Hair Loss Tips for Women - Reducing Hair Loss
Help with Hair Loss for Women
Suddenly, you see more hair in your hair brush. And what’s with all that hair in my shower drain? Please don’t tell me I’m like the 40% of women under 40 with visible hair loss!
Women make up a significant percentage of hair loss suffers, often dealing with the issue in silence. Yet while thinning hair can shake up our self-confidence, there are ways to deal with hair loss and help others with the same challenge.
FIRST: Look for the Cause
The most common type of hair loss in women is called “Androgenic” hair loss which means that your hair follicles are more sensitive to DHT, a male hormone found in both men and women. The hair strand thins and can fall out when DHT shrinks these sensitive follicles.
The next common reason for thinning hair can be stress, hormones, medication, diet and hair styling including the use of heat-styling tools and/or hair dyes and lightening agents.
Regardless, if you are suddenly seeing thin, thinning or hair loss, visit your physician as soon as possible to assess your medical condition.
SO NOW WHAT?
When you visit your physician, be ready to discuss treatment options if you are diagnosed with androgenic hair loss. Here are a few options to discuss with your doctor:
Minoxidil – an FDA-approved topical treatment
Finasteride – an FDA-approved pill
Hair Transplant – existing hair is used to restore areas of loss
WHAT CAN I DO RIGHT NOW?
While there’s no guarantee the surgical or FDA-approved options can work to stop hair loss, there are changes you can make now to strengthen existing strands and create the ideal surface for new hair growth.
1. Change your Shampoo and Conditioner to a gentle, lightweight option.
Investing in a natural, sulfate-free, paraben-free shampoo and conditioner can help to protect your existing hair and nourish a fragile scalp surface. THIQUE Gentle Volumizing Shampoo and Lightweight Nourishing Conditioner are formulated with natural plant extracts and the purest essential oils that cleanse the hair and won’t weight it down.
2. Consult your hair stylist.
Discuss a new hair style or gentler way of hair coloring or styling. Stylists can be a wealth of new information and ideas and are always looking to make you feel the most confident.
3. Pay special attention to the scalp.
The surface of the scalp is like soil for a growing plant and needs all the TLC we give to our backyard gardens. The best time to apply a scalp treatment product is a night to allow the serum to penetrate the surface and do its work while you rest. THIQUE Scalp Serum features pea proteins that nourish the scalp surface and strengthen the follicle stem cells all while you get the sleep you need.
4. Review your diet.
A poor diet high in saturated fats can wreak havoc not only on your body but your skin, hair and nails. Incorporate protein-packed Greek Yogurt is enriched with Vitamin B5 and an important building block for healthy looking hair. And start your day with iron-fortified cereal to help keep iron levels in check.
5. Give it time.
Hair only grows a half an inch on average per month. So be diligent and stay consistent with your new hair care and diet regime. Hang in there!
Written by: Mia Jenner is co-founder of THIQUE Hair and founder of Black Wallet Consulting, an agency that supports marketing and product development for the beauty industry.