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Hair loss

Hair loss is a big worry to many people, both male and female. If you have a worrying amount of hair in the basin after shampooing, you may think you are on the way to baldness, but this is not usually the case. The 50–100 hairs that everyone loses each day often become tangled with the rest of the hair, but are washed out when we shampoo. So we see what seems like a lot of hair in the basin after shampooing, but in reality these hairs have been shed earlier.

Of course, bald areas are an obvious sign of hair loss, but otherwise it can be difficult to tell whether your hair is getting thinner. To find out, try the tug test. Hold a small bunch of hair – about 15 or 20 hairs – between the thumb and index finger. Pull slowly and firmly. If more than six hairs come out there may be a problem.

How hair grows

The portion of the hair that we can see is called the shaft. Each shaft of hair protrudes from its follicle, which is a tube-like pouch just below the surface of the skin. The hair is attached to the base of the follicle by the hair root, which is where the hair actually grows and where it is nourished by tiny blood vessels.
 
Like the rest of the body, hairs are made of cells. As new cells form at its root, the hair is gradually pushed further and further out of the follicle. The cells at the base of each hair are close to the blood supply and are living. As they get pushed further away from the base of the follicle, they no longer have any nourishment and so they die. As they die, they are transformed into a hard protein called keratin. So, each hair we see above the skin is dead protein. It is the follicle, which lies deep in the skin, that is the essential growing part of the hair.
 
The thickness of each hair depends on the size of the follicle from which it is growing. At puberty in boys, hormones increase the size of the follicles on the chin, chest and limbs so that each hair becomes more thick and wiry. In the elderly, the follicles shrink and the hair becomes finer.

Stages of hair growth

Hair growth is not a continuous process. It has several stages.
  • The first phase is the growing stage. Hair grows at about 1 cm each month, and this phase lasts for anything between 2 and 5 years.
  • This is followed by a resting stage, during which there is no growth. This phase lasts about 5 months, and is called telogen.
  • At the end of the resting phase, the hair is shed and the follicle starts to grow a new one.
  • At any moment, about 90% of the hair follicles of the scalp are growing hairs in the first phase; only about 10% are in the resting phase.
  • If a follicle is destroyed for any reason, no new hair will grow from it.

What happens to cause baldness

Excessive hair loss can occur if any of the stages of hair growth become disrupted. For example, if follicles shut down (meaning that they stay in the resting phase and then shed the hair) instead of growing new hairs, there will be less hair on the head. Another reason might be interference with the formation of new hair cells at the root during the growing phase; this occurs with some anticancer drugs. If follicles have been destroyed (as they might be by, for example, a burn or by some skin diseases), there will be baldness in that area.
 
An individual can also look bald if the hairs are growing but are so fragile that they break just as they emerge from the follicle, or if they are very small and thin.
 
Scientists have now discovered two genes that may increase the risk of early baldness in men. One is known as the androgen receptor gene, inherited from the mother and already linked to male-pattern baldness. The other is on chromosome 20, and can be inherited from both mother and father. 14% of men carry both genetic variants (Nature Genetics 2008;40:1270–1).

Common beliefs about hair loss – true or false?

Some hairstyles can cause hair loss
True. Styles that put tension on the hairs – such as tight ponytails, plaits or corn-rows – can cause hair loss. Winding hair tightly onto rollers (particularly heated rollers) can have the same damaging effect.
 
Hair extensions can cause hair loss
True, if not done properly. If the hair extensions are too tight, they can pull on the hairs and cause bald patches (which in severe cases could be permanent).
 
Brushing the hair 100 times a day will stimulate the circulation and prevent hair loss
False. Vigorous brushing is more likely to injure the hairs and make the problem worse.
 
Hair needs to breathe, so wigs and toupees worsen loss of hair
False. Hair does not need to breathe. Only the root of the hair is alive and this gets its oxygen from the blood in the scalp. Wigs and hairpieces will damage hair only if they are too tight.
 
Frequent shampooing makes hair fall out
False. Shampooing simply gets rid of the hairs that have already fallen out.
 
Blow-drying and heated brushes can worsen hair loss
True. The reason is that extreme heat damages the proteins in the hairs, making them fragile and liable to break off. Brushing the hair during blow-drying causes more damage.  Careless use of heated brushes or heated hair straighteners can even burn the scalp, so that the hair follicles are permanently damaged in that area.
 
