Welcome to Hair Loss`
This site is brand new and is concerned with helping users beat Hair loss. High profile individuals, such as Wayne Rooney, and new advancements in the industry have reignited interest in restoring and arresting hair loss, and as fashions and styles have changed, there is every reason to revisit and become re-acquainted with the issues. Baldness, thinning hair, scalp and dandruff problems have been with us from the beginning of time, and throughout the ages these have caused anxiety, a loss of self-confidence and a drop in self-esteem. Until now, the measures required to ‘cure’ baldness have been radical and risky, or prosthetics, such as the wig, toupee or hair-piece have been noticeable artificial.
The causes of hair loss is divided into two groups
‘Natural’ or hereditary hair loss – this is the passing on of hair loss, usually first as thinning hair, then as baldness, or patches of baldness, such as receding hair line, and is sometimes known as androgenic alopecia. Half of those whose parents or grandparents suffered such hair loss are likely to suffer the same, although this tends to fall into gender lines, where female hair loss is passed down from mother/grandmother to daughter/ granddaughter or father/ grand father to son/ grandson
Hair loss gene
The hair loss gene may be present in members of the wider family, such as in uncles or aunts, and the closer the family link the likelihood of hair loss for the individual increases. A combination of genes and hormones cause, over a period of time, a shrinking of hair follicles that cause hair growth cycles to shorten, and for hair to become thinner and shorter until such time as hair growth ceases altogether.
Treatment for this kind of hair loss cannot manage the cause of the hair loss. In many cases treatment can stop the continuing progress of this condition and in some cases reverse it, so that individuals can experience a re-growth of hair. However, treatment is likely to be on going and the condition of hair loss may re-emerge in later life despite this.
‘Affective’ hair loss
‘Affective’ hair loss - this is when hair loss has a causal factor. Alopecia is an auto-immune disease in which the body does not recognise hair as its own, and so rejects it, causing the hair to fall out. There are various forms of alopecia, some which only affect women or children, though some studies have indicated that as many as one in four people will be affected by it at some stage of their life. The disease itself is not well understood, but the causes for it are believed to be as varied as viruses, inoculations, shock and extreme stress. Other causes can result from post pregnancy hormonal imbalances, trichotillomania (compulsive and habitual hair pulling), chemotherapy or accident.