May 02, 2008

Plain Truth About Hair Loss

by Fred Neech

This hair loss article unveils the myths and mysteries behind hair loss, but before I discuss the cause of hair loss, I think it is very important to dispel some hair loss myths.

Does Combing & Shampooing Cause Hair Loss? Natural Hair Loss is NOT caused by combing or shampooing, though rough treatment of the hair may contribute to some hair loss, though they certainly are not the root cause for most human hair loss. One further myth to dispel while we are talking about hair hygiene is the rumor that "clogged hair follicles" cause hair loss. Well the plain truth is that your hair is far different than your clogged kitchen sink. The root problem with hair loss is what is genetic actions happening in the cells below the scalp.

Does sun tanning cause Hair Loss? Not unless you get a severe sun burn!

Other than genetics what causes hair loss? Other factors that can contribute to hair loss include; illness, stress, nutrition, blood circulation, thyroid gland, metabolism, age, and medication are other leading factors to mostly temporary hair loss.

How much hair does the normal person loose per day? Normal Hair Loss varies - but studies indicate that humans loose around 100 - 200 hairs a day.

What causes hair to look unhealthy? Human hair grows in cycles. As we age and the effects of our inherited gene make-up begins to change the normal hair growth cycle so that more hair is being lost than is being grown. This results in thinning hair giving the overall impression of dull, brittle and aged hair.

Will having to much sex cause hair loss? No, your sexual activity level has nothing to do with hair loss, unless you're doing some unimaginable weird stuff.

What causes grey hair? Certain cells in the hair follicle called melanocytes produce our natural hair color. As we age the melanocyte production slows down causing the pigment of the hair to produce a transparent pigment we call grey hair. Other factors especially smoking can prematurely turn hair grey along with vitamin B-12 deficiencies and thyroid imbalances, but the main culprit is again heredity.

What is the main cause for Hair Loss? Most normal hair loss commonly referred to as "Male Pattern Baldness" is caused by your genetic make-up that you inherited from both of your parents and as the natural process of aging causing your body hormones to decrease or stop the growth cycle of hair follicles.

Is there a cure for Hair Loss? Not at this time, but the future looks very promising with stem cell research, hair cloning, and surgical hair transplants leading the way.

Fred Neech is the author and webhost for the Hair Loss Guide, http://www.1st-hairloss.com