Frequently Asked Lace Wig Questions
Frequently Asked Lace Wig Questions
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Types of Hair Loss
Natural Hair Loss - Shedding
During the resting period of the cycle, the hair follicle is reaching the point of detachment and the bulb of the hair shaft moves
closer to the surface of the scalp. As time passes during this period, shampooing and other movement on the scalp will cause
the hair to disengage from the scalp. This is part of the normal shedding process.
We shed an average of 50-100 hairs per day. Under normal conditions new hairs grow to replace each hair that has been
shed, keeping the average number of growing hairs about the same at all times. Hair loss may involve many unknown factors.
However, healthy hair is part of the overall good health of any person and is directly related to healthy conscientious nutrition.
A well balanced diet may not interfere with a genetic predisposition. However, it will support the health and appearance of the
hair that is retained on your head.
- 50 Hair Example: For the first example, we have a person with about 100,000 active hair follicles on their scalp, with a 60
month average growth period, and a 3 month average rest period. On average they will shed about 1/63 (60 months +3
months ) of their hairs in any given month, or about 1,500 hairs every 30 days. This works out to about 50 hairs per day,
and would be normal hair loss.
- 100 Hair Example: In our second example, a person with 120,000 active hair follicles, a 36 month average growth period,
and a 3 month average rest period, will shed about 1/40th (36 +3) of their hairs in a given month, or about 3,000 hairs.
This works out to about 100 hairs per day, and would be normal hair loss.
- New Hairs Grow: Under normal conditions, approximately the same number of new hairs will just start growing to replace
the hairs that have been shed, so the average number of growing hairs remains about the same all the time.
Alopecia is a general medical term which means hair loss. There are many different causes and types of alopecia. In some cases the
cause of the hair loss is known, however in certain autoimmune conditions, the cause or trigger of alopecia has not been determined.
Alopecia can be a symptom of a variety of medical conditions. Some examples of these conditions might be lupus, diabetes, or thyroid
conditions. These are just a few of the known conditions in which hair lossIt may also be a side effect of medications that are used to
treat medical conditions. An example might be the drugs that are used in chemotherapy treatments. These are used to treat different
types of cancers. Alopecia can result from a combination of these drugs. This type of hair loss is temporary and the growth of hair will
resume when the treatments have been completed.
Anagen Effluvium is the sudden hair loss which occurs as a result of chemicals or radiation, such as the hair loss that results during
certain types of Chemotherapy or Radiation Treatment. The hair loss is usually sudden occurring 1 to 3 weeks after expose to the
chemicals or radiation has occurred and will begin to grow back a month or so after your final treatment. The growing process will
seem slow at first, since only a few has ever experienced near total hair loss before. The color and texture may seem different than
you remember, do not worry, it almost always returns to its original condition and color after a while.
Cancer treatments such as Chemotherapy and Radiation Treatments are the most common causes of Anagen Effluvium. However
exposure to toxic chemicals such as Thallium and Arsenic may also produce a sudden loss of hair.
Sudden stress relate hairs loss which appears as thinning throughout the whole scalp
Telogen Effluvium occurs when sudden or severe stress causes an increase in the shedding of the hair. In Telogen effluvium a
sudden or stressful event can cause the hair follicles to prematurely stop growing and enter into a resting phase. The hair will then
stay in the resting phase for about 3 months after which time a large amount of hair will be shed. Often the person involved will have
recovered from the event before the hair loss occurs. In most cases the hair loss is temporary and the hair soon recovers. However in
some cases the hair loss continues until the underlying cause is fixed. Telogen Effluvium appears to affect more women than men
because more of the precipitating event such as childbirth are experienced by women.
Temporary hair loss can be caused by:
- Child Birth
- Pregnancy Termination’s
- Starting or Stopping Birth Control Pills
- Dieting Drug
- Severe Emotional Stress
Hair Loss after Child Birth
It is quite common for some women to experience some hair loss approximately 3 months after childbirth. This hair loss is
triggered by the sudden changes in hormone levels. Some statistics suggest a 20% of mothers lose hair during childbirth and
others suggest a figure closer to 45%. Fortunately in most cases the hair will return to normal 9-12 month after the child’s birth.
