All about the hair
August is National Hair Loss Awareness month so I’m going to talk about hair. A lot! There will be a weekly post about hair until September. That might seem a bit excessive but I think it’s a subject well worth tackling.
This is a big topic because hair loss is not a simple thing. It has several root causes. Often people think they’re losing their hair due to ageing, but there are many reasons. To top it all off it’s not just something men have to worry about, it affects all sexes. Not only that, the psychological impact of losing your hair is a great one, especially for women whose femininity is tied up in it. So I’m going to start with why we lose our hair.
1. Hereditary hair loss – this can affect men and women and is the most common type of hair loss, when it happens to men it’s called male pattern hair loss and is known as androgenic alopecia. The hair follicles shrink and eventually stop growing hair. In women it starts with overall thinning or a widening part. With men it’s a receding hairline or bald spot on the top of the head.
2. Alopecia areata – this is a disease caused by the body’s immune system attacking hair follicles and causing causing hair loss. It can cause hair anywhere on the body to fall out including the scalp, eyelashes or eyebrows.
3. Stress – it’s no secret that when we get stressed our bodies go haywire. We release the stress hormone cortisol that throws all the other hormones in the body off balance. This include ones that affect the hair such as testosterone. Even undergoing a stressful event such as childbirth, an illness or having an operation can cause the hair to fall out.
4. Cancer treatment – a lot of hair (and quite often all of it) may fall out after getting chemotherapy or radiation treatment. It starts to fall out almost straight away into treatment.
5. Hormonal imbalance – I mentioned stress hormones earlier but one of the most common signs of hair loss due to hormones is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Cysts form on the ovaries and cause hair loss amongst other symptoms. Birth control pills (stopping them) can cause a temporary hormonal imbalance. Over production of testosterone and an imbalance in the thyroid hormones can also lead to hair loss and thinning.
But it’s not all bad news though because there are solutions to help regrow hair. From PRP hair restoration and no needle AquaFirm to Biotin injections and scalp mesotherapy. Join me next week for my second post in this series.