5 Ways to Cope with Hair Loss

Most people are highly more concern with their appearance especially about their hair. A change of hairstyle can make a person more attractive or less attractive, meaning hair is really crucial in one’s physical appearance. A person’s hair can do wonders in his or her appearance. But what if you’ve lost that crowning glory? It can be very difficult to cope with thinning hair and hair loss, but despite the frustration, you have to know how to deal with it. The following tips can be highly helpful in if you are starting to lose hair.

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There are several ways to cope with hair loss. This girl cover her bald spot with her long hair

  1. Know the causes of your hair thinning or hair loss. A person may lose hair for a variety of reasons. It can be a side effect of medications, hereditary, due to unhealthy scalp, excessive salon treatments, abusive hair styling and because of using products not suitable for your hair type. Knowing the reason behind your hair loss is important for you to know how to deal with your hair problems. It is easier to cope with thinning hair and hair loss if you know the reason why you are losing hair.
  2. Accept and ignore it. This maybe more applicable for men because there are men who can carry a bald head with ease and confidence but most women cannot do this. Since many men eventually get bald, the cheapest and fastest way to go with it is to accept it and ignore it. Of course,  this will only work for men who have that character to care less on the effects of hair loss on their appearance. The good thing about this is that you will learn to accept the changes in your looks and eventually you will get used to it to the point that you will no longer make a big deal out of it. Acceptance is the easiest way to cope with thinning hair and hair loss.
  3. Boost your confidence. We are often confident when we are satisfied and happy with the way we look. Receding hair and hair loss can easily make a person feel less confident and you should not let this happen to you. Hair doesn’t define whom you are, so you don’t have to lose that great personality and confidence just because you are losing your crowning glory. You have other excellent qualities that can outshine that receding crown of glory. Stay confident while you are learning to cope with thinning hair and hair loss.
  4. Take care of your scalp. Massage your scalp every day to increase blood flow with the use of scalp massager. You also have to choose milder shampoos and avoid using hair products that can be harsh to your hair and scalp. A healthy scalp can be highly helpful to make your hair healthier and stronger, thus preventing hair loss. If you have scalp problems, it would be best to consult your doctor to know the treatment suitable for your scalp.
  5. Make use of hair accessories. This is applicable for women since they have longer hair.  They can simply brush their hair to hide their bald spot.  There are also fashionable hats that can cover the thinning of the hair.  Other accessories that can be useful are fashionable pins and hair accessories that you can use to cover the bald spot in your head, like human hair extensions which are now made available through us.

Are Shampoos effectual for treating Hair Loss?

Some people spend most of their money so their hair would grow back again, but there are some who won’t bother as they don’t have the money to spare. For the second group of people, they would rather cheaper alternative to prevent hair loss like hair loss shampoo to combat their diminishing hair problem.
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Human hair extensions are now used as alternatives
to solve hair loss problems.
Hair loss shampoos are full of vitamins and minerals essential to grow those hairs back again.  They can be bought for around $20 to 60 per bottle from an online store.   Though, some blog may be backing them up; it doesn’t mean that they could deliver what they promised since most of these blogs were paid to write and promote the products.   Some of these shampoos have an ingredient that worsens the condition.

There are several reasons why hair loss takes place and one of them is because of hormonal imbalances, which are not treatable by shampoos.  In particular, loss of hair, which result from, high level of DHT (dihydrotestosterone).   In general, all shampoos were made to clean the scalp, which they are not able to penetrate the scalp.  Though, they might provide a low level of DHT that would not be enough to be absorbed by the scalp.  That is the reason why they aren’t effective for treating hair loss.

Now, that you find out that shampoos can’t do anything about hair loss, there is not point of using them to grow your hair back, but you might see some improvement if you use higher quality products. Some studies suggest that commonly-used shampoo product could provide minimal increases in hair thickness compared to regular shampoo usage. Yes, it won’t cause the hair to grow in the bald spot, but long hair can be use to cover the bald spot.

