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DermTV - Skincare, Acne, Exfoliation, Dermatology & Health S5 • E424

DermTV - Fix for Sudden Hair Loss [DermTV.com Epi #424]

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Published on Jul 26, 2012

If you have sudden hair loss, there may be a quick fix that will work for you. In this episode of DermTV, Dr. Schultz discusses this fix to sudden hair loss.

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[TRANSCRIPT]

If you think you're suddenly losing hair, you'll be surprised by this simple technique that usually helps to reduce your hair loss.

When most people think they're losing hair, they shampoo less often because they think and fear that the gentle tugging of their hair during hair washing will increase their hair loss. Actually, that's just the opposite of what you should do. If you think you're losing hair, believe it or not, you should shampoo more often!

Normally, we're all supposed to lose about 100 to 150 hairs every day and also start growing the same number daily, resulting in no net change. But most people experience some degree of increased seasonal hair shedding in the fall and some of us have increased shedding at other times for no apparent reason. Fortunately, both are usually short lived and three to six months later, we re-grow the excess hairs that were shed to restore our normal amount of hair.

But regardless of cause, when most people see increased shedding, they immediately think that shampooing is causing it or making it worse since they see so many of those extra shed hairs in the shower. So, they fall for the oldest trick in the book and immediately decrease their frequency of shampooing.

Well, one of the most common causes of increased shedding is temporary seborrhea (dandruff). Guess what it's treated by? Increased shampooing. Sure, during this increased shampooing hairs will fall out, but it will be those which were ready to fall out and would have fallen out in the next day or two by themselves even if you didn't shampoo. Gentle and normal shampooing never affects hairs adversely. And since shampooing actually helps treat seborrhea (dandruff) which can contribute to increased hair loss, if your shedding increases, shampoo more often, not less...it may actually help reduce the extra shedding by controlling the seborrhea.

Oh, and just because you don't see white flakes on your shoulders doesn't mean you don't have seborrhea or dandruff because it often only results in increased oiliness of your hair and scalp so it's not that obvious.

Now for today's skincare trivia! Answer today's question correctly and you'll be entered in a drawing to win a free skincare product! Submit your answer at DermTV Dot Com Slash Trivia, within three days of this episode's airing. Today's question is:

Does cutting your hair more often make it grow faster or thicker, and why?

And don't forget. You can find the answer to all questions in past DermTV episodes.


[ABOUT DERMTV]

Everyone can have beautiful, healthy, and younger looking skin, and DermTV, the Internet's daily skincare video show, will demonstrate how by revealing expert tips and techniques and by providing real solutions for real skincare issues.

Skincare (whether cosmetic or medical) previously required a trip to your dermatologist or a shopping spree at the pharmacy. And that's if you have a trusted nearby dermatologist or a local informed pharmacy. But not anymore. We at DermTV are committed to making best-in-class dermatology and skincare guidance accessible to everyone, anytime, at your computer.

Every weekday, our host, Dr. Neal Schultz, one of New York's most trusted and respected dermatologists (see bio below), teaches skincare's most timely and timeless issues. Topics include: the best at home techniques and new technology for facial rejuvenation, preventing and fixing sun damage from wrinkles to skin cancer, breaking news in dermatology, general skincare topics, and more.

Comments • 48

dermTVdotcom
Hi, Episode 107 discusses "How to Treat Cystic Acne" youtube (dot) com/watch?v=4TmcMOMgyYQ I hope that helps!
dermTVdotcom
Thank you!
dermTVdotcom
Thanks :)
dermTVdotcom
I'm glad it's back to normal!
dermTVdotcom
You're welcome!
Tatiana Stefanova
Dr. Schulz, what can you tell me about pityriasis rosea ? I would be very thankful if you could give me a short answer. How is it treated ... ? 
Marissa
Is there any recommendations you have for women with any oily scalp but dry ends i.e. Head & Shoulders?
sarah
I'm only 14 hah but thanks
Azurewinged
No, it does not make it grow faster or thicker. you are only cutting the ends to keep them split free and healthy, thus allowing you to retain more length in the long run.
GettingNailed
Cutting your hair does nothing to increase the growth rate or consistency. It only makes it shorter. 
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