Hair loss is an extremely common problem amongst women. It can be caused by all manner of issues, such as damaging stress to the hair, using coloring products, changes in our hormones, aging, and so on. But it’s not a problem that we have to simply accept as an unavoidable part of life. Here, we’re going to look at some of the measures you can take to treat and prevent hair loss, while also protecting the health and volume of hair that does come through.
The clinical approach
Not all of the approaches we are going to recommend are going to be considered “home remedies.” There are some highly effective treatments for hair loss available in your local pharmacy. Rogaine, also known as Minoxidil, has been approved and recommended for treating hair loss for a long time and is available over the counter in most places. It’s widely safe to use, and one of the most effective treatments in terms of how many users tend to see positive results from it. How it works is by stimulating the growth of hair by improving hormone production locally. As such, it’s great for targeting patches where hair might be growing through a littler thinner than otherwise.
Stimulating that scalp
Some treatments for hair loss revolve around physically affecting the scalp so as to promote better hair growth directly, as well. This is the case with using microneedling equipment, also known as microdermabrasion. Effectively, what this can do is remove the very top-most layer of skin on the scalp, which increases the blood blow that results in the production of more of the hormones that cause your hair to grow in the first place. As such, it can work well alongside addressing whatever hormonal imbalances might be contributing to hair loss, while also improving the follicle strength and hair size, meaning that the hair is less likely to break and be lost in the future as well.
Supplementing your hair growth
Aside from treating the problem directly, it’s also important to look at what is causing the problem and what can be done to manage those causes, as well. Hormonal changes, such as what happens during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, can result in changes to hair growth, for instance. If there’s a hormonal imbalance at the core of your hair loss issue, talking to your doctor can help you find it and treat it. One of the most common changes in women that results in hair loss is ferritin, which is a protein closely related to how the body stores iron. If your body is low in ferritin levels, then the doctor may recommend direct ferritin replacement treatments, as well as iron supplements.
Be a little gentler with your hair
Not all of the causes of hair loss are quite so hard to pin down. If you use a lot of harsh chemical products with your hair without mitigating the damage they cause, it can result in your hair becoming brittle and easily broken, which can lead to extensive hair loss in the future. This is the case, for instance, for using bleach often in your hair coloring treatments. Gels and other styling products can also result in the chemicals inside them becoming trapped inside the follicles, which can cause damage to them and the hair that grows through them. Another instance of potentially damaging hair products is any shampoo that makes use of DHT, so it’s worth cutting that out.
The role of stress
“Be less stressed” might not sound like very helpful advice, but it’s worth taking to heart. Stress has a big impact on how our body handles energy, nutrients, and hormones. It can even affect our blood flow, interrupting the supply of fresh blood to the scalp that stimulates the growth of important hormones in the first place. Stress reduces the non-critical functions of our body, including hair growth. As such, if you’re having a chronic issue with hair growth and you’re feeling a little pressured as of late, then finding ways to treat any underlying issues of stress may help you get it under control. Introducing more exercise, taking the time to meditate, and so on can all help.
Which treatment works best to fight hair loss on your behalf is likely to depend on your individual circumstances. It depends partly on what’s causing the loss, after all. As such, it might take a while to find the right approach, but the tips above should be able to help you find the most effective techniques.