Knowing the Difference Between Regular and Irregular Hair Loss

February 3, 2016 3:24 pm

Losing hair is a natural thing. It is common to shed between 50-100 hairs a day. However, when your hair loss starts exceeding 125 hairs per day, it may be more than regular shedding. Assuming you don’t count every hair strand that you lose throughout the day, it may be hard to know the difference between regular hair loss and irregular hair loss.

Regular Hair Loss

To understand your regular hair loss patterns, try a short 60 second hair test once a month. A standardized 60 second hair count is a reliable method for assessing hair shedding. To do this, comb your hair forward on a towel for 60 seconds and count the hair strands. It is best to use a white towel so you can easily see the hairs. There is no specific number of hairs to look for, however this test will give you a visual understanding of how much you are normally shedding and you can measure hair loss patterns more accurately. There is also a hair loss app you can download at http://www.trackmyhair.com/ for easy tracking.

Did you know that the average person’s head has up to 150,000 hairs and that your hair grows in phases? The phase in which your hair is in a “resting” phase is when your hair falls out, called the Telogen phase. Natural shedding in this phase is important for new hair growth, growing new hairs after about 3 months.

Irregular Hair Loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hair loss beyond the normal 50-100 hairs a day is considered irregular hair loss. Another term for Irregular hair loss is Involutional Alopecia, and it is caused by an increased number of hair follicles entering the resting stage at the same time. With more hair follicles entering this stage and no new hair growth occurring, you will start to notice thinning of the hair or a receding hair line. Most irregular hair loss is associated with heredity or aging. There are other life events that may cause irregular hair loss, but most of the time these can be cured naturally with time. Below are some examples of circumstances for both men and women that may cause irregular hair loss.

Men
• Dietary deficiencies
• Stress
• Illness
• Medications such as anti-cancer drugs
• Trauma
• Dermatologic conditions
• Thyroid Imbalance

Women
• Hormonal imbalances or changes such as menopause
• Pregnancy & childbirth
• Dietary deficiencies
• Stress
• Illness
• Dermatologic conditions
• Medications such as anti-cancer drugs
• Hair styling & chemical hair processing
• Trauma
• Thyroid Imbalance

preventing hair loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although there are many factors that can cause hair loss, there are some simple daily routine changes that can reduce damaging the hair you do have.

  • Reduce hair treatments like coloring, chemical treatments, heat tools etc.
  • Brush your hair with a comb or a moderately stiff natural bristle brush that is less likely to tear your hair. Remember to be gentle while brushing.
  • Having a healthy diet is also good for your hair growth. Providing your body with plenty of iron, protein, vitamin c, biotin and omega -3 fatty acids provides the perfect environment to foster hair growth.
  • We also offer Viviscal professional hair growth supplements to help give you hair the proper nutrients for healthy hair growth.

When to see doctor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you feel like your hair loss does not fit in either regular or irregular hair loss, it is important to visit a hair transplant specialist or dermatologist as soon as possible. Some symptoms can be a sign for a more serious condition, such as:

  • Pain and itching with hair loss, or a red, scaly scalp.
  • You have bald spots on your beard or eyebrows.
  • If you are a woman and you are experiencing male pattern baldness or an abnormal menstrual cycle.
  • You have been gaining weight, suffering fatigue, muscle weakness, or intolerance to cold temperatures.

Great Hair Restoration of Oklahoma offer today’s newest technology using NeoGraft hair transplant procedures and hair supplements. To learn more about NeoGraft hair transplants or to see if you are candidate, call us today for a free consultation.