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Hair Loss

By October 10, 2019August 13th, 2020No Comments

Women suffer from hair loss from many different reasons. Almost every client I see has this issue. On average, hair grows at a rate of about 1/2 inch per month. But, this varies by person based on genetics. Each person will have a maximum growth rate that she can attain. Some will be higher than the average. Some will be lower than the average. Nothing will increase your hair growth rate beyond whatever your personal maximum is. But, there are things that can help you reach your maximum.

Nutrition, stress levels and the health of the scalp affect the hair growth rate. Many people confuse hair growth with hair length. If your hair is growing at its maximum rate yet is breaking off, it will appear that you hair is not growing. Most people do not have hair that is not growing. Getting the proper rest, drinking enough water, treating your scalp well and the getting the proper nutrition, including supplements (hair vitamins) can help you reach your maximum potential hair growth

Baldness or hair loss in both men and women is sometimes due to disease. Hair loss can be triggered by excessive weight gain or loss in a short period of time. Some hair loss is easily treated. Some is much more difficult to treat.

Reasons for hair loss include

High fever can cause temporary hair loss

Chemotherapy drugs can cause hair loss. Hair usually grows back after chemotherapy is stopped

Thyroid disorders- an over productive or under productive thyroid can lead to hair loss

Genetics- some people have a built in trigger that causes the follicles to grow smaller and even shut down with age. This is known as male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness.

Malnutrition- the lack of nutrients in the diet can cause hair loss. Anemia (lack of iron) can cause hair loss. Several other nutrients are also key in the production of healthy hair. This type of hair loss can easily be reversed by proper diet and/or supplements.

Traumatic stress- Can lead to hormone imbalances and cause hair loss

Autoimmune disorders (alopecia areata)- exact causes have not been determined. Can cause hair loss from either just patches here and there to complete baldness on the whole body. Emu oil and other oils have been reported to help with this, in some cases.

Post pregnancy changes- hormone imbalances triggered during pregnancy can cause temporary hair loss

Local Scalp Conditions- hair loss is triggered by several factors. These factors can include poor circulation to the scalp and sebum (natural waxy substance produced by the scalp) clogging pores. Treating these conditions, improving circulation and unclogging pores will help with this type of hair loss. Topical treatments as well as nutritional supplements can help.

What I see most often is female-Pattern Baldness- This is 50% of my clientele. The cause of the failure to grow new hair in female pattern baldness is not well understood. Generally it is genetically predisposed (passed down), occurs with aging and is associated with levels of hormones- especially adrogens, the male sex hormones.

Changes in the levels of androgens can affect hair production.

For example, after menopause, many women find that the hair on the head is thinner, while their facial hair is coarser. Although new hair is not produced, follicles remain alive, suggesting the possibility of new hair growth

Whatever the reason for your hair loss, there is a solution. It might not be permanent or perfect, but it can help you feel better. Toppers are a common tool in the hair industry to cover female patterned baldness. I have been combining hair extensions and toppers to relieve my guests from this issue.