Anyone can be confident with a full head of hair. But a confident bald man - there's your diamond in the rough - Larry David
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"It's very disheartening to realize that the great mass of hair you once had has now taken a grand bow. Why are more women now experiencing the plight of hair loss when many thought this problem only afflicted men?
"Startling" is the correct word to describe this dilemma. The question one must ask is"why?" There can be countless reasons why women are experiencing this disheartening challenge. As a hairstylist that has seen a vast array of clients, this experience has afforded me the opportunity to study personal clients and compile information to share. Some of the data has been gathered from my own personal experiences, having shed a few involuntary locks myself. There isn't always a clear reason, let alone a solution.
We are living in a world where the rigorous demands of life today, far surpass the demands of yesterday. Emotional stress brought on through the workplace, raising a family coupled with caring for aging parents, grief, depression, prescription and nonprescription drugs, hormonal changes, pregnancies, are only fragmented answers as to how everyday living can impact the health of our hair.
If any one of the examples mentioned above contributes to the cause of your hair loss, there are remedies such as vitamins and improving your diet that can help. Adding Omega-3 fatty acid, dark leafy greens that provide calcium and iron in addition to foods that are good sources of vitamins A and C, can help you get back to healthier hair.
There are also the self inflicting traumas to the hair that we have complete control over which can contribute to the disappearing act of ones coif. Binging diets often rob our bodies of the necessary nutrients that keep our tresses strong. The old wives' tale that braiding keeps your hair healthy is not completely true. Corn rolls, when braided extremely tight over an extended period of time, will affect the density of the hair and can severely damage the hairline. This can cause possible permanent hair loss.
Despite the fact that wigs and hairpieces can help camouflage the problems of thin hair, they can also be contributing factors for thinning or severe hair loss. An improper foundation that would support hairpieces and wigs can cause loss of hair especially when worn continually. When attaching either wigs or hairpieces, make sure you are putting the least amount of stress on your hair. If you're using keratin treatments or other straightening agents, try having your stylist apply the product only where it is most needed. This procedure will help keep the fullness in your hair while obtaining some management and control.
Some women do have naturally thin hair. The remedies mentioned above will not transform naturally thin hair into thick hair, but they will enhance the health of it. Just because your hair is naturally thin, doesn't mean you can't have great style. There are haircuts that complement thin hair. Minimizing the length and wearing shorter cuts, will give you the appearance of having much thicker hair. Bobs or pixie cuts can work magic on heads challenged with less density.
Take heed but do not feel hopeless. The beauty industry and medical world are constantly discovering new ways to help combat this problem. Know that you're not alone. More women suffer from this than you realize. Be proactive. If you're beyond helping yourself with the suggested remedies, talk to your doctor. Everyday researchers are finding new treatments to help many of those affected by thinning hair. I hope in time this unnerving plight will be a dilemma of the past, as we continue to move forward with many new discoveries." Source: Janet Zeitoun, Thin May be In- But Not in the Hair World, The Blog, Huffington Post, July 5, 2012.
So, what about hair transplantation?
"While hair transplantation has been a well-accepted procedure for decades, scientific and technical advances have helped hair restoration surgeons create a new era of consistent, safe, effective, and-most importantly, natural-looking results.
The obvious-looking 'plug-type' transplants of the past have been replaced with living and growing results that truly defy detection. Microsurgical techniques and instrumentation, and artistic appreciation of how hair naturally grows, has led to these advances.
The identification of naturally-occurring follicular-units (groups of mostly one, two or three follicles) in the skin, and the ability to successfully transplant literally thousands of these groupings during large sessions of transplantation, allows for the restoration of hair in the vast majority of men and women who suffer from hereditary hair loss."
Source: International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.
The Unpredictable Genetics Of Male-Pattern Baldness
If there is any consolation for men (or at least, heterosexual men) distressed about hair loss, if it was a phenotype that was repulsive to females, the gene variants would have been weeded out a long time ago, by sexual selection. Many of us find bald heads very manly and attractive.
Thin May Be In -- But Not in the Hair World!
It's very disheartening to realize that the great mass of hair you once had has now taken a grand bow. Why are more women now experiencing the plight of hair loss when many thought this problem only afflicted men?
Since 2005 the group has helped many people, men, women and children living with alopecia and hair loss, as well as their families and friends who may not be experiencing the condition first hand but want to support their friends and loved ones.
Alopecia Help and Advice Scotland
Alopecia Help and Advice (Scotland) is a locally based charity setting out to help people suffering from Alopecia Areata. We aim to help sufferers and their families with support and information on this medical condition. We also have a longer term aim to contribute to research into the condition.
AlopeciaOnline.com is an established website for alopecians, and their supporters.
The site features:
- a section for alopecia areata treatments and products
- a page featuring famous and accomplished alopecians
- an area with alopecia and wig/hair-extension videos
- dedicated areas for kids and for teens, news and research updates
- a calendar listing-alopecia events, fundraisers, and support group meetings and so much more!
Alopecia UK is the largest charity in the UK supporting people with all types of alopecia. We provide information, advice and support for people who experience alopecia.
Alopecia World is an online community for anyone that faces hair loss. It’s a good place to share, chat and discuss about anything alopecia. Just launched in 2008 the site has a commendable amount of regulars and it’s a place to share your pictures, blogs and videos. The site is a social media very much like facebook for people with hair loss. So if you need someone to share your thoughts, you know where to go.
