At any one time, about 10 percent of the hair on your scalp is in a resting phase. After 2 to 3 months, the resting hair falls out and new hair starts to grow in its place. This growing phase lasts for 2 to 6 years. Each hair grows approximately 1 centimeter per month during this phase. About 90 percent of the hair on your scalp is growing at any one time. It is normal to shed some hair each day as part of this cycle. However, some people may experience excessive (more than normal) hair loss. Hair loss or Alopecia (medical term for hair loss) of this type can affect men, women and even children.
A number of things can cause excessive hair loss including wearing your hair in tight rollers or pigtails! Other causes can me medical related, for example, about 3 or 4 months after an illness or a major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.
Hormonal problems may cause hair loss. If your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, your hair may fall out. This hair loss usually can be helped by treatment of the thyroid disease. Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss.
Many women notice hair loss about 3 months after they've had a baby. This loss is also related to hormones. During pregnancy, high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair that would normally fall out. When the hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels, that hair falls out and the normal cycle of growth and loss starts again.
Some medicines can cause hair loss. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. Medicines that can cause hair loss include blood thinners (also called anticoagulants), medicines used for gout, medicines used in chemotherapy to treat cancer, vitamin A (if too much is taken), birth control pills and antidepressants.
Certain infections can cause hair loss. Fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair loss in children. The infection is easily treated with antifungal medicines.
Finally, hair loss may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes. Since hair loss may be an early sign of a disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated.1. How does poor Hygiene contribute to Hair Loss?
If a clean scalp is not maintained sweat and excess sebum will clog the hair follicles.
2. What is the major cause of Hair Loss in men and women?
Research has proven that Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is the major cause of hair loss.
3. What is D.H.T.?
Dihydrotestosterone is the resulting product of direct contact between the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase found in the skin and the scalp with the hormone testosterone. Dihydrotestosterone binds to receptors sites on the scalp and hair follicles and interrupts and interacts with the normal chain of events involved in continual hair growth.
4. How does D.H.T. Cause Hair Loss?
D.H.T. takes over the receptor cell (the cells on the hair follicle that bind to DHT) and sends false signals to the functioning cells responsible for proper hair growth.
5. How do Hair Loss Stimulating Products help hair growth?
Organic enzymes and essential amino acids in the extract help feed and nourish weak and thinning hair and reduce the amount of DHT
6. Do men and Women lose hair in the same pattern?
No. Men usually lose hair first in the temporal area, second in the crown and third in the vertex or top of the scalp. This is due to the concentration of sweat glands that carry DHT in these areas. Women on the other hand generally thin in a diffuse manner.
7. Will the hair regrow in the same pattern?
No. Any regrowth will occur in the opposite manner of the hair loss. In other words the hair that is lost last will be the first to regrow.
8. Are all Hair Loss Products Safe?
This is a matter of some debate. A lot of the pharmaceutical products come with stark warnings. For example the prescription-only Propecia comes with this warning:
"Women who are or may potentially be pregnant must not use PROPECIA and should not handle crushed or broken PROPECIA tablets because the active ingredient may cause abnormalities of a male baby’s sex organs ." Is this really a drug you want to swallow?
You are better off using herbal or natural products like the Canadian brand, Nisim The brand has passed rigorous health / safety tests and has excellent customer feedback. All the actives in the formulas are herbal, organic ingredients. There are NO harmful side effects.
7. Will Hair Loss Shampoos help to control Hair Loss due to childbirth or menopause?
Yes, generally speaking the results to date are extremely positive in both cases. In the case of the Nisim range, the shampoo alone will help to bring the excessive hair loss under control. The Nisim Stimulating Extract will help to restore the lost hair.
Typically hair loss can be controlled within a few weeks using a hair loss shampoo. Hair regrowth takes much longer - about 18-24 months. If you find that home hair loss treatments ineffective or too slow, you may want to consider professional treatments such as hair transplants, or the use of cosmetic wigs or camoflage sprays.