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It can be long and wavy, short and straight, frizzy and unmanageable, or smooth and shiny. Hair comes in many different lengths, styles, colors, and textures. Yet just about everyone -- no matter what kind of hair they have -- falls prey to at least one hair problem at some point in life.
This article covers some of the most common hair dilemmas, from hair loss to greasy hair.
Some people consider gray hair as something that makes them looked distinguished; for others, it's a reminder that they're getting older. However you feel about it, gray or white hair is pretty much inevitable with age (if you're fortunate enough to still have hair in your later years).
Scientists have put a lot of effort into investigating the cause of gray hair, and they believe they've gotten to the root of the problem. Hair gets its color from a pigment called melanin, which is produced by melanocyte cells in the hair follicles. Researchers have discovered that melanocytes endure cumulative damage over the years, which eventually leaves them unable to produce melanin. Studies have cited DNA damage and a buildup of hydrogen peroxide in the follicles as possible causes of this disruption in melanin production. Without melanin, the new hair that grows in has no pigment, which makes it appear gray, white, or silver.
Some people start to go gray young -- as early as their teens. When graying begins usually is determined by genes, so if your mother or father became gray early, you may too. If you are one of those people who don't find gray hair distinguished, you can easily cover your gray with one of the many different hair dyes available.
Normally, hair goes through a regular growth cycle. During the anagen phase, which lasts three to four years, the hair grows. During the telogen phase, which lasts about three months, the hair rests. At the end of the telogen phase, the hair falls out and is replaced by new hair.
The average person loses about 100 hairs each day. Hair loss also can have other causes, including drugs or disease.
As they age, men tend to lose the hair on top of their head, which eventually leaves a horseshoe-shaped ring of hair around the sides. This type of hair loss is called male-pattern baldness. It's caused by genes (from both parents -- the idea that men take after their mother's father is a myth) and it's fueled by the male hormone, testosterone. In female-pattern baldness, the hair loss is different -- it thins throughout the top of the scalp, leaving the hair in front intact.
A number of disorders can cause the hair to fall out. People who have an autoimmune condition called alopecia areata lose hair on their scalp, as well as on other parts of their body. Other health conditions that can cause excess hair loss include:
Certain hair care practices, such as wearing tight ponytails or weaves, or regularly bleaching or perming the hair, can also lead to hair loss. Some people compulsively pull out their hair. This psychological disorder is called trichotillomania.
When hair loss is related to a medication, stopping the drug usually prevents further hair loss, and the hair will eventually grow back. Hair also tends to grow back after most illnesses, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy. Wearing a wig or hat can hide the hair loss until the hair returns. Hair transplants are a more permanent hair-replacement solution.
Hair lost to male-pattern and female-pattern baldness won't grow back on its own, but there are medications that can help slow hair loss and even regrow hair. Minoxidil (Rogaine) is a topical medicine that is available over the counter to treat men and women. Finasteride (Propecia) is a pill that is available to men only by prescription. Injectable cortisone may also help regrow hair lost to certain conditions.
Blow-drying, straightening, highlighting, and perming regularly can wreak havoc on hair, leaving it brittle, broken, and unmanageable. Split ends and dry hair are just two casualties of overstyling.
Excessive styling and heat can cause split ends, which occur when the protective outermost layer of hair (the cuticle) is damaged and peels back. Some treatments for split ends include:
Hair needs moisture and a certain amount of oil to keep it looking healthy. A number of things can dry out hair, including:
To keep the moisture in your hair, try these tips:
The scalp contains a natural oil called sebum, which helps keep the skin lubricated. Sebum is produced by the sebaceous glands. Sometimes these glands work overtime and produce too much oil, leading to a greasy scalp. Greasy hair can look dull, limp, and lifeless, and it may be more difficult to manage. To treat greasy hair, try washing with a gentle shampoo that is specially formulated to control sebum.
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Medications are designed to treat a variety of health conditions, but sometimes they can have unwanted side effects -- including changes to the hair. Certain drugs can contribute to excess hair growth, changes in hair color or texture, or hair loss.
Drug-induced hair loss, like any other type of hair loss, can have a real effect on your self-esteem. The good news is that in most cases, it's easily reversible once you stop taking the drug.
How Do Drugs Cause Hair Loss?
