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Phases of Human Hair Growth

By now, it will be very obvious to us that human hair grows quite abundantly at almost all parts of our body. There are some parts of our body however, that represents an absence of hair growth, particularly the palms of our hands, the soles of our feet, the eye lids and the lips. Like that of our skin, hair is keratinized, made mostly of flat cells with overlayed keratin (keratin is a protein), which posses qualities similar to that of rope fabrics which give ample strength for the hair shaft. The human cycle of hair growth has three (3) phases that involve the growth of hair until it eventually falls of from our heads. These are the anagen phase, the catagen phase and the telogen phase. These three phases relatively determine the capacity and the length of your hair growth.

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These phases all happen simultaneously at the same time. This is also the case regarding the other types of hair growing on our body, besides the hair on our scalp of course. There is also the vellus hair and the androgenic hair which serves both different purposes and functions in regards to giving our bodies the needed warmth and the ample protection from the elements. The three detailed stages of the development of human hair growth on our body which are the anagen, catagen and telogen phase all occur at the same time on each strand of hair in our human body. When one full cycle of each stage is complete, The cycle starts up again as soon as a new strand of hair begins to form and emerge from the follicles itself.

The average human hair grows to an estimated length of about 1.25 centimeters or about 0.5 inches in about a months time or if you would like to convert that to a yearly rate of 1.5 centimeters or about exactly 6 inches a year.

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The Anagen Phase

This phase represents the first time that the follicle will be growing a new strand of hair, though not yet visible on the scalp surface, it is already on it’s first stage of growth prior to emerging from the scalp. The growth cycle starts in the papilla of the inner follicle which can take to as much in between 2 to 6 years before even starting to come out from the scalp. Genetics place a crucial decisive roll on the progress of hair growth. It would be very interesting to know that the longer that the hair develops in the anagen phase, the faster it will grow. The development of the hair inside the follicle resembles like that of a ball of twine or string that when it has grown just enough, it will be eventually be making it’s way out of the follicles through the scalp which will give you an itchy sensation that will make you scratch your head. This simple stimuli of scratching your hair, will eventually pull out the newly developed hair strand from your scalp, completing the anagen stage of hair growth. The total number of anagen hair growths on a person is 85% of all hair on a persons head.

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The Catagen Phase

The catagen phase is also considered as the transitional phase of hair growth which the follicles are given the chance to rejuvenate or revitalize themselves. It is through the body’s natural enzymatic and hormonal functions that trigger this phase. It is during this stage of hair development that the follicles actually begin to shrink due to hormonal triggering mechanisms that make the papilla to detach itself, going into a sort of resting period, which results in the steady dwindling supply of the blood supply and the nutrients that nourishes the follicles. This resting stage of the papilla, reduces the size of the follicles by as much as 1/6th of it’s original size due to the lack of the much needed nutrients by the hair follicle. Though it is true that the papilla has regressed into a resting phase, the length of the fibers still remain the same.

The Telogen Phase

The telogen phase is the dormant phase of the human hair growth cycle and is also considered as the final stages of hair growth. What is actually fascinating about this stage is realizing that your hair once it has entered this phase of the cycle, has actually been dead for the past 1 to 4 months! This stage may result in almost 10 to 15 percent of the total hairs on your head are actually already in this stage for the past 4 months. Since this stage of hair development is on it’s final stages, the hormones in the body are once again triggered to restart the anagen phase in order to instruct the papilla to produce new hair strands. The newly produced hair strands that are developing inside the papilla will now start to push out and eject the old hair strands on your scalp, eventually dislodging it to give way to newly grown hair strands, therefore completing the three cycles oh human hair growth. This results in the shedding of hair in a daily basis.

To think that everyday of our lives as we groom ourselves when we brush or comb our hair, we shed off so much hair on our scalp thinking that there must be something wrong with our follicular hair growth. As it came out to be a natural occurrence within the cycle of our development of hair growth. It can be considered that our daily reason for shedding hair means that there are already new sets of hair that are now replacing the old hair strands that have already fallen off our scalp.

