Hair Loss! How much is too much?

March 31 2017

Hair loss is a common issue with clients.  But what is the normal amount of hair loss?  And, 'how much is too much?'

Hair Loss - How much is too much?

In this blog article I will fill you in on the common hair loss causes, and when it's worth seeking medical advise.

Some hair loss is normal

On average people loose from 50 up to 100 hairs a day which some people find strange, or may even panic about.  Some think "I mas have a major problem!"  However, it's just normal to shed hair so that it can make room for new hair growth.  

Hair goes through different cycles: the growing phase, resting phase, and the shedding (falling out) phase.

Telogen Effluvium

This occurs during extreme stress, pregnancy, surgery.  Use of certain medication like antidepressants, anti-flammatory drugs, beta- blockers and some steroidal drugs can have side affects and cause hair loss. Large amounts of hair is shed everyday when shampooing or brushing your hair.

Look for small "club- shaped" bulbs on the fallen hair's roots.  The bulbs mean the hair has gone through a complete cycle of growth, the cycle may have sped up due to stress.

Hereditary Hair Loss

Hereditary hair loss is a common.  It is inherited from your family eg. mother and father.  Hair loss that is genetic is known as androgenises alopecia.  Androgenises alopecia can be identified by getting a biopsy of your scalp to see if the hair follicles have been replaced with miniaturised follicles.  This is the surefire sign of hereditary hair loss.  This examination can be carried out by your dermatologist.

Hypothyroidism

What causes hair loss?When your body doesn't produces enough thyroid hormone - the hormone responsible for heart rate, moods and metabolism.  Commonly found in women, although men can get this condition also.  

Too little hormone may cause unexplained weight gain, fatigue, constipation, depression, and difficulty concentrating.  Hair, nails, and skin may become more brittle and break more easily.  It's more common in women, especially over the age of 50.  Too much hormone may cause inexplicable weight loss, heart palpitations, nervousness, irritability, diarrhea, moist skin, muscle weakness.

Lupus

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease where the body's own immune system attacks healthy tissue.

Many people also experience hair loss and it can either be mild, or fall out in patches while shampooing and brushing hair.  Lupus is often accompanied by a rash on the scalp. Other symptoms could include fever, painful swollen joints, and headaches.

Iron deficiency anemia

This occurs when the blood doesn't have enough red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout your body, to give the needed energy.

This causes hair loss as well and many other factors such as headaches, cold hands and feet, difficulty concentrating, pale skin and extreme fatigue.

Polycistic ovarian syndrome

Is cause by a hormonal imbalance where ovaries produce too many male hormones.

This may cause hair loss on the scalp and cause hair to grow where it may not be needed so much such as extra facial hair, cysts growing on ovaries and irregular periods.

Skin conditions on the scalp

An unhealthy scalp can cause inflammation that makes it difficult for hair to grow.  Skin conditions that lead to hair loss include seborrhea dermatitis (dandruff), psoriasis, and fungal infections such as ringworm.

Seborrhea dermatitis causes the scalp to shed its skin, so you'll notice greasy, yellowish scales on your shoulders or in your hair.  Psoriasis, an autoimmune condition that causes excessive skin cell turnover, produces a very thick white scale on the scalp that can bleed if pulled off.  Ringworm is a fungus you contract by touching an infected person or animal.  You will notice red patches on your scalp, which may be diffuse.

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is a autoimmune disorder where the immune system attacks the hair follicles.  May be caused by illness or stress.

It commonly causes round, smooth patches of baldness on the scalp, eyebrows, or legs. Some people have noticed irritation and tingling before the baldness occurred.

Excessive Styling

Heat and chemicals can weaken the hair causing it to break and fall out.  A combination of treatments—keratin, colouring and blow-drying, for instance, can cause the damage.

If the fallout is occurring from external damage caused by styling, the hair will often break.

Need some help?

You are more than welcome to book for a consultation.  We do have a hair loss shampoo range from Naturaltech in store that many clients find helpful.  Otherwise if your hair loss is prolonged seeking medical advice would be best.

If you have any questions we would love to hear from you.  You can post your question on our Facebook page, send us an email, Tweet us, or give us a call.  

Looking forward to seeing you at Shine Hair Consultants and Design soon!
Kimmie

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