Questions and Answers About Hair

For many, hair is more than just something to wash, dry, and brush.  It’s an important part of our physical appearance – one that can impact not only how we feel about ourselves but how others see and treat us.

Hair can look, feel, and behave differently depending on the season, weather, and our age.  In short, hair is a complex characteristic that, try as we might, is not always easy to understand or manage.

But that doesn’t mean we stop trying. Follow along as we answer some of the most common hair questions.

Can My Hair Fall Out from Over-Styling?

Hair that is treated poorly, regularly exposed to harsh chemical-based products and styling methods, or consistently heat-styled can become dry, brittle, and damaged.  As such, take frequent breaks from such methods and invest in hair care products that nourish your hair and scalp.  At the same time, consume foods that contain essential nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, protein, biotin, zinc, and iron.  In most cases, hair damaged by over-styling can be healthy and beautiful once again.

Am I Shedding Too Much Hair?

The average person sheds 50 to 100 strands of hair per day, most of which you don’t even notice.  This shedding is a normal and healthy part of the hair growth cycle. However, if you notice a sudden increase in shedding, are losing clumps of hair, or notice thinning or bald spots, it could be caused by stress, a nutrient deficiency or disorder, medicinal interference, or some other condition.  Consult your doctor to determine the cause and, if so advised, explore treatment options.

What Can Make Hair Grow Faster?

Perhaps you’re tired of the pixie cut and wish you had your long, flowing locks back. Is there anything you can do to speed up the growing process? The short answer is no. However, you can take steps to encourage hair growth by eating plenty of nutritious foods, drinking enough water, and getting quality sleep. You also can try using hair products formulated with zinc and biotin.  Avoid harsh chemicals and styling techniques which can damage hair and cause it to break. And while it may seem counter-productive, keep up with regular trims to ward off split ends and keep your hair healthy.

Can I Prevent Male Pattern Baldness?

You’ve seen the adds on TV and in magazines – products promising to reduce your risk of a receding hairline with some even claiming to regrow hair.  The bad news is that male pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia, is a hereditary condition that makes some individuals predisposed to balding. In some instances, male pattern baldness can be caused by a hormonal imbalance.  Once again, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is crucial to hair health, but there’s no guarantee that strategy will bear fruit.  So what’s the good news?  There are a variety of treatment options to help you maintain the hair you have and prevent further loss. Speak with a trusted hair loss professional to learn what treatment or therapy might be right for you.

Speaking of trusted hair loss professionals, welcome to DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. We’ve helped thousands of patients throughout Southern New England regain the full head of natural looking hair, and now we can do the same for you.  The same goes for beards and eyebrows. To learn more, contact us today for a free consultation.