Let’s have a hair chat about thinning hair and hair loss. It’s more common than you think for both women and men. In truth, we all shed hair – up to 100 strands a day. But for many and a variety of reasons, excessive shedding and loss are causes for concern.
Before you shed another tear or strand of hair, let’s get to the root of thinning hair and hair loss. Later, we’ll share some tips and treatments for thinning hair and hair loss.
The American Academy of Dermatology notes the difference between excessive shedding and hair loss:
Hair shedding often stops on its own
It’s normal to shed between 50 and 100 hairs a day. When the body sheds significantly more hairs every day, a person has excessive hair shedding.
Excessive hair shedding is common in people who have experienced one the following stressors:
*Lost 20 pounds or more
*Experiencing lots of stress (caring for a loved one who is sick, going through a divorce, losing a job)
*Had high fever
*Undergone an operation
*Recovering from an illness, especially if it included high fever
*Stopped taking birth-control pills
Most people notice the excessive hair shedding a few months after the stressful event.
If the stressor stays with you, however, hair shedding can be long lived. People who are constantly under a lot of stress can have long-term excessive hair shedding.
Hair loss differs from hair shedding
Hair loss occurs when something stops the hair from growing. The most common causes of hair loss include:
*Hereditary hair loss
*Immune system overreacts
*Some drugs and treatments
*Hairstyles that pull on the hair
*Harsh hair-care products
*Compulsion to pull out one’s hair
If you have hair loss, your hair will not grow until the cause stops. For example, people who undergo chemotherapy or radiation treatments often lose a lot of hair. When the treatment stops, their hair tends to regrow.
If you suspect that a treatment or drug is causing your hair loss, talk with your doctor. Serious side effects can occur if you immediately stop a treatment or drug.Source: American Academy of Dermatology
To underscore the relationship between thinning hair-hair loss and hormonal changes, thyroid disorders, and stress, healthline.com notes:
Women may lose hair following childbirth or while in menopause. Women who have hormonal imbalances can have hair loss.
Aside from genetic male pattern baldness, men can lose hair as their hormonal composition changes with age. Hair loss is caused by your follicles’ response to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
Perhaps one of the most common hormone-related causes for hair loss is a thyroid problem. Both too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) and too little (hypothyroidism) can lead to hair loss. Treating the thyroid disorder can often reverse the hair loss.
Physical and psychological stress can cause hair loss. As for psychological stress, the link is less well-defined. However, many people have reported losing hair at times of extreme mental stress or anxiety. The causes of physical stress are often temporary, and the hair loss subsides as the body heals.
You can combat mental stress with lifestyle changes, such as:Source: Healthline
*Meditation and other stress management strategies
*Removing known stressors from your life
At Karline’s Salon and Spa, Karline Ricketts, CEO and Master Stylist, has extensively studied hair and scalp conditions. For clients experiencing thinning hair and hair loss, the salon offers the Semi Di Lino Scalp Renew treatment. Should the problem be more severe, we recommend that you consult with your physician or a trichologist. A trichologist is a specialist who focuses on diseases or issues related to the hair and scalp and their treatments.
The Semi Di Lino Scalp Renew treatment by Alfaparf Milano works to help the scalp and hair fiber regain balance, strength, and body. It restores the skin’s natural wellness and revitalizes the hair, starting from the root. With prebiotic and probiotic active ingredients, the professional scalp products help keep the skin’s bacterial flora in balance for healthy, radiant hair. There are three scalp therapy products involved in this treatment. They include the Energizing Low Shampoo, Energizing Lotion, and Energizing Tonic. Together, the products in this treatment increase hair density and thickness.
Suppose you have thinning hair or hair loss, #AskKarlinesSalon about adding the Semi Di Lino Scalp Renew treatment to your next service. Schedule your consultation or next appointment today.
You need not have to suffer thinning hair or hair loss in silence or alone. Karline’s Salon and Spa is just a call or click away.
Have a fabulous day!