Drugs cause hair loss by interfering with the normal cycle of scalp hair growth. During the anagen phase, which lasts for three to four years, the hair grows. During the telogen phase, which lasts about three months, the hair rests. At the end of the telogen phase, the hair falls out and is replaced by a new hair.
Medications can lead to two types of hair loss: telogen effluvium and Anagen effluvium.
Telogen effluvium is the most common form of drug-induced hair loss. It usually appears within two to four months after taking the drug. This condition causes the hair follicles to go into their resting phase (telogen) and fall out too early. People with telogen effluvium usually shed between 100 and 150 hairs a day.
Anagen effluvium is hair loss that occurs during the anagen phase of the hair cycle, when the hairs are actively growing. It prevents the matrix cells, which produce new hairs, from dividing normally. This type of hair loss usually occurs within a few days to weeks after taking the medication. It's most common in people who are taking chemotherapy drugs and is often severe, causing people to lose most or all of the hair on their head, as well as their eyebrows, eyelashes, and other body hairs.
The severity of drug-induced hair loss depends on the type of drug and dosage, as well as your sensitivity to that drug.
What Types of Drugs Cause Hair Loss?
Acne medications containing vitamin A (retinoids)
Antibiotics and antifungal drugs
Birth control pills
Drugs that suppress the immune system
Drugs that treat breast cancer
Epilepsy drugs (anticonvulsants)
High blood pressure medications (anti-hypertensives), such as beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, and diuretics
Hormone replacement therapy
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
Parkinson's disease drugs
Weight loss drugs
Chemotherapy drugs often lead to the anagen effluvium type of hair loss. As these drugs kill cancer cells throughout the body, they also can damage healthy cells, including hair matrix cells. The hair typically starts to fall out within two weeks of starting chemotherapy and progresses more rapidly after 1-2 months, according to the American Cancer Society. Hair loss is more common and severe in patients taking combinations of chemotherapy drugs than in those who take just one drug.
Chemotherapy drugs that tend to cause hair loss include:
How Is Drug-Induced Hair Loss Diagnosed?
If you are experiencing hair loss, your doctor will ask you several questions, including:
When did the hair loss start?
How quickly has the hair been falling out?
What other symptoms do you have, such as scalp itching, burning, or tingling?
What drugs were you taking in the four months leading up to the hair loss?
What other illnesses do you have?
Have you made any changes to your diet or hair-care routine?
The doctor also will examine your scalp to look at the pattern of hair loss.
Tests that may be done include:
Thyroid function tests to look for thyroid disorders, which can sometimes cause hair loss
Hair shaft exam to look at the shape, length, and fragility of the hairs
Pull test: gently pulling on about 60 hairs to see how many come out
Biopsy: removing a piece of scalp tissue for examination
It can be difficult to prove which drug is causing the hair loss, or even that a drug is to blame. Your doctor may ask you to stop taking one drug at a time and see whether your hair stops falling out, but it can take two to three months after stopping a drug for the hair loss to end.
How Is Drug-Induced Hair Loss Treated?
It's important to review any medications you take, and discuss their potential side effects with your doctor and pharmacist. When hair loss does occur from a drug you're taking, there is a good chance that the hair will grow back on its own after you stop taking the medication. If stopping the drug does not improve hair thinning, you may need to be treated with finasteride (Propecia) or minoxidil (Rogaine), medications that slow hair loss and can stimulate new hair growth.
One technique may help prevent hair loss during chemotherapy. It's called scalp hypothermia, and it involves placing ice packs on the scalp a few minutes before -- and for about a half-hour after -- chemotherapy treatment. Cooling the scalp reduces blood flow to the hair follicles, making it harder for the chemotherapy drugs to get into the follicular cells. Cooling also reduces biochemical activity, making the hair follicles less susceptible to damage from chemotherapy drugs. One concern with this technique is the risk of cancer recurrence in the scalp.
After chemotherapy treatment, the hair usually grows back in very quickly, but it may change in texture. In rare cases, the hair will stay thin even after treatment has been stopped. Minoxidil can help regrow hair that is slow to return. Some chemotherapy patients wear a wig or hat to hide their hair loss until their hair grows back.
Is hair loss normal?
Everyone loses some hair every day. Losing up to 100 hairs a day is normal.
But if hair loss runs in your family, you could lose a lot more hair. With this kind of hair loss, you may end up with bald spots if you are a man. If you are a woman, you may find that the hair on the top of your head is slowly thinning. About half of all people have this type of hair loss by around age 50.
