Why Do We Lose Our Hair?

Hair loss, or alopecia, occurs when the normal hair growth cycle is disrupted. Healthy hair growth follows a series of repeated stages, including phases of growth, transition, and rest. An average scalp contains up to 100,000 hair follicles; no new follicles are formed after birth. About 90% of the hair on your head is in the growing phase at any given time, while 10% is in the resting phase.

Your hair grows in follicular units, with each unit holding 1 to 4 strands. It is normal for you to lose anywhere from 50-100 hairs per day. It is considered significant hair loss if you are consistently losing more than 150 hairs per day. For such individuals, professional hair restoration or hair transplantation can help.

Common Hair Loss Causes

The most common cause of hair loss in men and women is androgenetic alopecia (AGA). Heredity, hormones, and age all contribute to this condition. In AGA, the hair follicle shrinks and causes the hair to grow thinner and shorter until there is a complete failure of new hair growth. Because the front, crown, and top of a man's scalp are the areas most sensitive to the hormones that cause follicle shrinkage, it is not surprising that male pattern baldness (MPB) accounts for up to 95% of hair loss in men.

Hair loss can be either temporary or permanent. Diagnosing your adult hair loss can be challenging, as the common causes include a broad spectrum of factors including:

  • Aging
  • Genetics
  • Hormonal Changes
  • Disease
  • Medications or Chemotherapy
  • Trauma or burns
  • Diet, low iron or protein
  • Stress

At The Maryland Hair Center, we can help you determine your specific hair loss trigger so that the most effective treatment can be provided.

We understand that a large majority of the factors that influence hair loss are out of your control, but you can trust Dr. Cappuccino to deliver the best permanent hair restoration solutions regardless of your cause.

Our state-of-the-art office in Mt. Airy offers revolutionary hair transplant technology, such as NeoGraft, to help patients regain a confident and full head of hair using the least invasive procedure on the market.

Call The Maryland Hair Center today to let Dr. Cappuccino diagnose your hair loss condition and recommend the most successful hair transplant method.

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