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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

HAIR LOSS AND BALDING

Hair loss and balding are not life-threatening, but can cause emotional distress. For both men and women, balding is an embarrassing and frustrating problem. If it was contagious, then there would be as many balding women who share such soaps and shampoos with their husbands or boyfriends. Balding hair shedding is part of a normal hair-growth cycle. Throughout a normal growth cycle, many hairs are shed. However, maintaining a healthy diet that is low in fat and rich in whole foods will help.

Male-pattern balding, the most common type in men, usually starts at the temples and gradually recedes to form an "M" shape. While baldness is for the most part, genetic, there are some natural ways you can prevent or slow the process of balding. First, let's look at the very basics of Balding, why it occurs, and how it can be naturally prevented Why Exactly Does Balding Occur? Hair loss results from aging, genetic pre-disposition, thyroid imbalance, eating disorders, illness, hormonal effects of birth control pills, pregnancy, or menopause, and certain medications. Certain skin conditions can cause hair loss and baldness.

Female-pattern baldness usually causes hair to thin all over the head. It rarely progresses to near or total baldness. One cause of hair loss is Alopecia areata. It typically begins with one or more small, round, smooth bald patches on the scalp

Trichotillomania can be another cause of balding. Trichotillomania patients repetitively pull their hair out at the root from the scalp, eyebrows, or eyelashes or chronically scratch or brush their hair. Hair loss can also occur from damage caused by hair styling processes and products and from twisting and pulling hair.. A biopsy may be required to determine baldness type.

Here is how hair is formed. Each hair originates in a deep pouch-like structure in the epidermis a hair follicle which penetrates the dermis. A hair root extends down into the hair follicle and widens into an indented bulb at its base. Extending into the indentation is the papilla the center of hair growth which contains capillaries and nerves that supply a hair. As cells move upward, they gradually die and harden into a hair shaft. The cuticle outer layer consists of flat, colorless, overlapping cells; the cortex is the inner layer. Coarse hair such as scalp hair contains an additional inner core medulla. Hair is lubricated by sebaceous glands located in hair follicles. Illness or stress can lessen pigment secretion and cause hair shafts to whiten. In male-pattern baldness, scalp hair in affected areas becomes shorter, finer, and less pigmented with successive growth cycles.

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