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Hair Sunscreen and Other Ingenious Ways to Battle Thinning Hair
by Angela Santoriello
We have more control over hair loss than we think.
And that gives back power to both genders tirelessly fighting thinning scalps.
From wearing sunhats to avoiding crash diets, Yahoo Health reports many ways to battle balding and the necessary steps to keep your hair and the confidence. According to the article, it is not just the skin that has to be safeguarded from the sun, noting UV rays “also damage the structure of hair follicles, making hair more fragile and likely to break off and fall out.” Wearing a sunhat, or simply spraying on some hair sunscreen (Yes, there is actually is such a thing), on the scalp before going outside protects hair from harmful rays.
And then there is the issue of a balanced diet or the lack thereof. We read so often how certain supplements strengthen and grow hair, but not much is said about how losing said nutrients can suddenly cause thinning. “If you’ve dropped more than 15 pounds, the dramatic change in weight can be a shock to the system, triggering hair loss,” reports Yahoo, adding it is not necessarily sudden and most often individuals do not notice loss up to six months after dieting.
Now take that notion to the next level and instead of losing 15 pounds over time, imagine shedding it in less than two weeks. Crash diets are directly related to hair loss, according to the Anthony Oro, MD, PhD, professor of dermatology at Stanford School of Medicine. “Nutrients that allow the hair to grow are sensed by stem cells [in the hair follicle],” said Oro. “These stem cells are surrounded by little fat cells that monitor the energy and metabolism of your body. If the nutrients are not there, they shut down [hair] production.” Then there is too much of a good thing, like an abundance of Vitamin A actually causing hair loss.
While some factors are in your control, others are not, and when genetics shows no mercy, it is time to see a professional. “Your dermatologist can do a thorough exam and, if female pattern baldness is diagnosed, recommend medication such as topical minoxidil to stop hair loss from progressing,” reports Yahoo.
Though it may not be genetics or specific DNA, hormones wrecking havoc also takes a terrible toll on tresses. “Hormonal changes and imbalances can cause temporary hair loss,” reports the Mayo Clinic. “This could be due to pregnancy, childbirth, discontinuation of birth control pills or the onset of menopause.
Moving from internal to external reasons, constant worry is a hair loss culprit. “Yes, stress and hair loss are related,” said Dr. Daniel K Hall-Flavin to the Mayo Clinic, adding there are three. All a bit hard to pronounce—telogen effluvium, trichotillomanioa and alopecia areata—the three conditions will cause more hair loss than the average 50 to 100 strands daily.
“Stress and hair loss don’t have to be permanent,” reports Hall-Flavin to the clinic. “If you get your stress under control, your hair might grow back.”
The last two reasons to a thinning crown are tight ponytails and autoimmune disease. Bottom-line, pulling hair to the top of head tightly causes traction alopecia. As aforementioned, alopecia areata is tied to autoimmune disorders that cause hair loss. If the scalp itches and burns as hair thins, see a dermatologist to test for the cause so a respective topical medication can be recommended.
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