Hair follicles undergo a repetitive sequence of growth and rest known as hair cycle. We all lose hair on a daily basis. There are several causes for hair loss. This includes systemic medical; problems, medications, dermatologic diseases vitamin toxicities and deficiencies, alopecia areata, telogen effluvium and androgenic alopecia.
As baldness is not life threatening most people does not seek treatment. Without therapy baldness is progressive although the rate of progression is variable. Treatment could be medical, surgical or cosmetic.
There are many sprays and powders that give the illusion that there is less baldness. Camouflage is the simplest, easiest and cheapest way of dealing with mild alopecia. Camouflage treatment involves either adding small fibres held in place electro statically or dyeing the scalp the same colour as the hair to create the illusion of thicker hair.
Wigs are an alternative to scalp surgery .For women, an alternative to full wig is a smaller hair piece that can either be interwoven with existing hair or worn over the top of existing hair.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the drawback of using wigs?
In summer the head gets hot
Is there any infection of the hair or scalp which can cause hair loss?
Is there any familial tendency for baldness?
Yes, A familial tendency to male pattern alopecia (androgenic alopecia) is well recognized.
Is there any chance of female getting male pattern alopecia?
Yes, but the pattern of hair loss in women may differ from men.
Hair growth is continuous throughout life. True or False?
False. Hair follicles undergo a cyclical growth.
Hair fall is affected by the diet you are taking. True or False?
True. When there is vitamin or iron deficiency there will be increased hair loss.
Alopecia : Loss of hair
Camouflage : False appearance in order to conceal
Bald : Wholly or partly without hair on the head.