Well when you think of Donald Trump, many things may spring to mind, especially since he threw his hat in the ring for the Republican leadership race.  But regardless of what new project Donald takes on or what the media are saying about him we can’t help but think about that well-known signature hair style.  Most of us associate Donald Trump hair with typical male pattern baldness and the cover up hairstyles we sometimes use to hide it.   But what is hair loss, why does it occur and what can we do about it?

Understanding Hair Loss

[the_ad id=”940″]Most people normally shed 50 to 100 hairs a day that usually doesn’t cause noticeable thinning of scalp hair because new hair is growing in at the same time. Hair loss occurs when this cycle of hair growth and shedding is disrupted or when the hair follicle is destroyed and replaced with scar tissue.

The exact cause of hair loss may not be fully understood, but it’s usually related to one or more of the following factors:

  • Family history (heredity)
  • Hormonal changes
  • Medical conditions
  • Medications

Family history (heredity)

The most common cause of hair loss is a hereditary condition called male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness.  Hair loss occurs gradually and in predictable patterns either with a receding hairline or bald spot in men and thinning hair in women.

Heredity also influences the age at which we begin to lose hair, the speed of hair loss and the extent of baldness.  Pattern baldness is most common in men and may involve both hair thinning and miniaturization (hair becomes soft, fine and short).

Causes of Hair Loss:

Hormonal changes and medical conditions

  • Hormonal changes. Hormonal changes and imbalances can cause temporary hair loss. This could be due to pregnancy, childbirth or the onset of menopause. Hormone levels are also affected by the thyroid gland, so thyroid problems may cause hair loss.
  • Patchy hair loss. This hair loss is called alopecia areata and occurs when the body’s immune system attacks hair follicles — causing sudden hair loss that leaves smooth, roundish bald patches on the skin.
  • Scalp infections. Infections, such as ringworm, can invade the hair and skin of your scalp, leading to scaly patches and hair loss. Once infections are treated, hair generally grows back.

Medications

Hair loss can also be caused by medications used for cancer, arthritis, depression, heart problems, high blood pressure and birth control. Intake of too much vitamin A may cause hair loss as well.

Other causes of hair loss

 Hair loss can also result from:

  • Radiation therapy to the head. The hair may not grow back the same as it was before.
  • A trigger event. Many people experience a general thinning of hair several months after a physical or emotional shock. This type of hair loss is temporary. Examples of trigger events include sudden or excessive weight loss, a high fever, surgery, or a death in the family.
  • Certain hairstyles and treatments. Excessive hairstyling or hairstyles that pull your hair tight, such as pigtails or cornrows, can cause traction alopecia. Hot oil hair treatments and permanents can cause inflammation of hair follicles that leads to hair loss. If scarring occurs, hair loss could be permanent.

What Can We Do About Hair Loss? 

  • Minoxidil or Rogaine as it was originally marketed as, massaged into the scalp twice a day has had modest to very good results.
  • Finasteride or Propecia as it is known as under the original brand name.  Finasteride keeps testosterone from forming its DHT by-product which promotes hair loss.
  • Surgery or hair transplants have become popular and can be successful under certain circumstances
  • Supplements can help significantly.  Studies have shown Omega 3, Vitamin E and Vitamin C and even Black Current Oil may have some positive effect.
  • GH3 Gerovital, the Origonal formula of Dr. Aslan has been shown to regenerate hair growth.

Excerpt from GH3 – Will It Keep You Young Longer? By Herbert Bailey: Author of the million-copy bestseller Vitamin E, Your Key To A Healthy Heart 

“I knew that many patients who had baldness, thinning hair and Alopecea, under Dr. Ana Aslan’s supervision and GH3 treatments, had new hair growth as well as recoloration of gray hair–—by well-documented evidence–—but this was the first time I had seen personally new hair growth. No doubt it was due to how long it takes for this to occur at least a year or two—or never, for most people thus far. It depends on the individual and the circumstances, I have found.It has been hypothesized that hair grows back as a result of the GH3 stimulatory action on the endocrine glands, chiefly the pituitary and adrenals.”

Tell us what has worked for you with hair loss.

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