If beautiful hair is a woman's crown of glory,
then, female hair loss is, one of the most disturbing and frightening
conditions they can face. As a woman, if you suffer of hair loss or thinning,
you are probably feeling right now a lot of stress.
But, you have to realize that hair loss
is not a permanent problem and, in most cases, can be treated. However, it is
crucial to know first what are the causes. Of course, the wise decision is to
see a doctor first, so that you can get the proper treatment.
There are different causes of hair loss in women, but it usually begins after menopause, although it may start earlier.
The main cause of female hair loss is androgenetic alopecia, according to healthline.com. In reality, this condition is the result of metabolic and hormonal changes, and these changes can thin your hair.
Here you'll see the list of female hair
· Addison's Disease
· Alopecia Areata
· Anabolic Steroids
· Androgenetic Alopecia
· Celiac Disease
· Chemical Treatments
· Childbirth, or Postpartum Alopecia
· Cicatricial Alopecia
· Crash or Extreme Diets
· Discontinue of birth control pill
· Emotional Stress
· Estrogen Dominance
· Hair Dyes
· Hashimoto's Disease
· High Fever
· Hodgkin's Disease
· Insulin Resistance
· Lichen Planus
· Low Protein Diet
· Menopause and Perimenopause
· Metal Toxicity
· Over-Processed Hair
· PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
· Physical Stress
· Radiation Therapy
· Scalp Psoriasis
· Scalp Diseases
· Seborrheic Dermatitis
· Some Medications
· Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
· Traction Alopecia
· Traumatic Alopecia
· Trichorrhexis Invaginata
· Trichorrhexis Nodosa.
· Trichotillomania or Hair Pulling Disorder
As you can see, there are many female hair loss causes. In some cases hereditary factors are involved. In others, is a matter of a hormonal imbalance. There are other causes as certain diseases, medications, and external factors like stress, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.
In general, hair loss in women is usually a short-term problem. Unlike us men, women rarely run out of hair. What they often see is a decrease in their hair.
The worst case scenario would be when your hair scalp enter a loss phase. While you can't completely avoid the possibility of hair loss, using a solution to stimulate hair growth could be the best option.
In order to win the battle against hair loss, you can't overlook these four rules:
· Prevent your hair from falling
· Stop losing your hair
· Treat your thinning hair
· Make your hair grow back
It is useless to try to make your hair regrow, when it keeps falling off. In the same way, what good is having your hair to grow back, if it grows so thin you can barely see it?
So, you have
to cover all the four rules to master your hair loss. First, let's consider how
to prevent your hair to fall.
Female hair loss prevention should be the first rule. Why? That is because if you can prevent your hair from falling, then you don't have to worry about anything else.
But always remembering that is natural to lose around 50 to 100 hairs per day. The problem would be to lose larger amounts of hair than that. Of course, you are not going to count how many hairs you lose per day. But you can look at how much you lose in the bathtub, on the pillow, or in your hairbrush.
So, how can you prevent to lose larger amounts of hair? Well, that depends upon the medications you are taking right now. Also is the stress you are bearing in your daily life.
It is essential to see if you have medical conditions that are provoking your hair to fall out. There are a lot of factors involved that you have to check out, to see if are affecting your hair.
What steps can you take to prevent excessive hair loss? There are 17 steps, like:
· Wash hair regularly with a mild shampoo. Do it every time you come out of a swimming pool to eliminate chlorine.
· After washing hair, use a good conditioner. The ones that don't contain harmful chemicals, like lauryl sulfate and dioxane.
· Always brush your hair with a gentle motion.
· Stay away from braids, ponytails, or other hairstyles that cause an unnecessary pull on your hair.
· Don't color hair frequently. Harsh chemicals will not only damage it, but also to hair follicles as well.
· Avoid exposing hair to direct sunlight, using a cap or hat.
· Don't style your hair high heat tools.
· Massage your head gently with fingertips using circular motions, to increase blood circulation in the scalp.
