40 MILLION+ women in the U.S. live with thinning and hair loss.
As we age, we expect wrinkles to crop up, skin to sag and our bodies to change,
BUT LOSE OUR HAIR???
Thinning of the hair is synonymous with aging, and occurs in virtually everyone, It’s normal to lose anywhere from 50 to 100 strands of hair every day. But genetics, Hair care, hormones changes within the body and stress can cause you to experience major hair loss. Although female hair loss does not usually result in complete baldness (as it can in men), it can be a traumatic and an emotionally painful experience.
THE CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS FOR HAIR LOSS
Temporary hair loss
Temporary hair loss is brought on by medical conditions, stress, drastic changes in the body caused by dieting, emotions, hormones, or even by the way you style or care for your hair.
It’s important to have your doctor identify the underlying cause of your hair loss so that it can be properly treated. Hair loss that could have been merely temporary may last longer as result of an incorrect diagnosis.
Cause 1: HORMONES
One of the most common causes of temporary hair loss is a change in hormone levels caused by birth control, pregnancy or menopause. Normally, a hair grows out of the follicle for three years, falls out and a new hair develops in its place. “When starting or stopping birth control, after having a baby or when experiencing menopause, many women experience changes in their hair. The hormonal changes in the body send a shock to the system, which shifts growing hairs into the resting (telogen) phase.
This results in a temporary increase in hair shedding. Hair that is lost is eventually replaced with new healthy ones”, hair will return to its normal rate of growing or shedding in six months to a year.
Cause 2: STRESS
Many women who experience hair loss blame it on stress, but truth be told, only a small percentage of incidents are actually induced by EMOTIONAL STRESS.
“a one time, life altering event like death or divorce is stress that can cause hair loss, not everyday stresses like your job. It can take anywhere from two to six months for shedding to begin and even longer for shedding to normalize”. In order to determine stress as the primary cause of hair loss, you have to make sure there are no other underlying conditions that can be triggering the hair loss”.
Cause 3: MEDICAL CONDITIONS
Medical conditions can attribute to temporary hair loss.
Conditions like anemia and hypothyroidism, as well as some medications and treatments (such as chemotherapy), can accelerate hair loss or even be the primary cause of hair loss. Women who suffer from thyroid disorders tend to lose hair because of a decreased metabolism in the scalp follicles, which prompts the entire hair to prematurely fall out.
Another medical cause of hair loss is alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder that forces the body to form antibodies against the hair follicles, resulting in smooth, circular patches of hair loss. Alopecia areata which is believed to be triggered by high fever, illness, infection or trauma can progress and cause total hair loss from the entire scalps and body. Treatments like cortisone injections may be recommended, but in most cases the hair will begin to grow again on its own after several months.
Cause 4: DIET
If you’re trying to lose weight, crash dieting is not only risky to your health it has been linded to temporary hair loss. Diets that contain a daily intake of less than 1,200 calories can send the body into a malnourished state. The reduced caloric consumption forces the body to redirect proteins an essential nutrient to major organs, in turn shutting down the production of new hair. The healthy, growing hairs go into a sudden resting state, causing clumps of hair to fall out. “good diet and nutrition is necessary in a holistic way in maintaining the health of all body structures and organs. The average person with a reasonably nutritious diet should not need additional supplements to sustain healthy hair”. Low protein, zinc and iron and biotin are the most common culprits of hair loss.
Cause 5: STYLING/PRODUCTS
Keeping up with the latest trends and hairstyles means exposing your locks to potential breakage. Wearing your hair in exceptionally tight buns, braids, updos and ponytails can contribute to traction alopecia, which is a common type of hair loss caused by trauma to the hair follicles from pulling hair too tightly. Traction alopecia must be diagnosed early on because if not, over time it can damage the hair follicle, causing it to be incapable of growing a healthy hair.
Harsh ingredients found in styling products like gels n sprays, as well as chemicals in treatments such as colorants, strengtheners and perms can potentially damage the hair follicle and promote hair loss. This is not to be confused with breakage caused by styling techniques, which is often mistaken for hair loss because of the resulting thinner mane. A lot of styling products, like thick gels and strong sprays, contain abrasive ingredients such as sulfates and sodium which over time will dry out and damage the hair prompting it to break when heat and styling tools are used.
Using product with protein to protect hair. Color treated hair wash hair only two or three times a week to preserve its integrity.
- liquid B-12
- Alpha lipoid acid. (cap)
- Biotin 5mg 3 times a day. (cap)
- Biotin shampoo and conditioner.
- Home made maske-2eggs 2oz virgin olive oil (live on for 3ours), wash of shampoo as normal (recommend ones a month).
- Apply conditioner only to ends not to scalp.
PERMANENT HAIR LOSS
Most women who experience permanent hair loss (usually in mid to late 40s) first see symptoms such as a wider hair part and a receding or thinning hairline during or after menopause.
A lot of women who have thick hair all of their life, and when they reach the pre menopausal stage they lose 10 to 20 percent of it.
The resulting hair loss can manifest itself in one or all of the following ways:
Thinning hair on the top of the head, thinning hair and patches of hair loss, of hair loss that runs from the front of the scalp to the middle of the scalp. Un like man, who usually experience total hair loss, woman who suffer from extreme hair loss usually see patches of thinning hair or small sections of baldness.
Permanente hair loss is experienced by nearly one third of American woman and is almost always caused by genetic predisposition. But just because your father or brother is bald or lost his hair at an early age doesn’t necessarily mean that you will experience hair loss in the same way.
Androgenetic alopecia, known for female pattern baldness is caused by a genetic component and hormonal component. “Hormones most likely play a role in female hair thinning and hair loss, we still don’t know exactly which hormones are responsible and how…
I WILL RECOMMEND DOING A HORMONE PROFILING BY YOUR DR. OR INDOCRONOLOGIEST THE TEST COUNT HORMONES AND YOUR DR. CAN IDENTIFIY THE CHAINGE IN HORMONES EARLY ENOTH TO KNOW HOW TO TREAT IT.