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Demystifying the Truth About Laser Combs

Brushes and combs maybe one, if not the best invention that man has made in regards to grooming and maintaining the beauty and elegance of our precious hair. It is a simple, yet effective tool that we could use to fix the appearance of our hair when we wake up in the morning, after taking a bath and even removing those unwanted parasites the sometimes reside on our scalp, particularly head lice. Yes, the comb and brush are some of the things that we can not live without on a daily basis. In recent years, there had been a tremendous amount of different gadgets and gizmo’s that had been seen surfacing on the market related to hair maintenance and some even offer guarantees that it could somehow rejuvenate hair back to it’s pristine state of health.

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Some products even offer the possibility of having the ability to trigger the re-growth of hair on a thinning scalp, making it one of the most intriguing products ever designed that could help hair to grow back and reverse the condition of thinning hair loss. The laser comb is relatively anew comer on the hair products market, making it’s debut on the early part of this decade. The laser comb was the predecessor of the now extinct electro magnetic scalp stimulator that comes in a variation of designs and functions.

During the early part of the 1990′s, the electric scalp stimulator presented people who were looking for alternative solutions in bringing back to life their seemingly unavoidable thinning hair. The concept of the electric scalp stimulator, relied on the principles of a small amount of electro magnetic resonating frequency that was believed to have the ability to stimulate the scalp and “coax” it to regrow the hairs from it’s scalp. But unfortunately, the only thing that it was able to successfully do was create electrical interference that disturbed a lot of electronic devices and in some rare occasions, house hold pets.

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By the end of the 1990′s came another gadget that was to supersede the the electric scalp stimulator. The infrared hair brush came to the scene in the early years of 2000 as it was almost the same to the principle of the electric scalp stimulator, it nevertheless had a different approach in claiming success where the electric scalp stimulator had failed to deliver it’s promise. The infrared comb had a different principle involving it’s approach in stimulating weak hair follicles back to life. The working concept of the infrared comb was it’s ability to kill unwanted bacteria on the scalp of the head and at the same time emit a mild dose of infrared light that claims to stimulate blood flow all throughout the scalp area, thus giving young follicular tissues a chance to grow minus the deterring presence of harmful scalp organisms that most shampoos fail to eradicate.

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Today, there is a new breed of combs that was created using advance technological research combining clinical scientific studies with advanced laser technology, meet the laser comb. The principle behind the laser comb is so much different from that of it’s other predecessors. The emission of various low powered laser beams on the scalp is said to stimulate hair growth through the action of increasing the amount of a certain molecule called “adenosine triphoshate”, which is said to carry “energy” from one cell to another. Considering the present price for these new laser combs that range from $70 dollars to as much as $370 dollars.

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Health Issues Concerning Women’s Thinning Hair

It is undoubtedly one of the most significant features in a woman’s body…her hair. Vanity aside, in a males point of view, a woman’s hair is indeed the essence of her femininity. Much is written about the beauty in a woman’s hair that it traverses the boundary of fiction and truth. No wonder that women spend almost half of the time making sure that their precious tresses live up to their famed expectations. It is so obvious that a woman values the way that her hair looks, just as important as how other people would react to it.

Unfortunately, there is the stark reality of hair thinning and hair loss that most women find unacceptable to contradict. Since hair loss is predominantly exclusive to males, it is also, in rare cases, a problem to some women as well. Hair thinning and hair loss in women is caused by hereditary genetics like that in males, but, unlike male pattern baldness, women’s thinning hair loss is more of a chromosome paternal origin rather than hereditary. This means that a woman who has evident manifestation of hair loss has more male chromosomes than female chromosomes.

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Chromosomes are different from hereditary genetics, as a majority of people would put one and one as the same. Genetics is more of a carbon copy of gender and physiology while chromosomes are more reared as gender derivatives, meaning, a woman would have more male chromosomes than female chromosomes. A simple example to justify a point is some women have more male chromosomes than other women which would explain why some women have more facial hair than others.

