Sunday, November 11, 2012

The basics of hair loss

One of the biggest problems for me is my hair.  It's baby-fine, and any chemicals at all cause it to weigh down and look ten times worse.

I just heard something very interesting today.  The normal cycle for hair growth is 2 to 3 years.  Not months, years.  It's said that hair grows approximately 1 centimeter a month.  As a mom who has to get the boys' hair cut every month or they turn into Shaggy from Scooby Doo, I find that hard to believe.

At any given time, only 90 percent of your hair is growing and 10% is just hanging out in a "resting" phase.  After about three or four months, the resting hair falls out and new hair starts growing.

According to, this explains why typically three to four months after surgery, people are warned their hair will fall out in great quantities.  What also causes hair to fall out?  Stress and hormonal problems.

In the past, I've experienced hair loss after surgery, so this was always expected.  I also went through a period of time that my life was so stressful, I was losing hair in clumps.  While it always seemed to happen about a month out, losing your hair can continue for 3-4 months!

Have you noticed around the time you're pregnant and for a few months thereafter you're losing hair?  That's due to the hormone changes in your body.

And something I had never even thought about affects hair loss.  Medication. Did you know that daily aspirin you take could cause hair loss?  What about Vitamin A or anti-depressants.  It's something you might certainly want to discuss with your doctor if you notice after being put on a new medication that for the next 3-4 months, you're losing more hair than normal.

What can be done about it?  We'll talk about that in another blog post.

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