It can be alarming when your brush seems to hold more hair than your scalp does. The good news is that some hair loss is to be expected (the average person loses up to 150 strands a day). If you’re shedding significantly more than that, however, any number of physiological or psychological factors could be to blame. But you don’t have to tear your (remaining) hair out. Whatever the cause, there are strategies that can help.
That’s why, when something wrong goes with it, people can question the root of the matter (pun-intended). Both men and women suffer from hair loss for differing reasons, however male pattern baldness is the most common hair loss condition, one that afflicts more males more than females.
Not using conditioner can leave to dehydrated hair which becomes brittle and damaged over time. Sally-Anne suggests a lightweight conditioner that contains panthenol and glycerine that moisturise and keep fragile hair strong. We love Bumble & Bumble Seaweed Conditioner.
I’ve had some ovarian cysts and have with erratic eating, low iron and stress. But I always suspected there was something more to my thinning hair. The idea that it’s genetic is finally making sense.
Hair weaves, hair pieces, or changes of hair style may disguise hair loss. This is generally the least expensive and safest approach to hair loss. Hair pieces should not be sutured (sewn) to the scalp because of the risk for scars and infection.
Although the causes of hair loss are many — including genetics, age, hormones, nutrient deficiencies, toxicity, medications and autoimmunity — changing the diet can, in many cases, be helpful. “Proper diet and supplements can slow or reverse hair loss, and make the hair thicker and healthier,” says nutritionist Dr. Joseph Debé.
Hair loss can be attributed to vitamin deficiencies, says Dr. Arielle Levitan, cofounder of Vous Vitamin. Many women do not know that they run low in iron or Vitamin D, which are some of the most common offenders, she explains. As a physician of internal medicine, I see women all the time very distressed about thinning hair. A simple blood test can help determine some of the more common culprits.
Somehow stress has an effect on the hair cycle. Typically about 90 percent of hairs are in a growing stage, and about 10 percent are in a resting stage, and it’s these resting-stage hairs that shed. Stress seems to prompt more of the growing hairs to go into the resting phase and then fall out. The good news is that this type of hair loss is temporary; after the hair falls out, a new hair usually will replace and prevent stress-induced hair loss, maintain a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise, and a nutritious diet.
Most people lose anywhere from 50 to 100 strands of hair each day, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. On the days when hair is washed, people can lose up to 250 strands, Roberts said. But don’t avoid washing in an attempt to keep the hair, as it will fall out eventually, anyway.
It‘s been shown that body-building supplements with Whey Protein Isolate can cause hair loss. Interestingly, Whey Protein Concentrate does not cause hair to shed, and can actually stimulate hair re-growth.
Finasteride is the generic name for the brand name drugs Proscar and Propecia. Finasteride was originally developed by Merck as a drug to treat enlarged prostate glands (Proscar). During the trials on men with prostate problems an intriguing side effect of hair growth was observed. Since finasteride had already been approved by the FDA to treat enlarged prostates in men, Merck and Company decided to pursue the possibility of developing finasteride as the first pill to treat male pattern baldness.
While chemotherapy typically focuses on cancer cells, some of the cancer-fighting compounds in chemotherapy drugs can cause as much as 90 percent of a person’s hair to fall out. This hair loss is temporary, and the hair should regrow following treatment.
While minoxidil has been clinically proven to slow the progression of hair loss and regrow some hair, most informed experts see it as a relatively marginally effective drug in the fight against hair loss. Since minoxidil has no effect on the hormonal process of hair loss its positive effects are at best temporary and usually yield somewhat disappointing long-term results.
Doctors may also test for levels of ferritin (a protein that indicates the amount of total body iron stores). New research suggests levels may be low in women with hair loss. Iron supplements may help.
One of the most common medications for thinning hair is Minoxidil that you may recognize by its more popular name — Rogaine. Minoxidil is an antihypertensive vasodilator medication. Antihypertensives treat high blood pressure, the term vasodilation refers to the widening of blood vessels. This means that Minoxidil increases the blood circulation in the scalp.
Gradual thinning on top of head. This is the most common type of hair loss, affecting both men and women as they age. In men, hair often begins to recede from the forehead in a line that resembles the letter M. Women typically retain the hairline on the forehead but have a broadening of the part in their hair.
Another method is to wear a hat or a hairpiece—a wig or toupee. The wig is a layer of artificial or natural hair made to resemble a typical hair style. In most cases the hair is artificial. Wigs vary widely in quality and cost. In the United States, the best wigs—those that look like real hair—cost up to tens of thousands of dollars. Organizations also collect individuals’ donations of their own natural hair to be made into wigs for young cancer patients who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy or other cancer treatment in addition to any type of hair loss.
Sadly, fats have been given a bad reputation. But the truth is fat-free diet is not healthy. We do need fats. But the right types of fats. Because without them we are not able to absorb vitamins A, E, D and K.