June 21, 2021

Hair Loss: The Lifelong Struggle

Hair loss is the most common medical problem out there. Millions of people all over the world are struggling with hair loss, but did you know that it’s not just about baldness? Hair can fall and break off at any point in your life for a number of reasons — from stress to thyroid disorders or even genetics. And unfortunately, stopping this process has proven difficult so far as no one cure-all treatment exists yet!

The amount of hair on a human head might seem like an endless supply, but when you take into account the continuous growth and inevitable loss- it’s not. You probably have more than 150,000 follicles in your scalp right now; 90% are continuously growing to replace old or damaged strands that fall out as part of our natural cycle. But how do we know there is less hair? It can be difficult for many people because those with a lot may never really notice they’re losing any at all! In other words: just about everyone has some degree of thinning and shedding happening from time to time along their scalps without being aware they were even noticing it happen until someone pointed something tiny up like “Hey dude…

What is hair?

Your hair is one of the fastest growing tissues in your body. While you’re shedding cells and regenerating new ones, it’s also changing shape or color at an alarming rate. It can grow up to a tenth of an inch per month during peak periods like puberty when hormone levels surge and skin exfoliates more readily due to increased oil production that lubricates strands with sebum for hydration as well as protection from environmental damage.

It is made of keratins which are a type of proteins. Each hair strand includes three layers: the medulla (the inner layer), the cortex and the cuticle. Hair grows from roots – Those roots get the vital ingredients to the hair growth by the blood. The roots are a living tissue but the visible hair strand is a dead tissue. Therefore, any hair loss treatment should take care of the scalp and roots and not of the hair strands.

This is a question I have been asked frequently. The answer, in short: hair grows from follicles which are surrounded by skin cells and form on the scalp at any given time. When these hairs stop growing due to stress or other types of damage on them they can fall out naturally as we loose about 100 hairs per day (though this number varies with age). Stress leads to telogen effluvium meaning that there will be more shed than normal for 2-6 months then it should go back down again until another trigger comes up like going through chemotherapy treatment where you lose 50% or your body’s natural aging process happens where people start noticing loss after having lost over half their head fullness– though less volume may happen before one

The phases of the life cycle of hair are:

 

Anagen – In this phase the hair is actively growing. This phase lasts about 5 years.

Catagen – In this phase the hair falls out. It lasts about 3 weeks.

Telogen – In this phase the hair is resting. It lasts about 12 weeks.

 

Hair loss can be a very distressing and worrying issue for some people. The causes of hair loss vary from genetics to the stresses of everyday life, such as moving or dieting too much – there are many potential reasons why someone may experience this condition. Some common treatments might include stress management techniques like meditation; looking into new hairstyles that may suit your lifestyle better; even using natural remedies like vitamins B, C & E supplements in order to improve scalp health and encourage growth where possible.

Hair loss treatments include anything from the FDA approved hair loss drug called Propecia or Rogaine to natural hair loss treatments as Rogaine to hair transplant surgeries.