There are about 150,000 hair strands all over your head and about a hundred of them can go down the drain or fall off naturally on a daily basis. But before you ring the alarm, it is important to note that at any one time, 90% of your hair grows back instantaneously replacing the fallen ones. So, you won’t even notice any change in your hair, much less people you face every single day.
There are cases though that the rate of hair fall is faster than the rate your body is taking to grow your hair back. This condition is called alopecia or hair loss; and while hair loss is natural for people of a certain age, it becomes unnatural when it hits you at the peak of your teen years and at such an alarming rate it’s like getting a haircut everyday.
There are different variations of alopecia and these hair loss reasons vary from one condition to the next:
Involutional alopecia happens when your hair follicles go on a telogenic or resting phase at a normal rate, but the remaining hair that should grow back are shorter and fewer in count. This can be inherited from your lineage, an effect of poor diet, or due pathological causes. The resting period for hair is about two to three months, and then they are replaced by new hair. So, with involutional alopecia, you are left with short and scarcely grown hair that appears thinner than usual.
Androgenic alopecia, otherwise known as male or female pattern baldness, is the most common genetic hair loss problem for men and women. The men have it earlier than the women with symptoms of receding hairline and bald spots as early as their teenage years or early twenties. The women usually experience this condition at their 40s or early 50s with the thinning of all the hairs in the scalp and a rapid hair fall in the crown region.
Alopecia areata or spot baldness is a sudden loss of hair in some or all parts of the body, most commonly in the scalp. The area with the hair loss appears shaven and could quite possibly spread throughout the scalp causing total baldness or alopecia totalis. In rare cases, hair loss happens in the whole body. This is a condition called alopecia universalis.
Most hair loss solutions that exist in the market today are there for the basic truth that hair is important. In fact, the only places in the body that hair is not present are your palms and the soles of your feet. Anywhere else, there is a piece of hair growing out of your skin.
Be it for aesthetic or practical reasons, your hair can be a source of pride or prejudice. And in this day and age, wearing a toupee is like having a signboard that says “spot the difference”. Taking care of your hair is of utmost importance and if balding is a part of your family’s tradition—a little prevention today could mean more mane tomorrow.