Discovering The Mystery Of Hair Loss (Part 1)

Apart from a great physical appearance, our hair is also important as it speaks a whole lot about who we are. Our hair speaks volume, literally. Even the king of the jungle, the Lion, has great hair or mane (whichever you prefer to call it) and with it, oh-what-glory! Our hair tells of status, role in society and even our personality. What about your hair? What till it tell?

Hair loss can be real devastating for both men and women. People spend thousands on hair loss treatments and see slow progress or worse, no results. Preventing hair loss is perhaps not very complicated but time consuming and requires a great deal of patience. Unless you’re ready to go bald, read on to understand what hair loss is all about and the main key in tackling this devastating issue, that is to go straight to the underlying root of why it’s happening.

 

Hair facts


An average person would have 100,000 hairs on their head and it’s normal to lose 50-100 strands of hair per day. Well, not to worry, hair will grow back with the same amount lost.

Each month, our hair will grow 1/2 to 1 inch.

As we grow older, the hair grows slower too.

 

 

Occurs 85% to one’s hair and lasts from 2-6 years, depending on genetics. During this phase, the hair is growing actively; protein and keratin are continuously made. The longer the hair is in the anagen phase, the faster and longer it will grow.

 

Also known as transition phase. Chemicals and structural changes are produced in the hair follicle. The hair stops growing and this phase only last 1 to 2 weeks before moving on to the next phase.

 

Better known as resting phase. At this phase, the ‘matured’ hair sits on the head for approximately 3 months and later, begins to fall out so new budding hair can grow out. We shed about 50-100 resting hairs per day. Then, the whole Anagen phase repeats again when the preceding hair strand is pushed out by the new hair. As we age, less sebum are produced, so the new hair becomes finer. If the hair follicle refuses to put out more hair, balding then occurs. A resting hair is normally dry, hard and has white material at the roof of the hair.

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