Many factors and conditions cause hair loss, and while it is often considered a cosmetic issue, it can be much more than just an inconvenience. Most hair loss conditions are due to genetics and aging, but medications, diet, hormonal changes, and more can also contribute. Understanding the type of hair loss you are experiencing, and its cause can help you determine the best plan of action to stop the process and regrow your hair. Designated as National Hair Loss Awareness Month, August is when we focus on the causes, treatment options, and prevention of hair loss.
Facts About Hair Loss
Thinning hair and hair loss is a common issue that affects millions of men and women of all ages, backgrounds, and demographic groups. While hair loss is often considered an issue that primarily affects men, statistics show that women account for around 40 percent of the hair loss cases in America.
Research shows that over 40 percent of men will experience noticeable hair loss by age 35, increasing to 65 percent by age 60. While hair loss among women is slightly less prevalent, nearly 50 percent of women experience some noticeable hair loss by age 50.
Often referred to as male or female pattern baldness, androgenetic alopecia is the most common form of hair loss. Androgenetic alopecia is a genetic condition that can manifest in men as early as their teens or early 20's but typically doesn't affect women until their 40's or later.
In addition to the age of onset, the symptoms of androgenetic alopecia are different in men and women. In men, the hair loss usually starts with the hair receding on both sides and the forehead creating an M-pattern. As the hair loss progresses, the hair on top of the head gradually disappears, leaving some hair on the back and sides remaining. Women typically don't go bald from androgenetic alopecia but instead experience an overall thinning of the hair.
Along with genetic conditions, hair loss can be caused or accelerated by several other factors. Disease, stress, prescription or over-the-counter medications, and diet are just a few things that can impact hair loss. Hair loss can also be caused by the excessive use of hair products, improper use of styling tools, and tight hairstyles like braids, buns, and ponytails.
Often, when the condition causing the hair loss is removed, the issue can correct itself. However, it usually takes several months for the hair to respond to negative or positive influences. For example, if your diet is suddenly lacking in vital minerals and nutrients, you may not experience hair loss until at least three months later. On the other hand, once you have determined diet is the cause and begin eating healthier or taking supplements, it may take three or more months for normal hair growth to return.
Prevention and Treatments
Hair loss rarely happens overnight but usually occurs gradually and often goes unnoticed in the early stages. While hair loss is a common issue, and there are proven effective treatments available for all stages of hair loss of any type, acting early offers the best opportunity for you and your hair loss.
At New Image Hair Clinic, our team of highly trained specialists uses the most advanced methods available to help you determine the cause of your hair loss. After a thorough examination of your scalp and hair, our team will help you develop a customized treatment plan that meets your needs and goals. To learn more about the causes, treatments, and what you can do to prevent hair loss, contact us today and schedule your FREE initial consultation.