Protein-containing conditioners and shampoos nourish the hair and help it to grow
False. Protein-containing conditioners only temporarily fill in defects on the surface of the hair shaft, making it smoother and thicker.
 
Hair dyes, perms and hairsprays worsen hair loss
False. Hair dyes, perms and hairsprays do not affect thinning hair. Perms and hairsprays can help to disguise the problem.
 
If your father has a full head of hair, you will not go bald
False. A tendency to baldness is inherited and probably involves a combination of genes. So you are not automatically in the clear even if your father has a full head of hair. It is not true, as sometimes claimed, that only genes from the mother’s side are involved.
 
Baldness means that you are more likely to have a heart attack
True to some extent. A study has found that men who had lost hair at the crown of the head had a 40% increased chance of coronary heart disease. Hair loss at the front of the head (a receding hairline) increased the risk by 28% (American Journal of Epidemiology 2008;167:676–83). So if you have male pattern baldness you should stop smoking, eat healthily, have your blood pressure checked and do some exercise.
 
Low levels of zinc in the body are a reason for hair loss
Probably false. There is no evidence that low zinc levels cause hair loss in people taking a balanced diet or that zinc supplements reduce hair loss.
 
Stress can cause hair loss
True. Scientists have now identified some chemicals that are produced in the body during periods of stress, which can affect hair growth (Journal of Investigative Dermatology 2004;123:455–7).
 
It is normal to lose hair from our early 30s
True. A person aged 20–30 years typically has 615 hair follicles per square centimetre. The number falls to 485 by 50 years of age and to 435 at 80–90 years of age. Also each hair is thinner. So, with ageing, hair becomes both finer and sparser.
 
 

Written by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Edited by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Last updated: Wednesday, October 5th 2011

 


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Posted by Optional on 21/09/2014 at 10:19

Im 15 years old boy. ..is it normal for teenagers having hair fall..can I have a solution please

Posted by Optional on 19/09/2014 at 04:03

My hair above the forehead is a bit bald as two sides' hair is obviously thinner than the centre part. I don't understand why. My friend told me that I might tied my hair too firm until it drops. Is it true? How can I overcome this problem?

Posted by Optional on 10/09/2014 at 11:17

hii i am 15 i had a thick hair till 14 later i started loosing my hair people tell because i started cutting my hair.i apply coconut oil weekly once i keep it for one night if i shampoo i loose lot of hair how to get rid of it please help to gave my thick hair back.

Posted by Optional on 08/09/2014 at 04:37

Help me iam losing 10-20 hairs a day Pls reply if it Is normal . I will be greatly thankful if you reply I am 14 I dont apply oil or gel on my head. I don't shampoo or condition my head. I bath including my head 2 times a day

Posted by Hammad Siddiqui on 01/09/2014 at 07:08

Hi. My hair is falling out so I don't know what to do. I was teenager I used to use the gel now I stop using the gel but is still falling amd I keep trying my best. 2 or 3 months I use oil too but It didn't work that so I can not do nothing. please can u help me please can you solve my problems for my hair I getting worry about my hair please can you tell me please ok!!!

Posted by Optional on 01/09/2014 at 01:22

Im 17 and the dermatologist recomended me rogaine what is going to happen to me.

Posted by Laura on 26/07/2014 at 08:33

I'm only 17 years old and I'm losing my hair very very quickly. This has been happening for a long time now but it's only started to get really bad in the past year. This started a little while after I got a new straightener which was very strong and at the time I didn't think it would cause any damage. So I started to lose hair but I didn't think anything of it because I thought this was normal and I didn't think it would go anywhere so I continued to straighten my hair which I did a lot. And now I've lost so much of my hair and it's starting to become noticeable. My hair used to be very strong, healthy, and thick! And now it's weak, thin, and very unhealthy and I'm going bald. I don't know what to do I've done so much researched but nothing seems to work. I've seen hair supliments like HairFinity that I want to try but I don't know if it'll work and it's pricey I'm not sure wether to try it or not? I'm really freaking out I don't know what to do I hate the way my hair looks I hate the way I look with my hair like this I want my old hair back I don't know how to treat my hair or get it back to how it was or close to that. I'm going to go to a dermatologist soon but I was told it won't do anything is that true? Because if the dermatologists doesn't work I don't know what will. PLEASE I really need help I'll do anything to get my hair back!

