How your hair grows
Your hair is made of keratin (KER-uh-tin), the same protein that makes up your nails and the outer layer of your skin. The part you see,and style is called the hair shaft. In essence, it is dead tissue made by your hair follicles tiny bulb-like structures beneath your scalp’s surface.
We have all heard of someone who has thinning hair problem,but do we really know how extensive this thinning hair problem is? We can examine the figures here:
- 70 million Americans Have Fine or Thin-looking Hair And those numbers are growing.
- During menopause, 4 out of 10 women suffer from thinning hair.
- By age 65, 48% of all women report they have thinning hair and 75% of all men report they have noticeably thin-looking hair.
- Research has shown that the problem of thin-looking hair can begin as early as age 17.
- The problem will grow more extreme as our population ages.
How does hair loss start?
Hair loss is a normal symptom. 50 to 60 hairs are shed each day from a normal scalp. Losing more than 60 hairs a day is called excessive hair loss and leads to generalized thinning of the hair. Hair becomes fine in texture. Loss of hair in men is often determined by heredity or by the Alopecia Androgenetic hormone. Hair loss in women is often caused by pregnancy, stress, fatigue or medical treatment.
Can Thyroid Disease Cause Hair Loss?
An overactive or under-active thyroid can cause hair loss. One may get her thyroid numbers in order after beginning a regimen of thyroid medication. However, there have been reported cases of women experiencing hair loss from the thyroid medication.
Coloring: If you inherited a tendency for hair loss, you likely have very healthy hair overall. Therefore, your hair can benefit from permanent or semi-permanent color to give body and volume to hair.
Volumizing Products: Many volume-building hair products contain paraffin, which is beeswax. That’s not good for hair, because it builds up and can make hair break.
However, volumizing products sold in salons do help. They won’t weigh hair down, and they won’t damage it. Mousse, for example, can be applied at the root area for support. Then, begin blow-drying the root area, applying tension with a brush to build volume. Use a light finishing spray to hold it.