The Truth About Hair Loss

Definition of Baldness

Common baldness, sometimes called male- or female-pattern baldness, accounts for 99 percent of hair loss in men and women.

Although its exact causes are unknown, heredity, hormones and age are contributing factors. Unlike hair loss resulting from disease or other non-hereditary factors, hair loss due to common baldness is permanent.

Male baldness usually begins with thinning at the hairline, followed by the appearance of a thinned or bald spot on the crown of the head.

Women with common baldness rarely develop bald patches. Instead, they experience a diffuse thinning of their hair.

Description of Baldness

Hair is a conspicuous element in many cultural definitions of fashion, youth and sexuality. So, it is not surprising that many cringe at the first sign of thinning hair.

Most people lose between 50 and 100 strands of hair daily, with little impact. As hairs fall out naturally, new hairs grow in.

So there is no need to despair if you spot a hair or two in your sink. However, with age this natural regrowth process may slow or stop, and thinning and baldness may occur. If you are concerned about it, see your doctor for an evaluation to find out if your hair loss is due to an underlying medical disorder.

Like your skin and nails, your hair goes through a finely tuned cycle of growth and rest. Excessive hair loss can occur at any time this delicate cycle is upset.

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