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About Hair Loss

All About Hair Loss

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The Stages of Hair Growth
Hair grows in 3 stages: the anagen (growth) stage lasts 2-6 years; the catagen (transition) stage lasts about 2 weeks; the telogen (rest) stage lasts about 3 months. At any given time, about 90 percent of a person’s hair is in the growth stage, with about 10 percent in the rest stage. Hair normally falls out after the rest stage. The follicle then begins producing a new hair, and the cycle starts all over again.

What causes hair loss?
Numerous factors can contribute to hair loss-genetics, stress, diet, physical constitution, and hair and scalp conditions. However, the most common cause is genetics; up to 4 out of 5 hair loss sufferers have hereditary hair loss. While lifestyle changes can help reduce hair loss, early detection and proper treatment are essential to gaining total control of the situation. In the case of genetic hair loss, or androgenetic alopecia, there is as yet no complete cure.

But hair loss problems can still be addressed at many levels. Unbelievably, many people don’t do anything about their hair loss. Perhaps they don’t know where to begin. The fact is, thinning hair can and should be treated before the problem worsens. The secret is to detect and treat thinning hair early. It is much easier to prevent further hair loss than to try and regain a full head of hair once you have gone completely bald.

What can I do about my hair loss?
The first step is to determine the cause of your specific type of hair loss. A visit to your doctor can help rule out medical conditions that might result in hair loss. Drugs prescribed for certain medical conditions can also cause hair loss.

DrugPrescribed for
IotretinoinAcne
Captopril, Enalapril, Lisinopril, AllopurinolACE inhibitors (blood pressure or heart failure)
WarfarinGout
Valproate Sodium, VigabatrinBlood-thinning drugs
Carbimazole, PropylthiouracilEpilepsy
Clofibrate, BezafibrateEpilepsy

Available hair loss solutions include topical treatments, non-surgical hair replacement and hair transplant surgery. At iAremyhair we can help you find the perfect solution to your hair loss needs. We have a range of scientific methods to analyse your hair loss and help you understand your hair regrowth or treatment options. We also specialise in providing state-of-the-art hair replacement systems (custom hairpieces) and services.

Tell me more about men’s hair loss.
Genetic hair loss in men is commonly linked to a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a form of testosterone that exists in the body even when we have full heads of hair. In healthy hair follicles, DHT combines with structures called androgen receptors to regulate normal hair growth. As men start to age, their bodies produce greater amounts of DHT, slowing down hair growth and degrading hair quality. The results may not be apparent for many years, but gradually sufferers notice thinning hair and, eventually, baldness.

How is women’s hair loss different?
Many women experience hair loss, but because hair is often a bigger part of our idea of feminine beauty, hair loss can be more devastating for women than men. Treating and diagnosing female hair loss is not as straightforward as with male-pattern baldness. However, the good news is that for a large percentage of female sufferers, hair loss is completely reversible. A competent doctor and appropriate lab tests can confirm or rule out medical conditions such as hyperthyroidism, and hormonal fluctuations associated with postpregnancy and post-menopause. Genetic hair loss in women has the same DHT-related causes as male-pattern baldness. Female sufferers, however, typically experience a generalized thinning over the entire scalp.

Tell me more about my options for tackling hair loss.

The first and best resource should be your doctor or dermatologist. With the appropriate lab/blood tests and your clinical history, s/he can determine the cause of your hair loss so that you can treat it accordingly.

  • Topical treatment is a suitable choice for early-stage male- or female-pattern baldness.
  • Non-surgical hair replacement is a viable choice for someone experiencing more extensive hair loss.

Hair transplant surgery is a suitable choice for men and women experiencing mild to moderate hair loss. Those considering hair transplant surgery should note that there is a limit to the amount of hair that can be transplanted; the transplanted hair is taken from the donor area located at the back of the head approximately 7.5 cm (3 inches) above the bottom hairline.

To find out more about hair loss, its types and causes and what you can do about it, download our e-book, Real Hair Loss Solutions for Real People! Our newly revised and updated edition debunks many widespread myths about hair loss. It also includes the results of Singapore’s first-ever public survey on hair loss awareness, plus information on the latest in hair treatment and replacement technology!

Hair Loss in Singapore
An estimated 469,000 people in Singapore suffer hair loss, of which half are women. Androgenic alopecia (hereditary hair loss) makes up about 63 percent of local hair loss cases. Only about 1 in 5 hair loss sufferers seek treatment. Of those who do, 74 percent choose unproven non-medical methods. About a third of those seeking treatment for hair loss are young adults aged 17 to 26.

iAremyhair recently conducted Singapore’s very first public survey on hair loss awareness and attitudes towards hair replacement! To find out more about hair loss in Singapore, what people know (and don’t know!) and what they think, download the results to our survey!