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Main Types of Hair Loss

August 19th, 2014

Main Types of Hair LossWe talk about hair loss and the different ways it can happen in our articles, but we’ve only skimmed the big names. It’s time we tell you more about the kinds of hair loss known to date, and their causes. It’s the classic “nature vs nurture” dilemma, because hair loss can happen genetically, or due to outside sources.

Androgenic Alopecia

This is the most common form of hair loss, due to the genes you inherit. Once thought to only come from the mother’s side of the family, you can inherit hair loss from either parent. It’s also known as “Male Pattern Baldness,” presumably because most men that go through hair loss follow a similar pattern.

MPH usually begins with a receding hairline, beginning from the temples and diffusing across the scalp until a “wreath” of hair is left across the sides and the back of the skill. This can sometimes start atop the scalp with thinning hair that turns into a bald spot. There is a type of “Female Pattern Baldness” that also effects men, though more common in women. This type of Androgenic Alopecia has more thinning characteristics as the dominating feature, where the hair across the head becomes incredibly thin, but baldness and total hair loss do not occur.

The causes of MPH have mainly come down to hormones and genetics. Men and women with abnormally high volumes of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) suffer from hair loss because DHT directly effects the growth of hair. During times of puberty, DHT increases hair growth on the body, eventually slowing down. However, later in life, men specifically have higher levels of testosterone known as “free testosterone”, possibly due to the slowdown of development, and this free testosterone is converted into DHT. The scalp tends to have the highest volume of DHT secretion/conversion, and this abundance suffocates the hair follicles, causing hair loss.

In terms of genetics, it comes down to the “diathetic-stress” model, or more simply put it’s in the genes, but needs a catalyst. It’s been commonly said to come from maternal heritage, because the X chromosome contains the androgen receptor (AR) gene, or the receptor for testosterone. However, the variant of the AR that causes baldness is recessive, and there is still much research to be conducted on the multifactorial variables that come to play in genetics and hair loss.

The largest effects people have noticed with MPH are psychological. Men, and women, tend to become more stressed about their physical attractiveness and body image. They tend to find the experience distressing because it is unwanted, and nothing that they can directly control. Thankfully, these days there are multiple kinds of hair care treatment and hair loss shampoos in these modern times to fight hair loss.

Alopecia Areata

This type of hair loss is most commonly known as “Spot Baldness.” Hair loss starts with a bald spot on the head, and then depending on the classification of spot baldness, it can have multiple appearances. There are multiple kinds of spot baldness that can diffuse across the scalp, there can be one or multiple bald spots, the baldness can spread across the entirety of the head, and it can even happen along the beard or body hair.

Typically, spot baldness starts with small bald patches in the affected area. There are no visible underlying causes of the skin or the scalp, however there are psychosomatic symptoms such as a tingling or even painful sensation where the hair is lost. The causes are strictly genetic, and it comes down to two hereditary characteristics: the genotype itself, and an autoimmune disease. Spot baldness can happen through several genetic causes, but an autoimmune disorder is the most popular concept. It is believed that the body attacks its own anagen (growing) hair follicles, and eventually suppresses or completely stops hair growth.

Mild cases of spot baldness go untreated, because unless an autoimmune disorder, the body will balance things out and the hair will spontaneously start to grow back. However, in the more severe cases, there is no end-all treatment. The main medical treatments today are topical ointments and creams containing diphenylcyclopropenone. For most, the ending solution is a hair piece or wig.

Traction Alopecia

This is an explicitly external source form of hair loss that is an effect of consistent styling. Hairstyles that apply a puling force to the hair, such as braids, cornrows, and tight ponytails, will eventually wear down the hair follicles and lead to gradual hair loss. Another cause is tight fitting headgear, whether for safety or for fashion.

Being an externally caused form of hair loss, there is no medical treatment for it. The most common treatment is surgical to restore the hair that is lost. There could be a chance of restoring hair follicles with some forms of hair care treatment aimed at reactivating dormant hair follicles, such as minoxidil spray. However, this is simply speculation, and not tested.

Telogen Effluvium

Discussed in an earlier article, this type of hair loss is characterized by an increase of shedding or thinning of the hair. Typically caused by psychological stress, among other causes, this type of hair loss alters the normal hair growth cycle. However, removing the cause can undo the effects with high volumes of shedding. The most common form of shedding is “Anagen Effluvium,” caused typically by exposure to radiation, such as chemo therapy.

