What Is Hair Loss?
Updated: Dec 1, 2020
The loss of anything can be scary, emotional, confusing, and in most cases, so hurtful that it becomes incapacitating. Hair loss is no different! I have experienced and battled medical hair loss, and I am very familiar with all of the feelings and fears associated with hair loss.
The best way hair loss (alopecia) can be defined is: abnormal or excessive shedding or falling of hair that exceeds 50 to 100 strands daily. Over 20 million Americans suffer from hair loss. The permanent loss of hair can begin as early as age 20 and in some cases as young as adolescence. The most common type of hair loss is heredity; however, it is not the only cause.
As styling options and beauty services frequently change, hair loss is becoming more prevalent than ever. Many people who once visited salons regularly are caring for their hair at home. In some cases having friends and or unlicensed professionals provides styling services that have adverse effects on the health of the hair and scalp.
What many do not realize is there is a science attached to hair health and growth. The human body's anatomy and physiology in which the hair is an appendage can be quite complicated. The complication occurs when one cannot connect the theoretical science of skin, hair health, and practicality of styling hair, resulting in hair loss.
Being a licensed professional for over 23 years, I have seen home hairstyling end horrifically in that the hair loss becomes permanent. Poor hair and scalp health, chemical damage, excessive pulling, overly tight braids, improper extension, and wig installs are a few examples of self-inflicted alopecia.
How do I know if I am suffering from hair loss? If you have been asking yourself that question, it may be time for you to see a hair care professional. Common symptoms of people suffering from hair loss may include, but not limited to:
Excessive hair strands on the pillow
Excessive hair strands on collars of clothing
Excessive shedding with or without combing or brushing
Extra hair in the drain, during, after, or without shampooing
Noticeable thinning, especially in the temples and crown (top) of head
Loss of elasticity (hair easily breaks or stretches like a band and break)
Widening of parts (especially on women)
Hair loss (alopecia) can be treated, especially with early detection. Hair loss can be very hard to deal with, but ignoring it will not make it go away; unfortunately, in most cases, it only gets worst. If you need help determining if you are suffering from hair loss, Book a preventative hair loss consultation for an up-close, in-person analysis of your hair health.