· Eat protein foods like meat, poultry, pork, seafood, eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, tofu, beans, lentils, seeds, nuts, and fish like salmon which also contain omega 3 fatty acids.
· Consume fruits and vegetables that contain zinc and folic acid, like bananas, grapes, papaya, strawberries, avocados, broccoli, asparagus, and cabbage.
· Eat some leafy greens as spinach, kale, chard, and mustard greens. They are a good source of vitamin B-12 and iron, essential for the good health of your hair. It's better cooked than raw, if you want a higher concentration of iron.
· Check out your medical conditions, to see if they are provoking your hair to fall. Illnesses like anemia, lupus, diabetes, and either hypo or hyperthyroidism are some to watch. Even strong headaches could be the cause.
· Verify that the medications you are taking now for whatever condition you are suffering, don't have side effects that cause your hair to fall. Ask your physician.
· Female hair loss could be a genetic condition named female pattern baldness, in which testosterone hormone is changed into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). If so, you'll have to use solutions or treatments to fight DHT and prevent their buildup in hair follicles.
· Avoid stressing at any price. I know it is difficult in these turbulent times we are living into, but your body and especially your hair will be grateful for this.
· Try to relax listening music like soft rock, pop, jazz, bossa
nova, even classical music.
· Get enough sleep.
You can follow these 17 steps to make sure that you are covering all
areas to prevent your hair from falling. Prevention is the first rule to master
your hair loss. What's the second rule? Let's see it.
As a woman, the second logical rule you have to follow is to stop female hair loss. But, how?
If you want to reduce, prevent or stop female hair loss, consider the 15 steps listed below:
· Massage scalp with natural and essential oils.
· Wash your hair regularly with a mild shampoo.
· Dry your hair gently if you use a towel.
· Avoid blow your hair dry or heating constantly.
· Do not brush your hair when it's wet, because your hair is more fragile in that condition.
· Untangle your hair with your fingers, instead of the hairbrush.
· Don't use braids, ponytails, or other hairstyles that cause an unnecessary pull on your hair.
· Drink lots of water. An 8-ounce glass of water for every 15 pounds of your total weight.
· Take vitamins, like vitamin C.
· Avoid smoking at all costs.
· Decrease or totally eliminate to drink alcohol.
· Exercise regularly.
· Hear soft music to de-stress the soul.
· Ponder on positive things.
· Keep hair free of sweat, when the heat is on.
Now, you already have fulfilled half the rules to
master your hair loss. What's next?
The third one is to regrow your hair. I know it is the most difficult part in your effort to master your female hair loss. But don't lose hope.
There are different alternatives for female hair loss, ranging from hair restoration to products for hair regrowth, which minimize hair loss. Medications, and natural treatments, are among the alternatives.
Not all products for female hair loss are the same. Some products just exists to cover up the signs of hair loss, such as wigs, and concealers. Others don't have the medical background to satisfy your expectations to treat hair loss.
Since the loss of hair involves an emotional side of many women, much time and money is spent looking for a female hair loss solution in the form of medications, transplants, and cover-ups.
I have covered three of the four rule to
master your female hair loss. The last was tough. So, there is one left, and if
you master this, in some cases make the hair loss almost imperceptible.
Female hair thinning is the fourth major problem of female hair loss. In the case of some women, since their crown of glory is their hair, just having some loss is cause for concern. Their goal always has been a full head of hair.
A large number of female hair thinning, comes from the most common type of female hair loss, a genetic condition called androgenetic alopecia. This causes the hair follicles to shrink gradually over time and is owned to hormonal changes.
The symptoms of androgenic alopecia are the presence of hair that looks like exclamation points, increase of hair in the rest of the body, pitted nails, more body weight, irregular menstruation, acne. There is also a great risk of developing PCOS, or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
Smoking is another cause of thinning hair. Beautiful hair doesn't match with smoking, especially in women. Cigarettes have 599 ingredients, 69 of them are highly poisonous, and could trigger cancer. Without doubt, that amount of toxins prevent blood circulation up to your hair follicles, resulting in thinning hair.
