Is your hair getting thinner? Are more hairs getting caught in the shower drain or tangled in your brush? Many of us may feel our hair thinning, but because it is so personal, we may tend to avoid the condition. But, if you think your hair is thinning -- it is.

You’re not the only one, millions of Americans are dealing with thinning hair every day. As we age, our hair growth rate slows down. Genetic factors also play a role in male or female pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia. Your hair loss will worsen over time without intervention.

At BHHR, we’ve been helping people retain their hair for more than 40 years. In that time, we’ve developed scientific knowledge and expertise that can only come from decades of research and experience.

If you suffer from hair loss, it can be hard to know where to turn. That’s why we’re here to be your trusted source at BHHR.

 

 

What’s In Your Hair?

Hair grows everywhere on the human skin except for the palms of our hands and the soles of our feet, eyelids and belly buttons. Hair is made up of a protein called keratin, produced in hair follicles, in the outer layer of skin. As follicles produce new hair cells, old cells are being pushed out through the surface of the skin at the rate of about six inches a year.

The hair is actually a string of dead keratin cells. The average adult head has about 100,000 to 150,000 hairs, losing up to 100 a day. 90% of the hair on a person's scalp is still growing. Each follicle maintains its own life cycle that can be influenced by age, disease, and a wide variety of other factors. This life cycle is divided into three phases:

 

Remember -- As people age, their rate of hair growth slows.

HAIR LOSS SIGNS

What Are The Signs of Hair Loss?

General hair thinning, especially happens at the crown of the head. Signs of hair loss and hair loss conditions vary between men, women and children.

Men’s signs of hair loss may include:

 

Children and young adults signs of hair loss may include:

 

Women’s signs of hair loss:

For women, hair loss doesn’t usually follow a recognizable pattern, but it can include a widening of the part and overall thinning.

Three signs of hair Loss

WIDENING PART

A widening part is often the first sign of hair loss, especially for women. When your hair starts to thin, you may notice more of your scalp showing.

EXCESS SHEDDING

The average person sheds 50 to 100 hairs per day. If you are shedding more than the average amount, then your hair may be thinning. It may be time to be proactive toward your hair loss.

RECEDING AT THE HAIRLINE AND TEMPLES

Hair typically recedes at the hairline for men, while women notice hair receding around their temples. The hair around your hairline or temples may be shorter where the hair loss is occurring. This is called hair miniaturization. When a hair follicle becomes inactive, the hair it generates becomes thinner, until the follicle stops producing new hair.

WHAT CAUSES HAIR THINNING?

List of Hair Loss 

  • Androgenic alopecia   -   is a genetic condition that affects both men and women. Men with male pattern baldness, can begin suffering hair loss as early as their teens or early 20s. Women with female pattern baldness, don't experience noticeable thinning until their 40s or later.
  • Scarring alopecias   -   happens when inflammatory skin conditions  (cellulitis, folliculitis, acne), and other skin disorders (such as some forms of lupus and lichen planus) create scars that destroy the ability of the hair to regenerate.
  • Telogen effluvium  -   is temporary hair thinning because of changed in the hairs growth cycle, occurring over the scalp.
  • Alopecia areata  -   suddenly causes patchy hair loss in children and young adults, possibly resulting in complete baldness (alopecia totalis).
  • Alopecia universalis  -   causes all body hair to fall out, including the eyebrows, eyelashes, and pubic hair.
  • Involutional alopecia  -   is a natural condition where the hair gradually thins with age.
  • Trichotillomania  -   a psychological disorder that’s causes a person pulls out their own hair. Usually, found in children.

Understanding the reasons for your hair thinning or loss can help guide you as you explore your options.

The Difference Between
Men’s & Women’s Hair Thinning

Men and women lose their hair very differently. For men, hair loss often appears in the form of a receding hair line or balding at the crown. This type of hair loss is so common, it has a name: male pattern baldness. For women, hair loss doesn’t usually follow a recognizable pattern, but it can include a widening of the part and overall thinning. Read more about gender-specific hair loss issues and what you can do about them.

THE SCIENCE OF HAIR

Your Hair’s Growth Cycle

The average person is born with 100,000-150,000 hair follicles on their head. Where are those hair follicles now?

On the floor, your pillow, the shower drain, and your brush. But, is this normal? Typically, the average person sheds 50-100 hairs a day as part of the hair growth cycle. To understand the phases of the growth cycle and how they relate to hair loss, it helps to start with the biology and anatomy of hair.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Hair Loss

How Do I Know If My Hair Loss Is Problematic?

On average, people normally lose 150 hairs per day. If you notice large clumps of hair or your scalp becomes more visible, hair loss might be the issue.

Who Is Affected By Hair Loss?

Hair loss affects anyone, regardless of age, sex, or race. While we all tend to associate hair loss with men – namely because male pattern baldness is an issue – it can also be present in women of all ethnic backgrounds.

Is Hair Loss Preventable?

Prevention relies on the exact cause of your hair loss. Reducing overall stress, balancing your hormones, and wearing loose hairstyles to prevent pulling may help prevent future hair loss for some people.

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