Category: Hair Loss in Women

Hair Loss in Women is a growing problem. This may feel more like a male issue, but hair loss in women is catching-up. Hormonal problems, stress, bad diets, and an increase in the use of flat irons, wigs, tight hairstyles and other such stresses are causing this issue to grow.

Here on Hair Growth Pills we are well aware of the problem and are doing what we can to tackle it. Many of the articles you will find on the Hair Growth Pills site deal with this issue. This section in particular takes a very focused look at it. It centers on female baldness, potential cures and other such issues that women facing when their hair begins to thin or fall out.

This is a category, which means that you will find all of the relevant articles relating to it below. To search these, just scroll down and then click on each of the articles in turn. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, or if you simply like what you read, then you can also browse the rest of the Hair Growth Pills categories by using the sidebar options to the right of this page.

Your Hair Loss Questions Answered: Baldness FAQ

Your Hair Loss Questions Answered: Baldness FAQ

We have fielded countless questions on hair loss since we started this site. In this guide we aim to answer all of them as best we can, getting to the root of your problem in more ways than one.

Does Masturbation Cause Hair Loss?

Does Masturbation Cause Hair Loss?
Just out of shot there is a very disappointed man who realizes his frantic self pleasuring has just caught up with him.

This may sound like a random, paranoid concern. It’s the sort of thing that would only ever be asked on the internet and has no basis in truth (like most of the things on the internet). However, there is some science behind it and the answer isn’t a clear as you would expect. Nor is it as reassuring.

Ejaculation triggers a release of hormones. One of these is testosterone, which can then be converted into DHT in the prostate and testicles. This chemical then begins to circulate through your body and if it reaches your scalp and builds up, then it can inhibit hair follicles. DHT is one of the main causes of hair loss in men. It goes without saying that anything that triggers DHT is not good for hair loss.

However, unless problems already exist, such as an extreme sensitivity to DHT, then it is highly unlikely that an individual will experience hair loss as a result of excessive masturbation. It is is perfectly healthy thing to do. What’s more, it is essential in rejuvenating sperm and keeping the sexual organs ticking over. You can actually cause more problems for your body if you refuse to masturbate. In fact, the build-up of stress that results from not being able to masturbate could also trigger hair loss.

Does Creatine Cause Hair Loss?

Does Creatine Cause Hair Loss?

Another thing that can trigger an increase in DHT is the supplement creatine. This is a very popular supplement in the bodybuilding community and many young men are worried about consuming it because they are worried about thinning hair. After all, many of them are taking creatine because they want to improve the way they look, and it’s no good packing on a little muscle at the expense of your hair falling out.

It’s true that creatine can cause an increase in DHT. But it’s not DHT that’s the problem so much as how the body deals with it. If you have a sensitivity to it, as mentioned above, then creatine can cause more hair loss. But the same goes for many things. In fact, if you have that sensitivity then it’s going to be very difficult for you to stop the effect of DHT because there are so many things that can increase production.

And the more creatine you take, the higher of a risk you run. However, if you don’t have that sensitivity, then it’s unlikely that creatine will cause hair loss.

What Medications Cause Hair Loss?

Unfortunately, there are a long list of medications that cause hair loss. As a result, if you’re on a number of medications and are experiencing hair loss, it can be an ordeal to try and work out what medication is causing the hair loss or if it’s being caused by more than one medication.

The medications most commonly associated with hair loss have been listed below:

  • Anticoagulants (Warfarin, Sofarin, Heparin)
  • Anticonvulsants (Tridione, Depakote)
  • Antidepressants (Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft)
  • Gout Medications (Lopurin, Zyloprim)
  • Beta Blockers (Atenolol, Propranolol)
  • Hormone Supplements (Testosterone, Birth Control)

An excess amount of Vitamin A can also cause hair loss. As discussed in our Hair Loss Vitamins article, it is important to consume a balanced diet that contains a healthy profile of vitamins and minerals. But it is possible to overdo it and to cause even more problems than the ones you are trying to fix.

