Why Do We Lose Hair?
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About one out of three women experience hair loss (alopecia) at some time in their lives; whereas amongst the postmenopausal women, as many as 67% of them suffer from hair thinning or bald spots. Hair loss in women often has a bigger impact than hair loss does on men, as it’s less socially acceptable for women to appear with little hair. Alopecia can severely affect a woman’s emotional well-being and confidence if not treated in time and with appropriate treatment.
According to WebMD, male pattern baldness appears in a telltale shape: you will see a receding hairline with thinning strands around the crown of your head. Over time, more and more hair will drop and that area will go bald, but you’ll still have a horseshoe pattern of hair above your ears circling to the lower back of the head – which makes it common sight in males across the age of 40s.
Research from Harvard Medical School shows that for both men or women, hair loss from androgenetic alopecia occurs due to a genetically determined shortening of anagen, a hair’s growing phase, and a lengthening of the time between the shedding of a hair and the start of a new anagen phase. What does this means? It means it takes longer for hair to start growing back after it is shed in the course of the normal growth cycle. The hair follicle itself also changes, shrinking and producing a shorter, thinner hair shaft — a process called “follicular miniaturization.” As a result, thicker, pigmented, longer-lived “terminal” hairs are replaced by shorter, thinner, non-pigmented hairs called “vellus.”
- Genetics – About 50% of hair loss cases are hereditary.
- Internal Conditions – Hormonal influences, such as thyroid diseases and anaemia. Pregnancy is a big cause of hormonal changes as well, usually women lose a lot of hair after giving birth also known as postpartum hair loss.
- Autoimmune diseases – Known as alopecia areata, the body’s immune system attacks its own hair follicles causing patchy hair loss, could be due to intake of food/diet or lifestyle or other unknown factors.
- External factors – Lifestyle and other habits such as daily bunning of hair, tight braiding, prolonged wearing of headgear, excessive use of hair wax/gel/spray and dyeing/rebonding/perming of hair basically any actions that goes against the natural hair movement.
- Medication – Anabolic steroids, birth control pills, antidepressants and sleeping pills can also cause hair loss due to side effects.
- Reference taken from Bee Choo Ladies Singapore
Male hair loss typically affects men starting from about the age of 30. It is also known as inherited male pattern baldness and androgenetic alopecia. It is an inherited condition that involves hair loss as you get older. It can be inherited from either your mother or father or both of your parents. How quickly or slowly your hair loss progresses and the pattern of hair loss are also accelerated by ones’ lifestyle and eating diets as well as haircare products.
An article about age of hair loss from the Huffington Post asserts a hard truth: that most of us have a head of hair far from what you’d call lush, and the reality only gets more sad as we age. One in three women will notice hair thinning or hair loss after age 30, and it can start as early as the 20s.