Hair Loss Awareness Month

Hair Loss Awareness Month – August 2013

Hair Loss Awareness month is here, and we’re passing on some valuable information along with statistics on hair loss to get you started. Whether you’re young or old, healthy or battling an illness, when it comes to hair loss you’re not alone.

Women’s Degrees of Concern About Hair Loss (from a survey of 2,000+ households)
Extremely Concerned 19%
Somewhat Concerned 24%
Slightly Concerned 28%
Not at all Concerned 29%

What Women Who Are Concerned About Hair Loss Do
Discuss it with their hair care professional 59%
Discuss it with a friend/family member 57%
Change shampoo/conditioner or frequency 53%
Change their hairstyles 50%
Start massaging their scalps regularly 36%
Consult a doctor 20%
Try an over-the-counter product 14%
Try minoxidil 3% (approx.)

What Doctors Recommend for Women With Hair Loss
Nothing, just wait 43%
Vitamins 10%
Topical ointment/scalp cream 8%
Shampoo/dandruff shampoo 7%
Stress management/medication 5%
Referred to dermatologist 5%
Rogaine/minoxidil 3%
Scalp massage 3%
Change shampoo 3%
Nutrition/diet 3%

According to the American Association of Dermatology (AAD), hereditary hair loss affects approximately 80 million men and women in the U.S. In a recent LiveScience.com story, the Top 10 Worst Hereditary Conditions, baldness came in at No. 9.

The American Hair Loss Association estimates that women make up roughly 40 percent of Americans experiencing thinning hair and the majority of women will experience some thinning by midlife, putting it right up there with menopause, weight gain, dry skin and facial wrinkles.

With some 30 million American women, roughly one in four are dealing with thinning hair. The American Academy of Dermatology has designated August as National Hair Loss Awareness Month so that those experiencing thinning hair can readily access related information and advice. Hair loss can have a profoundly negative effect on social, personal, and professional life. Men and women with thinning hair need to know that they do not have to suffer with a compromised self-image.

LEARN WHAT CAUSES BALDNESS

There are several factors known to contribute to loss of hair among men and women. Some individuals seem to be hard-wired for hair loss, a specific type of pattern baldness known as androgenetic alopecia. Others experience hair loss in the aftermath of a serious and stressful life event, a phenomenon known as Telogen Effluvium. Still others experience thinning or shedding due to traction alopecia, a type of hair loss that occurs when hair is styled, flattened, or held in a restricted position for a prolonged period of time.

UNDERSTAND THE SIGNS & PROGRESSION OF HAIR LOSS

Male hair loss progresses in a somewhat typical pattern depicted by the Norwood Classification. Physicians use the Norwood Classification to determine the extent to which a man has begun to lose his hair. It is also used to predict how hair loss will progress, providing the insight needed for surgeons to effectively plan and perform a transplant that is natural in appearance. Learn more about the Norwood Classification for male pattern baldness.

Female hair loss also occurs in a somewhat predictable pattern, however it differs drastically from male pattern baldness. Physicians use a different method of classification for women, known as the Ludwig Classification. Visit this article on diagnosing female hair with the Ludwig Classification loss to learn more.

KNOW WHEN HAIR LOSS IS A SIGN OF A LARGER HEALTH ISSUE

One of the most important reasons to raise awareness for hair loss is because it could be a sign of a serious health condition. There are a number of studies that correlate hair loss with serious illness, making it critical that patients consult a physician when noticing signs of thinning, shedding, or balding.

Prescription Medications

In some cases, hair loss is the side effect of a prescription drug. If you experience hair loss, speak to your physician about alternatives to your current medication. Always consult a physician prior to making changes to your prescription medication regimen.

Heart Disease

Recently, the University of Tokyo released findings that indicate bald men are at a higher risk of developing coronary heart disease. The research was the culmination of studying some 37,000 men and indicated that chances of heart condition also increase with the severity of hair loss. Visit this article to read more on how bald men are at high risk for heart disease.

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Take Action

If you or a loved one has noticed thinning, shedding, or excessive hair loss, contact your primary care physician for a check up. If your doctor cannot determine the cause of you hair loss, most often they will refer you to a dermatologist for further investigation. Once you have a better understanding of the cause of the hair loss, you can begin researching the different treatments available for your type of hair loss.

For more information regarding non-surgical solutions for hair loss, call Suisse Natural Hair Salon toll free: 800.675.7779