LET'S TALK ABOUT WOMEN'S HAIR LOSS
If you have suffered or are suffering from hair loss, you certainly are not alone.
When it comes to hair loss, the statistics are astounding. For every four women, at least one is experiencing some thinning or loss of hair- and according to statistics, that number is quickly approaching three to one. If you are not that one, you probably know someone who is.
It happens to all ages. Pictured is the thinning hair
of a 17 year old female.
The physical need that our hair provides is a protective covering for our head, but the emotional part of it goes much deeper. I heard once that hair is not only connected to the root, but it is connected to our soul. It is an outward expression of our inner self. When a woman is upset about losing her hair, one of the first things she will say is “I never realized how vain I was!” Yet, vanity is an excessive pride in one’s appearance. I don’t believe hair -or hair loss- has anything to do with vanity. I believe it has to do with a fear of being treated differently… of being sympathized.
"Our hair is a part of us from birth, like any other body part, and losing it can be understandably devastating."
Hair grows from follicles on our head, which need to be cared for and nourished. We only get one set and when they’re gone, they’re gone forever. Often, we can be causing damage without even knowing until it is too late. The best way to care for our hair follicles goes hand-in-hand with caring for our bodies. For healthy hair follicles, it is important to be eating a well-balanced diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables and proteins. In addition to a healthy diet, it is important to make sure that you are using hair products that are water soluble- meaning it is dissolved within water. Non-soluble products contain silicones that cannot be penetrated by water, usually resulting in a build-up of waxy residue on your hair and scalp. This residue, along with everyday sebum and pollution, may cause our follicles to become congested, resulting in hair that is miniaturized. Once this occurs, the follicles will become completely clogged which blocks hair from growing.
Once hair stops growing, the follicle will die off and scar over… never to return.
A congested scalp.
A scalp after an exfoliation treatment
Another common way we damage our follicles is by applying a constant force, usually by wearing our hair pulled too tightly into ponytails and braids- or by improper placement of hair extensions or clips. All of these could cause a condition known as Traction Alopecia, which could cause permanent scarring and hair loss if left unaddressed.
Occasionally, hair loss can be occurring due to an imbalance in our system, which may be temporary and growth usually returns within a few months- once balance is restored. Some of the things which cause imbalances are excessive stress (but, who has that?), trauma such as a hospital stay or loss of a loved one, hormonal fluctuations (primarily estrogen), menopause, change in birth control, thyroid dysfunction, deficiencies in iron, protein, or Vitamin B, sudden weight loss, chemotherapy, autoimmune disorders (such as celiac)- the list goes on and on.
Hair loss causes can range from temporary to more permanent.
Regardless of the cause,
there are ways to camouflage or add more hair.
Sometimes, the underlying root of hair loss can be due to conditions that may cause more serious, long term or permanent damage. These conditions may be certain types of alopecia, lupus, trichotillomania, and female pattern baldness. When dealing with conditions like these, we are usually dealing with a genetic or hormonal (or both) factors. Even though these conditions are more long term, there are ways to camouflage or add more hair. This is just a partial list of the most common reasons for hair loss. Whether you have an imbalance, chronic condition, or simply want to prevent or slow down hair loss, there are solutions.
If you are suffering from hair loss and have been told that there is nothing that can be done for your situation, please know that there are options available and we are here to help.
We offer private consultations with our hair loss experts to help guide you towards the right treatment options, depending on your own unique situation.
Our specialists have been trained (and would love) to help restore confidence and normalcy
in your everyday life.