Have you ever wondered why your hair does not grow past one point no matter how much you try? This is because, contrary to popular belief, your hair has a life cycle of 3-5 years after which it falls out to let a new hair grow in its place.
There are also a number of disease processes that can result in hair loss. Thyroid disease, scalp infections, diabetes, lupus (or other autoimmune diseases) and others can be the culprit. Hormones can also deal your shining crown of hair a blow — even the biologically normal process of menopause.
Treatments for the various forms of hair loss have limited success. Three medications have evidence to support their use in male pattern hair loss: minoxidil, finasteride, and dutasteride. They typically work better to prevent further hair loss, than to regrow lost hair.
Finasteride (Propecia): a pill taken once daily that blocks the of an enzyme that metabolizes testosterone to a substance that inhibits hair growth. Any regrowth is not permanent. Finasteride is not used for the treatment of hair loss in women.
Crash Dieting can be very dangerous because it throws your body’s hormones out of balance if your thyroid gland is not functioning properly, as often happens when you drastically lose or gain weight. When your hormones fall out of balance, your testosterone can easily change to dihydrotestosterone, thereby killing follicle cells. In other words, diet in healthy ways.
Your doctor will diagnose the cause of your hair loss based on your medical history, the medications you take, your nutritional status, your hairdressing habits and a physical examination. If your doctor suspects a fungal infection of your scalp, he or she may take a hair sample for laboratory testing. Blood tests probably will be needed if your doctor suspects a medical illness (such as lupus) or a thyroid problem, iron deficiency or sex-hormone imbalance.
Not using conditioner can leave to dehydrated hair which becomes brittle and damaged over time. Sally-Anne suggests a lightweight conditioner that contains panthenol and glycerine that moisturise and keep fragile hair strong. We love Bumble & Bumble Seaweed Conditioner.
Eat a well-balanced diet that includes quality protein, healthy fats, and green leafy vegetables. Wash your hair every third day. Apply olive or coconut oil hair treatment masks before washing it. You can leave the olive oil treatment overnight. Exercise and trim your hair every 6 to 8 weeks to keep it healthy and strong.
There are many alternative therapies for hair loss including homeopathy, acupuncture, and aromatherapy, but there is not a lot of evidence that these work. Alternatively you may wish to try wigs, hairpieces, hair transplants or shaving your head. There are also medically licensed alternatives such as minoxidil, a lotion applied directly to the scalp which is available from LloydsPharmacy stores.
The most common cause of hair loss is a medical condition called hereditary hair loss. About 80 million men and women in the United States have this type of hair loss. Other names for this type of hair loss are: