Understand Hair Loss
& Our Treatments
Here is why we can help
To understand Hair Loss Treatments, let’s first understand Hair Loss itself: The primary cause is both Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Baldness, affecting almost 50% of adult males and 25% of adult women.
The Basics of Hair
The scalp is composed of 3 basic layers of skin: the Epidermis, Dermis, and the Subcutaneous Layer. Within these 3 layers there are blood vessels, nerves, muscles, glands, and Hair (or keratin).
Hair is supported by blood flow, which in turn requires oxygen and nutrients to promote cellular activity and new growth. As Hair grows in the follicle, it is lubricated by the sebaceous gland that secretes oil in the follicle, coating the hair for smooth growth and creating healthy luster and sheen.
Good Hair nutrition is vital for healthy Hair, requiring that blood and nutrients reach the papilla area. When fewer nutrients reach the papilla hair cells reproduce at a much slower rate. Slower cellular activity produces thin, poor quality Hair.
The Basics of Hair Loss
DHT, or Dihydrotestosterone, causes 95% of all Hair Loss. DHT miniaturizes Hair follicles by shortening the Anagen (growth) phase and/or lengthening the Telogen (resting) phase. This causes the Hair follicles to slowly shrink and die, especially if DHT is involved. The net result is an increased number of short, thin, fine hairs barely visible above the scalp. For healthy Hair growth, DHT inhibiting is needed once increased Hair Loss occurs. The interaction of DHT with androgen receptors in scalp skin and follicles appears to cause Male and Female Pattern Baldness.
The sebaceous oil building up causes sebum. Sebum collects in the Hair follicle and hardens, causing a sebum plug that hinders hair growth. This compounded with existing weak hairs causes increased reduction in Hair growth.
Facts About Women's Hair Loss
Approximately 30 million women (one in four) experience hereditary Women’s Hair Loss or Baldness
40% of Women never expect to face the challenge of Hair Loss or Baldness
50% of Women experience Hair Loss by middle age
Typically, your Hair is at its thickest by age 20. Once you pass age 20, however, your Hair gradually begins to Thin, shedding more than the normal 40-100 Hairs each day
Fine Hair is both a precursor for and consequence of Hair Thinning. Women who experience Hair Loss have a disproportionately high rate of fine hair before they start losing Hair
Hair loss in Women triggers emotional upset
Hair loss in Women becomes an appearance issue, and it can also be the cause of severe emotional stress for most Women. Many Women who did expect to face Hair Loss are often caught by surprise, sometimes up to five years earlier than anticipated. A recent study reported that Women have a difficult time confronting Hair Loss:
Female study participants under age 50 reported feeling a “severe emotional blow.”
29% admitted feeling scared
47% said they were embarrassed
15% felt unattractive
28% experienced paranoia
Facts About Men's Hair Loss
As many as 50% of all Men will have some degree of Male Pattern Baldness by age 50.
The medical term for Hair Loss is Alopecia, the most common being Androgenetic Alopecia, or Male Pattern Baldness.
95% of Hair Loss in Men is genetically pre-determined.
Medications may cause Hair Loss (such as some anticoagulants, anti-depressants, and chemotherapy).
DHT, or Dihydrotestosterone, causes most Hair Loss. DHT is created naturally when the enzyme 5 alpha reductase combines with your testosterone.
It’s normal to lose up to 100 Hairs a day. Excessive Hair washing, brushing or rubbing can add to this loss.
Hair Loss may at times signal an underlying medical problem, like diabetes, lupus, or even ringworm.
Some medicines, such as minoxidil (HLCC Restim+)has been shown to help Male Pattern Baldness
There are many causes of Hair Loss: genetic disposition, excess stress, hypothyroidism, lack of circulation of the scalp, hormone levels, harsh shampoos, and bad nutrition can all lead to Hair Loss
If male pattern Hair Loss becomes an issue for you, there are options.
Talk to the highly trained and medical staff at HLCC for treatment programs which will help stop your Hair Loss. You are not alone.
Less than 10% of men will speak about their Hair Loss to their physician.
Common Causes of Hair Loss
Auto Immune Diseases – an immune reaction attacks the Hair at the root (or follicle). Anti-bodies attack hair tissue as if they were foreign invaders.
Androgenic Alopecia – the body’s immune system is sensitized to increased levels of DHT in the scalp causing Hair Loss in these high concentrated DHT areas. (DHT, or Dihydrotestosterone, causes 95% of all Hair Loss)
Alopecia Totalis/Universalis – immune sensitivity to a substance other than DHT.
Connective Tissue Disease – causes scarring of skin, loss of circulation to Hair follicles and an autoimmune reaction leading to temporary or permanent loss of Hair
Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, MCTD.
Exposure to Toxic Chemical – Common toxic chemicals, such as tobacco smoke, contains hundreds of lethal and damaging chemicals which can accelerate normal Hair Loss. This can be caused directly from smoking or indirectly from second hand smoke.
Chemotherapy or Radiation exposure – Irradiation therapy or exposure to radiation from any source can cause localized or total Hair Loss, sometimes permanently.
Iron Deficiency Anemia – very common with Women but also can affect Men.
Hormonal changes – due to pregnancy, birth control pills, menopause and/or illnesses
Thyroid Disease – either hypothyroid or hyperthyroid disease causes Hair to become brittle and break resulting in localized or generalized loss. Correction of the thyroid condition usually causes Hair to re-grow.
Excessive or lack of vitamins – too much vitamin A can cause Hair Loss. Medicines – some prescription and over the counter meds can foster side effects such as Hair Loss (see below). Usually, when the medication is discontinued, the Hair re-grows.
Individual reaction to illness or a personal sensitivity to the environment – Alopecia can be a reaction to foreign elements in your environment, similar to an allergic reaction.
Fungal and Bacterial Infections – impetigo and tinea capitis.
Hair Loss Facts & Myths
“Daily use of blow dryers causes Thinning Hair”
Too much heat from the blow dryer can dry your Hair and cause brittleness and breakage. It will not, however, make your hair thinner. Use common sense and a lower setting when using heating elements on Hair.
“If dad is bald, I’ll be bald”
Though paternal influence plays a genetic part in one’s Hair future, actual hereditary patterns are from both parents. If both mom and pop are balding, chances are so will you. But if only pop has thin Hair, and mom has thick hair, your chances are greater for less Hair Loss.
“Cutting Hair Will Make It Grow Thicker”
Because your hair is thicker at the base, cutting your Hair may give it an appearance of being thicker. But after the hair’s normal life span, new Hair grows at the same original diameter of your pre-cut hair.
“There is Nothing You Can Do to Prevent or Treat Hair Loss”
In the last 20 years, HLCC has proven, over and over, that this is just not true. With the right personalized regimen, you CAN stop Hair Loss and you CAN re-grow more Hair. HLCC provides both non-surgical and surgical options that can change your self image. True, there are no miracle cures, but there are proven programs that will improve you Hair Loss issues.
“Tight caps and hats will make you bald”
This is just another myth. Hats wont’ and can’t shrink hair follicles.
The Science Behind Us
For over 25 years HLCC has been using DHT Inhibitors for our Hair Loss Treatments. Listen the video below.