Hair loss: what causes it, how to prevent it and how to treat it!
Hair loss – ironically, it’s so stressful it makes you want to rip your hair out!
But over 80 million men and women in America alone suffer from hair loss. And it’s not spoken about enough.
While its normal to lose between 50 and 100 hairs a day, new hair normally replaces the old hair so the loss is hardly noticeable. But those suffering from hair loss might start noticing an increase of hair caught up in the shower drain, clumps coming out in your hair brush and thinning and bald spots covering the scalp.
What are the causes of hair loss?
Hair loss can occur no matter your age, sex or lifestyle.
Most hair loss comes down to your health, your emotions or your genetics.
Firstly, hormonal changes that occur due to pregnancy and childbirth, birth control and menopause can all activate hair loss. Beside hormones, hair loss could also be a symptom of a health condition such as thyroid disease, alopecia and scalp infections. That is why you should always get medical advice if you start to notice your hair is thinning.
Prescribed medications are also known to cause hair loss. Most commonly, medications used to treat cancer, high blood pressure and heart problems result in hair loss. If you are taking any medications, check the packet to read up on any potential side effects.
Sometimes hair loss is a result of a big life change. All too often we overlook the link between the emotional and the physical and things like relationship break downs, job changes or deaths can all cause hair loss.
Finally, hair loss might be written in your DNA. You’re likely to be predisposed to hair loss if your close relatives have also experienced hair thinning.
But remember, hair loss is not the end of the world. And there are plenty of things you can do to prevent your hair from looking sparse.
How do you prevent hair loss?
Simple changes to your hair care such as refraining from tight hairstyles like braids, ponytails and buns that put pressure on your hair or switching to gentler shampoos and conditioners made for infants can do a world of good for your hair.
Also stay away from styling tools such as blow dryers, straighteners or curlers that put unnecessary and harmful heat on your hair. And don’t go anywhere near hair colour kits or bleach – instead stick to your natural hair colour.
Finally, try and make your diet as healthy and balanced as possible. To build up the strength of your hair make sure you are getting enough iron and protein in your meals – even if that means switching out the potatoes and pasta for the beans and lentils.
How do you treat hair loss?
Preventative measures are all well and good but some people prefer to get to the root of the problem and treat the hair loss. The good news is that a lot of time and effort has been put into treating hair loss. The current options available range from medications all the way to surgical procedures.
Most medications for hair loss can be picked up over the counter. Usually in the form of creams and gels they can be applied directly to the scalp.
For slightly more serious situations there are prescription medications available. These include oral medications such as Propecia and Prednisone. While very effective for treating hair loss, you should be wary of side effects that can include glaucoma, higher blood pressure and higher blood sugar.
If medications simply aren’t doing the job then you can also look at surgical procedures. The main two options are hair transplant surgery and a scalp reduction.
In the former, a doctor will move small plugs of skin with some hair follicles to bald patches on the scalp. The treatment will take several surgeries before the process is complete.
In the latter procedure, a doctor removes a section of the scalp without hair and replaces it with a section of the scalp where there is hair.
As long as you manage your expectations and do your research well the process shouldn’t be too stressful. That means keeping in mind that surgery is expensive and with all procedures there are potential side effects. These range from patchy hair growth, to scarring and infection. Or, the graft that the doctor has placed might not take which means the whole process starts from scratch again.
But when the potential end result is a beautiful head of hair, who’s complaining?
The Ordinary Empties and final thoughts!
I believe it’s been almost 10 months of me using The Ordinary products and wow! I can’t believe so much time has passed! These 3 products are the very first products I ever bought to try and here’s what I think! The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% This serum I would buy again and again. And I do! I’m on my 3rd bottle! Because I usually wear glasses, my nose gets really really oily under the nose pieces which causes them to slide around my face A LOT. After using this serum, I’ve noticed that I really don’t get oily in that spot anymore thank god! My T zone is balanced and because of my oil production going down, I’ve also noticed my pores around my nose have shrunk dramatically. The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 This one I’m really on the fence about. I have definitely seen improvement in my face in terms of “wrinkles” which really were just a way of my face telling me I needed more moisture! However, the formula is soooo tacky that when I try to use it during the day it makes my sunscreen pill no matter how long I wait for it to settle in. Even though I hate the tackiness, I still bought a 2nd bottle! The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG There’s nothing wrong with this product. I just feel like it didn’t do much for me! I got it to help with my dark under eyes and puffiness but I don’t think it did much. If it did do anything, it was too gradual of a change for me to notice. Also, does anyone know what all this buildup is around the cap??? I guess we will see how long it takes me to realize it did help and I run to get a new bottle! For now, I think one bottle of this was enough for me.
