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Alopecia or Hair loss, can be very stressful and disturbing. It is a common cosmetically and psycho socially distressing condition. One of the most important psychological aspects related to hair loss is related to the true or imagined perceptions of others. It can have a significant negative impact on the quality of life of the affected persons. For women affected with hair loss, the main factors contributing to psychological distress could be inability to style their hair, dissatisfaction with their appearance, concern about the continuing hair loss and concern about others noticing their hair loss.
Facts Of Hair
Hair can be long and wavy, short and straight, frizzy and unmanageable, or smooth and shiny. Hair comes in many different lengths, styles, colors, and textures. Yet just about everyone no matter what kind of hair they have, falls prey to at least one hair problem at some point in life.
Hair grows all over your body except on your lips, palms, and the soles of your feet. The scalp contains about 100,000 hairs. It takes about a month for healthy hair to grow half an inch. Most hairs grow for up to six years and then fall out. You lose roughly 100 hairs from your head every day and in a normal condition, new hairs grow in their place.
Hair helps keep you warm. It also protects your eyes, ears and nose from small particles in the air. Common problem with the hair and scalp include hair loss, infections, flaking and psychological distress.
Treatments for Hair Loss include:
- Medications to treat the cause
- Hair restoration therapies
- Hair Transplant
Hair loss can affect just your scalp or your entire body. It can be the result of nutritional deficiency, crash dieting, anaemia, stress, heredity, hormonal imbalance, illness, medical conditions, and certain medications including retinoids, birth control pills, beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, certain antidepressants, NSAIDs (including ibuprofen), certain autoimmune disorders, harsh chemicals in soaps and shampoos or chemical treatments to hair.
Baldness typically refers to excessive hair loss from your scalp. Hereditary hair loss with age is the most common cause of baldness. Some people prefer to let their baldness run its course untreated and unhidden. Others may cover it up with hairstyles, makeup, hats or scarves. And still others choose one of the treatments available to prevent further hair loss and to restore growth.