Although hair loss is still something that’s commonly associated with men, it is an issue that also affects women, with nearly a third of women dealing with some form of hair loss over the course of their lives. The major differences between hair loss in men and hair loss in women is the cause of it and how it occurs. While many men lose their hair because of male pattern baldness, women can experience hair loss because of hormonal changes, autoimmune disorders, dietary problems, and thyroid issues. How you cope with your hair loss depends in part on the cause of it, but many women see at least some improvement with the following solutions.
Improve Your Diet
Some cases of women’s hair loss might be due in large part to a dietary issue. You may be missing key nutrients from your diet that play a big part in the health of your hair. For example, if you don’t consume enough protein, you will usually see some impact on your hair, as it is made up almost entirely of protein. While meat, poultry and fish are good sources for it, you can also find protein in eggs, beans, and grains such as quinoa, if you don’t eat meat.
Other nutrients that are particularly important for the health of your hair include iron, zinc, and vitamin D. While you can try using a supplement to boost your intake of important vitamins and minerals, getting those nutrients from food is often the optimal way to go. Iron is found in red meat, as well as in leafy green and egg yolks. Shellfish tend to be the best food to get zinc from, if you can eat them. Otherwise, you can find zinc in grains and beans.
Experiment With Your Hair’s Color
Dying your hair won’t prevent hair loss or keep you from losing more hair. But, it can trick the eye into thinking you have more hair than you actually have. If you are starting to feel self-conscious about your thinning hair, it might be worth discussing your coloring options with a stylist. A talented stylist can help you pick a color that will reflect light in a certain way, making your hair look fuller and thicker.
Don’t Skip Shampoo!
Seeing a bunch of strands of hair in the drain of your tub after you shampoo can make you think that the solution to your hair loss is to stop sudsing up. Not washing your hair is actually not a good idea, as it can make your hair loss more visible, thanks to the buildup of oil and dirt on your scalp and hair. Plus, if you take a break from shampooing for any length of time, then wash up again, you’re likely to see more hairs fall out when you wash up, which can be even more alarming.
For the sake of your scalp and hair, continue to shampoo and condition on a regular basis. Use a gentle, lightweight shampoo and conditioner that won’t weigh your hair down or be very harsh. When you massage the shampoo or conditioner into your scalp, use your fingertips, not your nails, to avoid scratching or irritating your scalp.
There is a way to treat hair loss with medicine. Minoxidil, originally created as a medication to treat high blood pressure, was quickly found to also help improve hair growth. It’s the only hair loss medicine that is FDA approved for use by women.
While minoxidil can be helpful when it comes to hair loss, it can also be somewhat limited. The medication only works when it’s continually used. You’ll need to apply it to the area you want treated daily and you need to continue to use it or else its benefits will fade away. It’s also worth noting that minoxidil might be not very effective for everyone. If you have a considerable amount of hair loss, you might not see the results you hoped to get.
Try Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) can also help improve hair growth in women who are dealing with hair loss. The therapy involves taking a sample of your blood and separating the plasma, along with its growth factors, from the sample. The plasma is then injected into the scalp, where it is able to help heal damaged hair follicles and encourage cell growth.
If you are a woman who is experiencing hair loss, speaking with a hair restoration specialist, such as Dr. Kyle Choe in the Virginia Beach area, can be the first step to getting your hair back. Dr. Choe can help you determine the cause of your hair loss and recommend the most effective ways to cope with it or treat it. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Choe, call (757) 389-5850 today.