How Long Does Postpartum Hair Loss Last?

How Long Does Postpartum Hair Loss Last?

We have covered Postpartum Hair Loss in the past. This is a unique from of hair loss that only occurs following childbirth. However, it’s important to note that you’re not actually losing anymore hairs than usual.

We lose hairs everyday. Well over 100 of them. Pregnancy hormones stop these from falling out naturally, which is why your hair looks and feels thicker during pregnancy. When you have the baby and the hormones get back to normal, all of those extra hairs begin to fall out. In the end, you’re left with hair that is as it should be. In some cases, women will lose more hair following childbirth. This can be a result of hormone imbalances, dietary issues, vitamin deficiencies and stress. However, for the most part it’s nothing to worry about.

In any case, the hair loss typically begins to occur three months after childbirth and is usually over before the baby is one year old.

Does Cymbalta Cause Hair Loss?

Cymbalta, which is the brand name for Duloxetine, is a drug that is used to treat depressive disorders, anxiety disorders and fibromyalgia, among other things. It can cause increased levels of serotonin and reduced levels of sodium, both of which can trigger a long list of relatively common side effects.

Hair loss is not actually listed as a minor, major common or uncommon Cymbalta side effect. However, we’re often asked whether to not Cymbalta causes hair loss and it’s a problem we have seen asked on many forums. For whatever reason, it seems that a minority of people are experiencing this issue with Cymbalta.

So yes, it is likely that it does cause hair loss, but if so, it is very rare. Typically, “uncommon” and “rare” side effects on drug leaflets refer to something that may happen to only 1 in 1,000 or 1 in 10,000 people. It is not likely that hair loss is a rarer side effect, but rather that it’s one that is simply “uncommon” and rarely gets reported. After all, short-term users are unlikely to notice hair loss if it’s minor, whereas older users may think it’s not related and users already experiencing baldness won’t be affected.

But even if that is the case, it’s still not likely to affect you. You shouldn’t avoid taking a drug just because there is such a slim chance of a side effect. If you have started the drug and are worried it’s causing hair loss, speak to your doctor. Do not simply stop taking it without consulting them first.

Does Topamax Cause Hair Loss?

Does Topamax Cause Hair Loss?

If you search for “Does Topamax Cause Hair Loss?” or similar terms in Google, you’ll find a long list of people suffering from this condition. So much so that it seems relatively common. That’s not the case. it’s still a somewhat uncommon side effect, but the sheer number of users means that there are many people suffering from this side effect.

Simply put, Topamax can cause hair loss. However, many people who have suffered Topamax related hair loss have found hair loss treatments such as the use of hair growth supplements to be effective. You can find plenty of info on such treatments here on Hair Growth Pills.

Hair Loss Due to Medication: Will it Grow Back?

Simply put, yes it will, at least for the most part. If a medication is causing hair loss then it’s probably being triggered by changing hormones; an increase in DHT; an imbalance; or by a chemical that is restricting the natural process. If you take that away then the body will be able to return to its normal rhythms.

Of course, that’s not always the case. Sometimes longer term damage may be done, especially if it has been taken for a long time.

What Causes Sudden Hair Loss in Women?

There are a number of causes for sudden hair loss in women. These are discussed at greater length in our articles on Hair Loss in Women and What Causes Hair Loss in Women. They can be hormonal, infection related, medication related or stress related. But there are many variants of each, many potential causes.

Causes of Hair Loss in Women: Stress, Hormones, Other Baldness Causes

Causes of Hair Loss in Women: Stress, Hormones, Other Baldness Causes

Causes of Hair Loss in Women

There are a number of causes of hair loss in women. Knowing the cause of hair loss can help you to find the best treatment. It can save you a lot of time and money that would otherwise be spent trying all kinds of treatments that don’t work because they are simply not suited for what you have.

