Hair loss in women – this is how you solve the problem
Hair loss is, for many women, a daily challenge that can cause poor self-confidence and, at worst, social anxiety. Hair loss in women is a widespread condition, but fortunately there is help available – including new unique products from Australian Bodycare, who have developed a serum, shampoo and hair spray for the problem.
In this article, you will discover the causes of hair loss, which also provides insight into how best prevent the problem.
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What is hair loss in women?
Hair loss in women is an annoying and unfortunately widespread problem for many. Hair loss in women is a condition where hair begins to fall off and thin out. It could be to a greater or lesser extent. Either way, it is a condition that in many cases has a negative effect on the quality of life of those affected.
Hair loss in women often occurs around the centre parting line in the middle, i.e. on top of the head in the upper area of the skull. The hair slowly thins out at the top, while the sides and back remain normal. While men lose all their hair in one area, women do not lose it in the same way. However, it is still a cosmetic problem that can have psychological consequences for many women. Hair loss in women can be both temporary and permanent.
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- Hair loss in women – this is how you solve the problem
The biological structure of hair
On the scalp there are on average about 100,000 hairs. All the strands of hair go through different stages. First is the anagen phase, where more than 90% of your hair currently is growing in. Anagen hairs are difficult to pull out because they are deeply rooted in the subcutaneous tissue. The anagen phase is more or less the entire lifecycle of the hair strand, and each hair will stay rooted for several years before it is replaced by a new one.
In the next phase, the catagenic phase, cell death occurs. This phase lasts about two weeks. After that, the hair goes into the telogenic phase, which lasts approximately three months. This phase is a kind of resting phase before the hair falls out. It’s easier to pull out hairs that are in the telogenic phase than the anagen phase.
Every day, you shed up to 100 telogenic hairs – this is perfectly normal. There is a hair loss problem in woman if you shed far more than that.
What causes hair loss in women?
But why do only some women lose their hair? There can be several reasons for this – you will find an overview here.
One of the reasons why women lose their hair may be due to hereditary factors. If your mother has had hair loss problems, there is also a risk that you will be affected. Hereditary hair loss in women starts as early as the 20s. Slowly over the next 10-20 years, hair loss will gradually worsen.
Slowly the new hairs that form new strands begin to disappear. Over time, each new strand of hair becomes lighter and thinner to eventually stop hair growth completely.
Hormonal changes and stress
Another cause of women losing their hair may be hormonal changes in the body. This can be, for example, in connection with the use of birth control pills, menopause or pregnancy. In all cases, changes occur with the changing hormones in the body. This can lead to the condition known medically as Telogen effluvium.
In this condition, a sudden change occurs in the ratio of anagen and telogenic hairs. Instead, of being 90% anagen and 10% telogenic, it changes to 70% anagen and 30% telogen. This means that you lose 300 or more hairs per day, which begins to thin out the otherwise full head of hair.
However, when the cause of the change in hair ratios is removed (for example, pregnancy, childbirth or birth control pills), the hair loss may persist for another six months. After this, your hair condition begins to normalize again, so that your head returns to its normal balance.
Lack of vitamin and minerals
Do you get enough vitamins and minerals in your daily diet? If not, it can affect your hair. Hair loss in women may be due to a lack of vitamins. If your body doesn’t get the vitamins it needs, it can affect the amount of hair on your head.
Therefore, your diet also plays a major role in hair loss in some cases. This is especially true if you suffer from iron deficiency or you do not get enough B and D vitamins. Both play a role in the health of your hair, and therefore a deficient diet may be the reason why your hair looks so thin.
Also, skin diseases such as psoriasis and dandruff can be the culprit behind your thinning hair. Psoriasis is a scaly and dry skin rash that often appears in the temples, behind the ears, at the hairline and on other parts of the scalp. Although scalp psoriasis is not always associated with hair loss, in severe cases the disease can cause hair loss due to poor scalp health.
Excessive use of hair products
If you are an avid user of shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, hair mousse and other hair styling products, you may suffer from hair loss. The many harsh chemicals and other substances in the products can irritate the scalp and completely destroy the natural hair structure, causing the roots to become worn.
Using many products can help to dry out the hair and remove the natural oils, reducing growth. It can lead to the loss of many hair strands.
Side effects from medication
Your hair may start to fall out as a side effect of certain types of medication. This is especially true if you are receiving chemotherapy in connection with a cancer treatment. But it can also be a side effect of other types of medication. If hair loss is a side effect, it will be stated in the package leaflet of the medicine.
Who is most affected by hair loss?
Several studies show that many women suffer from hair loss. In fact, it is a problem for as many as 50% of all women aged 50 and over. Half of all women report that their hair starts to thin out and for the 10-15 percent, there is significant hair loss.
