What causes hair loss?
Natural hair shedding is completely normal – the average person loses around 50 to 100 hairs every day without even noticing, as hair regenerates through 3 natural cycles:
Anagen Phase: When the hair is actively growing. This can be for a period of up to 6 years.
Catagen Phase: When the hair slowly stops growing which lasts up to one month.
Telogen Phase: The final part of the hair cycle, the hair rests in position for approximately 3 months, at which point it sheds and the cycles begins again.
The issue arises when the miniaturisation process occurs. Miniaturisation is when over a period of time, the hair follicle grows back but is suffocated by Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which results in the hair follicle shrinking in size. The hair growth cycles continue though the visible hairs will be finer, and eventually the DHT will suffocate the hair follicle to the point it will no longer grow.
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Along with the above hair loss causes, there are other factors which may also have an affect on hair growth, including stress and cancer treatments.
The stresses of life affect us not just emotionally, but physically too. While many people associate stress with massive life changes such as a new job or the death of a loved one, stress can manifest itself in many forms and can contribute to physical and emotional illness. Hair loss through stress is difficult to diagnose as there may not be one singular cause for the hair loss, however if you do not show symptoms of any of these other conditions, and your hair loss has a sudden and rapid onset, stress could be the cause.
Aside from the obvious emotional and physical toll cancer can take on the body, hair loss as a result of treatments is common, in particular with Chemotherapy, as the therapy works to attack the rapidly growing cancerous cells in the body. An unfortunate side effect of this treatment is that it also attacks the cells which create hair. Once treatment has commenced total hair loss can progress in a matter of weeks, so if you are concerned about losing your hair once a diagnosis has been made it makes sense to explore your options. Hair replacement systems are an excellent choice as they are custom made to your requirements and can bring a little bit of normality to an otherwise traumatic time.
If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer and are concerned about hair loss, please see our Charity & Funding page to see if you qualify for a free hair replacement system.