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Did you know that there are different types of hair loss?

On this episode, Faraz Khan interviews Rob English on hair loss, and they go deep into discussing some of the aspects of hair loss that you may not have heard of.

We discuss different types of hair loss and their causes, how to diagnose your hair loss, if natural solutions are effective, how companies cheat clinical trials and much more.

Rob English is a researcher specializing in hair loss disorders. He sits on the editorial board of Dermatology and Therapy, and he’s the founder of perfecthairhealth.com – a website that showcases evidence-based protocols for hair regrowth, with and without drugs.

His fascination with hair loss began in 2007 – right after he was diagnosed with androgenic alopecia. Today, he spends his time teaching others how to avoid all of the mistakes he made while seeking treatment. By employing an approach that prioritizes education over product purchases and one-on-one support over “one-size-fits-all” solutions, he has helped thousands of men and women improve their hair loss – and on their terms.

You can see his clients’ testimonials, read his peer-reviewed papers, and contact him directly at perfecthairhealth.com.

In the past I have discussed other modalities for hair loss such as PDO threads, but I highly recommend you read follow this article first so you understand the types and reasons for your hair thinning.

Why Rob English Got into Hair Loss Research?

  • At the age of 17, he was diagnosed with Androgenic Alopecia.
  • Over the next six years, in his attempts to find treatments that fit his preferences, he just ran into so much misinformation.
  • Those experiences led to the culmination of perfecthairhealth.com and eventually his progressive involvement in different hair loss disorders and research.

What Are The Types Of Hair Loss & What Factors Cause Them?

  • It’s incredibly context specific.
  • The factors that affect hair loss depend on the type of hair loss a person is facing.
  • The type of hair loss influences the causes which influence the treatment.
  • Andogenic alopecia is caused by male hormones, genetic disposition, and environmental factors.
  • Telogen effluvium , a temporary hair shedding disorder, has many factors:
    • stress
    • micronutrient deficiency (Vitamin D, Iron, B12, Biotin)
    • hypothyrodism
    • hyperparathyrodism
    • certain medications used regularly
    • non-steroidal inflammatory drugs

How Can Somebody Tell What Type of Hair Loss They Have?

  • Androgenic alopecia
    • While in the shower, stick your hair against the wall, preferably white backdrop where the entire hair can be seen.
    • Look for the hair that looks thinner versus thicker than others.
  • Telogen effluvium
    • It can be identified through wash test.
    • For five days, don’t wash your hair.
    • Then, wash your hair, let them dry and count the number of hairs.
    • If there is a shedding rate of over 100-150 hairs daily for that five day period, then that suggest that a person have Telogen effluvium.
    • Then look at the possible factors that caused it.

How Nutrient-related Tests Can Be Categorized So That People Can Save Time and Money?

  • It’s a little complicated because it’s individualistic in nature.
  • Rob would recommend for a post menopausal woman of an iron test, who has excessive hair shedding and under 40 years old.
  • A lot of these nutrient-related tests are context specific.

Does Androgenic Alopecia Can Be Inherited from Both Parents?

  • 100 percent yes.

Is Chronic Hair Loss, Regardless of All the Factors, Reversible Given the Right Intervention?

  • The reversibility of chronic hair loss like Telogen effluvium is hard to discern in terms of causes.
  • But, those are reversible if given the proper intervention.

On Nutritional / Hair Loss Companies Cheating the Clinical Trials or Distorting the Data from Clinical Trials…

  • Many nutritional companies who offer supplements deceive people about the treatments to earn money.
  • For example, some companies rule out subjects with the most common types of hair loss, then claim good results.
  • Red light therapy companies do their studies between the summer and fall. The red light just prevents the hair shedding that happens naturally during the transition to fall.
  • These companies just push back the hair fall, and claim to have regrown new hair vs the controls.

Are Natural Therapies Worth Trying?

  • In many context, the answer is yes.
  • If an individual is dealing with rapid onset Androgenic alopecia, don’t prioritize natural intervention.
  • In some hair loss disorders which are not rapidly progressing, an experiment like natural therapies can be done.
  • Based on clinical data, there are interventions that work on a natural perspective.

What Evidences Are Available that Anti-Hair Loss Shampoos or Hair Thickening Shampoos Are Helping Hair Strength?

  • A lot of these shampoos are just thickeners.
  • They will just coat your hair temporarily with proteins that eventually gonna wear off.
  • There are shampoos such as 2 percent Ketoconazole shampoo, when used regularly can improve hair counts.

How Common Are Thyroid Deficiencies in Women and Men Especially over the Age of 30?

  • Studies suggested a problem of thyroid disorders of up to 10 percent.
  • It is pretty suggestive that these disorders are more common.

Which Supplement As A Natural Therapy Rob English Would Choose?

  • It depends on the ingredients and how it diffuses in the body once ingested.

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