About 90% of your hair is growing at any one time, while the balance 10% is in a resting phase. At the end of the resting stage, the hair is shed and new ones grow from the same follicles, and the growth cycle starts again. Our hair grows about 1.5 inches a month (the rate slows as we age) and shedding 50 to 100 hairs a day is normal.
A 2013 study was conducted with 600 respondents to understand the perceptions of Singaporeans towards the issue of hair baldness. The findings stated that seven per cent of Singaporeans would consider breaking up with their partners. In comparison, 10 per cent admitted to feeling embarrassed in introducing their partners and friends if their partners suffer from hair loss.
Causes of Hair Loss
Excessive hair loss can be caused by a number of factors. Illness, scalp problems and even mere stress are possible causes of hair loss. Hormonal imbalance in pregnant women, and deficiency in iron and thyroid hormones are contributing factors as well.
Apart from health-related causes, fancy hairstyling like pigtails and cornrows or the usage of tight rollers can trigger hair loss known as Traction Alopecia. Basically, these hairstyling methods cause injury to the scalp and result in permanent hair loss at the scarred areas. Hair perm that uses chemicals and hot oil hair treatments may also potentially produce swelling of the hair follicle and lead to hair loss.
Male-pattern baldness is the most general reason for hair loss in men. Also known as ‘common baldness’, this problem is usually inherited. Men may have extensive baldness if they start losing their hair at a young age. For this trait, the hair loss produces a thinning hair line and baldness at the crown of the head.
Hair Loss Remedies
There are a variety of hair loss treatments available depending on the type and cause of hair loss.
For common baldness, Minoxidil can be applied to the scalp and both genders can take advantage of this medicine without prescription. Finasteride on the other hand needs to be prescribed and is taken orally. However, this takes half a year to know if the medication truly improves the amount of hair loss.
For certain types of hair loss, e.g. hair loss from chemotherapy treatment or because of genetics, there may be no treatments available. In these cases, wigs, hair weaves or hairpieces are the only solution. Concerning this, an article from the American Cancer Society states that women who experience hair loss from chemotherapy often choose to wear wigs then alternate with hats and scarves. More so, when wearing or using wigs, one needs to take proper care and follow some do’s and don’ts when wearing it.
For hair loss cause by thyroid or iron deficiencies, taking thyroid replacements and iron supplements usually resolves the problem. Research also suggests that taking iron supplements will help a person to grow new hair, particularly if they have iron-deficiency anemia. Although there are plentiful other treatments for hair growth, taking in iron supplements will generally improve a person’s well-being as a whole.
Clinical Hair Loss Treatments
As for clinical hair loss treatments, your dermatologist may prescribe cortisone injections into the scalp or a special type of light treatment. Cortisone injection, also known as corticosteroid shots, are usually part of a larger treatment plan. Corticosteroids are powerful anti-inflammatory treatments, but, taken as Cortisone shots, the patient may have a fast-acting relief on the inflamed muscles, joints, and tendons.
Hair Restoration Surgery
He/she may also recommend a hair restoration surgery like hair transplants or scalp reductions. Hair transplant is a procedure that involves removing small parts of a donor’s hair and using it as implants to be transferred to the scalp’s area where there is bald or thinning. Usually, the surgeon moves hair from the back or side of the head towards the front or top of the head. Moreover, this procedure is typically conducted in a medical office under local anesthesia.
Another alternative for hair loss treatment in Singapore is through the use of traditional chinese medicine (TCM), based on a 2,000-year old tradition. A hair care company that provides this method is Beijing 101, which believes in using chinese herbs like ginseng and dongquan.
The LLLT Treatment works best for those who prefer a less invasive hair restoration treatment. Concerning this, the LLLT Treatment is a potential alternative to a hair transplant. Particularly administered by the Dr Tyng Tan Aesthetics and Hair Clinic from Singapore, this treatment is accompanied by hair loss medications taken indefinitely to maintain results.
Moreover, this FDA-approved hair loss treatment utilizes red-light energy in a special headpiece which stimulates a biological reaction leading to hair growth. Patients who underwent surgery claimed a tingling sensation, while others described the treatment as painless.
A: Yes, it does. Hair from a safe donor are typically taken from the back and sides of the scalp, and this is genetically programmed to grow continuously over time without being affected by pattern baldness. Moreover, the transplanted hair will continue to grow as long as the hair remains vigorous and viable.
A: Trichotillomania is a disease characterized by a strong urge to pull out one’s hair. Because of this, the follicles are damaged, and hair does not usually grow again. Hair transplant can be administered so long as the individual’s condition is under control, and the patient will not pull out the newly transplanted hair.
A: The procedure uses the individual’s own hair, so it will continue to grow at the same pace with the rest of the patient’s hair.