What Causes Hair Loss?
Here is a healthy head of hair. As we zoom in, you can see a healthy hair follicle. Your hair grows from the dermal papilla at the base of the hair follicle. You can see the capillaries carrying blood to the androgen receptors, which is where the oxygen, nutrients and energy flow into the androgen receptors. The yellow particles represent necessary nutrients and energy, which flow into the androgen receptors, passing through the cells to produce nutrients and energy for your hair to grow.
The major cause of hair loss is DHT (Di-Hydro-Testosterone). You can see the circular androgen receptors and blood vessels flowing, but the DHT is blocking the flow of capillaries and blood supply to the Androgen Receptors. Once DHT binds to the androgen receptors, the receptors are no longer able to receive nutrients and energy, which is essential for healthy hair growth. As the DHT continues to cut off the flow of nutrients and energy, the hair eventually dies and falls out.
To combat DHT, the primary cause of hair loss, we combine 8 DHT blockers in a proprietary formula to bind harmlessly to the androgen receptor site. As you can see, the blue DHT blockers bind harmlessly to the androgen receptors and stop the green DHT from binding. Over time, as less DHT binds to the androgen receptors, nutrients and energy can flow freely back into the hair follicle. The hair follicle now grows back into its normal growth phase, and your hair has a chance to grow fuller and thicker into vibrant healthy hair.
Does Wearing Hats or Helmets Cause Hair Loss?
This is a common misconception. No, hats do not contribute to hair loss.
What Is Laser Therapy?
LOW LEVEL LASER HAIR THERAPY (LLLT) is a revolutionary, non-surgical breakthrough for both men and women suffering the devastating effects of hair loss. Now it is easier than ever to achieve thicker, fuller, shinier, and healthier looking hair.
The low level lasers are “soft” lasers often referred to as “cold” lasers, and do not have the thermal-component to cut, burn or vaporize.
Low Level Laser Hair Therapy treatments utilize a device containing therapeutic soft low level light lasers which delivers light energy directly to the scalp.
First developed in Europe, it has been used for improving hair volume and hair shaft quality and prolonging the life of hair color and improving hair colors and perms.
Which Hair Loss Solution Is Right For Me?
Why think about the hair you\’ve lost when you can think about the hair you can have? At Christoffels Hair Restoration, we encourage you to become an educated consumer. We invite you to contact us with any questions you may have. An experienced professional will be happy to provide accurate, complete answers to all your hair loss questions.
Why Am I Losing My Hair?
If you are losing your hair, you are not alone. Almost 2/3 of men will experience hair loss at some point in their lives. The most common cause of hair loss in men is male pattern baldness, representing almost 95% of all hair loss in men. However, it is only one of many reasons, including: Alopecia areata: Generally assumed to be an autoimmune disorder. Causes “patchy” hair loss, and quite often small circular areas in different areas of the scalp. Alopecia Areata information. Alopecia totalis: Complete hair loss of the scalp, (an advanced form of alopecia areata). Alopecia universalis: This is hair loss on the entire body, (also known as an advanced form of alopecia areata). Traction alopecia: Hair loss caused by physical stress and tension on the hair such as prolonged use of hair weaving, corn rows etc. Telogen effiuvium: Hair loss Caused by physical stress, emotional stress, thyroid abnormalities, medications and hormonal causes normally associated with females. Anagen effiuvium: Generally due to internally administered medications, such as chemotherapy agents, that poison the growing hair follicle. Trichotillomania: (TTM), or “trich” as it is commonly known, is an impulse control disorder characterized by the repeated urge to pull out scalp hair, eyelashes, facial hair, nose hair, eyebrows or other body hair, often resulting in noticeable bald patches. Chemotherapy: One of the most common side effects of chemotherapy treatment is hair loss. Chemotherapy hair loss may occur on several parts of the body from the scalp, face, and underarms. At Christoffels we have first-hand experience and are able to assist our clients who are dealing with hair loss as a result of chemotherapy.
Unlike men, where hair loss is usually hereditary, women can have numerous underlying health factors which can be the cause. These can include: Telogen Effluvium: Phenomenon that occurs after pregnancy, major surgery, drastic weight loss, or extreme stress, in which you shed large amounts of hair every day, usually when shampooing, styling, or brushing. It can also be a side effect of certain medications. Androgenetic alopecia: Genetic hair loss, inherited from your mother or father’s side of the family. Women with this trait tend to develop thinning hairline behind the bangs. Iron Deficiency Anemia: Women who are iron deficient don’t have enough red blood cells to transport oxygen to cells throughout your body. Polycystic ovarian syndrome: Caused by a hormonal imbalance in which the ovaries produce too many male hormones. You may experience hair loss on your scalp as well as elsewhere on your body. Alopecia Areata: An autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks hair follicles. It commonly causes round, smooth, patches of baldness on the scalp, eyebrows, or legs. Excessive Styling: Too much shampooing, styling and dyeing can harm your tresses. Heat and chemicals weaken the hair, causing it to break and fall out. Post-partum Hair Loss: Hormones can fluctuate after giving birth, since having a baby is very stressful on the body. Hypo / Hyperthyroidism: When your thyroid is not producing enough hormones, it can contribute to hair loss. Chemotherapy: One of the most common side effects of chemotherapy treatment is hair loss. Chemotherapy hair loss may occur on several parts of the body from the scalp, face, and underarms.
