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Female hair loss

March 8, 2012
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Female hair loss is a very sensitive subject, but one that needs to be addressed. If you are experiencing it yourself, know that you are not alone: I suffer from it, my mother suffers from it, and so do roughly 75 percent of my female clients. No matter how you look at it, it is real and it is there. It is better to be informed and battle it early than to ignore it and hope that your hair is going to grow back. Fortunately, there are many options to consider if you are suffering from hair loss or thinning hair. I know that I won't cover them all, but I will attempt to leave you better equipped after reading this article.

First of all, genetics plays the biggest role in your fate when it comes to hair loss or thinning hair. Start looking at your genetic line on your mother's side, specifically your mother's father. If your maternal grandfather was bald, chances are you are going to have an issue. Sadly, if you notice thinning hair on yourself already, you really are up against a wall. The good news is that there are products available to help you keep what you have got, but you have to start now.

Regardless of background, women will encounter thinning hair in their lifetime. Unlike men who lose hair, women experience thinning hair because as we age the diameter of the hair shaft shrinks. So we all should be prepared and start early to prevent this from happening prematurely. How can we do that? I recommend a line of haircare products created by Bosely, experts in the field of hair restoration. They have a complete line of shampoo, conditioner, styling aids and topical treatments to restore and promote healthy hair growth. These products will thicken and help you keep the hair you have. I use these products myself. I first learned about them after my mother underwent an actual hair transplant at the Bosely clinic in Boston.

I had the thickest hair as a child and pre-teen. People used to grab ahold of my ponytail in disbelief. That all changed for me in high school thanks to birth control and the obvious hormone changes. I always saw my mother battle her thinning hair, and I knew I was destined for the same path. I started early, using quality products to keep the hair I have, and made sure I got adequate vitamins to support healthy hair growth (Vitamins A, B, C, folic acid and Niacin for sure). If your genetic line shows thinning hair, just be prepared ahead of time and go in knowing.

Shedding and losing hair each day even 100-150 hairs - is normal. We all go through cycles where we shed a little more at times than others. The difference between everyday shedding and hair loss is that it is coming out every day in large amounts and not stopping. Maybe you are noticing your scalp showing more in the front, or your ponytail is feeling a bit smaller. The first thing I ask a female client when she is experiencing hair loss is if she has had her thyroid tested lately, as sudden hair loss is usually the first sign of a thyroid problem. Other reasons for sudden hair loss are recent childbirth or surgery, new medications, trauma or stress. All of these situations are temporary, and your hair will grow back for sure. Even in these situations it is important to take care of yourself, take vitamins and contact your hairdresser for products to slow down the hair loss and to promote a healthy scalp for the hair to grow back.

Knowing that there are many things to do now to prevent future loss sure puts my mind at ease, and I hope it helps you too. If you have any more questions, please feel free to call me or e-mail me with them. Remember, it is nothing to be ashamed of and you are not alone.

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