Another reason for a thin hair is a diet lacking of protein, as well as some conditions, such as diabetes, hyperthyroidism, lupus, and ringworm, a skin disease caused by different kinds of fungi.
There are certain medications that tend to thin out your hair. Chemo and stress are certainly among the factors involved.
So, what to do if you suffer from thinning hair? Here is a list of what you can do:
· Eat protein foods like meat, poultry, pork, seafood, eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, tofu, beans, lentils, seeds, nuts, and fish like salmon which also contain omega 3 fatty acids
· Take vitamins like vitamin C and biotin
· Drink lots of water
· Limit your alcohol intake
· Take hair growth supplements but ask your doctor first
· Use a shampoo that doesn't contain alcohol or sulfates, but don't overuse it
· Let your hair dry for itself, or use a soft towel
· Limit the use of hair dryers and hot tools for styling hair.
· Use volumizing products, like a hair mousse or conditioner
· Exercise regularly to promote blood circulation to the scalp
· Meditate on nice things
· Hear soft music and relax my friend
There you have it, the four major rules to master your hair loss. With patience and taking the appropriate steps you will be completing each of the four to dominate your female hair loss.
At this moment, I am sure you want to know what treatments are
readily available to growth your hair.
Hair loss is not considered a natural condition, but a medical one, even with women. That is the reason why some of them must understand first that there are some factors involved in the loss of hair or causes behind it. When they are aware of it, they look for a female hair loss treatment that fits their needs.
So, if you nod because you are one of these girls, don't be discouraged. There are alternatives, some of them better than you imagine. What are some of these female hair loss treatments that could work for you? Well, that depends upon the cause itself of your hair loss.
Also, since some of these treatments cost more than expected, you have to balance the benefits of using that treatment, versus the money you are willing to pay to actually begin to use the product.
When we are talking about hair loss, there is one product that could pop up in our mind, due to fame gained as time goes by. It's name is Propecia, and the generic form of that medication is called finasteride.
Propecia reduces dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone that forms from testosterone. If DHT builds up in your scalp, it shrinks your follicles and produce hair loss. And, since women have some amount of testosterone in their bodies, they are affected by DHT as well.
So far so good, but, did I tell you Propecia never have shown to work in women? It only works for males. And even then, it doesn't work on temples. Why did I mention this?
I do it, so if someone tells you that Propecia, or Finasteride works with females, don't believe it. Besides, it is not a natural solution, and on the other hand, one of the most expensive products in the market, with prices ranging around $70 to $100 per month.
The same goes with Procerin. It has no effect in women. So, what will work as a female hair loss treatment? The only approved by FDA medication is Minoxidil, or Rogaine 5 %. It is some kind of foam you can get over the counter, or prescription, with a 81 % success rate.
Some women report a slowing, or stopping of hair loss. Using it regularly will regrow your hair till a quarter, but if you decide to stop the treatment, you would better say goodbye to everything you have achieved.
Hormone therapy is another alternative. So that, you can treat imbalances. It is necessary to talk with your doctor to do tests to see where is the imbalance, if it's cortisol, estrogen, testosterone, or the thyroid gland hormones, namely, thyroxine and calcitonin.
When your doctor see the tests results, he will know what's the better prescription to replace the lack of hormones. That way, your hormonal levels will go back to normal, and your hair will grow back as well.
There are also corticosteroids, both topical, and oral to treat the alopecia areata, an auto-immune disease. If it's topical would be in the form of drops, or injections directly applied into the scalp in the hair loss areas, but these injections are painful.
If you prefer the oral treatment, Prednisone could be an effective medication, but it's side effects are very scary, such as acne, irregular menstruation, problems with metabolism, bringing up as a result weight gain. Even though Prednisone could be effective, it is only temporary. Do you think it's worth the while taking that risk?
