Menopause and Hair Loss

Hair Loss in WomenIt is a known fact that hormonal changes and imbalances are among the leading reasons of temporary or premature hair loss in women. Estrogens (major female hormones) extend the life-cycle of our hair, and androgens (male hormones) reduce it. Both of these types of hormones can be found in a female body, but, undoubtedly, estrogens dominate. When a period of menopause starts, the level of estrogens begins fluctuating and falling down, that is why the level of androgens becomes comparatively higher. As a result, the life cycle of hair gets shorter and shorter, hair gets thinner and starts falling out.

The specialists from the American Academy of Dermatology found out that every second woman who entered the period of menopause is affected by the above mentioned condition. Moreover, sometimes menopause also gives impetus to escalating dermatological problems, lowering thyroid function and other reasons that can stimulate hair loss. Thinking about losing hair usually makes women panic. However, those who noticed hair loss caused by the symptoms of menopause must not feel dejected or depressed. It is quite a natural process that can be handled by a series of natural, medical or surgical treatments. In addition, worries and stresses cane make the situation even worse.

Modern medicine can offer women a variety of effective treatment options for hair loss connected with hormonal changes during menopause. Those include, first of all, drug based measures (such as certain doses of Propecia, Minoxidil (Rogaine), analogs of Prostaglandin, etc.), as well as hormone therapy treatment, nutritional modifications, some types of laser therapies, scalp massage, surgical methods, and so on. These treatments will assist you in restoring your hair, making it stronger and more beautiful.

Scalp Massage Can Encourage Hair Regrowth

Scalp MassageDespite a tendency of modern cosmetologists to question unique properties of this method, scalp massage is a very useful, soothing and even necessary therapeutic procedure that helps prevent hair loss. It has been used for centuries by the people of various cultures and social statuses. Specialists suggest doing regular scalp massage even if your hair is healthy and gorgeous. Such massage improves blood circulation, helps to strengthen hair follicles and stimulates development of new ones. Besides, scalp massage reduces stresses, has relaxing effects and can help to relief headache.

You can use several types of scalp massage:

•    Massaging your hair with brush: tapping and stimulating your scalp with a brush.
•    Hair pulling: one of the most relaxing types if done by a specialist, includes gentle pulling your hair gradually around the entire scalp.
•    Oriental type: tapping your scalp with the fingers from the center of the scull down to the ears.
•    Indonesian type: tapping your scalp with knuckles, combined with special breathing and body exercises.
•    Aromatherapy: using essential oils or herbal oils when massaging your scalp.

Though scalp massage is considered to be quite a universal stimulative and preventive measure, it must not be recommended to those people who suffer from very intensive hair loss because scalp massage can escalate the process. Or, you can consult your doctor who can help you to choose the best time and frequency of massaging your scalp. Besides, your doctor can recommend you an individual program that will include using shampoos, conditioners and other hair care products, medications, aromatherapy and other types of hair loss treatments, depending on your particular situation.

Natural Treatments for Hair Loss: Onion and Garlic

A lot is said about the advantages of using natural treatments for hair loss. Those include a wide spectrum of operation, minimal side effects, low costs, etc. Such treatments as aromatherapy, herbal remedies, massage or acupuncture can be very effective for those who need to stop hair loss and stimulate hair regrowth. Along with essential oils, there is a great deal of herbs, fruit and vegetables can be used for keeping hair loss under control. Onion and garlic are two of those.

Garlic is known as a miraculous remedy for many health problems. It normalizes blood pressure, stimulates metabolic processes in our organism, helps to remove toxins and also helps keeping our hair healthier and stronger. Many people do not feel good about the smell of garlic, that is why doctors recommend suppressing the smell using garlic in the flowing mixture:Garlic Heads

•    1 teaspoon of garlic extract;
•    1 teaspoon of Aloe Vera;
•    1 teaspoon of honey;
•    1 ½ teaspoons of chamomile tea;
•    1 egg yolk;
•    several teaspoons of water.