Posted by Dilip Singh on 23/07/2014 at 06:32

Hi, I was struggling with hair loss problem last year, but my sister helped me and suggested me to try Minoxidil 15 medicine. I bought one for me from dualgen15express.com and used it as advised by phycians of website. And my hair loss problem solved just in 2 weeks and now everybody around me keeps asking about secret behind that. And it is just one medicine that works as best friend to solve this depressing problem and that is Minoxidil 15.

Posted by Optional on 22/07/2014 at 05:38

Hi, I have a bald patch at the back of my head, I've had it for around 2 to 3 month or maybe a bit longer. I wear a beanie most of the time, I recently did go through a stressful time, I some times go to bed after 12 or after 1, I do smoke, I do eat fast food around 3 times a week. I want to know how it's happened and how I can treat it. Thanks

Posted by bigdoodle on 06/06/2014 at 11:49

I have hair cuts all the time with line tracks and now the track won't grow back I'm a teenager.

Posted by Optional on 29/05/2014 at 07:34

Dear, people face hair thinning either in crown or temple or frontal hair line. Many people think that it is only a problem faced by men but fact is that many women also experience it. Losing hair due to male pattern baldness is mainly a cosmetic issue not a disease but only a Hair Transplant Lahore surgery can treat it well.

Posted by Anna on 28/05/2014 at 07:31

My hair is not falling out I have one spot in the front where my bangs are that is dry and coarse and keeps breaking off I cannot figure out whats causing it and its getting worse, I treat it with oils and repairs and its not helping what should I do?

Posted by Maya on 27/05/2014 at 07:11

Im 15 years old and I'm worried that lot of my hair are falling out, specially when I'm washing my hair or brushing my hair even when I leave my hair down it fulls out I feel as lots are falling out and I'm not sure what to do or is it im worrying forino reason.

Posted by Optional on 31/03/2014 at 11:39

I haven't got extreme hair loss but when I tie my hair you can see my scalp from the front

Posted by Optional on 28/03/2014 at 09:20

can a trichotilomanic regain his hair

Posted by Trying different methods - to stop losing my hair on 07/02/2014 at 09:46

1st drink lots of water throughout the day. Take hair growth vitamin everyday. Some women may need Estriol Cream to rub into wrists - cause at my age menopause is playing with my hormone levels. I LOSE MOST OF MY HAIR WHEN I USE CONDITIONER! Check out derma rolling the scalp. (Look on-line- youtube). Super Clean your scalp about 2-times per month: wash/ rinse/ pat dry/ then gently massage with Apple Cider Vinegar (leave-on roots about 45 min - with towel keeping warm moisture inside). Rinse & Towel Dry. Many hair clubs 4 men are now using the Derma rolling along with the topicals & so R Dermatologists. Don't forget the Hairmax laser (expensive), but u can do it yourself. Roller should B: CE approved/ .5mm + / 192 needles

Posted by Optional on 05/02/2014 at 06:17

everytime I Comb my babies girl hair she's 3 years old I noticed she has patches of missing hair is that normal for what could it be

Posted by Optional on 13/01/2014 at 11:14

I'm experiencing hair loss on my temples over the last four months and am going through severe intense stress, could it be telated?

Posted by Optional on 24/12/2013 at 08:44

As soon I moved to Spaib I ve starting loosing lots of hair. How can I stop this my husband saying that it's because water hp balance very high is it true?

Posted by Optional on 22/12/2013 at 08:19

I lost 40 percent jut in a year tell me some solution.

Posted by pankaj on 28/11/2013 at 09:54

From one week whenever i wash my hair both my hands are filled with hair and even if i shake my hair a lot of them come out. what should i do to prevent from getting blad

Posted by ylight on 19/11/2013 at 06:28

I am 17 and I am having a frequent hair fall every time I comb my hair or wash.it's like freaking me out. Help me..

Posted by Optional on 23/10/2013 at 07:07

Hi I am 26 years old. I had thick curly hair and had good volume. But past one year I have severe hair loss problem. I consulted two doctors but the problem is still persistent. I fear that I may go bald. Plz help me with some solution to the problem.

