Our grandfathers aren't the only ones battling thinning hair. One out of four men has noticeably thin-looking hair. That's some 32.5 million men. And, addressing this problem can be challenging. In fact, choosing the right solution can mean the difference between helplessness and hope. And it’s no different for Women's hair loss. The first thing to do is to get the facts about thinning hair...
If you have any health-related concerns contact your doctor as soon as possible. We've provided information to help shed light on your hair woes and some suggestions on ways to put you on the path to achieving stronger, thicker, healthier-looking hair.
The Life Cycle of Your Hair
First, you should understand that the maturation of a hair happens in three cycles. The Anagen Cycle, or that phase in which the hair is actually growing; The Catagen Cycle, or the intermediate phase of hair growth when the lower two-thirds of the hair follicle is destroyed and the Telogen Cycle, or that phase when hair growth is resting. At any given time, about 85 to 90 percent of your scalp hair is in the anagen or growing phase. Less than 1 percent is in the catagen phase.
And, the remaining 13 percent of the scalp hair is in the telogen or resting phase. Certain factors can rush the growing hair into the telogen phase prematurely, resulting in noticeably thin-looking hair and low hair density. Following the telogen phase, it takes about 3 weeks for the follicle to produce a new anagen hair.
Normal vs. Excessive Hair Shedding
Some loss or shedding of hair every day is normal. The average person has 150,000 to 200,000 hairs on their scalp. Blondes generally have the most number of hairs, followed by brunettes and then redheads.
Conventional wisdom has indicated that the loss of 100 to 125 hairs a day is normal. However, recent research has shown that when cleansing daily, a loss of more than 50 hairs per day may be excessive for someone who has thin-looking hair. While the subject of the causes for thinning hair is complex and multi-faceted, the effects are simple - thin-looking hair can mean you feel less confident and sometimes less attractive. But Mediceuticals researchers has identified the top six reasons why your hair might be thinning.
Six Causes of Thinning Hair
- Genetic predisposition that comes from a family history of thinning hair.
- Stress and Trauma that can cause constriction of blood supply and poor vitamin assimilation.
- Nutrition & diet that can include a high consumption of animal fat, high protein and fad diets
- Health problems such as Hyperthyroid or Hypothyroid conditions are the only documented medical conditions that thinning hair can be attributed
- Medications & common drugs ranging in nature from various acne treatments to chemotherapy
- External environmental toxins and pollutants, such as chlorine, metals, minerals and water pollution.
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How To Address Your Hair Problems
The number of men with thin-looking hair will increase by 4.7 million over the next decade. The problem will grow more extreme as our population ages. By age 65, 75% of all men report they have thinning hair. The best way to avoid this growing problem is to address it as soon as possible. For an analysis of your hair's condition and a personalised regimen that best addresses your problem of fine or thin-looking hair your Mediceuticals stylist is your next line of defence.
Mediceuticals stylists are educated on the causes of thinning hair and can tell you about what products cleanse and nourish the hair and scalp to create an optimum scalp environment for fuller, healthier-looking hair. And most of all don't give up or ignore the increased number of hairs you're seeing in the shower.
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