Like petals dropping from a spent floral bouquet, the sight of strands of your hair collecting in the sink or shower drain is sad and depressing. In a world where a woman’s beauty (and thus identity) is influenced by her hair, and where it’s more socially acceptable for men to be bald or have thinning hair, the blow to a woman’s self-esteem can be devastating long-term. The American Academy of Dermatology states that it’s normal to shed 50 to 100 hairs per day naturally. That may seem like a lot but the American Hair Loss Association suggests that 40 percent of hair loss sufferers are women. Because it’s “only hair,” many women’s concerns are not taken seriously and they’re forced to endure it alone. This is why we are proud to offer some products that can help, but not cure, female hair loss.
The first step in picking the correct products is to figure out if the hair loss is acute (short-term) or chronic. Pregnancy, taking certain medications, drastic weight loss, surgery and stress are examples of acute causes; once they’re done, the body usually goes back to normal over time. Patients with this type of loss will typically see hair starting to fall out six weeks to three months after the stressful occurrence. (Prevention, 2011) Over-styling is also a reason for hair loss and breakage that is sometimes overlooked because most women do something with their hair every day. Curling irons, flat irons, coloring and blow outs torture the shaft and scalp with repeated insults. Even though this type of hair loss is usually temporary, it’s no less devastating to a person’s self-image.
Chronic hair loss, on the other hand, can be a sign of a more serious underlying cause like lupus or hypothyroidism. Polycystic ovarian syndrome is another chronic condition that delivers a double whammy in the hair department: A woman may notice she’s losing more hair than normal from her head while at the same time developing unwanted hair in other areas! Talk to your doctor about getting a blood workup done to see if you may have a medical reason for your hair loss in order to address it appropriately.
When it comes to treatment, a two prong approach is best. Attacking the problem topically and systemically has been shown to provide good, lasting results. At our office we suggest hair care from Glytone by Ducray. There are three different lines that focus on either chronic or occasional hair loss and are formulated appropriately. Anastim hair lotion concentrate is used for acute patients three times a week. It’s formulated to deliver essential nutrients including biotin and tocopheryl nicotinate to the scalp and follicle bulb to promote stronger, healthier hair. Neoptide hair lotion spray is a daily treatment for chronic loss and is similar to Anastim but it also contains amino acids, vitamin B3 and several botanicals to support weakened hairs. Chronostim Day and Night Hair Lotion Spray features a cosmetically elegant formula designed to address male-pattern baldness without making hair look thin or greasy. It features a 0.3 percent concentration of sabal extract to reduce oiliness in the scalp and lauric acid, which enhances penetration of active ingredients. All three products come in easy-to-apply bottles and contain non-greasy solutions that are massaged into the scalp. To prep the scalp to receive all of this goodness, add Anaphase cream shampoo to the routine; it is a great addition to either the Neoptide or Anastim. Besides all of its nutritional value, it gently cleanses the scalp and leaves hair looking really healthy.
The second step is the addition of Viviscal professional hair growth supplements. These daily supplements were originally developed in Scandinavia to nourish the hair from the inside out by stimulating existing follicles in four stages. Many patients start seeing results in as little as three months! Since hair is made of protein these supplements are full of protein-rich ingredients including amino acids, biotin, and marine proteins. The results and efficacy of these supplements are backed by several clinical studies that can be ” target=”_blank”>found here. One piece of compelling data that came from a 2014 six-month randomized double blind study in women with thinning hair showed a 57 percent increase in terminal hairs at three months and an 80 percent increase after six months using Viviscal Professional!
You may have seen Vivascal at your local drugstore but there is a major difference between Vivascal extra strength and the Professional version… and it’s not just the pink packaging. Because Vivascal Professional has much more of the proprietary blend of marine proteins and several other active ingredients including L-Cystine, L-Methionine, and apple extract, it can boast the above 80 percent increase in terminal hair. The Pro version can only be found at physicians’ offices, salons and clinics. Note that these supplements are not for people who have an allergy to shellfish.
Consistency and patience are crucial when it comes to dealing with any type of hair loss. Six months seems like the optimum amount of time to really see the amazing effects of this combination treatment. This may seem like an eternity but give the products time to really work. Give the office a call and set up a consultation to talk about which plan would work best for your type of hair.
https://www.aad.org/public/skin-hair-nails/hair-care/hair-loss-vs-hair-shedding. (n.d.). Retrieved September 16, 2016, from http://www.aad.org: https://www.aad.org/public/skin-hair-nails/hair-care/hair-loss-vs-hair-shedding
Prevention, W. Y. (2011, April 10). www.abcnews.go.com. Retrieved September 23, 2016, from http://abcnews.go.com/Health/WomensHealth/reasons-losing-hair/story?id=13320129‘
Written By: Sarah Rutherford, PMA.