Another simple explanation might deviate from the subject at hand, but would clearly explain a simple point nonetheless. At the time of our conception, human beings have both male and female chromosomes that are called chromosome “X”and “Y”. Since the female specie is the most predominant of all human species, for reasons of propagation. This unique biological state in which human existence permeates, is the reason why there are more females than males (10 females as to 1 male).

For women that have inherited a majority of male chromosomes, this is a reason in why they suffer such conditions. Secondary causes would that be of genetics, such as pregnancy, menopause and chemical imbalance. Stress however is not a predominant cause of women’s hair loss and thinning unlike that of men. However, dietary deficiency does hold a big part in the cause of hair thinning and hair loss for women. Clinical studies have determined that on the onset of menopause and andropause, for both men and women alike, each manifest a common condition that marks the end of the hormonal function of the pituitary glands.

The pituitary gland regulate the proper function of the hormones which control such bodily functions such as the reproductive organs, the libido and hair growth. It was clinically proven, that men who undergo the andropause cycle, lead to the decrease of testosterone levels, experience the cessation of bodily hair growth, not to mention, hair growth in the head. Which explains the case of hair loss directly proportional to aging. In the case of women that undergo menopause, the reduction of progesterones lead to the accelerated growth of facial hairs.

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Genetics would be one uncontrollable cause of hair loss in women, given the fact that it is a natural state. However, there is also the reason of dietary deficiency to consider. About a hundred years ago, women’s hair loss was an unheard issue. It was only in the last 60 years or so that the issue was first looked upon. Environmental and dietary reasons are some of the few evident causes for this reason, not to mention a rapidly changing way of living. Nowadays, even food has undergone a radical way of production that you can not help but wonder if we are really getting the needed sustenance that our body direly needs.

Synthetic chemicals could also be one of the major reasons why most women suffer hair thinning and hair loss. Environmental pollutants can also be pointed out among the various reasons besides chemical inorganic substances that are used to manufacture our products. This explains the resurgence of natural organic health supplements that aide to counter act the deteriorating effect of inorganic chemicals that we use on a daily basis.

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Male Hair Loss Patterns

In 1975, Dr. O’tar Norwood, published a standardized definition establishing a world wide classification in naming the two most common patterns in male pattern baldness. Along with this, he also named several other less common types related to similar conditions predominant to male pattern baldness as well. It is within these classification that hair specialists and doctors that deal with certain hair conditions, base their over all evaluation and approach prior to addressing the proper procedure of applying the needed clinical treatment in regards to male pattern baldness and hair loss.

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Class I – This condition is related to adolescent or juvenile receding hairline conditions. It does not necessarily mean an immediate progress resulting to baldness at this stage in the case of the hairline starting above the beyond normal position in regard to the age of the individual.

Class II – This can be easily be indicated with proportion to the eye brow’s crease measuring at a fingers length up to the present position of the hairline. This is usually a condition that starts between the age of the early 30′s and the early 40′s for males. This is normal according to specialists and does not classify as the start of male pattern baldness.

Class III – This is considered as the first sign of clinical baldness. It can be defined as the real start of the manifestation of hair loss and can be determined by the loss of hair or the deepening of the temporal regions of the hairline. The temporal region are the opposite end of the hairline and are the first to manifest the signs of hair loss. As hair loss progresses, the temporal regions deepen further upward, going towards the backside of the head. This can be seen as like that of the letter “M”.

Class III Vertex – This is another Class III condition that involves the onset of hair loss on the top most part of the crown (Vertex) of the head. Unlike the first case condition, it can not be easily visible at a first glance since it usually begins on the top most part of the head and you may need an extra mirror to see the actual condition.

Class IV – This classification is best described as an apparent disappearance of most of the hairs on the top most crown of the head. Its characteristics imply a remaining growth of strands from the original vertex (crown) that still exists, giving it a sparse evident appearance of baldness.

