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Female Hair Loss

When it comes to Women’s Hair Loss, here are some of the most common questions we get from our female clients…

Why Do Women Suffer From Hair Loss?

What Causes Women to Suffer From Hair Loss?

What Does Not Cause Women to Suffer From Hair Loss?

Let’s dig a bit deeper into these concerns…

Does My Age Affect My Hair Loss?

Women’s hair loss and female hair thinning are not a result of aging. Hair loss can be experienced by women at any age, from puberty through to prime life and maturity.

Female hair loss is not normal and you should never accept it as such.

Common Points That Women Think Have Caused Their Hair Loss

  • Female hair loss is not a result of stress only.
  • Female hair loss is not a result of hair colouring or chemical services only.
  • Female hair loss is not a result of health problems only.
  • Female hair loss is not a result of hair styling only.
  • Female hair loss is not a result of oil or scale on your scalp on its own.
  • Female hair loss is not a result of the wrong shampoo and conditioner.
  • Female hair loss is not a result of washing your hair too frequently, or too infrequently.

Women’s hair loss in most cases has a combination of causes which need to be professionally diagnosed immediately upon realization hair loss is occurring.

The occurrence of hair loss in women has steadily increased over the past few decades, and is now thought to occur at least as frequently in the general female population as it does with males.

Age is not a factor in female hair loss, nor is it an acceptable reason or excuse for hair loss.

For most female’s hair loss and hair thinning have a combination of nutritional, medical and genetic causes. This combination makes up the majority of clients.

Females who are aware of their appearance, tend to hide their hair loss better than men. Unfortunately, with female’s lives being so complex: it can sometimes take years for a woman to seek professional advice for their hair loss. The hair thinning is so gradual, with other factors usually being blamed before seeking advice, usually from a doctor. Doctors are medical specialists but are not hair loss specialists.

The sooner you seek professional hair loss advice from a hair specialist the sooner your hair loss problem can be diagnosed correctly, and will be quicker and easier for your hair to return back to normal.

Genetically inherited hair loss in women, termed Female Patterned Thinning (FMPT), is a recessive trait. Meaning you must inherit the FMPT gene from both parents to be genetically predisposed to the hair thinning.

If the genetic inheritance is strong, which you will know by looking at your family background, you may show female pattern thinning without any other causative factors. This is unusual in most women, but if it is happening to you, and you can see a pattern with others in your family, early diagnosis, and preventative measures may be all that is necessary to prevent this type of hair loss affecting you and your generation of family members.

Female pattern thinning is genetically inherited, but is also caused by hormonal and environmental influences that we are all exposed to which triggers the hair thinning.

Conditions

  • Women with PMT symptoms and monthly menstrual cycle problems.
  • Hormonal influences and imbalances.
  • Post-Partum Alopecia (Post pregnancy hair loss)
  • Iron deficiency and Anaemia.
  • Thyroid imbalances and fluctuations.
  • Blood sugar fluctuations and Diabetes.
  • Loose Anagen syndrome-diffuse hair loss.
  • Telogen Effluvim-diffuse hair loss.
  • Menopause.
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

Very important: Hair loss treatment always responds quicker and is more successful the earlier the diagnosis is made.

Female hair loss treatments may include topical applications and Low Level Laser Therapy.

I hope my post has helped you answer some of the quesitons you may have about your own hair loss…

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Hair Loss Causes

[Hair Loss Demystified] What Millions of South African’s Don’t Know About Hair Loss

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Day after day we help men and women of all ages, who suffer from hair loss. In this post I discuss a couple of very important things these people – and millions of others just like them – don’t know (but ought to know) about hair loss

Does Menopause Cause Hair Loss?

Menopause is a natural biological process that all women experience at some point in their lives. During this time, the body goes through numerous physical changes as it adjusts to fluctuating hormone levels. Many women have unpleasant symptoms during menopause, including hot flashes, mood swings, and insomnia. Hair loss is another common occurrence during menopause.

Hair loss tends to be subtler in women than it is in men. Most women experience overall hair thinning rather than noticeable bald spots. The thinning can occur on the front, sides, or top of the head. Hair may also fall out in large clumps during brushing and showering.

Research suggests that hair loss during menopause is the result of a hormonal imbalance. Specifically, it’s related to a lowered production of estrogen and progesterone. These hormones help hair grow faster and stay on the head for longer periods of time.