For some real results on hair grow, you need to concentrate on the root cause of thinning hair, which can be traced about from high level of DHT.  Too many DHT can result to a bad thing since DHT has been known to attack hair follicles, restricting the flow of nutrients to each follicle. Too much exposure to DHT lowers the susceptibility of the hair follicle and might begin to die.  That is the reason why there is a need to block the enzyme that can be converted into DHT.

Pattern Baldness, Hair Loss because of Hereditary Factor

There are several reasons why you lose your hair. Hair loss might occur if you are under stress, chemical use, hereditary and other factors. Though, there are so many factors that contribute to hair loss, let’s concentrate on the hereditary factor. Hereditary means that you acquire a gene from one or two of your parents.

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A guy loses his hair because of hereditary factor

As people gets older, some of you will eventually have to deal with baldness.  Some people lose their hair because of stress and other factors while there are a few who had traced that someone on their family is bald. Now, this might come from your father’s side or your mother side, but it is not important as it won’t solve your problem.

The truth is that hereditary hair loss doesn’t really translate for your child to becoming bald as there are times when the hair loss genes skip one generation.  Your grandfather loses hair, but your father and his sibling have not suffered from the same fate.  Yet, your hair is thinning as you read this article.

If hereditary indeed plays a role for the thinning of your hair, that is called pattern baldness.   Pattern baldness happens to both male and female alike.  You are not going to be safe from losing your hair regardless of your sex.  If you’re a female, the only compliment that you would get is that your thinning of the hair is not as bad compared to hair loss on a male.

Male with pattern baldness seems to be the one that suffers the most since the thinning of the hair can cause total baldness if not treated immediately.  It usually starts from the forehead, and it continues to the back of the head until you become totally bald.   Those who are bald are at the late stage of the thinning of the hair.

The only good thing that can be said about pattern baldness is that it doesn’t have any connections with any known health issues.  Other hair loss usually serves as a reminder that you need to check with your doctor to know if there are diseases that you didn’t know.

Pattern baldness is a permanent condition, but there are ways to treat it. One way is through medicine, and another way is through hair transplant.  There are other ways to treat pattern baldness that are not stated on this article.  We can probably talk about it in another article.

Most people having hair loss problems resort to using human hair extensions from us, and if you know other treatments for baldness then comment below!

The link between Stress and Hair Loss

Stress is how the body response to outside stressor like environment condition or whatever might affect the body in a bad way. If you are under stressed, your brain releases stress hormones. The body produces too much energy that it causes an imbalance in the body system.

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Is there really a connection between hair loss and stress?

Can stress lead to hair loss?  YES

There are three kinds of hair loss that can be activated by stress.

  1. The first type occurs when they don’t grow anymore, after two months you would see them falling down from your hair.  There is no need to worry as the hair grows back after seven months since the first time that you suffer from falling hair.  This type of hair loss is known as Telogen effluvium. Telogen effluviom occurs when there are emotional or physical stresses present in your environment.  The hair goes into hiatus for some time.
  2. The second kind of hair loss has something to do with excessive stress. The term for this type is alopecia areata.  It occurs when hair can fall out in patches or fall out completely. This happens when white blood cells attack the hair follicles, stopping hair growth and causes hair loss.
  3. The third form is known as Trichotillomania. Trichotillomania occurs when you pull out the hair from your scalp, eyebrows or even other parts of your body.  The urge to pull the hair may come from several reasons, such as coping with stress, tension, anxiety, loneliness, frustration or fatigue.

As stated on this article; stress is one of the many factors that contribute to hair loss.  The positive side of losing hair because of stress is that you know that it will grow back.  All you have to do is keep your stress level under control, and your hair will soon go back to the way it was.

Stress is easy to control as you just need to change your lifestyle and anything that stresses you will go away.  There are times that you cannot do it on your own.  This is the time for which you need to seek the help of a specialist.  The specialist will help you manage your stress level.

