How to Get the Perfect Hair Loss Treatment for Women According to the Causes
July 22, 2019Knowing you have hair loss is not enough to choose a truly effective treatment, you absolutely need to find out the underlying causes that originated your alopecia. Otherwise, you might never get your treatment right and fall short with results every time, which will get you extremely frustrated.
The right hair loss treatment for women is all about looking closely at your particular case to learn where your problem came from; only then will you be able to tackle it successfully. Here are the best hair loss treatments for women according to the possible causes of alopecia.
Combined Treatment for Hereditary CausesFemale pattern baldness doesn't seem to obey to the same factors as male pattern baldness: there are relatively high circulating levels of androgens, but also a higher concentration of aromatase, an enzyme that helps form estrone and estradiol. These two female hormones can, in turn, reduce the concentration of DHT. Aromatase is predominant on the frontal hairline, which remains untouched in female pattern baldness; instead, hair loss is diffuse all over the scalp.
A combined treatment brings several approaches together to help all systems in the body to delay hair loss and upkeep the quality of hair growth as thinning progresses, as it inevitably will.
The factors you can include in your combined treatment are hair loss drugs, laser treatment, dietary supplementation, hairpieces, and hair fibers. The correct combination of treatments will depend on each particular case (extent of the hair loss, quality of the hair, daily personal routines, budget, and preferences).
Hair loss drugs are topical applications with chemicals that stimulate hair growth by acting directly on the hair follicle. Women are advised to use 2% minoxidil regularly. The disadvantage of this treatment is that it stops acting altogether as soon as it stops being applied.
Laser treatment is thought to be useful in stimulating the hair follicle to stay alive for longer, so it's more recommended for the early stages of thinning. The low-level laser irradiates photons into the follicle, which encourages circulation and hair growth. The best thing about this treatment is that it's safe and non-invasive.
Dietary supplementation tackles any vitamin deficiency and enhances the presence of hair-friendly nutrients so that the remaining hair grows strong. The most sought-after supplements are those that include biotin, vitamin E, fatty acids omega-3 and 6, iron, and zinc.
Hairpieces come in a variety of shapes and styles. From full pieces to toppers and ponytails, in all hair colors and types. They usually have an easy clip-on mechanism that attaches to existing hair and helps the piece blend well visually.
Hair fibers are probably the easiest of all treatments to cover up hair loss. They are tiny fibers that resemble the keratin in hair and cling to each strand by means of positive-negative electron magnetism. They provide a fuller look on bald spots effectively and using them will only take a few minutes of your time. If you are worried that the fibers are going to fall off or smear on your clothes, you should know that they are safe and colorfast.
To cite an example of how to combine treatments, imagine there's a 50-year-old woman with moderate hair loss. Hair loss is diffuse all over the scalp, with accentuated hair loss at the crown. The best combination is hair fibers along with supplements (to reinforce the levels of hair-essential nutrients) and hair loss products (specialized shampoo + conditioner, and keratin fibers to conceal bald spots quickly and effectively).
Another example can be a female with severe hair loss. Hair cannot be recovered, and the remaining hair is wispy and frail. The best bet is to use hairpieces to cover extensive areas and dietary supplementation to delay follicle miniaturization a little longer.
Learn more about combined treatments in our blog post "9 Hair Loss Treatments During Menopause."
Hormonal Treatment for Hormonal CausesHormones are the chemical messengers of the body, and their imbalance can upset important body processes, including hair growth. The underlying cause of your hair loss must be carefully considered to find out if there is a hormonal component. If this is the case, no treatment will work until hormone levels go back to normal.
Some hormonal issues that can cause hair loss are PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), thyroid problems, childbirth, and menopause.
PCOS can paradoxically cause both hair loss and hairiness (hirsutism, which is the apparition of hair in unusual places for women, like the chest, abdomen, and face). Both symptoms are linked to high levels of circulating androgens. In the specific case of hair loss, extra androgens trigger female pattern alopecia, especially in predisposed patients. The hormonal treatments to revert hair loss and ultimately control hair growth are varied, and contraceptive pills and spironolactone are the most common. Topical treatments like Minoxidil can act as a complementary solution.
Thyroid problems eventually disrupt the hair growth cycle because thyroid hormones play an important roll in cell metabolism in the body, directly influencing the functioning of the hair follicle. Thyroid hormones have been found to play a role in hair cycles and pigmentation. Once thyroid medication is taken, hormone levels even out, which will lead to hair resuming its normal growth cycle and rate, but it might take a while before new growth is seen. The hormonal treatment can be complemented with ferritin (thyroid disturbances seem to meddle with ferritin absorption), biotin, zinc, and nutrient-rich foods.
Childbirth is a moment where the female body is subjected to many sudden changes, and hormones play a major role in this. When it comes to hair, increased estrogen and progesterone levels keep hair in the resting phase and make it look thick and shiny during pregnancy. The problem comes after childbirth, when those hormones level out and cause the "frozen" shedding hair to end up falling, giving the impression of profuse hair loss. Anywhere from three to six months after childbirth, it is normal to notice this type of hair loss. Contrary to the case of other hormonal causes for hair loss, this one cannot be treated with hormones; it is necessary to patiently wait until the body resumes its normal course and help it along with a healthy diet and supplementation.
Menopause brings a decline in female hormone levels, which in turn causes a predominance of male hormones that can predispose women to hair thinning or unwanted hair growth. Hormone replacement therapy helps with hair growth, as well as topical treatment and supplementation as needed. Hair fibers and other hair loss products are highly recommended as well to improve appearance.
Read more about hormonal hair loss in our previous blog post "Hormonal Hair Loss: Everything You Need to Know."
Supplements and Diet for Nutritional CausesSometimes there isn't an underlying illness disrupting the hair growth cycle, but merely a nutritional deficiency due to poor diet. The most important nutrients for healthy hair growth are ferritin, iron, zinc, biotin and other vitamins of the B group. When all nutrients are in optimal levels, cell renewal and strengthening are guaranteed. The downside of supplements is that they may take some time to work.
Dietary factors are just as important, so include hair-friendly foods in your daily intake. Salmon, protein (like eggs and beef), dry nuts, leafy greens, avocados, milk, and others are very important for cell reproduction.
Temporary Treatment for Telogen EffluviumTelogen effluvium is a type of temporary hair loss that comes about as a result of imbalances in your system. A crash diet (or sudden weight gain or loss), extreme stress, emotional or physical shock can disrupt the continuity of the hair growth cycle by throwing chemical and cell processes in the body out of control. Usually, it's necessary to wait until the processes in the body resume to normal to notice hair growth again. Temporary treatments have to be directed mainly at improving the appearance of the thinning spots. Hairpieces, new hairstyles like the layered pixie, accessories like hats and scarves or hair fibers are wonderful options to conceal the effects of telogen effluvium. Pairing this up with supplements is a good idea too since it will strengthen hair once the growth cycle resumes.
Now you know which hair loss treatment for women you should use according to each possible cause. Do you know that specialized daily care for thinning hair can go a long way too? Ask us about it at The Cosmetic Republic USA. We will be glad to walk you through the wide range of products belonging to our hair loss treatment for women line. Call us at TOLL FREE 1-888-513-8815 or fill out the contact form you will find on this website. Should you wish to get out latest blog posts, promos, and news right in your inbox, subscribe to our newsletter and become a part of our exclusive group of clients.
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