Alternative Medicine and Alopecia Areata
Currently, there is no cure for alopecia areata.
There are also no medications approved for its treatment. Common coping strategies for alopecia areata include use of sunscreen to shield exposed areas from sun damage, as well as counseling to deal with the emotional challenges of living with hair loss.
American Hair Loss Association
The American Hair Loss Association is committed to educating and improving the lives of all those affected by hair loss. It is our goal to create public awareness of this devastating disease of the spirit, and to legitimize hair loss of all forms in the eyes of our medical community, the media and society as a whole.
Angel Hair Foundation
Our goal is to give the gift of feeling ordinary back to families in crisis. For weeks and months, children struggle to hold onto who they were before their cancer or medical condition. Even on good days, a glance of their reflection reminds them: things are different. So, when a child cautiously picks up the mirror and sees her Angel Hair System for the first time, she doesn’t see just a hairpiece.
Bald Girls Do Lunch
Imagine within just weeks losing every bit of hair... all over. It's unpredictable and it happens. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune skin disease that can have a devastating affect on self-image, especially women's. Bald Girls Do Lunch is the only nonprofit created specifically to help women cope, gain confidence and feel a sense of community.
Bald Truth Talk
Welcome to the Bald Truth Talk - Hair Loss, Hair Transplant and Hair Restoration Community.
You are not alone with alopecia, within BeBold there is a amazing support network who are here to help. Whilst we do not have any answers to cure this condition there is a plethora of information and resources to help you. BeBold provides events aimed to build support, self esteem and confidence.
Children With Hair Loss
Children With Hair Loss was created as a resource for ALL CHILDREN who have medically-related hair loss. It is our mission to empower these children to become whole again by making hair replacement available to those who may be financially challenged and might otherwise not have a means of obtaining the hair they want and need.
Cicatricial Alopecia Research Foundation
CARF was formed as a result of one person's experience with scarring alopecia (cicatricial means scarring). When the patient realized that little is known about such disorders, she decided, with the help of her doctor, to initiate a grassroots effort to raise funds to study these problems. This website has been created to provide information about the cicatricial alopecias for patients, their families and physicians, as well as the public.
This web site is designed to provide information to those who are experiencing hair loss.
It has sections which cover the most common types of hair loss but has a special focus on androgenetic alopecia or pattern baldness.
Losing your hair? - Learn about all types of hair loss treatments ranging from hair transplants, hair loss products and non surgical hair restoration techniques.
Hats, turbans and wigs for hair loss. For cancer, chemotherapy, alopecia, trichotillomania and other medical patients.
For young people with Alopecia from Alopecia UK.
I'm a Kid Foundation
I'm a Kid Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization devoted to supporting children with medically related hair loss due to cancer, alopecia, AIDS, or other ailments.
International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery is the leading authority on hair loss treatment and restoration...We are dedicated to promoting the highest standards of medical practice and medical ethics. The ISHRS also provides continuing education to physicians specializing in hair transplant surgery and is committed to providing the latest information on medical and surgical treatments for hair loss to the general public.
While not a life threatening condition, Alopecia areata is nevertheless serious because of the psychologically and sociologically devastating effects the hair loss can have on the victim
Locks of Love
Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.
Male Baldness: Common Causes Of Hair Loss
As men age, they're most likely to notice it on their heads first. Hair loss affects 20 per cent of men in their 20s, 30 per cent of men in their 30s and so on, according to hair expert Dr. Alan Bauman of Bauman Medical Group in Florida.
National Alopecia Areata Foundation
The National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF), is a 501(c) organization (Federal Tax ID is 94-2780249). Headquartered in San Rafael, CA, NAAF supports research to find a cure or acceptable treatment for alopecia areata, supports those with the disease, and educates the public about alopecia areata.
Welcome to Regrowth, the most trusted hair loss resource center and support community for over 15 years!
Surviving-Hairloss.com is one of the web’s premier community hair loss site where its main focus is simple, to help people facing hair loss. Learn the truth about hair loss and the conditions causing it and various hair loss treatments, ways to prevent hair loss and communicate with other hair loss sufferers from all around the world. - See more at: http://www.surviving-hairloss.com/alopecia_areata_support.html#sthash.KzUaTojt.dpuf
Wigs for Kids
Wigs for Kids is a cooperative effort among Certified Cosmetic Therapists throughout North America who share a common goal. "Children shouldn't have to worry about how they look, especially when they're in the middle of a health crisis," says Jeffrey Paul. "We want to give these kids the opportunity to feel good about themselves again."
Full or partial hair loss can cause social trauma and lower self-esteem about one's appearance and it can be embarrassing for both men and women. Whether hair loss is caused by genetics or other external reasons, there are many treatments and solutions available to help prevent and stop hair loss or improve your hair's overall appearance.
Men, especially older men, are the ones who are most likely to lose their hair. This kind of hair loss is called androgenetic (say: an-dro-jeh-neh-tik) alopecia, also known as male-pattern baldness. It's the most common type of hair loss and it doesn't affect kids. This type of baldness runs in families and happens when people get older. So why do some kids lose their hair? A kid's hair may fall out if he or she uses harsh chemicals to dye, bleach, straighten, or perm the hair. Even drying hair with very high heat can hurt it and cause it to fall out.
Hair loss (alopecia) can affect just your scalp or your entire body. It can be the result of heredity, certain medications or an underlying medical condition. Anyone – men, women and children – can experience hair loss.