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At the first signs of thinning hair, you find yourself with more questions than answers. Why is your hair thinning? What are the causes and what can you do to stop hair loss? Here are our answers to a few of the questions received from customers.
Can stress make you lose hair?
There are conflicting medical reports of whether stress makes you lose hair. What complicates matters is that hair loss due to stress is delayed by a few weeks to a few months – so was it stress that caused hair loss? Generally speaking it is not stress, but the ability to deal with stress that makes the difference in people losing hair due to stress. Learn how to deal with stress.
Does wearing a cap or hat cause hair loss?
Research shows that people with poor circulation due to tight caps or hats do not necessarily appear to be more likely to suffer from alopecia. It is only in a very small minority of people that this is seen. This may be due to impairment of blood flow in the scalp. Our advice is take caution in wearing tight caps and hats.
Does frequent shampooing cause hair loss?
Authorities recommend that care should be taken with fragile and thinning hair. Using natural, gentle, non-harsh chemical shampoos is better than harsh chemical shampoos. Any tangles of hair should be carefully separated making sure you are not pulling the hair. It is not the frequency you wash your hair that counts, but what shampoo and conditioner you use.
Do perms, colours and other cosmetic treatments cause permanent hair loss?
Some hair treatments can damage the hair and lead to hair thinning or loss – but the vast majority do not. So if you are experiencing hair loss after using perms or colourants then avoid them.
Does shaving the head make the hair grow back thicker?
Not true – in fact, if you are suffering from some types of hair loss such as Androgenetic Alopecia, this will actually just quicken your hair loss.
Do you lose more hair at certain times of the year?
Yes some do, according to a set of scientists. Circannual rhythms (physiological variations that occur in the same period of the year) can be described as a change in the level of hormones secreted by your body. Scientists believe that these fluctuations explain much pathology (the scientific study of the nature of disease and its causes) such as male pattern baldness. A study called the “Tromsø study” screened all inhabitants aged 25 years or older living in Tromsø (Norway) for their Testosterone blood levels over a period of time. The study showed that Testosterone reaches two peaks during the year, one in February-March and the other September-October.