Did you know that humans are born with approximately one hundred thousand hair cells on their scalp, and that there will never be more? Of these hundred thousand hair cells, each has a lifespan of between 2 to 6 years before it dies. This is why the elderly often have less care than younger people. It is a natural part of the hair growth and regrowth cycle.
Generally speaking each person loses approximately 100 hairs each day; however, they are replaced at about the same rate by new hair growth from hair cells on the scalp. As a result of this, normal hair loss is not noticed, as it is naturally replaced by a cycle of continual new hair growth.
However, in some cases lost hair does not grow back as it should. There can be many reasons for this, from premature loss of the actual hair cells, to new hair simply growing back in a new or different pattern.
The normal and most common cause of hair loss is known as male pattern baldness, or ordinary male baldness (androgenic alopecia – also known as also known as androgenetic alopecia or alopecia androgenetica). Contrary to both the name and a popular misconception amongst the average person, this type of hair loss affects both men and women.
As a general rule, women usually respond more quickly to hair loss than men, and therefore appear more often and earlier to discuss the problem with their doctor. This difference is perhaps due to the fact that women have a greater awareness of their hair condition, and a stronger emotional attachment to their hair than men. As with most conditions, the earlier a problem is diagnosed and treated, the more successful and better the results of any hair restoration treatment generally are.
Men are known to postpone treatment for almost every medical condition, with hair loss perhaps being the least serious possible condition, and therefore one that is often overlooked or ignored entirely. It is therefore no surprise that male pattern baldness is, as the name would indicate, generally noticed more amongst men than women.
Ironically, there are a great many things which affect hair loss, from diet, to environment, and genetics. While some of these things, such as genetics, cannot be changed, others can be. There are a number of techniques involving the use of shampoos, vitamins, diet change, and even certain environmental considerations that can be observed. In some cases an individual can take steps to prevent or limit excessive hair loss without medical treatment. In other cases medical attention from specialists is required, such as those at the world renowned Haarklinikken treatment facilities, and may include a number of visits.
Consult your physician for more information on hair loss and what you can do to prevent or limit it.