How Much Hair Loss Per Day Is Considered Normal?
The average number of hairs someone loses a day is approximately 100 to 150 hairs. While this may seem like a lot, most men and women have about 150,000 hair follicles on their head.
Can Medications Cause Hair Loss?
Cholesterol-lowering medications and blood pressure medications are among the many drugs that can cause hair loss in men. If you talk to an experienced professional, such as those at Christoffels Hair Restoration, we’ll be able to determine whether or not your hair loss is being exacerbated by drugs.
Cholesterol-lowering medications, oral contraceptives, blood pressure medications, and diet pills are among the many drugs that can cause hair loss in women. If you talk to an experienced professional, such as those at Christoffels Hair Restoration, they will be able to determine whether or not your hair loss is being exacerbated by drugs.
Can Hair Loss Be Prevented?
If your hair loss is caused by hair care or styling habits, medications, stress, or diet, there are preventative steps you can take. This would involve altering your habits (eating healthier foods or relaxing your hairstyle.) If your hair loss is caused by genetics or a medical condition, this is where Christoffels Hair Restoration can help. We have years of experience and numerous options to help you recover your hair, whether it is through prevention, replacement, transplant or alternate means.
Unlike men who often experience receding hairlines, women’s hair loss is typically concentrated at the crown of the head. Women who are balding may notice that their ponytail is thinner than normal, or that they can see their scalp in places they did not notice it before.
Will Hair Transplant Surgery Work for Women?
Yes, some women are good candidates for hair transplant surgery when they have pattern thinning similar to what men have. Women may also be candidates in other circumstances as well, particularly if their female hair loss is associated with a previous surgical procedure. Many women opt for eyebrow transplants as well.
What Are My Options When I Begin To Lose My Hair?
There are many options available depending on the amount of your hair loss, and the reason for your hair loss. Also, your expectations play a big factor in your options. We recommend that you contact a hair loss professional like Christoffels Hair Restoration and schedule a private consultation and scalp evaluation to review the options that will work best for you. Some options that may be discussed include a low-level laser light program to stop or slow down hair loss, other treatment programs to slow down hair loss, that sometimes even causes hair to go. Or you may be better served with a non-surgical hair solution or hair transplantation.
Women have numerous different options when they experience hair loss – anything from adding hair to your existing for a fuller look, to at home laser hair therapy. The best first step is to call a hair restoration agency, like Christoffels Hair Restoration, and set up a consultation. Our experts will be able to talk you through your potential choices and help you decide which option you prefer.
What Can I Expect At My Consultation?
Plan on 45 minutes to an hour consultation consisting of a medical questionnaire, digital pictures, microscopic pictures and an analysis & a scalp evaluation with a trained hair loss specialist. You will receive a customized treatment plan based solely on your individual hair loss needs and goals. We will help you make a decision on which option is best for you.
What is Alpecia Areata Disease?
Alpecia is a non life-threatening hair loss medical condition which causes hair to fall out in clumps and causes bald spots. The condition may also lead to complete hair loss. The causes are still uncertain but most doctors believe that the body’s autoimmune system attacks its own hair follicles. Presently there is no cure to grow your hair back but there are cosmetic hair replacements that can conceal the hair loss with great success.
What Causes Male Pattern Baldness?
Male hair loss and going bald is a fact of life for millions of men. Significant male pattern baldness affects the lives of well over one-third of adult men worldwide. There are many possible causes of hair loss in men, however the man who experiences hair loss usually finds that it is part of his individual genetic makeup.
ANDROGENETIC ALOPECIA is the most common cause of hair loss and balding in men. It represents almost 95% of all male hair loss.
Other types of male hair loss include:
- Alopecia areata: Generally thought to be an autoimmune disorder. Causes “patchy” hair loss, often in small circular areas in different areas of the scalp.
- Alopecia totalis: Total hair loss of the scalp, (an advanced form of alopecia areata).
- Alopecia universalis: Hair loss of the entire body, (also an advanced form of alopecia areata)
- Trichotillomania: Compulsive hair pulling.
What Is Trichotillomania?
Lots of people have nervous habits, but people who pull out their hair compulsively can suffer overwhelming emotional and even physical impact. Psychiatrists estimate that four million Americans have what is called trichotillomania (trick-o-till-o-main-ee-a) or compulsive hair pulling.
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- Custom integration
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