I love the summer. Beautiful weather, back yard grilling, and great trips to the beach. But summertime, as wonderful as it is, can also present a few challenges for hair.
Though DHT will not rid your yard of mosquitoes, under certain conditions, it can “poison” hair follicles causing them to shrink.
There are reasons why some of the misconceptions about hair loss have been around a long time. They appear either to be true to the eye, are true in the extreme, or have been handed down for who knows how many generations. Below you will discover the follicular truth.
Whether a woman believes reaching menopause is something to be happy or sad about, many start experiencing hair thinning where hair is wanted, and hair growth where it is not; one of life’s little jokes. Though finding a way to laugh about it helps, it is a problem that negatively affects women’s self-esteem and emotional well-being.
Our body faithfully reacts when it senses a threat. This sets off a chain reaction of events meant to help us survive. When an attack is perceived, the hypothalamus (a region of the brain that controls an immense number of bodily functions, located in the middle of the base of the brain) sends out alarm signals via hormones and nerves. The adrenal glands (found just above the kidneys) get this attack message, and release a blast of hormones, including cortisol and adrenaline.
There are 4,000 poisonous chemicals, carcinogens, and toxic metals in one cigarette. With all the education provided through PSA campaigns, everyone knows how those chemicals harm our lungs, but smoking is also directly related to hair loss. Even if you have genetic or patterned hair loss, smoking will exacerbate shedding and diminish the effectiveness of treatments, including medications.
Falling temperatures and less moisture in the air have a drying effect on everyone’s hair. If you have fine, or thinning hair, it is especially important to winterize your hair care routine and pamper your scalp. Dry hair can become frizzy and brittle, and a parched scalp can lead to dandruff, itching, and possible irritations in the skin.
Though it does not seem fair, women are not the best candidates for hair transplants. There is no mystery about why this is true. It results from the different way men and women typically experience hair loss.
As the name implies, crash dieting gives the body a shock. The human body is designed to react to shock by compensating in some way. If you suddenly deprive your body of essential nutrients, so you can fit into a new outfit for a future event, your body will not wait patiently until after the event to see whether you start eating right again.
Even when prepared, hair loss after chemotherapy treatments can be shocking and disheartening. The treatment for breast cancer is a lot to manage, but only those who are part of your life know about it. Hair loss is visible to everyone. It’s with you everywhere you go and "looks" back at you from every mirror.