hair Loss?

Caffeine and Hair Loss Coffee is probably the most widely consumed beverage worldwide.  It has been shown to improve attentiveness, concentration, and athletic performance. Now, the cosmetic and beauty industries are going wild over a new way to use caffeine – for hair growth. 5 Claimed benefits of caffeine products for hair: Stimulates hair growth –Through a mechanism that involves molecular, cellular, and organ level effects, caffeine can stimulate and energise hair. Enhances hair shaft elongation –Caffeine shampoo lengthens individual hair follicles, essentially stimulating hair growth from within. Extends the growth phase of the hair cycle –Caffeine shampoo can prolong the anagen (growth phase) of the hair cycle. In hair loss, a disproportionate amount of hair follicles in the resting (telogen) phase leads to hair fall. Stimulates

Does Breastfeeding Cause Postpartum Hair Loss?

Does Breastfeeding Cause Postpartum Hair Loss?

Postpartum hair loss  “After I had my first baby, I started getting post-partum hair shedding, which is totally normal. When you’re pregnant you retain all your hair and it’s shiny and thick and lovely, and then once you give birth it starts to shed. It can seem quite extreme because you haven’t been shedding your hair naturally over time like you would when you’re not pregnant, but it’s totally normal.  I was expecting the shedding, but after three to four months, the hair loss was becoming really concentrated in certain areas. The crown of my head and the sides of my hair had fallen out and it was very noticeable and when I went to the doctors, they assumed that because I’d had a baby

Hair Loss Prevention during Menopause

Hair Loss Prevention during Menopause

Menopause and Hair Loss  Menopause is a natural biological process that all women experience at some point in their lives.  During this time, the body goes through numerous physical changes as it adjusts to fluctuating hormone levels.  Many women have unpleasant symptoms during menopause, including hot flushes, mood swings, and insomnia.  Hair loss is another common occurrence. Hair loss tends to be subtler in women than it is in men.  Most women experience overall hair thinning rather than noticeable bald spots.  The thinning can occur on the front, sides, or top of the head.  Hair may also fall out in large clumps during brushing and showering. Research suggests that hair loss during menopause is the result of a hormonal imbalance.  Specifically, it’s related to a lowered production of estrogen

Hair Shedding Prevention in Winter

Hair Shedding Prevention in Winter

How to Prevent Hair Shedding in Autumn/Winter? It’s normal to shed between 50 and 100 hairs a day. When the body sheds significantly more hairs every day, a person has excessive hair shedding. The medical term for this condition is Telogen effluvium. This autumn leaves may not be the only thing you see falling.  The shorter and colder days which follow the long summer can have a similar effect on your hair. While the reasons for hair shedding in the Autumn/Winter months are not the same as for trees shedding their leaves, seeing an increasing number of hairs in your sink or on your shower floor is usually a perfectly normal result of the change of seasons. That said, there are some steps you can take

Traction Alopecia

Traction Alopecia

Does braiding or tying your hair in a ponytail cause hair loss?  Some hairstyles such as tight ponytails and braids excessively pull the hair and cause a specific type of hair loss known as Traction Alopecia. Traction Alopecia is caused predominantly by a pulling force being applied to the hair.  This differs from the hair pulling disorder trichotillomania where men and/or women purposely pull their hair out in various locations of the scalp. American pop sensation of the early 2000s Christina Aguilera has suffered from traction alopecia.  Her long, lustrous blonde hair became one of her characteristic assets. But years of extensions and hydrogen peroxide damaged her hair to the point where she had to cover her bald patches with wigs.  While her hair may have grown

Can Derma Rollers Restore Your Hair?

Can Derma Rollers Restore Your Hair?

To Roll or not to Roll – that is the question If you are experiencing baldness, thinning hair or hair loss, the derma roller can help. The derma roller causes micro-injury to the skin, which triggers a wound-healing response.  That wound healing can stimulate the production of a protein that leads to hair generation, whilst inhibiting a protein that causes hair loss What the Experts say… Research has shown that the derma roller is effective in helping to repair hair loss A pilot research study published in July 2013 in the International Journal of Trichology compared the use of a derma roller plus minoxidil versus minoxidil only in promoting hair growth in 100 men. Results showed that men who used the derma roller with minoxidil had significantly

What is lichen planopilaris?

What is lichen planopilaris?

h4What is Lichen planopilaris4 Lichen planopilaris is a rare inflammatory condition that results in patchy progressive permanent hair loss mainly on the scalp. Three forms are recognised: Classic lichen planopilaris, also known as follicular lichen planus Frontal fibrosing alopecia Graham Little syndrome Who gets lichen planopilaris and why? Lichen planopilaris usually affects young adult women, although the age range is wide and it also affects men. It commonly develops in association with lichen planus affecting the skin, mucosa and nails. The cause of lichen planopilaris is unknown. Although lichen planopilaris is rare, it is one of the common causes of scarring hair loss of the scalp. Clinical features of lichen planopilaris Lichen planopilaris typically presents as smooth white patches of scalp hair loss. No hair follicle

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