In this guide we will look at all of the potential causes of hair loss in women. As you can see below, there are a number of these and they range from the simple and the common, to the rare and the incredibly unlucky. If you would like more information on how to cure these problems, be sure to check with our hair loss treatment article, or with one or our main articles on hair growth pills.

The Main Cause of Hair Loss in Women

In truth, it’s hard to determine the “main cause of hair loss in women”. That’s because there are many causes, many variations of each, and no woman responds the same to all conditions. However, it seems like one of the main causes of hair loss in women is hormonal changes. This is something that just doesn’t affect men and something that affects many women at least once in their life.

There are a number of reasons that your hormones could be triggering hair loss, these include:

  • Contraception: If you take a contraceptive pill then it can mess with your hormones, which in turn can trigger hair loss. This is one of the rarer side effects though so it’s not a huge problem to worry about.
  • Post-Pregnancy: Pregnancy can actually cause more problems with your hormones than contraception. To begin with, your hormones actually benefit your hair, as explained on our postpartum hair loss page. We lost over 100 hairs a day naturally and these hormones basically hold your hair in place. It feels and looks thicker as a result. But a few months after the baby arrives, those hormones disappear and all that hair falls out. It’s more than usual so it’s worrying, but it’s natural.
  • Thyroid: If you have problems with your thyroid then you may experience varying degrees of hair loss. It is your thyroid that balances your hormones, so when this is not functioning properly then everything goes haywire and your hair begins to thin or fall out.

Diet and Supplements

Diet Causing Hair Loss in Women

If you don’t get the proper nutrition then your hair and your skin will suffer. You need Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin C and an assortment of B Vitamins. These all help to keep your scalp healthy, which in turn will ensure that you hair follicles are healthy. We have discussed these vitamins at great length in our hair loss vitamin article and our hair growth supplements article.

It is possible to get too much of a good thing. Too much Vitamin A can wreck havoc on your body, even causing hair loss. However, this is entirely reversible. If you think that you’re getting too much Vitamin A, check with your doctor. They will run some tests and work it out. If you are, then simply reduce your intake and your hair should grow back.

A lack of protein can also have the same affect. Again, this is very easy to fix, but it may be harder to reverse. You can also experience hair loss if you suddenly lose a lot of weight. This is an issue that many young girls with eating disorders face, and it’s not all down to the fact that they are depriving their body of essential vitamins and protein.

Genetics

Genetics Causing Hair Loss in Women

Unfortunately, this is something that you can’t fix. If baldness runs in your family, then there is a good chance it will affect you. In such cases, there is very little that you do. You can certainly try to stop it from happening, taking hair growth formulas and making sure you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals you need. But when your hair begins to fall out or thin, your options are a little more limited.

Hereditary baldness and pattern baldness is more common in men, but it can happen in women as well. Just look to the females in your family to determine whether or not you’re likely to face problems yourself as you age.

Stress

One of the main causes of hair loss in women is stress. There is an old wives tale that says your hair will turn white if you are stressed. If you have a few hairs and are married, then you’ve probably joked yourself that your husband is at fault. The truth is, stress doesn’t play a role in turning your hair white, but it does play a role in it falling out.

It’s not a very common cause and the stress usually needs to be severe, but this is a problem that many women face. The stress of a broken marriage, the stress of a death in the family, of money problems and career strife, can all cause hair loss in women and men,

Physical Stress

If you tie your hair in a ponytail. If you pin it back to wear a weave or extensions, then you are putting it under stress and potentially causing it irreparable damage. One of the worst culprits for this is cornrows. However, tight ponytails also play a role and are one of the most common causes of hair loss in women.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

POCS Causing Hair Loss in Women

Known as POCS for short, this condition causes an imbalance in hormones and is a major contributor to hair loss in women. Women experience a rush of hormones that are typically only dominant in men. These hormones can cause thinning of the hair and hair loss on the head, but they can also cause hair to grow at a great rate on the chin and the upper lips.

