A Complete Guide to Hair Loss – Causes and Treatments
Aug. 28, 2020
Hair loss is a very common condition that affects most people at some point in their lives. It is a concern for men, women and children of all ages and may even be an indication of an underlying health issue. Before we can understand the causes of hair loss and its treatments, we need to understand what hair loss is.
What is Hair Loss?
Over 80 million people in America alone struggle with hereditary hair loss or alopecia. This condition can affect the hair on your scalp as well as the hair on the body. It’s normal to lose about 100 hairs a day and with an average of 100,000 hairs on the head, this is rather unnoticeable. The shed hair is normally replaced by new hair, but this does not happen in all cases. Hair loss can develop gradually over time or it can happen all at once. Most cases of hair loss are temporary, but some can be permanent.
While it can be difficult to track the amount of hair lost on a daily basis, if you notice chunks of hair in the drain after washing or clumps in your hairbrush there may be cause for concern. You may even notice patches of hair that have thinned out or baldness in certain spots. If you recognize severe hair loss, then discussing your options with a doctor is recommended.
Causes of Hair Loss
Once you consult a doctor or physician, they will try to determine the underlying cause of your hair loss. The most common causes are hereditary baldness. If your family has a history of baldness, then it’s likely that you may also have this type of hair loss. Specific hormones are known to trigger this type of hair loss, starting as early as puberty.
Hair loss can occur simply due to a stop in the hair growth cycle. Things like surgeries, illnesses or trauma can trigger hair loss, but in these cases, hair will usually grow back without further intervention.
Certain hormonal changes can cause temporary hair loss such as pregnancy, childbirth, menopause and starting or stopping birth control pills. Certain medical conditions can also cause hair loss like ringworm or thyroid diseases. Medications for cancer, arthritis, depression, heart problems, etc. can also cause major hair loss due to the harsh effects of the medication. Physical or emotional trauma can also trigger hair loss whether it’s a death in the family or extreme weight loss.
Treatments for Hair Loss
The first step in treating hair loss is typically medication. There is an abundance of over the counter (OTC) medications that can be directly applied to the scalp. Your doctor may recommend a common hair loss treatment as a first course of action. If this option does not work, then there are plenty of prescription medications that can treat hair loss. Although this medication may be more effective, it also has slightly more serious side effects. A corticosteroid may be prescribed for those with alopecia areata. This medication reduces inflammation and suppresses the immune system. If your doctor prescribes any of the above medications, it’s important that you monitor your side effects carefully as they could lead to severe side effects.
Medications are not always enough to prevent hair loss which means other measures must be taken. Surgery is another way to treat hair loss. Hair transplant surgery involves moving small sections of skin with hair to bald parts of the scalp. Another surgical option I having the bald patch removed and covering it with another section of skin that has hair. Surgery can be dangerous and is a fairly expensive option, however in some cases it may feel like the only option.
Hair loss is sometimes inevitable, but it doesn’t mean that you’re stuck with patchy, thinning or balding hair. There are plenty of simple lifestyle changes that can help to prevent hair loss. Try using low manipulation styles, eating a balanced diet, using natural hair products, limiting washes, cutting out heat and limiting chemical damage. Hair loss can be difficult, but there is always a resolution.
Clear Hydrated Skin The Clean Way✨
Staying in the trend of clean beauty, I have found an amazing product to add to my everyday routine. Odacité SKINCARE - Blue Aura Cleansing Water This is a cleansing water that is marketed to use in place of your cleanser for a “quick” clean. When looking for a good cleansing water, you want one that is hydrating and gets your face clean. Keep in mind not all cleansing waters are designed to clean makeup (I highly recommend a cleansing balm and cleanser). About This Brand: ✨Vegan ✨Cruelty Free ✨Certified Organic ✨ NO: Fillers | Parabens | Nanoparticles | Petrochemicals | PEG | Synthetic perfumes | Dyes | Phenoxyethanol. This cleansing water is so hydrating and satisfying to use. It smells very fresh and a little goes a long way. What is very important to me is my dry spot aren’t tight or irritated. I have been using this day and night and have seen amazing results acne and skin barrier wise. I included this in my routine after a regular cleanser and before my serums. So essentially, I use this as a “toner”. I do this to clean up anything my cleanse left behind, or the cleanser itself. INGREDIENTS: ✨Tumeric: Amazing for hyperpigmentation and overall skin brightness ✨Holy Basil: I drink the tea and can vouch this is an amazing adaptogen that can overall benefit every aspect of your life. It combats aging and free radical damage. ✨Neem: great anti aging ingredient that helps protects your skin barrier. ✨Aloe Vera Juice: this is great for your skin barrier overall. It hydrated, protects and brightens. I highly recommend this cleansing water and it is on sale for $9 at Boxycharm Pop Up 🥰🥰
A Journey of Self 🌹
I figured Black History Month was as good as any opportunity to talk about my self finding. Growing up in a small yet old family, I always had questions about my roots and family history. I also struggled with self conscious doubts about my appearance. Why is my nose this big? Why is my hair this curly? Why am I taller than average? These weighed heavy on my mind growing up because honestly, sticking out sucked. So, I finally dove deep into my family’s origin and decided to do an Ancestry DNA analysis. I immersed myself with every corner of the site. I only got the chance to finish my maternal grandmas side of the family tree, but even that has plenty of gaps. Yet, when I received my DNA results I was stoked. Then I realized, I don’t know much about any of these places. So I dug even deeper. I have a little journal of things I’ve learned and want to know, but this was quite the experience. It was heartbreaking and satisfying at the same time. I highly recommend for every race and background to do this DNA Test. The best part of this was scrolling through photos of the people of the respected countries I was DNA matched to. I swear I saw a girl who looked like me, but everyone else thinks I’m tripping lol. In the end, I’m satisfied with my results and findings. Relatively speaking, this way of self discovery has been the most effective.
Black Owned Makeup Look
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Do It All Toner 🍃🍃
I have been loving the brand Truly lately ✨ I recently purchased this: 🍃TRULY - CBD Jelly Toning Solution 🍃 And it’s by far one of my favorite toners. Ingredients: 💚100MG CBD 💚Glycolic Acid 💚Tea Tree Oil 💚Organic Aloe 💚Rose Petal Extract This brand is also: 💚Vegan 💚Cruelty Free 💚Clean I use this every other night and it as tremendously helped my skin barrier and acne. I was really concerned about the glycolic acid irritating or drying my skin but it didn’t at all 🤩 I highly recommend this to combo and oily , acne prone skin. This will be a toner I keep in my night routine. I got it from Ulta (of course) for $24 (I paid $15 after coupons) Do you use CBD products? 🍃
HOLY GRAIL SPF 🌞🌞🌞
Okay guys as I have said before I am guilty of rarely ever wearing sunscreen. I just never liked the feel of it on my skin. I always felt like it made me greasy & clogged my pores. However, once I heard about this product I was very intrigued. NIOD - Survival 30 It actually isn’t sold in the United States for some reason so I had to purchase it on a UK website. (Beauty Bay) It is an antioxidant serum with SPF 30. At first, it appears to be tinted but it’s actually not. On NIOD’s website they state: “The slight tinted appearance is derived from the active technologies including Lutein, Fractionated Melanin and Pycnogenol.” It blends in with your skin so easily & does not leave a white cast like some other SPF products. However this serum literally makes my skin tone soo even & perfect! It also contains silicone so it completely smooths over my pores. AND besides all that great stuff, it’s a mineral sunscreen! So it protects against environmental & lifestyle issues. Like UV rays, blue light, etc. I have never loved a product as much as this one! I literally cannot believe how good my skin looks while using this stuff! For a 30ml bottle, I paid $33 on the Beauty Bay site. For me, that is completely worth it! It comes in this adorable packaging & pretty glass bottle. It also has a pump dispenser & squirts out the perfect amount for a single use! I really can’t recommend this stuff enough guys! It’s wonderful!! @cherie@Cheriebeauty@CheriePick
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