What Does Normal Hair Loss Look Like?
We all lose about 100 hairs per day out of 100,000 contained by the average scalp. Human hair grows in 3 phases: Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen. Anagen is the active or growing phase. Catagen is a fairly short phase of the natural cycle during which hairs begin to break down. Telogen is the resting phase. The hairs that are shed daily are often in the resting or late phase in the hair cycle. Normally, about 10% of the scalp hairs are in the resting or telogen phase at any time. These hairs are not growing and are getting prepared for the cycle shedding.
What Are The Causes of Hair Loss?
Androgenetic Alopecia (male-pattern baldness, female-pattern baldness): A combination of hormones and heredity (genetics) is needed to develop this condition. The exact cause of this pattern is unknown ( the male hormones involved are present in both men and women). In men, hair loss starts in the front of the scalp and recedes backward over time and in the center of the scalp thins and falls out. In women, this instead results in uniform hair thinning.
Alopecia Areata: This condition is an immune disease that affects almost 2% of the population in the United States. This type of hair loss appears in various degrees of severity and can affect both genders at any age, although it occurs most often in children and young adults.
Trichotillomania: This condition refers to the habit of someone pulling at their hairs or twisting them, sometimes without realizing it. The hair loss tends to be patchy and a closer inspection of the hair will show numerous broken hair fibers of varying lengths.
Traction Alopecia: This condition is caused by chronic pulling on the hair follicle. Styles with tight braids, cornrows, attaching hairpieces to existing hair can exhibit this type of permanent hair loss.
Telogen Effluvium: Several circumstances produce a shock to the system that alters the hair growth rhythm. As a result, as much as 30%-40% of the hairs can cycle into the Telogen phase. 3 months later hairs come out in massive shedding (effluvium), especially near the front of the scalp. These include; childbirth, high fever, sudden weight loss (crash dieting), surgery, severe illness, and severe stress.
When Do People Start Losing Their Hair?
Androgenic Alopecia accounts for more than 95% of hair loss in men. Statistics of Men who suffer from male pattern baldness:
- Hair loss can begin as early as 20 years old
- 2/3 of men will experience some degree by the age of 35
- 85% of men will see significant thinning by the age of 50
- 40% of women are hair loss sufferers- there are a variety of factors that go into how early women lose hair
Note: No matter your age, regardless if you are male or female, hair loss is hair loss and it affects your self-esteem.
What Are My Options Besides A Wig?
Wigs are great options for women and men experiencing hair loss. They are not your only option.
Better Image Hair Restoration offers various attachment methods and undetectable lightweight hair.
No two people are alike so therefore “one size fits all” is not an option. Hair is as unique as the individual, we discuss all options with you and provide you with the best solution!
I Am A Young Woman, And I Am Losing My Hair? Why Is It Happening To Me?
Hair loss can result in a devastating feeling for both men and women. What you once had is now becoming thinner and thinner. You try combing it differently, try thickening sprays, hats, and scarfs; just about anything to hide the scalp that is showing. Every day you face the mirror and ask, “Why Me?”, “Will my hair grow back?”, “Why is this happening?”, etc. You’re not alone. Sometimes just talking to someone who is going through the same painful process of losing their hair can help.
How Long Does The Restoration Treatments Last?
In regards to maintenance, a service usually takes 60 min. The majority of clients make a monthly service appointment. In regards to hair systems lasting, this can vary from person to person, on average most clients use 4 systems per year.
What Are The Classifications Of Human Hair And Where Do They Come From?
There are two categories –
- Remy Hair: Remy hair has been harvested with the roots aligned and tied together at the top of the bundle. Bundles are carefully preserved and arrive at the factory still intact.
- Non-Remy Hair: Non-Remy hair doesn’t have roots aligned and is not collected in a bundle.
Both Remy and Non-Remy Hair undergo the same process to be ventilated. Remy hair is the fastest to process with minimal damage.
European Hair (Known as Russian Hair or Caucasian Hair) – Fine to medium density fiber, natural straight to slight wave. It comes in a variety of natural colors.
- Advantage: High quality, true Caucasian Hair
- Disadvantage: Low quantity, high-cost
Indian Hair – Contains a variety of fiber types, fine and straight, medium to thick with body, wave is curly to coarse.
- Advantage: High quality to good quality, can be made to resemble European hair
- Disadvantage: Undergoes process to achieve European hair
Chinese Hair or Asian Hair – Thick coarse fiber, natural straight, brown to black.
- Advantage: High quality, strongest human hair, can withstand multiple processes.
- Disadvantages: Extensive processing to simulate European texture.