Provillus FAQ

What are the causes of hair loss in men?
Male pattern of hair loss (Androgenetic Alopecia) is a condition of gradual hair loss that usually occurs on the top of the head or along the sides in its frontal part and starts in men's late 20s or early 30s. In the majority of the situations, male hair loss is caused by a combination of such factors as genetic predisposition to early hair loss and the effects of male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Producing excessive amounts of DHT is the main reason of hair loss in modern men.

What causes hair loss in women?
Female type of hair loss (Female Pattern Baldness, FPD) is quite different from the male one, though it is also related to hormonal misbalances and heredity. Just like it is in men, FPD is also caused by excessive amounts of dihydrotestosterone, which is produced in women's body as well. DHT has harmful effects on hair follicles causing hair thinning and falling out, therefore, overproduction of DHT leads to progressing hair loss. Usually, hormonal changes connected with DHT overproduction occur in pregnant and menopausal women. That is why up to 80-85% of women who entered into the period of pregnancy or menopause have to face the problem of hair loss. Another important factor that can cause hair loss in women is improper functioning of the immune system. In particular, excessive amounts of white cells in blood also affect hair follicles and slow down hair growth. Finally, improper hair styling, bleaching and other related factors can lead to hair loss in women.

What is DHT and how is it connected with hair loss?
DHT, or dihydrotestosterone, is an active form of testosterone, the male hormone. DHT has harmful effects on hair follicles and causes hair loss.

What is the role of genetics in the problem of hair loss?
It is proven that heredity contributes greatly to developing Male Pattern Baldness. However, in the majority of hair loss cases in males, genetic factors are supported with overproduction of DHT as the main cause of hair thinning and loss. In women, genetics also play an important role, though it is not among the leading reasons of female hair loss pattern.

At what age can people start facing a problem of hair loss?
Usually, male hair loss occurs in men's late 20s, but these problems can start even at the age of 15. The age in which a man can begin experiencing the problem of hair thinning and loss depends on a great deal of factors. First of all, those are genetic factors and hormonal imbalances. Women usually begin losing hair in their late 40s, when they enter the period of menopause. At the same time, such factors as thyroid problems, child birth, hormonal changes, improper hair care, excessive stresses, etc. can become a reason of early hair thinning in women.

What can be a reason of a sudden loss of a large mass of hair?
In the majority of the situations, such problem is connected with various diseases or illnesses, hormonal changes during the periods of pregnancy or menopause, using certain medications, considerable weight loss or gain, and so on.

Can stress cause my hair loss?
Stresses and worries can be a reason of Telogen effluvium, which is temporary hair loss. Studies and researches demonstrated that such factors as psychological pressure, long-term periods of worries, work overload and lack of sleep can seriously affect the health of your hair. At that, the first signs of hair loss as a result of stresses can be noticed in 3-4 month after actual stressful conditions. But, at the same time, many specialists tend to believe that stress is not among the leading reasons for hair loss.

Can the hair care products I use be a reason of hair loss?
As a rule, our hair care products, such as shampoos, conditioners, gels, hair strengtheners, etc. are considered to be safe and harmless to our hair. However, it is necessary not to use them too often and in greater amounts than it is required in order to achieve positive results. Also, some people are sensitive to hair care products, therefore, using such products can cause skin irritation and stimulate hair loss.

Can my hair style or the ways I style my hair cause hair loss?
Some people use excessive amounts of hair styling products, bleach or use hair dryers too frequently, that can damage the hair and stimulate hair loss. Besides, wearing such hair styles as tight ponytails, braids or cornrows also causes Traction Alopecia.

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