What are some of most common hair loss questions?

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There are many frequently asked questions that are usually asked for hair loss.
Here is a few questions and the answers to your questions.


Q: Does too much washing or frequent combing cause hair loss?

A: Most people notice lost hair when in the shower or in their comb. This is a temporary physiological hair loss. Usually, these are hairs that are near the end of normal telogen phase, and losing up to 100 hairs per day is normal. Frequent combing and shampooing usually does not cause hair loss.

Q: Does wearing a hat cause hair loss?

A: If the hat is too tight and it is used too often, it can cause hair loss by rubbing against the scalp. Tight hats or a helmet can cause mechanical trauma from outside but they don’t interfere with oxygen or blood circulation to the follicles. If the hat is loose and used occasionally, it should not be a problem.

Q: Does shaving the head reduce hair loss?

A: Hair follicles are about 1/4 of an inch deep into the skin. Shaving will cut the shaft of the hair at the surface and has no patho-physiological effect on hair growth or hair loss. However, if the hair has been damaged due to chemicals, diseases, chemo or radiation therapy, shaving may help psychologically until the underlying problems are resolved.

Q: Does crash dieting cause hair loss?

A: Crash diets and caloric deprivation of less than 1,000 calories per day or sudden weight loss of more than 20 pounds have been reported to be associated with hair loss. The evidence of hair shedding can be noticed one month after the diet begins.

Q: Is my medical condition contributing to my hair loss?

A: Although there are many causes of hair loss; in general if you are in good health you will have healthier hair, and if you are in poor physical and mental condition (such as illness, stress and malnutrition) your hair and scalp will show it. Treating the underlying medical condition with proper relaxation, good nutrition and proper hair care are the key factors for maintaining a healthy scalp and hair.

Q: Can grey hair be transplanted?

A: The answer is yes. Grey hair can be transplanted as safely and successfully as hair of any color. Transplantation of grey hair is will grow in the same color grey but it will be grow normally.

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Newport Beach Hair Restoration Surgeon