Types of Hair Loss
Normal Hair Loss :Certain amount of loss of hair is natural in both men and women since that is the cycle of growth programmed by creator of mankind. The average head has around 1,00,000 hair follicles and on an average we lose around 70 to 100 follicles everyday. It is a cycle and is offset by new re growth in healthy scalp. On an average the hair follicle grows for 7 years and it grows by half an inch in a month
Psychological Effects of Hair Loss
Every body knows or experiences that society places great value on hair. Balding men do suffer stress over hair loss, particularly young single men. The more extensive the loss, the greater the stress that is induced. Frustration, loss of self confidence, self conscious about looks, feeling of looking older than persons age, not being so attractive, other people’s reaction are some of the negative aspects which creep in a balding gentleman’s personality. This may be in the form of seeking reassurance about one’s looks, worrying about how much more will be the loss of hair, feeling sensitive to other’s criticism and thereby avoiding social get together.
Any hair loss, which is not due to heredity factor, can be permanent or temporary. If the hair loss is due to the factors such as listed above, it is seen generally that hair does grow once the corrective measures have been taken.
General Facts about Hair
Scientists claim that human beings will increasingly loose their hair, resulting in a totally naked being. Many hundred years have however to pass by until this awful prophecy will become true. Until then we have enough time to study and understand the life of hair.
Hair is actually dead material when it leaves it’s root – otherwise it would hurt very much when your hairdresser works with his scissor. Most people know about this fact, but did you know about other facts: On a normal scalp there are about 100-150 thousand hair fibers. A blonde head of hair has usually much more fibers than red or dark haired heads. Hair consists mainly of keratin, which is also responsible for the elasticity of fingernails. A single hair has a thickness of 0.02-0.04mm, so that 20-50 hair fibers next to each other make one millimeter. Hair is strong as a wire of iron. It rips after applying a force equivalent to 60kg, after it stretched itself for about 70%.
The root of a hair fiber sticks in a bag in the skin. The fiber is pushed out of this bag about 0.35mm per day, making an average growth rate of 1cm, or half of an inch, per month. The growth rate is however very much related to the individual person, his/her age, his/her diet etc.
Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E has usually been used in body lotions, shampoos and conditioners and is considered to be an integral part of all recent beauty treatments since it acts like an antioxidant. Vitamin E is usually available in most stores. It comes in gel caps or as oil both of which can be applied topically and used to protect your skin and also act as an anti inflammatory. It is also available in capsule form and this can be consumed to increase one’s intake of vitamin E. This vitamin E protects you from the UV rays of the sun and Vitamin E is also said to have different potency levels, it has been believed that the higher the potency of the vitamin E the better level of protection it is bound to provide. Vitamin E oil is said to have a two pronged effect on the skin and on the hair. Vitamin E oil benefits also include the repairing and is said to slow down the aging process of the cell membrane.