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Hair Loss In Pregnancy.

Posted by Gary Heron, on January 1st, 2008, under FEMALE HAIR LOSS, TRICHOTALK

Although it is not as common as after birth, hair loss in pregnancy is prevalent. Many of the prevention and treatment methods that can be applied to hair loss following pregnancy can be used during pregnancy as well. There are just a couple of precautionary measures you will need to take during pregnancy if using these.

When hair loss is occurring after you have given birth, it is almost expected as almost 50% of pregnant women begin to lose hair after they have given birth. During pregnancy hair loss is not quite as common, which is why precautionary measures should be taken. It is vital that you do seek advice from your physician to make sure everything is alright with you and the baby.

Aside from the precautionary measures that should be taken, many of the prevention methods are similar to those you would take following giving birth. If you are experiencing hair loss in pregnancy, it may be a sign that you are not getting enough vitamins and minerals. It is important that you supply your body and the baby’s body with vitamins while you are carrying the baby.

Some of the most crucial vitamins include Vitamin B, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Including a high amount of fruits and vegetables will supply you with many of these vitamins and minerals needed to maintain your health and prevent hair loss. You should also be taking a daily vitamin of some sort every morning.

While you do not always have complete control over hair loss and your body during pregnancy, taking care of your hair can help reduce the chances of you losing hair. Certain hairstyles should not be worn during pregnancy because of the stress it puts on your hair. Some of these hairstyles include braids, cornrows, and pigtails. You should also try to avoid getting perms and getting your hair colored.

The kinds of shampoos and conditioners used during pregnancy can also affect whether or not you lose hair and how much you lose. There are specific brands that are better than others, which you should ask a physician about. But it is recommended that you use shampoos and conditioners that contain biotin and silica.

While it is not near as common to see hair loss in pregnancy as it is after, it still occurs quite often. The first step is to take precautionary measures and seek medical advice. From there, supplying your body with vitamins and taking care of your hair can help you prevent hair loss in pregnancy.

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Is there any way to prevent hair loss? By Dr Fred Kavalier.

Posted by Gary Heron, on December 26th, 2007, under TRICHOTALK


Bald-spot fears.

In recent months I have noticed a slightly bald spot on my head. Like most men, I am not keen to lose my hair. I know there isn’t much that can be done once your hair is gone, but in the last few years I’ve heard that there are very effective products one can take to prevent the loss of hair in the first place. Also, can anyone assess whether I will lose more hair or not? Can a GP or a professional hairdresser tell you? It would be good to know if my concerns are justified, and therefore whether there are measures for prevention, or if I am just paranoid.

Typical male baldness, which is caused by genes and hormones, makes the hairline recede at the front of the head and thin and disappear from the crown. Eventually the two areas meet up, leaving a horseshoe-shaped area of hair around the sides and back. As this happens, the hair generally gets thinner. If your bald spot seems to fit into this pattern, then you will probably gradually lose your hair and become bald, to a greater or lesser extent. But if your “slightly bald spot” does not fit into this pattern, it could be caused by something different. A GP or a professional hairdresser will probably be able to give you an idea of whether or not your bald spot is the first sign of baldness. If it is something else, you will need an expert diagnosis from your GP or a dermatologist. There are two drugs that can help with baldness, but they only work if you use them continuously. As soon as you stop, the hair disappears again. Minoxidil is a lotion that you rub into the scalp. Finasteride is a tablet that affects male hormones. You might get a clue about the cause of your hair loss if you look at other male members of your family. It is a myth that baldness is inherited from the maternal side of the family.

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Medicines offer hope for hair regrowth.

Posted by Gary Heron, on December 26th, 2007, under TRICHOTALK

First the forehead gets higher, then a spot at the back of the head clears – hair loss is for many men the worst thing they could possibly suffer as they get older. While balding men used to place their hopes in all kinds of remedies or attempt to conceal the areas with hair pieces, effective hair growth medications have been available for years. But they can’t guarantee the return of a full head of hair.

There are good reasons for the anxiety men feel when their hair starts to fall out.

“Studies show that to other people, bald men appear to be an average of three to four years older than they actually are,” said Ronald Henss of Saarbruecken.

“They also are perceived as less stylish than men with a full head of hair. In the eyes of many beholders, a bald head means the loss of attractiveness. One small comfort: “Most people think of bald-headed men as family men and faithful husbands,” said Henss.

The likelihood of hair loss increases with age. By their 80th birthday about 80 per cent of men are affected, said dermatologist Natalie Garcia Bartels of a centre of excellence for hair at Berlin’s Charite Hospital. Up to 100 individual hairs fall out per day from a normal head. Anything over that is considered hair loss.

“Mostly it is congenital hair loss – the so-called androgenic alopecia or male-pattern baldness, which can begin in men from age 20,” said Garcia Bartels. It appears gradually as a receding hairline from the lateral sides of the forehead or hair loss as a bald patch at the top of the head that works its way gradually toward the front. “Many men are left with only a ring of hair around the lower part of their head.”