Class V – This condition is the progression from the Class IV condition in which the remaining sparse strands of hair have totally receded. The obvious manifestation of the visible balding area of the crown and the hairlines are almost viewed as one,

Class VI – This condition can be defined as the total loss of all remaining hairs on the crown. The crown has totally lost all visible growth of hair, thus exposing the whole front and top most region of the head. The only visible hair growth that remains unaffected at this point will be that of the sides of the head.

Class VII – This is the final stages of male pattern baldness which can be defined as the total disappearance of all remaining hair from the front, crown and to some extent, as far as the backside of the head. The remaining hair growth on the sides of the head may well be sparse as well.

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Dr. O’tar Norwood based his classifications in regards to the most common patterns found in men with male pattern baldness. However, there are also diffused unpatterned hair loss conditions that do not fall within his published clinical studies. The genetic cause of hair loss in men that contributes to male pattern baldness is very hard to determine in regards to finding the adequate solution for clinical evaluations since it is not easy to make constructive diagnosis from clinical data such as these.

Diffused Patterned Alopecia and Diffused Unpatterned Alopecia are both predisposed genetic condition, most of the time hereditary in origin. It is the first imperative to fully understand the origin of it’s symptoms before proceeding to any sort of medical treatment. Diffused Patterned Alopecia (DPA) falls under Dr. O’tar Norwood’s classification. However, Diffused Unpatterned Alopecia (DUPA) has no predictable pattern to begin with and could even start to manifest just about in any part of the head.

DPA and DUPA patients that would want to undergo hair transplant are faced with certain issues regarding the procedure’s chances of being successful. DPA candidate are often times successful when undergoing hair transplant as opposed to DUPA candidates. DUPA face an uncertainty in regards to hair transplant procedures for reasons of their unstable genetic disposition.

 

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How Hair Loss Occurs

The process of the hair becoming thin and falling out with time is referred to, in technical terms, as androgenic alopecia, or more commonly male pattern baldness. The hair loss occurs due to the hair follicles becoming increasingly susceptible to androgenic miniaturization. Being the most common form of hair loss 70% of men and 40% of women will experience the phenomenon within their lifetime.
The presence of male pattern baldness in man will generally manifest as a receding hairline at the temples and the balding of the vertex, while women normally find the hair atop the scalp becoming thinner with time. The factors playing into the condition can be both genetic and environmental in origin, though there are a variety of cases that have unknown etiologies.

 

Commonly, the onset of male pattern baldness occurs as a byproduct of advancing age. The androgens that accelerate the growth of facial hair have a negative relationship to the growth of hair on the scalp, which is referred to as the ‘androgen paradox’.

 

There are a variety of hormonal alterations occurring the body with the progression into an age past 50, including decreases in testosterone and an increase in SHBG (sex hormone-binding globulin); fittingly then, a lifestyle that is rich in exercise can impact androgenic hair loss by affecting androgen and estrogen levels. In cross-sectional analyses, it has been shown that aerobic exercisers have a lower basal total and free testosterone compared to people who don’t actively engage in exercise on a regular basis.

 

There is a correlation between the frequency of exercise and the testosterone in those who are middle aged and elderly, which therefore show a direct influence in the onset of male pattern baldness. The results are not ubiquitous, as exceptions always arise, but they are significant enough to merit an examination of male pattern baldness as something that can be actively remedied as well as clinically.

 

Conventional medication directed at hair loss can slow down or reverse the process altogether, provided that the drugs are FDA approved such as minoxidil and finasteride. The advanced cases of male pattern baldness may show a higher level of resistance to conventional remedies than those that only have manifested for a short period of time, and so hair transplantation may be the preferred remedy at that point.

 

In any case, the field of research dedicated to understanding androgenic hair loss is very broad and produces very mixed results; future experimentation with remedies and explanations of male pattern baldness will no doubt continue to be an enduring hot topic of conventional medicine and therapy.

