Frequently Asked Questions
Is it true that baldness is inherited through a mother’s male relatives?
That is false. Baldness can come from either side of the family.
Can hair loss be a symptom of a disease or condition?
Absolutely. It can be related to thyroid conditions, iron deficiencies, auto immune, and gut related issues to name a few. It is always a good idea to have a complete blood workup to help narrow down the potential causes. Knowing the root cause of your hair loss is the best way to determine an appropriate treatment program.
How many phases are there in hair growth?
Human hair naturally grows in three phases, anagen, catagen, and telogen. Anagen is the active or growing phase. Catagen is a short phase of the natural hair cycle during which the hair begins to break down. Telogen is the resting phase and ultimately where the hair falls out from. You can potentially lose up to 100 hairs a day normally!
Can certain life events alter the hair growth and cause massive shedding?
Yes, without a doubt, many circumstances that produce a “shock” to the system will alter the hair growth rhythm. The result can be as much as 30-40% of the hairs can cycle into the telogen stage prematurely. Three months later the hair comes out in a massive shedding near the front of the scalp. Childbirth, high fever, sudden weight loss, auto immune disorders, surgery, severe illness, and stressors such as a loss, death, or divorce can cause hair loss.
Is hair loss always associated with an internal disease?
Not necessarily. Most hair loss is not associated with a systemic or internal disease. Often times, hair simply thins as a result of predetermined genetic factors, family history, and the overall aging process. Many men and women may notice a mild and often normal thinning of hair in their 30’s and 40’s. Other times, normal life occurrences including temporary severe loss, nutritional changes and hormonal changes like those in pregnancy, puberty, and menopause cause hair loss that is reversible.
Can hair chemicals such as hair color and frequent shampooing cause hair loss?
Not likely. Shampooing does not accelerate hair loss. It simply removes the hairs that were ready to fall out anyway. Coloring, perming, and conditioning the hair does not usually cause hair loss. Burns to the scalp or severe processing may cause hair loss and breakage. Hair styles that pull the hair tight may cause hair loss known as traction alopecia.
Can I stop male pattern baldness from happening?
Hair loss is a very common problem for males, but it doesn’t happen overnight. The process takes years and is called Androgenic Alopecia. It is more of a hereditary condition, even though hormonal imbalances can foster hair loss. One of the keys to stopping the progression is to use FDA-approved DHT blockers that will help to reduce the effect of hair loss. The earlier you take action the more hair you can save.
Is it safe to blow dry if I am losing my hair?
Yes, there is no clinical proof that using a blow dryer damages the scalp tissue.
Will Collagen Induction Microneedling help Hair Loss?
Collagen Induction Microneedling can be a very effective method to stimulate hair regrowth in a healthy way by increasing blood flow, oxygen flow, and collagen production.
Can a diet help to change the cause of hair loss?
Absolutely. Your body is a direct reflection of what you put into it! Hair strands are composed of primarily proteins, amino acids, and other nutrients. The healthier and more balanced your diet, the better chance you have to grow healthier hair.
What foods are good for re-growth hair?
Since diet and hair loss intersect, it’s also possible that some foods groups might trigger hair problems. The first general rule is to avoid allergens, any food causing an allergic reaction, because that increases the immune response, causing inflammation and constricting blood flow to the scalp and hair follicles.
The second rule is to increase alkaline foods and decrease acidic foods. This can slow down hair loss. Try to avoid dairy products, carbonated drinks, sugary cereals, and greasy foods. These meals can cause delayed allergic reactions, build up epidermis plaque on the scalp, increase hair follicle miniaturization, spike blood-sugar levels, restrict blood flow, and clog the sweat pores. If you can cut them from your diet, you might slow down hair loss and promote hair regrowth over time. Following an Anti-Inflammatory diet is advised.
I have read about all of these lasers available for hair loss, do they really work?
In many cases, yes. They need to be the right kind of laser light treatment done consistently with the proper products for best results.