6 Reasons why a Woman loses her hair

For most guys, nothing is scarier than hair loss since they lose their charm. This is far more serious to girls since their hair are their crowning glory.

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Lady notices her hair on her brush

Though, hair loss among men and women seems to be the same, they are actually different.  Here are several differences between the two:

Signs of hair loss in men:

  • Diminishing hairline
  • Most guys lose hair on the crown of the head

Signs of hair loss in women:

  • The thinning of the hair can be seen all over the head
  • Moderate hair loss on the crown of the head or at the hairline

Most women start losing their hair by the time they are in their 30’s.  The condition worsens as they age.  When they reach the age of 40, thinning of the hair is noticeable.

Here are six reasons why women lose their hair:

  1. Hair loss linked with pregnancy. After three to six months of delivery, some women would lose hair because of the physiological impact of pregnancy on the body.
  2. The body of women affected by intensive diets; losing weight puts too much pressure on their scalp.
  3. Severe illnesses and infections put the body on too much stress, which results to the hair to fall.  After 3 to 9 months of delivery, the hair grows back to normal.
  4. Hair loss in women can be the result of chemical hair treatments like dyes, tints, bleaches, straighteners, and permanent waves.
  5. Continuous pulling of the hair by means of styling such as ponytails and braids can do some serious damage to the hair that would eventually cause the hair loosen from the scalp.
  6. Too much use of brush after shampoo can cause it to break.  Those small toothed combs and brushes will do some damages to the hair.  Wide toothed combs and brushes are the recommended tool for styling the hair.

Hair Loss and Vitamin D

Hair loss is one of the times wherein people become emotional or get defensive about anything that affects their appearance. Why not? Most people look great with their hair on.

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A guy noticed his hair is thinning

Some experts believe that Vitamin D may be your solution to hair loss. Vitamin D deficiency can result to the fall out of hair and also cause the hair to stop growing.  There is a theory that since vitamin deficiency causes hair loss, it is also the means on restoring the hair back in the scalp.

Some men lose hair because it is in their genes while women suffer from hair loss because of their diets, surgery or excessive stress.

Vitamin D needed to help the hair grow back.  However, most people don’t even get their recommended daily dosage of vitamin D. Vitamin D had been known to make bones and skin becomes healthier and stronger.  However, there is not enough research about vitamin D helping hair to grow faster.

The growth of hair works like this, follicles produce hair for 2 to 6 years before the hair starts falling out and the follicles lie dormant for a period of time, which range from a couple weeks to a couple months. After that, the hair gets replaced with a stronger hair.

There are times that hair follicles goes into ‘sleep mode’ and for some unlucky individuals sleep mode is permanent.  That is the reason why they become bald.

Stem cells can cure hair loss, but it might back fire wherein the drafted skin doesn’t produce hair follicles for the scalp.

 

Recognizing Thyroid Hair Loss

The thyroid gland is crucial in maintaining the body’s metabolism by controlling the production of proteins and tissue utilization of oxygen, thus affecting the hair follicles. Understanding thyroid function and its effect on hair growth is very complicated, and I do not want to tempt you to blame a thyroid dysfunction for your hair fall or thinning hair. On the other hand, it may be useful for you or your doctor to realize that there is a possibility of having thyroid readings in the normal reference range but it still having an effect on your hair. That is, as with many blood test results, low normals or high normals can be one of the triggers.

Hypothyroid (low) or hyperthyroid (high) definitely affects hair adversely, but these are easily diagnosed by low or high thyroid testing levels. It is the ones on the cusp that sometimes need a mild degree of medication, but it is only available on prescription. However, your doctor may be reluctant to prescribe it if you are in the normal reference ranges.

A further complication is that thyroid production can be affected by other conditions: drugs, oral contraceptives, pregnancy and menopause for example. Long-standing hypothyroids may result in anaemia; people from developing countries may suffer from low iodine intake, which effects the thyroid and therefore the hair.

