Monday, 24 December 2012

Thinning Hair

Thinning Hair is a normal reaction, probably because you had undergone a surgery or a fever. Thinning Hair can also be a genetic characteristic, so, you need to do what's best to prevent and compensate for the shortage. Or perhaps it was a sign warning about the lack of physical or chemical imbalance, Consequently you know sooner the better.

The hair follicle may be divided anatomically into four parts:

Thinning Hair - Anatomy of hair

 

1. The bulb consisting of the dermal papilla and matrix

2. The suprabulbar area from the matrix to the insertion of the arrector pili muscle

3. The isthmus that extends from the insertion of the arrector pili muscle to the sebaceous gland

4. The infundibulum that extends from the sebaceous gland to the follicular orifice.

Scalp hair only constitutes a small fraction (100,000 to 150,000 follicles) of the total count for the body (approximately 5 million follicles). Hair growth can be divided into three distinct phases: anagen (active growth), catagen (active loss), and telogen (resting). In the nonbalding scalp, 90% of hairs remain in the active growth, or anagen phase, which extends over a period of 3 years. During the catagen phase that lasts about 2 to 3 weeks, the hair separates from the dermal root but remains in place only by a thin strand of connective tissue. Telogen, or resting, phase, follows in which the basal attachment becomes even more attenuated, resulting ultimately in the hair shaft falling out. Normally, nonbalding hair remains in the telogen phase about 10% of the time, and the phase lasts about 3 to 4 months. When the rate of hair loss exceeds that of hair growth, thinning of hair ensues.

What Is Normal Thinning Hair?
Events which can trigger thinning hair include: pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, severe emotional stress, rapid or profound weight loss, thyroid disorders, pituitary problems, malnutrition, radiation, lack of protein, large doses of vitamin A, chemotherapy, general anesthesia, chronic illness, scarlet fever, syphilis etc.

Thinning hair can be caused by drugs, including:birth control pills, anticoagulants, diet pills, thyroid medications, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs including aspirin, ibuprofen and Aleve etc. Read more about Causes of Thinning Hair

Temporary Hair Loss Treatments
If treatment fails, or is not desired professional counseling might be of help. Perms, dyes and other cosmetic options can be used to give a fuller appearance to hair. Contrary to common wisdom, shampooing doesn't increase real thinning hair. Some salons specialize in the modern forms of hair additions; these have also made recent improvements in simulating a natural appearance. A consultation with a skilled specialist to discuss your options is advised. It is always advised that you consult a qualified doctor for advice should you suspect that you are losing more hair than you normally do.

Treatment
If you are diagnosed with a thinning hair problem, don’t panic and stress out as it would result in more hair loss. There are a variety of treatments available to help the hair regrow. Carefully discuss your problem with a hair care physician, evaluate the treatment options available and then proceed with treatment. Apart from undergoing treatment it is also important that you take proper care of your hair like washing it regularly with mild herbal shampoos and carefully drying it. Do not use hair dyes or other harsh chemical products as these can cause hair to break and thin out. If you want to use hair colors, talk to your doctor and find out what is best for you. Always eat a healthy and balanced diet. Proper care and proper diet will ensure healthy hair growth and keep your hair in good shape.Continue Reading


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