Facts About Baldness

Baldness also known as Hair loss or alopecia refers to a loss of hair from part of the head or body. Typically at least the head is involved. The severity of hair loss can vary from a small area to the entire body. Typically inflammation or scarring is not present. Hair loss in some people causes psychological distress.

Hair loss can affect both men and women and can have a serious affect on self-esteem. If you’re concerned about losing your hair, read on to discover the causes of different types of hair loss, treatment options, and what you can do to prevent it.

Male and female pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss, and tends to occur progressively with age, but alopecia can affect men and women of any age and hair loss can occur overnight

The following are common types of baldness; male-pattern hair loss, female-pattern hair loss, alopecia areata, and a thinning of hair known as telogen effluvium. The cause of male-pattern hair loss is a combination of genetics and male hormones, the cause of female pattern hair loss is unclear, the cause of alopecia areata is autoimmune, and the cause of telogen effluvium is typically a physically or psychologically stressful event.

The majority of people will lose between 50 and 100 scalp hairs per day. This is completely normal. However, problems with baldness arise when these hairs are not replaced by the natural cycle. Many people falsely believe the main sign that genetic baldness is setting in is witnessing large volumes of hair fall out. 

Most hair loss, is caused by a destruction of the follicle. When this important component is damaged, the root cannot grow effectively and the hair shaft will never develop. Our hair consists of a hair shaft that grows out of our skin, a strong root found below the skin and a follicle, in which the root develops.

Male-pattern baldness is inherited and usually begins in later life, but some men can be affected in their 20s. It starts with a receding hairline, then thinning of the hair at the crown or temples, leaving a horseshoe shape of hair around the back and sides of the head.

The volume of testosterone in the bloodstream does not determine baldness. Instead, several contributing genes are involved, making the hair follicles more sensitive to the circulating hormone

Pattern baldness is not the only type of hair loss to be aware of. Alopecia areata is a medical condition where small patches of hair loss form. This problem can arise due to psychological or physical stress. Surgery, chemotherapy, hormonal imbalances and even sudden weight loss can also lead to temporary hair loss. Alleviating the cause will stop the baldness spreading and, in time, the hair will rejuvenate.

Due to the proximity of the brain to the hair follicle, many believed that thinking too much or even having a mental disorder negatively impacted hair growth. This myth suggests that bald men are either highly intelligent or psychologically damaged

Vigorously shampooing is thought to lead to further balding. This is not the case. The loss of hair is simply more noticeable while in the shower, as the loose hairs fall to the plughole. If you choose to stop shampooing, all of the dead hairs will remain on your head.

Posted by: Lusubilo A. Mwaijengo


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