With the rapid changes in today’s society, hair loss is no longer just a problem of the elderly. More young people between the ages of 15 to 21 are beginning to experience hair loss. It can be caused by a number of factors, such as: heredity, lack of proper hair care practices, stress and over-processing of the hair.
Experts have pointed out the aftereffects that arise from studying and working can cause a considerable amount of stress. Besides that, a lack of sleep, consuming a lot of heaty or spicy food as well as frequent chemical processes to the hair (eg: colouring, rebonding or perming) are the 3 most common determinants of why hair loss occurs in younger people today.
Asians have about 100,000 strands of hair. Dropping 50 to 100 strands a day is considered normal. If you notice hair fall from washing or brushing and combing, you don’t have a thing to worry. It’s only when you start to notice:
(a) You’ve been dropping more than 100 strands of hair a day
(b) Your scalp is becoming itchier and oilier than usual
(c) You’re starting to notice white flakes (dandruff) on your shoulders
(d) You’re starting to lose a lot of hair at one area of the scalp
You’ll need to seek help fast.
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Many people are very conscious and even worried about developing hair problems. Some of us even have the misconception that the less you wash your hair; the chances of your hair falling out would be lower. The scalp’s sebaceous gland secretes the most oil; if hair is not kept clean at all times, the excess oil will mix with the dirt that collects on the scalp, thus causing dandruff, and ultimately hair loss.
With frequent hair washing, not only will you benefit from good hygiene… you will also be able to re-attune the blood circulation in the scalp, which can help prevent hair loss.
If the hair follicle is healthy, hair will grow back as it would in a normal hair cycle. The growth and rest phase for hair is anywhere between 3 to 5 years. In other words, each strand of hair will renew itself once in that period of time. Once the hair is in the rest phase, a new strand of hair will progress into the growth phase. As soon as the new hair reaches the scalp, the old hair will fall out, making way for new growth. As long as it’s a healthy and active hair follicle, hair will continue to develop and grow. This is the cycle of healthy hair growth.
Hair needs to feed on nutrients in the bloodstream in order to develop new growth. If the follicle is inactive or dead, it will not have the ability to produce new hair cells, this cutting off new hair growth. In a different scenario, if the follicle’s ability to grow hair starts to decline, the bloodstream will thin out, causing a large quantity of hair to fall out faster, which will ultimately result in balding.
7. My hair is thinning and it's getting lesser. I can see my scalp and there is a lot of dandruff. I'm losing hair. What can I do?
This could be due to the fact that there is an influx of male hormones during puberty. More importantly, once your scalp is infected with Malassezia Furfur (a bacterial virus that grows in the sebum), it can affect sebum secretion and damage the hair shaft, which causes the hair to gradually thin out as well as split easily.
Because of this, major hair loss will start to take place. Dandruff will become more apparent and you may even start to experience itchiness, especially on the crown and the temple areas. This is where male hormones secrete the most and where balding is most apparent.
Washing your hair everyday can decrease sebum secretion but that may not be the solution behind the reason why you’re suffering from the oily scalp or other scalp related problems. It could be due to an inflammation, clogged follicles, a drop or drastic rise in weight, stress, or even long term use of inappropriate or incorrect products on your hair.
Cut down on oily and fried foods, take your Vitamin C supplements, drink more water and try not to stay up too late. If your hair problem remains unresolved or it seems to be getting worse, seek professional help now. Oily scalp can lead to massive hair loss if not treated quickly or correctly.
Many sufferers of hair loss have the impression that they can buy off-the-shelf hair care products to resolve their hair problems for good. Truth to be told, there are many different types of hair loss problems which are caused by different circumstances, both internal and external.
If the appropriate treatment is not administered, it is almost impossible to resolve the hair problem in the long run. Do not take it on yourself to spend a huge bundle on products without finding out if they’re suitable for your individual needs.
Hair that has a shiny gloss reflects the health of the cells located in the epidermis layer of the scalp. When these cells are in their most transparent state, most of it being accumulated corneum cells, sunlight will be reflected from the surface of the hair. This reflection determines the degree of shine that will appear on the hair.
Hair is shiny when the corneum cells line up and the hair strands lie parallel to each other. If the hair has been damaged, it will cause the cells to lose alignment, thus causing hair to lose sheen.
Constant harsh treatment can wear right through the cuticle and expose the second hair layer – the cortex. This can result in split ends making the hair look rough and drab. This can ultimately lead to hair loss.