Of course, there are other problems associated with this condition that are more serious. But this is far from a pleasant side effect and it’s one that causes great distress to women at a time when they’re already suffering from a host of other symptoms.

Hair Loss Cure (Effective Cures Review, Minoxidil, Viviscal, etc)

Hair Loss Cure (Effective Cures Review, Minoxidil, Viviscal, etc)

Hair Loss Cure

Believe it or not, there is such a thing as a valid hair loss cure. It’s not all snake oil and scams. This industry has taken a few hits over the years. It was once an industry filled with big promises and products that didn’t deliver. It was an industry where the highest selling products were fake hair in a can and suspect pills.

However, demand has increased along with scientific knowledge. These days some of the biggest and most respected companies in the world work to create hair loss cures, aiming to remedy a problem that affects more than half of all adult Americans before the age of 40. As a result, the marketplace is now tightly regulated and controlled.

So, that hair loss cure you’re looking for really does exist. And in this article we’ll put the best of them in the spotlight.

Vivisval

Cures Hair Loss

Vivisval is widespread. It is popular with celerities, it is popular with the average user. There are countless reviews online that rave about this product and even when you filter out the obvious affiliate reviews there are still a high majority of positive opinions. It is a hair loss cure that we’re very optimistic about, but Vivisval is far from perfect.

Pros

  • Safe: Vivisval is composed entirely of vitamins and minerals. Most of these, including amino acids, iron and B Vitamins, are found naturally in the foods we eat. As a result, there are no serious side effects to worry about and this is relatively natural.
  • Established: Vivisval was created by a company that has been around for more than 20 years and is rated as A+ by the BBB. Those ratings don’t come lightly.
  • Price: Vivisval is fairly cheap and typically costs just $1 for a day’s supply, which means you’ll spend around $30 for a month’s supply.

Cons

  • Shark: Some of the ingredients in Vivisval are a little odd, to say the least. They include the “AminoMar Complex” which, rather vaguely, contains “Shark Powder”. It’s not really a big negative, but it’s certainly one that made us think twice.
  • Long-term: Vivisval needs to be used over the long-term to really feel the effects. As a result, that $30 monthly cost soon mounts up and turns into $360 for a year.
  • Hair Growth: The main issue with Vivisval when compared to many of the other hair growth cures on this list is that, well, it’s not strictly a hair growth cure. Its purpose is to strengthen your hair and improve its condition, as opposed to promoting growth in those suffering from hair loss.

Minoxidil

Baldness Cure

Better known by the band name “Rogaine”, Minoxidil is the gold star hair loss cure. This is the product that changed the industry, as it was one of the first hair loss cures that actually worked. Minoxidil is not a magic bullet though, and it doesn’t work for everyone. It’s also not accessible for everyone, which is why there are so many successful competitors on the market.

Pros

  • Effective: Minoxidil works. It’s as simple as that. And it seems to work for the majority of users that try it. It really is an effective hair loss cure, and it’s not everyday that you get to say that. It’s not perfect, but it’s a big seller for a reason.
  • Safe: Studies have suggested that Minoxidil is perfectly safe. As discussed in the “Cons” section below, we can’t be sure about this over the long-term, but there are no nasty short-term side effects.
  • Approved: Minoxidil is FDA approved and is one of the only hair loss cures that can make that claim.
  • Over The Counter: Minoxidil may be effective, it may be FDA approved, but it is also available over the counter. Those things rarely go hand in hand, but they do in this case.

Cons

  • Time: It can take as long as a year for Minoxidil to take effect. That’s an incredibly long time to wait, and it’s something that has put many prospective users off. In today’s instant gratification society, people want everything done yesterday. Minoxidil just doesn’t fit that bill.
  • Action: Minoxidil may be relatively safe, but only as far as we know. The truth is that we don’t really know why Minoxidil works, which means we can’t really know for sure that it is safe. After all, how can you guarantee the long-term safety of a product if you’re not even sure why it does what it does in the short-term?
  • Price: This medication is actually reasonably price. However, the fact that you need to use it for many months at a time means the costs can mount up. A thirty day or even sixty day supply may look very reasonable. But there’s a good chance you’ll be using it for 6 or even 12 months.

