For those of you who think that HRC Dayton has embarked on a totally new phenomenon – you are wrong. Four thousand years ago, ancient Egyptians were searching for a hair loss cure. In 1500 B.C., Egyptians recited a magic spell to the sun god before swallowing a cocktail of onions, iron, red lead, honey and alabaster. Needless to say, it didn’t work. Then, in 1100 B.C., balding men rubbed the fat from lions, hippopotamuses, crocodiles, ibex, tomcat, serpents, porcupine hair and geese onto their scalps.
Teenage Hair Loss is surprisingly common. Hair loss is only associated with old age or stress – right? Wrong! It is surprising, but true, that hair loss is a common problem among teenage girls, too. Is there anybody more self-conscious of their appearance than a teenage girl? Just imagine what hair loss can do to her self-esteem. Sometimes, the hair loss is an alarm for some deeper medical issue.
At this time of year, we are often asked if chlorine can cause hair loss. The answer is absolutely, no. In a study reported in the Journal of Dermatology, researchers compared the hair of 67 professional swimmers and 54 individuals who had spent little to no time in the pool. Although swimmers’ hair exhibited some signs of having chlorine-induced damage like dryness and coarseness, swimmers were not significantly more likely to experience hair loss. But, high exposure to chlorine can cause the scalp to become dry and flaky.
A traveler recently wrote in saying that almost a year after all her traveling was done, she has experienced increasing hair loss. She went on to say that it wasn’t too noticeable in the beginning, but recently people have commented on her very thin hair. After a little bit of research, she discovered that other men and women have had the same experience when returning home from very humid, tropical climates.
Of all the Bible quotes that permeate our society, none can cause women, suffering hair loss, more pain than “A woman’s hair is her crowning glory.” Hair loss in women is devastating and can affect their emotional well-being. Hair, that biblical crowning glory, is associated with a woman’s” sexuality, sensuality and beauty.”
Trichotillomania is a disorder that involves recurrent, irresistible urges to pull out hair from you scalp, eyebrows, or other areas of your body, despite trying to stop. Hair pulling from the scalp can leave patchy bald spots, which can cause significant distress and can interfere with one’s social and work life. Often people with trichotillomania will go to great lengths to hide the loss of their hair.