What Women Can Do About Hair Loss
Our hair naturally falls out on a daily basis and new ones should replace them. In fact, losing up to 100 hairs a day is normal. That’s part of the natural, human hair growth cycle; beginning at the growing stage and progressing to the falling out stage. However, losing more hair than usual can be due to a variety of reasons. These include genetics, poor nutrition, alopecia areata, or other medical conditions.
According to the American Hair Loss Association, 40 percent of those who suffer from hair loss are women. It affects women of all ages and the experience can be very damaging to their self-esteem. Strong, healthy hair has long been a symbol of femininity, female confidence, and attractiveness. Experiencing hair loss especially at a relatively young age can be emotionally distressing for everyone, especially women. At Ziering Medical, we have always been committed to helping women regain their hair confidence.
Looking for some advice or options on what you can do about your hair loss? Here are a few suggestions.
Consult Your Doctor
When experiencing early signs of hair loss, the immediate response for many women is to look for hair care products that will bring back their thick, healthy hair. While hair products can help smoothen and nourish your hair, you might end up with ineffective products that won’t achieve your desired results. While it’s easy to just look for the solution through the products on Amazon, you could be wasting your time and money. Some products might even do more harm than good, worsening your hair loss as a result.
The best course of action is to consult with your dermatologist. Hair loss could mean different things like an undiagnosed medical condition. So having a dermatologist examine your scalp can help diagnose the cause of your hair loss. The diagnosis will be the basis of any treatment or medication your dermatologist will recommend. Dermatologists may also use a mixed approach for optimal results. The earlier you do this, the more hair you will be able to preserve. This will also give you a better chance of restoring your hair to a fuller, healthier state.
Avoid Using Tools, Products, or Chemicals that Damage Your Hair
While it’s true that hair loss can be caused by genetics or medical conditions, it can also be caused by poor hair hygiene. Processes like bleaching it or using harsh chemicals can damage your hair over time.
Whenever you can, avoid using heat to style your hair. Overusing hairdryers, straighteners, and curling irons can leave your hair rough, dry, and brittle over time. Excessively using harsh chemicals to treat your hair can also cause severe hair damage so try to limit using dyes, peroxide treatments, and perming products.
Shampoo and conditioner can also make your hair dry and dehydrated. A lot of these products contain harsh chemicals that can reduce the natural oil and fatty acids that make your hair strong, soft, and shiny. Some of the chemical ingredients that you need to avoid in shampoos are ammonium lauryl sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, and sodium chloride.
If you’re experiencing hair loss after using a shampoo or conditioner, stop right away. Try changing up your hair care products and be sure to stick to all-natural products. Your dermatologist knows very well which shampoo and conditioner products provide gentle care for your hair. You may also ask a family member or a friend for recommendations but again, be mindful of the signs of hair loss once using the product.
Consider Dr. Ziering’s shampoo and conditioner, Follicle Cleanse and Follicle Sustenance. These products have been specially formulated to revitalize your scalp and promote hair growth. They are also made of natural ingredients known to gently cleanse and leave your hair smooth, silky, and nourished. If you’re looking to change your shampoo and conditioner, then Follicle Cleanse and Follicle Sustenance may be what you’ve been looking for. Order it here and join all the women who have been satisfied with the results.
Avoid Hairstyles That Stretch Your Hair Too Much
If you love wearing your hair in a really tight ponytail, bun, or braids, it might be time to rethink your hairstyle. Although hair is flexible, it can only be stretched so much. Over time, you may develop traction alopecia, which is a type of hair loss caused by repeatedly pulling the hair in the same direction. It is a reversible condition but when your hair has been tightly pulled for a long time, your hair follicles may be irreversibly damaged and scarred so that hair may not grow again.
Some of the signs of traction alopecia include a receding hairline, bumps that look like pimples on the scalp, itching, and soreness on the scalp among others. It is best to avoid hairstyles that tightly pull your hair such as tight buns, ponytails, and up-dos, dreadlocks, cornrows, hair extensions or weaves, and tight braids. You have these hairstyles once in a while but not for extended periods of time.
Use Minoxidil (Rogaine)
Minoxidil is a popular hair loss medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It’s also the mainstay treatment for male and female-pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia. With your doctor’s prescription, you may use Minoxidil as a hair loss treatment. It is a topical medication so you can just directly apply it to your scalp. Just be sure to follow the instructions.
With this medication, people who use this regularly may see results within 4 months but results may vary from person to person. You should also use Minoxidil with your doctor’s prescription. Some risks exist with using this product such as irritation, burning, stinging, or redness at the site you apply it. So it should only be used once your doctor has prescribed it.
Take Hair Supplements
Another option to consider when experiencing hair loss is taking vitamins. Your hair loss can be a sign of nutrient deficiency so taking supplements that are known to have a role in hair growth is also important. Supplements that are rich in Vitamins A, B complex, C, D, E and minerals such as iron and zinc can help promote hair growth. Not only do these vitamins and minerals help with hair growth, but they also improve your overall health.
You just have to be very careful with taking supplements though. Although taking vitamins and minerals is healthy, large doses of them can be harmful especially if you aren’t deficient. Moreover, food is still the best source of vitamins and minerals you need for hair growth. So getting the right diet is key to fighting nutrient deficiency and promoting overall health.
Consider Surgical and Non-surgical Treatments for Hair Loss
There are a number of medications and treatments that can help hair loss. Treatments may vary from patient to patient and your doctor may use one or a combination of treatments for you to see optimal results. At Ziering Medical, surgical and non-surgical treatments are available.
For surgical treatment, female hair transplant surgery is offered at Ziering Medical. If you’re not committed to a hair transplant, then you can opt for non-surgical treatment options at Ziering Medical to slow down hair loss and preserve as much hair as possible. Some of these non-surgical treatments include, Laser Therapy, and Hormonal Replacement Therapy.
The key to treating any medical condition is early intervention and the same principle applies to hair restoration. The earlier you do something about it by consulting your doctor, the more hair can be preserved. Early intervention can make a tremendous difference and seeking professional advice will spare you from spending more of your precious time, money, and energy later on.
If you want to explore your options, schedule a consultation at Ziering Medical for your hair loss treatment. Our doctors are leading hair restoration experts that have helped men and women from all walks of life restore their hair confidence. Every treatment is tailored to your unique needs so you only get the best hair restoration treatment from us. Ziering Medical offers surgical and non-surgical hair restoration treatments for patients in Beverly Hills, Newport Beach, New York, Greenwich, Las Vegas, and surrounding areas.