Many woman notice that their hair is thicker and healthier during pregnancy, this is due to the increased levels of hormones
oestrogen and progesterone which cause more hairs than normal to remain in the growth phase. When the child is born
however many of the hair follicles that had delayed entering the resting phase suddenly enter the resting phase due to the
rapid drop in hormone levels. As a result of this these hairs are then shed about 3 months after the birth.
Resulting from Taking Birth Control Pill
Birth control pills affect the hormone levels within the body and these hormone levels can affect hair growth. In some cases hair
thinning may occur due to the male hormones present is some types of contraceptive pills, this type of hair loss is similar to pattern
baldness or Androgenetic Alopecia. However discontinuation of The Pill can result in hair loss similar to that which occurs after child
birth due to the drop in hormone levels.
The shock involved in a major operation can result in sudden hair loss. Also after micrograft and minigraft surgery where follicles are
transplanted on the scalp Telogen Effluvium almost always occurs. Due to the shock of surgery the hair follicles will fall out within
about 3 months after which time new hairs will grow from the transplanted follicles.
Severe Emotional Stress
Some people experience Telogen Effluvium or sudden diffuse hair loss after a traumatic event such as the death of a family member
or someone close, an accident, abuse or any other severely traumatic event. These events may trigger hair follicles to enter the
resting phase prematurely in which case an increase in the amount of hair shed will be noticed about 3 months after the event.
Sudden hair loss is usually temporary an in most cases the hair will grow back normally soon after it has fallen out. However in some
cases where diffuse and sudden hair loss occurs the hair loss may continue until the underlying cause is treated. Types of sudden
diffuse hair loss that continues until the cause is treated are as follows:
- Thyroid Gland Malfunction
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosis
Diabetes occurs when the body is unable to metabolise carbohydrates correctly. Untreated diabetes can result in hair loss.
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
This condition is an auto-immune disease which causes inflammation of multiple organ systems. The main signs of the disease are
fever skin eruptions on the face and neck area, hands and arms. About half of the people with lupus will have hair loss. Systemic
Lupus Eerythematosus mainly effects women between the ages of 20 and 50. It is thought that genetic makeup plays a major role in
the development of the disease.
Self Induced Hairloss
Damage to the hair is self inflicted sometimes consciously or unconsciously the two main types of self induced hairloss are
Trichotillomania and Traction Alopecia.
Trichotillomania is self induced hairloss which results from the continuous pulling or plucking of the hair. It occurs most commonly
among young children, adolescents and women and effects twice as many females as males. The hair is often pulled out in distinct
patches on the scalp however some individuals also pull out eyebrows and eyelashes.
Studies have shown that over 1 percent of the population are experiencing some form of TTM. It is important to realize that you are
not alone. Most people with TTM think you would have to be crazy to pull out your own hair. They keep this information to themselves
and often do not realize that there are many other people dealing with TTM.
The Trichotillomania Learning Center, Inc. (TLC) is a national non-profit organization devoted to raising public awareness, developing
a support network and resources, and raising funds to find a cure for Trichotillomania and related disorders such as skin picking and
nail biting. TLC has been in existence since 1991 and has assisted over 50,000 individuals since its inception. For more information
on TLC please visit www.trich.org.
Children and Hair Loss
Children may experience hair loss due to medical treatment or some form of Alopecia, as well as Trichotillomania. Children often have
fewer problems than adults do when dealing with hair loss. Some studies suggest that children be allowed and encouraged to make
their own decisions regarding their hair loss. Some children will be comfortable just being natural and not doing anything, others will
choose to cover up with a hat, scarf or some other type of head covering. Should your child make an inquiry about other options such
as a hair prosthetic (wig), contact us.
Parenting a child with hair loss can be difficult, but there is hope. The National Alopecia Areata Foundation offer support individuals
and families affected by alopecia or hair loss. Visit Parent Support Pack page. It is an excellent source for information about alopecia
and how to share the experience of hair loss with your child, at no charge.
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