Why Do We Lose Hair?

Most people routinely lose between 70 and 150 hairs from their scalp each day, mainly through washing, brushing, and combing. Scalp hair starts to thin when more hairs are lost through normal shedding than the scalp is able to renew. About 40% of the density of scalp hair has to be lost before thinning of

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What Causes Hair Loss?

The causes of hair loss vary, depending on the type: Generalized hair loss Patchy hair loss Balding in men Generalized Hair Loss Abnormal hair loss may occur: Following certain illnesses and infections After prolonged vitamin deficiencies, or a deficiency of protein or iron Because of a disorder of the thyroid gland, in which there is

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Are There Ways To Restore Hair?

Generalized hair loss – resulting from certain illnesses and infections, vitamin deficiencies, as a side effect of medication or medical treatment, and following exposure to toxic substances – is usually temporary. Because these processes do not damage the hair roots, hair will regrow in the vast majority of people. Patchy hair loss caused by ringworm is easily reversed with

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Camouflage Techniques For Hair Loss

Techniques for camouflaging (hiding) the hair loss include: Toupees and hairpieces Hair weaving Toupees And Hairpieces Toupees and hairpieces may be complete or partial, and they may be made of artificial fiber or natural hair. The overall cosmetic effect is dependent on the skill with which the color, thickness, and hair length are matched. The

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Plastic Surgery Techniques For Hair Loss

Plastic surgery can help to lessen the visible effects of baldness. Techniques include: Hair transplantation Scalp flap transfer Skin expansion Serial excision Hair Transplantation This is the traditional method of resurfacing bald areas of scalp with hair. Plugs of bald scalp are removed and then filled with plugs of scalp containing several hair roots taken

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Drug Treatments For Hair Loss

Two medications have been approved for the treatment of hair loss: Minoxidil (Rogaine) Finasteride (Propecia, Proscar) Both of these medications also can be used preventively to help keep hair loss from happening. Minoxidil (Rogaine) Minoxidil (sold under the brand name Rogaine and also available generically) is applied to the scalp to stimulate hair growth in

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Hair Loss In Women

A gradual thinning of the hair frequently occurs in women as they grow older. But it differs from the hair loss experienced in men, because complete hair loss in women is hardly ever seen. Hormones play a role in hair loss in women: Thinning of scalp hair occurs in as many as one in eight women

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Can Hair Loss Be Prevented?

There are many reasons for the loss of hair. Prompt treatment of health conditions that can lead to hair loss, such as thyroid disorders, can help prevent the hair loss from occurring. The most common cause of hair loss is balding in men. Until recently, male pattern baldness could not be prevented. Today, the two

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Hair Loss: Glossary

Here are definitions of medical terms related to hair loss. Alopecia: Partial or complete lack of hair resulting from normal aging, physical disorders, drug reaction, anticancer medications, or skin disease Alopecia areata: A disease in which well-defined bald patches occur; it usually clears completely within 6 to 12 months without treatment Erector muscle: Tiny muscle at each hair

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