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The Three Essential Ingredients The Best Shampoo For Thinning Hair Should Have

best shampoo for thin hairThinning hair is a condition that plagues both men and women, even though men usually suffer more from it than women. Hair loss can reduce the  well being due to vanity as well as general skin health of the scalp due to greater exposure to the sun.  While it occurs to just about everyone to a greater or lesser degree most people will experience some obvious hair loss as they age.  Fortunately there is a best shampoo for thinning hair to minimize that effect.

 

Both men and women experience hair loss, but it is more a matter of thinning the profusion of active hair follicles in women rather than pattern baldness that typically causes male hair loss.

 

Healthy hair follicles continue to produce hair from infancy through adulthood in a generally thick distribution over the head.  There are hundreds of marketed hair-care products, shampoos, conditioners, gels, sprays, etc., that provide hair cleanliness and improve the appearance over the course of life.   The progression of hair loss, if it occurs, can present a set of circumstances better served by a change of use of hair-care products, particularly in the choice of the best shampoo for thinning hair.

 

One must know the physiology of pair production to understand why hair loss would suggest a change in hair-care products to either minimize hair loss or at least keep the hair and scalp as healthy as possible in spite of hair loss by using the correct products and care.

 

Each hair follicle – there are generally about 110,000 hair follicles on the average head – produces one hair at a time which will grow an average of five inches per year and each hair remains for two to six years before falling out.  The follicle just losing hair will rest for a period of time before reproducing another hair.  This process continues until the follicle is rendered incapable of producing another hair naturally.

 

The most essential part of a hair follicle is the papilla of hair at the root of the follicle.  The papilla is responsible for generating hair growth.  Unfortunately, some people, as they age, lose the efficacy of the papilla.  The resulting hair loss begins as a miniaturization of the hair follicle, resulting in each hair’s thickness reducing, shortening and losing pigment.  Without proper care, this process will accelerate until the follicle fails in the production of new hair.

 

The loss of hair is generally caused by a metabolic change in the body in its production of androgen.  The increase of one androgen, DHT, is instrumental in the loss of the ability of a follicle to produce hair.  The volume of production of DHT is genetic and the more DHT produced, the faster the process of thinning hair will continue.

 

Once the process of hair loss begins, there are means to retard its progress with a change in shampoo in order to apply a select set of ingredients to keep the scalp clean while retarding hair loss.

 

Hair in any condition of fullness requires periodic, thorough cleansing.  Many people consider “periodic” to be a daily exercise, and there is not valid data to suggest that the use of a mild shampoo on a daily basis will accelerate the thinning process.  Quite the contrary, because hair loss begins as a process of naturally losing hair from a follicle, it rests for a period before regeneration, leaving the follicle subject to collection of debris which could limit the follicle’s ability to function as it should.

 

Therefore, a prerequisite of proper hair care, regardless of, but particularly when thinning progresses, is to keep the scalp cleansed properly.  A mild shampoo is the best shampoo for thinning hair to keep the follicles clear of debris.

 

Of secondary importance is that the shampoo does not contain harsh chemicals, particularly a variety of bleaching agents (not necessarily associated with hair dyes), that may actually contribute to follicle miniaturization or weakening of hair.

 

The third essential aspect of the best shampoo for thinning hair is that it helps promote hair growth by stimulation of blood circulation.  The papilla of hair is in direct contact with blood capillaries.  If they can be stimulated to increase circulation by the addition of an appropriate ingredient, hair production is likely to continue.

 

Make sure you meet these three requirements, so that hair thinning can be a more prolonged or limited before reaching baldness.

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Treatment Options for Thinning Hair

Thinning hair remedies can help in many different, often surprising ways. Whether you are a a male or a female, figuring out why your hair is thinning is the first step in learning to slow or reverse the effects. Here are some different treatment options that could be available to you and tips on which ones will work best for different causes of thinning hair. Also included is a quick rundown of some things you can check for to help you and your doctor decide what exactly is causing this problem.

