About Hair fall treatments
Hair is an important contributor to the image we project. However most of us irrespective of gender, experience a hair loss. There can be many reasons for this, but the most common reason is hormonal imbalance. But the good news is that hair loss can be prevented and treated.
- » There is an average of 100,000 hair on the head. 90% of scalp hairs are in the growing phase and 10% are resting
- » The normal rate of hair loss per day is 100 to 150 hair
- » Female hair grows more slowly than male hair and male hair is denser than female hair
- » The normal lifespan of hair is 2 to 7 years
- » The normal diameter of hair is 0.1 mm or 17 to 181μm (millionths of a meter)
- » Hormonal factors are one of the main reasons for hair loss
- » The hair loss pattern in male is concentrated from the front through to the crown
- » Women generally get hair thinning on the frontal part of scalp
- » Baldness can cause low self esteem
Cause of Baldness
It has been proven that male pattern baldness or Androgenetic Alopecia is directly related to genetic factors. The hair in the areas prone to baldness is sensitive to the male hormone testosterone which causes reduced growth and thinning of hair in these areas. Some men have baldness only in the front or the vertex, while in others it is more severe
Most men are genetically predisposed to male pattern baldness. It is the effect of hormones on the hair follicle that produces male pattern baldness. Testosterone, a hormone that is present in high levels in males after puberty, is converted to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase. DHT has an adverse affect on the hair follicles. Acting on a hormone receptor on the hair follicle it slows down hair production and produces weak, shorter hair, sometimes it stops hair growth from the follicle completely.
The following illustration shows the various patterns of male baldness.
Socially, women find it more difficult than men to cope with hair loss. The most common type of hair loss witnessed in women is known as androgenetic alopecia, or female pattern alopecia, brought about by a change in the hormonal balance in the scalp and the hair follicle. Other causes attributed to hair loss are physical stress, emotional stress, medication, diet, thyroid and ringworm