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HAIR LOSS… CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS

Is it normal to find hair in my brush, on my pillow and on my clothes? At what point do you have to worry? When should I consult a professional?

Is hair loss temporary? Or is it irreversible?

What solutions are available? Which ones to choose?

This advice on hair loss answers all the questions generated by the problem of hair loss, which can be very anxiety-provoking.

How to define the type of hair loss?

Reactive hair loss? Genetic problem? Intense stress? What causes these physiological phenomena?

We often hear the generic expression " lose your hair ". It is used by everyone as a very general term. This makes it seem like there is only one type of hair loss.

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In actual fact, there are two main types of hair loss

It is important to know that this phenomenon is divided into two distinct categories which have different causes and to which different solutions must, of course, be found.

Hair loss diagnosis

So how do you identify the type of hair loss? By answering the following statements, it is easy to define what type of hair loss you are suffering from.

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  • You lose your hair in handfuls (shower, brush, in your fingers…).
  • You have been losing your hair for less than 6 months.
  • You are losing hair all over your scalp.
  • You have had sudden changes (emotional shock, pregnancy, traumatic event, stress, change of diet, medication…) in the four months preceding the hair loss.
  • Your parents have normal, dense hair.

If you agreed with most of these statements, you are probably affected by reactive hair loss. If not, you are probably suffering from progressive hair loss.

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Reactive hair loss

Also known as diffuse acute alopecia or telogen effluvium, it is characterized by a sudden, one-off and overwhelming hair loss that affects the entire scalp.

It is linked to an event (pregnancy, change of season, stress, fatigue, emotional shock, nutritional deficiencies, iron deficiency, medication…). It mainly affects women, but can also affect men. It does not lead to baldness. Nevertheless, it must be treated as soon as possible.

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Progressive hair loss

Hair loss? Baldness? This phenomenon, also known as androgenetic alopecia, affects both men and women and becomes increasingly common with age. It is characterized by a progressive and localized decrease of the capillary mass. In men, hair loss happens most often at the temples and at the crown of the head. In women, mainly along the central axis of the skull.

It is generally hormonal and is caused by a disturbance in the life cycle of the hair.

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How do you treat of hair loss?

Once the diagnosis has been made and the causes analyzed, it is then possible to recommend a tailor-made routine that best suits each person's needs to promote hair regrowth.

What makes hair grow? Dietary supplements, anti-hair loss treatments… There are a variety of solutions to slow down hair loss before considering hormone treatments or even a hair transplant.

Hair: a symbol of vitality and seduction

The hair is a reflection of our general state and an essential element of the image we present of ourselves.

Hair is indeed an outward sign of good health. We naturally envy people who have strong, shiny hair. They seem so healthy.

Beautiful hair is also an asset of seduction. For women, it is one of the main attributes revealing all their femininity. For men, it is a symbol of strength that comes from the most ancient mythology.

So, when hair loses volume or density, when it falls out in handfuls… all these concerns related to health and self-image surface.

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At 20, 30 or 40 years old, there is no ideal age to see your hair start falling out.

It is thought that 34% of women and 45% of men are affected by hair loss.

What does the life cycle of hair look like?

Progressive hair loss problems are the result of a disturbance in the hair's life cycle.

When our hair is in good general health, it is constantly renewing itself. A hair grows and then falls out, in a hair cycle that repeats itself about 25 times during our life and which takes place in three stages.

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The anagen phase, or growth phase, lasts an average of three years in men and five years in women. Under normal conditions, about 85% of hair is generally in the anagen phase. During this phase, the scalp's vascular network that feeds the hair root is particularly well developed around the follicle.

Then comes the catagen phase, or regression phase, which is quite short (only two to three weeks). At this point, the hair follicle becomes inactive. The matrix dies and, although the hair no longer grows, it remains rooted in the follicle.

The telogen phase is the resting phase. The hair that falls out is replaced by other hair, for which a new anagen phase begins. This renewal period lasts approximately 3 months.

The hair follicles, although they each follow the same life cycle, are independent of each other. This is why the hair does not fall out all at once.

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Knowing what we know about hair loss, it is normal to lose between 40 and 80 hairs per day.

However, it is considered that when this number passes the 100 mark, it is time to worry about this hair loss, which then becomes abnormal.

When all goes well, the hair capital ensures a beautiful head of hair until at least 75 years old (25 cycles of three years) for men and 125 years old for women.

But if the length of the hair cycle decreases from three years to two years, then to one year and then to six months… alopecia sets in and, without external action to slow it down, it becomes irreversible. What is the life cycle of a hair?

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To be able to react effectively at the first signs of hair loss, here is the process to follow:

  1. Recognize the type of problem.
  2. Identify its causes.
  3. Find the personalized care.
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