How to Handle Major Hair Loss
It can be a challenge. If thin areas are easy to spot, consider a weave, a hairpiece, a scarf, or a hat. Good-quality wigs are more comfortable than ever — and they rarely have bad hair days. If hair loss affects your job or social life or makes you not want to leave the house, talk with a counselor.
How is the hair loss cycle divided?
At any one time, about 90% of the hair on a person’s scalp is growing. Each follicle has its own life cycle that can be influenced by age, disease, and a wide variety of other factors. This life cycle is divided into three phases:
As people age, their rate of hair growth slows.
● Anagen — active hair growth that lasts between two to six years
● Catagen — transitional hair growth that lasts two to three weeks
● Telogen — resting phase that lasts about two to three months; at the end of the resting phase the hair is shed and a new hair replaces it and the growing cycle starts again.
What are the treatments for hair loss?
Although remedies promising to restore hair to balding heads have been around since ancient times, most men and women with thinning hair can do little to reverse the process.
Certain drugs may slow hair loss, and alternative treatments may bolster the health of remaining hair, but no treatment is likely to replace a full head of hair.
Many people with hair loss turn to wigs, hairpieces, and hair weaving. Some people get tattoos to simulate lost eyebrows and eyelashes.
Robot Hair-Transplant Device Gets FDA Nod
Sorry, Blondie and Curly — for the time being, it’s approved only for people with black or brown straight hair. Blond and curly-haired people were not included in the studies that led the FDA to give its 510(k) premarket notification, which allows sale of a device.
The device speeds the process of harvesting — removing — hair follicles from hairy parts of the head or body for later transplant to bald scalp. It can be used in a procedure called follicular unit extraction or FUE, an alternative to an older technique in which a strip of hair is removed and separated into smaller units for transplant.