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HAIR LOSS

 

Non-normal Hair Loss

Normally, we lose between 50 and 100 hairs per day as a result of our normal hair cycle. Loss more than this, or outside this random pattern is termed Alopecia. Certain individuals are predisposed to the types of hair loss which progress into this state. There are many causes of temporary or permanent hair loss.

The most common cause of hair loss and thinning hair is a condition called androgenic alopecia, commonly called pattern hair loss or pattern baldness. This condition is thought to be caused by excessive amount of a testosterone by-product called dihydrotestosterone [DHT] . There seems to be a similar process which those experiencing hair loss and thinning hair undergo. This is referred to as “the DHT theory”.

 

DHT Theory of Hair Loss and Thinning

The speed at which hair loss occurs in androgenic alopecia is dependant on by three things:

  1. Age
  2. Heredity tendency
  3. Levels of (DHT) within the hair follicle

DHT androgen is produced in the prostate, various adrenal glands, and the scalp and influences many aspects of male behaviour. It is estimated to be five to ten times more potent than testosterone. There are two types; Type I 5AR being more prominent in the scalp than Type II. Other androgens that may contribute to pattern loss include androstenedione, androstanedione and DHEA [especially in women].

During hair loss, DHT begins to treat your follicles as foreign objects in your body and slowly begins to reject them. During this time there typically is increased Sebum production.

There is a ‘standard’ pattern of hair loss, due to follicles at the front, top, and upper back of the head in most men being genetically programmed to become susceptible to DHT. The normal hair cycle typically lasts 3-9 months and without a DHT inhibitor, each time your hair cycles, the follicle will become thinner, shorter, and ultimately it will not grow back in. Over time, some follicles will gradually die, but most will simply shrink to the size they were when you were born which produce weaker hairs. Hence, more hair is lost, and the remaining hair becomes finer and thinner until they are too fine to survive.

As the hair thins, it becomes flatter and oilier. This excessive oil is attributed to an enlargement of the sebaceous gland, clogging the pore and restricting nourishment reaching the hair root. Although this condition could be hereditary, they believe diet is a more prominent cause. Frequent shampooing can reduce the surface sebum containing the high levels of testosterone and DHT, thereby preventing them from re-entering the skin and affect the hair follicle.

 

Measuring Hair Loss

Hair Loss Treatment professionals generally refer to the "Norwood Scale" as a method of identifying to what extent your loss has progressed.

Norwood Hair Loss Pattern

Norwood Scale of Hair Loss Pattern


Blood analysis can define existing levels of enzymes and androgens, but there is no definitive test to determine if a given individual will or will not lose hair.

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