Keranique

Keranique provide a complete hair restoration package that can be added to your everyday beauty regime. It is a little different to the others on this list, but it is still a hair growth cure that has its benefits. The Keranique package includes shampoo and conditioner.

Pros

  • Safe: Keranique is not a medication. It’s not even something that you consume. It contains mostly natural, entirely effective ingredients that are perfectly safe.
  • Easy: Keranique is perfectly easy to add to your daily regime. It is non-intrusive and there is no need to worry about side effects or any contraindications with other medications. Keranique is also a hair loss cure that you can use with other hair loss cures.
  • All-In-One: As well as being an effective hair loss cure, Keranique is also a great beauty product. It can help to strengthen you hair, add shine and make it smell great.

Cons

  • Price: Keranique is a premium hair loss cure, and it comes with a premium price tag as a result. It’s priced like you would expect for a top of the range haircare set.
  • Efficiency: Let’s be honest, as good as Keranique is as a beauty product, it’s not as effective of a hair loss cure as the others on this list. And like Viviscal, it is geared more towards strengthening what you have than replacing what you lost.
Postpartum Hair Loss: Cure Post Pregnancy Hair Problems

Postpartum Hair Loss: Cure Post Pregnancy Hair Problems

Postpartum Hair Loss

Postpartum hair loss and postpartum hair breakage is one of the many things that goes hand-in-hand with bringing a new baby into the world. Along with all the happiness and the life-affirming joy comes an avalanche of negativity, from hair loss to skin problems, depression and a lot more.

We can’t help you with most of that. But we can help you with postpartum hair loss. The bad thing is that this will happen to most women following birth. The good thing is that it doesn’t last and will clear up in time. Trust us on that one—it may feel like the end of the world and the end of your beautiful hair, but that’s far from the case.

In this guide we will look at postpartum hair loss in a little more detail, telling you all you need to know about it.

What is Postpartum Hair Loss?

What is Postpartum Hair Loss

Put simply, postpartum hair loss, or postpartum hair breakage, is hair loss or hair damage that occurs following childbirth. If this sounds terrifying to you then you’re not alone. It’s something that many women dread. But the first step to overcoming it is understanding it and knowing what to expect when it happens.

Postpartum hair loss is typically nothing more than a few extra hairs falling out. This typically occurs between 3 and 6 months after pregnancy. It is more common in new mothers.

So, what causes postpartum hair loss? Well, the average human scalp will shed over 100 hairs a day. This is perfectly natural, even if it doesn’t sound like it. During pregnancy, the body’s hormones help to keep these hairs in place. The hair grows thicker and longer. That’s why pregnant women tend to have lustrous hair.

After childbirth, the hormones begin to reset. They are no longer working hard to keep that hair in place, so it all begins to fall out. And because it has been holding onto those hairs for so long, there is a lot of catching up to do.

Postpartum Hair Breakage

Postpartum Hair Breakage

It may feel like you hair is just very weak and is breaking under any kind of pressure. When you shower, when you brush, even when you throw on a blouse or wear a hat. However, there’s a good chance that the hair is coming out because it was already waiting to come out, and not because it’s breaking.

It can be scary to lose this amount of hair, but take solace in the knowledge that there is so much more hair waiting underneath. You’re essentially just losing the excess hair gathered during pregnancy and turning back into the way you were before you fell pregnant and those hormones began to work their magic.

The good news is that it doesn’t last for very long. By the time the baby is three months old, those hormones should have reset and you’ll begin to notice some of the symptoms. But within a further 6 months, the worst of it will be over. You’ll have a few more blocked plug-holes. You’ll have a few more brushes to clean. But your hair will still be as strong and lush as it was before you fell pregnant.