There are many ways hair loss can happen, and there are many different types and/or classifications of each form of hair loss. Not all types can be directly treated, but there is always a chance of balancing things out or reversing hair loss with hair care treatments.

Theories on Baldness

August 8th, 2014

DNAHave you ever wondered “Why humans become bald?” Hair loss is mainly hereditary, meaning it’s a trait passed down across the generations. However, many people today aren’t too fond of hair loss and becoming bald; yet, the trait still thrives. Heavily ingrained throughout evolution, there are many theories as to why this hair loss trait is still active today. Keep in mind, these are just theories, but they’re also some of our favorites.

Wise Men

Amongst many tribes and villages, there tends to be a group of males that the tribe looks up to for answers, guidance, and intelligence. These men are usually the Elders of the group/village, and most notably, are bald. As a sign of wisdom, the trait of baldness was passed down throughout the generations to highlight the “Wise Men” over time.

Longevity

In nature, the male of the species is usually the one doing the courting for a female partner. Sometimes they show off their colors, or whistle a tune; some capture large prey, whilst others beat up their own to show dominance. These are all seen as signs of attraction, and in human society, a percentage of people frown on baldness as “unattractive.” However, back then, living a long life was rare. If a man lived long enough to go bald, then he must have good genes for longevity, and that is attractive.

Discovery of Fire

Back when fire was first discovered, many people like to think of the Caveman era where humans weren’t as smart and still covered in body hair. If this were true, once fire was discovered, it wouldn’t take long to learn how quickly human hair catches fire. It is possible that with this new discovery, body hair diminished over time, as did the hair on the head, to keep oneself alive and protected from such a helpful yet dangerous element.

Soaking Up Some Vitamin D

When a man starts to go bald, more of his skin is exposed to the sunlight. Naturally, one would think this is a bad thing.  However, this also exposes man to a much larger percentage of Vitamin D. Studies have shown that absorbing solar ultraviolet radiation and vitamin D helps prevent prostate cancer. So, it is believed that balding is a trait or mechanism that evolved over time to protect against that particular disease.

Chrome Dome

This is probably the funniest one we read. It is theorized that when hunting in groups, at least one of the hunters were bald, and their head was heavily polished. This way, they could be used to blind predators during the hunt when preparing an attack. Not very likely, but an interesting concept nonetheless.

Trading Hair for What?

One interesting theory is about age and the deterioration of the body. As we get older, we become weaker, and yet we still wish to flourish with life. This concept theorizes that as the body aged, the need for hair was “ejected”, allowing the body to use less of its resources to grow healthy hair, and to focus its energy and resources on other traits such as physical strength and sexual potency.

Nurture

Two other traits many females look for in a partner are “maturity” and “capability to nurture”. Females would naturally desire a male that is less aggressive and more nurturing for their offspring. This would definitely decrease the chance of infanticide, and the offspring would benefit from these males as a parental figure. The theory suggests that baldness and hair loss continue because such traits were seen as desirable to both genders.

“Bada$$” Attitude

In modern times, there are some stigma that go with baldness. One of those are that a guy is “tough,” “mean,” or an “all around bada$$.” It is also believed that a bald head gives a “don’t mess with me” vibe. In the old days, being with a male who could chase away predators without having to attack would also be seen as a very desirable trait to both genders.

“Survival of the Fittest”?

Going bald though may not give that bada$$ vibe to every predator out there though. Animals aren’t smart, but they know how to pick out the weakest one in a group. If they notice most humans have hair atop their heads, then they may assume those without it are weak, and therefore, easier prey. Whether or not that is true has yet to be tested, as we don’t think anyone is volunteering to be locked up with a deadly animal to prove a point about going bald.

What do you think of these theories? Do you agree with some? Do they just not make sense? Let us know which ones are your favorites, or if you have a theory of your own, share it with us below.

Myths about Hair Loss

July 18th, 2014

Myths about Hair LossWe’ve all heard the many myths about hair loss. “If you keep wearing a hat, you’re going to go bald,” “If you’re going bald, you have too much testosterone,” or a family favorite, “Blame your mother.” However, none of these factors have to do with hair loss (not 100% anyways). Surprised? You’re about to learn the truth about these myths about what causes hair loss.

