About Alopecia

Alopecia is an umbrella term representing a number of different hair loss conditions, which range from patchy thinning to complete baldness and (in extreme cases) hair loss across the face and body.
The term “alopecia” is often used as a shorthand for alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system attacks hair follicles. It is one of the most common forms of alopecia—though there are various types, each with a range of different characteristics and effects.
Changes to the hair, including thinning or hair falling out, may also signify an underlying medical condition that requires attention. It’s important to talk to a doctor or a trichologist if you notice changes to your hair’s density or condition.

What Advanced Alopecia Might Look Like

 

As alopecia progresses, hair loss may become more obvious and more widespread across your scalp (and occasionally across the body):

  • Multiple bald patches across the scalp.
  • Loss of beard hair, or bald patches in the beard.
  • Hair in other areas of the body falling out (e.g. eyelashes, arms, legs).
  • Pronounced thinning, or complete hair loss, across the scalp.

 

Early Signs Of Alopecia

 

Any changes in the hair could be an early sign of alopecia. Particular symptoms to look out for are:

  • Hair breaking more often, indicating that new growth is weak.
  • You feel like you’re shedding more hair than you used to.
  • Clumps of hair on your pillow in the morning.
  • Clumps of hair coming out when you wash your hair.
  • A bald patch on your scalp.
  • Changes to your fingernails or toenails—very small indents, little white lines or loss of condition in your nails.

About Stress-Related Hair Loss

Are you concerned about the negative effects of stress on your life and the damage this is having on your hair? You’re not alone. Our lives are filled with work and family demands that put us under huge amounts of strain. While we do our best to stay on top of things, this perpetual state of anxiety can have dramatic effects on our general health and well-being.

 

  • Stress and hair loss are closely related. Almost two thirds of people mention stress as the number one reason for their hair’s lack of volume and thickness – ahead of age, hormonal changes, illness and medication. We understand how helpful hair health is to your confidence and happiness. That’s why offer #1 solutions for thicker, fuller-looking hair developed specifically for thinning hair, going to ensure you can live your life to the fullest.

 

What is Stress?

 

Stress is the body’s response to either physical or emotional stimuli that it finds threatening. When you suffer from chronic stress, it means that you feel its symptoms over a prolonged period. As part of this, the effects of small daily annoyances are compounded: an argument with your partner, feeling overwhelmed at work or even prolonged hunger can begin to trigger an acute reaction in your body.

When you experience stress, cortisol is released into the body along with various other chemicals and hormones. These are intended to provide you with the sharp adrenalin kick required for a "flight or fight" response. However, chronic stress results in the continuous production of these hormones, which has a two-fold negative effect. First, the level of hormones and chemicals in your blood reaches a point where it cannot be brought back under control. Secondly, this output prevents your organs from producing other important substances, including those which promote hair growth.

How Does Stress Affect Hair Loss?

 

There are six main reasons why people are affected by hair thinning, with stress and trauma believed to be the second biggest contributing factor after genetics. Stress interrupts your entire body chemistry: not only does it throw your hormones out of balance, but it also irritates the skin and affects the general health of your scalp. The condition of your scalp is very important to hair growth: without a clean, healthy environment in which to grow, the hair will quickly lose luster and become weak and damaged.

One of the most common forms of stress-related hair loss is telogen effluvium. With this condition, high levels of stress prompt the body to alter the natural life cycle of hair. Where normally hair spends 85% of its life in the "anagen" growth phase, sufferers’ hair instead prematurely enters the "telogen" resting phase, whereby the hair is simply left to fall out. Telogen effluvium causes hair shedding across the entire scalp, but it may be particularly noticeable in certain places – if your hairline is thinning, for instance.

Stress can be a trigger for the hair-shedding autoimmune disease Alopecia areata. If this is the case for you, then seeking professional advice from a dermatologist is essential.

Treatment of Stress-Induced Hair Loss

 

The psychological impact of losing hair cannot be underestimated; it has a direct relationship with our self-image, and therefore self-confidence and self-esteem. Much as there are no concrete means of diagnosing stress-related hair loss, there is no guaranteed solution for its treatment. A doctor may be able to provide creams or medicine to help relieve the most severe side-effects. If you are experiencing thinning hair during a time of extreme emotional distress or anxiety, then it is important to try and improve your mood and ease the tension you are feeling.

