The causes and the facts
THERE IS NO SINGLE CAUSE OF THINNING HAIR; THERE ARE MANY
Thinning hair affects men and women of all ages. The cause is often genetic, and can also be triggered by certain life stages. Hair cells reproduce at a faster rate than any other in our bodies, so they are also sensitive to changes in our health or environment. Addressing thinning begins with understanding what causes and contributes to it, and the early warning signs to look out for.
Dryness and oiliness are both indications of an unhealthy scalp environment, which can inhibit healthy hair growth. Seborrhea» SEBORRHEASeborrheic dermatitis, also known as seborrhea, sebopsoriasis, seborrheic eczema, dandruff and pityriasis capitis, is a chronic, relapsing and usually mild dermatitis. In infants seborrheic dermatitis is called cradle cap. is a condition in which an excessive amount of sebum» SEBUMThe sebaceous glands are microscopic exocrine glands in the skin that secrete an oily or waxy matter, called sebum, to lubricate and waterproof the skin and hair of mammals. In humans, they are found in the greatest number on the face and scalp, and are also found on all parts of the skin except the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. The type of secretion of the sebaceous glands is referred to as holocrine. is produced and builds up on the scalp (looking like an adult cradle cap), pointing to the hormonal imbalances associated with hair loss.
AREAS OF CONCERN
A receding hairline or thinning crown are indications of male pattern baldness, while noticeably wider part, thinning on the sides of the head or a smaller ponytail are signs of diffused thinning in women.
DAILY HAIR LOSS
It is normal to lose around 100 individual hair strands a day, but in order to maintain hair’s current volume it must be replaced at the same rate. If you notice more hair than usual in the shower or in your hairbrush after brushing, your hair will begin to look thinner.
EXCESSIVE BODY HAIR
In general, the more body hair a man has, the greater his risk of becoming bald. For example, if he has substantial chest, shoulder and back hair, he is 70% more likely to experience balding. For women, excessive body or facial hair can indicate the same hormonal imbalances that cause thinning.