Everyone loses hair every day, but how do you know if it’s normal hair loss or you’re going bald.
Did you know that we all lose 50-100 hairs per day though the normal hair growth and renewal cycle? It might be more noticeable in women because their hair is longer, but it occurs equally in men. However, sometimes hair loss is accelerated by other factors that disrupt normal hair growth. In this article we cover the key reasons hair loss can accelerate and what triggers can cause an increase in hair loss.
Your hair is always growing and normal hair growth occurs in 3 stages:
1. Anagen: is the active phase of new hair formation and growth and lasts for 2-5 years. The rapidly growing hair pushes the old hair in the follicle out as it grows.
2. Catagen: is a transitional phase (2-3 weeks) where growth stops and the outer root sheath detaches from the follicle wall.
3. Telogen: is the resting phase and lasts for about 100 days for scalp hair. Hair can be either pulled out or shed at this stage.
As we age, some of the follicles stop working, or the anagen phase gets shorter and we shed hair at a faster rate.
In some cases, hair loss is not related to age, but to other triggers. Some of these effects are reversible and normal hair growth returns once the trigger is removed. Other factors can’t be reversed without medical help. The most common causes of hair loss are:
If you are experiencing hair loss . If you can reduce stress, improve your diet and stop smoking, you may be able to reverse your hair loss without further treatment, or improve the success of any treatment you may need.
A correct diagnosis is really important to determine if you would benefit from one of the many treatment options available. Over two-thirds of men and women suffering hair loss get some form of treatment without a proper medical diagnosis and then spend a fortune on lotions and shampoos that don’t work.
Our treatment options are personalised to individual requirements, based on sound medical knowledge and experience. If you are worried about losing your hair, or have been thinking about getting treatment for hair loss, come in for a consultation. We can give you an accurate diagnosis and answer any questions you might have about what treatment options are right for you.