September is Alopecia Areata Awareness Month. Organized by the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, the goal is to raise awareness of alopecia areata by sharing educational information, organizing local events, and getting more people to understand the need for an FDA-approved treatment. The first step to increase the awareness of alopecia areata is to know what it is. [Read more…] about Alopecia Areata Awareness Month
It’s common to feel embarrassment about experiencing hair loss; especially for women. While it’s not as commonly talked about, up to half of all women will experience some form of hair loss during their lifetime. Part of why we don’t hear more about female pattern baldness is because of the lack of high-profile women and female celebrities that are understandably not open about their experiences with it. [Read more…] about Embarrassment About Hair Loss
Hair loss can have many causes. Sometimes it’s genetic, from a disease, environmental, due to a hair style, a nutritional imbalance or deficiency, or medication side effect, but one of the most tragic reasons is when it’s a result of hair pulling because the people frequently blame themselves. Hair-pulling disorder, also known as trichotillomania, is more complex than that. [Read more…] about Hair Pulling and Hair Loss
Even though Tax Day moved this year, National Stress Awareness Day is still April 16 (it falls after Tax Filing Day because of the stress it causes). Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, finding ways to deal with stress is more important than ever. [Read more…] about Stress & Hair Loss for National Stress Awareness Day
Scheduling a hair loss consultation is a crucial step in tackling hair loss issues. When you make the decision to make that call, it represents your first concrete step to take control of permanent or temporary hair loss. Let’s look at what a conversation about hair loss entails, including when you should schedule a consultation, and whether your hair loss may be permanent or temporary. [Read more…] about What Signs Mean I Should Schedule a Hair Loss Consultation?
Modern life is hectic and stressful. Sleep deficits are far too common as we try to get everything done. Doctors have been sounding warnings about how lack of sleep affects health, but does that include hair growth?
Can Lack of Sleep Cause Hair to Fall Out?
The short answer is yes, but it’s complicated. A lack of sleep can lower your hormone levels. While you’re sleeping, your body is producing human growth hormone. If you aren’t sleeping enough to have full sleep cycles or your sleep cycles are getting interrupted causing you to wake up throughout the night, then you might not be producing enough human growth hormones. A lack of sleep can also create stress on your body which increases your chance of telogen effluvium, a significant, albeit potentially temporary, loss of hair on your scalp.
Does Anesthesia Make You Lose Hair?
While some doctors believe there might be a link, the correlation does not prove causation and only a limited amount of research has been done regarding this issue. Anesthesia can slow down cellular division which can adversely affect your hair follicles. This has the potential to also cause telogen effluvium, which again is potentially temporary hair loss though it could still be significant.
The surgery you’re under anesthesia for may have a stronger correlation to potential hair loss. While your body is in a more relaxed state during the surgery under anesthesia, depending on the length and severity of the recovery time, your body and mind may be under significantly heightened levels of stress which could accelerate the risk of hair loss.
Is Sleep Important for Hair Growth?
Let’s move away from the negative and focus on the positive! Proper sleep is important for your hair. Beyond affecting your ability to produce adequate amounts of human growth hormone, sleeping helps with your production of melatonin which has been linked to hair growth.
Can Sleep Apnea Cause Thinning Hair?
Sleep apnea can cause thinning hair, yes. The reasoning is very similar to how a lack of sleep can hair loss as it affects hormone levels. A study was done specifically on how sleep apnea affects hair loss and thinning in men and the results were interesting. While the study showed that sleep apnea had a negligible effect on men that weren’t predisposed to male pattern baldness, it did show that those who were predisposed were highly likely to suffer from hair thinning or loss correlated to the sleep apnea.
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Hair loss is surrounded by myths. Everything from sunshine and shampoo to your mother has been blamed for hair loss. While yes, genetics are a main culprit in hair loss, don’t blame mom or what you put on your head. [Read more…] about Can You Go Bald From Wearing Hats?
Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss, but it can come in many forms. The most common form of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia, which is more commonly known as male (or female) pattern baldness. Another very common form of hair loss is traction alopecia, which means hair loss as a result of tight hairstyles that pull on the scalp. Traction alopecia is reversible if it doesn’t go on too long, but it can become permanent if the signs are neglected or ignored. [Read more…] about Facts About Traction Alopecia
Looking your best is integral to your confidence and self-esteem. When hair loss occurs, it can have a negative impact on how you see yourself. We are conditioned to see a full head of hair as healthy, luxurious, and youthful. Hair also helps us express something about our personalities: Through styling and coloring, we’re able to express ourselves. As we age, we can choose to keep a distinguished gray or white, or cover it up with hair dye. [Read more…] about Psychology and Hair Loss
After male/female pattern hair loss, cancer is a very well-known reason for hair loss. But is it really? What people think they know about cancer and hair loss isn’t always based on facts, and there’s much the average person doesn’t know but should. So, let’s start unraveling the myths and filling in those gaps. [Read more…] about What You Don’t Know About Cancer and Hair Loss