The good news is that hair loss due to stress is not permanent and that your hair will grow back to normal once you have removed the source of your anxiety. The best way to assist this is through the improvement of a healthy lifestyle:

  • Eating well and drinking plenty of water will ensure your body has all the right nutrients it needs for optimum activity.
  • Regular exercise is a great way to reduce stress and tension because it releases endorphins that act as natural painkillers.
  • Sleep is essential for physical health since this is when cell renewal and repair occurs.

How Our Treatments/Solutions Can Help You

 

Our haircare treatments and solutions specially designed with you in mind assisting the rejuvenation of thinning hair. Using our expertise from over thirty years working in the industry, we have been successfully promoting better hair health.

If you are concerned about stress-related hair loss and are looking for a treatment tailored to your specific problem, then our system could directly benefit you. The exclusive service Dermabrasion gently exfoliates the scalp and removes dead particles, creating a healthy environment for better hair growth. Concentrated vitamin formulas provide a rich ground for hair cell renewal and can be used to target particular areas of concern, for instance, hairline thinning or bald patches. The scalp and hair treatments support fragile strands, helping to build volume and create thick-looking hair that’s full of life.

Give your confidence a lift by taking your hair care on-the-go. Our Instant Fullness spray can be simply sprayed on and brushed through your hair. Designed to complement your hair building regime, this ground-breaking technology targets each individual hair, visibly improving fullness within seconds. Use directly on problem spots, or across the whole head for the appearance of even coverage. Lightweight and fine, Instant Fullness is perfect for daily use, helping to ease your mind about thinning hair when you are out in public.

At SALON ALON we offer advanced technologies to assist with every type of hair. Whether color-treated, fine or coarse, we strive to create a solution that fits your specific needs and requirements. Say goodbye to hair loss and enjoy thicker, fuller, healthy-looking hair without the stress.

About Hair Loss Caused By Genetics

About Hair Loss Caused By Genetics 

It’s not an old wives’ tale—hair loss and thinning are affected by genetics, though not in the mythic way many believe. If your maternal grandfather is bald, for example, it does not automatically mean you will also experience hair loss. Hair loss and thinning in both men and women can be inherited from either parent.
 
Inherited traits from both or either sides of your family can make you more vulnerable to male or female pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia). Hair thinning happens naturally as you age, but possessing these genes means you have a greater chance of experiencing more substantial, earlier-onset thinning.

How Does Hereditary Hair Loss Affect Men?

 

Genetics is one of the leading causes of hair loss in men. One study found that 79% of male pattern baldness is related to inherited genes—many of which dictate sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a testosterone-produced hormone.

DHT sensitivity leads to weakened hair follicles, causing strands to become shorter and thinner. This will trigger thinning around the crown and men will see more of a pronounced M-shaped hairline developing, as well as a lighter pigment. You won’t lose the hair around the back and sides of your head, though.

This sensitivity to DHT and the beginning of hair thinning can start as soon as you hit puberty. It has been found that 20% of men experience substantial thinning by the age of 20, and this percentage will increase with age. Of course, there are other causes of hair loss and thinning for both sexes, but for men, genetics do play a critical role.

If you’re getting out of the shower and worrying about hair thinning daily. Check out our recommended hairstyles, treatments and solutions for men with thin hair.

How Does Hereditary Hair Loss Affect Women? 

 

Even though men often experience hair loss at a far younger age, female pattern baldness due to genetics can occur as women become older. Hair thinning can begin as puberty ends, but this is unlikely.

As is the case for men, genes coming from either parent can result in DHT sensitivity, but for women, estrogen in the body will effectively counter this until menopause, when estrogen levels drop. At this point, sensitivity to DHT becomes more apparent. Unlike men, hair thinning will not show on the hairline or crown, but within hair parting.

It can be concerning if you notice your hair thinning, but we have some hairstyle suggestions for women with thinning hair. Whether you’re looking for the perfect ponytail or beautiful beachy waves, consult with our master stylist.

Can You Treat Genetic Hair Loss?

 

While you can’t cure genetic hair loss, there are steps you can take to tackle hair thinning. We offer several approaches, so you can help your hair look great and grow healthily from the start.

With the application of our treatments and solutions, we can help you effectively combat hair thinning.