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What is Hair – Accessory for Vanity Fair

What is Hair – Accessory for Vanity Fair

Beauty of Hair “Rapunzel Rapunzel let down your hair.”

A dialogue which finds its foundations instilled in our lives from a tender age when we considered fairy tales as a Utopian reality.

The long thick hair, fine as spun gold, as possessed by Rapunzel only reflects the desperate desires echoed in our world driven by beauty.

Woman and men equally struggle to maintain and groom their hair; and why not? After all, outlook plays a far vital role in breaking the barriers of communications.

Hairs that are well-styled and groomed showcase your personality in an optimistic light and you will find more and more people willing to initiate a conversation with you. 🙂

However, as the clock of age strikes the 30th mark, you find yourself losing more than 150 strands of hair every day. Considering the number of times woman go for beauty trips for blow drying and the usage of styling gel by men, the age limit is no more a crucial factor that attributes solely to hair loss.

There are various myths that you may have come across that are blamed for the beauty curse of hair loss. Let’s look at a list of such myths that DONOT cause hair loss.

Myths about Hair Loss

1. Wearing a hat or cap damages hair follicles which aggravates balding

If you love wearing hats, then this myth might have left you scratching your head in confusion. To relieve you from the trouble hats and caps do not cause any balding. However, dirty hats may lead to a scalp infection but then that has nothing to do with balding.

2. Excessive exposure to sun is a red signal for baldness

Stop grabbing the collars of your tanning salons operators! Neither sun exposure nor tanning beds cause any form of balding.

3. Carbohydrates is the evil food that causes hair loss

Once again stop being so vulnerable to all the rumors out there. Red meat is a source of nourishment for your hair and not a source of thinning. By avoiding healthy nutrients you will only be damaging your hair due to iron deficiency.

4. Balding is a sign of aging

As opposed to contemporary belief, balding can also occur in teens. The earlier the cycle of balding starts the more severe its repercussion.

All-You-Need-To-Know Facts about Hair

  • Hair is made up of a protein known as keratin.
  • The average person’s head has 100,000 to 150,000 hairs.
  • A hair grows by 0.3 to 0.5mm per day, about 1 to 1.5cm a month and 12 to 15cm a year.
  • Hair is the second fastest growing tissue in your body.
  • Woman experience ‘reversible’ hair loss after giving birth. The underlying cause for this major hair loss is the production of oestrogen which puts hair follicles in ‘growth phase’ which after birth go into ‘loss phase’.
  • As a child you lose around 90 strands of hair each day which increase to 120 by old age.
  • Crash dieting or hormonal imbalance may cause momentary hair loss.

Untangling the Working of Hair Cycle

Worried about hair strands clinging to your pillow every time you wake up? Finding yourself on a pedestal of confusion as more and more hair strands clog up the water drain every time you take a shower? Well do not worry, because hair loss is not necessary supposed to be scary.

An adult head has about 100,000 to 150,000 hair and it is quite normal to shed off a few strands every day. At any one time, 90% of the hairs on a person’s scalp are involved in a growth cycle. Now, let’s divert our attention in understanding the different cycle of hair growth.

The cycle of growth is divided into 3 stages –

  • Anagen or Active Growth stage –  Growth that lasts in between 2 to 6 years.
  • Catagen or Transitory Growth stage – Growth that lasts between 3 to 5 weeks.
  • Telogen or Rest Stage – Growth that lasts for about 3 to 4 weeks after which the strands of hair are shed and new hair starts erupting from the follicle and a new cycle begins.

A Sneak Peek Inside the Types of Hair Loss

1. Senile Baldness

Also known as ‘Involutional Alopecia’ is the normal loss of hair in both women and men with increasing age. The affected areas are the crown and temples and occurs in both the genders is more common in males.

2. Pattern Baldness

It is the gradually ongoing thinning and loss of hair in certain areas of the scalp. It is the most widespread type of hair loss and results from genetic and environmental factors in relation to DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) hormone which is a derivative of Testosterone hormone present in males. This is why this type of baldness is seen to occur mostly in men of all ages but menopausal women are also affected owing to disturbed state of hormones.

3. Patchy Baldness

It is an autoimmune disease which attacks the hair follicles resulting in a rapid loss of hair in a clearly defined area and is usually caused by stress, infections and childbirth. Lost hair typically grows back but there are chances of recurrence of the condition.

4. Seborrheic Baldness

This occurs due to the consumption of oily and vitamin A laden foods resulting in excessive dandruff and breakage of hair which leads opens door to your nightmare of hair loss.

5. Toxic Baldness

Due to the presence of certain drugs, chemotherapeutic and radioactive substances which enter into the system a rare form of hair loss condition can result known as toxic baldness.

Causes of Hair Loss

Stop pulling out strands of hair in utter depression! In order to land your hair on the road to recovery you first need to familiarise yourself with its underlying causes. They are listed as follows:

1. Genetic

It’s probably your genes that are arch nemesis when it comes to hair. Our genes define what type kind colour and pattern of hair growth we would have so if you have long strands of golden hair it’s probably because you inherited it from your parents and you are one of the lucky ones. If you have deadly curls tangled in a meshwork of frizz that won’t go away it’s also partly your parents fault.

2. Progressing age

The older you get the more you get sucked into the black hole of baldness! But I’ve seen many old people having great hair (might be wigs cause I can’t really tell the difference) but yes science has proven this theory and are struggling to find a remedy to pull brakes on the cycle of hair loss and hair greying.

3. Physical and mental stress

If you have deadlines to meet and loads of work to do on a regular basis then you do not have time to take care of your hair. Chances are you will aggravate the cycle of hair loss as studies suggest that stress and balding have direct relation with each other. Cut the cord of this unpleasant relationship by exposing your to work load that you can easily handle.

4. Poor Nutrition and an unbalanced diet

If your diet lacks in protein and vitamins, you are only welcoming the frightening spells of hair loss with open arms. Enhance your health by eating fresh fruits and vegetables and including health supplement as a part of your daily diet.