It’s common for the average person to lose approximately 100 strands of hair in a day, but countless people around the world struggle with hair loss or hair thinning as a result of any number of influencing factors.
Treatments for hair loss have advanced considerably since the advent of hair plugs, and hair loss is getting closer and closer to achieving status as a medical issue, rather than a cosmetic one.
There are currently only a few drugs that can be used for treatment, but other methods of treatments have been developed and are being put to good use.
Hair stylist Andrea Patterson began losing her hair when she was 20. Now 41, the stylist has plans to open Xanadu Hair-Loss & Scalp Clinic, a hair loss treatment clinic, in Middletown.
Patterson’s treatment will begin with a consultation that will look at hair loss over the entire body of each patient.
From there, she will determine which kind of treatment will be best for each person.
Traditional therapies can cost a patient anywhere from $2,500 to $15,000, but Patterson estimates that her treatments will run from $2,500 to $5,600, annually.
Insurance doesn’t cover most treatments, which are also voluntary, but more and more people are speaking out about hair loss as a medical issue.
Believe it or not, stress can actually cause hair loss, and not immediately.
Normally, before any hair loss starts, a strand of hair will grow for two to six years. After going into a resting phase, that hair will then fall out.
However, when someone is suffering from hair loss, that process is interrupted.
Stress is actually one of the leading factors that can contribute to this.
Rather than allowing each hair to go through the growth phase at their own pace, stress can cause hairs to synchronize and thus fall out in larger quantities simultaneously.
Researchers believe that because there is a delay between hair growing and falling out, the same is true of stressful events and hair loss.
In human hair, the delay lasts an average of three months. That is to say that people might not experience hair loss during a stressful event, but may be confused when months later, the hair falls out.
However, no matter the cause, Patterson wants to help those suffering from hair loss.
Her treatment consists of Minoxidil, the product used in Rogaine, applied to areas of skin where hair loss has occurred. After being applied, a low-level laser is also used to help stimulate hair growth.
“There’s no heat to it,” she explained. “You don’t feel anything.”