Posted by Sue on 12/10/2013 at 12:07

Hi, following a severe infection I am experiencing severe hair shedding. I would be grateful to know when this will stop as it's making me very anxious. Many thanks

Posted by jore lollen on 01/10/2013 at 12:22

how can improve/nursing my hair?.

Posted by Anyom on 13/09/2013 at 05:05

about 2 weeks after I went to Taiwan (I went there for 2 months) my hair started falling more frequenting is it becuase of the tropical climate?

Posted by Optional on 18/08/2013 at 09:39

Iam hair lose like my grand father. What should i do Please help me?

Posted by Dilip Singh on 12/06/2013 at 09:24

It’s my pleasure to share my experience here. I also have experienced the same problem of thinning hair, somewhere balding and used so many products but one product was really helpful. So I want to share it with everyone. You need not to worry about HAIR LOSS or Thin or Long Hair. The product I used is MINOXIDIL 15 with MINOXIDIL SHAMPOO. You will experience the result in just few days. For more help you can go to polarisminoxidil.com where you will find the solution of the type of your Hair Loss Problem and you will feel a great experience.

Posted by Ash on 21/05/2013 at 09:14

Hello, I have used a product that I bought online. It worked fine and I can see results since last week. I can send the link, but I don't know if i can post it here..

Posted by Tamim on 26/02/2013 at 08:03

I got massive hair fall problem. Every time i wash hair. . . . .there is like 20 hair sticking to my palm. Each has follicle attached. . . . .its like they are falling from the root. . . . . :/

Posted by RAJA on 22/02/2013 at 05:01

I DID LOT HANDJOB NOW I FEEL MY HAIR ARE FALLING FAST CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHAT I MUST DO?

Posted by Optional on 21/02/2013 at 12:14

It is helpfulI was looking for help based on my hair issue it turned out for a double result because actually found some good stuff for my fiance as well. Thanks

Posted by OptionalMythali on 18/02/2013 at 02:51

I did some straightening and now I am suffering, like dry hair hair fall and irate my hair idont know what to do

Posted by skull on 18/02/2013 at 10:26

Less hair at crown,how to get back the hair .

Posted by Optional on 16/02/2013 at 09:18

My hair refuses to grow,nd i av tired everything,but there is no good result,what do i do

Posted by Sarah on 15/02/2013 at 08:42

I'm 21years old and 31weeks pregnant with my 3 rd child and my hair has gone really thin and iv got a bald patch on the top of my head when I shower more hair falls out could anyone tell me why this is happening

Posted by Joan on 11/02/2013 at 04:40

My son is a natural with the rogaine and does it daily times 2 to all my thin spots. We;ve only been doing it for 5 weeks-maybe we;ll see growth in a month or so. Today was a bad hair loss day and its a miracle I have hair !

Posted by Erica on 05/02/2013 at 11:45

I'm 17 and I've been noticing that right above my forehead where my hair is I seem to be losing hair. I can tell that it looks like I'm losing hair there and going bald. I can see my scalf and I'm worried. My friends in school notice it to and so has my mom. It's embarrassing. I don't know what to do. And that's the only place that seems to be losing hair and it looks like I have a egg head. Please someone tell me what I can do to make that hair grow back. Please, I really need help,I don't want it to get worse. Thank you.

Posted by roy on 03/02/2013 at 12:05

im only 14 and my hair is so thin im a guy how can i make it stronger

Posted by Shivam on 29/01/2013 at 01:02

Too much dandruf and starting baldness from crown area and my hair are getting early dry after washing and is getting thining

Posted by rupal on 24/01/2013 at 07:52

hi.. i have been experiencing heavy hair fall these winters.. and one more information i would like to share is that i had gone through chemical straightening last month on 17th of december.. firstly my hairs shows ni signs of hair fall.. but suddenly on january 8th i.e after two to three weeks of straightening my hairs starts falling out .... and it falls more whenevr i washed my hairs.. plz help me out im worried, whether hairs are falling out due to chemical treatment or due to winter season??? and what can i do now to stop it??? and how can i regain my hairs back??

Posted by Oscar on 24/01/2013 at 03:09

Loosing a big chunk of hair on the crown ,can you help?

