The Ten “H’s” of Hair Loss

There is Help for Hair loss! In the USA, the population is 300 million, and the fact that 90 million are affected with some form of alopecia is alarming! Do you need help with your unexplained hair loss issues?

There are over 100 categories of alopecia, aka hair loss in laymen terms. Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss from any cause. This term is used often by consumers who do not know this ‘broad umbrella’ is very scientific and the range of the degree of severity. Seeking expert assistance with a person whom has ‘credentials’ is always a good first option. We are referencing 10 alopecia categories, all beginning with the letter ‘H’ for Hair loss. Men, women and children may become victims from various factors. Some of these influencers on the hair growth cycle, may cause temporary, partial or permanent hair loss.

HEALTH, Your health plays a vital role with your hair growing healthy. Many systemic illnesses can cause hair loss. One example is a high fever, or a surgical procedure that has needed general anesthesia. In addition, over 15 autoimmune diseases can affect the hair growth cycle and/or hair follicle. A few examples include discoid lupus erythmatosus, systemic lupus, scleroderma and alopecia areata.

HEREDITARY, Yes it is a fact! The hair problem torch is passed down thru your genes. If one or both parents have hair loss, hair thinning or other systemic illnesses, then the chances are increased that their children will also suffer the same condition.In some cases, even the grand-children are affected.      

HAIRSTYLING, Many consumers and professionals use mechanical styling tools to enhance a hair style. Do not use vigorous brushing, highest heat blow drying, highest heat flat iron, curling iron, crimping iron, etc on your hair. Furthermore, daily usage of grooming tools should be avoided…only use 2-3 times maximum weekly. Hair breakage and hair shaft damage is commonly seen under a polarized microscope.

HEALING, Prescription medications or treatments for a particular illness, may have a side effect of hair loss. There are over 300! Some examples include: radiation therapy, chemotherapy, anticoagulants, lithium based medications, large doses of vitamin A, certain blood pressure medications and agents which block cholesterol synthesis, can all inhibit hair growth. Consumers should take their prescription medications to put health first, or you may talk to your doctor about changing the medication.

HORMONES, Androgenetic Alopecia aka AGA is a genetic hair loss in both men and women. The androgens act upon the hair follicle producing a reduction in the size of the afffected follicles, which results in a reduction in the diameter and length of the hairs they produce. In addition, an endocrine gland malfunction may cause hair loss and hair thinning in men and women, while an irregular menstruation, and other hormonal changes may affect the hair cycle leading to hair thinning.

HASSLE, Commonly known as stress. There are various levels of stress: mild, manageable and excessive. Severe stress can influence diffuse hair shedding, alopecia areata, trichotillomania and sudden handfuls of hair loss. Many researchers believe that androgen hormones are aggravated during stressful episodes. Try to balance or minimize your lifes stressors.

HUNGER, Poor diet, starvation and the numerous weight loss options both over the counter and surgical impact your body, hair and scalp health. Please note that undernourishment slows the growth rate of hair. Why you may ask? This is because amino acids, fats and vitamins are all NECESSARY to grow healthy hair and maintain a healthy scalp. Eat healthy foods, little to no fried foods, and lots of vegetables and fruit. According to nutritionists, a daily consumption of 65-75 grams of daily protein for adults and less for children is recommended.

HATS,  Some consumers develop a 'Hattitude' for their wardrobe. Use caution to make sure the hat fits properly and is not too small. When a cap, derby, kango or other hats are worn daily by men, friction and hair thinning may develop. When women wear hats, make sure you also have a properly fitted hat, to avoid friction and hair thinning. One last notation is to cleanse the inside of your hats as needed to remove dirt, sweat and makeup.

HYPER & HYPOTHYROIDISM,  With hyperthyroid, the thyroid is enlarged, and produces too much hormone, and increases the bodies metabolism. There are more than 200,000 US cases per year. On the other hand with hypothyroid, the hormone is very slow revealing an underactive thyroid. There are over 3 million US cases per year.Severe and prolonged hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can cause loss of hair. The loss is diffuse and involves the entire scalp rather than discrete areas. The hair appears uniformly sparse. Regrowth is usual with successful treatment of the thyroid disorder, though it will take several months and may be incomplete.

HEAVY EXTENSIONS, Consumers need to use caution when applying braids or hair weave extensions. When crotched braids are attached to children's hair, parents please make sure that the person braiding does not put too much hair on your baby girls head. Hair thinning and folliculitis may happen. This caution also applies to teenagers and adults. This extra weight on your neck is not good either.

       In closing, it is normal to be concerned about your hair loss, however, do not over stress yourself. Do what you can internally with a healthy diet, getting adequate rest, water consumption and staying away from negative toxic people. For help, seek the expertise of a Board Certified Trichologist. Avoid taking advice from anyone who does not have qualified credentials. Many consumers use every product on the market, before getting to the ROOT of the problem. Many factors are considered by a Board Certified Trichologist during a microscopic analysis.

For additional information contact world renown Dr. Linda Amerson. LA's Hair & Scalp Clinic, Arlington, TX   817 265 8854   www.hairandscalpessentials.com. We also invite you to listen to our weekly radio show Ask the Hair & Scalp Doctor on www.DfwiRadio.com.

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