You get it from your Mom

This is not completely true. Yes, you will get some hair loss gene’s from your mother if her father is bald, no question about it. Surprisingly, your mother’s genes for hair loss are more dominant than your father’s. However, it’s also possible to inherit hair loss from your father’s side.

Wearing hats make you bald

People think wearing a hat makes you go bald because your head isn’t getting enough air, which doesn’t make sense because your scalp doesn’t breathe. If anything, wearing a hat protects your head and your hair from the sun.

Getting too much Sun

No, sun exposure won’t lead to baldness. Yes, too much sun exposure can cause your hair to get dry, frizzy, and dull, as discussed in this article about hair and sun damage. However, it will not cause baldness—just horrible sun burns.

Hair Styling

Hair care products and hardware are for styling, not for going bald. Using hair gels, pomade, or other similar items aren’t going to cause hair loss. However, be wary of some of the chemicals in gels and other products that can weaken or even damage hair. Moreover, over styling your hair with mechanical work i.e. flat irons. It’s hair, not an automobile.

Too much testosterone

This is the silliest one ever. The manlier you are, the less hair you have? Talk about reversing the cultural norm. Actually, most men link a lack of hair to sex appeal, but the two don’t go hand-in-hand. The real hormonal cause is an abundance of (Dihydrotestosterone) DHT, which is converted from testosterone. So, if you do have a lot of testosterone, you’re prone to having too much DHT, but too much testosterone does not equate to hair loss. A shampoo with ketoconazole will fix that though.

It’s a guy problem

Actually, it’s not just men who go bald. Have you seen those hair transplant commercials with women? Men make up about 60-70% of the hair loss population. The other 40-30% is coming from the female gender.

If you’re bald, then you’re old

Not necessarily true. Do the elderly have less hair than the youth? Yes, absolutely…most of the time. However, people can start going bald in their late teens, and 18 years old isn’t old. Wait until you’re 40 to start saying that.

Too much shampoo

This can be true depending on the shampoo you use. If it has harsh chemicals that can damage your hair, like sulfate, it’s likely that you may experience hair problems. But keeping your hair and scalp overly clean will not cause you to lose your hair. If anything, it will help get rid of the fungi and other buildup, which can cause dandruff and other problems. The only thing clean hair makes you prone to is lice.

Decreased blood flow to the scalp

Yes, the scalp needs good blood circulation to promote hair growth and thicker, fuller hair. But once you lose hair, stimulating your scalp isn’t going to magically cause hair to grow back. Decreased blood flow happens when you go bald because those areas of the scalp no longer need blood to keep the hair healthy. That’s why you may notice a lack of blood circulation in the scalp.

Trauma turns your hair grey

Physical and emotional stress can cause hair to turn grey and result in hair loss. However, if you’re not already at an age where you’re losing your hair, it will grow back once the things calm down.

Home Remedies for Hair Loss: The Benefits of Hair Masks for Hair Growth

May 30th, 2014

Smiling beauty flaunting her hairAt times, home remedies for hair loss are necessary for additional hair care before and after your usual hair loss treatments. Hair growth usually is a result of both treatment and a healthy hair regimen. Natural hair masks are one of the beneficial secrets to hair growth, shine and moisture.

What is a hair mask?

Think of a hair mask as a facial for your hair. Just like a facial mask is left on the face for full absorption and rejuvenation, same is the case for hair masks. These masks are usually created using a mixture of household items. Common ingredients that are found in masks are avocado, coconut oil, mayonnaise, yogurt, garlic, onion, honey, olive oil, and many more components that help fight hair loss and other damages.

These ingredients are mixed together and used to cover the hair from scalp to ends to begin the treatment. Hair masks are used at least once a month in between other hair loss treatments such as hair loss shampoos. Hair Masks are simple home remedies for hair loss that only take an extra step in your monthly routine but the benefits are worth the time spent especially for promoting hair growth and health.

How do I make a hair mask?

Making the most effective hair mask begins with finding the ingredients that will benefit your hair issues. Just as you would strategically choose the right hair loss shampoo based on its ingredients, you should pay close attention to the elements you choose to include in your mask.

Here are some ingredients frequently used in hair masks and their benefits:

Avocado: works wonders on the scalp to add nourishment and prevent dryness. It is mainly used in combination with egg yolks, olive oil, and yogurt.

Onion: helps to strengthen hair strands and hair cuticles to promote hair growth and thickness.

