Hair plays a major role in how you feel about your appearance and in the image you project to the world, which is why we spend approximately $75 billion on its care annually. However, your hair care routine could be causing premature hair loss. If you’re concerned that you don’t seem to have as much hair as you used to, read on to learn about the common hair care mistakes that contribute to hair loss, as well as solutions for restoring your full, natural-looking head of hair.
Hair loss affects both men and women. As many as 30 million women in the US alone report experiencing some sort of hair loss. For men, the numbers are even higher, with 25% beginning to see signs of thinning before the age of 21 and around 85% with visible hair loss by age 50. Hair loss can manifest as a general reduction in the volume of hair follicles, which you may notice as an increase in strand buildup in the hairbrush, or if you notice more hair going down the drain when you shower. It can also be localized, showing up as balding spots on the scalp, or as a receding hairline or widow’s peak. Hair loss can be triggered by genetic causes, but lifestyle factors can have a huge impact as well. How you care for your hair could be contributing to thinning hair, a receding hairline, and bald patches.
While it’s fun to change your hair color, dyeing it too frequently has consequences. Not only can hair dye physically weaken hair shafts, thereby increasing breakage, the chemicals in most commercial dyes are damaging to the follicle itself. Hair dyes that lighten hair from its natural color are the most disruptive as they contain high volumes of peroxide. Lighteners remove the eumelanin pigments from the hair shaft, which requires breaking down a protein essential to keeping hair strong. Repeated lighting results in frequent breakage, which can lead to an all-over thinner look to the hair. Most disturbing are recent studies showing how hair dye absorption can affect women during pregnancy.
Hair extensions have come under increasing scrutiny lately for causing hair loss, with some trichologists (medical experts whose focus is hair) calling for a ban. While the occasional wearing of hair weaves and extensions should have minimal negative effects, people who resort to hair extensions regularly are prone to losing large patches of hair and experiencing thinning and damage that makes the strands break more easily. This is due to several factors and depends on the type of extensions used and the method of application. The adhesives used to bond the extensions to the hair, the added weight of hair extensions, and the tension on the follicles and scalp, can all cause the hair to fall out. This form of hair loss is called Traction Alopecia and can cause permanent damage to hair follicles and prevent hair regrowth.
Studies have shown that a healthy scalp is the foundation of a healthy head of hair. Dousing the scalp in harsh chemicals contained in some hair products can be toxic to hair follicles. Heat styling, pulling hair into tight braids or ponytails, and chemical straightening can also cause hair loss by pulling and damaging the hair too much. It’s also possible to go overboard with brushing, since too much can loosen hairs and cause increased shedding. If styling is part of your routine, make sure to give your hair a break once in a while so it can recover. Additionally, taking good care of your scalp can help support hair growth.
Hair restoration can fully restore your hair, whether you have noticed all-over thinning, a receding hairline, or bald patches. Venus Concept™ offers two state-of-art devices for hair restoration for men and women.
Ideal for treating male hair loss, the ARTAS® iX Robotic Hair Restoration makes hair restoration procedures swift and seamless, using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to design the ideal extraction and placement of the hair follicles. The device’s precision and speed work to protect existing hair and maintain a natural appearance for the newly implanted hair. Full hair regrowth is realized within 9-12 months of the procedure, for a natural look that no one will be able to tell came from a hair restoration procedure. With a record number of ARTAS® procedures performed last year, there’s no denying the popularity of this state-of-the-art hair restoration device.
For treating the complexities of female hair loss, NeoGraft® is the latest generation in hair restoration devices, using automated FUE in a process that requires no stitches, leaves no visible scarring, and delivers a more natural-looking result. The procedure uses your own existing hair, transplanting healthy follicles through precision micrografts that cause little to no discomfort during the procedure, and require little downtime. After some initial tenderness in the first 2-3 days, most people return to regular activities. The transplanted hair will look natural, grow at the same rate as the surrounding hair, and lasts for life.
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