Your Hair: Lost And Found

Everyone experiences some natural hair shedding during the hair growth cycle, when it grows about a half an inch a month, then goes into a resting phase. A strand can go through this cycle for about three years before it completely falls out and a new one grows (you lose up to 100 strands a day). But why does the shedding go faster than the growing for some?

This thinning out of hair commonly occurs during major hormonal shifts, such as pregnancy, and with age. A study showed that some habits, like smoking and drinking alcohol causes women to lose hair. Heartache is a culprit, too, the researchers found, as women going through a divorce lost more hair in the central region of their heads.

Meanwhile, some of us are literally pulling our hair out with excessive use of styling tools and an inability to stop messing with it throughout the day (I'm talking to my fellow hair twirlers out there!).

However, there are some new developments in hair loss treatments, such as the use of Latisse, the prescription eyelash booster. Some doctors have used it off-label to address thinning hair (apparently it can't help you once the follicle drops out all together). Allergan, the company that makes Latisse, is currently in trials to determine its effectiveness for scalp thinning.

In mid-January, natural cosmetics company Aveda is launching a new line of products aimed specifically at hair-loss concerns. The line, called Invati, will include a shampoo that exfoliates, a conditioner that thickens, plus a scalp revitalizing treatment and healthy-hair supplements.

Dermatologists also have a new weapon in the fight against hair loss. The ARTAS System Hair Restoration is a computerized system that speeds up the follicle-grafting process.

And finally, for those facing chemotherapy, a "cool cap" may help eliminate the typical hair-loss associated with the cancer treatment, which some patients say is the most emotionally distressing process in battling their disease. The cap is worn during chemo treatments and keeps the hair follicles cool and in place.

Have you experienced either temporary or permanent hair loss? How have you fought it? Be sure to leave us a comment.

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