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air is a barometer of the body: anything that happens within the body shows up in your hair. Some people experience hair fall/shedding, while some experience hair loss. I have observed in my practice that people are confused by the difference between hair loss and hair fall. Normally, all human beings shed around 50-100 hair strands per day. Hair fall or hair shedding can be seen after three months of acute illness, fever, sudden shock or malabsorption of food, as examples. Here, we take a look at the more common types of hair loss and their causes.

FEMALE PATTERN BALDNESS: The major reasons behind Female Pattern Baldness relate to underlying health issues. This kind of hair loss can be caused by puberty, menopause, a hysterectomy, long-term intake of contraceptive pills, stress, or can occur post-partum. Visible signs include thinning of hair on the crown area, along with increased hair growth on unwanted 98 HEADWAY.NET.NZ


new, FDA-approved, noninvasive, cutting-edge technology developed to treat hair loss. Regular use of this high-grade laser device stimulates hair follicles, also providing nutrition and oxygen supply to dying follicles. It is one of the safest and most effective treatments available under supervision of a Trichologist. Regular use of a good-quality wooden comb helps blood circulation on a scalp level and also works well as a detangler.


MALE PATTERN BALDNESS: This type of hair loss is usually caused by genetics, especially when testosterone converts into Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The top triggers of Male Pattern Baldness are hereditary pattern, steroid consumption, testosterone replacement procedures and sensitivity to DHT. As per the Norwood Scale, 7 various stages can be observed in male pattern baldness. The first stage may start as early as 16 years and initial signs are a receding hairline, scalp visibility on top, an itchy/red scalp or thinning of the hair.


parts of the body. As soon as one can see signs of balding, this means that 50% of hair loss has already taken place. TREATMENT: An internal and external approach to treatment is essential in tackling this problem. Externally, I suggest regular scalp cleansing and application of 5% Capixyl. This is a new peptide technology which helps improve hair quality and vitality. The action of Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3 and red clove extract has positive effects in making hair healthier and stronger at a cellular level. Internally, cyclical vitamin and mineral Hair Fact supplements help provide nutrition to weakened hairs. Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a

This type of hair loss occurs due to an autoimmune reaction, where cells within the body fight against each other. Alopecia Areata is very common globally and causes hair loss in patches. People who develop this type of hair loss can find the condition very stressful and often suffer low self-esteem. If not treated early, Alopecia Areata progresses to Alopecia Totalis (where the entire scalp undergoes hair loss) and further to Alopecia Universalis. The major causes of Alopecia Areata are a genetic disposition to autoimmune disorders, unexpected stress or sudden shock, vitamin D deficiency, viral infections or the continued use of harsh chemicals on hair and scalp. TREATMENT: Each case can be very different, so treatment plans vary. Treating Alopecia Areata starts with a detailed case history and a hair and scalp microscope analysis. A Trichologist may prescribe an intake of the amino acid supplement L-Tyrosine to reduce auto-inflammation. Consistent use of Low-Level Laser Therapy stimulates hair follicles at scalp level. Additionally,

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Headway Spring 2018 Vol.41 No.3  

Headway Spring 2018 Vol.41 No.3