People who notice hair falling out, thinning, or appearing in large amounts on their comb or brush should consult a specialist. With correct diagnosis, many people with hair loss can be helped. A specialist (Called Consultant in our business) will evaluate a patient’s hair-loss problem to find the cause so he/she can determine whether the problem will resolve on its own, or medical treatment is needed.
Normal Hair Growth
About 90 percent of the hair is growing at any one time, and the growth phase lasts between two and six years.
Ten percent of the hair is in a resting phase that lasts two to three months, and at the end of its resting stage the hair is shed.
When a hair is shed, a new hair from the same follicle replaces it and the growing cycle starts again.
Scalp hair grows about one-half inch per month, but as people age their rate of hair growth slows.
Most hair shedding is due to the normal hair cycle, and losing 50 to 100 hairs per day is expected and is no cause for alarm.
Causes of Excessive Hair Loss
Excess hair loss can have many different causes. Hair will re-grow spontaneously in some forms of hair loss. Other forms can be treated successfully. For the several forms of hair loss for which there is no cure at present, there is research in progress that holds promise for the future. Talk to your consultant about the best options for you.
Improper Chemical Treatments
Many men and women use chemical treatments on their hair, including dyes, tints, bleaches, straightening products, and permanent waves. These treatments rarely damage hair if they are done correctly. However, the hair can become weak and break if any of these chemicals are used too often. If hair becomes brittle from chemical treatments, it is best to stop until the hair grows out.
Hereditary Thinning or Balding
Also known as androgenetic alopecia, this is the most common cause of hair loss, and can be inherited from either the mother’s or father’s side of the family. Women with this trait develop thinning hair, but do not become completely bald. Hereditary hair loss can start in one’s teens, twenties, or thirties.