Did you know that 40% of women have visible hair loss by age 40? I sure didn’t, nor did I want to be one of those statistics. Unfortunately, what I want and what I get are usually two very different things. There are several factors that can cause hair loss in women. Underlying health issues such as thyroid disease, anemia, chemotherapy, vitamin deficiency, and protein deficiency are a few of the common culprits, or, in my case lymes disease. However, the underlying cause of lymes patients losing their hair is probably from a combination of the other health issues listed. Typically lymies have thyroid disruption, and are lacking in magnesium, zinc, and vitamin B which can all cause hair loss.
Another possible cause of female hair loss is Telogen Effluvium. That is a fancy word for stress induced hair loss.
Traction Alopecia, is thinning hair due to wearing to tight of ponytails or braids.
Tinea Capitis is a Fungal infection of the scalp that causes hair loss. This can be alleviated with oral antifungals.
Many medicines can potentially cause hair loss. Some of the more common categories for this issue fall under antibiotics and antidepressants.
Probably the most commonly heard of cause is adrogenetic alopecia. This one is balding due to hormones and genetic predisposition.
The good news is, with the exception of adrogenetic alopecia, once you treat the other underlying causes, the hair you lost usually will grow back.
Now that we have discussed the underlining causes. I would like to share with you some solutions to help with this unfortunate predicament. One of the first steps I personally implemented for my hair loss, was switching to an aloe based shampoo and conditioner. My favorite is L’BRI Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner . I love the smell of it. Aloe is well known for many benefits. They range from hair growth, skin blemishes, wound healing, to internal digestion.
As with many health woes, nutrition is a huge factor. Many people have deficiencies and do not realize it. To nourish your hair with food, I would recommend lean red meats for their high iron content. Eggs will give you keratin and biotin which are very beneficial for hair growth. Oatmeal is another great option for the magnesium, potassium, and iron.
To make up where you are lacking from food, I would supplement with Vit. B, Biotin, and Evening Primrose Oil for it’s high essential fatty acids. One very important mineral to supplement is magnesium. I find goDesana Magnesium BeCalm to be of high quality. I supplement with each of these every day.
The FDA has approve two hair regrowth treatments. Finasteride (Propecia) and Minoxidil (Rogaine). I personally am more comfortable with choosing natural options because their can be side effects with these two drugs. Also, Minoxidil seems to be better at holding on to the hair you have rather than growing new hair.
Some essential oils have the ability to help with hair regrowth. Rosemary, Lavender, Peppermint, and Lemongrass are the most commonly used oils for hair regrowth. A good treatment option is to take your oil of choice, mix 4 to 5 drop into coconut oil, massage into scalp and leave mask on 15 to 20 minutes. Then, wash and condition with your aloe shampoo and conditioner.
Hair loss is something no woman wants to experience. It affects our self image and confidence. Although, we may not always be able to prevent it, hopefully I have given you some tools to handle the situation the best you can. I hope you are able to preserve your precious locks. Best wishes.
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