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Hair loss, also referred to as alopecia, is one of the most common disorders that usually gets diagnosed and treated by dermatologists.
Let’s examine how both men and women undergo hair loss and how it changes their lives!
While it’s perfectly normal to lose some hair- we lose an average of 50 to 100 hairs a day because our bodies are constantly growing new hair and shedding the old. This is not a sign of alopecia. Natural hair growth overcomes this loss of hair in daily life. On the other hand, overall thinning, a receding hairline, or a bald spot are signs of hair loss. Often, the hair loss could become irreversible.
There are several reasons for hair loss- there are also some old wives’ tales that are not true. Some of these myths are:
Below, we’ll look at the signs/symptoms of hair loss, the most common reasons for hair loss, and why you should choose wigs from Gabi’s Wigs as a hair replacement solution.
Depending on the cause of hair loss, it may appear in a variety of ways. It may be sudden, or it may be gradual. It may affect only your scalp or it may affect your entire body. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of hair loss include:
Sometimes hair loss occurs in circular or patchy bald spots. Many times, the skin becomes itchy or inflamed prior to the hair falling out.
This is the most common sign/symptom of hair loss. In men, hair typically recedes at the hairline on the forehead. In women, there’s typically a broadening of the part on top of the head.
Typically, scaly patches accompanied by hair loss is due to ringworm. This is typically temporary, and the hair will grow back once the ringworm is gone.
A shock, whether physical or emotional, can cause the hair to loosen from the scalp. You may have clumps of hair falling out when combing or washing your hair or when it’s gently tugged on.
Certain conditions and medical treatments cause hair loss- but typically, it will grow back if this is the case.
Some of the actual reasons for men’s hair loss are as follows:
Androgenetic alopecia, or male pattern baldness, is caused by the genes you inherit from your parents. At this time, it is unclear how it is inherited, but we do know that it tends to run in families. So, if you have close male relatives that are experiencing hair loss, you probably will too.
The medical community doesn’t understand why certain hormonal changes cause the shrinking of hair follicles or why balding gradually happens in the same pattern for most men- but it typically starts with a thinning above your temples and crown.
Depending on your family history, balding may start as early as the teens. Hair doesn’t just get thinner, but also softer, finer, and shorter.
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Temporary hair loss can be indicative of a medical issue such as thyroid problems or anemia. You may also experience thinning hair due to consuming a diet low in iron and protein. If you have diabetes or lupus, your risk of hair loss is increased.
Hair loss may also be a side effect of certain medications for the following:
Chemotherapy and radiation treatment may also cause hair loss, but it will typically grow back after the treatment ends.During this time, you could wear a chemo wig to cover your enforced baldness.
Here are some of the more frequent reasons for hair loss that we have usually come across at our wig store in Toronto.
Things like the flu or high fever, sudden/excessive weight loss, surgery, and severe physical/emotional shock can cause hair loss that lasts for several months.
Infections such as ringworm can cause scaly patches on your scalp, which can cause hair to fall out. Typically, the hair will grow back after treatment.
If you experience hair loss that causes round bald spots around your head, you have a genetic condition known as alopecia areata. This often begins in childhood and your risk of developing it increases if a close family member has it.
If you have alopecia areata, your own immune system attacks your hair follicles. You will not have any pain or other sickness and it’s not contagious. In some cases, the hair will grow back, but it’s just as likely to fall out again.
Approximately 1% to 2% of adults and teens have a condition known as trichotillomania, which is the urge to pull out their own hair.
Here are the top ways to disguise hair loss for both men and women.
Certain hairstyles, such as tight ponytails, braids, or cornrows where the hair is pulled tightly against the scalp can cause temporary hair loss. This is known as traction alopecia.
By wearing the right wigs, you’ll be able to pick your hairstyle and hair color to suit your personality.
There are several reasons why you should choose a wig as a solution to your hair loss.
First and foremost, wigs are a great solution if you are experiencing hair loss. As mentioned, hair loss is common, but many people want to disguise their hair loss. A wig or hairpiece can give you a quick self-esteem boost.
Many people find that maintaining their natural hair takes a lot of time and effort. A wig, on the other hand, doesn’t require as much maintenance, which is why so many people opt for wigs over their natural hair.
If you’ve ever wanted to do something dramatic with your hair but don’t want to commit to it, a wig is a great option. You get to try the dramatic hairstyle, and if you don’t like it, simply take it off. You are not stuck.
Often, we have seen reports of hair regrowth medication or treatment having unforeseen side effects. In comparison, human hair wigs don't have any long-term side effects. These would also make your hair look great.
When you constantly style and color your natural hair and expose it to the elements, it can become damaged. By wearing a wig, you protect your natural hair, giving it a break from those things.
No matter what you’re doing, a good hair day makes everything better- and every day is a good hair day when you wear a wig. You don’t have to stress over trying to style your natural hair- a wig always looks good.
Wigs allow you to spice up your style and try out different personas. If you enjoy dressing up, try wearing a wig for special occasions, Halloween, and other events to step out of the box and try something new.
If you are in or near Toronto, consider Gabi’s Wigs for all of your wig needs! We are here to serve you. Our hours are Sunday, 12 Noon to 4 PM, Monday through Thursday 9 AM to 6 PM, and Friday 9 AM to 4 PM. We offer human hair wigs and medical wigs in a variety of styles. We will be happy to work with you until we find a wig that suits you best.