When the levels of estrogen and progesterone drop, hair grows more slowly and becomes much thinner. A decrease in these hormones also triggers an increase in the production of androgens, or a group of male hormones.

Androgens shrink hair follicles, resulting in hair loss on the head. In some cases, however, these hormones can cause more hair to grow on the face. This is why some menopausal women develop facial “peach fuzz” and small sprouts of hair on the chin.

For women going through menopause, the cause of hair loss is almost always related to hormonal changes. However, there are many other factors that can contribute to hair loss during menopause. These include extremely high levels of stress, illness, or a lack of certain nutrients.

Diagnostic blood tests that can help rule out other causes of hair loss include thyroid tests, and/or a complete blood count.

Hair loss may make you feel self-conscious about your physical appearance, but the condition isn’t permanent.

But don’t despair…

…There are treatments and products you can take and do to treat hair loss and improve the quality of your hair.

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Why is My Hair Falling Out? Why is My Hair Thinning? What’s Causing My Hair To Fall Out?

There is nothing unusual about losing hair — we all shed an average of 100 hairs a day. Most of these, about 80 per cent, are lost when washing or brushing your hair; the rest will simply drift away throughout the day.

This will not affect your hair’s overall appearance because it is only a tiny percentage of the hairs on your head — as adults, we start out with up to 150,000. And importantly, more hairs are growing than are being shed.

However, millions of South African’s suffer from excessive hair loss, or alopecia, where they shed hair faster than it’s replaced or stop producing it altogether.

Poor nutrition is another potential contributing factor. There is research indicating that low levels of iron, vitamin D, some B vitamins and zinc are linked to hair loss. While typically not the main cause of your thinning mane, nutrient or vitamin deficiencies can make the problem worse, he says. Fixing your diet or taking supplements can help, but it’s often just one part of a multifaceted solution.

If clumps come out when you shower or you notice thinning in just a few weeks or months, you’re more likely dealing with another common condition called acute telogen effluvium. This rapid hair loss is basically a short-term ramping up of your hair’s normal shedding process.

Any event that puts a lot of stress on your body—like childbirth, surgery or rapid weight loss—can result in this alarming, clumpy hair loss, which tends to start a couple months after the event. The shedding can last for six months and may result in your losing up to 70% of your hair. But typically the hair can grow back.

More good advice…

Stay away from “miracle” cures marketed online or in late-night TV infomercials. They’re not the answer. Hair loss is such an emotionally charged experience and when you’re really upset, you’re willing to try anything.”

Time spent experimenting with different over-the-counter or infomercial products is often time (and money) wasted.

Does Dry Scalp Cause Hair Loss? Why is My Scalp Itchy?

Hair loss is usually caused by problems with the natural hair cycle, but it may also be linked to your scalp health.
One trigger is scalp ringworm, a fungal infection usually passed on by towels, brushes or sheets, which can cause scaly, bald patches.

Psoriasis, an inflammatory skin condition that leads to scaly, itchy plaques, can also cause hair loss.
It is treated with descaling preparations or occasionally coal tar, with steroids to reduce inflammation.

Though they don’t cause hair loss, conditions such as eczema and dermatitis can lead to the hair breaking because they irritate the scalp, prompting scratching.

The first thing to do is to identify any allergic cause — perhaps a preservative or fragrance in a hair product — and remove it.

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What Are These Bald Patches On My Head? What Causes These Bald Patches?

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Random bald spots on the scalp (or body) are known as alopecia areata. This is an auto-immune problem where the immune system attacks the hair follicle, causing inflammation and stopping the hair growth cycle.

The skin in these patches looks normal (unlike with scalp ringworm), though some patients report a tingling sensation. Alopecia areata affects up to 2 per cent of adults, typically those aged 15 to 29.

With diffuse alopecia areata, hair is shed all over the scalp, which is why it’s often confused with telogen effluvium, but it’s patchier. In some cases, the whole head is affected (alopecia totalis) and sometimes even the body (alopecia universalis).

Possible Causes: These forms of hair loss are thought to have a genetic link, and 20 per cent of those affected have a family history. It’s also associated with other auto-immune conditions, such as eczema and dermatitis.

Does An Over Active (Or Under Active) Thyroid Cause Hair Loss?

Thyroid disease causes your thyroid hormone levels to drop off or rise to unhealthy levels – and one possible effect of this imbalance is hair loss.

Hair loss is a common side effect of thyroid disease, but it’s not a permanent problem as long as you get the treatment you need.

How Do Thyroid Hormones Cause Hair Loss?
Your hair follicles follow a natural cycle of hair growth and resting phases. At any given time, most of your hair is growing while only a small portion of it is resting. But when changes in the body throw off that cycle, too much hair rests at one time and not enough grows, resulting in excessive hair loss, thinning hair, or balding.

Many medical conditions can cause hair loss, with thyroid disease a common culprit. Thyroid problems include both an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) and an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism). Because hair growth depends on the proper functioning of the thyroid gland, abnormal levels of thyroid hormone produced by this gland can result in hair changes, along with many other side effects, if left untreated.

When there is too much thyroid hormone, the hair on your head can become fine, with thinning hair all over the scalp. When there is too little of this hormone, there can be hair loss, not just on the scalp, but also anywhere on the body

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Why Am I Losing Hair After Child Birth or During Pregancy?

Telogen effluvium is the excessive shedding of hair that occurs one to five months following pregnancy. This is not uncommon, as it affects somewhere between 40 to 50% of women; but like most changes during pregnancy, it is temporary.

Is there abnormal hair loss during pregnancy?

Hair loss that is connected to pregnancy usually occurs after delivery. During pregnancy, an increased number of hairs go into the resting phase, which is part of the normal hair loss cycle.

This condition is not serious enough to cause bald spots or permanent hair loss, and it should begin to diminish within 3-4 months after delivery. If you feel that you are experiencing unusual hair loss while you are pregnant, this may be due to a vitamin or mineral deficiency.

Hair loss can be triggered by anything that involves a change in the estrogen hormone balance in your system.

So, there you have it….

You now have a better understanding of some of the causes of hair loss, than most other people. I hope you found the information I shared in this post helpful…

 

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DHT and Hairloss

DHT and Hairloss

Dihydrotestosterone, also known as DHT, causes 95% of all hair loss.

What I will be covering in this post…

What is DHT?
What Causes DHT?
How Do I Get Rid of DHT?
What Does DHT Do?

DHT reduces hair follicles by shortening the Anagen phase and/or lengthening the Telogen phase. This causes the hair follicles to slowly shrink and die. The final result is an increased number of thin and fine hairs which are barely visible above the scalp.

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For strong and healthy hair growth, DHT inhibiting is required once an increased amount of hair loss has occurred.

The association of DHT with androgen receptors in the scalp, skin and hair follicles appears to cause male and female baldness.

The sebaceous oil building up causes sebum. Sebum is collected in the hair follicle and becomes hard, causing a sebum plug that affects hair growth. This, compounded with existing weak hair, causes further reduction in hair growth.

However, there is good news…

Even with thinning or fine hairs, there is still life in the hair follicle and it can be repaired with a proven course of our Low Level Laser Therapy. This will provide your hair with proper nutrition, DHT blocking and good scalp hygiene.

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Effects of DHT

Hair is made in hair follicles which are like tiny pouches just under the skin surface. A hair normally grows from each follicle for about 3years. It is then shed and a new hair grows from the follicle.

This cycle of hair growth, shedding and new growth goes on throughout life.

The following occurs…

  • Affected hair follicles on the scalp gradually become smaller than normal.
  • As the follicle shrinks, each new hair is thinner than the previous one.
  • Before falling out, each new hair grows for much less time than the normal three years.
  • Eventually, all that remains is a much smaller hair follicle and a thin stump of hair that does not grow out to the skin surface.
  • Male hormones cause these changes. The level of the main male hormone, testosterone, is normal in men with baldness. Hair follicles convert testosterone into another hormone called dihydrotestosterone. Affected hair follicles become more sensitive to dihydrotestosterone, which causes the hair follicles to shrink. It is not clear why different follicles are affected at different times to make the balding process gradual.

Remember, DHT can be treated. If you are concerned about your hair loss, you need to take action  before it is too late.

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Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania (“Trich”) – How We Can Help

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What is Trichotillomania? & What is compulsive hair pulling?

Trichotillomania commonly known as “Trich”, is a disorder that causes people to pull out the hair from their scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows, pubic areas, underarms, beard, chest, legs or other parts of the body, resulting in noticeable bald patches.

What causes Trich?

The cause of Trich is not known. Research into the causes and treatments of Trich is still in the early stages. Preliminary evidence indicates Trich is a neuro-biological disorder and that genetics may play a role in its development.

When and why do people pull?

