Tip for checking hair loss

There’s a simple test you can do to help determine whether you are losing hair, it’s just thinning or you are damaging it by abusive hair products or pulling it too tight (which can occur with braiding). Pull on several strands of your hair — do they come out easily at the root? If so, it suggests that the hairs are indeed “shedding” and have gone into what we call an excess telogen phase. via Dr. Judith Reichman | Women’s Hair Loss Project.

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Telogen phase

The telogen phase is the resting phase of the hair follicle. When the body is subjected to extreme stress, as much as 70 percent of your hair can prematurely enter a phase of rest, called the telogen phase. This hair begins to fall, causing a noticeable loss of hair. This condition is called telogen effluvium. The club hair is the final product of a hair follicle in the telogen stage, and is a dead, fully keratinized hair. Fifty to one-hundred club hairs are shed daily from a normal scalp.via Hair follicle – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Call your doctor to determine if you have hair loss

What to Expect at Your Office Visit

A careful medical history and examination of the hair and scalp are usually enough to diagnose the cause of your hair loss.

Your doctor will ask detailed questions such as:

♦ Are you losing hair only from your scalp or from other parts of your body as well?

♦ Is there a pattern to the hair loss, like a receding hairline or thinning or bald areas on the crown, or is the hair loss throughout your head?

♦ Have you had a recent illness or high fever?

♦ Do you dye your hair?

♦ Do you blow dry your hair? How often?

♦ How often do you shampoo your hair?

♦ What kind of shampoo, hair spray, gel, or other product do you put on your hair?

♦ Have you been under unusual stress lately?

♦ Do you have nervous habits that include hair pulling or scalp rubbing?

♦ Do you have any other symptoms like itching, flaking, or redness of your scalp?

♦ What medications do you take, including over-the-counter drugs?

♦ Tests that may be performed (but are rarely needed) include:

♦ Blood tests to rule out disease

♦ Microscopic examination of a plucked hair

♦ Skin biopsy

Click the link to learn more: via Hair Loss – Symptoms, Causes, Tests – NY Times Health Information.

Hair Loss

HairBlues will attempt to help the many women suffering, or beginning to suffer from hair loss.  We will investigate what some of the causes are. We will  look at products which claim to help stop the condition.  We will focus on what the various hair loss reasons are, and generally help you to find solutions for your personal situation.  Hair loss does not belong to any particular ethnic group.  Even though ‘bald‘ is in, many women want to change their look often, and are not comfortable with exposing themselves in this way.  Buying wigs is expensive, and does not work for every head.

Hair Is Tied to Self-Image

Long, short, bouncy, sleek — for most women, hair is far more than a bundle of fiber. It’s an expression of style and personality. Research also suggests hair and self-image are closely intertwined. If an occasional “bad hair day” can make a gal feel low, hair loss can be a distressing sight to face every morning in the mirror. Thinning Hair Causes and Solutions « LFIVE.

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