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When Do We Suffer from Hair loss? Hair Loss Series

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Are you suffering for constant hair loss? Then here are some of the symptoms you might be having:

hair loss split ends and healthy hair

Hair loss can be classified as:

    1. Cicatricial: in Latin meaning scarring. This means it is serious and is caused by diseases like fungal infections, bacterial infections, vitamin deficiency, trauma, and much more. For this type, if not treated quickly, hair is lost forever.
    2. Non-Cicatricial: in Latin meaning non-scarring. This is treatable with time and is easy to treat. What causes this are things we see every day like psychologic upset, post-partum depression, nutritional problems, fever, surgery, stress. This is easy to diagnose and avoid.

For more information, check out what really causes hair loss?

When do we suffer from hair loss?

There is no definite age where hair loss happens. However, the percentage of hair fall in early childhood is far less than that in teens and adults. What is noted is that children’s nutrition is much better than that of adults. Sometimes when hair loss appears at a young age in children, this means that the child is not receiving enough care or nutrients.

seasonal hair loss occurs mostly in the summer
This tree represents the 4 different seasons. Research shows that more hair loss occurs in the summer and less so in the winter.

 

There isn’t much research linking environmental factors to hair loss. However, one of the most famous studies about this was done in Switzerland and it showed that more hair loss occurs in the summer months less in the spring, and even less in winter.

According to Dr. Iman Al Haj, specialist in hair loss and hair transplant, it is essential to understand hair growth, so that hair loss can be traced to its roots. “Thinning hair is a natural condition in which the hair gradually thins with age. More hair follicles go into the resting phase, and the remaining hairs become shorter and fewer in number. It affects 75% of men and 10% of women. The underlying skin becomes more and more visible, as the hairs become smaller and smaller. Hair loss or baldness is when the hair line start receding, it could start as early as 20 years of age, usually affecting the front and the side, whereas hair thinning tends to be more diffused.”

hair loss occurs mostly in men than women in different areas

HAIR LOSS AND THE ENVIRONMENT

The water you use might be causing some damage to your hair. As most of Qatar’s tap water is desalinated. Desalination is the process of removing salt from seawater to produce drinking water. However, increasing populations are polluting seawater causing additional bacteria to grow. This then makes the water in need of bacteria-killing chlorine. Lime is also added creating a calcium compound to help control the chlorine levels in the water.

Don’t worry! It is still safe to drink, but can cause a lot of damage to your hair. Calcium can build up on your scalp leaving it dry and appearing as dandruff. It can then lead to damage of the hair cuticle breaking off the hair and forming a layer blocking new hair growth.

This also happens to overly bleached hair and chlorine from swimming pools. Active chlorine will leave the hair feeling gummy when wet and straw-like when dry. Minerals from the desalinated water get stuck in the hair cuticles and open them up, the more they are open, the less moisture retention happens, leaving the hair damaged.

The hair’s life cycle goes like this:

hair loss cycle

 

Check out tomorrow’s article about the growth cycle of hair 

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