The problem of hair loss
Hair loss - Men and women suffer equally
A person has between 90,000 and 150,000 hairs on their head: blondes up to 150,000, black-haired and brunettes up to 110,000 and redheads up to 90,000. The hair grows 0.3 - 0.5mm every day and goes through 3 phases:
- Anagen phase: 80-90% of hair is in this growth phase.
- Catagen Phase: Only up to 3% of the scalp hair is in this transitional phase.
- Telogen phase: 10%-20% of the hair is in the last phase, the resting phase.
Hair is in a constant cycle of growing and falling. The transition from normal hair loss to hair loss requiring treatment is fluid, because hair loss of up to 100 hairs a day is natural and does not pose any problem. However, if significantly more than 100 hairs fall out over a longer period of time, experts speak of effluvium and visible thinning of hair from alopecia. There are many reasons for hair loss, but the reaction to the threat of permanent hair loss is often very similar. If an above-average number of hairs are regularly left behind in the hairbrush or comb, many of those affected are confronted with an uneasy feeling and the question: Is that still normal?
Health and vitality symbol: full and thick hair
Since full, thick hair is not only used for heat regulation and sun protection, but is also a sign of vitality, health and fertility, persistent hair loss is perceived by both men and women as a threat that needs to be stopped quickly. Because the loss of hair is not only equated with the loss of these attributes. How we wear our hair defines a large part of who we are. Anyone who has it can count themselves lucky. Anyone who loses it will sooner or later have to take steps to counteract the progressive miniaturization on their heads. Hair loss is not the same as hair loss and the causes are varied.
Hair loss due to stress, hormone fluctuations or lack of nutrients - diffuse hair loss
Stress not only makes us feel irritable and unbalanced and makes it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. A persistently stressful lifestyle without moments of relaxation, combined with an unbalanced diet, can lead to a nutrient deficiency that can be responsible for the fact that we lose more hair. If the hair falls out evenly all over the head and the hair loss is not limited to a specific area, diffuse hair loss is often present. Women are usually affected more often than men. This can not only be associated with excessive stress, but also with taking certain medications, an imbalanced hormone balance after pregnancy or extreme diets. Even though a lot of hair can fall out and the hair can thin out over time to the extent that the scalp shows through, diffuse hair loss rarely leads to baldness. Since this is not an illness, but a temporary disorder, the hair usually grows back completely if the cause is adequately treated. While in the case of diffuse hair loss, the change to a healthy and decelerated lifestyle can have a positive effect on hair regrowth, this is not the case with circular hair loss, alopezia areata.
Autoimmune disease, cause still unknown: Alopezia Areata
In the case of circular hair loss, there is an acute onset of hair loss caused by inflammation, which usually manifests itself in coin-sized circular or oval areas of the scalp or other hair regions and often occurs between the 2nd and 3rd decade of life. The causes of this type of hair loss have not yet been finally clarified. However, an autoimmune disease is suspected, in which immune cells, which are actually supposed to take care of the defense against viruses, bacteria and fungi, attack the cells in the hair roots of your own body. The hair is therefore considered "foreign" by the immune system and is therefore rejected. This type of hair loss is not contagious and is not a sign of malnutrition or malnutrition.
Hereditary hair loss in men and women
In androgenetic hair loss, the hair follicles are overly sensitive to male sex hormones. This leads to a shrinkage of the hair root, which shortens the growth phase of the hair and leads to complete hair loss in the long term. The negative development can no longer be stopped in the case of hereditary hair loss: thick terminal hair increasingly loses density and turns into thin downy hair until finally no more new hair grows back and a bald head develops. This type of hair loss only affects the head, is genetic and hormonal, largely independent of external influences and increases with age. Those affected are primarily men and women after the onset of menopause. Typical, but not absolutely necessary, is the familial accumulation in the relatives of the affected men and women. While hereditary hair loss in men initially manifests itself in the development of a receding hairline and the increasing thinning of the crown area and finally culminates in the so-called tonsure, this type of hair loss in women is particularly evident in the form of a thinning on the top of the head along the crown. Whether stress, lack of nutrients or hereditary: the main cause of hair loss are disorders or damage in the hair follicle stem cells. Many sufferers do not want to surrender to hair loss and are looking for a gentle but effective solution that tackles the problem at the root and reactivates hair growth.
- 80% of men worldwide suffer from androgenetic hair loss
- 50% of women worldwide suffer from androgenetic hair loss