Hair loss in women can be alarming, seeing large quantities of hair coming out in the shower or in the hair brush, day after day. Seeing what used to be a full head of hair become thinner and thinner. Hair can play a major part in our identity, but more than that, losing hair is a sign of something else going on in the body.
It is normal to lose from 50 to 150 hairs per day. Each individual hair has a life cycle which is rooted in the hair follicle, and at the end of its cycle, it falls out. If hair loss is much greater than 150 and there is noticeable thinning, then it is important to find and address the cause of the hair loss.
What causes hair loss in women?
Nutritional deficiencies: Nutrition plays a fundamental role in hair growth. Being deficiency in iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and even protein can cause hair loss. Ensuring a diet high in these elements and a healthy digestive system is essential for healthy hair.
Thyroid conditions: Hair loss can be a sign of a thyroid condition. Both hypo- and hyperthyroidism can cause hair loss. This is important to consider.
Other hormone imbalances: Too much testosterone can also cause increased hair loss, especially male-pattern balding in women.
Stress: Stress leading to adrenal fatigue is a major cause of hair loss in women. When everything else is balanced, this is often found as a culprit for hair loss.
How can it be treated?
First and foremost, it is important to identify and treat the cause of the hair loss. Without doing this, any efforts will be fruitless.
Once this is being done, it is important to use treatment on the scalp in order to prevent the loss of hair follicles and to stimulate hair growth. This can be done with a scalp massage, using castor oil or emu oil and essential oils such as lavender, thyme, cedarwood.
If there is excess sebum production, daily washing can be helpful as the sebum can clog hair follicles, preventing new hair from growing.
Mesotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy consists of taking an individuals blood, extracting the platelets, stem cells and growth factors and re-injecting these into the scalp to stimulate follicles to produce new hairs. Alone or in combination with herbal mesotherapy preparations, hair growth has been found to be greatly improved. This is an important therapy to consider as it can greatly improve results when the cause of the hair loss is being addressed.
PRP also shows promising results for balding in men, increasing thickness of hair in balding areas.
A note on hair growth after chemotherapy
Chemotherapy is known to cause hair loss. Once therapy is completed, hair normally grows again, but for many people, hair does not grow back as it used to. Although PRP is fairly new for this type of hair loss, it is showing promising results in terms of safety and efficacy.
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Dr Renée Purdy is a naturopathic doctor in Moncton, New Brunswick. In her practice, she values making health achievable and long lasting. She likes to explore the mind, body, spirit connection in health, and her approach includes using food as medicine, herbal medicine, acupuncture and lifestyle counselling. Her focus is on digestive health, hormone balance, thyroid health and adrenal fatigue.