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December 16, 2010

How To Approach Thinning/Balding Hair.

      Sometimes clients mention that their hair is beginning to thin and ask for steps they can take to stop the thinning or to grow the hair back. Often they mention that they have tried Rogaine (Minoxidil) but don't know much about other options or why their hair is thinning in the first place.
      "According to the American Academy of Dermatology, approximately 30 million women in the United States are affected by hair loss at some stage - and the numbers are increasing. Depending on which authoritative source you consult, between 25 and 33.3 percent of all American women will suffer varying degrees of hair loss at some point in their lives."
      There are two types of hair loss that women and men experience: permanent (Androgenic Alopecia) and temporary.
     Permanent hair loss is often passed down through your family and shows up in women differently than it does in men. Men will often lose their hair in specific places, usually the front of the hairline or the crown of the head. Women experience thinning throughout their hair, many times never seeing complete baldness.
      Temporary hair loss is mostly seen in women and can only be diagnosed by a doctor. Thyroid disease, Anorexia/Bulimia and protein deficiencies are common causes of temporary hair loss.
      Treatments for permanent hair loss vary between men and women. Men who want to stop balding in its tracks should talk to their doctor about Propecia (Finasteride) and women should look into Spironolactone, Cyproterone Acetate or Flutamide. These prescription medications help to keep the hair you already have and prevent it from falling out.
       Another option for both men and women is Minoxidil or Rogaine. Rogaine requires consistent use, sometimes not seeing results for up to 60 days.
      "In clinical tests, Minoxidil produced new hair growth in varying amounts in 6 out of 10 women."
       Hair transplant surgery is a permanent remedy to thinning hair.  Speak to your doctor about whether this is right for you.
       And finally, wigs and hair pieces. Lace front wigs can be worn for multiple days and if applied correctly are virtually undetectable. As I have mentioned in previous posts, many of todays top celebrities wear wigs on a regular basis.
      Information for this post was found at: http://www.hairlosslibrary.com/female_hair_loss.html

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