What Is Hair Loss?
At almost any given time, 90% of the hair on someone’s head is growing. This might seem
like a substantial rate, but factor in the 50 to 100 hairs people, on average, lose every
day, and what remains is a hair-splitting balancing act. Sometimes, though, that balance
can shift for the worse into full-fledged hair loss. For most people, the growth rate of
hair slows with age, which in turn causes hair to thin and fall out more easily. For
others, hair loss is genetic—most common in men; the condition is referred to as male
pattern baldness. In the U.S. alone, around 35 million men and 21 million women experience
hair loss in some form or another.
Despite the relatively harmless physical issues hair loss brings, the real damage is done to
people’s confidence and self-esteem. Although most people know better, many try to equate their
happiness, confidence and even success to how many hairs they have on their head. The mindset doesn’t
apply to a small minority, either. In a recent survey, 47% of hair loss sufferers said they would
spend their entire life savings to have a full head of hair again. Up to 60% said they’d rather have
more hair than money or friends.
Because of this, most people are willing to try anything so long as it has a claim to be the
solution to hair loss. Homemade spice cabinet concoctions, expensive diets, vacuum power, heat
radiation and everything short of actual snake oil have all been tested by hair loss sufferers with
lackluster results. Wigs and hairpieces are also an available and relatively inexpensive option.
For extreme or rare forms of balding, hair transplants and other expensive procedures are viable
options, but not always perfect. In the end, though, hair loss should be embraced as something
amazingly common that shouldn’t determine happiness or success. After all, if Steve Jobs, Julius
Caesar and Queen Elizabeth I could miss a few hairs and still command armies (or in Jobs’ case,
armies of employees), why can’t anyone else not expect to live confidently with hair loss?
For those not quite ready to take the leap into confident hair loss, Easy Comforts has a wide
selection of items ready for use. Fill-in powders and volumizing combs are available for quick
touch-ups, spot treatments and all-day-long beauty. For those with regrowth in mind, Easy Comforts
also offers a few hair regrowth treatments featuring minoxidil, a compound proven clinically
effective in preventing hair loss and establishing varying degrees of hair regrowth. No matter the
level of hair loss, Easy Comforts has the products to keep your hair looking its best.
International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery: http://www.ishrs.org/article-category/causes
National Institute of Health
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