And let’s be honest, new mothers typically have so much more to worry about. That first year usually flies by. There is very little time to work, to socialize and even to sleep, so a little excess hair falling out is typically overlooked.

If you have noticed it (there’s a good chance that’s the case if you’re reading this article) then there are a few things you can do to limit the distress it is causing you.

How to Cure Postpartum Hair Loss

Cure Postpartum Hair Loss

The best thing you can do to stop the hair loss is to limit the damage that you do to your hair. So, try to avoid excessive use of hair dryers and flat irons. You should also avoid any heavy brushing. As we said above, it’s not going to damage the hair itself, not to a great extent anyway, but it will expedite the hair loss process.

If you’re gentle then you will also limit damage to your hair in general, which will stop you from taking out even more hair and causing even more stress. So, as well as heavy brushing and hair dryers, you should also avoid anything too heavy on chemicals, including dyes. Try and use a natural, organic shampoo and conditioner and make sure you treat your hair well.

Your body will also need a strong vitamin profile. There are many hair loss vitamins and hair growth supplements that you can take to help with this. But the aren’t always advisable for postpartum hair loss, nor are they all safe for breastfeeding mothers. The best thing to do, therefore, is to take a prenatal vitamin. This will ensure you get all of the essential vitamins that may otherwise be depleted, including vitamins like biotin and niacin, both of which can strengthen your hair.

When to Worry about Postpartum Hair Loss

If you are losing an excessive amount of hair, then you may need to talk to an expert. Of course, the problem with postpartum hair loss is that the hair lost is an excessive amount to everyone who loses it, because they’re not used to losing that much. So, try not to focus too much on what’s on the brush or in the plughole. Instead, focus on how your hair looks. Is it considerably thinner? Are there bald patches?

Bear in mind that you hair will look less lustrous than it did during pregnancy. It may even look little thinner. But if it looks considerably worse than it did before you first fell pregnant, if there are bald batches, dry batches or other clear damage, then you should consult a doctor. It is unlikely to be anything serious, but if nothing else they can run some checks to see if you are deficient in a vitamin or mineral and then help you to supplement with it if you are.

Hair Growth Supplements: 4 of the Best Products

Hair Growth Supplements: 4 of the Best Products

Hair Growth Supplements

If your hair is falling out or thinning; if your hairline is beating a retreat on your scalp, then there are hair growth supplements that can help. In fact, you probably came here because those things are already happening.

If so, you’re not alone. Hair loss effects over a quarter of all men over the age of twenty-one, and while hair loss in women is not as common, there are 30 million American women who wish it was just that little bit rarer.

There are so many products on the market that can help. There are products designed to help you grow your eyelashes, products designed to assist with beard growth. You can also find hair loss vitamins, hair transplants and supplements. It’s never ending, it’s confusing. But in this article we’ll try and make it a little less so, pointing out the 4 best hair growth supplements around.

Hair Growth Supplement #4: Hairfinity

Hair Growth Supplements Hairfinity

Hairfinity has been endorsed by a number of celebrities, including members of the Kardashian clan. It contains a specially formulated blend of vitamins and minerals and is relatively cheap when compared to other products on the market. You can see countless “Before and After” success stories on the Hairfinity website and they promise that you will notice some hair growth within the first month of us.

This is a highly reputable product that has received acclaim both from those suffering from hair loss and from the beauty community. It’s safe and it’s effective. And at less than $1 for a day’s supply, it won’t cost you a great deal to try it out for yourself.

Hair Growth Supplement #3: Keranique

Keranique call themselves the “Women’s hair growth experts”. They sell more than just one product and have an entire range of hair growth supplements and formulas. These products have been approved by the FDA and Keranique pride themselves on being the “Number 1 hair regrowth system for women in the United States”.