Other factors, such as diseases and medicines, also can cause you to lose more hair than normal.
Although hair loss is fairly common, it can be a tough thing to live with, especially when it changes how you look. But there are ways you can treat your hair loss.
What causes hair loss?
Common causes of hair loss include:
Your symptoms will depend on what kind of hair loss you have.
If your hair is thinning, it happens slowly over time, so you may not notice the hairs falling out. If your hair is shedding, then clumps of hair fall out. You may lose hair all over your scalp, which is called general hair loss. Or you may lose hair only in one area, which is called focal hair loss.
With inherited hair loss, men usually get bald spots around the forehead or on the top of the head, while women have some thinning all over the scalp, but mostly on the top of the head.
See a picture of typical inherited hair loss .
Since your hair has a lot to do with your appearance, losing it may cause you to have lower self-esteem if you don't like how you look. This is especially true in women and teens.
How is hair loss diagnosed?
Your doctor will ask you some questions, like how much hair you're losing, when it started, and whether your parents have hair loss. He or she will look closely at your scalp and hair loss pattern and may gently pull out a few hairs for tests.
If it’s not clear what’s causing you to lose your hair, your doctor may do a blood test or look at a sample of your hair or scalp with a microscope.
How is it treated?
How you choose to treat your hair loss depends on the cause. It also depends on your feelings. You may decide that you need treatment, or you may not be worried about thinning hair or baldness. The choice is up to you.
Hair loss that runs in the family can be treated with medicines or with surgery, such as hair transplant surgery. Some people choose to wear hairpieces, like wigs or toupees. Finding different ways of styling your hair, like dyeing or combing, also can help. If hair loss is caused by something you can control, like stress or medicines, you can treat it by getting rid of the cause.
When you are deciding about treatment, think about these questions:
Which treatment is most likely to work?
How long will it take?
Will it last?
What are the side effects and other risks?
How much will it cost, and will insurance cover it?
Will your hair grow back?
When your hair loss is inherited, your hair won't grow back naturally. Treatment can help some hair grow back and prevent more from falling out, but you probably won't get all your hair back. And treatment doesn't work for everyone.
When medicines, stress, or hair damage cause you to lose your hair, it often will grow back after you take away the cause. If this doesn't help, you may need other treatment.
If you're unhappy with how hair loss makes you look, treatment may help you feel better. It’s natural to want to like the way you look.
But keep in mind that treatment, especially medicines and surgery, can have some side effects and risks. Be sure to discuss your decision with your doctor.
Hair has been credited with being a man's strength, a woman's allure, and the savior of modesty. But even if you're not Samson, Rapunzel, or Lady Godiva, the mythology of hair also has applications for those of us living in the stressful reality of modern life.
It has been said that stress can make you go gray, or cause you to lose your hair. Is that possible?
Sometimes, you might feel like tearing your hair out due to personal, economic, and work-related stresses, but stress won't likely be the direct cause of gray hair. A 2009 study in the journal Cell found that unavoidable damage to the DNA in cells that produce the pigment responsible for hair color is most likely the culprit that causes a hair to turn white.
But can stress accelerate the aging process on a cellular level and, as a result, cause you to go gray before your time? Right now, the answer is debatable.
We have all witnessed the graying hair of many past presidents. Perhaps over long periods of stress, there may be an acceleration of gray hair in some people. But, that idea is mainly speculation.
If the jury's still out on the question of stress being responsible for turning hair gray, then what's the verdict on stress and hair loss? Is there a relationship?
It all depends on what type of stress you're talking about. Stress because you're late to work or you've got a heavy workload is not going to cause you to lose hair. That is short-term, everyday stress is not going to affect your body in such a way that your hair falls out. It takes something larger to do that. Something that causes you to lose sleep, or changes your appetite and raises the level of stress hormones.
Stress and Hair: The Hair Cycle
A normal head of hair contains about 120,000-150,000 strands of hair. Usually, at any one time, about 90% of those hairs are in a growing phase, growing by about 1/2 inch each month. This phase lasts for two to three years. At that point, a hair will go into a resting stage. This "rest" lasts for 3 to 4 months before the hair falls out and is replaced by a new one.
Typically, people shed about 100 hairs a day, most people don't even notice.
