Hair Loss

A hair in the head is worth two in the brush - Oliver Herford

Hair Loss

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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.

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