Hormonal Hair Loss

Hormonal Hair Loss

Here’s a Q & A  article we came across from The Palm Beach Post that offers some insight on Hormonal Hair Loss. The full article as it was originally posted can be found by clicking the link below.

By Andrea Green, Licensed Cosmetologist; and Dan Green

Question: I am a 52-year-old woman who is in good health. In the last six months, I began losing more and more hair. It is much thinner than ever. Is this common for a woman my age, and what causes this?

Answer: The proportion of women losing their hair has gone up dramatically in the past few years.
Life has become more stressful for women, whether working or not, and that can trigger capillary imbalances — the loss of hair and even alopecia. Most types of female alopecia are hereditary. Hormonal changes, such as adolescence, pregnancy, pre-menopause or menopause, can also trigger them. Often, seborrhea co-exists with alopecia — known as Seborrheic alopecia — among women. In any event, it should be remembered that cleaning and purifying the scalp contributes significantly to protecting a person from these problems. There are very promising scalp and laser therapies available today. We have seen significant improvements in women who have lost hair due to stress or hormonal changes. Drinking sufficient quantities of water and eating a healthy diet have also long been known to help ensure the health of the scalp and hair.

Andrea Green has been a licensed cosmetologist and trichology-trained hair replacement specialist for over 20 years. Along with her husband, master barber Dan Green, she is the co-owner and founder of Hair Professionals, and they have been servicing Palm Beach County since 1997. She is a member of the American Cancer Society, National Alopecia Foundation and American Hair Loss Council.

Here’s another article on hormonal hair loss that focuses on Postpartum hair loss.

Postpartum Hair Loss and How Stylists Can Help

A Client’s Perspective By: Kelli Lee Reddinger             

When I got pregnant with my daughter, everyone was quick to offer advice or share a tidbit of perspective on my impending motherhood. Once they noticed my belly and confirmed I was “with child” and not just “with too much chocolate cake,” complete strangers would warn me about sleepless nights, new mommy stress, and the perils of shedding the extra weight.  But, not once did anyone – friend, foe, or stranger – mention the worst possible thing I was going to encounter after having a baby: Postpartum Hair Loss.

It began right around the time my daughter hit the 18 week mark.  At first I thought I was spending too much time with my hair pulled back in a ponytail, and I was seeing broken hair in my brush.  But then, my shower started looking like I had a small animal circling the drain  and panic set in.

During pregnancy, most women find that their hair becomes thicker, vibrant and rich. An increased steady supply of estrogen (and in some cases a healthy dose of prenatal vitamins) cause a change in the volume of Growing vs. Resting hair. A normal head will have somewhere between 85 and 95 percent of the hair in a growing state, while the other 5 to 15 is in the resting state waiting to fall out and be replaced with new growth.  When it comes to pregnant ladies, our bodies are only interested in growing and the resting takes a backseat until after the baby is born. It’s about 3 months after the birth when the switch gets flipped and our glorious hair that was in a prolonged growth period decides it’s time to take a rest. Hence, new mommies start shedding like German Shepherds on a hot summer day in the Sahara and for some reason no one seems to talk about this.

If you’re suffering from what you think may be hormonal hair loss and you live in the Greater Boston area, contact Suisse Natural Hair Salon to schedule a free, private consultation. 617.244.9414