Age-onset thinning, or “miniaturization,” refers to a progressive decrease of the hair shaft’s diameter and length. This happens at least in part because of androgens like dihydrotestosterone (or DHT), a derivative of the male hormone testosterone that causes hair follicles to literally shrink in diameter. This type of hair thinning is referred to as androgenic alopecia, and it occurs in an equal pattern all over the scalp. However, pregnancy, ovarian cysts, medications, emotional or physical shock, and birth control pills can all affect hormone levels, making it complicated to pinpoint the reason for hair loss. For example, polycystic ovarian disease can exacerbate androgens and manifest as thinning, in which case you could treat the condition and fix hair loss. Get your hormone levels checked to see if an underlying health issue is the root cause.
Thanks for the great article. I am 24, started around age 19 after serious thinning and a lot of frontal hair loss. I\’ve tried everything (aloe vera, different oils, onion, amla, reetha, shikakai, methi, tulsi, honey, apple cider vinegar, garlic and vitamin r capsule) but nothing is working. So I\’ve decided to try Finasteride. Finasteride (Propecia) has made my hair loss stop completely so far. No side effects that I notice, I take half a pill every day (.5mg). My insurance didn\’t cover Finasteride. So I got it online (thanks google). My uncle gave me this keyword * STOP99BALD * and he said just Google it. Hope this helps
None of these need be life-threatening, nor does hair loss usually follow them. (Moreover, it can happen after one pregnancy, but not the next.) But when the hair falls out, it’s all over the place — covering the pillow, clogging the drain, and so forth. Paradoxically, the more dramatic the hair loss, the better the prognosis, because when the body gets back into normal rhythm, most if not all of that hair comes back; these people need no special treatment. Normal shampooing can continue, because this only loosens hairs that were going to come out anyway.
Message for Michelle who wrote on 7/25/2010, I have exactly same problem as you, lots of hair gradually thinning over time, now really showing on top of my head and all over. Want to know where you went to get advice from. Who’s your naturopathic specialist? Where did you get your hair [@]ysis done? Im in the uk. email me [email protected]
WARNING! Please read up on the side effects before buying this. I did light research before buying this and felt satisfied with what I had read. After two months of using this I did indeed notice tiny hairs along my crown starting to sprout. I was beyond excited. During this time I started to notice that my face looked like it was retaining water and I developed bags underneath my eyes. I changed my coffee intake, started to go to bed earlier, I even started to sleep with the heater on at night because my face was swollen every morning. It wasn’t horrible but co-workers began to ask me if I was tired or they would comment that I didn’t look rested. I went so far as to buy eye masks and totally changed me routine. I assumed it was stress. Finally one night, tired of a lengthy routine to prevent my face from swelling I started to think about what was the only difference in my routine. In between reading up on anti-inflammatory supplements I washed my face, brushed my teeth, and applied the hair treatment. Within 20 minutes I had large bags again under my eyes which hadn’t been there earlier (I had iced my eyes with my mask). It was enough for me to look into the side effects of Rogaine and its generic products.
Hair loss will affect more than 40% of all men and women at some point in their lives. Although the causes may be different, hair loss in both sexes has similar effects; embarrassment, loss of confidence, and for some even emotional devastation. And in case you think people are too sensitive about the issue, societal studies have shown that people with a full head of hair are regarded better and with more respect than those without.
It’s common to experience thinning hair after having a baby because of changing hormone levels. Hair growth should go back to normal about three to six months after giving birth. Look for fenugreek powder in the spice section of a grocery store. Check Indian markets if your grocery store doesn’t carry it.
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While there are many causes for hair loss, the most likely cause is genetics. Finding out whether or not hair loss is caused by genetics or another reason can help determine the best course of treatment.
I have been experiencing hair loss due to Hormone therapy. I am using the #2 Nioxin. I purchased the box with all 3 products. I also purchased the Diamax, Hair Booster, Night density rescue, & Minoxidil topical solution. What is the order or the best way to use these products? I used to have beautiful long hair on top and now it is short and thin on top.