But hair loss can affect women during all stages of life, for example in connection with hormonal changes during pregnancy, stress at work or other factors that influence hormonal changes in the body.
What is the hair loss treatment for women?
Although hair loss in women is a widespread condition, there are good options available for treating and improving the problem so that you can restore thicker hair and normal hair growth.
Hair loss treatment for women
When you lose your hair, it is due to an imbalance in the natural growth, which can be caused by several reasons. To solve this problem, Australian Bodycare has developed a remedy containing three products. All products contain Tea Tree Oil and Capilia Longa, which together slow down the hair loss process and therefore reduce the risks of further hair loss.
While the 100% natural Tea Tree Oil cleanses impurities away from the scalp and promotes the natural balance and health that gives your hair the best chance to grow strong and full, Capilia Longa reduces the risk of hair loss. The multi-active ingredient is extracted from tropical and subtropical plants to help reactivate the hair roots to restore hair growth.
Use the serum as step 1 in the fight against hair loss. Apply the serum to your scalp daily and massage it in. The serum should not be washed out but should soak into the scalp.
The shampoo acts as step 2, thoroughly massage it into your wet hair and scalp to strengthen the scalp environment.
Use the hair spray as step 3 after washing your hair and on days when you skip washing it. The hair spray strengthens the hair and helps prevent the hair strands breaking.
The products combined give your hair and scalp the best conditions for your hair to grow strong and thick while counteracting the risk of hair loss.
When should you see a doctor?
If you are unsure about why you are suddenly losing your hair, it is always a good idea to go to the doctor so that he or she can investigate the cause. If it is due to low metabolism, a scalp disease or something completely different, it may require further treatment. It helps to see your doctor.
Preventing hair loss – what can you do?
If you would like to prevent hair loss, you can take a number of active steps to help your hair growth stay healthy and strong.
Use the products together
The serum, shampoo and hairspray for hair loss can be used individually, or can be used together for optimal results. The serum is massaged into the scalp to promote healthy hair and a healthy scalp environment for hair growth. The shampoo mildly cleanses the scalp free of impurities so that hair growth is not inhibited. You can use the hair spray after washing with the shampoo or when you want to skip the hair wash altogether. It helps strengthen each strand of hair to become more resistant to breakage.
The products work together to counteract hair loss by strengthening the hair and scalp which will promote hair growth and thicker hair. All 3 products can be used daily.
Stronger medical treatment
You can also get medical treatment for hair loss. It often consists of a hormone treatment with tablets. The tablet treatment should counteract the hormones that can inhibit hair growth, but the treatment can often have side effects, such as impotence in men.
Only your doctor can prescribe the tablets to you, and therefore you should talk to him or her first. Typically, your doctor will assess whether the treatment will be beneficial to you.
Transplantation of “healthy” hair
Hair transplantation is another form of treatment for hair loss. The transplant is carried out by finding donor areas with strong strands of hair and healthy follicles, typically at the back or side of the head, where there are still many hairs. The hair follicles are taken out individually and planted in the bald areas, such as the top of the scalp or the receding hairline.
After a few weeks, the transplanted hair will fall out and the new hair will gradually emerge from the healthy follicle planted in the scalp. The final outcome of the treatment can only be seen after 12-18 months.
How to prevent hair loss
There are several ways to prevent hair loss. Because while it may be difficult to pull the brake on the aging process, you do not have to give up completely beforehand.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle
A healthy and nutritious diet can go a long way in your prevention of hair loss. Be sure to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables as they are packed with vitamins and antioxidants, both of which strengthen the hair to counteract hair loss. Also try to eat sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds, which contain minerals that are effective against hair loss.
If you do not get enough Vitamin B in your diet, you will benefit from B vitamin supplements, which are known to strengthen your hair.
Limit the use of hair styling
Hair dryers, hair spray, hair mousse, straighteners and curling irons are all hard on your hair. Therefore, if you reduce the use of hair styling products and tools, your hair will benefit.
Make it a habit to wash your hair the night before so that it can air dry, so you don’t have to use the hair dryer to dry it in a rush. If you can’t do without hair dryers or straighteners at all, it is a good idea to use some mild hair products that are heat protective and free of chemicals and other harsh substances.
Tips for healthier hair
Do you often wear your hair up with a hair elastic? Then take a look at the hair elastic and see if it is held together with a metal closure. If so, you should purchase elastics without this metal closure. The metal part tends to damage and wear the hair, making it more worn and porous.
If you sleep with your hair loose, it can also wear down a huge amount as it rubs against the pillow every night. It can tug at the hair strands and make the hair less voluminous. Instead, put it up in a loose ponytail or bun so it won’t wear on the pillow in the same way when you reach dream land.