Statistics show that over 60% of women have or will struggle with some form of hair loss. Unfortunately, despite these statistics, many women still believe that they belong to a shameful minority.
The percentage of women who suffer hair loss, temporary or otherwise, is so large because the causes of hair loss are so numerous. Hair loss manifests for a variety for reasons like hormones, stress (including stress from illness or surgery), side effects of other illness or medication/treatment for illness, bad habits, genetics, age and more.
If you suffer hair loss, take heart! You do not suffer alone. Moreover, there are methods available to fight this affliction. If you’re looking for ways to fight hair loss, try some of the methods listed below.
As the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The same holds true for hair loss. Although many reasons for hair loss are unavoidable, like genetics or aging, there are certain bad habits that can lead to hair loss.
Bad hair styling habits can lead to various forms of hair loss. Over-treating hair through bleaching, dying and straightening can damage hair and hair growth beyond easy repair. Harsh hairstyles such as consistently wearing tight braids or ponytails can cause traction alopecia. Rough handling, over-vigorous towel drying and yanking a comb or brush through knots can also cause hair loss.
As a general rule, if it’s not good for the rest of your body, it’s not good for your hair. For example, crash diets and sudden weight loss have been known to wreak havoc with hair growth.
While avoiding these bad habits cannot prevent genetic hair loss, instituting healthy hair care habits is never a bad idea.
A balanced diet is always a great place to start when combating any physical issue. For hair loss, make sure your diet contains enough of the hair-healthy vitamins and minerals you need. Some examples are magnesium, iron, and vitamins A, B5 and D. Try health favorites like nuts, halibut, eggs, spinach, bok choy and Greek yogurt. These foods don’t just promote healthy hair, they work hard to support your overall health as well.
Looking for an affordable or short term solution? There are several cosmetic options available. For example, try out a tinted spray. Through a simple aerosol application the spray coats the affected area, coating and thereby thickening the remaining hair. It won’t cause growth, but it will give the illusion of more hair.
There are also a variety of shampoos and conditioners designed to promote thicker hair. Again, they don’t prompt new growth, instead they usually work to strengthen and thicken remaining hair.
Most people have at least heard of Rogaine (Minoxidil), a popular over the counter treatment for hair loss in men and women. Rogaine is popular for a good reason, it’s FDA approved and it works.
There are minor downsides, however. Rogaine costs about $50 for three months worth of treatments and it can take up to six months to see regrowth. Furthermore, the results will not last if you cease using the product.
Surgical treatments such as hair transplants are also available. Hair transplants involve taking hair from a healthy section of the scalp and implanting it in an area that is thinning. While this method has proven effective and long lasting, it is also the most cost-prohibitive option.
The success of hair loss prevention and treatment will vary from person to person. To increase your chances of success, and to ensure your overall health and safety, be sure to consult your physician.