Hair Loss: A Losing Or Winning Battle

Jan 17, 2018 | hair 101 | 0 comments

Hair Growth and Hair Loss

Each hair follicle has its own life cycle. It is influenced by a wide variety of factors, including age and disease. All hair follicles will undergo three stages in their life cycles. The first stage is the anagen stage, where hair will actively grow between a period of two to six years. The second stage is the catagen stage, where hair growth is in a transitional state for two to three weeks. The final stage is the telogen stage, where hair stops growing for two to three months before it sheds and is replaced with new growing hair.

Hair loss is commonly known as alopecia. It is good to note that there are six types of alopecia caused by different factors. In order to treat hair loss, identifying the type of alopecia will help in finding a suitable treatment.

Types of Hair Loss (Alopecia)

Involutional Alopecia

This is a natural condition caused by aging. As a person ages, the hair follicle life cycle will slow down and the hair will gradually thin. More hair follicles will enter the final stage (telogen stage), while the remaining hair follicles decrease in volume and length.

Androgenic Alopecia

This is a genetic condition that affects both men and women – it is commonly identified as male and female pattern baldness. Men who are affected by this condition will suffer from hair loss in their teens and early twenties. They will experience receding hair from the crown and frontal scalp. Women who are affected by this condition will suffer from thinning hair and hair loss in their forties. The thinning will occur on the entire scalp, while the hair loss will occur at the crown and frontal scalp.

Alopecia Areata

This is a sudden hair loss that causes patches on the scalp, commonly experienced by children and young adults. The hair loss may eventually lead to multiple patches of baldness. Treatment is recommended as early as possible to prevent a worsening of the condition.

Alopecia Universalis

This is a condition that causes body hair to fall. It not only affects the hair on the scalp, but the eyebrows, pubic hair, and other bodily hair too.

Telogen Effluvium

This is a temporary condition, where hair will thin due to changes in the hair follicle growth cycle.

Scarring Alopecias

This is a condition caused by skin conditions and skin disorders that result in scarring – prohibiting hair from regenerating.

Common Causes of Hair Loss

There are several causes that lead to hair loss. These are the five common causes:

Physical and Mental Stress

Stress, illness, and pregnancy can cause temporary hair loss. Physical stress can cause telogen effluvium, while mental and emotional stress can worsen the effects.

Genetics and Hormones

Some people are predisposed to male and female pattern baldness because of their genes. Hormonal changes and abnormal levels of androgens can also cause androgenic alopecia in men and telogen effluvium in women.

Drugs and Medication

Certain medications, such as blood thinners and blood-pressure drugs, may cause hair loss. Drugs that treat rheumatic conditions, skin conditions, bipolar disorder, and inflammation, may also promote alopecia.

Autoimmune Disease

Alopecia areata is caused by a sudden increase of activity in the immune system, that affects the hair follicles.

Diet

Too much vitamin A, too little protein, low levels of vitamin B, and a calorie-restricted diet that causes dramatic weight loss, can incite hair loss.

Our Available Treatments

At BeauLife, we have a series of treatments and procedures that can help treat hair loss and baldness. These are our popular treatments:

1. Hair Filler

Hair filler is an effective treatment that promotes hair regrowth and prevents hair loss. Suitable for both men and women with alopecia, it increases the size of hair follicles by stimulating the microcirculation of the scalp and nourishing weakened hair.

2. Hair-Grow Laser For Home Use

Hair-Grow laser uses low-level light therapy, which promotes hair growth in both men and women who suffer from alopecia. It utilises lasers (light energy) that are below a certain energy threshold but within a certain wavelength, to make thin and weak hair thicker and stronger.

3. Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment (PRP)

A Platelet Rich Plasma treatment, or PRP therapy, covers almost all grounds of skin issues. As the growth factors in platelets will activate and rejuvenate the cells in the body, PRP therapy is able to repair skin defects and trigger production of new cells and collagen.

4. Stem Cell Treatment

Stem cells replace cells that are damaged or dead. They have the ability to grow into different cell types and treat problems through targeting.

Consult Our Doctors

If you notice a receding hairline, a thinning of hair on your scalp, and patches of missing hair, schedule a consultation session with our doctors immediately. Hair loss is best treated promptly. Don’t wait with fear and anxiety. Regain your peace of mind in the hands of our professional and certified doctors.

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