Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a male sex hormone that plays a major part in hair loss in both men and women. Testosterone converts to DHT with the aid of the enzyme Type II 5-alpha reductase, which is held in the hair follicle's oil glands. DHT shrinks hair follicles, making it impossible for healthy hair to survive. The papilla, bulb at the end of the hair follicle is in direct contact with the skin's blood capillaries. When the hair follicle shrinks the papilla moves further away from the blood capillaries which provide the oxygen and nutrients needed for hair to survive, slowly hair becomes weaker, lighter and finer until it reaches the Vellus stage or bum-fluff as we know it. DHT hairloss is the gradual thinning of hair, it can start from the age of 18 in men and 35 in women.
Alopecia Areata is a type of hair loss that occurs when your immune system attacks your hair follicles , the damage to the follicle is usually not permanent but in some cases can be. Alopecia usually begins when clumps of hair fall out, resulting in totally smooth, round hairless patches on the scalp. In rare cases, complete loss of scalp and body hair occurs. The hair loss often comes and goes. The chinese believe that alopecia occurs when the kidneys and liver stop functioning properly and suggest that taking herbal remedies that feed these organs will help with recovery. Alopecia is a medical condition, however there is no cure for it and is best left to run its course. Patch bonding can be done, that is when hair is bonded to the bald patches on the scalp, the hair then blends in with your own hair. If you have lost your eyebrows, then micro thin clear silicone, injected with hair, forming the shape of natural eyebrows is bonded to your skin and undetectable.
Medical Hair Loss occurs because chemotherapy targets all rapidly dividing cells—healthy cells as well as cancer cells. Hair follicles are some of the fastest-growing cells in the body. As the chemo does its work against cancer cells, it also destroys hair cells. If you are having chemotherapy, your hair loss may be gradual or dramatic, it's startling and depressing, and you'll need a lot of support during this time. Some chemotherapy drugs affect only the hair on your head, others cause the loss of eyebrows and eyelashes and the rest of your bodily hair.
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