Hairloss in women It is estimated that about 60% of women experience hairloss at some time in their life. Contrary to popular belief, hairloss is not always something that is hereditary, but especially in women, a sign of something else that is wrong in your body. Hair loss can start at any stage of your life. Sometimes as early as 20, sometimes later. On average we have 100 000 – 150 000 hairs on our head and we loose up to 100 of them daily. When we wash hair, we can loose up to 250 hairs a day. How do we know we have a hairloss problem? There might be more hair on the pillow when you wake up. Or when you comb your hair without tugging, there are more hair than normal in the comb. The best way to think of hair growth is to compare a hair with a plant. How well it grows, depend on what is happening underground. How well a hair is growing dependent on what is happening in the scalp and the follicle. Hair grows from the folicle underneath the skin and is fed by blood vessels at the base of the follicle which give it the nourishment it needs to keep your hair healthy. If the follicle is not healthy and does not supply the hair with the nourishment it needs to stay healthy, your hair will fall out or start thinning. Fighting hairloss should really start with restoring your follicle to health. A really amazing way to keep you scalp and follicle healthy, is frequent use with Mediceuticals Hair, scalp and skin sollutions.
The Growth Cycle – From when the hair start to grow, till when it falls out, it pass through 4 growth stages. (or 3 depending who you talk to)
- – Growing Phase – Last 2-7 years and determines the length of your hair. As we get older, the length of the growing phase decreases.
- – Transition Phase – This phase last about 10 days. The hair follicle shrinks and detach from the dermal papilla.
- – Resting Phase – This phase last about 3 months. The old hair is slowly moving up the follicle, while a new hair starts to form. About 10-15% of all hair is in this phase.
- – New Hair phase – The old hair sheds and the new hair continues to grow. Hairloss is when a hair is lost, but not replaced.
The causes of Hairloss
Some reasons our hair thins is self inflicted, like too tight braids, dyes, chemical treatments, bad brushers, heat styling and too aggressive towel drying, but most of these can be reversed.
- Dihydrotestorerone (DHT) – It is a derrivative of the male hormone testosterone. Testosterone converts to DHT with the aid of an enzyme, Type II5-alpha, which is held in the follicle’s glands. The enzyme, binds with the testosterone, shrinking hair follicles, making it impossible for the hair to survive. This happens in both men and women. Even a small change in the equilibrium of testosterone in a woman (still within the normal range), can lead to the formation of DHT, leading to hairloss.
- Surgery – 2-3 months after surgery or a major illness, some patients may experience excessive hairloss, but it is usually only temporary.
- Medication – Certain drugs can have unwanted side effects like hairloss, excessive hair growth, changes in hair color or texture. Some of the following medications may cause hairloss: blood thinners, birth control , anti-depressants and chemotherapy. Within 2-4 months after starting to take the drug, the hair goes into the resting phase and start shedding. Chemotherapy usually prevents hair to divide naturally and producing new hair. The good news is that in most cases it is reversable once you stop taking the drugs.
- Hormones – Changes in hormonal levels, like child birth, puberty, menopause and the pill can disrupt normal hair growth. Once hormones return to normal, hair will start growing again normally. Hormones works best when they are delicatly in balance, but when out of balance only a fraction, DHT may form. Men’s testorne level drop approx 10% every decade after 30, while women’s decline as they age, but drop sharply during menopause and beyond, disturbing the delicate hormonal balance.
- Disease – Hairloss can be the early signs of disease and is often found in diabetes, overactive thyroid and lupus. When you find out you are loosing more hair than usual, visit your GP, to make sure there is nothing wrong with your health.
- Lack of vitamins – Deficiency in iron, copper, zinc and follic and a lack of certain vitamins, like A, B and C vitamins can cause hairloss. If you think you might not get all the vitamins you need, take a good supplement and defenitely stock up on Mediceuticals HairGain.
- Androgenic Alopecia – This is the most common form of hairloss in men, starting any time after puberty. Typically this type of hairloss start at the crown and the temples and slowly expands. Generally the hair on the sides and the back does not fall off. For women this kind of hairloss usually start during menopause. A decline in estrogen hormones, expose the hair follicles to androgen which slowly degrades the hair follicle. Women normally see a decrease in hair density but rarely become bald.
- Stress – The more stress we are under, the more adrenaline our adrenal gland produces. This leads to an increase in the production of testoserone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) forms, causing hairloss.
- Smoking – It can cause poor circulation, which in turn can limirt the amount of blood flowing to the follicles of the scalp, which may lead to thinning hair or hair loss.
- Alopecia Areata – Can cause patchy hairloss, usually on the scalp, but it can affect all hair covered areas, such as beards or eyebrow areas, it can progress to complete baldness. Finding short, broken hairs are a dead give-away of this condition. This condition affect both males and females, and most often children or young adults. It seem to be cause by the body’s own immune system attacking the hair folicles and disrupting normal hair formation. Alopecia Areata is sometimes associated with allergic disorders, thyroid disease, vitiligo, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis and may also be hereditary. Hair may grow back within a year, but the longer the period of hairloss, the less chance of regrowth. Age – As we age, our hair follicles can get smaller, which means our hair gets thinner. With all the changes in a more mature women’s body, it might also cause an increase in DHT, which leads to hairloss.
Remember everybody’s body is diffirent. What will work for one person, might nog work for the next.
Certainly one of the best ways to combat hairloss it to live a healthy lifestyle and to make sure when hairloss start, there is no physical reason for it. Make sure your diet is balanced and take those vitamins. But it propably will not be enough.
Step two is purchasing Mediceuticals from your hairsalon. The Mediceuticals motto is “Beautiful hair starts with the scalp.” The mediceuticals solution is a 3 step system consisting of of a shampoo, conditioner and hair follicle stimulator. All 3 products need to be used together for optimal results. The following is the products to use for mild hairloss in women and it is marked with a pink cross.
- 1 For normal hair use Folligen and for dry hair and scalp, use Saturate. Both of these shampoos containsTriaminoccoptinol which inhibits DHT, which is the primary cause of female hairloss, stimulates new hair growth and increase the number of growth hairs. It is gentle cleansing and protect hair color from fading and UV damage.
- 2 Vitanin is a moisturising conditioner, rehydrates hair, increases body, increase shine and protect against UV.
- 3 Lastly there is the follicle stimulator called Cellagen. It reduces excessive hairloss, stimulate new growth, activate nutrient uptake in the follicle and strengthen the follicle.
Women should also consider taking HairGain for women. It helps prevent hairloss by providing an abundance of materials required to stimulate the growth of new hair, increase hair resistance to injury and block DHT formation.
For male hairloss and excessive hairloss in women, use the products with the yellow cross. Shampoos are called Bioclenz for normal hair and scalp, Hydroclenz for dry hair and scalp, Vitanin is the conditioner and Numinox is the follicle and scalp stimulator. Men can use Hairgain for Men to improve thinning hair, dry and brittle hair, receding hairline and poor hair density.
Mediceutical will not stop hair from falling out if you are going through chemotherapy, but it will keep the follicle in tip top condition, so hair grows back faster once the chemo is done. For thinning hair, go slow with the heat styling, chemical processes, do not over brush or over wash it.
Mediceuticals also have a variety of styling products which could be used on thinning hair, to keep your hair beautiful, healthy and shiny. All the styling products will not weigh your hair down and they are sulphate and alcohol free.
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