So, what makes Keranique so special? Scientifically formulated, Keranique is essentially a shampoo and conditioner set that can help to strengthen your hair. The Keranique shampoo contains keratin, which is what your hair is made out of; and Vitamin B5, which can help to strength that keratin and keep your hair strong down to the root. This formula works to cleanse your scalp and provide a strong foundation. The Keranique conditioner is then applied to add volume, to fortify the hair, and to promote growth.

There are also a few other products in the Keranique rage. These include a spray that can help to “lift, repair and style” and can be used everyday just like the shampoo and conditioner.

The beauty of Keranique is that it can be used in place of your normal shampoo and conditioner. It can also be used in conjunction with other hair growth supplements. And if you’re disappointed with the results then you can just get your money back via a 120 day money-back policy. These things usually aren’t worth the paper they are written on. But Keranique have a reputation of following through with this policy.

This is just as well: Keranique is a little more expensive than the other products on this list. So, if it doesn’t work for you then you’ll want to make sure that you take them up on their offer, get your money back and then try one of these other hair growth supplements.

Hair Growth Supplement #2: Viviscal

Hair Growth Supplements Viviscal

This is one of the best selling hair growth supplements on the market. In fact, for many years it has been ranked as the biggest seller for both men and women in the United States. You don’t sell that many products without following through with the promises you make on the label, and Viviscal make some pretty big promises.

This product is backed by several clinical trials, all proving its efficiency. The ingredients include many of the essential vitamins that you will find in other products, but they also include some added extras such as an “Amino Acid Complex”. These are the building blocks of protein. And because hair consists of protein, they are essential to maintain the integrity of your hair while promoting growth.

Viviscal also contains horsetail extract and a number of other minerals. This product has proved popular with those suffering from hair loss, as well as those keen to avoid any such issues in the future. It has even gained a following with celeibitries.

Hair Growth Supplement #1: Multi-Vitamins

There are many formulas out there that focus on hair growth. These tend to be loaded with B vitamins like Biotin and Niacin, as well as everything from Vitamin C to Iron. The problem with these supplements is that they don’t contain all of the things that can assist with this problem.

If you have ever searched for a multivitamin with a specific set of needs in mind you will know the frustration of looking at bottle after bottle, finding one that has 4/5 of the ingredients but not the other one; finding another that has that final ingredient, but none of the other 4. Such is the case with many of the cheaper hair growth vitamin supplements.

So, if you don’t have the money for effective formulas such as the ones listed above, and those cheaper formulas just don’t tick all the boxes, then the best thing to do is just to build your own. You don’t need to be a master chemist and you don’t need your own bulk powders and capsule kits. You just need to buy several basic formulas and hair vitamins. Look at the RDAs of each and make sure you’re getting the essentials, such as:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Biotin
  • Niacin
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin A
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium

You should also avoid the ones that provide ridiculously high RDAs. They are gimmick products. You just don’t need this amount of any vitamin. Any product that says something to the contrary is probably lying about other things as well.

Hair Loss in Women (Causes, Conditions, Prevention, Treatment)

Hair Loss in Women (Causes, Conditions, Prevention, Treatment)

Hair Loss Women

The majority of hair growth formulas are targeted at men. There are some shocking stats that make for alarming reading for men, including the fact that nearly 1/4 of all men will experience some form of hair loss before they reach twenty-one. But contrary to what those stats would have you believe, this is not just a male problem. Hair loss in women may not be as common, but that only makes matters worse.

Society expects women to have long and luscious hair and if that can’t be achieved naturally then they’re expected to use wigs, extensions and other hair accessories. This can create all kinds of esteem and confidence issues in women who experience hair loss, and there are many of them out there.

