What causes hair loss?
Alopecia is the general medical term for hair loss, and it has many
different causes. Normal human hairs can be classified according
phases of growth. Anagen is the growing stage of hair, while telogen
the sleeping stage of hair. About 80 percent of the hairs in the
scalp are growing hairs and about 20 percent of them are sleeping
It has been estimated that the scalp normally contains about 100,000
hairs. Therefore, the average number of hairs that can be lost in
a day is
about 100. Contrary to popular belief, neither shaving nor hormonal
changes, such as menstruation, has any effect upon hair growth.
Hair loss can be broken down into several different types, including
alopecia areata (temporary hair loss in a coin-shaped patch), telogen
effluvium (temporary hair loss secondary to a stressor on the system),
androgenetic alopecia (male-pattern hair loss). For the purposes
discussion, we will focus on male-pattern hair loss. It generally
itself in the 20s or early 30s by gradual loss of hair, chiefly
on the top
of the head and in the angles at the frontal hairline. There are
different patterns to this hair loss, but male-pattern hair loss
most frequently encountered type. The exact mechanisms are still
We have no doubt, however, that inherited factors and the effect
androgens (male hormones) on the hair are most responsible.
Is stress a factor in hair loss?
Stress does not cause hair loss—it simply makes a bad situation
Telogen effluvium, for example, occurs after an insult to the system.
most common cause is pregnancy. This can result in extensive and
hair loss in women in the first few months after the birth of a
is, however, temporary and returns completely.
What is DHT and how is it involved in hair loss?
DHT stands for dihydrotestosterone. This is the active form of the
hormone testosterone. It has been suggested that high DHT levels
genetically predisposed hair follicles initiate baldness. It is
chemical conversion from testosterone to dihydrotestosterone that
blocked by hair restoration products, such as finasteride, which
prescription medicine and the active ingredient in Propecia, another
prescription medication to treat hair loss. Finasteride blocks the
formation of active testosterone and allows those hairs predisposed
inactivity to become active again and make new hairs.
What is the relationship between genetics and hair loss?
Although not the primary cause of male-pattern hair loss, genetics
have a significant role in male-pattern hair loss. It is, however,
polygenic, in that there is more than one factor at work. It is
whether having an affected mother or an affected father predisposes
descendants to greater risks.
Can hair loss occur in young adults?
Male-pattern hair loss can occur as early as 15, although it typically
begins anywhere from the 20s and early 30s. Familial history may
determine if this is going to occur, as parents with a history of
early-onset male-pattern hair loss may increase the risk for this
in descendants. Alopecia areata and telogen effluvium, two other
temporary hair loss, can occur in children as young as one year
Other precipitating factors may also be involved.
What can be the cause of a sudden loss of a large mass
Stressors to your system, such as illness, high fever, pregnancy,
weight loss or gain, and drug use, can cause temporary hair loss.
occurs when the ratio of growing to resting hairs is upset and more
growing hair shifts into a resting phase. A greater quantity of
sleeping hairs falls out, prompting a visit to the dermatologist.
type of hair loss is temporary and full regrowth should be expected.
Does Provillus have any side effects?
No. Provillus does not have any known side effects.
Do shampoos and other hair products cause hair loss?
An allergic reaction to any constituent in shampoo or hair products
cause hair loss. Shampoos are designed to be as safe as possible,
there is always someone who will react to them. Caustic hair dyes,
straighteners, and other products can certainly cause inflammation
scalp and result in hair loss.
Can my hairstyle cause my hair to fall out?
Certain hairstyles can contribute to hair loss, most notably styles
involving tight braids or pull-backs. This form of hair loss is
traction alopecia. This occurs when the hair is pulled tightly back
fastened at the base of the skull, or braided into tight braids
Exposure to this type of hairstyle over long periods can result
scarring alopecia, with no potential for regrowth.