What is normal and abnormal hair loss?


What normal and abnormal hair loss?

One of the most frequently asked questions asked is if the amount of hair loss is normal or abnormal. To answer that question we have to examine the clients degree of hair loss and hair count loss during a range of time period.

Throughout lifespan, we lose hair everyday as hair follicles go through their normal cyclic activity. The average normal number of scalp hair loss due to its natural cyclic process is between 80-100 strands. If the hair is healthy and heredity is not a factor, then these hair s will be replaced and the hair loss will not be noticeable.  The first warning signs of extreme hair loss or baldness appear when excessive amounts of hair fall out when one is showering or brushing hair.  A more advanced sign of creeping baldness is a definite recession of hair line or Androgenetic alopecia,  This is a form of genetic thinning which account for the most common cause of hair loss.

In case of genetic hair loss, one is predisposed and can inherit the genes from either or both parents. The predisposed hair follicles begin to shrink with age and will eventually never grow back.Hair loss related to genetics averages 15% between ages of 18-29 and increases to 50% by the age of 50. By the age of 40 the rate of hair loss decreases to 10% for each decade.

 Even if the hair are predetermined to eventually lose hair, there are several steps that can be taken to slow down the progress of hair loss. For starters once extreme shedding occurs, one need not wait for evidence of substantial permanent hair loss. It is best to seek the advise of hair loss specialist who will diagnosis  the cause for the hair loss and recommend a medical treatment option to slow down or reverse hair loss at its earliest stage.

Once the cause of hair loss is established the proper treatment options are recommended to reverse or slow down future hair loss. If hair loss is genetic, then hair transplant can be an option to restore the hair that is lost and medical treatment is used to prevent future hair loss and keep hair healthy.

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Newport Beach Hair Restoration Surgeon