Let Your Hair Do the Talking!
Waking up in the morning, you have your morning shower and wash your hair. Your thinking, wow! There seems to be a lot of hair in my hand. You have a look in the mirror and notice that your hairline seems regressing. How can I be losing my hair? Women don't go bald? What if I keep losing my hair, I'll be bald in a few years!!
As frightening as it may seem, hair-loss in women is quite common. Its all about working out the root (pardon the pun) of the cause.
Womens hair-loss usually occurs around the crown of the head, but left untreated can thin out through the whole top of the head. Without becoming too technical, the majority of women hairless is because of telogen effluvium, this is when the hair follicles which usually go through effluvium (different growth stages of the hair from the follicle) goes into a resting state stopping the normal cycle of hair growth.
There are are a few things that can contribute to this type of hair-loss, and when someone approaches me with an issue like this the underlying cause can be different in each individual, but is generally some sort of stress or shock to the body system, apart from environmental factors that I discuss below.
Environmental stresses such as over bleaching, using chemical products on the hair and scalp, cheap chemical laden shampoos and conditioners, straightening products etc. Although this seems scary to some to discontinue these practices, there are always natural and organic alternatives, and its important your hairdresser understands and supplies natural alternatives and is aware of products that may contribute to hair-loss.
Low nutrient intake or absorption. Minerals and vitamins are essential for healthy hair growth so it makes sense that when you are low or not absorbing them properly that hair will be one of the first things to go. There is no better way to test for this than Hair mineral analysis and serum vitamin and iron studies blood tests. Makes sense right? Hair is falling out, test the hair for nutrients.
Body disregulation like auto-immune problems: Lupus, hashimotos, Graves disease, etc. Hormonal changes like childbirth, breastfeeding and imbalances like PCOS, and general hormonal imbalances can definitely contribute to hair-loss. I find the best way to test for hormonal problems is through salvia testing.
Other stresses on the body systems would be medication, as a lot of medications can cause nutrient deficiencies such as antidepressants, which also can create a general stress on the body system, and medications like the oral contraceptive pill and HRT which can contribute to hormonal imbalances. Anxiety and lifestyle stresses and complications can also be a major issue for female hair-loss, and are important to be addressed in any treatment plan.
So as you can see, its not a one size fits all approach and female hair-loss, although can appear complicated and you may not feel up to discussing the issue because of self confidence and emotions relating to the problem. The majority of female hair-loss is treatable. And depending on your desire to change can be resolved in as little as 3 months. If you are concerned about hair-loss and are not sure where to turn, I provide all the above tests through the clinic so we can get you straight back on the road to gorgeous hair. I the meantime I have a recipe below for a scalp massage that you can do at home to try and stimulate those follicles.
Scalp Massage Treatment
6 drops of organic rosemary, lavender, and cedar wood essential oils
1 TBSP of jojoba oil
Mix together and massage the scalp to increase circulation - 5-10 minutes should do.
you can either leave the mix in for a period of time or rinse out with a natural shampoo and conditioner.