Did you know that hair is made of dead keratin or that hereditary hair loss is actually hair miniaturisation? This section may not provide direct answers for treating hair loss or grey hair but it might be a good starting point in your research. It is useful to understand the growth cycle of a hair, the types of hair loss and the true causes of grey hair and baldness, in order to avoid frustrations with some hair treatments. A good understanding of the biology of hair might help you diagnose yourself and determine whether you have any problem at all and better estimate your treatment options, enabling you to avoid common mistakes. One of the greatest weapons of cunning, snake oil marketers is exploiting the false myths and the lack of knowledge of their potential customers. One good example is shedding. Many people are frightened when they experience increased shedding. They do not realise that it is a regular seasonal occurrence and often no reason for concern.
Life Cycle of Hair
A wrong understanding of hair growth cycles often leads hair loss sufferers either to abandoning treatments that may have been effective if they had continued using them or to believing in miracles. For most hair loss treatments to be effective, the hair's growth phase has to be interrupted and the hair shed. Only the new budding hair that comes out of a hair follicle after a short resting period can be of noticeably better quality than its predecessor. This replacement can sometimes come in a shock wave called shedding and it is frequently misunderstood by hair loss sufferers as a negative reaction to the new treatment and so the treatment is then discontinued.
Alopecia (Hair Loss)
Alopecia is the medical description of the loss of hair from the head or body. Although hereditary baldness accounts for 95% of hair loss cases among the male population and nearly as many among women, there are many other forms of alopecia with their own causes, symptoms and treatment options. Some of these conditions are also hereditary, while some others can be triggered by external factors. Correctly diagnosing your medical condition is the key to successful treatment, as treatment options for hereditary baldness are usually different from those for other types of alopecia.
Causes of Grey Hair and Hair Loss
Premature grey hair and hair loss are often blamed on bad circulation in the scalp, lack of hair growth promoting vital nutrients, or excessive stress and smoking. Although these factors may contribute to a worsening of the hair quality, the true causes of these conditions are much more difficult to address. In both cases, greying and balding, they have to do with the premature dying of certain cells and this process usually has nothing to do with the person's normal aging process. These processes are coded in our genes and therefore difficult to manage.