The reason is that finasteride works to reverse miniaturization (the thinning and shortening of hairs due to DHT). Younger patients, with early hair loss, generally have more hair in the early stages of miniaturization where the changes are readily reversible.
Dr. Cole is board certified in dermatology. He obtained his BA degree in bacteriology, his MA degree in microbiology, and his MD at the University of California, Los Angeles. He trained in dermatology at the University of Oregon, where he completed his residency.
Another purported herbal remedy for hair loss is green tea. A study in mice of the polyphenolic compounds present in green tea show promise as a natural remedy for hair loss, but human studies have not been done to confirm these effects.
Rebecca, this might come a bit too late, but anyhow.. I have had bleached white hair for 3 years. Originally as a brunette, i had to bleach at the salon. Your hair care needs to start in the shower. Always use a sulfate free shampoo, it is gentler, doesn’t dry. Always follow up with a deep conditioning mask and follow by conditioner. When you are done YOU NEVER towel dry. You gently wrap your hair in the towel as if it were the most precious jewel and then take the towel off, massage in a soy based oil like the one from Sexy Hair, wrap hair in towel tightly and give it at least 15 min to suck the water out of the hair. Gently unwrap the towel, then use a cream protector from GhD or Sexy hair for extra moisture and to combat frizz. Use low temperature and speed on the dryer and dry from above, not in every direction. I prefer to use an air brush, it keeps frizz off. Make sure whatever you use is ionic technology. When you are done, rub 3 drops of soy or argan oil between your fingers and softly run them through your hair, focusing on the tips and the wild hairs at the top of your head. Buy only professional products. They are SO much better than supermarket cheap stuff.
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In an effort to increase circulation, adding safflower to your diet is a good idea. Safflower is known to be a good vasodilator that specifically opens up the blood vessels in the scalp. Vasodilators reduce blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels, thereby increasing blood and oxygen to the scalp cells so that hair growth is stimulated.
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This ingredient has several benefits for your hair. Not only does it promote hair growth, but also conditions it. It has essential fats, minerals and proteins which reduce hair breakage and is also rich in potassium and iron. You can use coconut oil or milk to prevent hair fall.
Ginger improves blood circulation in the scalp. As a result of this, the scalp health is optimized, and hair growth increases. It also protects the hair and hair follicles with the oils and enzymes it contains (30).
I am thinking of using minoxidil to spot treat part of my receding hairline. The patchiness is not really that bad and it’s been concentrated on one side for a few years without getting worse, but I can’t really change the style of my hair much, and that’s the biggest issue for me since I get bored very easily.
Nizoral recommends using their shampoo twice a week to fight dandruff. If you choose to try this to help stop hair loss, you may want to use it more often than that simply because this is the over the counter strength version. Talk to your doctor to get the prescription-strength 2% kind.
This past weekend as I was admiring my daughter Britta’s thick tresses I began to feel a little melancholy creep in, remembering when MY hair was like that. The last several years my hair has thinned dramatically compared to its’ “glory days.” It’s disconcerting to say the least when you run your fingers through your hair as you’re washing it and LOTS of hair comes out. I’ve even talked to my doctor about it because I know there are medical conditions that can cause higher than normal hair loss. Fortunately (unfortunately?) my hair loss seems to be your garden variety hair loss that comes along with the honor of growing older. 🙂
Also known as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and commonly prescribed at menopause, estrogen and progesterone pills and creams are probably the most common systemic form of treatment for androgenetic alopecia for women in menopause or whose estrogen and/or progesterone are lacking for other reasons.
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There is a great deal of future hair loss treatments and possible cures in development. But these won’t be available anytime soon. And when they finally hit the market, they most likely won’t be cheap.
This prescription pill slows down your body’s DHT assembly line. Some men have been able to grow new hair while using it. Many experts think it works better than minoxidil. Pregnant women shouldn’t touch the drug — it can cause birth defects in baby boys. Like minoxidil, it works only while you’re using it.
The Boar Bristle Brush mixes real boar hair interspersed with nylon pins (or bristles). It’s made to be very gentle on your mane and stimulating to your scalp. It comes with a sustainably-harvested bamboo handle.