The average amount of hair each of us have on our heads is 100,000 hairs. We lose approximately 100 strands of hair every day. The hair loss we have is replaced with new hair growth with the same density.
As we age our hair follicles change too. The hair follicles become smaller and the hair they produce become more thin and smaller. This leads the to what is known as patterned hair loss in many of us.
Both genders are affected by this and while the pattern of hair loss may differ for men and women, baldness is very common in men, and is usually genetic. The hair loss generally follows a pattern of recession at the temples and baldness on top of the head.
Hair loss for women happens with a different pattern. It involves more of a thinning of hair throughout the entire scalp area. True baldness only occurs in about 5% of women. While becoming bald may be more of a male thing, it does happen to women as well, and the hair loss pattern also differs between the genders.
What causes hair loss?
In some cases there are times when an individual may suffer hair loss due to extreme stress or trauma, illness, medications (e.g. chemotherapy) or malnutrition. Some women also experience hair loss or thinning during or after pregnancy.
In the normal process of hair loss there are contributing factors such as age, genetics, and hormones. This is not the type of hair loss you can prevent with special diets, products or by avoiding hair washing or the wearing of hats!
This doesn’t mean that you don’t have options when it comes to hair loss. There are a number of treatments available for men and women. The sooner the treatments are applied the sooner the issue can be resolved.
What can be done about hair loss?
Some of the available treatments may include over-the-counter medication and prescription drugs. If you are looking to avoid medications then there are treatment like laser hair therapy which is used to stimulate regrowth. There are hair extensions to create length and give your hair more volume. Hair grafting and surgical hair restoration are other methods.
If you think you may be suffering hair thinning, the first step is to get a professional consultation. We offer a free, personalised consultation for new clients – get in contact today to discuss an appointment.