What happened before you started to lose your hair?
Before you started to lose your hair did you suffer a trauma such as being involved in a car crash, suffer from abuse, have a bereavement?
First of all, it’s important to understand that hair is a bi-product of blood. In other words the composition of your blood determines the quality and growth of your hair.
What causes poor blood quality? STRESS, BAD DIET, TRAUMA.
Are you stressed, busy all the time, rushing around, no time to relax or give time to yourself? How is your diet? Everything you eat is supposed to be 70% fruit, salad, vegetables! Come on… how many of us have time for that!!
But every day, every one of us loses some hair…
What is ‘normal’ hair loss?
It’s generally accepted that most people will lose between 40 to 100 hairs every day. Although this may seem a lot, we must bear in mind that blondes have around 140,000 scalp hairs, brunettes have 110,000 to 120,000 and redheads (whose hair is coarser and whose follicles take up more room) have 80,000 to 90,000.
So although losing 100 hairs sounds a lot, compared to the overall quantity of hair,
it is a relatively small amount. Therefore as each hair is being replaced approximately every three to five years, it is perfectly normal for a number of hairs to be shed every day as the replacement process takes place.
It’s when you experience excessive or sudden hair loss, that something is obviously wrong.
Excessive hair loss cycle
Generally speaking, men are affected by thinning hair at an earlier age than women, but if there is a history of common baldness in the family, it is possible for anyone to start going prematurely bald sooner than they otherwise would.
Thinning hair is more common in women after the menopause because this is when the production of female hormones called Oestrogens has decreased, and the male hormones known as Androgens can sometimes increase.
When excessive hair loss has begun, the cycle of hair growth has altered so that the Anagen (growth) phase becomes shorter. In the Catagen (slowing down and resting) phase, the growth slows more quickly and after the final Telogen phase (when the hair is shed) there will be a longer gap before the new hair grows – if it grows at all.
In another article I explain more about the problems that can cause this excessive hair loss and later find out what can be done to help. Also, please go to our Testimonials page to see how we have helped others.