`If a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her,` so it states in the Bible. But what if your hair is anything but glorious? Thinning hair
, bare patches or even baldness is not something that only affects men - nearly 40 percent of women by the age of 60 experience some form of hair loss. And while men find the condition upsetting, women can find it devastating. But take heart - it need not be.
Ways to deal with thinning hair & hair loss
Get a diagnosis
There are usually underlying causes to hair loss including hormonal changes caused by an overactive thyroid, menopause or pregnancy. Ask your doctor to run some tests. Happily, female hair loss is often reversible.
Improve your diet
A lack of minerals can cause hair loss, so eat iron-rich foods such as liver, kidney, bran flakes and soy products. Protein and zinc are also important. Foods with zinc include wheat germ, pumpkin seeds, egg yolk and shellfish.
Take supplements and vitamins
If you don`t get enough iron and zinc in your diet you could try it in supplement form. Some claim that sea kelp supplements can also help. These are available from health food shops.
Disguise thin patches
Use volumizing shampoos, and a volume-enhancing root-lift spray when drying your hair to make the hair stand up from the scalp giving it a thicker appearance, but avoid rinse-out conditioners and heavy hair-sprays which flatten fine hair.
Experiment with different hairstyles
Layers can give a sense of volume, especially if you put the shortest layers at the top of the head. Combining this with a large-curl perm will make the hair look even thicker.
Not everyone agrees that this works, but some hair experts claim that blasting fine hair with a cool or cold water final rinse will close the cuticle and help it to swell slightly so it looks thicker.
Blow-dry with care
Many hairdressers suggest air-drying thin hair or blow-drying on the slowest setting as "overblowing" can cause fine strands to flatten. Blow-drying 'upside down` can create the illusion of fullness, as can backcombing hair.
A doctor can inject steroid injections directly into bald patches - which, unfortunately, is as painful as it sounds. It works by preventing antibodies from attacking the hair follicles preventing hair growth. It`s most effective when hair loss is minimal.
A prescription-only drug called Spironolactone can help with thinning hair. It is thought to work by decreasing the production of testosterone. Women with hair loss are sensitive to this hormone. Positive results may occur within three to six months.
A full head of hair extensions can be attached to your remaining hair through a fine mesh. The process can take hours and can be expensive and you may need to go back for regular tidy-ups.
Buy a hairpiece
If your hair is thinning or you have a balding patch you may only need a hairpiece rather than a wig. A hairpiece can be permanent - attached with medical adhesive - or removably - attached by double-sided adhesive.
Wear a wig
Wigs shouldn`t be seen as a last resort - specialist centers offer hundreds of choices, and six out of 10 wigs are bought as fashion accessories by women with healthy hair. Wigs usually feel strange at first but become familiar quickly - like new shoes.
We`re talking eyebrows. If you have the less common 'alopecia Universalis- a condition that causes loss of all body hair - then re-growth is unlikely. Some women with total hair loss opt to have their eyebrows tattooed.
Don`t beat yourself up
Contrary to popular belief, hair loss is not caused by frequent shampooing, hats, wigs, perms or colors - so don`t waste time thinking that thinning hair has been brought on by anything that you have done.
Hair replacement surgery
Think Elton John - it`s expensive but possible. To qualify for the medical procedure you must have healthy hair growth at the back and sides of your head to serve as 'donor areas`- the places on the head from which grafts are taken.
Natural Thinning Hair Solution
is the latest available innovation for thinning hair and controlling hair loss. This unique herbal formula provides excellent results, which have already been achieved for many years by scalp clinics based in Canada. Ageless Derma Natural Thinning Hair Solution guarantees positive results within just 60 days of use! Within that time period, you will see fuller, thicker hair that has added strength to it. This product is appropriate for either men or women. It is non-toxic, safe and easy to apply. It is also all natural and completely free of drugs. It contains the following ingredients for those who were interested: Aqua, SDA-40, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, panthenol, Matricaria recutita (chamomile) extract, salvia officinalis (sage) extract, capsicum extract, polysorbate 80, glycolic acid, malic acid, methyl nicotinate, and fragrance. To use, apply approximately 15 drops of Natural Thinning Hair Solution once or twice daily, according to the need and scope of the area to be covered. A 2 oz. bottle should last about 60 days, on average.
While I personally do not have thinning hair myself, I have a male family member who does. It`s one of those things that after a while you give up on improving and accept the fact that`s part of the aging process. I used the Ageless Derma Thinning Hair Serum on him for a couple weeks not expecting much of anything. After all, you don`t feel anything when applying it and it has an unfriendly small - like of acetone (or fingernail polish remover). Now, this didn`t bring any miracles over night, but we did start to notice improvements within the couple weeks we`ve been using it. His hair, while not becoming a big "poof ball" so to speak, actually started to gain more thickness to it. Now whether this is a long term solution or you must keep using the product - I don`t know. We haven`t gotten that far to find out. Either way though, it definitely gives back confidence in someone who`s hair is thinning out. So far so good in our family!
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