Hair loss is something that can affect anybody. We can spot the first worrying sign when we wake up in the morning and find some hair on our pillow.
Or even when we notice that some of our hair sticks to our hands when we dry them.
But yet, in these situations, hair loss is still not a problem.
According to research, we lose between 50-100 strands of hair each day in normal conditions. Losing an higher amount of hair can be a sign of a bigger problem that must be checked out.
Spring and fall are the two seasons in which hair loss majorly occurs, mainly because of changes in the climate. It’s the hair’s life cycle itself that makes hair loss between October and December physiological.
This phenomenon is also represented by hair exposure to the sun during summer.
Hair loss is normal: their life cycle
Hair’s life cycle is made of three stages. The hair follicles give birth to the hair, then the following three stages are called Anagen, Catagen and Telogen.
The life cycle lasts approximately 3 years, with approximatively one centimeter growth per month.
Hair basically gets replaced and if this doesn’t happen, androgenic alopecia can occur.
The Anagen stage
The Anagen stage involves hair’s formation and growth.
The intense mitotic activity of the pilosebaceous follicle reaches the peak of cellular reproduction and metabolic activity. It’s in this stage that hair forms and grows.
The Catagen stage
The Catagen stage lasts for two to three weeks. It’s the stage where the already formed hair reaches the external part of the epidermis, distancing from the hair papilla. In this Catagen stage, the follicle rests.
The Telogen stage
The Telogen stage is the last one in the hair’s life cycle, and that’s also the longest one. It can last from 3 to 4 months and can vary depending on the person. It’s also the same stage that starts a new cycle with hair loss.
When hair doesn’t grow back
There are multiple reasons why there’s no formation and growth of new hair on some people.
Beyond androgenic alopecia, there might even be some pathologies.
Some of them, such as dermatitis, can be skin related.
The causes can vary, from psoriasis to seborrheic dermatitis.
[H2] Other causes of hair loss
Undergoing the medical tests to check for vitamins in the body is essential. In the NefroCenter labs we do all the complete tests to check the health state.
Through blood tests, at the NefroCenter labs it’s possible to verify wheter hair loss depends on a lack of minerals or trace elements.
In fact, it’s the rigid or the unbalanced diets that could determine the hair loss.
It can also be caused by abundant menstrual cycles, problems with celiac disease or poor absorption of food, presence of thyroid diseases, autoimmune diseases or simply by stress.
Vitamins that hair needs
It’s important to maintain the right levels of magnesium, selenium and zinc to avoid hair loss. At NefroCenter’s labs it’s possible to evaluate wheter the parameters of these elements are right and wheter any hair loss derives from a deficency.
Magnesium is essential because it speeds up cell metabolism. Selenium gives elasticity to the hair and the skin.
Zinc not only protects hair, but it also helps repairing cells.
NefroCenter’s advices and some myths
To protect the hair’s health it’s important to avoid smoking and drinking alcohol, while the hair dryer should be always used properly.
In fact, the air dryer should not be used too often and it shouldn’t be brought too close to the skin.
Using the right shampoo is also essential for hair health. It’s therefore appropriate to choose the most suitable one for our own’s hair.
Among the myths regarding hair loss there are some that are part of popular beliefs.
For instance, it’s not true that cutting your hair often strengthens it, or that eating eggs is bad for hair, or even that compressing your hair with olive oil strengthen them.