The Facts About Hair Loss
We all know what it is like to lose hair. It is completely normal to lose hair as part of the natural cycle of hair growth and shedding. But, there are times men and women can feel distressed because when their hair falls out, it causes noticeable changes in their hairline or spots on their scalp that appear to be balding.
Hair loss can be extremely frustrating to those who experience it can impact their relationships with others. Hair thinning and hair loss can adversely affect self-esteem and confidence, which sometimes can make the hair loss worsen.
Understanding some facts about hair loss can help you navigate your experience. It might spur you to dig even deeper to learn more about the types of hair loss, causes of hair loss, and options you might have for hair replacement.
What Can Cause Hair Loss?
Many factors might contribute to hair loss and hair thinning, and not all hair loss manifests the same way. The cause of the hair loss can determine what type of hair loss you experience. Let’s take a closer look at some common causes of hair loss and the type of hair loss that often results.
Androgenetic alopecia is the scientific name for male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness. Androgenetic alopecia is the type of hair loss many men and women experience as they age. Hair often thins at the hairline and top of the head. The result is usually a slowly receding hairline or growing bald spot on the crown of the head. The pattern of hair loss can differ for men and women.
Alopecia areata is a type of hair loss that occurs as the result of an autoimmune response. Hair often falls out in small round patches, which can affect the whole scalp or specific areas on the scalp.
Hair naturally goes through cycles where it grows and sheds. It is normal to lose 50 to 100 hairs a day. Some situations cause many hairs to enter into their shedding phase all at once; this is known as telogen effluvium. This type of hair loss can be the result of stress, an illness, trauma, your own immune system, weight loss, or a hormone imbalance. Often, when the situation is resolved or passes, your hair may grow back and resume its normal cycle of growth. Telogen effluvium is considered to be a type of temporary hair loss.
This condition causes hair to fall out if pulled out by its root or follicle, whether by twirling, plucking, or tearing. Hair loss typically occurs on the sides and back of the head, although it may be noticeable anywhere on the head depending on how many hairs are being pulled out each day. Usually, seeking treatment or therapy from a health care professional or doctor with experience handling compulsive disorders may help.
Traction alopecia is characterized by a thinning, receding hairline. This type of hair loss is caused by putting excessive stress on the hair follicle and scalp over time. Tight braids and ponytails are often the cause of this type of hair loss which can be permanent.
Chemotherapy or radiation treatments-
Getting chemotherapy or radiation treatments for cancer are common causes of hair loss. For many people, hair grows back when the treatments stop. With chemotherapy, hair loss usually starts very quickly and often results in total loss of hair across the entire scalp. Many cancer patients who get chemotherapy medications are bald for the duration of their treatment-it is often an expected side effect.
Radiation also causes hair loss but does not always result in a scalp completely without hair. Instead, many people who get radiation experience overall hair thinning. Again, hair is likely to regrow after treatments end – the hair loss is usually not permanent.
Some Hair Loss Statistics
Research shows that about 80% of men and women experience some type of hair loss or thinning in their lifetime. Hair loss affects more than 49 million men and 80 million women in the United States. About one in every four men will experience hair loss by age 35, while one in five women will experience hair thinning or baldness by age 40.
Alopecia areata is known to affect 7.5 million people in the United States. This type of hair loss may begin as early as your teens, but most sufferers are somewhere between 20 and 40 years old. In children with alopecia areata, about a quarter of cases start before age 10.
It is estimated that about 1-3% of the general population has trichotillomania, with 75% of those being children and young adults. Hair loss usually starts between the ages of 11 and 13 but can begin anywhere from preschool age to adulthood.
Of course, anyone getting treatment for cancer knows that it is a common cause of hair loss. This, too, makes up a large percentage of men, women, and children for whom hair loss is an issue.
So, as you can see, nearly everyone will lose hair. Men, women, and children experience hair loss. Hair loss may be one of the only things nearly every human has in common. If you are someone dealing with hair loss, clearly, you are not alone.
What Is The Hair Replacement Solution That’s Right For You?
Are you experiencing female pattern hair loss? Male pattern baldness? Patchy hair loss? Traction alopecia? Do you have some bald spots? A thinning spot at the top of the head? Do you have thinning hair at your hairline?
Hair loss can cause people to feel self-conscious and adversely affect confidence. Some people will try anything to stimulate hair regrowth. Truthfully, there is not always an easy solution to hair loss, and proven treatment options are limited.
Whether hair loss is temporary or permanent, many people seek options like wigs or hair integration systems to help them feel like themselves again.
There are about 3 million Americans who wear wigs on a regular basis. The right wig can provide full coverage of bald spots, thinning hair, patchy hair loss, or total hair loss. Wigs allow you to try new styles, give your scalp or natural hair a break, and can make your life far less stressful. You can look like your old self again or a new and improved version!
Hair integration can be an excellent option for someone experiencing hair that has become thin in places along the hairline or scalp. Hair integration uses the hair you have in combination with a mesh prosthetic fitted with “other” hair and seamlessly blends the two. Hair integration allows for continued hair growth of your natural hair, is lightweight, easy to style, and undetectable. It can be an excellent way for men and women to maximize the hair they have to create a fuller scalp, making their thin hair a thing of the past.
Call Riviera Hair Replacement For A Free Consultation
At Riviera Hair Replacement, you can talk to our specialists about your hair loss and find out the best solution to suit your lifestyle. We have seen it all and know that it can be traumatic and upsetting regardless of what is causing your hair loss. Let us design and create the hair replacement system to help you feel like your best self again.
We take pride in the work we do and the relief we provide to our clients. Whether you are experiencing hair loss from chemotherapy or radiation therapy, pattern baldness, or an immune system reaction, or you are taking steps to finally have the hair of your dreams, Riviera Hair Replacement should be your first and only stop.
Call Riviera Hair Replacement today at 516-364-0110 to schedule your free consultation.