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According to recent studies, 40% of women, by the age of 50 years old, will show some sign of female hair loss. Hair loss is not only a problem for older adults. Many young women and even some girls struggle with the emotional effects of hair loss after they are diagnosed with certain medical disorders. While hair loss in women seems to be on the increase, it is not clear why. Whether you're an older woman coping with alopecia, a teenager struggling with trichotillomania (a condition that results from pulling out your hair) or a working professional in the midst of chemotherapy, being a woman and dealing with hair loss is not easy.
There are ways you can take charge of the health of your hair and skin and feed it the vitamins, minerals and foods that can really help. We like to think of this as an anti-aging regimen for your hair and skin.
When we talk about hair loss it is often in the context of how to survive it, to recover from it, or deal with the physical and emotional impact. As with anything in life, hair loss can actually be turned around into a positive and an opportunity to reinvent yourself.
Have you ever noticed that some of the most powerful and wealthy women in the world have short hair? A great example is Hillary Clinton on her 2008 presidential campaign. If you notice, Hillary's hair was often shoulder length or longer until right before she announced her campaign to run for the first female president of the United States. If you start to look deeper at some of the world's wealthiest women you'll also notice that many of them keep their hair well above their shoulders.
Don't lose out because of your hair loss!
In our tough economic climate, landing job opportunities and holding on to good jobs has become more difficult. Competitions for positions have become increasingly fierce. Therefore, when you are invited for a job interview or even if you want to get ahead in your current job, it is more important than ever to look and feel your best – in every way possible.
There are stages to any major change in life that can incite powerful emotions such as denial, anger, depression, and acceptance. If you have recently begun losing your hair, you might be feeling any one of these emotions or a combination. It is likely that individuals at any stage of the hair loss process might experience grief at the loss of their hair. Even if your hair loss is not permanent, you may miss the time before your hair loss began.
Many symptoms women over 50 experience get attributed to menopause. Changes in hair are tough as women start experiencing hair thinning where hair is wanted and hair growth where it is not. Just one of life's little jokes! Finding a way to laugh about it helps, but there are real negative affects women's to self-esteem and emotional well-being.
Here is another reason to stop smoking if you already have not. Everyone knows there are thousands of poisonous chemicals in just one cigarette and how those chemicals harm our lungs. Most people do not know that smoking is also directly related to hair loss. Even if you have genetic, patterned hair loss, smoking will exacerbate shedding and diminish the effectiveness of treatments, including medications. This is because the condition of your hair can reflect your overall health.
Just reading this will be enough to make your hair follicles quiver make you want to stop smoking.
The body's level of the hormone DHT plays a role in female (and male) hair loss that is called androgenic alopecia. Women produce the hormone testosterone, and testosterone can be transformed into the DHT that miniaturizes follicle causing hair loss.
Yes it's a guy hormone, but women need testosterone too...for fun things like sexual desire, sensitivity to stimulation, and orgasms. Testosterone also provides good muscle tone, energy, and balance. Without it women can be indecisive, feel insecure, and may develop distressingly dry skin.