Sometimes, a significant stress of some sort may spark a change in your body's routine physiological functions, and cause a disproportionate number of hairs to go into the resting phase at the same time. Then three to four months later, sometimes longer, all those resting hairs are shed. The effect can be alarming. The types of events that disrupt the normal hair cycle, can be caused by the substantial physiological stresses on your body.
Physiological stress is not the same as emotional stress. Hair loss can be one way the body responds to significant physiological stress that may be brought on by diet, medical, or lifestyle changes.
Only those things that cause physiological stress can cause a hair loss event. The good news is that the hair loss from these kinds of events is usually only temporary, as long as the stress event is temporary. Once the stressor is addressed, or goes away on its own, hair grows back and the normal hair cycle resumes.
Stress and Hair: What Causes Hair Loss? A variety of stressors may cause your body to undergo hair loss. It happens, when there's some type of physiological change in your system. "For instance, you go on or off an oral contraceptive. Or you lose more than 15 pounds of weight. Things like this change the physiological balance in your system.
Other stressors could include:
Being on a strict low-calorie dietAfter childbirth when estrogen levels fallSevere illnessHaving a high feverHaving major surgerySevere infectionsHair shedding can also result from certain medications such as some type of blood pressure medications, thyroid disease, and nutritional deficiencies such as vitamin D or excess vitamin A.
Pinpointing the actual cause of the shedding isn't always easy. That's because, there's a three- to six-month lag time between the stressful event and the hair loss. In order to determine the cause, you need to look back at what was happening three, six, or even nine months before the hair loss began.
Stress and Hair: The Physiological & Emotional Connection If you're going through a very severe divorce, you might not be eating properly; you might lose weight or not sleep well. You may go off and then back on your oral contraceptives. All of these things cause physiological stress and an imbalance in your system. The point is, there are a lot of other things that are physiological going on. You're not losing your hair because you hate your ex-husband.
Women have a number of things that happen on a regular basis that they may not recognize as stressors. You start out your life and you're fine, You're 20 years old and get married. You get on some oral contraceptives. Well, that causes shedding.
When a woman decides to have a baby, if she is taking them, she will stop taking oral contraceptives. Maybe you have a little bit of shedding related to that. And then you get pregnant. Pregnancy causes the body to keep the hair that normally would fall out as part of the regular hair cycle, so a woman may notice her hair may feel extra thick and fuller during that time. After giving birth, all the hair that would have fallen out is shed three to six months later.
Also, after birth, you realize you've gained 30 pounds and go on a diet to lose it. That causes shedding. But somewhere in all this, someone in the family dies and, because you've heard that stress causes hair loss, you say, 'Oh my God, I'm losing my hair because someone died.' But that's not it. You're losing hair because you lost 30 pounds.
It's not a foregone conclusion, not everyone gets these episodes of hair loss. Some women go on and off of contraceptives and never have shedding. Some have seven children and have no hair loss related to it. Once you have shed hair in response to a physiological stress, you are likely to do it again.
People have repeated the myth of a direct connection between emotional stress and hair loss for so many years, many people now believe it. "There's no way to predict who's going to lose hair and who's not. If you're a shedder, you'll shed. There's no scientific evidence that points to specific emotional stresses that might trigger the physical stress that can lead to hair loss.
Seeing a Doctor About Hair Loss Unlike other types of hair loss that are more often permanent, hair loss during the normal hair growth cycle happens suddenly. It also doesn't normally cause bald spots, or follow a pattern like genetic or autoimmune-related hair loss. Instead, it's diffuse and causes thinning of the hair across the scalp. That’s because each of the 120,000-150,000 hair follicles is independent of other hair follicles, and is in its own cycle of growth -- some are growing while others fall out.
You may notice after washing your hair that handfuls of hair have fallen out. But, usually by the time someone notices the shedding, the hair is already growing back. Whatever caused it happened three months or more before. The new hair growing in is pushing the resting hair out.
That doesn't mean there's no reason to go to the doctor. Hair loss can be an early sign of about 30 different diseases. It's never too early to talk to a doctor about hair loss. The doctor can evaluate what's happening and help you understand it and know what to do. Products on the market, such as over-the-counter minoxidil and various supplements that are sold for hair loss, can actually cause problems if they're not truly needed and not used properly. It's important, to discuss the use with the doctor first.
A doctor can also help you identify the particular stressor that's causing the shedding. There may be lots of things going on that's causing it. A doctor can help you find them out and help you know how to address them. Once the causes of stress are addressed, the shedding should stop and your hair should return to normal.