Hair loss is readily accepted as a problem for men alone. In fact, many men consider it almost inevitable that they will lose their hair once reaching a certain age. However, did you know according to WebMD, women are nearly as likely to lose their hair or notice thinning? This, of course, makes hair thinning a problem for both sexes, not just the gentlemen. Let’s explore more about this issue.
According to a WebMD article, hair grows in three cycles or phases. These include an anagen, catagen and telogen phase. Most hair on your head right now is in the anagen phase, which lasts from two to eight years. The catagen phase, also known as the transition phase, causes the hair follicles to shrink. It typically lasts between 2-3 weeks. The resting phase or telogen phase lasts from two to four months. These cycles and phases mean that most of the time your hair is on your head, it’s growing. You can expect your hair to grow around six inches, yearly. Problems with hair growth arise when these normal cycles are interrupted for one reason or another.
It’s Normal to Lose Some Hair
The American Academy of Dermatology says hair loss is something everyone experiences. In fact, in most cases, you can expect to lose anywhere from 50 to 100 strands daily. If you wash your hair, that number could go up to 250.
What Are Signs of Abnormal Hair Loss
While it is normal to lose some hair, it is not normal to lose it excessively. Some signs that you are thinning at an abnormal rate include the following according to Wendy Roberts, MD, a dermatologist:
- You notice large amounts of hair on your pillow after waking in the morning.
- You pull hair out when you comb it with your fingers.
- You notice more than normal amounts of hair in your brush or comb.
- You see thinning in your hair, especially around the top third of your scalp.
Steps to Take if You Notice Hair Thinning or Loss
Visit your doctor to rule out any medical conditions that can cause hair loss. Certain autoimmune diseases, anemia, menopause and thyroid disorders can all cause hair loss issues. Once this has been ruled out, you can begin taking steps to reduce the hair loss you’re experiencing. For example, according to Roberts, certain hairstyles like tight braids and cornrows are hard on hair. Avoid this particular style if hair loss is an issue. Also, flat irons, blow dryers, low-quality brushes and blow dryer overuse can worsen hair loss.
Ask your stylist for more tips on how to reduce hair loss. They can likely recommend products as well that will help you.
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