 

Things to Check for

 

Your first step in this process will most likely be to evaluate your hair loss and gather information that can help the doctor decide what is causing your thinning hair. Look at yourself in the mirror and examine the areas where your hair grows the thickest. Also try to figure our, which areas are the thinnest. Using a comb, check just how much hair you are losing at a time. Have this data ready when you visit your doctor so they can use it to diagnose your hair loss.

 

Different Causes Require Different Treatments

 

One of the most common causes of baldness is male pattern baldness. As men age they begin to lose hair because of genetics. There is no cure for this type of baldness but many things can be done to help slow, or even stop the hair loss from continuing. Starting treatment at an early age when the thinning and balding begins is one of the best ways to minimize the damage that is done. Thinning hair remedies are as individual as the patient and no treatment will work the same way for two different people.

 

More Causes

Although male pattern baldness is the most common form, thinning of the hair can be caused by medication that you are on, hormones, not taking care of your hair and scalp, poor diet, or stress. If the problem is occurring because of medication you are on, the best course of action is to talk with the doctor who prescribed that medication. Maybe there will be an alternative to what you are on that does not have that side effect. Most of the time when the medication is taken away the problem will go away soon after.

 

Hormones can complicate the situation a lot. A test from a doctor can show that your body has too much of certain hormones which may be the cause for your thinning hair. The doctor can give you a few different things that can help change this. Adding additional hormones or taking medication to change how much of the current hormone is in your body is the usual route taken.

 

Poor Hair Care and Improper Diet

If you have spent long years not taking good care of your scalp and hair, it may be thinning because of that. There are shampoos and conditioners that are meant to help make your scalp and hair healthy again. Use these in combination with a scalp moisturizer once a week. Massaging those products into your scalp can help to stimulate your hair follicles.

 

Poor diet for extended periods of time can have bad effects on all parts of your body including your hair. Starting to eat better and taking vitamins can help to reverse some of the damamge done. Protein, vitamins, and minerals are all crucial to hair growth.

 

Stress

 

Stress can cause your hair to thin and fall out as well. Working to reduce your stress with the help of medication or therapy can result in your hair getting thicker and can stop it from falling out. Try to keep yourself calm at all times if possible. There is medication that has recently been tested on mice that gives promising evidence of stopping and reversing the hair loss caused by stress. However, the easiest remedy for thinning hair is to relax and try to avoid whatever is causing the stress.

 

More Drastic Measures

 

If your hair loss is past the beginning phase, you may need to take more drastic measures to fix the damage done. Surgery is available to take healthy growing hair from other areas and transplant it in the places where the hair is thin or has fallen out completely. In many cases, the hair will then start to grow again. It may take many sessions to fix it completely, but it is a step in the right direction.

 

If you have thinning hair or are starting to go bald completely, there are many options available to you. Contact your doctor as soon as you see the issue arise and take care of it as soon as possible. This will help to ensure that you still have full hair as you grow old.

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Hairstyles and Cuts for People With Thinning Hair

Everyone is always trying to find a hair style that can make their hair look thicker. If you have thinning hair, there are many things you can do to change its appearance. You can use some cutting techniques, styling methods, and the right products to make your hair look as thick as it was 15 years ago. Here are some hairstyles for thinning hair that will help you cover up your hair loss while looking great.

 

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Adding curls to longer hair can make it look thicker. A little bit of layering and keeping a length just past your shoulders also helps. Begin with a curling iron with a one inch barrel. Curl a section underneath and give it a quick spray with your hairspray. Curl another and drop it on top of the others and give it another quick spray. Do this until you have all the hair you want curled. Another popular style to make hair look thicker is the bob.

 

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If your hair is short, there are options for you as well. Shaggy hair can help hide signs of thinning. When you get your hair cut, ask the barber to leave the hair in the front a little longer than the rest and to try to cut your hair in layers. You can use gel tousled through your hair to give it an even fuller look. Rough texture gives more volume.

