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Hair growth and hair loss are ongoing, daily processes. Hair loss from plaiting, excessive backcombing and teasing, or the use of hair rollers, hair straightening, hair relaxing, hair coloring are the factors that affects hair loss. Some people experience hair loss resulting from illness with high fever, certain medications, x-ray therapy of the head, childbirth, or general anesthesia. Some believe that an excessive intake of vitamin A may play a role in hair loss. Some permanent thinning of hair normally accompanies aging.
Absence or loss of hair on the head, also referred to as baldness, is called alopecia. It is common in men but rare in women, and it is believed to be hereditary. There is no known cure for baldness, although hair loss treatments are currently in use and others are being developed; their long-term efficacy is unknown. For example, minoxidil (Rogaine), a cardiovascular and anti- hypertensive drug, has reversed balding to some degree when applied to the scalp. Hairpieces, frequently worn by people who are bald, require the same care as normal hair but less frequent washing.
Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure for baldness. Hair is taken from donor sites, usually from the back or sides of the scalp, and transplanted to areas with no hair. The procedure is long and expensive but reportedly has decided benefits for people who find baldness psychologically unpleasant.