<p><strong>What Is Hair Loss?</strong></p>
<p>Hair loss of any sort is called alopecia—be it normal male-pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia, or AGA) that commonly occurs as men age, or abnormal hair loss associated with certain diseases, hormonal disturbances, or treatments such as chemotherapy. There are two general types of alopecia: scarring and non-scarring. In scarring alopecia, the hair follicles that support the hair shaft are destroyed by an underlying condition, so that hair loss is irreversible. In non-scarring alopecia (which includes AGA and alopecia areata), the follicles are preserved, so that regrowth of lost hair remains a possibility. Alopecia has many causes, all of which may affect both sexes.</p>
<p><strong>Who Gets Hair Loss? </strong></p>
<p>Nearly two-thirds of men develop some form of balding, and at least two-thirds of women have some form of hair t...
Do the chemo – keep your hair? For most women, hair loss is the scariest, most dreaded side effect of chemotherapy. A new adjunct therapy may help you go through chemo and still keep your locks.
I serve as a patient representative on a patient and family advocacy committee at our local cancer center.
One of my fellow patient representatives, Ginny, went through breast cancer – including chemotherapy – a year ago. Surprisingly, her hair is gorgeous – shoulder length, shiny, healthy looking.
For those of you who’ve lost your hair to chemo, you know that’s pretty unusual – in fact, nigh on impossible, just a year after treatment.
So I asked her how she’d done it. “Ginny, how can your hair possibly look this good with your having had chemo so recently?”
“I didn’t lose my hair.”
Now, it’s true, not all chemo regimens cause hair loss. B...
I always thought the saying “Hair today, gone tomorrow” related to men. That’s not the case. It turns out that as we go through menopause, women can experience thinning of their follicles.
According to MedlinePlus , which is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, the average scalp has 100,000 hairs and each person loses approximately 100 hairs daily. Each hair grows an average of about half an inch a month and grows on average for 2-6 years. After a cycle of rest, the hair falls out and a new strand begins to grow in its place. Approximately 85% of your hair is in the growth phase, while the other 15% is in the resting phase.
So let's look at hair loss. “The main difference between male and female hair loss is that in women, hair follicles are rarely damaged, which means when the cause of the hair loss is addressed, hair can often regrow,” Barbara Seaman and Laura Eldridge write in the...
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