 

If your forehead is slowly getting bigger, you can focus on growing the rest of your hair longer to cover it up. This is a very simple technique that is hard to catch. This technique is great for someone with an early stage receding hair line.

 

If the hair you have left is not too short, you can slick your hair back to help hide the signs of thinning hair as well. this will also help to cover up any bald spots that may be on the top of your head. This method usually turns out better than the comb-over look.

A mohawk could be used to help avoid people noticing your bald areas. This can be pulled off by some but if you work in an office, it may be hard to get away with. Even a short mohawk can help divert attention away from your bald areas to your bold new look.

 

Short spikey hair can help as well. Just use a little bit of hair glue, gel, mousse, or hairspray to get different looks. Longer spikes work just as well to cover up baldness but can quickly become too long to handle.

 

 

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A short crew cut is a great option that keeps attention drawn away from the thinning areas. The style itself helps to make your hair look thicker and you can blend your way into the bald spots.

 

One of the best options for men with thinning or balding hair is to have a buzz cut. It makes your thinning hair look much less obvious, it is low maintenance, as well as polished and sophisticated.

 

Buzzing it down does wonders in hiding thinning hair but shaving it clean covers up any bald spot you could possibly have. It can increase a mans confidence in their professional life and the bedroom.

 

Hopefully you will find that one of these styles or cuts works for you and you can cover up what time has done to your full hair. Try out a couple of these different options and see what works best for you.

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How Vitamins Can Help Treat Thinning Hair.

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If thinning hair has become a problem for you, you should consult a physician to find out what options you have to stop or reverse the effects. There are many different causes for thinning hair that all have different treatment options available. If your doctor confirms that your hair loss is caused by improper nutrition or lack of certain vitamins, here are a few helpful tips to get your problem under control.

 

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A balanced diet is where you should start to improve your hair growth. Adding specific food can help with hair growth including a lot of fruits and vegetables. Lean meats and fish are another good choice when it comes to hair health. Water and dairy can also help your hair to get the look it used to have. Avoid fatty foods and anything with high amounts of Vitamin A. These are both proven to be detrimental to hair health. Unsaturated fats are better for you. A general rule is, that food that is good for the rest of your body will benefit your hair as well.

 

Vitamins and Minerals

 

If you plan on adding supplements to your diet to help promote hair growth, here is a little information on what to use. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps your body get rid of things that can damage the cells in your hair. Symptoms of a lack of Vitamin C include nosebleeds, rough and dry skin, a lowered immune system, and dry, splitting hair. Taking Vitamin C can help your body in many different ways and is the perfect vitamin for thinning hair treatment.

 

Vitamin E

 

Some genetic diseases can cause a vitamin E deficiency which can result in many of the same problems as low vitamin C. Signs of low vitamin E include the loss of feeling and control in your extremities, muscle weakness, vision problems, and thinning hair. If you have a disease that ends up making your body absorb fat poorly, this is possibly the culprit.

 

Biotin

 

Vitamin H, more commonly known as Biotin, is essential for you body. It helps to absorb and utilize other nutrients throughout your body. Many hair products even include this vitamin because of its ability to help keep your hair, skin, and eyes healthy. Symptoms of having low Biotin in your system include hair loss, scaly skin, dry eyes, swollen tongue, insomnia, fatigue, and poor appetite.

 

Iron, Protein, and Zinc

 

Thinning hair can also be caused by deficiencies in iron, protein, and zinc. Supplements are available that include iron and zinc, but you should also add food to your diet, that contains natural protein. Make sure that you talk to your doctor about any of these vitamins, minerals, supplements, or changes to diet to make sure that they will not have any adverse reaction with medication that you take or any other conditions that you might have. They will suggest the best option available to you.

 

Hair health depends on a lot of the same things that your overall health depends on. Proper nutrition is a good start to slow down any further progression of your thinning hair. Adding specific vitamins and minerals to your diet and, if needed, finding supplements that will help you get the nutrition you need is another good choice. Avoiding food that is high in fat and contains vitamin A may also help you on your way. Contact your physician and find out what option is best for you to reverse your thinning hair.

