Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Huffington Post: What Women Can Do To Treat Hair Loss

A few months ago, I was asked to discuss hair loss treatments for women with O, Magazine, in case you missed the article, Huffington Post posted a summary of the discussion on their site this week, you can read it here

About female hair loss: 

  • More than half of all women over 40 experience hair loss.
  • Women can inherit a ‘hair loss gene,’ just like men.
  • Hair loss occurs differently in women than in men - i.e., “thinning.”
  • Iron and protein deficiencies are among the most common nutritional triggers for unhealthy hair, while vitamins, especially B, are important to the overall health of your hair and preventing hair loss and thinning. 
  • Female hair loss can be caused by hormonal changes, age, medications, genes, bad health, etc. It can also be a sign of a more serious illness like anemia, diabetes, autoimmune disease, or a thyroid condition, among others. 
  • There are special treatments for women: Rogaine For Women, laser therapy, vitamin supplements, micro-surgical hair transplants and even Latisse (the Brooke Shields eyelash drug).
  • A new genetic test can predict a woman’s risk of hair loss so they can begin preventative treatments early.
  • Chemicals like bleaches and dyes fundamentally change the structure of your hair, making it weaker. so if you dye your hair and then use flat irons or blow dryers, you're at much higher risk of breakage and unhealthy looking hair. 
  • Hair extensions and weaves are extremely harmful to the hair follicles. Because they add extra weight and pull on the hair strands, they can cause permanent damage - including a type of baldness called 'traction alopecia.'

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