Posted by Optional on 23/01/2013 at 06:14

just started to have small bald spot on top of head.

Posted by kranti singh on 23/01/2013 at 12:54

very nice details will u kindly suggest reason for whitning of hair at early age and kindly give the solution for the same thank u

Posted by Jacob on 15/01/2013 at 10:16

Hey. I turned 18 in October 2012 and shortly after started noticing an increase in hair i find in the sink after i dry my hair (with a towel). When i'm in the shower and washing my hair I have noticed hair on my hands too after i wash it. I've been under a little bit of relationship stress lately and a fair amount of college stress but nothing too much. My Father has a full head of hair but my Mum's Dad did not. (Just trying to give you as much detail) I'm not unhealthy and do not smoke, drink excessively or any other things like this. I've noticed a slight recline in my hairline from when i was 15/16 in some photos. So i'm just wondering; Should i be worried? As one day it just started happening out of the blue? I'm only 18 so if i'm going bald i'm gunna be super depressed because I love my hair and apart from that there is not much else i'm confident in. I'm really worried and don't want the only thing I feel confident in taken away haha. Any help is appreciated, thank you. :)x

Posted by Nigamjain on 14/01/2013 at 10:46

I am not having hair at front my frients commenting as hole head please give me some solutios to grow hair at front please help me

Posted by Optional on 08/01/2013 at 11:46

MY HEAD WILL START ITCHING IN A PARTICULAR SPOT AND IN A FEW MINUTS A HAIR WILL COME FLOATING DOWN.. cAN A PERSON FEEL IT WHEN A HAIR COMES OUT

Posted by shahzaib on 05/01/2013 at 10:04

sir i am 18 year old ..but my hairs always falls in the morning when i shampooing or coumbed ..50 to 100 hairs always fall. i am eating alsoo healthy food no stress .. but whyy they are falling.. i am stressfull for myy hairs.. plzz givee me some solutin to stop myy hair fall thanksss...

Posted by Optional on 03/01/2013 at 12:23

Thank you for putting up this site it helphelped me a lot with my hair loss

Posted by Optional on 02/01/2013 at 01:23

Hi,i am suffering from hair loss,so i decided to shave my head at once when my hair grew back a bit,they were not falling only 4-6 hairs per day but because of my hair loss my top area(mid scalp)and front had less hair as compared to back of my scalp or my left or right regions of the scalp ,my dermetologist gave me medicines for bacterial and fungal infections and burn ...please help me it will be appreciated.my mid scalp and front scalp area is shiny too ..please suggest..

Posted by Anirban saha on 28/12/2012 at 03:38

I alsow facing same problem hairfall and danruff..and i cant wash my hair every day bt which day i wash it i saw that many hair come into my towel..what should am i do??

Posted by Lulu on 27/12/2012 at 04:22

[Reposted without email address]: Scaredchick don't be scared go to your GP /Doctor it sounds like thyroid problem, medication will put it right. Let me know how you get on...

Posted by MOHSIN on 26/12/2012 at 03:38

I am having a problem of dandruff in hair, so i suffer from hair fall please recommend some medicine it will be ur most kindness.

Posted by Optional on 23/12/2012 at 02:20

My hair has been troublesome to me since my teens. I started getting white hairs at 15-16 and by the time I was 22 I had to dye it regularly because about 1/3 was white. By 27 I was probably half white and at 29 I noticed I had a lot less hair than a few years previous. My hair is now very thin and brittle and it takes just a delicate pull to yank one out. I shed constantly and now at 35 all but the very front line of my hair by my face is white. My father started graying/thinning in his forties and my mother started grating in her mud-twenties. My sisters started in their mid-late twenties. My mom's hair didn't start to thin until her fifties. So I feel like even though it may be too late for me, maybe something is wrong causing my hair to have done what it has??

