Losing your hair can happen for more reasons than you would think and it can strike anyone, man or woman. Alopecia (the medical term for hair loss) can occur in response to medications and treatments, hormonal changes and imbalances, stress, and more. It doesn’t just affect the hair on your head either, although that is the most noticeable place to lose it from. You can go bald over your entire body, or just in patches. It can really suck, but keep on reading and hopefully the following items will give you the remedy that you need to conquer hair loss.
Wigs and Wig Hairstyles
Wigs are coming back into fashion for everyone, even for people who aren’t facing hair loss so there really isn’t any excuse to not try out some wigs. For those losing their hair due to medical treatment such as chemotherapy, you may be able to even get a prescription for a wig through your doctor to save on money! The best part about using wigs is that with modern technology, artificial hair wigs look just as good as the real thing, aren’t going to lose their shape and frizz up in bad weather, and can be put on and taken off within seconds. Check out any online shop and don’t feel shy about playing around with color, length and shape.
Medical treatment for hair loss
For women going through menopause or other forms of hormone-related alopecia, hormone treatment may provide the remedy that you need. It has been proven that when estrogen levels dip, women become more susceptible to hair loss. Medications such as the birth control pill or progesterone can help replace low estrogen levels.
Other medical options for fighting hair loss include bloodwork to check the iron and vitamin D levels in your blood, where eating more iron and taking supplements can have huge benefits. You can also enquire with your doctor about receiving cortisone shots. Injecting cortisone directly into the scalp helps to block the movement of hair loss-inducing hormones, and is especially effective in people with inflammatory scalp disease.
Laser hair therapy and hair transplants are also available for those facing long term baldness.
Dietary and Lifestyle Factors
Good hair health is hugely dependent on the health of the rest of your body, which (excluding serious medical illnesses) comes down to your lifestyle and diet. High stress levels, lack of sleep and feeling fatigued or overworked can lead to the thinning of your hair. Smoking is a good example of a lifestyle factor that is detrimental to your hair health.
In terms of diet, your hair needs a good supply of proteins, iron, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B-12, magnesium and more. Be sure to eat lean meats, nuts, fish, leafy greens and stay away from highly acidic and overly processed foods. A wider range in healthy food options is your best option.
Stress on its own can ruin the health of your hair, and as much as we want to remove stress from our lives, we know that the bills have to be paid and wages need to be earned. You can still combat the stress differently though, such as spending 10-20 minutes before bed to meditate and process the day’s events before bed. Mindfulness practices can be good to get into, and finding other ways to relax in your spare time.