Hair loss is set off by a hormone in the scalp. An enzyme causes testosterone to be transformed into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is believed to be the primary contributing factor in most cases of male pattern baldness. The hair follicle develops a deep sensitivity to DHT, which initiates a process of follicular miniaturization. This progressively decreases the width of the hair shaft until the scalp hair resembles peach fuzz or goes away completely.

“The result is more hair than normal is lost. Why this happens to some men and not others has not yet been researched,” said endocrinologist Gerd Hofmann of Munich.

There are other types of hair loss, but they occur less frequently. When circular patches of hair fall out, for example, the cause typically is an autoimmune disease that sets in rapidly, said Garcia Bartels. Sometimes hair loss is attributed to an internal disease of the thyroid or a low level of iron in the blood.

There are remedies available to stop hair loss caused by male pattern baldness and possibly even to reactivate the still existing hair follicles. The effectiveness of the remedies in fact has been documented in studies. Remedies with the effective ingredient finasterid, used in high doses to treat the prostate gland. It blocks the enzyme that converts testosterone into the hair follicle-damaging DHT.

Finasterid can be obtained through a prescription and it is in the form of a tablet taken daily.

“If the treatment is stopped, the hair loss as a rule will start again,” said Garcia Bartels. The price of the drug – about 150 euros (220 dollars) for a three-month supply – is high. Somewhat more economical is Minoxidil, which is a lotion that must be applied to the scalp twice a day. Originally developed as a blood pressure medication, Minoxidil was found to have the side effect of hair growth.

Minoxidil’s success rate is however lower: while hair loss is stopped in 80 per cent of the people who use finasterid, the rate is 70 per cent among people who apply Minoxidil. Additionally, 70 to 80 per cent of finasterid users experience hair regrowth. This is true for 50 to 60 per cent of Minoxidil users.

Apart from these medicines and the toupee, there is another way of achieving a full head of hair again: hair transplantation. This involves removing pieces of skin with hair follicles from another part of the body, typically the back of the neck, and transplanting them to the bald spots.

“Such measures come into play only if the hair loss has ended,” said Garcia Bartels. Otherwise, the remaining original hair will continue to fall out around the newly transplanted hair.

Hair transplantation is a very costly solution to baldness. The cost of refilling in a small spot with hair can run over 1,000 euros.

“The results that I have seen thus far are not especially satisfying,” said Hofmann. Apparently, it is better when a man accepts his baldness.

“The problems that men have with hair loss decline anyway as they get older,” said Henss. “Perhaps time does not grant a full head of hair, but it does heal all wounds.”

On the internet there are numerous advertisements offering lotions and similar remedies for hair loss. Hofmann said these are best avoided.

“Remedies that cost a lot of money and do nothing only cause aggravation and frustration,” said Hofmann. The money would be better spent on a head massage or a hair tonic containing rubbing alcohol.

“Such measures help increase blood circulation to the scalp, thus supplying it with oxygen.”

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I’m having a bald hair day.

Posted by Gary Heron, on December 26th, 2007, under TRICHOTALK



According to new research one in five women is now affected by hair loss. Linda Kelsey, who started shedding hers in her thirties, offers some advice on beating baldness

Women, it seems, really are catching up with men – but not in a good way. First it was heart attacks, then it was cirrhosis of the liver as a result of teenage and twenties binge drinking. Now we’re going bald as well. A study of more than 2,000 women found that one in five suffers or has suffered from hair loss.
Linda Kelsey: ‘baldness is scary for men and doubly so for women’
I’ve never been in the Penelope Cruz league when it comes to hair, but there was a time in my teens when I sported a chunky fringe (rather more impressive than the one Kate Moss manages today) and shoulder-length flick-ups.

There’s a photo of me around the age of 20 posing next to my mustard-yellow Mini, and I sometimes gaze at it wistfully. It’s not my youth or the cute car I miss, it’s all that hair.

I started to notice the excess shedding in my early thirties, but at the very moment I was beginning to panic about it, I became pregnant. Pumped up with hormones, my hair grew in thickness as fast as my waist.

About three months after giving birth, I noticed my hair falling out in handfuls, a natural process in many women as hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels. The difference in my case was that my hair kept on falling. Blood tests revealed that even though the iron level in my blood was normal, my iron stores (ferritin) were on the floor. Ferritin deficiency can affect the follicles and lead to hair loss. Boost the iron store, boost the hair – or so the theory goes.

advertisementIn my case, it wasn’t so simple. What I found after a visit to trichologist Glenn Lyons at the Philip Kingsley Clinic, is that like many women, I was also a victim of androgenetic alopecia, an inherited condition which causes gradual thinning of the hair over many years. It’s not quite as horrendous as it sounds.

