Hair loss, lets talk about it!
Does blow-drying my hair; cause my hair to fall out?
I don’t tend to wash and dry my hair at home, instead I opt for weekly wash and blow dry’s at various hairdressers all over North Wales.
I already know that I am suffering with hair loss I have thinner hair towards the front of my head and it is thicker at the back.
I have just turned 40 and I am noticing my hair at the front is starting to thin out even more!
Is it just me? Well no, I asked a number of women and I was shocked to learn that it is a really common problem and can be really upsetting. So that got me thinking.
So what is making this happen? And can I start doing something about it before it gets worse.
Different causes of hair loss.
When a woman’s hair starts fall out, it’s, can often be attributed to stress. Personally I am practicing mindfulness to help combat stress, I will cover this in another topic.
- There are a number of other things that could affect hair loss for example, if you are taking certain medications.
- Pregnancy: In my pregnancy, a lot of my hair fell out, and I was worried about it, but thankfully it grew back.
- Thyroid disorders. If your hair loss is persistent and more commonly all over the scalp – ask your Doctor for a Thyroid test, these can be done simply and medication c
- an be given.
- Major surgery. Sounds weird, but yes hair loss can occur when you have had a big trauma. This normally occurs a couple of months after surgery because hair is not necessary to survival. But most of the time, this too should grow back after time.
- Iron deficiency. Iron tables are commonly available, but it’s best to get your iron level checked out by a doctor, because it could also be a sign of Anemia.
- Crash dieting. This is so common, and people who do crash diet a lot but they don’t realise it can be affecting their hair loss. When you crash diet, your intake of calories drops and so does your nutrients and because the hair system is very sensitive to what is going on elsewhere in the rest of the body it can cause your hair to fall out quicker. This type of hair loss is called Telogen Ellvulium
What is Female Pattern Hair Loss?
Female Pattern Hair Loss. While the hair loss is most pronounced on the crown, hair can also thin from ear to ear. This seems to be the case with my scalp.
Most women affected by FPHL notice increased hair shedding before they become awa
re of a loss of hair volume over the crown.
Others don’t notice their hair shedding, yet see their hair has reduced in volume or has less body.
Women who have long hair may notice their ponytail becoming thinner.
At first thinning occurs in fits and bursts.
Episodes last anywhere between three and six months and may not come back for one to two years before recurring.
Over time, the episodes occur progressively closer together, until some women find they are shedding all year round.
Even in advanced FPHL, the affected area does not become completely bald and the hairline is always retained.
So does my blow dry make any difference?
Thankfully not. If a doctor diagnoses you with FPHL, nothing you’ve done to your hair or scalp has caused it.
Blow-drying or frequent hair washing (or no washing at all) are not the perpetrators.
While you’re concerned about the appearance of the hair you can see, it’s what you can’t see that’s governing your hair loss.
Where to seek treatment?
Most people with dermatological problems such as psoriasis, eczema or acne don’t think twice about starting medical treatment promptly.
Up to a year could pass before a woman seeks help for losing her hair.
During that time she may have put the loss down to stress, hormonal changes, the weather or illness.
This first year is crucial.
The sooner appropriate treatment is started, the better the results in the long term.
The three principal aims are to:
- Stop further progression
- Stimulate hair regrowth
- Conceal the hair loss
Here are some very popular treatments which can be easily purchased online and the ones shown have great reviews, so I am going to start with one of these.
1: Stop further progression
I am going to try to increase my Vitamin Intake. Having done some research, people are having some good results with this method.
Here are some popular Oral Vitamins to prevent hair loss.
2: How can I stimulate hair regrowth?
I don’t wash and dry my hair at home, so I am now going to ask at the hairdressers if they have shampoos and conditioners with Prostaglandin Inhibitors.
Medical results showed that certain eye drops to treat glaucoma made the eyelashes grow longer and thicker. This means that prostaglandin inhibitors can be used to treat hair loss.
So now some shampoos and conditioners on the market contain prostaglandin inhibitors and can reduce hair loss and promote regrowth.
I typed in Female Pattern Hair Loss into Amazon and these popular shampoo & conditioners which promote hair growth, came up, I don’t know if you are familiar with Megan Mckenna but here she is below attributing her amazing hair to Watermans so I have provided you with the link below.
If your hair is starting to fall out or you feel like you are losing your hair, the most important thing you can do is act quickly and ask for help.
It’s much easier to prevent hair loss than to try to regrow it once lost.
So can I still have blow drys?
My conclusion is yes, I can and I am still going to – yippee!
If you are suffering with any of the above issues, drop me a comment below, it’s always a comfort to know we are not alone with our every day concerns and if you have found something that works great for you please let me know! If you want to promote your business click here.