Other hair loss products just cover up the effects of hair loss, like hair dyes, wigs, and toupees.
Hair loss causes psychological trauma in many women, whom invest a lot of time, effort and money in their hope to finally find a solution to their problem.
Do you remember the saying, "when there's a will, there's a way"? So, if you are seeking earnestly for a real alternative you'll find it hopefully sooner than later.
There are treatments out there that stimulates the scalp to regrow your hair, cover bald patches, or just push forward the receding hairline you are losing.
But, since conventional products have a
stride of side effects, that's why I turned my attention to the natural
solutions. What are the alternatives?
What kind of natural hair loss treatment women could get? Let me tell you first, that there is a great advantage for you to choose a natural treatment to fight your hair loss, rather than the conventional medications.
Because conventional products have a stride of side effects, some of them pretty undesirable, to say the least. What do you do if I tell that some hair could be growing in some body areas that you don't want to?
Or maybe you could be adding to your waist 10, 15, or 20 pounds more? And what about a new collection of acne breakouts, even though you are not a teen anymore?
It sounds scary, doesn't it? Well, I am not talking here about a kind of Halloween week-movie marathon. I am talking about real life facts and don't get me wrong on this. If your decision is for a conventional solution to your hair loss, go ahead! I'll respect your decision.
But if you want a solution that focuses on your new hair, instead of treating side effects all the time, in the same way as a fireman putting out every fire that comes along, then it's time to keep reading.
If you do a Google search such as "Natural Hair Loss Treatments" you will be seeing myriads of infusions, lotions, pills, and the list goes on and on. Maybe you'd ask, where shall I begin? You will probably feel bewildered and even disappointed.
By this moment you are wandering what kind of natural treatments are proven to be effective in women. Guess what? There is another list for those treatments, namely:
· Almond Oil
· Aloe Vera
· Argan Oil
· Black Tea
· Castor Oil
· Cedarwood Oil
· Clary Sage Oil
· Coconut Oil
· Chamomile Oil
· Emu Oil
· Fenugreek Seeds
· Geranium Oil
· Green Tea
· Horsetail Plant Oil
· Indian Gooseberry Oil
· Jojoba Oil
· Lavender Oil
· Lemongrass Oil
· Lime Seeds
· Mustard Oil
· Myrrh Oil
· Omega 3 Fatty Acids
· Olive Oil
· Onion Juice
· Peppermint Oil
· Rosemary Oil
· Sage Oil
· Tea Tree Oil
· Thyme Oil
· Ylang-Ylang Oil
Of course, these natural products are for different goals regarding your hair. There are products for hair growth, some are to fight dandruff and other scalp conditions, and some of them to boost the blood circulation to the hair follicles, and so on.
One of the reasons why your hair enters a loss stage,
would be crash diets, or diets to lose weight rapidly. Not only advance the
telogen effluvium, but causes hair loss as well. Because they impact the body
with such a sudden shift. So, if you don't want to lose your hair, stay away of
those crash diets.
Both emotional or physical tension can lead to hair
loss. Thereby, a great way to master your hair loss is to find out techniques
to minimize stress. To get more information regarding hair loss from stress,
and 10 ideas you can perform to fight tension and anxiety, click here.
Some medications attack hair scalp, unleashing an alteration of the normal hair cycle, inducing the telogen effluvium, and causing hair loss as a result. You can read here a complete article on the telogen effluvium and all regarding that matter.
The medications causing the hair to fall are more than you can imagine! Maybe, when the doctor prescribed the medication for the first time, you were not advised of all the risks involved.
The more we take the drug, the more the hair will be lost. Therefore, we will see medications for different conditions, in which hair loss is among their side effects. To see a list of some of them, just click here.
Well, there you have another article with lots of information. Perhaps, more than we can assimilate in a single day. But, as we continue to consider more information, we will increasingly understand how to deal with the problem of hair loss, whether you are a man, a woman or a child.
the case of women, so they can be proud of their hair again, because beautiful hair is a woman's crown of glory.