We do know that people with Trich generally have a neurologically based predisposition to pull their hair as a self-soothing mechanism. The pulling behavior serves as a coping mechanism for anxiety and other difficult emotions. It does not hurt and they are not trying to damage themselves. The average age of onset is 11, but Trich can be found in children as young as 1 year old.

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For some, at times the urge may be so strong that it makes thinking of anything else nearly impossible.
Trich occurs in people who are happy and well-adjusted and may also occur in times of stress, anxiety, trauma or emotional disturbance. Depression is very common in people with Trich..

What treatments do we offer for Trich?

At Hair Renewal Studio’s we treat a wide age range of clients suffering from Trich. The four images below illustrate how we we helped one of our trichotillomania clients recently.

The first two are “before” images that show the the extent of the hair loss caused by her “pulling”…

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And…

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The following two images show how great the client looks after we replaced her hair..

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And finally…

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Depending on the severity of the “hair pulling” we can recommend treatments for you or one of your loved ones.

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Hair Loss and Self-Esteem

[Hair Loss Breakthrough] Get Back Your Confidence – Even If You’ve Lost Your Hair

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Let’s get real  I think no one, given the choice, would want to lose their hair. Our hair is our crowning glory and the emotional aspects of living with hair loss whether male or female can be challenging.

For some they discover their hair loss over night for others they have been noticing it for weeks, months, or years. Regardless…

The discovery of hair loss is a stressful experience for both sexes, but substantially more distressing for women as they can’t exactly just “shave it off.”

Despite it being the 21st Century, throughout the course of history, attitudes towards baldness have been overwhelmingly negative…

Living with alopecia can be difficult in a culture that views hair as a sign of youth and good health.

Unfortunately doctors still fail to accept hair loss as an important medical problem and ignore the real distress suffered by a significant proportion of those affected.

It is not my intention to mock, depress or hit someone’s sore spot, at Hair Renewal Studios, we like to be honest and give real facts to all those (hairy and not so hairy)

We consult with clients every day, who confide in us about how their hair loss is affecting their lives and their self-confidence.

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Ok, so let’s go ahead and take a closer look at some of the most common questions and concerns our clients raise during their consultations…

Does Hair Loss Affect How Old I Look?

Without a doubt hair loss causes both men and women to look older. Hair loss dramatically signals the end of youth, vitality and desirability. No one wants to put years on top of their age and most people feel highly offended when others guess them to be older based on their appearance.

How Do You Style Thinning Hair?

In a lot of cases it’s your hairdresser (that you visit on a monthly basis) who notices your hair starting to thin, as it becomes harder for her to cut and style your hair in a way for it to appear thicker and fuller. This becomes extremely frustrating for you as you battle to camouflage your thinning hair and the inability to style the hair as you would like.

Lots of men end up wearing caps on a regular basis, or end up over loading their hair with hair fibers to stop their scalp from showing.

Will I Still Be Satisfied With My Appearance and Body-Image?

Different hair loss patterns can affect a person’s appearance differently. The loss of the hairline can change a person’s appearance substantially; we refer to this as a “Receder”.

Hair loss changes the appearance of the face by shifting the balance of the face to the forehead, resulting in an aged appearance.

A study revealed that men who had more profound hair loss were more dissatisfied with their appearance and were more concerned with their older look  than those with minimal hair loss.

The research also indicates that women tend to be more upset than men by their hair loss and no longer feel beautiful and worthy.

In fact, it has been scientifically proven through studies that women tend to suffer more emotionally and psychologically than men on losing hair, they tend to feel insecure about their appearance and how the world and the people around them will accept them.

In so saying, we now live in a new Metrosexual age where men are becoming a lot more concerned with  how they look and keeping up with the trends and creating a social status and image for themselves whether it be in their community, workplace or lifestyle.

Will Hair Loss Give You a Low Self-Esteem?

Physical beauty is one of the cornerstones of self-esteem and it is one of the most vulnerable. The self-esteem levels and other measures of self-worth drop significantly when hair loss occurs.

The fear of not feeling attractive to others or not being able to find your significant other?

Upon meeting someone, one of the first things that impresses on a person is their hair and face. Hair is an important part of physical attractiveness and a mean of expressing individuality. Hair loss affects our feelings and attractiveness.

When a person feels insecure about their hair, they tend to during a conversation or eye contact with a person, keep on touching their hair and become extremely vulnerable and uncomfortable trying not for the person to notice their thinning hair when in fact they only drawing more attention to what is bothering them.

