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Do you know where the hair on your head came from?

Do you know where the hair on your head came from?

Hair systems have been around for thousands of years and originated in Egypt1. Egyptian women used wigs to shield themselves from the intense heat of the sun1. Since then, wigs have been used frequently throughout history. By the 16th century, wigs debuted as a method for concealing hair loss1. Today,

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The Top Treatments for Alopecia Areata

The Top Treatments for Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that leads to non-scarring hair loss. Hair loss can be mild and patchy or more severe, incorporating significant portions of the scalp. Total loss of scalp hair is also possible and referred to as alopecia totalis while loss of both scalp hair and body

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Iron & Hair – A Confusing Topic

Iron & Hair - A Confusing Topic

In a previous blog post, we discussed iron and its’ possible role in hair loss. The focus of this blog post is to re-visit the role of iron, presenting evidence supporting the role of iron in hair loss as well as evidence suggesting iron does not have a role in

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6 simple tips to ensure your hair is healthy and happy

6 simple tips to ensure your hair is healthy and happy

Having long flowing locks can be more than just wishful thinking, you can make it happen. There are several different ways you can help keep your hair healthy. Here are 6 practical and easy to do tips that limit hair loss:   Use a comb. Avoiding pulling your hair aggressively

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Your Medicine Cabinet Could Hold the Secret to Your Hair Loss

Your Medicine Cabinet Could Hold the Secret to Your Hair Loss

We have all watched infomercials describing the latest and greatest drugs on the market. You know that part right at the end, where they talk really fast and list hundreds of possible side effects of this amazing drug, while watching the actors walk into the sunset? Well that’s the topic

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Can disease affect my hair?

Can disease affect my hair?

Disease can be defined as an abnormal function in the body that has specific symptoms. These symptoms are not due to physical injury. Disease does share a link with hair loss. Some examples of diseases that can affect hair include autoimmune diseases, thyroid diseases, and fungal infections. (1,2) Hair loss

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Trichotillomania Part Five – Not a Sign of Affection

Trichotillomania Part Five - Not a Sign of Affection

When a boy pulls a little girl’s pony tail, it could be a sign of affection. However what’s the difference between pulling your own hair versus a little boy doing it? Trichotillomania is a hair pulling disorder that affects approximately 1 to 5 % of the population. (1–3) The onset

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Even more reasons for your hair loss part 3: Birth control that can promote hair gain and loss

Even more reasons for your hair loss part 3: Birth control that can promote hair gain and loss

In my two previous articles, I mentioned that birth control pills can promote either hair gain or loss. They accomplish this through either suppressing hormones referred to as androgens, or by containing a hormone combination that has androgenic effects1. This makes sense as it is androgens which are suspected to

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Even more reasons for your hair loss part 2: Birth control that can promote hair gain

Even more reasons for your hair loss part 2: Birth control that can promote hair gain

As mentioned in part 1 of this mini-series, birth control pills have the potential to promote hair loss or hair gain. The likelihood of each option depends on multiple factors including the combination of hormones in your particular brand of pill and your own body characteristics. Hormones are an essential

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Even more reasons for your hair loss part 1: Birth control that can promote hair loss

Even more reasons for your hair loss part 1: Birth control that can promote hair loss

Probably one of the most common themes of this blog is that there seems to be an infinite number of reasons for hair loss. In the past, we have already introduced the concept of medication as a possible contributor to hair loss. Moreover this concept is probably a familiar one,

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