For the past few weeks when looking in the mirror at my hair after I have styled it, I noticed a spot on the side of my head that looked a little bare! I thought maybe the hair stylist thinned my hair too much last time. I have always prided myself on having pretty nice hair that was fairly thick…until now.
I thought I better do some research on this just in case something serious was happening! I feel that I am fairly healthy, I drink 8 glasses of water each day, eat a balanced meal and exercise almost everyday. I would also say that I manage stress fairly well (I am almost 50 so I am finally “getting it” meaning I am learning to take better care of myself). So….the thought of my hair thinning was a little disconcerning to me. In doing my research this is what I have learned thinning hair is one of the main complaints of women hitting menopause….I thought it was growing hair in places you never thought was possible was one of the main complaints! Apparently by the age 50 close to half of women and men experience some degree of hair thinning.
Men’s hair tends to thin around the hairline and at the crown and back of the head. A woman’s is more spread out over the bangs and the crown of the head. That is what is called “see through hair”. That is exactly what I was seeing when I was looking at my hair in the mirror!
Did you know that hair is thickest at age 20? After that there are some things that prevent the hair from growing as it use to grow. Some of the factors are heredity and apparently not just from your fathers side, hormones under-active thyroid, anemia, poor diet, some medications, and perimenopause. The good news is that some types of hair thinning can be reversible, once they are treated for whatever is causing the hair loss. Now here is a big term to put out there “androgenetic alopecia” (heredity hair loss). This affects more than 30 million women in the US alone! Hair becomes sparser for a several reasons.
Some people with “fine hair” may not necessarily have thin hair. Thin hair refers to the actual number of hairs on your scalp. Fine hair refers to texture or size of hair strands. If you have “clumps” of hair falling out this is not typical of a hereditary hair thinning .If you are experiencing sudden hair loss you need to see your Doctor. I was wondering if my hair products I was using or the coloring of my hair was casing it but apparently these things do not cause it, however stress can cause some hair loss.
After childbirth one can lose a lot of hair and this is due to the fact that there is a incredible hormonal shift.if after 6-8 weeks giving birth and you are still losing hair you should tell your Dr. about it. Treatments you can use if your thinning hair is caused from hereditary is Woman’s Rogaine, and it is the only drug approved by the FDA!
Side effects with the Woman’s Rogaine are mild and reversible. ( Side note, infrequent cases of unwanted facial hair can happen) However it will disappear when you stop using this product. Itchy scalp and dryness can be other side effects. When you start using Rogaine you notice your hair shedding within your first 2-4 weeks. Don’t stop using it! This means a new growth cycle is happening. You should use Rogaine twice a day and at about 4 months you will see new hair growth. Sometimes it can take 6-8 months to see results. Female hair thinning is a lifelong condition so you need to use rogaine everyday and it should part of your beauty routine by now.
Hair stylist will recommend a shorter sassy messy hairstyle with thinning hair as well as she will recommend when coloring your hair to use lighter shades to hide your thinning hair. Products to use would be those containing panthenol, herbs such as jasmine, angelica and willow which will keep your hair looking full and healthier.
So there is hope! First thing I am going to do is check the ingredients of my shampoo, ask my hairdresser next time I go in to give me any suggestions for style and products to use. I want to ask her if any of her clients have used Woman’s Rogaine and if so was it working for them? You know what they say, “Only your Hairdresser knows for sure!”