As a member of the health profession, I feel it is my duty to have a good answer to this question, especially since I promote the idea that “All You Need Is Health” through my work. However, there more I ask myself the question, the harder I find it is to come up with an answer. (more…)
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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.
Here is a great resources for great information and tips on hair loss with info on scalp health, nutrition, all related to hair loss: https://www.hairlossrevolution.com/bradley-cooper-hairline/.
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.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy has been used for many years in various fields of medicine, and more recently in aesthetics and anti-aging medicine. In many places around the world, this therapy is being widely used as a natural therapy for skin rejuvenation and hair growth stimulation.
Aging of the skin means that the skin texture and appearance begins to decline, especially on the face, hands and décolleté as the skin on these areas is subject to more exposure to the sun and wind. This is where we notice more wrinkling, thinning skin, age spots or puffiness. Using Platelet Rich Plasma stimulates the healing and regeneration of the skin.
What does the treatment entail?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a substance that is extracted from the individual’s own blood, which makes it very safe and free from any allergenic potential. Blood must first be drawn from the arm of the individual receiving the treatment. It is then centrifuged twice at specific velocities in order to concentrate the healing and growth factors that are naturally present in the blood. The PRP is then injected into the area to be treated.
How does it work?
Our blood naturally contains specific cells that stimulated healing and collagen production. The PRP extraction process concentrated these cell which are then injected into the skin or scalp. When placed into the skin, the PRP stimulates healing of the skin which supports collagen production, skin elasticity. On the scalp, the PRP stimulates hair follicles to produce new hair, thus providing effective treatment for thinning hair.
Improvement in skin texture and tone and new hair growth are noticeable in as little as 3 weeks and full collagen regeneration requires up to 3 months. Redness and minor swelling and tender areas may be noticed for up to 24 hours after the treatment and minor bruising may occur for 2 to 3 days after the procedure. Results are noticeable for up to 18 months. The number of treatments required to achieve the desired results will vary depending on the individual.
How is it different from Botox and Fillers?
Botox and fillers are popular cosmetic procedures that give the skin a more youthful appearance by decreasing wrinkles or filling areas where collagen has decreased. These therapies work by injecting various substances into the skin to achieve the desired result.
PRP differs as it stimulates healing of the skin at a cellular level, acting on small wrinkles, scars, skin tone and texture and age spots, giving a natural more youthful appearance to the skin over time. It is a treatment that can be used to treat and prevent deterioration of the skin.