Hair Loss in Women: The Facts

  • Over 30 million women in the US suffer from hair loss.
  • Women rarely have a receding hair-line.
  • Hair loss in women comes in many different forms.
  • Hair can thin on top or on the sides.
  • Stress and environmental factors can trigger hair loss.
  • Hair loss in women can also be caused by hormonal imbalances.
  • Hair loss can be measured using the Savin Scale.
  • It can also be triggered by a condition known as alopecia.

What Causes Hair Loss in Women?

There are a few things you can control, and a few things that you can’t. The first step to reducing hair loss is to determine the cause. There are many causes, some medical, some not. Your doctor can help you with this or you can root out the cause yourself. Once you have that figured out then you can look toward a solution.

Causes of Female Hair Loss

  • Hormones: If your condition is caused by a thyroid issue, your doctor can prescribe medication. Hair loss can also be triggered by the contraceptive pill. In this case, you will need to discuss the pros and cons of stopping the pill with your doctor. If you have POCS, which causes an imbalance in your hormones, this may also trigger hair loss.
  • Hairstyles: Your hairstyle may actually be causing hair loss. Tight hairstyles such as ponytails or cornrows can irritate the scalp. The constant stress and pressure applied to the hair weakens it and damages your scalp.
  • Alopecia: This is a medical condition that can cause big clumps of hair to fall out. The bad news is that there isn’t really anything you can do. The good news is that the clumps that fall out typically grow back within a few months.
  • Other Medical Conditions: As mentioned above, POCS can trigger hair loss, as can alopecia, but they are not the only conditions. Hair loss can also be caused by ringworm, in which case it will appear as bald rings on the scalp.
  • Childbirth: Your hair may look and feel thicker during pregnancy, before it begins to thin following childbirth. This is natural and your hair will begin to get back to normal within a couple years.
  • Lifestyle: If there is no medical issue, then your hair loss may be triggered by stress and other lifestyle factors. Everything from anxiety at work to crash diets and an excess of processed foods can be the cause.

How to Cure Female Hair Loss?

Female Hair Loss
Relax those ponytails, constant stress can be as much of a factor for hair loss as bad diet and hormonal imbalance.

The cure depends on the cause and all cures won’t work for all causes. If you have ringworm, for instance, then you will need anti-fungal medication, after which the problem will clear up and you hair will grow back. If it is hormonal then your doctor may look to prescribe you a specific medication or to rebalance the medications you are already on.

In most cases, however, there are things you can do and things you can take to improve the condition of you hair and to limit hair loss. These won’t always target the root cause of hair loss in women, but they will assist with the process somewhere along the line, from strengthening your roots and limiting loss, to hastening the regrowth.

These include:

Medications for Hair Loss

The hair growth industry doesn’t have the best reputation, we’ll be the first to admit that. It’s seen as quackery by many, no better than snake oil. That’s because so many fake products and sham products have wormed their way into the industry and have given everything else a bad name. But there are many genuinely useful and safe products out there. These include Minoxidil, which has been approved by the FDA to help with female hair loss.

This is not a magic wand. If you want to use Minoxidil to cure female hair loss then you need to take it regularly, and it may not be for everyone.

Lasers for Hair Loss

Lasers are used to eliminate hair, destroying follicles so that they don’t grow back. But they can also be used to stimulate hair growth in women. Treatment can last for many months and this is far from a quick process. But it has been proved to be effective in many cases and is perfectly safe.

Hair Transplants

Female hair loss can be cured simply by transplanting hair back onto the head. Again, this is something often seen as a solution for male hair loss, but something that works just as well in female hair loss. This doesn’t always work with all forms of hair loss in women, but it will assist with the most common ones.

Diet, Lifestyle Changes

Often, the best way to limit female hair loss is to simply take better care of yourself and your hair. If you reduce the stress in you life, if you stop stretching your hair, if you stop using incredibly hot straighteners, and if you limit the use of hair dyes and other toxic products, then you’re giving your hair everything it needs to grow and remain strong. Regular use of conditioners will also help, as will the consumption of a diet rich in vitamins, minerals and fluids.