Women & Hair Loss—You’re Not Alone
An estimated 40 percent of hair loss sufferers are female. And, by the time they reach age 50, roughly half of all women will be dealing with some degree of pattern hair loss.
The most notable accessory we women wear every day is our hair. Depending upon the mane bestowed on us by our genetic makeup, we can style our hair in a variety of colors and styles, from blonde to black and from contemporary to classic. Our hair reflects our identity and can even regulate our mood and confidence level—are you having a good hair day or a bad one?
All of us frequently torture our hair with hot irons and blow dryers, after having paid handsomely for chemical treatments containing dyes and other harsh ingredients. All of this processing stresses our hair, leaving us with dryer texture, dullness and breakage. Furthermore, our hair is subject to external forces such as air pollutants and emotional stress, all of which can contribute to thinning hair.
Our hair constantly grows new follicles and strands while naturally shedding a healthy amount of 50 to 100 hairs per day according to the American Academy of Dermatology. It’s okay to find strands of hair on our pillowcases, a little excess in our hairbrush and even a clump of hair entwined in the shower drain. But when the body sheds significantly more, it becomes a concern and is referred to as telogen effluvium. There are many causes of shedding hair, from stress to chemotherapy; however, the most common reason for hair loss is genetic. Severe shedding can also be a sign of a thyroid disorder which an endocrinologist can determine with testing. Most of us notice excessive hair shedding a few months after a traumatic or stressful event. Strategies for managing and eliminating stress triggers reduce the severity of shedding within six-to-nine months.
Excessive Shedding Stressors
- Hormonal imbalances
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Insufficient scalp circulation
- Giving birth
- Loss of 20 or more pounds
- Extreme stress (Caregiving, divorce, job loss)
- Recovery from an illness with a high fever
- Discontinuing birth-control pills
When hair loss occurs from something impeding your natural growth function, it is medically referred to as anagen effluvium.
Common Hair Loss Causes
- Hereditary hair loss
- Over-reactive immune system
- Some drugs and treatments
- Hairstyles that pull on the hair
- Noxious hair care treatments
- Compulsion hair pulling
Whatever hair loss experiences you are challenged with, consider safe remedies and treatments that therapeutically promote and fortify hair regrowth. Regimens targeting the hair bulb with a supply of nourishing nutrients assist the follicles on a cellular level to achieve healthier luster rich regrowth, unlike topical treatments that coat and sit on top of hair strands.
Nourishing Mane Ingredients to Look For
Biotin–B7 (vitamin H) – Essential nutrient for maintaining hair strength, texture and youthful an appearance.
Black Catechu Bark-Acacia Catechu – Supports scalp and dermal health and may enhance hair follicles’ natural ability to absorb essential nutrients assisting with healthy hair growth.
L-Carnitine-L-Tartrate – This essential metabolic amino acid is vital to support normal hair growth and assist in the maintenance of healthy hair follicles.
Leucine– A fundamental branched-chain amino acid helps to regulate cell growth, promote energy and acts as a fuel source for hair growth.
Potassium (Chloride) – Requisite mineral for the body’s necessary function in transporting nutrients into cells supporting the healthy production of protein—the foundation of healthy hair.
Selenium (L-Selenomethionine) – This mineral and electrolyte acts as an antioxidant component supporting an active immune system and hair follicle growth for stronger and thicker hair.
Taurine – Helps sustain endurance of hair follicles to promote hair texture, thickness, and strength.
L-Valine – Essential branched chain amino acid (BCAAs) enhances cell membrane nourishment while promoting cellular protein synthesis, resulting in healthy hair growth.
Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) – Boosts scalp circulation and distribute the necessary nutrients to influence hair growth.
Zinc Oxide – Supports a healthy immune system and helps maintain normal hormone levels, encouraging the body’s natural ability to absorb vitamins, proteins and minerals that may assist with hair growth.
This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your health care professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment.