Below are some common questions about thinning hair or hair loss. We’ve done our best to answer them. If you have any other questions feel free to contact us by clicking the link below.
What are the basic facts about hair?
The scalp is made up of 3 basic layers of skin: the epidermis, the dermis, and the subcutaneous layer. Within these 3 layers there are blood vessels, nerves, muscles, glands, and hair (or keratin).
Hair is supported by blood flow, which requires oxygen and nutrients to promote cellular activity and new growth. As hair grows in the follicle, it is lubricated by the sebaceous gland that secretes oil in the follicle, coating the hair for smooth growth and creating healthy luster and sheen.
Good hair nutrition is vital for healthy hair, requiring that blood and nutrients reach the papilla area. When fewer nutrients reach the papilla, hair cells reproduce at a much slower rate. Slower cellular activity produces thin, poor quality hair.
Can anything be done to prevent or treat hair loss?
With the right personalized regimen, you can stop hair loss and you can re-grow more hair. Cheveux Hair Clinic provides both non-surgical and surgical options that can change your self image. It is true that there are no miracle cures, but there are proven programs that will improve you hair loss issues. Stopping hair loss is the crucial first step in combating progressive hair loss.
Call Cheveux today and take that first step. Stop the fallout! Contact us now for your free consultation!
What are some causes of hair loss?
There are many causes of hair loss which can include some of the following:
- Genetic disposition
- Excess stress
- Lack of circulation of the scalp
- Harsh shampoos
- Bad nutrition
- Auto immune diseases
- Connective tissue disease
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Chemotherapy or Radiation exposure
- Iron deficiency anemia
- Hormonal changes
- Thyroid disease
- Excessive or lack of vitamins
- Individual reaction to illness or a personal sensitivity to the environment
- Fungal and Bacterial Infections
How does DHT contribute to hair loss?
DHT, or Dihydrotestosterone, causes 95% of all hair loss. DHT miniaturizes hair follicles by shortening the anagen (growth) phase and/or lengthening the telogen (resting) phase. This causes the hair follicles to slowly shrink and die, especially if DHT is involved. The net result is an increased number of short, thin, fine hairs barely visible above the scalp. For healthy hair growth, DHT inhibiting is needed once increased hair loss occurs. The interaction of DHT with androgen receptors in scalp skin and follicles appears to cause male and female pattern baldness.
The sebaceous oil building up causes sebum. Sebum collects in the hair follicle and hardens, causing a sebum plug that hinders hair growth. This compounded with existing weak hairs causes increased reduction in hair growth.
The good news is, even with thinning, fine hairs, there is still life in the follicle and it can be repaired with a regimen of proper hair nutrition, DHT blocking and good scalp hygiene. Cheveux is here to help you choose your best options.
Does using a blow dryer daily cause thinning hair?
Too much heat from the blow dryer can dry out your hair and cause brittleness and breakage. It will not, however, make your hair thinner. Use common sense and a lower setting when using heating elements on hair.
If my dad is bald, will I be bald?
Though paternal influence plays a genetic part in your hair’s future, actual hereditary patterns are from both parents. If both your mom and dad are balding, chances are so will you. But if only your dad has thin hair, and mom has thick hair, your chances are greater for less hair loss.
Will I get bald from wearing tight hats?
This is just another myth. Hats cannot and will not shrink your hair follicles.
Can I stimulate hair growth by brushing my hair 100 strokes a day?
Over-brushing can actually damage your hair.
Will my hair grow thicker if I cut it often?
Because your hair is thicker at the base, cutting your hair may make it appear thicker. But after the hair’s normal life span, new hair grows at the same original diameter of your pre-cut hair.
What feelings can hair loss in women trigger?
Hair loss in women becomes an appearance issue, and it can also be the cause of severe emotional stress for most women. Many women who did expect to face the challenge hair loss are often caught by surprise. A recent study reported that women have a difficult time confronting hair loss:
- Female study participants under age 50 reported feeling a “severe emotional blow.”
- 29% admitted feeling scared
- 47% said they were embarrassed
- 15% felt unattractive
- 28% experienced paranoia
We at Cheveux are here to help combat the challenges of hair loss that women may be facing. We work with you to develop your individual hair loss treatment plan. Your plan will be based on your specific needs and expectations.
What are some ways to treat hair loss?
- Treatment Programs for hair loss and scalp conditions. We offer several programs for hair loss and hair and scalp issues.
- Laser or low level light therapy has been shown to be beneficial to hair in several studies. We offer both in-clinic treatments and hand held laser therapy.
- DHT Inhibitors – These are products that either interfere with the conversion of Testosterone to di-hydro testosterone (DHT) or help to block DHT from binding to the hair follicle. DHT is the major cause of hair loss for both men and women.
- Hair vitamins – These products help to aid in growth of hair; either by inhibiting DHT and/or providing the vitamins and minerals that optimize quality hair growth. These products can be oral or topical.
- Growth simulators – Your hair needs certain vitamins to grow to its fullest and thickest. Most people do not get enough of the right vitamins & minerals for their hair. Growth simulators also block DHT and help grow hair.
- Hair and scalp cleansing products – These are optimized to give your hair and scalp the nutrients that are needed without adding harmful chemicals like sodium laurel sulfate, cocamide DEA or alcohols which are found in 95% of shampoos. Proper hair and scalp hygiene and nutrition is the first step to healthier, thicker, fuller hair.