Two quite common thyroid diseases are Hashimoto’s (hypo) and Grave’s (hyper). Either of these would have other symptoms apart from hair loss. The high thyroids, for example, may have high blood pressure, a rapid heartbeat, increased sweating, insomnia, slightly protruding eyes and weight loss in spite of increased appetite. The low thyroids may experience, amongst other things, a slower pulse, hoarser voice, intolerance to cold, weight gain, thinner and dryer hair and loss of some eyebrow hair. If you begin to notice any of these, it would be as well to check with your doctor.

Almost without exception, women in particular will have had their thyroid checked before coming to see me for a hair problem -many of them having mild symptoms, but still just in the normal range where medication is deemed unnecessary. Hair sensitive or hair sympathetic doctors seem in the minority, and as with blood tests and measurements for iron levels, thyroid measurements are accepted without due regard to their effect on the hair.

 

What Causes Body Hair Loss?

You may already be aware of it, but if not, look at the men on the beach or at a pool. The men with obviously thinning hair, and certainly those that are bald, have more hair on their body, particularly the chest and back, than the men with full heads of hair. An anomaly, you may think. It’s not. Body hair and beard hair are stimulated and become longer and stronger by the action of androgens. Scalp hair, on the other hand, is quite the reverse when the genetic predisposition is such that the scalp hair follicles are more sensitive to circulating androgens.

It is odd, too, that bald men are thought to be more virile, but this is only because bald men are more hairy chested, and hairy bodies give the impression of extra masculinity. These have nothing to do with vitality. It is, of course, a myth perpetuated by balding men! Simply, it’s all a matter of hair follicle sensitivity.

Asian men – Japanese and Chinese in particular – who are least prone to baldness also have least hair on their chest. Tell them they aren’t as virile!

To reiterate then, male pattern hair loss depends upon two main factors: genetics and androgens (male hormones), which is why the medical name for it is androgenetic or androgenic alopecia – alopecia is hair loss and androgenic is androgens plus genetics. You can’t have male pattern baldness without androgens; for example, there has never been a recorded case of baldness in eunuchs castrated before puberty. The proportion of androgens produced, testosterone being the main one, although playing a part in the degree of loss, does not need to be excessive. In fact, normal amounts of androgens or even sub-normal amounts can cause hair loss in genetically predisposed men. The more sensitive the hair follicles are to the presence of androgens, the greater the effect of the androgens on them.

Genetic Predisposition
It is commonly thought that the gene or genes responsible for hair loss are passed through the mother’s family. This is not necessarily true: it can be from either side. Sometimes there is no discernable loss in any of the family, but a quirk or some predisposition from way back shows itself. However, whatever the origin, to develop male pattern hair loss you must have hair follicles that are androgen sensitive. You may think it’s a case of chicken or egg – it’s not really. Firstly comes the predisposition or ‘sensitivity’: without it, androgens won’t effect the follicles.

Ways to Perm Your Hair

Fashions come and go, and the ‘fashion’ of hair perming is not as popular now as it once was. The main reason, it seems, is that the curly look, most fashionable perhaps in the late 1970s, is at present considered passe. This is not to say that it won’t eventually return. Another reason is hair styling products. It is only during the past ten to fifteen years that new ingredients have allowed the formulation of styling products that give the hair ‘body’ and apparently more thickness and control. One of the prime purposes of ‘perms’ in women over forty, when the hair loses body and volume, was to mask its thinning by making it wavy or curly and to swell the hair strands so that the hair looked and felt thicker. Nowadays, women in their fifties and sixties are more likely to have their hair permed -and if the hair is straight and limp, younger women may also be tempted by what are termed ‘body waves’.

You may be surprised to hear that, historically, hair waving was used in the mid-seventeenth century to curl wigs. The hair was rolled on cylinder-shaped baked clay and heated with hot water for many hours and then allowed to dry.

