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Why is my hair falling out?

Many conditions and diseases can result in hair loss, as can improper hair care.  While the exact cause of hair loss may not be fully understood, the most common type of hair loss is due to genetics – called male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness.  It usually occurs gradually and in predictable patterns – a receding hairline and bald spots in men and thinning hair in women.  Hredity also affects the age at which you being to lose hair, the rate of hair loss, and the extent of baldness.  Pattern baldness is most common in men and can begin as early as puberty.  This type of hair loss may involve both hair thinning and miniaturzation (hair become soft, fine, and short over time).

BEYOND GENETICS…WHAT ELSE CAUSES HAIR LOSS?

  • Excessive or improper use of styling products such as perms, dyes, gels, relaxers or sprays, which can cause weathering or hair breakage. 
  • Hairstyles that pull on the hair, like ponytails and braids. 
  • Shampooing, combing, or brushing hair too much or too hard, or pulling it out. 
  • A variety of diseases, including thyroid disease. 
  • Childbirth, major surgery, a high fever or severe infection, stress, or even the flu. 
  • inadequate protein or iron in the diet, or eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia 
  • Certain prescription drugs, including blood thinners, high-dosage vitamin A, and medicines for arthritis, depression, gout, heart problems, and high blood pressure. 
  • Use of birth control pills (usually in women with an inherited tendency for hair thinning)
  • Hormonal imbalances, especially in women. 
  • Ringworm of the scalp, a contagious fungal infection most common in children
  • Some cancer treatments, such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy. 
  • Alopecia areata, a type of hair loss that affects all ages, which causes the hair to fall out in round patches. 

HAIR LOSS:  WHAT’S THE BIG FUSS?

The physical symptoms of hair loss can be traumatic, but the psychosocial impact of hair loss can be just as severe.  Studies on the psychosocial impact of hair loss have found patients’ self-esteem, body image, and self-confidence to be negatively affected, with depression, low self-esteem, altered self-image, and less frequent and enjoyable social engagement being some of the most impactful side effects of hair loss. 

Up until recently, hair loss sufferers had just a handful of hair restoration methods at their avail, none of which have been proven universally effective.  Topical creams, oral/prescription based medications, injectable cortisone or hormonal medications, hair transplantation surgery, and scalp reduction surgery where all used to help men with male pattern baldness and women with thinning hair. 

Some of these methods require surgical procedures that may leave scars while others required hair loss sufferers to take drugs that could produce even more negative side effects than the hair loss itself.

SO WHAT OTHER OPTIONS DO HAIR LOSS SUFFERERS HAVE?

LLLT – WHAT IS IT? 

Thanks to advancements in technology over the last few yers, there’s a new solution that men and women can turn to in order to restore their their from younger days without the need for surgery. 

Commonly known as low-level laser therapy or LLLT, this solution uses clincial strength laser technology to treat hair loss and thinning hair for both men and women.  LLLT uses non-invasive, pain-free light technology to to stimulate hair folicles and scientifically induce regrowth of thicker, fuller hair. 

INTRODUCING: LOWE-LEVEL LASERS FOR HAIR RESTORATION

Here are a few benefits of laser hair growth therapy:

It’s both safe and effective.  The National Institutes of Health’s studies have shown that low-level laser therapy stimulated hair growth in mice subjected to chemotherpay-induced alopecia and also in alopecia areata.  “After the discovery of lasers in the 1960’s, there has been tremendous interest in using these laser devices to treat various medical conditions,” the NIH reports, nothing that controlled clinical trials demonstrated that LLLT stimulated hair growth in both mend and women.  In conclusion, NIH says that LLLT for hair growth in both men and women appears to be both safe and effective. 

The medical community has been using cold laser for decades.  According to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, the use of lasers for medical purposes is not new.  Lasers have been in use for medical purposes for many years and the physics, chemistry, and biology of laser light interaction with human tissue are well documented, the ISHRS reports.  Medical uses range from surgery using High-powered lasers to stimulation of tissue repair.  LLLT is ideal for promoting healthy hair follicles by providing important nutrients to it, such as ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) which get rid of harmful factors like DHT (dihydrotestosterone( which cause hair follicles to minaturize, and this contributes to hair loss.  ATP promotes cellular metabolism.  The laser machine uses low level laser that induces blood flow to the top of the scalp in order to improve blood circulation, and strengthen the cell’s absorptive capacity to grow new hair.  Once the scalp absorbs energy, cell stimulation take place and regain vigor again.  The laser machine focuses on the known factor of hair loss which will eventually lead to baldness, including insufficient blood supply at the scalp, excessive levels of DHT and oil, improper nutritional absorption and so on.

We at Quiff SA make use of the latest LLLT.  Our laser has 4 hair masks which cover the entire scalp during each session, ensuring there is no dead angles. 

Effect:  Stop 85% hair loss in patients with severely dry or oily scalp and control sebaceous gland’s vitality effectively. 

Cellular recovery:  Repair damaged hair shaft, increase individual hair by 25% and provide much fuller looking hair. 

Relieving itchy symptoms:  By accelerating the blood circulation, the scalp will get more nutrition which can relieve itching and excessive oil. 

There are no scalpers, cutting or burning:  Let’s face it, no one wants to go under the knife if he or she doesn’t have to.  With LLLT, the lasers used for hair growth therapy are referred to as “cold” because their light is absorbed by target tissue but does not heat the target tissue as occurs with lasers used to cut and remodel tissue.  The light wavelength emitted from a low-level laser will repair tissues that have impaired cellular metabolism by stimulating blood circulation, encouraging regeneration of normal healthy tissues, and encouraging bio stimulatory effect on the hair follicle.  LLLT is not a light source that causes thermal or heat damage, there is no cutting or burning sensation at all. 

There are no negative side effects.  In the specific area of LLLT for hair growth, the only “adverse” reports in humans, was the temporary onset of hair shedding developing in the first few months of use. However, no need to be alarmed as this is normal and could be attributed to the natural phases of the hair growth cycle. 

It’s already been proven to increase hair density.  People have been using lasers as a hair removal method for years, but up until recently the long-term impact on the individual hair follicles was unknown.  Recently, the NIH found an uncommon but striking adverse effect of lasers bing used for hair removal: an increase in hair density, colour, or coarseness or a combination of these occurs at or around sites treated for hair removal.  This bodes well for uses of low-level lasers for hair growth!

What are you waiting for:  There is a myriad of hair loss solutions available on the market, but few can boast a safe, effective, and side-effect free approach for users like LLLT can.  In addition, many physicians believe laser therapy can be used in conjunction with other hair loss treatments to boost results, so it becomes a no-brainer to add LLLT to your hair care regimen. 

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