Posted by Optional on 22/12/2012 at 09:26

I loss my hair very much and have dandroff

Posted by Optional on 20/12/2012 at 09:19

I am 28 years old and am having extreme difficulties with my hair. I have diabetes and have had this for over 15 years and it is well in check. My hair basically falls out in ridiculous amounts and there is practically no roots at all. I have been to a hair specialist who did some blood tests which indicated that I was a little low in vitamin D, Iron and Iodine and have now been taking these supplements for approximately 3 months with no improvements. I had quite long hair and decided to cut it off quite short to see if maybe the weight of the hair was causing a problem... but this made no difference. I am not lying when I say I have an extremely healthy diet so I just dont know what the problem is. Is there anything you can suggest? Any kind of suggestion would be appreciated. Thanks

Posted by Optional on 20/12/2012 at 11:47

I want to have facial hair so much like my elder bro i cannot grow a beard on my face making me look like a baby face help me how to grow facial hair am becoming more curious day by day!

Posted by Christine on 18/12/2012 at 03:40

I've been using a straightner for a whole year, I didnt relize striaghting cud lose so much of you hair, I'm onlt twelve and when i look at my hair in the sun i could see like my scalp, and when i run my fingers through my hair, it feels so little :( please help.

Posted by scaredchick on 07/12/2012 at 03:21

im a 22 yr old female and iv lost almost all my hair its still long but almost all gone im scared to death. i cry all the time. i have bald spots and i kno people are.starting to really notice. its so embarrising. i started to notice probably 3 months ago that it was getting thinner but didnt really pay any mind and after it just kept getting thinner. i know i dont eat the way i should, but i didnt think it could literally do this. i went to the hospital & the doc told me its my horomones & nowim waiting on going to another doc. i dont know what to do i feel so ugly & im now scared to even go out w friends. i hate leaving my house, i dont know ifim dieing or what. im so scared i cant take it! i had such long pretty hair & now i cant even wear it up or anything! i jjust want my hair to grow back & wonder if im going to be completely.bald, my eyebrows even seem to be losing hairs same w my eyelashes but not bad like my head! does anyone know what i should do?? please help.

Posted by I"m Mehboob on 01/12/2012 at 09:24

I'm 24 years Old and I lost in front my both sides hair lost plz plz plz tell me How to grow again or How to recover them again

Posted by Optional on 30/11/2012 at 07:39

my hair is too oily and it is thinning day by day pplease suggest something...please

Posted by Optional on 08/11/2012 at 02:31

I am 18 yrs old and i lost front 2 sides hair why? Have any soloution of this?

Posted by RELAX on 06/11/2012 at 05:29

For all you men who have posted on this site wondering how you will find a woman with a balding head, I think you need to relax. A GOOD woman is going to worry more about how you treat her than how much hair you still have on your head. I dated a 28 year old who was completely bald and he was very attractive to me, know why, because his sweet personality showed thru. Look at it like this, worst case scenario you can shave your head. That is a style. But for a woman, losing hair rapidly is a little bit more problematic.

Posted by Youdontneedtoknowmyname on 02/11/2012 at 07:31

Im only seventeen.I used to hair thick hair last time but it seem to be thinner now. My hair dropped a lot..and i mean like. A LOT..but after i tried a few shampoos on hair loss, it doesnt drop much but still dropping.I have oily hair as well. So i tried this shampoo that the salon recommended.it did help and lessens the oilyness but my hair gets oily again after a day.On top of that,i recently found out i have got dandruffs. It itches at first but tried this medical shampoo and it really stops the itchiness.couldnt recall the name for it,its in the bathroom so..) but if anyone wants to know bout it i'll be viewing this site again and i'll post it up. :)well tjt shampoo did help the dandruff.No huge flakes and stops the itch.but its annoying if i were to pat my head lightly,these tiny tiny flakes which looks like salt falls out.My hair do grow at least a centimetre a month,but it doesnt seem to be any thicker. I have tried using shampoos for hair loss like hairpro and etc but nothing seem to work.:( helppppp...

Posted by AnIndividual on 28/10/2012 at 11:04

Im only 14 and my hair is kinda receding like my dad. he lost his hair at uni and is now bald on top of his head. Help and suggestion please!!!

Posted by ben on 14/10/2012 at 11:07

im scared of going bold i feel like ending my life its that bad im 22 years old all my friends seem not to have the same problem as me...im worried the bold look will never get me a women or atleast a women that is attractive

Posted by Optional on 26/08/2012 at 02:47

I am 58 male and have a full head of greying brown and thick hair. It also grows quite quickly. I am prowd of my hair but you might have something I do not. We all wish we had more of something, I just happen to have hair.

