Fight the Battle Against Female Hair Loss
Female hair loss is a growing epidemic in today’s society. It is an embarrassing, scary, and a devastating disorder that far too many women have to cope with. There are many reasons behind female hair loss, but there are also advanced solutions to treat the problem. If you properly educate yourself on the factors of hair loss, you can take the most effective steps to tackle this issue head on.
The Growth Cycle of Hair:
There are four different phases in the hair growth process. Each hair is at a different cycle than the next.
1. Anagen – Growing Phase
2. Catagen – Transition Phase
3. Telogen – Resting Phase
4. Exogen – The New Hair Phase
About 90% of the hair on the head is in the anagen, or growth phase, which lasts anywhere from two to eight years. Which means that only about 10% of the hair is in transition or resting at any other point in time. Over time, the length of the anagen stage decreases. Therefore, the hair may become weaker and thinner after each cycle.
When hair is at its healthiest, the average hair growth is about 6 inches a year. The typical person will lose anywhere between 50 and 100 strands of hair each day, and on days where you wash your hair, you can lose as much at 250 strands of hair in the shower, which explains the clogs in the shower drains.
When a woman experiences hair loss she goes into an extended Telogen or resting phase. In this phase, up to 70 percent of hair can prematurely enter into rest, therefore causing it to fall out and become noticeable.
Understanding Hair Loss/The Reasons Behind:
Hair loss in women is very common, in fact, up to 60 percent of all women experience hair loss at some point in their lifetime. Women make up 40 percent of the total gender population suffering from hair loss.
Female hair loss can be temporary and occasional or chronic and long lasting. Alopecia is the medical term for excessive or abnormal hair loss. The most common cause of female hair loss is androgenetic alopecia, a genetic condition in which new hair follicles grow in progressively thinner. This contributes to a reduction of overall volume and thinning of the hair around the crown. Androgenetic alopecia is due to the action of androgens, male hormones that are typically present in only small amounts. Along with it being a genetic condition, emotional stress, hormones, ovarian cysts, androgen index birth control pills, pregnancy, menopause, too much vitamin A, too little protein, too little vitamin B, anemia, thyroid disorders, medications and anabolic steroids can all contribute to the loss.
Clinical Reasons for Hair Loss:
- Hereditary – The most common form of hair loss is genetic. The medical term for this condition is called Androgenetic Alopecia and can be inherited from either your father or mother. The thinning of the hair will happen in the upper sphere of the head, right behind the bangs and can start as early as your 20’s.
- Telogen Effluvium – is stress induced hair loss in women, in which you lose large amounts of hair everyday when styling. It can also be linked to certain medications like anti-inflammatory drugs, antidepressants, and beta-blockers. In this phase, the hairs switch from the Anagen and Catagen phase to the resting Telogen phase, and stay in this phase. Women with this condition usually notice hair loss 6 weeks to 3 months after a stressful event. With a combination of treatment and dealing with the traumatic event, this type of hair loss is completely curable.
- Anagen Effluvium: commonly associated with chemotherapy, which impairs the cellular-level metabolic activity.
- Alopecia Areata: An attack of the immune system against the hair follicles. This specific condition affects about 4.7 million people in the United States. The individual will see patches of hair loose on the head, eyebrows or legs. This type of hair loss can be typically treated with an intralesional corticosteroid.
- Traction Alopecia: Trauma of the hair over time like braiding, tight ponytails and extensions cause this type of hair loss
- Products to use: A combination system specially formulated for hair loss. Starting with a stimulating cream shampoo with a delicate fragrance. This type of shampoo restores volume, strength, and vitality to your hair and can used as often as desired. Next, you will want to apply a anti-hair loss lotion. For chronic hair loss, we recommend a neoptide anti-hair loss lotion, as it has properties that will curb hair loss and start the hair growth phase. The anti-hair loss lotion comes as a spray formula that is light in texture and can be used daily without leaving the hair oily. Since, chronic hair loss is characterized by a gradual reduction in hair density, a topical treatment specially made for women must be used to obtain optimal results. For acute hair loss, we recommend another anti-hair loss lotion that will stimulate microcirculation of the scalp and provides the cells of the hair bulb with the necessary energy components for growth. Lastly, we recommend an oral capsule of essential nutrients, taken on a daily basis. These nutrients will help maintain strength and vitality from the inside out. Just like our body, our hair is subject to various external aggressions, which build up over the years. Over time, there is a decline in the sulfur amino acids within the body that form keratin proteins, an essential structure of the hair. As your hair gets weaker and starts thinning, the hair bulb needs essential nutrients to regain strength and vitality. Essential nutrients such as cystine and methionine increase the resistance of hair and facilitate growth, the vitamin complex activates the hair’s cell metabolism and strengthens its structure. By starting a daily regime of essential vitamins, you will be building a foundation within the body to start the hair growth process. For a complete system, we recommend: Glytone by Ducray Hair Loss Products, for a comprehensive targeted solution that includes a stimulating shampoo, anti-hair loss lotion, and food supplements (your essential nutrients).
- Shower Smarter: start with lukewarm or hot water to open the cuticle, this is good for removing any dirt or product trapped in the hair; it also assists with loosening the oils in the scalp. The warm water opens the cuticle, so it is able to absorb both the oils and essential nutrients that are in your in your shampoo/conditioner.
- Be Gentle: Wash your hair like it’s in the delicate cycle. Friction can permanently damage your hair’s cuticle, leading to breakage and frizz. Add a quarter size amount of shampoo to only your scalp and Increase blood flow to the scalp and stimulate hair growth by using vertical strokes with medium pressure. Don’t use circular motions, which can tangle your hair.
- The Conditioning System: The longer the conditioner stays on your hair, the better it absorbs. Don’t put conditioner at the roots of your hair; the natural oil from your scalp is more concentrated there.
- Finish with a cold burst of water: Cold water will shut the cuticle tight, sealing the shingle-like outer layer, which will cause it to reflect the most light and give off the most shine,
- Towel Treatment: Once done with your shower, lightly wrap your hair in a towel and/or gently pat dry. Being too aggressive with the towel can rip out hair and make it more tangled.
- A Leave in Conditioner is Essential: Remove the towel and add in a leave in conditioner, which will add in additional moisture, suppleness, elasticity and assist in the comb out process. You can save money on expensive leave in conditioners by making own. Simply add in your desired consistency of your favorite conditioner and water into a spray bottle, shake and you have your at home remedy for tangled, unmanageable hair. Use this concoction after showering prior to brushing and anytime during the day when your hair needs a refresh.
- Toss Out Your Brush: Brush your hair out with a wide toothed comb, rather than a regular brush. It is gentler to the hair, causing less friction, while detangling. If you feel like a plastic comb causes static, try a wooden comb.
- Use Blow Dryer as Little as Possible: When blow-drying your hair, never use the highest heat setting. And try to let hair air dry as long as possible. Excessive styling can contribute to hair loss.
- Get a New Do: A great haircut can truly make it appear that you don’t suffer from hair loss. For instance: a bob, cut above the shoulders, is a great look to camouflage hair loss. Anything below the shoulders and make your hair appear very thin.
- De-stress: Stress plays a huge role in hair loss. Mindful mediation, deep breathing, focusing on the good, exercising, and play with your pup all help in relaxation.
There are a wide variety of causes behind hair loss in women. We hope that a thorough understanding behind this epidemic will help you successfully combat this issue. Luckily, in most cases hair loss can be reversed with medical treatments. It is important to schedule an appointment with either a dermatologist or an aesthetician to increase the chances that a treatment will work.
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