Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Why Does Hair Fall Out?

Hair basically consists of filaments of protein that grow from pores in the skin known as follicles. The key component of the fiber is a protein known as Keratin. Hair grows when keratin is deposited at the end of the hair inside the root, pushing it out further (like a growing plant), making hair strands longer. Hair stops growing when there is no longer any build-up of keratin within the follicles. Certain factors sometimes cause the hair to come loose and fall from the follicle. Some of the factors that accelerate hair loss include a less than healthy lifestyle, over use of harsh hair styling products and constant exposure of the scalp to sunlight.

Normal hair loss typical average amounts to about 100 hairs per day. Hair loss as it is commonly understood is losing the hairs from the head. Medically, the hair loss refers to the baldness or alopecia. This is losing the hairs from the scalp in abundant quantity. Generally, losing 50-100 hairs per day can be considered as a normal physiological procedure as all those hairs can be replaced with new growing hairs.

Hair is often the first thing we notice when we meet someone. It is an important expression of who we are. It also serves a valuable biological purpose; keeping your head warm and helping to regulate body temperature. But since environmental factors can effect our hair over time, it is important to learn healthy ways to protect our crowning glory. Hair Loss can be devastating, especially for women. Hair loss can affect both men and women. There are several factors that can contribute to baldness. Though genetics and diet plays a major role in loss of hair, stress, pollution, and medications can also affect your overall hair health.

The loss of hair in women can be attributed to low levels of certain minerals and hormonal changes. Hair like our skin is a visible reminder of our inner state of health. Using heated appliances, harsh chemicals and an unhealthy lifestyle can result in dry, lacklustre hair and unbalanced scalps. Hair loss and thinning hair is one of the greatest issues of men and women. It has been a cause of a lot of distress and even depression. Some people don’t even go out because they feel like they’ll be laughed at because of their balding or thinning hair head. 

Hair can be pulled out by tight curlers or certain hair styles, sometimes resulting in permanently thinned areas (traction alopecia). The hair shafts can be broken by heat (hair dryer), or chemicals (perming solution or bleach) or brushing too often. Hair loss also can be caused by a change in hormone levels in the body. These hormone imbalances inhibit the metabolism of androgen, a hormone that when combined with testosterone produces DHT (Dihydrotestosterone). The presence of DHT in the human body is the main cause of hair loss.

Hair loss is certainly one of the most difficult disorders people have to deal with. Fighting hair loss can be extremely devastating. Hormonal imbalance, cosmetic damage, medical side effects, stress, hygiene, illness, and many other wellness-related factors might contribute to hair loss problems. Hair loss in women is becoming a more and more prevalent and frequent occurrence in women today. There are many factors that can lead to female hair loss. The common factors generally attributed to female hair loss include; stress, hormonal fluctuations, pregnancy, poor nutrition or even poor styling methods that end up straining the hair very much.

There are solutions, of course, like hair transplant. However, as most people know, this can get very expensive, not to mention painful. There are pills that may help solve this problem, but they can also be expensive, and may have side effects on your body. There are also alternative solutions.

Hair loss can be caused by a vitamin deficiency in one or more of the three B vitamins. These three B vitamins (specifically folic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12) are important for the creation of red blood cells and hemoglobin. Hemoglobin carries oxygen to the tissues, including hair cells. A vitamin deficiency could cause hair loss, due to the resulting reduced blood and oxygen to the hair. To get your B vitamins, lots of eating chicken, fish, whole grains, sugar and orange juice.

Hair supplements like Ginseng, Horsetail, Nettle, Valerian, Zinc, Saw Palmetto, Black Currant Oil, Capsicum, Red Sage and others can be effectively used along with natural shampoos, creams, and gels of which can create an effective treatment that people maybe able to benefit from. However, It is best to check with a dermatologist at an early stage for better treatment options and advises on suitable medications to take for your condition.


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