Unlike men, women almost never go completely bald. The total – and sudden – hair loss suffered by TV presenter Gail Porter is very rare indeed. Over-the-counter remedies, such as Regaine, or the 3M drops I get from the clinic, both contain minoxidil, an antibiotic with the side-effect of promoting hair growth.

It appears that they’re even more effective for women than for men. They’re a pain to apply on a regular basis, though, and they make the hair sticky so that you have to wash it almost every day. But I’ve certainly seen positive results. Now, I only lose the “regular” amount of hairs, around the hundred-a-day mark.

My hair yo-yos between periods of relative stability and what the pros called Chronic Telogen Effluvium (TGE) – excessive shedding in which the sufferer loses more than double or treble the amount of hair that falls out naturally every day. Stress is a factor, but the effect on the hair of a bereavement, for example, or a problem at work might not show up until several months later. A thyroid imbalance, undiagnosed diabetes, polycystic ovaries and certain prescription drugs can all cause overt shedding.

I’ve had two bouts of TGE in the past three years – the first a few months after major surgery (another well-known trigger) and a more recent one, the cause of which I’ve not worked out. In each case, I’ve found myself crying into my hairbrush as it filled with hair.

Though the hair has pretty much recovered after a few months, I bought myself a wig on a just-in-case basis.

I’ve worn it only twice as it made me feel self-conscious; on seeing me in it, a girlfriend whom I hadn’t let in on my secret squealed: “Your hair’s amazing! You look like an ad for Toni&Guy!” I take comfort from another friend who bought a wig during chemotherapy. Her hair has grown back even better than it was before, and she only needs to wheel out her impressively natural-looking wig when she can’t be bothered to spend ages styling her hair.

We spend billions in pursuit of swingy, silky, lustrous hair because we understand just how potent a weapon it is in our sexual armoury. On a rare good-hair day, I feel more feminine, confident and attractive. If hair loss is scary for men, it’s doubly so for women. How many men would ask a bald woman for a date? Would any woman turn down an interesting guy purely on the basis that he didn’t have much hair?

Glenn Lyons firmly believes that women’s hectic, do-it-all lifestyles are contributing to hair-loss problems. The good news is that most can be alleviated by paying more attention to your diet. “Good nutrition with regular meals and a balanced intake of proteins and carbohydrates is vital,” he says. Thin women are visiting his clinic in increasing numbers; for some, a gain of two or three kilos has been sufficient to halt hair loss. Recently, a renowned dermatologist advised me to eat 2oz of lean red meat a day for its nutrient value.

There are lots of over-the-counter products and vitamins that promise to improve hair, but you’re far more likely to achieve the results you want if you understand the underlying cause. If hair loss is keeping you awake at night, you shouldn’t even consider spending a small fortune on products until you’ve had a health check. GPs don’t know much about hair, but they can investigate what problems might lie beneath, and you should insist on having your ferritin levels checked. Meanwhile, I’m knocking back gelatin pills, applying hair drops and hanging on to every strand I can. Twice this week I’ve had good-hair days – and for me that’s very good news indeed.

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All About Hair.

Posted by Gary Heron, on December 26th, 2007, under TRICHOTALK

Hair, along with teeth, is one of the two tissues of the body that are the hardest to destroy. Yet, many people suffer from hair loss; the culprits being weather, water and worry.


- Do a simple test called the blotting paper test to understand your scalp type. Don’t wash your hair for two days in a row and then press a blotting paper to the scalp for about 15 seconds. If the blotting paper becomes wet, you have an oily scalp. If you find dry debris on the blotting paper, you have dry scalp. If you do not see either, then it is a normal scalp.

- Deficiency of iron and protein aggravates hair loss. You can be grossly overweight and yet be anaemic. And if you are on a weight loss programme, there can be a deficiency in protein as well. However, hair needs only four out of the 22 amino acids that protein contains. If you are taking the wrong set of amino acids, then you will build your muscles, but not hair. To verify if you are anaemic, check your blood Ferritin levels. That’s more accurate than checking the haemoglobin. Besides your usual food intake, it is imperative to have daily supplements rich in iron and those containing cystine, isoleucine, leucine and methionine.

- For oily scalp, wash hair daily with a shampoo which has a deep cleansing effect. For dry scalp, shampoo on alternate day with a moisturising effect and a conditioner-heavy base.

- Perming, straightening and ironing should be at best once a year. Hair colouring is safe.

- For an oily scalp, avoid applying oil or conditioner. If you have long hair, apply oil only to hair ends. For -dry scalp, massage jojoba or coconut oil 1-2 times per week, but in case of hair loss, avoid conditioners altogether.

- Short hair for working women is ideal for maintenance. Always opt for monthly trimmings even if you do it yourself at home.

- Exercise always helps.


- Avoid head massage as it does not help in better blood circulation.

- Hot oil treatment for any scalp condition is a strict no-no as it takes away the moisture.

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