Garlic: contains anti-fungal properties as well as anti-bodies to prevent against scalp issues including dandruff.

Mayonnaise: adds moisture and shine to dull, dry locks. It is sometimes paired with pureed strawberries which add a boost of vitamin C to your strands as well.

Apple Cider Vinegar: balances the pH levels and is often combined with eggs for a mask to repair damaged hair.

Eggs: are rich in protein, which is essential to the health of hair. Eggs infused necessary nutrients to repair damage to strands from styling and/or other harmful hair rituals.

Yogurt: is a great ingredient to use when trying to combat against frizzy and dry hair. It also helps manage tangle prone hair by creating a soft, silky texture.

Once you have researched the appropriate ingredients to use for your mask, you’ve conquered half the battle. To begin the mixing process be sure that all solid ingredients are pureed or crushed to a softer, smoother consistency for easier mixing. Mix all content in a bowl with hands or a spoon.

How do I apply the hair mask?

Most home remedies for hair loss have easy applications and hair masks are no exception. However, it may be messy so using gloves when applying the mask to scalp and hair may help minimize the mess. Thoroughly, cover you hair with the mask and massage in your hair and scalp for at least 30 seconds. Once your hair is covered seal in the moisture for optimal absorption by putting a shower cap or using plastic wrap to wrap your head. Why? Well sealing in the moisture allows the solution to work faster and reach deeper to effectively help hair growth and rejuvenation. Although some may keep masks in their hair longer, the typical time to let the mask sit is 30-45 minutes

When should I use a hair mask?

You should use hair masks at least once a month in order to receive the full benefits of the treatment. This should not be a stand-alone treatment for hair loss but an addition to the other hair loss treatments you use.

For the hair loss, it is recommended that you use the hair mask followed by your sulfate free hair loss shampoo for the best all inclusive hair loss treatment.

Benefits of hair masks

Hair masks are one of the most beneficial home remedies for hair loss with benefits such as thickness, growth and health. The most prevalent benefit is its ability to promote hair growth. You can boost this hair growth by adding ingredients that have been proven to combat hair loss such as emu oil, garlic, and avocado. By using masks each month the texture of your hair will improve. From shine to strength, you’ll see an automatic difference in the health of your hair. This is a perfect remedy for those with dry hair as well. Masks are known to help your hair retain the moisture it needs to combat dryness.

Hair masks are easy and affordable home remedy for hair loss to add to your regimen. With its simple application and natural ingredients, there are very little negatives to using a hair mask. If you do happen to experience irritation from a hair mask it may be an allergic reaction to an ingredient. In these rare cases its best to discontinue using that particular type of mask.

Ginger: Home Remedy for Hair Loss

May 1st, 2014

ginger remedy for hair loss and hair growth Originally cultivated in South Asia, ginger or ginger root, contains a wide variety of health benefits including the relief of stomach pain, nausea, muscle pain, and inflammation.  It also has the ability to increase blood flow and circulation, which ultimately improves scalp health and hair growth.

Fresh ginger root is rich in vitamins and full of elements including phosphorous, magnesium and potassium as well as fatty acids. These nutrients help prevent hair thinning while improving hair strength, shine and overall health. The best part about ginger is that it is easily accessible, making it the perfect home-remedy Hair Loss Shampoo.  Here are some easy steps to help you naturally replenish your scalp while fighting hair loss with this natural ginger remedy.

What you will need:

Fresh ginger root

Olive oil or jojoba oil

Tablespoon

Bowl

Grater

Directions:

1)     Before shampooing your hair, grate 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger root into a small bowl.

2)     Follow by adding 1 tablespoon of olive oil or jojoba oil into the bowl with the ginger root.

3)     Thoroughly mix the grated ginger root and oil together.

4)     Gently rub the ginger oil into your scalp in a circular motion for 5 minutes; making sure the oil deeply penetrates the skin.

5)     Let the ginger oil soak into the hair and scalp for 30 minutes (a warming sensation may occur to ensure the mixture is working).

6)     Finally, rinse with shampoo but do not follow with conditioner.

With these six simple steps, this ginger oil treatment will not only encourage blood circulation but also rid your scalp of any dandruff or build up. In return, the treatment will assist in hair growth by cleansing and clearing the hair follicles. This century-old remedy for hair growth is easy, natural, beneficial and can be accomplished in the comfort of your own home.

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