Finasteride (Propecia): a pill taken once daily that blocks the activity of an enzyme that metabolizes testosterone to a substance that inhibits hair growth. Any regrowth is not permanent. Finasteride is not used for the treatment of hair loss in women.
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When thinning isn’t genetic, it can sometimes be avoided (and if it is genetic, you can often delay or slow the process). Educating your clients on ways to side-step environmental, chemical and mechanical damage will solidify your place as their go-to hair- and scalp health expert—and will, of course, keep their hair from thinning.
The ancient Indian culture required young girls and women of all ages to wear bangles. The sages who wrote ayurveda understood the importance of acupressure and made it customary for women (especially married) to wear bangles. And when you think of it now, ancient Indian customs are indeed full of wisdom.
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Yes. Hyperandrogenism, a medical condition characterized by excessive production of male hormones called androgens, can cause hair loss in affected women. The most common cause of hyperandrogenism in women is functional ovarian hyperandrogenism, also known as polycystic ovary syndrome. In addition to hair loss, other signs include obesity, acne, and irregular menstruation, and it is one of the most common causes of infertility.
That said, it seems that spot treating with minoxidil does work (even for the front of the hair), but my concern is that I read that after a few months minoxidil can cause shedding in other parts of the hair, even when not applied to those sections. Do you know anything about this?
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that can actually absorb damaging UV light and protect skin cells. It also repairs sun damage on the scalp, which can cause hair to thin. In one study, “Tocotrienols, or different types of vitamin E supplements, were studied for eight months in patients with hair loss,” says Debé. Thirty-eight people received the supplement, and some received a placebo. The supplemented group had a 34% improvement in hair growth.” Debé notes that although the amount of tocotrienols used in this study is difficult to get from diet alone, barley is a very good source.
During this procedure, your surgeon removes tiny plugs of skin, each containing a few hairs, from the back sides of your scalp. He or she then implants the plugs into the bald sections of your scalp. You may be asked to take a hair loss medication before and after surgery to improve results.
Long, short, bouncy, sleek – for most women, hair is far more than a bundle of fibre. It’s an expression of style and personality. Research also suggests hair and self-image are closely intertwined. If an occasional bad hair day can make a girl feel low, hair loss can be a distressing sight to face every morning in the mirror.