Hair loss is to be expected. Men and women lose up to one hundred strands of hair each day. This loss of hair is perfectly normal and can be expected. The type of hair loss that is concerning is when it leads to baldness. Going bald is difficult for many men, but exponentially more upsetting for women. Baldness is often thought as a male only occurrence when the reality is women can go bald also. There are a few things you can do to slow down and prevent hair loss.
For women: If you notice a great increase in overall hair loss and you suddenly experience facial hair growth, your voice gets deeper and your periods become irregular or change from their regular pattern , see you doctor. Women who experience hair loss with these symptoms may have an underlying medical condition such as a hormonal imbalance, anemia, fast weight loss or a problem associated with the thyroid plus many other medical conditions.
For men and women who experience a patterned hair loss: The first line of defense is a product such as Rogaine or a generic version of minoxidil. A doctor can also prescribe a stronger version if he determines you would benefit. Patterned baldness is the loss of hair in one particular area such as the crown or back of your head.
There are many expensive alternative such as hair transplants where a doctor with extract healthy hairs and follicles and transplant them to the areas that are experiencing hair loss.
To slow down hair loss treat your hair gently. Use a gentle shampoo. Do not vigorously scrub your scalp. Brush your hair gently do not tear through knots. Never tease your hair. These can all lead to permanent hair loss.
Allow your hair to dry naturally rather than usually harsh high heat from a blow dryer. Gently blot your hair dry, do not rub your hair with a towel.
Follow all directions when dyeing your hair or perming. The best method is to have your hair professionally colored or permed. Stylists are trained to use the products correctly. When choosing a stylist be sure to get plenty of recommendations.
Increase your intake of vitamin B6 to decrease hair loss. The suggested dosage is 100 milligrams per day. Do not take more than the recommended dosage because vitamin B6 can cause serious problems when taken in higher doses.
Make sure you have the correct iron levels. Low levels of iron are called anemia. Anemia can lead to hair loss. Your doctor can do a simple blood test to determine if you are anemic. If you are take an iron supplement or increase your intake of iron rich foods.
Increase your protein intake. With a lack of protein, your body cannot correctly produce cells necessary for new hair growth.