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Causes and Treatments For Thinning Hair

If your hair is starting to thin, there could be many causes forcing it to happen and even more options available to reverse, stop, or cover up this embarrassing condition. Depending on the severity and how quickly you begin to treat this condition, you can get results that last and keep your hair for as long as possible. Here is some information on different causes of hair loss and some treatment options that might be available to you ranging from shampoo for thinning hair to surgery.

Causes of Hair Loss

Man with thinning hairOne of the most common forms of hair thinning in men is what is called male pattern baldness. This type of baldness can be attributed to the 4 in 7 chance that you will receive the baldness gene. Your hair will begin to recede from the sides of the forehead and, as time goes on, the whole top of the head can end up completely bald leaving a ring of hair around your head. A chemical trigger for this in your body is DHT. This chemical prohibits any growth of hair and weakens what hair you have.

Although this type of baldness makes up 95% of all the baldness in men, there are many other things that can cause it. People who excessively pull their hair can damage the cuticle, or the outer shell of the hair. Individual strands become weak and break off. Compulsive pulling or bending of the hair can result in permanent hair loss. Chemotherapy is another cause of hair loss that affects the lives of many people.

Things that you put into your body can affect hair growth as well. Poor nutrition, not eating enough, and the lack of certain nutrients can help cause thinning. Even some medications can make you lose some of your hair. Pollution in air and water, minerals in drinking water, and the effects of the sunlight can affect this condition as well. If you do not take care of your scalp, you hair will pay the price. Thats’s why there are a variety of vitamins for thinning hair available.

Stress is another cause of baldness associated with the restriction of your blood to certain capalaries. This stops oxygen and nutrients from getting to the hair follicles. Without those two things, the hair can not grow correctly.

Treatment Options Available

There are many different techniques used to prevent and reverse hair loss in men and woman. There are also ways to try and cover up the effects of baldness. There are many medications that a doctor can prescribe to help slow your hair from thinning out, help to grow new hair, or to thicken existing hair to help cover the bald spots easier.

shampoo for thinning hairSome medications are simply rubbed into the scalp and hair, like shampoo for thinning hair. Others are pills that you take with a glass of water. Shampoo for thinning hair and pills to help with the condition have varying effects and you may need to seek out a more drastic measure.

Surgical treatment is available to transplant healthy growing hair from one part of the body or scalp to another. The process can take from four to eight hours and you can do it more than once to maximize results. Immunosuppressants have also been applied to the scalp to show temporary results but adverse side effects make this therapy not worth it in most cases. Treating the scalp may be another option if that is the cause for the baldness in question.

If your baldness is stress related, stress reduction is the best option to prevent or reverse the condition. Treatment for stress can come from therapy, medication, or, possibly in the future, astressin-B, which has shown positive results in mice to regrow hair lost through the release of Corticotropin, a hormone related to stress

Covering Up the Damage Done

The comb over has been a popular way to try and hide male pattern baldness throughout the years. You restyle your remaining hair to cover a balding area where possible. As hair loss increases, this method gets less effective. Wearing a hat or a hairpiece is another popular method to cover up what time has done to the hair. There are even sprays that you put in your hair to add more volume to your own hair. Whatever option works best for you, use it to your advantage.

There are many different causes and treatments to baldness from stress to genes and from shampoo for thinning hair to surgery involving hair transplants. Contact a doctor if baldness is starting to become a problem for you and see what options may be available for.

If you are looking for more general information check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hair_loss.

A more out of the box solution for serious cases of hair loss can be found here.

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I am 53 years old and live in Miami. I have two kids, one boy and one girl with my wife Linda. My son Jon is now 19 years old and in College. My daughter Jennifer is 14 and still in High-School. We also have a dog. When I don’t work in the marketing department of a health company, I like to spend time outdoors with my family and friends. I don’t do as much sport as I should but my family and me go on a skiing vacation at least once a year.