Healthy Hair Growth after Female Pattern Baldness
It’s easy to say that beauty is what’s on the inside and that looks don’t matter. But for those suffering from genetic hair loss, the reality is much different. The truth is beauty does matter, and physical appearance weighs heavily on women. Despite our winning personalities, hair loss can take a toll – emotionally and psychologically.
That said, we are not in this alone! According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 40 percent of women will experience hair loss by the time they reach the age of 40.
Top Issues for those Suffering from Androgenic Alopecia
Below we address some common concerns regarding genetic hair loss and natural alternatives to healthy hair growth. If your question is not addressed, feel free to contact one of our experts by clicking to the left.
Androgenic alopecia (otherwise known as genetic or hereditary hair loss or female pattern baldness) is the most common type of hair loss in women.
It begins when an enzyme in our hair follicle (called type II 5 alpha-reductase) converts testosterone to the hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT then binds to receptors in the hair follicle. This occurs naturally in every woman.
Androgenic alopecia is a progressive condition that presents itself in women with a genetic sensitivity to DHT. In these women, the hair follicle reacts poorly to the presence of the hormone stunting the normal growth cycle.
As the hair cycle progresses in a DHT-laden follicle, the growth stage will shorten and the resting stage will extend. With progressively shorter growing stages and longer resting stages, more hair is lost, hair follicles dramatically shrink, and the flow of blood and nutrients to the hair follicle is significantly reduced. While some follicles will become dormant, most will simply produce progressively finer and thinner hair until the hair is too fine to survive.
Androgenic alopecia is indeed natural in that it your body’s response to the production of DHT in your hair follicle. She most likely concluded this after ruling out more serious causes of hair loss, which is good news.
But it’s hard not to worry about hair loss. No one would choose to lose their hair – whether it is natural or otherwise. Thankfully, there are a few options as it relates to combatting hair loss, repairing hair follicles and stimulating healthy hair growth.
Medications are the most often recommended treatment for female pattern hair loss, including minoxidil (Rogaine) and androgen receptor–blocking drugs such as spironolactone (Aldactone) and finasteride (Propecia). While effective for many, the long-term effects of these pharmaceuticals are still unknown causing more and more people to turn to natural therapies as a remedy for hair loss. In addition, because these treatments artificially stimulate hair growth, hair is likely to fall out when these treatments are interrupted or stopped completely.
Other courses of treatment may include hair replacement surgery, hair additions (weaves and extensions), or light laser therapy treatment.
You may want to supplement conventional treatments or try an all-natural approach with a balanced diet and hair-healthy nutrients. Natural ingredients, like the herbs, viatmins and minerals found in Hair Essentials™, help restore balance to the body and encourage natural healing. Unlike chemical medicines that can become toxic, override the body's innate intelligence, and can potentially cause damage to the immune system, natural ingredients gently provide the body with what it needs to heal itself. With proper nourishment, the body can naturally reduce the production of DHT, inhibit the biding of DHT to hair follicles, repair and reactivate damaged and dormant, reduce scalp inflammation and grow healthy hair.
Androgenic alopecia in women does not usually follow the same thinning pattern as seen in men, although patterns do exist. Clinicians typically use the Ludwig Classification to describe female pattern hair loss. Type I is minimal thinning that can be camouflaged with hair styling techniques. Type II is characterized by decreased volume and noticeable widening of the mid-line part. Type III describes diffuse thinning, with a see-through appearance on the top of the scalp.
My maternal grandfather and paternal grandmother suffered from hair loss. Does this mean I have an increased chance of androgenic alopecia?
Research indicates that the susceptibility to premature baldness is largely the cause of inherited genes – but which genes and how many is still being studied. Despite the universal interest in hereditary baldness (androgenic alopecia) and the staggering number of people it impacts, there is a surprisingly small number of scientific studies on this topic.
Absolutely! With proper nourishment, your body can naturally reverse hair loss, prevent future loss, and stimulate healthy hair growth. You may consider eating a balanced diet and supplementing your food intake with a natural supplement like Hair Essentials™ that offer an abundant supply of hair-healthy nutrients.
While it is impossible to prevent androgenic alopecia, you can significantly reduce the likelihood and severity of female pattern baldness by reducing stress, eating a balanced diet, conditioning your scalp and taking a hair healthy, all natural supplement, like Hair Essentials™, which can reduce the production of DHT, inhibit the binding of DHT to hair follicles, repair and revitalize hair follicles, decrease scalp inflammation and nourish healthy hair growth.
Natural Remedies for Androgenic Alopecia and Genetic Hair Loss
If you have been diagnosed with androgenic alopecia, there are few natural remedies that can reverse hair loss, prevent future hair loss and encourage healthy hair regrowth.
Consume Green Tea. Green Tea has been well documented for its therapeutic effects, and it is known to contain powerful antioxidants called polyphenols which scavenge free radicals. Recently there has been some suggestion that Green Tea has an anti-androgenic effect on the body. Studies have shown that a higher intake of the Green Tea leads to higher levels of six hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), a protein which prevents testosterone from converting to DHT (the underlying cause of androgenic alopecia). Research also suggests that green tea can help soothe skin and reduce inflammation providing a healthier environment for hair growth. By drinking green tea, using green tea extract or rinsing your hair with green tea, you can benefit from its healing properties.
Use Emu Oil. Research has shown that Emu Oil contains a high level of linolenic acid which is an efficient antiandrogen. Linolenic acid is a potent 5 alpha-reductase inhibitor and may be useful in the treatment of androgenetic alopecia. The topical application of Emu Oil can stimulate the cells around the hair follicle promoting hair follicle development and hair growth.
Eat green apples. Clinical trials have revealed that procyanidin B-2, an ingredient found in apple skins promotes growth at the hairline as effectively as extra strength minoxidil does at the vertex.The skin of immature (baby) green apples is the richest known source of procyanidin.
Exercise. Exercise increases blood circulation to all areas of the body, the scalp included. Some studies have shown that increased blood circulation to the scalp can assist in the stimulation of follicles to begin to produce hair again.
Supplement your diet with Hair Essentials™. Hair Essentials™ provides more than 20 hair-healthy vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids and other nutrients that are delivered to the scalp where they quickly work to:
- * Reduce the production of DHT
- * Inhibit the binding of DHT to hair follicles
- * Stimulate inactive hair follicles
- * Reduce scalp inflammation which can lead to hair loss
- * Encourage hormones responsible for hair growth to stay in balance
- * Regulate the time hair remains in the dormant stage
- * Provide vital nutrients for the structural development of healthy hair
- * Protect hair follicle cells against oxidative stress and damage
- * Seed follicles with the nutrients they need for new hair growth
Hair Essentials™ customers often notice decreased shedding or hair loss within the first few weeks. Most customers report dramatic improvement and faster hair growth by three months. Many customers report that their hair grows 75% to 100% faster, in as little as 3 months!
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