The underlying principle of waving hair is its elasticity. When hair is wet, it stretches and swells – in a way becomes deformed -and its disulphide bonds are disrupted. Yet the hair goes back to its original shape as it dries. If the hair is rolled up before it dries, it will dry into the shape it is put, i.e. waves or curls. Heat accelerates this. The shape the hair dries into will remain until it is wet or dampened or absorbs atmospheric moisture. ‘Permanent’ waves carried this a stage further by using chemicals instead of water. At first this was done by applying heat to alkaline chemicals, then in the 1940s ‘cold waves’ were introduced, whereby the hair was wetted with the waving solution, rolled up (the size of the curls depending on the roller size), left to process for a specified time, then ‘fixed’ in its curly shape by a ‘neutralizer’ lotion.

This method revolutionized perming by its ease and relative comfort. It reached its peak by the marketing of ‘home perms’, enabling the whole process to be done by the individual herself.

The market in home perms now is much smaller, the preference being (if required) to have it done in a salon. Because the solutions used are strongly alkaline, there is the possibility of severe damage unless great care is taken. The common ingredients used are ammonium thioglycollate to ‘reduce’ the bonds, and an oxidizing agent such as hydrogen peroxide to ‘fix’ the shape.

Skin is a similar structure to hair, so the scalp may become tender or a little sore after all the waving solutions are washed out.

The damage to hair is minimal when applied correctly. However, problems can occur quite easily by leaving the solutions on the hair for too long, rolling too tighdy or failing to thoroughly neutralize.

Vegetarian Nutrition and Hair Care

It seems that vegetarianism, particularly among young teenagers, is becoming more popular, and although many children are brought up vegetarian because their parents are, young adults are easily influenced by their vegetarian peers – or they may read that this or that celebrity is vegetarian and think it cool if they follow suit. There are many degrees of being a vegetarian, beginning with just not eating meat but still eating chicken, fish and eggs. Others don’t eat meat or chicken, then the more ‘serious’ ones eat no animal or fish but perhaps eggs or only cheese. Finally, we have vegans, who eat nothing appertaining to animals, only vegetables and fruits.

Before continuing, I must say that I respect a person’s choice if they do not want to eat meat or other animal protein. But the fact remains that vegetarianism affects the growth of hair. Not everybody’s. Much depends on genetic predisposition. Some people have such good hair genes that no matter what they do, their hair doesn’t seem to suffer. It’s like teeth: many hardly ever go to a dentist, eat sweets all day but still have good teeth – it’s a matter of luck. However, as a percentage, I see far more vegetarians with hair thinning problems than any other group.

Many vegetarians realize that because of the way they eat, they need to take vitamin and mineral supplements. And in doing so they think everything is fine. It’s often not, and indeed sometimes can cause hair loss, by taking too much vitamin A for example.

I have said before that hair is protein. Proteins consist of amino acids, some of which are ‘essential’ while others are ‘non-essential’. The essential amino acids include Argimine, Histinide, Isoleucine, Leucine, L Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalamine, Threonine, Tryptophen and Valine. They are most plentiful in animal protein and more easily absorbed in this way. The problem with eating only vegetables is that you need to consume a huge quantity to absorb sufficient amino acids to produce required energy, particularly teenagers, whose requirements are often not fully met. Without enough protein intake, energy is less available for tissue synthesis – the production of cells for tissues such as the hair follicles – whose requirements are very high due to the rapidity of hair-cell reproduction.

Deficiencies of calcium, iron, zinc, vitamins D, B12 and B6 are also common, and it is important to take all of these in supplemental form if you remain vegetarian. Blood tests will tell you how much iron or zinc or B12 you need to take so that you don’t overdose.

