What is Hair Loss?

Hair loss is a common part of growing old for many men across the world. Mainly thanks to genetic predisposition, baldness and hair loss  are inevitable for many of those reaching middle.  However, there are numerous conditions which can also give rise to hair loss in both men and women, as well as children.  Although this may be an embarrassing time for anyone suffering from hair loss, there are numerous effective ways to make it less obvious, such as disguising the scalp with hats, wigs and scarves to cover any bald patches.  Although not necessarily problematic for everyone, hair loss can indicate the presence of other, more serious conditions, so it is important to consult your physician straight away to minimise the chance of development and complication of certain potential causes.

Everyone undergoes a constant process of growing and shedding hair, which grows at a rate of one centimetre a month.  However, traumatic experience, such as a major operation, or old age, or the presence of certain medical conditions can hinder the rate of growth and cause excess shedding of older hairs, resulting in baldness and thinning hair.  Additionally, hair loss can be as a consequence of hormonal imbalance, and is a notable feature for many post pregnancy.  This cause of hair loss can be treated with hormones to maintain the bodily balance, and restart the regular cycle of hair growth and loss.

There are a variety of treatments available depending on the type and cause of the hair loss in question.  If your hair loss is as a consequence of medicine, you may be offered an alternative prescription to curb this side effect.  If infection is your cause, identifying the infection and subsequently treating it can help the hair return to its natural cycle.  Again, with hormonal imbalances, topping up with corresponding hormones can help revert the body back to within its natural limits which should help the problem.  Furthermore, there are a range of medications which actually promote hair growth, and these are available over the counter and from your physician.  However, it must be noted that with the use of these medicines, a six month period is required before seeing any notable improvement, and the additional side effects of these medications may also cause problems for some patients.  If these treatments are unsuitable for your specific condition, there is always the availability of high quality wigs, which are almost impossible to differentiate from real hair, although these range greatly in price and quality.

If you are concerned about the onset of hair loss, or think there may be some underlying cause of your condition, it is highly advisable to contact your physician.  He will be able to analyse your overall symptoms and make an effective diagnosis of any medical conditions you may have, and can subsequently arrange the best treatment programme to reverse your symptoms.  This will also be a beneficial exercise to air any concerns or quash any anxieties you may have surrounding your condition, the symptoms and potential treatments for your condition.

Hair loss news on the Web


In yet another milestone for its line of products aimed at countering hair loss, Spencer Forrest Inc. has officially entered clinical trials with its X5 Hair Laser. Featuring 15 individual lasers that interact directly with the scalp, the X5 is the most powerful Laser Therapy device on the market.


Madison Garcia, age 4, donated the hair from her first haircut to Locks of Love this past week.


Three people including a police officer are dead after a reported domestic disturbance at a hair salon turned into a gun fight, police said.


Spencer Forrest Inc. has begun clinical trials aimed at assessing the efficacy of the X5 Hair Laser in men with hair loss. The X5 is the only laser product to enter trials with 15 individual lasers and an array of design improvements on earlier laser therapy products. (PRWeb Sep 4, 2008) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2008/09/prweb1279154.htm


Spencer Forrest Inc. has begun clinical trials aimed at assessing the efficacy of the X5 Hair Laser in men with hair loss. The X5 is the only laser product to enter trials with 15 individual lasers and an array of design improvements on earlier laser therapy products.


MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) _ Three people including a police officer are dead after a reported domestic disturbance at a hair salon turned into a gun fight, police in this San Francisco Bay area community said Saturday.


GRAVETTE — The story about the little white poodle that managed to survive the elements captured the attention of many people. The little waif with matted hair and spindly legs was seen by those who traveled busy Arkansas Highway 59 across from the Shop ’n Go station. (Benton County Daily Record)


The day I became a shellback is a day I will never forget. On Feb. 14, I crossed the equator on my trip around the world and celebrated Neptune Day. It was also the day that I lost all my hair but gained a better understanding of myself.


Police sergeant among those killed in domestic dispute involving salon owner and her estranged husband, according to Martinez police chief. Report from shooting scene


The Bucs' mind-numbing loss to the Giants Sunday clinched the team's 16th straight losing season, which ties the 1933-48 Philadelphia Phillies for the longest run of futility in professional sports history.