Posted by Laura on 12/08/2012 at 09:38

I found that an effective shampoo for hair growth was Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo, it makes my hair very strong and shiny so it doesn’t fall out as easily as before. Worked for me! I’m starting to use it on my daughter too, her hair was starting to fall out but this seems to be working for her too :)

Posted by Rasel on 11/08/2012 at 10:12

I am a college techer by profession . My father is a bald headed man but my two brothers got nice hair . It is I who am suffering from hair fall problem . Five years ago I suffered from a disease on my scalp for which my doctor advised me to use a shampoo named politar liquid .next year when the disease attacked again another doctor treated with another shampoo named nizoral . Since then my hair is falling regularly. Now I am going to be bald headed . Specially middle portion of my head including front area is losing hair rapidly . I am worried about it as I am unmarried . What can I do ? Please suggest me .

Posted by Optional on 25/05/2012 at 10:16

I have been losing my hair for about a year now. For the past 25 years, I have been taking lithium. I am also 48 years old and perimenopausaul. I have seen my doctor and three dermatologists. I've had blood levels taken and everything is within a normal range. Can someone help?

Posted by Optional on 04/12/2011 at 06:14

Ihave bold spots all over my head and dont know what it is

Posted by lynn on 17/09/2011 at 07:15

my hair is growing white. gray hair....n iam 28yrs old iam so shy...what to do

Posted by ansar on 12/09/2011 at 10:44

my hair is very weak and falling hair every day and on my skull swelling and pain what are cure of this disease

Posted by Optional on 03/09/2011 at 06:03

I am facing continous hair loss problems for last 5 years now. Tried many brands who claim to have the perfect remedies but nothing seems to be working. If you have any suggestions then do fill me in .. Venkat from Chennai.

Posted by Frustrated female on 28/04/2011 at 05:47

I have been useing nioxin shampoo and scalp treatments for 2 yrs. St first the products seem to help, but it appears now I have no new growth at all. I would llike to get implants but it is expensive, it is even harder to camouflage thin spots. My hair thinning is on the top of my crown.

Posted by middle aged on 10/04/2011 at 06:05

I take certain vitamins which help with cell renewal and have stress reducing effects, i lost half my hair during a stressful job, i kept up the vitamins and exercise to counter act it, once i left the job, my hair grew back and i keep the supplement going to keep it that way. I think the supplements stopped it from going too far. I do my research thoroughly and try to get a good balance before buying anything, the old rule applies, not too much, not too little.

Posted by Optional on 08/03/2011 at 08:21

the hair on the front of my head is falling out

Posted by Optional on 20/02/2011 at 09:35

i have 3 bald patches in my head,and my scalp is really itchy.

Posted by Optional on 03/11/2010 at 09:56

i used H2O2, hydrogen peroxide to color my hair when i didnt know what it meant. it went greyish red. later it started to fall and never replaced by another. from then from my age of 12, till now, i have visible scalp, any idea to grow back. i guess it wont

Posted by Optional on 23/10/2010 at 10:18

after reading this it has put my mind to rest.........my hair loss has become worse over the last couple of weeks but only really after shampooing but after reading this I know now that it is ok! THANKS

Posted by Optional on 20/10/2010 at 03:05

i have a receded hairline. my hairline was never perfect & I only noticed it starting to recede when I was 18 or so. I'm now 28 & it has receded further back (at 18 I thought for sure at 25 or so I would have been really bald, but it has suprisingly happened slower then expected). Anyway it depresses me alot. Seeing bald men makes me more depressed (I have to give it to them, they are alot braver then I am), I'm lost as what to do, if I was 38 or 48 (then I could deal with it, but still in my 20's). I'm sick of thinking about it & can't find any positives about going bald.

Posted by emma on 11/10/2010 at 01:11

i have found this site very helpful as i have tried many other sites and found them hard to understand, so thank you very much

Posted by Maria on 02/10/2010 at 04:12

I have recently stared noticing a lot of hair falling out while I'm brushing, washing or blow drying my hair. I'm a little bit concerned, because I die my hair almost every month

Posted by Optional on 29/08/2010 at 10:29

i am 19 yrs old i have had alot of stress and when i brush my hair it is falling out some in small cluncks and sometimes it is just 2 or 3 nw that most of the stress is taken of me i thought that my hair would stop falling out but it hasn't everytime i brush my hair my brush is covered and i am pulling the loss hair out what should i do i have been 2 the doctors and they just say it is stress but i no it isn't i have died my hair alot in the past but my hair has never fallen out as much has it does now is it because of how many times i have died my hair

Posted by Mitch Schmitt on 23/08/2010 at 11:48

Is there any truth that some chemicals in hair perm products can be absorbed into the skin and affecting medications including heart meds?

