Hair Loss

Hair loss is quite common.  You can lose approximately 50 to 100 hairs a day and feel fairly with confident that it is normal.  However, if you experience a steady loss of more that this, it is important to see a doctor to have the situation diagnosed.  Hair loss may be temporary depending on its cause, such as if it were caused buy illness or a dramatic change in diet or taking or stopping a given medication.  The body eventually balances itself, and hair growth should return to normal.  The other causes often found to include a hormonal imbalance or mineral deficiency or anaemia, which has to be diagnosed and treated.

Permanent hair loss can result from genetic factors, such as male or female pattern of baldness as well as specific forms of alopaecia, especially traction alopaecia.



Possible causes of hair loss

  1. Hormonal imbalances
  2. Anaemia
  3. Mineral imbalances
  4. Exposure to poisons
  5. X-rays
  6. Many forms of drugs
  7. Liver and kidney diseases
  8. Autoimmune disease
  9. Stress
  10. Poor diet, including severe forms of food deprivation such as anorexia nervosa
  11. Genetic, hereditary thinning or balding


Possible causes of hair breakage

  1. Inherited hair defects
  2. Fungal infections
  3. Chemical or mechanical damage or both (from permanent relaxes of waves or colour treatments.)
  4. Excessive exposure to sunlight
  5. Poor diet


Possible causes of hair breakage

  1. Alopecia (sudden hair loss in round patches), which may be triggered by many factors including stress, viral or bacterial infection, anaemia and trauma.
  2. Trichotillomania (the pulling out of your own hair)
  3. Ringworm
  4. Genetic baldness
  5. Hairstyles worn very tightly over a long period of time such as braids or ponytails (traction alopecia)


Split ends and Hair Loss

Splitting of ends is normally a problem of dry or combination hair.  In this case the ends of the hair have more than one shootouts.  Hair loss may be due to a variety of reasons for eg. tension, malnutrition, illness etc.

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