Hair loss is a natural process that occurs in everyone. To help you understand how hair loss occurs, it is important to know the process of the natural hair growth cycle. The hair growth cycle is made up of 3 phases. The first phase is the active growth of your hair which can last for years. After it stops growing, the hair separates from the follicle holding it in place on your head and sits there for 10 days. Lastly, the follicle can hold the hair in place for about 2 to 3 months until the hair eventually falls out. After the hair falls out of place, a new hair begins to grow in that same follicle and the cycle repeats. Think of it like a plant rooted in the ground, after time the root can begin to rot and die. When the root is no longer strong, the plant is not held in place anymore and can begin to fall out of place in the ground. As a result of this natural hair growth cycle, most people can lose up to 100 hairs per day!
Chronic hair loss begins to occur when this natural growth process is disrupted and can lead to signs and symptoms that depict a receding hairline, overall thinning of the hair, or falling out in clumps. There are many types of hair loss that can occur in men and may be linked to a number of factors such as a person’s genetics, behavioral conditions, and medical conditions.The first most common type of hair loss is called Androgenetic Alopecia, or more commonly known as male pattern hair loss. It affects more than 50 million men in the US. Male pattern hair loss can occur after post-pubescent years and continue throughout a person’s lifetime. Typically the pattern of hair loss starts with the hair above both sides of the forehead which results in what’s more commonly referred to as a “receding hairline.” It then progresses to the back and top of the head. In many cases the normal hair will be replaced by short, thin, and slightly colored hair. Over time this can progress into complete loss of hair if not treated correctly.
The second most common type of hair loss is referred to as “Telogen Effluvium.” This type of hair loss occurs when the natural hair growth cycle is not restored and new hair does not grow back. This can result in hair loss and thinning at the back of the head and the hair above the forehead, known as the receding hairline. Normally, it does not end up in complete baldness, but more thinning of your normal hair growth. This type of hair loss can be caused by numerous events such as a deficiency in vitamins or minerals, medications, or specific medical events. Unfortunately
The third most common type of hair loss is called “Alopecia Areata.” This hair loss is caused by an autoimmune condition which means that the body is stopping the natural growth of new healthy hair. This condition can affect children and adults and can lead to small patches of hair falling out on the scalp without any warning. Fortunately, here at Nimbus we have medication that can help restore your hair and help.
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