2 more days to win GiVEAWAY 🏷 Love Body Care
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🌟Creator Spotlight 🏷Beauty Year-in-review
Check out@jassintadoepost on her exploration on balancing family, creative work, and self-care in 2020. Share your own journey in 🏷 Beauty Year-in-review “From starting 2020 with a seven day old newborn baby and all the crazy hormones and changes to my body, skin and hair which goes with a new baby (yes, this is why I look exhausted and have something spilt on my top in the February photo 🙈😂) to a global pandemic which resulted in my husband working from home and suddenly needing to learn how to homeschool my older daughter this year has been crazy and challenging to adjust and find the right balance.”
Hyaluronic Acid 101 x DermDoctor
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a humectant that famously holds 1000 times its weight in water. It pulls in water from the environment and from the deeper layers of your skin. This ingredient seems to be ubiquitous in skincare products nowadays and it can be found in a lot of moisturizers. Benefits: -Immediately plumps the skin, softening fine lines and wrinkles -Hydrates the skin (specifically high-molecular-weight HA) -Assists in wound healing Dermatologist Tips: -Hyaluronic acid is your first step after cleansing -Must be applied to damp skin! -If you live in a dry climate, make sure to moisturize immediately after -Can be used once or twice a day -Safe to layer with most other skincare ingredients My Top Picks: VICHY - Minéral 89 Face Serum This contains a high-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid, which has moisturizing properties and sits on the surface of the skin without causing inflammation. It contains only 11 ingredients making it ideal for people with sensitive skin (like me). Also, Vichy’s proprietary volcanic water has actually been studied and proven to have skin protective and healing properties THE inkey LIST - Hyaluronic Acid Serum The price point here is unbeatable. Again, with a simple ingredient list, you’re unlikely to run into issues with allergy or irritation. This contains a multi-molecular-weight HA, which allows you reap additional benefits, in addition to hydration and plumping. This also has matrixyl 3000 peptide, which can stimulate collagen synthesis Neutrogena - Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Serum Both high and low-molecular weight hyaluronic acid for added benefits. This also contains glycerin (another amazing humectant) and vitamin B5 (an amazing anti-oxidant) NATURIUM - Quadruple Hyaluronic Acid Serum 5% A great option fragrance-free, cruelty-free option from Naturium! This contains multi-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid that hydrates, plumps, and repairs the skin. #CheriePartner
Another beautiful HA serum other than Glowrecipe
Another beautiful Hyaluronic acid serum! I am a fan of Farsali products and this is no exception 😍❤️ MOISTURE REPLENISHING SERUM QUENCH by Farsali ✨💧 fARSÁLI - Quench I found it similar to Glowrecipe one in performance and details while the consistency is a little different. It's a hyaluronic acid serum that helps to replenish moisture in the skin by using a unique complex of low and high molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid. The staggered molecular weights of the Hyaluronic Acid are designed to help promote multi-depth hydration on both the skin's surface and in the epidermis. Enriched with replenishing Provitamin B5, the skin's elasticity appears improved as well as feeling and looking softer. ❤️INGREDIENTS: 💧Low Molecular Weight Hyaluronic Acid is a lightweight, versatile hydrator that attracts and binds 1,000 times its weight in water. Low Molecular Weight Hyaluronic Acid is such a tiny molecule, it's able to penetrate deep into your skin and replenish moisture from within. 💧Hyaluronic Acid High Molecular Weight Hyaluronic Acid, due to the larger molecule size, this Hyaluronic Acid sits on top of the skin, forming an invisible shield that traps moisture. This helps reduce moisture loss from stress, heat, extreme cold and environmental factors. 💧Vitamin B5 Vitamin B5 a naturally moisturizing form of Vitamin B5, otherwise known as Panthenol. This silky vitamin helps replenish skin for a soft and supple appearance. The best part is it's Ingredients list, it's only 7 Ingredients and the formulation is so good that I feel I have been sleeping on this product for this long. It feels so soft and smooth on skin, goes on silky, smooth and doesn't feel heavy. And after few hours skin feels super hydrated and plump. I found this serum to be working the best for dehydrated skin condition. Especially in the colder months. Dehydration leads to broken barrier and dullnes, this targets these issues! It's only 24$ which is a win in my opinion! Their opther products which are my favorite are a bit more expensive than this one! I love it! It goes on perfect under makeup as well! Would you like to try this?
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