1. Why people lose hair?
2. Common causes
4. Difference between men and women
5. Hair loss treatment
6. Free online consultation
1. Why people lose hair?
Sometimes this condition is natural. We have 100,000 hairs on average, and we lose around 100 strands daily. But there is nothing to worry! We grow 100 new strands daily as well. This is our normal growth cycle.
However, this cycle does not remain in balance forever. There are a number of factors when we start losing more strands than we are able to grow. When our cycle remains out of balance like this for a long time, we lose hair density and our scalp becomes visible—we start to experience baldness.
2. Common causes
- Male pattern hair loss: Among men facing this issue, around 95% of cases are caused by male pattern hair loss. This condition is embedded in our genes. Our genes tell our hair follicles to respond to DHT (dihydrotestosterone) and die. Men are the primary victim of this kind of condition; however, it affects some women as well.
- Hair diseases: There are many diseases that affect the growth cycle and cause baldness. Telogen effluvium, alopecia areata, and scarring alopecia are a few to name. There are many hormonal diseases that may affect the growth cycle. Furthermore, many skin conditions can hamper strand growth or even kill your follicles.
- Nutrition: Nutritional deficiency can be a cause of hair loss. Although it is not common in first world countries, it can still happen due to an unbalanced diet, or during strict dieting regimens.
- Infection: Fungal infections like tineacapitis, folliculitis, dissecting cellulitis, and secondary syphilis are some infections that can hamper strand growth. Demodex folliculorum is a microscopic mite that hampers essential nutrient flow to hair follicles and can cause the strand thinning.
- Drugs: Some medicines may cause temporary hair loss, while others may cause permanent death of your follicles. Several medications including those for heart disease, blood pressure, diabetes can cause strand thinning. Other medicines that affect the hormonal balance of the body can cause baldness. Chemotherapy is particularly notorious, and it can cause massive balding.
- Trauma: Any kind of trauma to the hair can cause temporary or permanent balding. Excessive pulling, hairstyles that pull, vigorous brushing, and excessive use of heat are some factors responsible for disturbing the normal growth cycle of your mane.
- Stress: Stress restricts the blood supply to all parts of the body including hair follicles. This limits the oxygen and nutrient flow to the individual strands and causes them to fall out.
- Environmental factors: Several environmental factors can cause balding. Use of harsh cosmetics, like straightening and curling products, and environmental pollutants are some important causes.
A trichologist can diagnose male pattern baldness by visual examination; so, no test is usually required to diagnose it. Here is a list of some other tests to diagnose hair loss and determine whether you require our treatment options in Brisbane.
- Pull test: This test helps to evaluate diffuse loss of hair. A group of 40-60 strands is pulled on three scalp areas. Normally, less than three strands should come out. If the strand count is more than 10, the test is considered positive.
- Pluck test: In this test, strands are pulled from the roots. This test helps to determine defects of hair growth phases.
- Scalp biopsy:It is used when the cause of hair loss is difficult to determine. It can help differentiate between scarring and nonscarring alopecia.
- Daily strand count: This test is done by counting the number of lost strands. The strands are collected for 14 days. If the lost strands are more than 100 per day, it is considered abnormal. However, up to 250 strands are considered normal after shampooing.
- Trichoscopy: This is a visual examination of the scalp with a handheld dermoscope or a video dermoscope.
In all cases of balding, you should consult a qualified trichologist or dermatologist who is able to investigate the underlying cause, or some serious health condition causing this side effect.
4. Difference between hair loss in men and women
This condition differs between men and women. First, it is less common in women as compared to men. Balding in men is primarily due to their balding gene. Around 95% men facing balding, face it due to the balding gene. Balding gene is the most important cause for women as well; however, around 50% women face this condition due to the balding gene. Other women face balding due to hormonal changes during pregnancy, thyroid disorders, and anemia. Some other conditions include autoimmune diseases, polycystic ovary syndrome, and skin conditions like seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis.
Male pattern baldness basically affects strands on the front and the sides of the head. Pattern baldness does not affect the hair on the sides and back of the head. This makes men a better candidate for a hair transplant because a hair transplant can harvest these unaffected hair follicles and plant them in the affected area.
5. Hair loss treatment available in Brisbane
For proper hair loss treatment in Brisbane, a qualified doctor should properly investigate the cause of your individual condition and treat the underlying factor. However, if the balding gene is responsible, the doctor can do nothing to treat the underlying cause. Here are some medical and surgical treatment options to treat baldness.
- Hair transplant: We have no way to stop the balding gene form destroying our beautiful manes. However, fortunately, hair transplant is a great solution for male pattern baldness. It extracts balding resistant hair follicles from the back and sides of the head, and plants them in the affected area.
- Medication: Medication is effective, but not a permanent solution. Hormone inhibiting medication like Finasteride (brand name Propecia and Proscar), topical solution like Minoxidil (brand name Rogaine), and shampoo like Ketoconazole (brand name Nizoral, Extina, Xolegel, Kuric) are effective balding medications.
- Low-level laser therapy: Low-level laser therapy stimulates hair growth by delivering light energy to your scalp and follicles. It is effective, but temporary, like most balding medications.
6. Free online consultation
Like any other health condition, you should consult a qualified Brisbane doctor for a proper diagnosis of the cause and a hair loss treatment. HTA (Hair Transplant Australia) offers the facility of a customized consultation with qualified doctors and experienced surgeons. Fill free online consultation from explaining your concerns, and have the best advice without any charges or obligation.