We may feel like pulling our hair out at times, but when it falls out by itself, it’s cause for alarm! Statistics show one of every two women will experience hair loss but the time they’re 50. Let’s see what causes it … and what can be done to stop it.

POSSIBLE CAUSES

◗ Stress

◗ Trauma or injury to body (surgery)

◗ Genetics

◗ Autoimmune disease

◗ Iron deficiency

◗ Pregnancy

◗ Psoriasis

◗ Thyroid disorder

◗ High levels of male hormones

◗ Excessive styling

TREATMENTS

Styling tips

◗ KEEP YOUR HAIR CUT above the shoulder and don’tdo layers – they can make thinning hair appear stringy.

◗ CHANGE YOUR PART to get more volume. When you part your hair the same way every day, the hair starts to get flat along that line.

◗ DYE YOUR HAIR a similar color to your skin. Bleach can cause breakage and should be avoided, but dye will plump up the hair shaft, making it seem thicker. If you have dark skin, go with a darker shade, and if you are fair, choose a lighter shade – this will make your scalp less obvious.

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Take action

◗ Use your fingertips to massage your scalp with coconut or argan oil before you wash your hair. It increases circulation and helps hair follicles absorb nutrients.

◗ Slow hair loss by applying a product such as Rogaine 2% or 5% formula twice a day. Avoid these treatments if you are pregnant or nursing.

◗ Use low heat settings on your styling tools, and go natural as often as possible.

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 Medical treatments

Dr. Morgan O’Donoghue* says, “The treatment many times can be simple and effective. If the process is caused by low thyroid, medications can be given to regulate that level. If it is caused by a vitamin deficiency, this also can be remedied with medications. Autoimmune disorders can often be treated with targeted therapies for that specific condition. Hereditary thinning can be a bit more difficult to treat, but there are some therapies that can help to thicken or inhibit the loss of existing hair, like Rogaine. In general, these medications are very safe, affordable, and have a low side effect profile.

“With proper examination, evaluation, and treatment, many women can see improvement in a few months. I generally follow these patients very carefully, and let them know that if they are diligent, limit stress, and follow my recommendations, their condition should improve.” Medications like Propecia and Aldactone can be prescribed to postmenopausal women. Fifty percent of women who take them see regrowth.

*MORGAN O’DONOGHUE, M.D. is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Medicine and Tulane University Department of Internal Medicine, board-certified dermatologist, member of the American Academy of Dermatology, and Vice President of the Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgeons