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Hair Loss and Hair Thinning in Women

Hair loss for a woman can be a life altering complication especially when premature hair loss occurs. For many women, the loss of hair often leaves us feeling confused and unsure how to how the situation occurred. Understanding the causes of hair loss as well as the options for improving hair condition, will provide for reduced anxiety associated with many hair loss processes and improve the overall look and beauty of hair.

For most when, hair loss is a predictable process by which we begin to lose hair, through a thinning effect, as we age. As a slow process, initially, we are often shocked to find our hair becomes increasingly thin in a rather fast and progressive nature later in life. For some women, this thinning process may be unnoticeable for several years as it tends to occur all over the top of the head. Unlike for men, hair loss is not that quite a big deal since shaved heads are trendy. It also gives freedom for people not to worry on how to cut your own hair men. But with women, this is kind of a big issue.

In most women, the loss, or thinning, of hair is simply a genetic factor, uncontrolled by our own actions and tends to occur shortly after menopause. In the genetic predisposition to hair loss, a woman’s hair follicles become more sensitive to a naturally occurring hormone known as DHT, dihydrotestosterone, found in some degree in women but more proliferate in men. When these hair follicles become sensitive to DHT, the follicle will simply discontinue in hair growth which results in thinning hair for women.

To offset the potential complications associated with hair loss and hair thinning in women with a predisposition to genetic loss, there are medications which can be administered to reduce the level of DHT in the blood stream, thereby reducing the sensitivity of the hair follicles. When taking these medications, most women will begin to notice a change in hair growth and fullness within just a few days, especially around the front and top of the head where hair loss is most common in women.

Another cause for hair loss in women involves the complications associated with dermatological issues. In these cases, women suffering from hair loss will commonly find the hair is missing or thinning in patchy areas. For women suffering from this type of hair loss, consulting with a dermatologist is highly recommended to first rule out the loss of hair as it relates to a dermatological complication requiring medication intervention.

In addition to dermatology intervention, the increased use of iron supplements, or consuming foods rich in iron, will also work to naturally boost hair fullness through increased and improved blood circulation and oxygen to tissues. Nutritional deficiencies, as well as psychological complications and stress, often lead to secondary complications of hair loss and should be treated through therapy with a mental health counselor and dietitian or nutritionist. The key to this type of hair loss is the patchy presentation versus the genetic hair loss which is an all over effect.

As with any beauty process, women strive for optimal treatment outcomes when suffering from a complication which may adversely affect their overall appearance. Hair loss and hair thinning are common beauty and self-image issues facing women as they age, especially after menopause. Determining if hair loss is genetic or related to a health factor, will provide the first step in addressing what treatment plan is most appropriate for your hair loss improvement. When unsure, consult a dermatologist for examination and to obtain information regarding hair loss and hair thinning treatment options.

Long Hair Care

Around 15 years ago, at the age of 40, I became convicted after reading 1Corinthians 11:1-16, to grow my hair long (and cover it, but that isn’t what this article is about). At the time, my hair was about shoulder length and I had long bangs in front. I had always admired long hair, but never had the patience to grow it out really long, especially after the children came and time was at a premium.

By far the most frustrating part was the bangs. For a very long time, I kept them, until I was challenged with the statement “Why would you cut what God calls your glory?” So I determined the bangs would go, too. This took several months before they were long enough to easily lay with the rest of my hair, but it did finally happen, and it was worth it.

I had permed my hair for years, and the result of this was that the ends of my hair were lighter than the top part. The top part, where nothing had touched the new hair, was also much shinier. A pregnancy in my 40’s, though, hastened the process of the old hair falling out and new hair growing in, as it is typical to grow new thick hair during a pregnancy, only to have it fall out again to its normal thickness after the baby is born. By the time my daughter was six months old, all old, permed hair was gone, and I was left with new, shiny hair.

Different people’s hair will grow to different lengths, then stops. In other words, depending on the person, hair will only grow so long before it stops growing, or maybe it falls out at this point. Mine just touches my waist. Other people may have hair that grows much shorter than that, and I know one lady whose hair drags the ground. Uncut hair will usually not be exact even at the bottom, but most of the time, the very middle will be slightly longer, giving it a rounded look.

Long, uncut hair should be handled carefully. The ends do not need to be washed as often as the top, but not washing the top of the hair will usually result in oily, dirty looking hair. You will need to determine your own skin type to decide how often to wash your hair, but remember, unclean looking hair is very unattractive, and if you are growing it for religious reasons, it’s a bad testimony.

Wet hair, whether short or long, is more delicate than dry. Once you wash your hair, finger comb it, or use a pick. Try to avoid hair dryers, as they will dry your hair out and make it more brittle and the ends more likely to split. Once your hair is dry, you can use a pick or a brush that is made to avoid tangles, and brush it smooth. If you are only going to be home all day, it’s then a good idea to pull it back at the nape of your neck, and then again half way down your back with ponytail holders designed to be easy to remove. This will keep your hair from tangling as the day goes on, and it will also keep it out of the way when you cook and do housework, so that your hair will stay cleaner. It is also advisable to check if there is a laser hair removal near Brampton so you can have a place where you can get rid of unwanted hair.

Natural products will keep your hair and the rest of your body much healthier. Local health food stores have many natural shampoos you can try. Melaleuca Products have nice shampoos. Since conditioners tend to weigh down long hair, it might be best to avoid using it on a regular basis. You can make your own hair rinse by mixing vinegar, green tea, and rosemary tea. Mix it in equal amounts, pour it down the length of your hair, and massage it into your scalp well after you wash your hair. It smells bad while you are doing it, but the smell goes away when your hair dries. Once massaged in your scalp, you can lightly rinse it out if you prefer. I also like to rub this mixture over my face as I use it in my hair, because it’s good for all of your skin.

Try to avoid using any heat on your hair as much as possible. If you would like to curl your hair, consider going back to the rag curlers from the old days. Simply wind locks of your hair in a circle around your finger, then slip your finger out and a strip of cloth in, tie it, and sleep comfortably.

Long shiny hair is a beautiful asset to your looks, and what God calls a woman’s glory. Consider growing your hair long, and reap a blessing!