This blend must be massaged deeply into your scalp and kept for 20-25 minutes, after that the hair must be washed with usual shampoo. If used once a week, this mixture can considerably improve the quality of your hair in 1-2 months.

Onion is another natural treatment that is rich with Vitamin C and B6, as well as important minerals and sulfur. It has exceptional antiseptic, stimulating and antibacterial properties that can be used with therapeutic purposes. In particular, sulfur plays a key role in restoring hair follicles and stimulating natural hair restoration.Onions

As an effective hair loss treatment, onion can be used in the following mixture: 1 teaspoon of fresh onion juice mixed with several teaspoons of apple juice. Rub this blend in your scalp, keep for 25-30 minutes and then wash away with the shampoo. This procedure is quite harmless even for sensitive skin and can be used every day in order to stimulate hair growth.

Hair Loss and Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is one of the oldest alternative natural treatments for hair loss. It is always very effective in those cases, when such factors as stresses, worries, psychological and emotional pressure are the key reasons for hair loss. Though many people tend to underestimate the role of aromatherapy in complex approach to hair loss treatment, using essential oils for slowing down hair loss can help to achieve very impressive results. For example, recently Norwegian medical specialists managed to regrow hair of a patient who had lost over 85% hair after chemical therapy.

There are a number of essential oils that can encourage hair growth, scalp detoxification and normalization of blood circulation. Those include:

Essential Oils•    Lavender oil;
•    Bay oil;
•    Jojoba oil;
•    Sage oil;
•    Rosemary oil;
•    Aloe Vera;
•    Saw palmetto extract;
•    Lemon;
•    Grapefruit;
•    Henna.

The best way to use these essential oils is adding 2-3 drops of them into a refined vegetable oil (or purified water) and rubbing the mixture in the scalp. Then, you need to wrap your head in some plastic wrap and in a warm towel, and leave for several hours. Finally, you have to wash your hair with your usual shampoo. You can achieve the best results by using the following mixture: 2-3 drops of bay oil, 2-3 drops of lavender oil and a tea-spoon of vegetable oil. Be careful with lemon and grapefruit oils as they can irritate sensitive skin. Another way to apply essential oils is adding several drops of them to shampoos or hair care creams.

Modern experts in aromatherapy recommend various mixtures of essential oils that can be effective for those people who failed to receive good results using other hair loss treatments. For example, the following blend is claimed to be very effective for hair growth:

Mixture of Oils–    3 drops of rosemary and 3 drops of lavender essential oils;
–    2 drops of cedar wood and 2 drops of thyme essential oils;
–    4-5 drops of jojoba oil;
–    4 teaspoons of grape seed oil.

For those who chose aromatherapy for keeping hair loss under control, it is very important to be patient because the effects of aromatherapy can be noticed only in 3-5 months. As a reward for your patience you  will not only improve the quality of their hair, but also normalize the work of digestive and cardio-vascular systems, as well as improve your overall health. You must also keep in mind that in order to receive better outcomes and slow down hair loss, it is recommended to combine aromatherapy with other methods of alternative medicine, including acupuncture, scalp massage and balanced diet.

7 Myths about Hair Loss

VitaminsMYTH 1: Multivitamins and food supplements are the best products which can prevent hair loss. Actually, you have to avoid having random multivitamins and thinking that they all are good for your health. An experienced doctor will never prescribe you any multivitamins without analyzing your medical situation thoroughly, because the elements of multivitamins can fall into controversy with the needs of your body. For example, you have lack of zinc and excessive amounts of copper in your body. Randomly chosen multivitamins will not change this balance, and sometimes will make the situation even worse. Therefore, it is necessary to be very careful when choosing multivitamins and food supplements.

MYTH 2: If you are losing your hair, you must control your hemoglobin level. This myth takes sources from the idea that Iron Deficit Anaemia, which is found in every second modern woman, is among the main reasons causing hair loss. It is possible to monitor iron deficit by controlling the level of hemoglobin. But hemoglobin reflects only some considerable changes in the amounts of iron in females. Actually, Iron Deficit Anaemia can be diagnosed only after detailed blood analysis.

