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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Hair Greying and Hair Loss Solutions

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Often the tugging of drying and styling will pull hairs loose. Tight bathing caps, chlorine, and sun can also cause small amounts of hair loss. None of these things should cause grey hair, and yet when you are loosing too much hair, having an unusual amount of hair breakage, and having hair loss, it's time to check with your gyno. We look to levels of micronutrients, especially iron and iron stores as a possible cause of hair problems like these. Though this can cause hair loss, there may be more to it with the grey hair.  Scientists think they have uncovered the gene that controls when hair goes grey. Greying of hair may be isolated from hair loss, but some things like stress and toxin exposure may cause both. Women lose their hair over the top and at the temples, they do not generally go bald, but their hair thins and when this occurs it occurs in a postmenopausal woman. Generally being healthy correlates with having healthy hair, if you are suddenly losing hair, consider being checked for anemia, or abnormal blood chemistry, or liver or kidney disease. Scalp health is important as well and skin conditions can lead to loss of hair.  There is a genetic component to what age you turn grey. Caucasians turn great the earliest (on average) starting in their 30s, late 30s Asians begin to great, and Africans don't on average turn grey until their late 40s. The gene IRF4 was always thought to control what color an individual's hair is. Now it is thought to also encode the loss of that color and the timing of when the hair will grey. Whether the effects of stress can turn on or off this gene's encoding power is not completely understood yet. It's clear we will be able to tinker with that gene, but what isn't clear is what the result of the tinkering would be. One open question is whether that gene could be coded to grey at a different rate, but still retain the color of hair one would like. The grey gene is a separate gene from PRSS53 which controls curls, so how curly your hair is has nothing to do with what color it is! One thing scientists have not figured out is why would we grey or lose hair? Was there a Darwinian benefit of certain hair? Sexual satisfaction seems to be the answer anthropologists have come up with.

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