Real Style – Hair
Early signs + early treatment may assist in preventing permanent damage.
In the past we have associated hair loss with age and affecting mostly men. Today, millions are experiencing hair loss at a younger age. The internet is full of articles, blogs and social media post about how to prevent or cure hair loss. Many of those articles fail to mention that hair loss must be examined per individual. Based on the cause and your life style, treatment will vary.
Stress, hormonal changes, autoimmune diseases, thyroid disorders, and hair styling methods are among the known causes of hair loss in young men and women. Hair loss can affect just your scalp or your entire body. It can be the result of heredity, hormonal changes, medical conditions or medications.
Common Hair loss Causes:
Androgenetic alopecia, traction alopecia, pregnancy, iron deficiency, thyroid anomalies, auto-immune diseases, scalp infections, menopause, poor nutrition, heredity, eating disorders, weight loss, illness, flu & fever, hair cosmetics, hormonal imbalance, menopause, excessive heat, styling, chemotherapy and stress.
Too much vitamin A can result in shedding (many foods contain vitamin A and if you are taking a vitamin with a high dose of vitamin A it could be too much. Always talk to your physician about all vitamins and herbs you are taking to ensure a proper balance)
When the body doesn’t get enough protein that it needs, it will cause slow growth and the hair will be weak and fragile.
Suggestions on what to do at first sign of hair loss
- Seek a hair care professional or Trichologist for a scalp analysis.
- Get a food intolerance test done to check your digestive health.
- See your physician to have your hormones, blood pressure, iron, vitamin D level and electrolytes tested. Also check for any vitamin or mineral deficiencies. Food Sensitivity Test is recommended.
- Block DHT (Dihydrotestosterone)/ DHT is the most common cause of hair loss in men and in some women this testosterone blocks hair follicles preventing them from new hair production. Research suggest that Saw Palmetto helps lower DHT in the body
- Avoid Tension (No braiding, weaves, buns, or pony tails)
- Stress Management (Lower your stress level)
• High Frequency machine or Scalp massage maybe beneficial
Scalp Massage benefits:
• Headache & Tension Relief
• Increased Circulation to Scalp
• Treat Dandruff
• Stimulate Hair Follicles with scalp massager and vitamin E oil
- Proper Diet with taking vitamin supplements if needed. Increasing your protein content, lots of dark green leafy veggies, fruit and a low carb diet. Foods containing biotin such as liver, salmon, avocado, carrots, cabbage, onions, tomatoes, raspberries to name a few. If experiencing excessive hair loss dermatologist recommend 4000-5000mcg of biotin daily along with multivitamin.
- Gently shampoo and condition hair at least once a week. Use a wide tooth comb starting from the bottom up to avoid pulling the hair.
- Make sure you use a shampoo and conditioner that is right for your hair texture.
- Avoid over processing the hair with chemicals or using excessive heat.
- Protect hair from ultraviolet light.
- Stop Smoking. Some studies suggest that smoking may increase the risk of male and female pattern baldness.
- Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate! Drink plenty of water to flush toxins from your body. Hair growth starts at the cellular level and it is very important that you keep toxins from destroying healthy cells.
Before pursuing hair loss treatment, talk with your doctor about the cause of your hair loss and treatment options