What are the reasons for hair loss?

Research has shown that genetics is only one of the causes is of thinning hair. Build-up of conventional hair care product ingredients, toxins and pollutants from the environment, and as a lack of circulation to the scalp skin also can contribute to thinning hair. The damaging effects of chemical service residues as well as the mechanical aggressiveness of styling combined with the heat from styling tools can also lead to excessive daily hair loss. Hormonal changes that women experience throughout their lives can cause temporary as well as permanent hair loss. Many medications or medical treatments have side effects leading to excessive daily hair loss.

What is normal hair loss per day?
Recent research has shown that when shampooing daily, losing more than 75 hairs per day is considered to be excessive.
How long does it take to re-grow hair? Every individual is unique, as is the body’s ability to grow hair. The body normally produces hair in a growth cycle of 2 – 6 years; however, the length of time varies from person to person. The hair on the scalp goes through three cycles: Anagen Phase (growth), Catagen Phase (intermediate) and Telogen Phase (resting).

  • Hair is the fastest growing tissue in the body, second only to bone marrow.
  • 35 meters of hair fiber is produced every day on the average adult scalp
  • The average scalp has 100,000 hairs. Redheads have the least at 80,000; brown and black haired persons have about 100,000; and blondes have the most at 120,000.
  • 90% of scalp hairs are growing and 10% are resting.
  • It is normal to lose 75 hairs per day from the scalp.
  • You must lose over 50% of your scalp hairs before it is apparent to anyone.
  • Many drugs can cause hair loss.
  • Thyroid imbalance and iron deficiency are reversible causes for hair loss.
  • Over 50% of men by age 50 have male pattern hair loss.
  • Forty percent of women by the time they reach menopause will have female pattern (hereditary) hair loss.


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