The most dreaded words for a woman to hear while she’s in her hairstylist’s chair?
“You have a bald spot.” It’s something that a lot more women appear to be hearing. About one in four are experiencing premature hair loss, whether it’s thinning at the top of the scalp, a widening part or hairless patches, according to the American Hair Loss Association.
30% of women in their 30s are thinning noticeably. By the time they get to their 50s, half of all women will have some noticeable degree of hair loss. Bruce Katz, clinical professor of dermatology at New York’s Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai agreed that “the problem has become more prevalent, and we’re not sure why.”
He often sees temporary hair loss in patients, caused by sudden stress, hormonal changes brought on by childbirth, or even crash dieting.
“They develop a general shedding, but the hair does grow back in many cases,” he said. More worrying is when the hair starts to fall out for no apparent reason, for which conventional remedies like Minoxidil or Rogaine are typically prescribed.
The emotional toll of balding in women can be crippling. Many patients have unwittingly brought the condition on themselves.
Not everyone can be helped. If the condition is too far gone or the follicles are damaged, nothing is going to make hair grow back. Here are some healthy habits that we recommend to help you put an end to — or at least slow down — hair thinning and loss:
Put down the blow dryer
Avoid daily blow-drying with high heat. Be careful about the styling products you use. They easily come in contact with the scalp and can cause allergic reactions and follicle infections.”
Don’t wash your hair before bed
People take a shower at night and they wrap wet hair in a ponytail and go to sleep. The result: possible fungal infections. Dry hair completely before bed, and never sleep in a tight ponytail.
You’re washing your hair all wrong
Shampoo the scalp, rubbing in circular motions, and not the whole head of hair. Only apply conditioner from the ears down. Do both concurrently. Wash shampoo off first, then the conditioner. This process maintains the best scalp environment.
Dry shampoo is not your friend
With prolonged use, it can leave tiny powdered fibers and chemicals sitting on the surface of the scalp. The potential result: contact dermatitis, which can lead to shedding.
Rethink what you drink
The demineralization of drinking water can be a contributing factor to health problems, including hair loss. We recommends sticking to mineral-rich and pure spring waters.
Check your vitamins
Deficiencies in vitamin D, iron and ferritin can result in hair loss. Talk to your doctor about what supplements may be right for you.