MYTH 3: Hair loss is a result of lack of calcium in your body. Many women tend to explain their hair loss this way, however, calcium deficit is a typical problem of women after 45-50.  Young ladies and women after 30 who also suffer from hair loss usually have normal level of calcium. Anyway, do not abuse medicines containing calcium carbonate and opt for natural sources of this element, such as yogurts, milk, cheese, etc. Besides, remember that along with calcium you need to have a good amount of Vitamin D in your body to absorb calcium.

Hair BrushesMYTH 4: Combing out your falling hair can help stop hair loss. Sometimes this method can really work, especially in cases of symptomatic, temporary hair loss, when newly coming strands of hair can not develop into strong ones. The faster you comb those out, the better. But if you go on losing your hair, this procedure can be very harmful, because newly coming hair will be weaker and weaker.

MYTH 5: Do not wash your hair too often. This is a wrong idea and you have to wash your hair when it is time to do this. Not frequent washing, but excessive amounts of sebum collected around your hair follicles on your skin are harmful. If your hair requires frequent washing, you can wash it even every day using special soft shampoos.

MYTH 6: Hair follicles are getting weaker when our hair is getting longer, so if your hair has started falling out, you need to cut it. Actually, there is very little connection between the length of your strands and the quality of your follicles. Our hair laces are not that heavy so they can fall out as a result of gravity. Nevertheless, there is a positive call in this myth. The shorter hair we have, the less physical damage and injuries it receives, the less money is needed to take care about it and the easier it is to minimize the effects of hair loss.

Hair DryerMYTH 7: Hair stylers and dryers can cause hair loss. Women are recommended not to use hair dryers very frequently in order to keep their hair silky and smooth. At the same time, it is proven that only drying hair at very hot temperatures can be harmful and can make our hair weak and brittle. Drying your hair in average temperatures and holding your dryer at a good distance from your head will not cause problems like hair loss.

Healthy Diet Can Help You Prevent Hair Loss

Combing HairFor those who have weak problematic hair and want to prevent possible hair loss, specialists recommend maintaining a healthy lifestyle and choosing the right foods for their diet. If you want to keep your hair loss under control and, at the same time, do not want to spend your money for medicines, chemicals, surgical and other unnatural treatments, you need to enrich your diet with the following foods:

1.    Various types of fish (especially tuna, salmon, etc.): contain such important elements as proteins, phosphorus and fatty acids, and also Vitamins A and B-6. Fish is among the most important foods that can slow down our hair falling out and help us maintain healthy skin and nails, as well as normalize our blood pressure and level of cholesterol.

2.     Soybeans: contain great amounts of proteins, Vitamin E and iron, which are necessary for hair growth, producing hemoglobin and normalizing blood circulation.

3.    Almonds: another important food rich with proteins, iron and Vitamins, that is necessary for hair loss prevention.

Vitamin C4.    Lemons, oranges, strawberries, kiwi and other fruit containing Vitamin C. This vitamin is a source of collagen necessary for hair growth. Besides, it helps our organism to absorb such elements as iron and others.

5.    Meat, including chicken, turkey, beef (especially liver): contain proteins that are important for slowing down the process of hair weakening and hair loss.

6.    Chickpeas: a magic food (especially for vegans) that contains great amounts of zinc and Vitamin B-6. It is very good for hair loss prevention and helps our hair to become stronger. In addition, combined with Vitamin A, B-6 is very helpful when fighting with dandruff.

7.    Oats and whole wheat products: contain iron, magnesium, potassium and other useful elements, including such important nutrient as silica.

Potatoes8.     Vegetables, like potatoes, carrots, broccoli, spinach and the others  containing Vitamin A.

9.    Various types of nuts: contain a lot of useful oils which can temporarily slow down hair loss.

Undoubtedly, healthy diet has a great deal of benefits. It can provide you with much more than just a fit body. Add these foods into your diet and you will always have healthy hair, perfect look and a life full of positive emotions.