 

Tangled Hair Tips

One of the most common frustrations is hair tangling. It can be a simple tangle, leading you to tug on your brush or comb in an attempt to remove it, or you may have a very serious tangle, which is often referred to as a ‘snarl’. I suppose it’s called a snarl because of the immense frustration it causes, and you really do curse and snarl at it. Sometimes it is impossible to get a comb or brush through it, and unless you handle it correctly, it can result in a ‘rat’s nest’ – a ball of hair like a nest and as hard as a tennis ball. Such severe tangling is unusual, and it results from a combination of circumstances such as hair coloring, bleaching, perming, breaking and falling hair – and most of all inadequate care before, when and after shampooing. You will already have read how to shampoo your hair correctly and how important it is to remove tangles first. Tangles should be removed gently with a wide toothed saw-cut comb. Start at the ends, remove those tangles, then go a little farther up and so on until you can easily pass the comb through your hair from roots to ends. Never start at the roots and never use a brush to detangle, although a brush may be used gently when all the tangles are out.

The reason for tangles is that the hairs’ cuticles interlock with each other. The hair cuticle should be smooth. When it is raised, which can occur with various hair chemical processes or shampoos or back combing, they more easily interlock with the surrounding hairs – a bit like Velcro. Occasionally, if the tangles are particularly bad – you may have been out in the wind or slept badly for example – a light-weight conditioner smoothed through your hair first can be very helpful. It doesn’t matter how much you put on, as it’s going to be washed out anyway. And of course use plenty of conditioner after shampooing.

Fine hair tangles more than coarse hair because there are more hairs to tangle – and chemically processed hair tangles more than virgin hair.

How to Treat Internal Hair Loss for Men

The internal method tries to control the main culprit, which is di-hydro-testosterone (DHT). The testes produce testosterone. This on its own doesn’t do the damage: it’s when the conversion into DHT occurs that can be the problem. DHT can cause many of the miniaturizing changes in the hair shaft, and takes place in the presence of 5-alpha-reductase.

The latest drug to help counter this is Propecia (Finasteride). Finasteride was originally used to treat benign prostrate enlargement. It blocks the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase and helps to reduce the conversion rate and therefore the miniaturizing effect on the hair follicles.

Theoretically, all well and good. And it sounds a wonderful way to stop (and they claim reverse) male hair thinning. ‘They’ are Merck Sharpe & Dohme, a pharmaceutical company.

I met with some of their Research and Development and Sales people in 2001 after they had sent me details of clinical trials. The trials’ results were as thick as a book and as intriguing as a good novel. The recommended dose to treat benign prostrate enlargement is 5mg a day. This dosage may reduce volume of ejaculation by 25 per cent, reduces the size of the prostrate by about 20 per cent and lowers

PSA (prostate specific antigen), the measurement of which indicates the degree of the prostate problem, by approximately 50 per cent.

At a dosage of 1mg a day for the treatment of male hair loss, none of these reductions occurred, although a small percentage noticed sexually adverse signs. It is interesting to note that in large long-term studies, 3.8 per cent of men taking Finasteride at 1mg a day noticed ‘erectile dysfunction’, but 2 per cent of those on placebo did, too! This indicates the psychological effects. In addition, the men on Finasteride noticed a considerable improvement in their hair after a year: 70 per cent reported no further hair loss and 37 per cent reported extra thickness. However, those on placebo also noticed an improvement, but less so: 44 per cent no further loss and 7 per cent extra hair. This was the front hair line and behind.

The crown area showed that 83 per cent on Propecia and 28 per cent on placebo had no further loss. Extra growth in the area was noticed in the Propecia users, and less so, but still significantly, in the placebo group. This also tends to indicate the ‘mind over matter’ aspect, but it does cast a certain amount of doubt on the methodology of the researchers. It’s not possible for a placebo to help over such a long period of time.

Theoretically, Propecia should help. Yet there is a further problem: there are two types of 5-alpha-reductase – Type I and Type II. It helps to block Type II but not Type I. So men with Type I of the enzyme may be unlucky.

Because I also believe that Propecia could be helpful, I have instigated a study in my clinic along with Dr Jeremy Gilkes, a dermatologist. It has recently started and will continue for at least another year or so. It is too early to judge, but the results so far are not as good as those given by Merck. As a form of treatment, I am certainly not against it, and those of you who wish to try it should do so – it may help and could help, but I don’t think to the extent that it’s claimed.