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What is Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling Disorder)?

Trichotillomania, human impulse behavioral problem,hair pulling disorder
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You might ask, what is trichotillomania (pronounced (trick-o-till-o-may-nia)? It’s when someone has an uncontrollable or sometimes unconscious urge to pull their hair out at the root.  Some claim that they can control the action while others have an overpowering urge to pull out their hair.  This type of behaviour is not common and can interfere with their everyday life.  As it's not widely publicised, it can make victims feel lonely and, at times, confused. Every primate has a grooming instinct, and humans are no exception.  When a human (or any other primate) is emotionally disturbed, the grooming process goes into overdrive as a form

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Depression and Hair Loss

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From extensive research, depression and hair loss appear to be directly linked.  While there are a number of precipitating factors, perception and the overall state of the mind cannot be overemphasized when we analyse the relationship between going bald and depression. The issue of baldness is more prominent in men (referred to as male pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia), and when hair loss occurs at a young age, it is easy for insecurity to set in.  The end result is depression and poor overall performance in other aspects of life. Depression due to hair loss could make many men feel very inadequate

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Hair Building Fibres – A Solution for Thinning Hair

1. Hair building fibres
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Hair building fibres Product Name: Hair Magic Hair Building Fibres Brand Name: Minnow Price: $32.95 Colours/Size of container: Black & Dark Brown (27.5g), Other Colours (25g) Hair loss and thinning hair are extremely distressing conditions to those who suffer from this condition – men and women alike.  It can result in low self-worth, low confidence and many feel that it affects the way they look.  I used to think that thinning hair in women would be more devastating than thinning hair in men.  Since I lost my own hair in 2017 and started to research hair loss, I discovered that, although

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The Best Shampoo for Thinning Hair

2. The best shampoo for thinning hair
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A head full of hair is not attainable for everyone.  Finding a good shampoo for thinning hair is something that is a start to getting your hair in tip-top condition.  Having thin hair or a receding hairline is nothing to be ashamed of; it's a fact of life shared by many people.  Regardless of how you approach your thinning hair, one of the best things you can do right now is to choose the right hair care regimen. Do Hair Loss Shampoos Work? Choosing the right shampoo can help to slow down thinning or receding hair, whilst others can maximise the potential of the

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Chemicals in Hair Relaxers – The Health Effects

3. Chemicals in Hair Relaxers
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For many black women, using a hair relaxer is an essential tool for maintaining their hair.  However, the chemicals used in relaxers are being linked to causing health issues that can be chronic or deadly.  Accordingly, women can be exposed to the chemicals in hair relaxers through scalp lesions and burns. Woman with relaxed hair Besides scalp irritations, hair relaxers are being linked to causing uterine leiomyomata (benign smooth muscle tumours of the uterus), blindness, breast cancer, and early puberty.  Many people are not aware of the ingredients that make up a typical hair relaxer. For many years the main ingredient used in relaxers

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What is the Best Hair Loss Treatment for Women?

4. Best Hair Loss Treatment for Women
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We, women, are masters at hiding our thinning hair.  We have wigs, hairpieces and weaves at our disposal that we can use to camouflage our impediment, and that's why it's not such a common issue as it is for male baldness or thinning hair.  Although we can disguise our thinning hair, it doesn't solve our problem. We'd much rather have a full and healthy head of hair, wouldn't we?  We need to find a good hair loss treatment. Female Hair Loss Treatments Differ to Men’s for the Following Reasons: Causes of female hair loss often vary. Female hair loss can be

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Toxic Chemicals in Shampoo – Ingredients to Avoid

5. Toxic Chemicals in Shampoo
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Health Risks - Are They Worth It? Woman washing her hair How often when buying your shampoo do you actually read the back of the bottle to check the ingredients?  Well, not too long ago, I didn’t think I needed to look for toxic chemicals in shampoo. Who would think that using the wrong shampoo could actually induce serious health risks to the user such as memory loss, hair loss due to the hair follicles being damaged, eye and skin irritation, and even cancer? Shampoos are marketed as keeping our hair healthy, shiny and dandruff free.  Despite this, many of them

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Is Male Pattern Baldness Inherited?

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Living with male pattern baldness can be embarrassing and stressful but, is male pattern baldness inherited? I thought that if a man was prematurely bald, any male child he had was more susceptible to losing their hair prematurely.  Apparently, this is not the case and it may be that other factors are to blame.  It has been found by researchers that the main construction for a full head of hair is found in the X chromosome, which boys always inherit from their mother, which means there is a link between hair loss and genetics. Male pattern baldness affects up to half

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What are the Causes of Hair Loss in Men?

7. Causes of hair loss in men
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When faced with thinning hair many of us try to find solutions without first trying to find out what is causing it.  So, what are the causes of hair loss in men? Most forms of hair loss can be treated but it takes time to find the right solution.  With male pattern baldness, after time the hair follicles shrivel up and hair is incapable of re-growing.  As we get older, our follicles stop producing hair. This is known as hereditary hair loss and is typically permanent, meaning that the hair will not grow back. Our hair grows approximately half an