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Involutional Alopecia Vs. Androgenic Alopecia

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Involutional Alopecia Involutional alopecia is the thinning of your hair as part of the natural aging process. This type of alopecia occurs when your hair’s growth (anagen) phase is shortened, and the hair spends more times in the resting (telogen) or shedding (catagen) phases. For more information about hair physiology, please see our other article. For young people, about 90 percent of your hair...

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Minoxidil But Were Afraid to Ask

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What is Minoxidil? Minoxidil is the generic name of an anti-hypertensive vasodilator--minoxidil dilates blood vessels. The oral medication was originally approved by the FDA for the treatment of high blood pressure in 1979. Purely by accident, physicians noticed that patients taking the drug for high blood pressure were growing lots of new hair. The rest is history. In 1988, the FDA finally approved the...

10 Common Hair Loss Myths Debunked

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Despite the fact that pattern baldness, medically termed as androgenetic alopecia, is one of the most common conditions out there for hair loss, it’s still shrouded in much mystery, mythology, and plain-old misinformation. The fact is that, until recently, people knew very little about why we go bald and even less about how to regrow hair, leaving us guessing and speculating about why our...

Laser Hair Treatment Side Effects

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Hair loss is a pervasive problem in America and around the world, transcending both age and gender. It is a recognized medical condition, with side effects that include anxiety, depression, and social withdrawal. Hair loss is known to cause significant harm to personal and professional life, undermining successful relationships by shattering one’s confidence and self image. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to...

Alopecia Universalis

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There are several different types of alopecia with different names and different causes. Alopecia areata is the best known—it’s like an inexplicable spot baldness anywhere on the body, but often on the head. Alopecia areata affects about 2% of the population in the United States. A rarer form of alopecia is alopecia universalis, which in Europe affects about one person in 4000 or 0.025%...

Can You Overbrush Your Hair?

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Hair brushing is sometimes therapeutic, as long as you have soft, untangled locks. For many with thick and course hairs, brushing is painful but necessary. Brushing also helps redistribute oils from the sebaceous glands on the scalp all the way to the ends. While keeping an orderly and beautiful mane requires some brushing, if you overbrush, you can damage delicate strands over time. Consider...

Expectation for Laser Therapy Results

  alopecia
As you probably know, one of the treatments for hair loss that actually works is low-level laser therapy or LLLT. This kind of treatment for hair loss is approved by the FDA, it’s painless, and it’s noninvasive. People often wonder what to expect for laser therapy results, and what kind of a timeline they can look forward to. So, here’s what to expect. First...

Hypertension and Hair Loss

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Hypertension or high blood pressure is definitely associated with or correlated with hair loss, but whether hypertension causes hair loss is not completely clear. Can High Blood Pressure Cause Hair Loss? Especially within men, there is a strong link between losing your hair and hypertension, or high blood pressure. As to the actual science itself, there really isn't much concrete evidence out there that...

Are Hair Transplants Safe for Teenagers?

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A growing number of teenagers are interested in surgical hair restoration, and it’s easy to see why. The procedure is relatively painless, produces results that look almost entirely natural, and has begun to experience positive PR from athletes and celebrities on social media. On the downside, however, hair transplants can be very expensive. Moreover, getting a hair transplant during your teenage years can make...