If you feel that the volume on the top of your head is gone or you can’t decide on a hairstyle, it’s time to review your hair care. From the 40th issue, we will feature hair care for women in their 50s and above. This time, beauty professional Kaoru Suganuma will teach you the causes of hair loss and fine hair.
Table of contents
- About 100 hairs fall out a day. Is this okay?
- Hair loss caused by disease can be identified by looking at the hair root!
- Male and female hormones affect hair loss
About 100 hairs fall out a day. Is this okay?
The timing of hair loss is different for each person. It seems that many people are conscious of hair loss and thinning hair because their hair is flat and it is difficult to decide on a hairstyle. But if you’re losing about 100 hairs a day, you shouldn’t worry too much.
Generally, it is said that an adult woman has about 100,000 hairs. Hair has a natural hair cycle after it grows, and this 100,000 hairs include hair that has just started to grow, hair in the growth phase, hair that has stopped growing and has not fallen out, and hair that is about to fall out. There are many different types of hair, including telogen hair, which falls out under the force of the stool. It takes 5 to 6 years for one hair cycle from growing to falling out, so it is not surprising that about 100 hairs in the resting phase fall out per day.
Hair loss caused by disease can be identified by looking at the hair root!
Even if you are told that there is no problem if you lose about 100 hairs a day, when you actually see a lot of hair loss, you may wonder if this is a disease. I’m worried about it. In fact, I have a hair diagnosis instructor’s qualification, and I used to teach “how to grow healthy hair”. Whether or not the cause of hair loss is a disease can be referred to by looking at the root of the hair that has fallen out, so let me introduce it.
In the case of hair loss caused by disease, very small black deposits can be seen on the hair roots, or the hair roots have atrophied and become thinner. It is not seen in the case of natural hair loss, which is normal hair loss.
If you think that you may have lost more hair recently, take a good look at the roots of the hair that has fallen out. If you are clearly shedding more than 100 hairs every day, and if you see any abnormalities in the roots of the shedding hairs, we recommend that you consult a dermatologist.
Male and female hormones affect hair loss
The hair cycle is disturbed by the influence of male and female hormones. This is why men and women experience hair loss differently.
In the case of men, male hormones affect the growth period of the hair cycle, and the hair falls out while it is thin and does not grow completely. It is characterized by local hair loss such as the forehead and crown, and is called AGA (male pattern baldness). Since the effects of this male hormone are constitutional, it is said that there is a high probability that it will be inherited. It is not because of imagination that men feel that their hair looks like their grandfather or father.
In the past, many people thought that hair loss and thinning were something to be embarrassed about, and most of them secretly treated them. But now, the number of AGA outpatients has increased, and it has become an environment where it is easy to consult. If your partner is worried about hair loss or is worried about the future, it is a good idea to consult a dermatologist or specialist.
On the other hand, excessive hair loss in women over the age of 50 is often referred to as FAGA (female pattern baldness), which is affected by menopause. Female hormones have the ability to grow hair thicker and longer. However, after menopause, female hormones tend to decrease. As a result, the ability to suppress the action of male hormones weakens, the percentage of hair in the resting phase increases, and the overall hair loss increases. Also, three hairs growing from one pore become two, or the hair does not grow thick and becomes thin, which is also the cause of the feeling that the volume of the hair as a whole has decreased.