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What is Hair Loss ?
There is a reason that hair is often called the crowning glory, because hair not only adds to one’s persona, it also makes a face look complete. So, when there is hair loss, it obviously hits the confidence of a person and in many cases, affects work and social life as well. While losing 100 to 120 hair a day is known to be normal, anything more than that could actually be classified as hair loss.
Hair Loss Infographics
Hair Loss Stages
In order to understand hair loss, it is important to understand how hair grows and there are three main stages to the same:
This is the active growth phase, wherein the root of the hair is constantly dividing. In this phase the hair is growing quite fast and this phase lasts for anywhere between two to seven years.
This is the shortest of the three phases and is the time when the active growth period comes to an end. Lasting about two to three weeks, this is the time when the club hair is formed – the lower part of the hair, which was till now attached to the follicle, now attaches to the hair shaft.
Commonly known as the resting phase, the hair does not grow, but it does fall. The condition wherein the hair falls is also known as telogen effluvium and when this condition goes out of control, a person could end up bald.
Here is how hair fall turns into baldness
As mentioned before, losing a few hair a day is normal, but when you start noticing hair everywhere, including your towel, pillow and shoulders, you know that it is snowballing into something much more serious. Balding can be a hereditary condition or it could be an indication of certain types of illnesses.
Here are some of the most common causes of hair loss:
Types Of Hair Loss in Men
There are actually categories to hair loss and some of the most prominent ones include
Treating Hair Loss
There are basically two ways of treating hair loss – surgical and nonsurgical. If the hair loss is not extensive or the person is really not comfortable about getting surgery, then there are numerous non-surgical methods of treating hair loss. This would include hair pieces, hair extensions, hair growth serums and therapies such as laser and Mesotherapy.
However, if the hair loss is more extensive and there are obvious bald patches, then surgical methods might be the best choice. The two of the most commonly used surgical methods are FUT or follicular unit transplant or FUE or follicular unit extraction. The results of both these methods are permanent and if done by an experienced professional, the recuperation time is minimal and the results completely natural.