For balding women, it is hard to live in a society especially in certain cultures that places great value on youthful appearance and attractiveness.

As we know women are famous for faffing hours on end grooming, dying, curling, and styling their hair to make it look its best, when they begin to lose their hair, it is extremely traumatic.

Will I Feel Embarrassed?

Studies prove that 75% of men feel less confident since the onset of their hair loss, especially in dealing with the opposite sex.

Women suffering from hair loss can feel extremely embarrassed when people associate them as having something “wrong” with them or thinking they “sick” and can become gossiped  about in their community or family.

When hair loss reaches a stage of visible condition it can make the person the object of teasing or scorn.

Studies show that 60% of men are teased about their hair loss at some point in their lives.

Will I Become Depressed?

People can really handle their hair loss status negatively to a point where they become highly distressed about it, up to the point of depression and even obsession.

They see it as something they have no control over, and become extremely anxious.

Those suffering from hair loss can also experience feelings of jealousy of men or women with full healthy heads of hair because they so desperately want what they have.

Will Hair Loss Affect My Work?

Over the years one of the biggest concerns is how will your hair loss affect you in your…

  • Career
  • Promotions
  • Job interviews
  • Work environment, and
  • Relationships with work colleagues.

The reality is that hair loss does impact the self-confidence people have in themselves and their chances of obtaining new employment.

Depending on what type of job you have, hair loss could have a devastating professional impact on a person’s progression in their career, especially if you need to be dealing one on one with clients, or in the public eye, in front of a camera, a lecturer, teacher, the list goes on and on.

In a recent study 43% of employers asked about men’s hair loss and its impact on job acceptance stated that they would not hire employees with hair loss for customer service positions and 26% would not want employees with male/female patterned baldness to represent their companies or attend important meetings.

I know, It sounds crazy, but this is what we face in today’s society, where many are quick to stereotype.

Social Environments?

Hair loss generally causes the person to limit social activities, some people avoid seeing friends and family and stop going out except for work and situations they can’t avoid.

People make up any silly excuse to not put themselves amongst people who might judge them, make a comment about their hair or make them feel uncomfortable. Nobody wants to be an introvert but sometimes “hiding” is the only way of not having to deal with their hair issues.

Surveys have shown that 40% of women with alopecia have had marital problems, and around 63% claimed to have career related problems.

Men go to gym to feel great about their bodies and to build their physique but then still have to look in the mirror at their thinning hair line, so despite how good they may look they never truly feel fully satisfied.

Another coping method is for men to grow a beard, moustache or a goatee as a new “accessory” to draw attention to what’s happening on their face and not what’s missing on top of their head.

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What Does The Media Portray As Normal?

In a world driven by media influence, a man’s sexuality, appearance, and confidence are constantly reinforced by images in print, on television, and in the movies, especially when it comes to male patterned baldness.

Society and culture are setting the trends and dictate the way we look and think about hair. And for centuries it has been seen as a silent interpretation of a man or women’s life force, mentally, physically, and sexually.

Men with long, untamed hair are seen as wild, raw, and unpredictable (Johnny Depp), while men with short hair are thought to be sophisticated and intelligent(think of the “Suit’s” TV Series)

To sum it all up…

You can throw a pity party and stomp your feet and complain about how unfair your hair loss is, but life is not fair, we all have been dealt challenges…

Whether your hair loss is caused by genetics, aging or androgens, it has no doubt affected your behaviours, attitudes, and expectations towards yourself and in life due to the impact it has on self-esteem.

Sufficient studies and surveys have been done to prove how hair loss can negatively affect many aspects in your life.

The naked truth is you only get ONE first impression and you need to make it count, and the only way you going to do that is with a full head of hair backing you up.

This is the 21st Century where no man or woman can afford to let their self-image deteriorate and expect people to not judge you. The sad fact is our image is what defines us and how the world sees us.

We are all trying to drink from the same fountain of youth and look our best for as long as possible.

Despite the ever-growing market of pills, creams, and promises that often leave you feeling more depressed and let down than when you began, there are very effective hair loss treatments ,that will provide you with the self-esteem boost you are looking for.

Depending on what your hair status is, we have a solution for everyone.

At the end of the day it is about you facing reality and coming to terms with how you really feel about your hair loss.

Don’t stay hidden in the shadows take control, make the change and do something today that your future-self will thank you for.

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