Hair Loss - How It All Starts

Hair Loss - How It All Starts

Hair Loss – How It All Starts

Hair follicles are genetically programmed from birth, the genetic coding determines the behaviour of the hair follicles through life. So, the start of hair loss can be a slow process.  There are many forms and hair loss conditions. The action of hair loss may alter but how it all starts is basically the same. Regardless of the hair loss cause.

Anagen is the growth phase of hair. This can last around two to three years. Sometimes longer. Dependent on hair characteristics. Telogen is the resting phase of hair growth. This can last only three to four months.

During the growth phase, your hair can grow up to one inch or 3cms per month. At the end of the resting phase, the hairs fall out. Allowing the new hair to enter the growth phase. The average person is shedding from 50 to 100 hairs each day.

As a result, not all hair grows at the same time. According to the American Academy of Dermatology. At any given time 90% of your hair is in a hair growth phase and 10% is in a resting phase.

Hair Loss Conditions

There are many forms of hair loss. The hereditary hair loss condition is called androgenic alopecia. Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) in men and Female Pattern Baldness (FPB) in women. This form of hair loss is passed down genetically from family members. There is a predestined potential this gene will be inherited by one or more family members.

Genetic baldness is a medical condition that affects some 25% of men in their 20‟s and an astounding 2/3 of all men after the age of 60.  The predilection for hair loss can occur at any time through our adult life, as early as in our teenage years. Hair loss is progressive and although can be slow once it starts it will generally continue normally following the genetic patterning within the family.

Do you think you are suffering from hair loss? Or, you know you are and not sure what to do. Online consultation is a good first option to give you answers to your questions. 

Male-pattern baldness is a result of a gene in the body that converts large quantities of testosterone into  DHT  (dihydrotestosterone). You inherit the tendency to lose hair from either of your parents. This is transmitted in your genes. You may even have this tendency despite the fact that your parents have full heads of hair – this is due to a process known as the spontaneous mutation, whereby the genetic information changes at conception.

Besides the genetic forms of hair loss that makeup around 90% of hair loss conditions there are more examples of how hair loss can occur, some reversible conditions. Such examples of other types of hair loss may include but are not limited to stress, iron deficiency, thyroid disease, traction alopecia, trauma and medication.  It is important before any treatment is administered a proper assessment is performed.

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