Posted by Joshua Song on 16/08/2010 at 12:17

ive been born with few hair. the doctors dont really know what the problem is. im not completely bald.. but my head is like many strands of hair. i dont know if theres a way to cure this or what but its been like this since my birth. since i am not completely bald people stare, and make funny comments. i have never seen anyone with the similar problem as me. So far, it seems like im the only one in america with this problem.

Posted by naschti on 12/08/2010 at 02:41

am aged 32,female,wear a wig! feel a lot of hair loss, that's why only wash my hair ONCE a week! don't brush or blow dry my hair anymore! could it be after childbirth, that the hair is falling out? (my baby is 14 month already!)is there a specific shampoo, vitamine or therapy for the hair?

Posted by Optional on 25/07/2010 at 03:59

my hair is rough and a bit curly is there any how i can soften them

Posted by Optional on 13/06/2010 at 06:15

My hair was falling out in masses, my friend recommended an asian herbal hair oil. Been using oil for 6 months and had fantastic results. Hair loss has reduced by 80%. Oil is a bit smelly but works wonders. Definately worth trying. can get it over the internet.

Posted by santanu chatterjee on 28/04/2010 at 03:43

Hair started reducing at the age of 25 years. 50% loss taken place at the age of 30 years.

Posted by Stargirltrini on 23/04/2010 at 06:56

my hair has been droping for almost two months now, at first I had long thick curl hair now my hair is really really thin, its like I could count the grains of hair on my head.....i am tryin eveything plz help

Posted by Optional on 29/03/2010 at 10:38

MY HAIR IS HARD,DRY&ROUGH;.WHAT SHOULD I APPLY TO IT?

Posted by Optional on 10/03/2010 at 10:50

I was 19 when i noticed ALOT of hair faling out. Now I cant do any hairstyles because it shows my balding. Im scared, becuase im losing more and more hair. What can I use for this problem? ive been to a docter but she didnt give me much help..

Posted by Optional on 09/03/2010 at 03:35

My daughter is suffering from alopecia areata. She has lost a large amount of hair from the back of her head from the nape to about half way up. There is no hair at all and the rest of her hair is qute thin now. Being only 15 she is suffering greatly with this and it is causing her a great deal of stress, on top of her GCSE's which she is taking this summer. I have been unable to find any solution to this problem and we just have to hope her hair will come back by itself. What I would like to be able to do is put her in touch with other girls in the same position so they could at least talk to each other and give each other some support.

Posted by Optional on 02/03/2010 at 12:25

so this is basically saying, if your going bald you have a good chance of a heart attack. nice one. keep your opinons to yourself, embarrassing problems.com. complete waste of time

Posted by :) on 20/02/2010 at 04:07

Hiii, when i split my hair into two straight down from the centre the scalp line is there and in the middle is a little, little circle. what can this be? thanks :)

Posted by Carla on 28/01/2010 at 06:18

I am 15 and have bauld patches on the top and back of my head , which left me with no hair line . I find this difficult to cope with at such a young age . Which left me with no self esteem . Micheal my mummy said it's just ur roots .

Posted by Tom on 17/12/2009 at 03:30

I've heard about a hypnotherapist who has helped women with alopecia grow their hair back successfully. I expect she can do it for men too, i don't know. I think her name was Sally Stubbs.

Posted by garry on 28/11/2009 at 02:23

I have thining hair in the front and on the top of my head.

Posted by michael on 18/10/2009 at 07:13

my hair comes out with white things on the end of it. wat is this. i am 17 years old

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We each have about 100 000 hairs on the scalp

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Each hair on the head grows for about 5 years before being shed

Eyebrow hairs grow for only 10 weeks

Scalp hair grows at a rate of about 1 cm (just under half an inch) a month

A survey has shown that about 7.9 million men and 1.6 million women in the UK have hair loss problems

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