Hair Loss Resources

How Your Hair Grows

Your hair is made of a protein called keratin. Keratin is also the protein that makes up the outer layer of your skin and your nails. The part of your hair that you style is actually called the hair shaft. Believe it or not, the hair you see and style is actually dead tissue made by your hair follicles. A hair follicle is a bulb-like organ that lies beneath the surface of your scalp and is responsible for the production of hair.

Hair is grown in three stages, each occurring at a different rate. Once the cycle is complete, hair sheds and a new strand of hair begins to form. On average, human hair grows at approximately ½” a month. Hair loss happens for a number of reasons. For instance, when shedding of hair exceeds the re-growth of new hair, thinning and baldness may occur. In many cases, once hair is shed, and new hair comes back thinner, an overall appearance of “thinning hair” emerges.

Causes of Hair Loss

  • Stress
  • Hormonal Changes
  • Alopecia Areata
  • Alopecia Totalis
  • Alopecia Universalis
  • Androgenetic Alopecia (Female Pattern Hair Loss)
  • Scarring Alopecia
  • Traction Alopecia
  • Trichotillomania
  • Tinea Capitis
  • Chemotherapy/Radiation
  • Hair Products

Hair Loss and Beauty

Hair loss in women is more common of an issue than many people may realize. For every five men who experience hair loss, three women experience the same condition. According to Ellen Rubin, Psy.D. Clinical Instructor of Psychology at NYU School of Medicine, “thinning hair and hair loss can have a profound effect on self-image and self-confidence, causing women to feel unattractive, embarrassed and helpless. It’s important for anyone experiencing hair loss to remember that they’re not alone, to confront their hair loss and take action to safely regain control of their appearance and self-esteem.”

Learn More

Learn more about hair loss resources and our hair replacement options by visiting our hair replacement page, or visiting Follea, Sentoo Wigs, Private Issue by Cyberhair, or The American Hair Loss Council. To make an appointment for a free, private consultation, or for more information about our services, call us at 847-991-6877.

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