Articles Tagged with: American Hair Loss Association

Does Balding Negatively Affect Work Life?

Does Balding Negatively Affect Work Life? Normally, a person sheds anywhere up to 100 strands of hair per day. Finding hair at the bottom of the shower or tangled in a brush is a common occurrence. Unfortunately for some, however, hair follicles can become damaged, stressed, or hormonally challenged, rendering them inactive for periods of time. When this occurs, hair ceases its normal growth cycle and existing strands begin to fall out in larger quantities than what is considered average.

Male pattern baldness, medically referred to as androgenic alopecia, is the most common form of hair loss in men, accounting for 95 percent of men’s hair loss. According to the American Hair Loss Association, 85 percent of men who’ve reached the age of 50 have significantly thinning hair. A quarter of those suffering from male pattern baldness begin to exhibit symptoms before they reach the age of 21. (i)

Women’s hair loss, commonly telogen effluvium, isn’t nearly as consistent. Although many erroneously assume that hair loss is strictly associated with men, 40 percent of hair loss sufferers are actually women. (ii) It’s a silent condition many women avoid talking about or getting help for because women’s hair is a sign of beauty. Compromised attractiveness due to stress, aging, genetics, or hormonal imbalance is considered taboo for women, which is why so many lack the resources to combat this embarrassing condition.

Because hair loss is a noticeable condition, one might wonder: Can my hair loss affect my professional life?

Unfortunately, yes, but maybe not in the way you think it would. While your coworkers and managers are unlikely to judge to you based on your thinning hair, your own inner feelings about your hair loss may surface in the workplace.

Hair Loss, Self Esteem, and Career Development

Negative feelings surrounding hair loss can mostly be attributed to two things: Media and culture. Hair is something both men and women use to make themselves feel more attractive and put together. Hair loss is also seen as a sign of aging or sometimes, bad health. These adverse sentiments regarding balding cause social and psychological effects, including compromised self-image and self esteem.

Depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem can hurt job performance, whether through missed workdays or lack of confidence in ideas and accomplishments. The American Hair Loss Association states, “It is not uncommon for men to change their career paths because of their hair loss.” (i)

According to a random sampling amongst European men ages 18 to 45, 70 percent of men believe hair is an important feature of one’s image, and 62 percent agreed that hair loss has the potential to negatively impact self-esteem. (iii)

Regaining Confidence at Work with Hair Restoration

While less than 10 percent of men in the European study were actively pursuing hair loss treatment, 59 percent of those undergoing treatment who reported success said they experienced improvements of self-esteem and personal attractiveness. (iii)

If you feel that your hair loss is negatively affecting your personal and professional life, it’s time to act now. The expert surgeons at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami provide advanced hair restoration techniques to help you regain your motivation and drive at work by giving you the confidence you need to succeed. We also offer low-level laser therapy caps to be used in conjunction with hair restoration surgery, or on their own.

Call our Institute toll-free at (877) 443-9070 and make an appointment today.

Sources

(i) http://www.americanhairloss.org/men_hair_loss/introduction.asp

(ii) http://www.americanhairloss.org/women_hair_loss/introduction.asp

(iii) The psychosocial impact of hair loss among men: a multinational European study. Mariola Alfonso, Hertha Richter-Appelt, Antonella Tosti, Miguel Sanchez Viera, Marcos García Curr Med Res Opin. 2005 November; 21(11): 1829–1836. doi: 10.1185/030079905X61820

10 Incredible Hair Facts

Facts and statistics about hair, pattern baldness, and health

10 Incredible Hair FactsHair is one of the most revered of all human body parts, perhaps because it plays such an integral role in the formation of first impressions, self-image, and self-confidence. Americans spend millions each year to keep their luscious locks healthy, styled, and nourished. Millions more are spent by individuals who suffer with hair loss, further illustrating just how deeply our culture values the appearance of a full head of hair.

Despite such adoration, Americans tend to know very little about the follicular assets that cover their crown. Some are shocked to know that certain strands of hair contain traces of the element gold, for example. Others are surprised to learn that some individuals naturally go blonde as they age.

The editors of the Miami Hair Blog have compiled the following list of hair facts to educate, entertain, and—in some cases—amaze. For more amazing hair facts, be sure to reference the articles and info graphics in the sources section below.

Hair facts: 10 things you might never have known

1. Facial hair could prevent skin cancer.

Sorry ladies, this perk is for testosterone-driven males only. Men with facial hair might be less likely to contract skin cancer because those thick mustaches and beards shield the face from harmful UVA/ UVB rays. It’s not all bad for women, however. By the same logic, long hair might protect the ears and neck from equally damaging rays.

2. Human hair often contains over a dozen different elements.

Each strand of hair is comprised of many different elements, including hydrogen (H), sulfur (S), nitrogen (N), oxygen (O), and gold (Au).

3. Not all hair colors go grey.

Black, brunette, and blonde haired individuals are known to go grey as they age. However, redheads have a unique tendency to go blonde as they age, which is an interesting fact for the 2-6% of the American population who have red hair.

4. Redheads are extremely rare.

Though 2-6% of the American population has red colored hair, the population of redheads worldwide is only about 1%.

5. Hair cleans up oil.

Certain Eco-conscious groups have been known to use high volumes of human hair to clean up massive oil spills.

6. Receding hairlines were once fashionable.

During the Renaissance period that spanned the 14th-17th centuries across Italy and Europe, women were known to aggressively pluck their hairlines to create the appearance of a higher forehead.

