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Dealing with Hair Loss

by Jane Meggitt

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about hair loss and how to treat it, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

Hair loss is devastating, but it’s not the end of the world. In fact, it may not prove the end of your attractive head of hair. It’s crucial to find out why you are losing hair as soon as you start noticing substantial thinning. Once there’s a diagnosis, so to speak, you can start working towards a cure, or at least develop a treatment plan.

Early Signs of Hair Loss in Women

Early hair loss is less obvious in females than in males. “Less obvious” means you’ll notice it long before anyone else realizes your hair is thinning. Early warning signs include hair part widening, or a sunburn on your part. If you often tie your hair back, clips that suddenly become undone or ties that become loose may indicate thinner hair. It’s also important to know how much shedding is normal. Everyone loses hair daily, but if you don’t know how much you ordinarily lose, you won’t notice a big increase right away. Although you don’t need to count every strand on your hairbrush after a regular brushing, you should have a good idea of the normal amount. When in doubt, take a photo and continue to do so every two weeks for a few months to see if you can notice an increase in shed hairs.

Is It Genetic?

You shouldn’t need a DNA test to know whether or not your hair loss is genetic, unless you were adopted. Male pattern baldness is better known than female pattern baldness, but both types of hair loss are hereditary. If your parents or other close relatives suffered from hair loss, there’s a good chance that’s what causing your balding situation. It is important to distinguish whether hair loss is genetic or not, because diet, supplements and other hair growth stimulants aren’t going to make much difference. If you’re confident your hair loss is genetic, try FDA-approved minoxidil to help with hair regrowth. It’s sold under the brand name Rogaine and generically. Another option, or a complementary therapy, involves lasers, which stimulates hair growth. You should visit your dermatologist to ensure you receive a proper diagnosis.

Avoid Heat and Chemicals

Stopping practices leading to hair loss can literally save your scalp. Avoid using harsh dyes or overdyeing your tresses. Keep chemicals on your hair to a minimum, and that includes perms and straighteners. Heat is another major source of damage, and it goes beyond using heat styling. If possible, don’t blow dry your hair, and if that’s not possible, keep the settings as low as you can. Don’t wear tight hairstyles, such as buns, cornrows, braids and taut ponytails. Tension alopecia, as it is known, causes hair loss. If that means a new look, so be it. Talk to your hairdresser about ways to disguise your thinning locks. You can create a whole new look, with much healthier hair in the long run.

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