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20 March 2015
Best Treatments for Hair Thinning in Women
When you brush your hair and notice strands breaking off and ending up on your hairbrush, it can be a frightening experience. Although you might think that hair loss happens to women in the menopausal age (usually 45 and up), thinning hair can also strike younger women. But there is a resolution – here are some of the most efficient treatments for thinning hair.
If you’re losing about 50 to 100 strands of hair every day, that’s normal so don’t worry. Anything more can be a cause for concern, however. In order to understand how hair grows and why it thins, we need to look at its cycle.
There are three hair phases in its cycle: the anagen phase, the catagen phase, and the telogen phase. Most of your hair is in its anagen or growth phase, and some can stay in it for two to eight years. When hair moves into the catagen (transition) phase, this can be for up to three weeks and it is characterized by the hair follicle shrinking. During the telogen phase, hair rests for about two to four months. If you are experiencing hair thinning, then your hair growth cycle isn’t flowing and something has disrupted it.
What Causes Hair Thinning?
There are various reasons why women experience the obstruction to hair growth.
Hair loss could be hereditary or caused by female hormones, such as when women go through menopause. During this time, the androgen hormone is activated, shrinking hair follicles. The correct menopause treatments can help to alleviate hair thinning.
Really heavy stress, such as what you experience after a traumatic event, can jolt the hair cycle so that it has to reprogram itself. However, it’s important to note that physical stress, such as experiencing an injury or even dramatic weight loss, causes more harm to the hair cycle than emotional stress. It’s good to know that in these cases, hair grows back on its own when your body recovers.
Lack of nutrition can cause hair to stop growing properly, such as if your body isn’t getting enough protein. If you’re on a strict diet, this can also be the culprit of thinning hair.
Being rough with your hair, such as by over-styling it, can weaken hair strands and cause hair to thin.
Depending on the cause of your thinning hair, there are efficient ways to treat it and get your hair back to its fuller state.
Genetic Hair Loss Treatment
Female pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia) is the most common cause of hair loss in women and it runs in families. If you look around at the older women in your family and see that they don’t have hair loss, look at the men! If anyone’s got thinning hair or has gone bald, then you could be prone to suffering from it too.
To treat it, your doctor can prescribe medicine such as minoxidil. This is applied to your scalp and it works by either helping your hair grow or it slows down the amount of hair that you’re losing. You need to stick with the treatment as hair loss can resume if you stop.
Health Problems and Medication
If you’ve been noticing that your hair is looking thinner, consult with your doctor as there could be an underlying cause for it, such as thyroid problems or medication that you’re on for other health problems. Treating health issues can help to regenerate hair and if the cause of your hair problems is due to the medication you’re on, hair usually recovers once you stop taking it.
Feed Your Hair
Thinning hair can be a result of a lack nutrients, as mentioned above. Luckily, in such cases consuming the right nutrients will start to improve your hair’s health so that it can grow thicker.
Since hair itself is made of protein, it needs this nutrient from dietary sources in order to flourish and be healthy. You can get protein from various foods, such as meat, fish, and eggs.
Iron is another must-have nutrient your hair requires. If you don’t have enough, you could get anemia which is a common cause of hair loss. Research states that one in 10 women has an iron deficiency.
B-vitamins are crucial to hair growth. Biotin is one that repairs weak hair, giving it volume. You can find biotin in Swiss Chard, carrots and nuts. Vitamin B12 is also good because it helps the body better absorb iron, thus preventing hair loss from an iron deficiency. Find it in dairy, eggs, meat and poultry.
Vitamin E is well-known as a hair and skin elixir because it has hydrating and moisturizing properties, but it’s also great for maintaining scalp health. Nuts and seeds are great sources of this nutrient.
You should also feed your hair with oils that you don’t consume but apply to it. Moroccan Oil Treatments give your hair nourishment with argan oil. This ingredient that has become highly trendy all over the world is a luxurious treat for hair. It helps to strengthen the hair’s proteins and give it an all-over smoothing treatment that makes hair feel super silky and beautiful. Since it’s an antioxidant, argan oil fights free radicals, preventing them from causing fragile, brittle hair which can speed up hair loss.
Stop Self Styling!
How you treat your hair can affect its health, with some bad styling habits leading to thinner hair. Shockingly, sometimes the hair is so damaged that it doesn’t grow back properly.
Stop these bad hair habits to prevent irreversible damage:
Wearing tight ponytails or braids. Although they’re pretty, they should not be tightly wound as this can cause hair to break off or thin over time.
Using heated styling tools excessively. Let your hair air- dry rather than exposing it to heat every day. When using heated tools, test them on your skin. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your fragile hair!
Neglecting your scalp. You need a healthy scalp for healthy hair because that’s where the hair follicles are! Treat your scalp by massaging it daily to boost blood circulation and bring nutrients to hair.
Brushing too hard. This puts a lot of stress on your hair, so be gentle. You should especially avoid brushing hair when it’s wet as it’s more delicate in this state.
Avoid the heat. Not just from your styling tools, but also from the sun. You shouldn’t expose hair to hot water in the shower, either. All these factors can lead to dry, brittle hair.
Not washing hair enough. Although you don’t need to wash your hair daily as this strips hair’s natural oils, you should do so at least once every second day. If not, product build-up can clog the hair follicles, which inhibits hair growth.
You can prevent over-styling damage by opting for a hair treatment such as hair Botox that will make your hair healthier and less unruly (frizz be gone!) so you don’t need to style it as much. Botox fights hair ageing (hence its name), which is basically disintegration of the hair’s keratin protein. If your hair looks lacklustre, limp or thin, Botox treatment for your tresses is a good idea because it rebuilds the hair’s keratin protein structure. Its formula – a mixture of antioxidants, proteins, collagen and healing agents – is applied to every strand of hair, getting to work on nourishing your locks. Softer, more nourished hair will last up to three months after treatment.
If you can, consult a hairstylist to give you advice on how to best care for your hair and to help you create a healthy home care routine for your hair.
Change Your Hairstyle
A good tip for any kind of hair loss is to consider a new hairstyle that masks it. Examples include shorter, layered hairstyles. When getting a new style, ensure that it is low-maintenance and you won’t need to over-style it, which can cause more damage to already weakened strands. Getting your hair color treated might sound like a bad idea if your hair is weak, but it could disguise hair loss. By coloring your hair a bit darker on the scalp and lighter further down, it creates a fuller look while also hiding any bare spots.
Set Phasers to Stunning
One of the most obvious problems with hair that’s damaged or limp is that it loses its shine. The use of hair products that promise shinier locks often contain ingredients that are drying or further damaging to hair, so a treatment that boosts your hair’s shine while also encouraging healthier hair growth is more beneficial. Power Dose Hair Treatment is gentle on hair, repairing damage on the hair’s surface and core, then it conditions the hair cuticles so that hair is smoother and more manageable. This helps to make hair look shiny as a side-effect of being healthier, plus it can make your hair color more brilliant as it evens out your hair tone.
By reviewing the tips above, regaining that beautiful hair that turns heads can be achievable.
The hair salon at Bellezza offers everything from haircuts and styling to superb highlights and coloring. Our stylist team continuously explores fresh ideas and new techniques for hair treatments and styling.
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