7. Pattern baldness can take a long time to notice.

Depending on the individual, signs of pattern baldness might not be noticeable until upwards of 40% hair is lost. Signs of balding are even harder to detect in women because hair loss tends to occur in a more spread-out manner.

8. Bones grow faster than hair.

When it comes to regeneration, bone marrow is the only tissue in the human body that grows faster than your hair.

9. Approximately 5 million hair follicles span the human body.

Follicles are the organ that produces hair, helping each strand to progress through 3 distinct phases: Anagen (growth), catagen (cessation), and telogen (rest).

10. Hair can be shocked into dormancy.

A car accident, divorce, loss of loved one, or other serious life event can disrupt the normal growth cycle and send hair into a resting phase. If severe, hair follicles might remain dormant and become unable to produce new, healthy hair. Hair loss professionals call this phenomenon Telogen effluvium, or stress-related hair loss.

Hair Transplant Institute: South Florida’s Top Surgeons

This list of incredibly hair facts has been created by the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, home of South Florida’s top hair transplant surgeons. To learn more about hair loss evaluation and treatment at our Institute, call 1-877-443-9070.

Sources:

(i) “50 Insane Facts About Hair- Infographic.” Daily Infographic. Accessed 9 December 2013.

(ii) “5 Unusual Facts About Hair.” The Belgravia Centre. Accessed 9 December 2013.

(iii) “Effluviums.” American Hair Loss Association. Accessed 9 December 2013.

Birth Control Pills and Hair Loss

Birth Control Pills and Hair LossDoes ‘the pill’ cause hair loss? The topic of birth control and hair loss is as old as the medication itself, dating back to the 1960s when oral contraceptives were first introduced to American women. Unfortunately, women are often surprised to learn that common side effects of birth control may include hair loss. Those who consider taking birth control must also realize that contraceptives may cause a variety of additional side effects, and they do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases.

Learn More. To learn more about birth control and specific side effects, please consult your physician. Always seek the guidance of a licensed medical professional before making any changes to diet, exercise, or prescription medication regimens. The following article is meant to provide a basic overview on oral contraceptives, hormones, and hair loss. It is not a substitute for the expert opinion of a licensed professional.

Which Birth Control Pills Are Most Likely to Cause Hair Loss?

To understand which birth control pills are most likely to cause hair loss, it is first helpful to learn the make-up and basic function of each option. Birth control prevents pregnancy by using different combinations of hormones to suppress ovulation and/or prevent conception. Generally, an oral contraceptive can be characterized by the number of hormones it contains. Combination birth control, for example, contains both estrogen and progestin. The Minipill, by contrast, contains only progestin.

Combination Birth Control vs. Minipill: Which Is Best?

In general, hair loss caused by ‘the pill’ is most often a side effect of hormonal fluctuations. In most cases, birth control causes a relative increase in androgen levels. This may cause a corresponding increase in DHT production, which researchers believe shrinks the hair follicle and causes hair miniaturization. Once this happens, the hair becomes thinner and finer over time. Eventually, it may cease to grow altogether.

Since combination birth control pills contain both progestin and estrogen, they may help to keep androgen levels in check. For this reason, physicians may recommend combination birth control medications to women whose genetics or family history makes them predisposed to hormonally induced hair loss. The minipill, on the other hand, contains no estrogen and may cause a greater relative rise in androgen. With greater fluctuation comes increased sensitivity to hormones (like androgen), which may ultimately contribute to hair loss both during and after birth control use.      

The Androgen Index: Identifying Which Pills Are Least Likely to Cause Hair Loss

The Androgen Index is a way of describing the impact a birth control medication may have on relative androgen levels. By choosing a medication with a low Androgen Index, you may limit your chance of experiencing hair loss (i).

According to the American Hair Loss Association, the following list orders birth control from lowest Androgen Index (1) to highest (20):

  1. Desogen
  2. Ortho-Cept
  3. Ortho-Cyclen
  4. Ortho Tri-Cyclen
  5. Micronor
  6. Nor-Q D
  7. Ovcon-35
  8. Brevicon/Modicon
  9. Ortho Norvum 7/7/7
  10. Ortho Novum 10-11
  11. Tri-Norinyl
  12. Norinyl and Ortho 1/35
  13. Demulen 1/35
  14. Triphasil/Tri-Levien
  15. Nordette
  16. Lo/Ovral
  17. Ovrette
  18. Ovral
  19. Loestrin1/20
  20. Loestrin 1.5/30

High Risk Contraceptives. According to the American Hair Loss Association, the following contraceptives have significant potential for “causing or exacerbating hair loss” (ii):

  1. Progestin Implants, like Norplant.
  2. Hormone Injections, like Depo-Provera.
  3. Skin Patch, like Ortho Evra.
  4. Vaginal Ring, like NuvaRing.

Hair Loss Evaluation, Diagnosis, and Treatment

If you are suffering with hair loss, you are not alone. Nearly 2/3rds of all males experience symptoms of balding, and an estimated 20 million American women experience symptoms of thinning by adulthood.

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we hold our patients’ desire for a full and natural head of hair in the highest regard. We are home of South Florida’s most talented transplant surgeons, microscopists, nurses, and staff. Our team works diligently to ensure each patient feels comfortable and confident during each visit, from evaluation to procedure and post-procedure follow-up.

Early diagnosis is key to full, effective, and natural hair restoration. We invite you to learn more about hair loss evaluations at our Institute, or contact our friendly front desk at 305.925.0222.

Sources:

(i) Birth Control and Hair Loss. American Hair Loss Association. Accessed 25 February 2013.

(ii) Oral Contraceptives. American Hair Loss Association. Accessed 25 February 2013.

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