The average male and female has about 100,000 hairs on
their head, of which about 50-100 hairs are shed each day. Normally, hair grows
back at the same rate as it is lost. If falling hairs are not replaced in this
manner, or are replaced by weak or vellus hair, then this is the hair loss
Research on male hair loss shows the following:
• 40% of men suffer significant hair loss by the age of 35
• 50% of men suffer substantial hair loss by the age of 45
• 60% of men suffer serious hair loss by the age of 60.
Whilst hair loss in women is less common than men, there is
an increasing number of Irish women suffering from this problem.
CAUSES OF HAIR LOSS ?
date shows that the most common type of hair loss among men is Alopecia
Androgenetica, otherwise known as Male Pattern Baldness (M.P.B.).
This accounts for over 90% of all hair loss among males and is caused by a
combination of the following 3 factors:
Thinning hair or the balding process may occur in men as early as
15 years old and normally is most acute between the ages of 20-40.
The inheritance factor plays a significant role in determining the nature,
extent and timing of hair loss. Genetic hair weakness can normally be traced
back to parents or grandparents.
Where men inherit the necessary
genetic weakness for hair loss, a male hormonal derivative called
Dihydrotestosterone attacks and miniaturises the hair root until growth
In normal cases of M.P.B. the hair
line recedes and hair loss at the crown becomes noticeable. Eventually, the
thinning crown and front hair line may meet.
OTHER HAIR LOSS CAUSES
M.P.B. in males is the most common type of hair loss, both sexes may lose
hair for a variety of reasons such as some of the following:
Alopecia Hair Loss:
The many varieties of Alopecia cause hair to come out by its roots
whether in patches (Areata) or all over (Totalis). This type of hair loss is
normally due to emotional or stressful pressures. In many cases where the
scalp is treated, hair may regrow.
• ILL Health Hair Loss
Serious illness together with certain medications such as Anti-Depressant,
Anti-Arthritic and Chemotherapy drugs may cause excessive hair loss. Thyroid
Gland disease, a severe bout of flu, infection or high fever may also be
causes of temporary hair loss unless treated. Other Ill health related
causes of hair loss include certain tumours, syphilis, diabetes and anaemia.
Pregnancy / Post Delivery Hair Loss
Many females can experience considerable hair loss both up to and for about
8 months after child birth due to hormonal changes in the body. If treated,
this problem can be minimised.
Contraception and Hair Loss
Birth control pills can have dramatic consequences on women's hair as they
normally affect the hormonal balance in the body.
Diet Deficiencies and Hair Loss
Severe diets where essential proteins, minerals and vitamins are deprived
may cause temporary hair loss, unless treated.
Stress and Hair Loss
Stress normally leads to scalp tension which can reduce blood circulation
and thereby deprive vital nutrients to the hair follicle.
COMBAT HAIR PROBLEMS / HAIR LOSS
Almost all hair or scalp problems
can be treated through Remedial supervision if tackled in time. At Hair
Ireland's Hair Transplant Clinic, our personnel which include Medical
Doctors, Surgeons, Pharmacists, Scientists, Dermatologists, Nurses and
professionally trained consultants can advise you on your specific hair or
scalp problem together with the most suitable treatment course available.