|Kathy asks: |
I am 47 years old and have always had a very wavy thick head of hair. About a year and a half ago my hair suddenly began to change and has become thin in its diameter, has lost its elasticity,is very dry and seems to fall out more easily. I do colour my hair and my hairdresser has said that my natural color is now very white. I am wondering if there is any connection to suddenly going white due to stress or could this be a premenopausal result? I miss my hair....is there any hope to restoring it back to its old condition?
|Answered By: |
It sounds like you would need some TCL after receiving such a very poor response to your question. I apologise for not being able to give you a proper answer sooner but I have been away on business for some time. ...More >
In asking your question you mention two things that can have a negative effect on hair, stress and the menopause. It is highly unlikely that you will experience any hair loss prior to any hormonal changes occurring but when the level of oestrogen begins to reduce then excessive hair loss is extremely common. In most women this hair loss is classed as temporary and reversible and most of the hair that falls out due to the disruption caused by the fall in oestrogen will be replaced - but this takes time. When a hair falls from the scalp the hair follicle goes into a resting phase, this is perfectly normal and will last for approximately three months, only after that will a new hair start to grow and then at a rate of 2-3cm per month, so it takes some time for the hair to fully recover.
In women with a genetic predisposition to thinning hair the hair can respond badly to the fall in the level of oestrogen and never really recover fully. Many women find that HRT has a positive effect on their hair because the it can raise the level of oestrogen and stimulate hair growth. If you think the menopause could be starting in your case you could talk to your GP about this.
Another very common cause of hair loss is stress, and it can affect anyone. Stress commonly accelerates the hair growth cycle, shortening the growing phase of the hair so it falls out faster. The old hair will be replaced but, for example, if a hair falls out after growing for only two years rather than, say, four or five which may be your normal growth period, and this is affecting virtually all the hair on your head then the overall effect can be dramatic.
This type of hair loss generally stops when the causative stress factor has disappeared, but good ways of helping your body deal with stress and reducing the negative effects it can have on your hair are to get plenty of exercise (no need for a gym, long brisk walks will do it) as this burns up adrenaline and testosterone (yes, women have it too). It is also a good idea to make sure your diet is well-balanced with plenty of fruit, vegetables proteins, water etc. Also ensure that you are getting the quantity of sleep you think your body needs.
Finally, if the problem continues you should go to see a qualified trichologist to let them try to find out the exact cause of the problem and advise you what to do about it. The Institute of Trichologists will give you a list of people in your area. Tel: 08706 070602
I hope that, this time, the answer was helpful.
|Madhuchandru asks: |
I want to have thick hair day by day I am losing my thickness as
there is nobody in our family has baldness or hereditary evidence I am very concerned
|Answered By: |
There are many reasons why we lose hair, it could be linked to your health, diet or stress levels, and it could still be hereditary. Genetic hair loss patterns can skip two or three generations so even if your parents or even your grandparents have no hair loss problems it is still possible to inherit a hair thinning condition from a great grandparent. It would be a good idea for you to consult a Trichologist to try to establish the cause of your thinning hair. They may also be able to reduce or stop the problem. Call the Institute of Trichologists on 08706 070602 for your nearest practitioner.
|Julie asks: |
I have waist-long naturally super-fine dark brown hair. Itís naturally straight, but my scalp gets greasy fast and the further I go towards the ends, the frizzier it gets as the day goes on. Although my scalp and the hair around that area gets greasy so quickly--- only about 5-6 hours, faster if I run my hands through my hair, itís so prone to frizz that if I run my fingers through, then I get this instant static that plasters it to the side of my face where I have side bangs and makes it lift everywhere else.
When I was younger, my hair was straight, black, and glossy, and still fine, and Iím not sure why it suddenly deteriorated. Iíve been using drug-store brands such as Pantene and Dove, and I want to switch to something salon-grade that will fix my problem. Should I adjust the number of times I wash my hair? After skipping a single shower, the fineness of my hair shows the grease so obviously that at the top of my head they separate into streaks instead of falling individually. It tangles so easily that it takes a solid twenty minutes just to get it straight after a short run.
As of now, my hair is dull and flat, and constantly riddled with a horde of split ends. What should I do to fix this?
Along with fixing this problem, Iíve always wanted white, silver, platinum, etc. hair. I know that bleaching makes hair frizzy and brittle, especially with dark (and fine?) hair, but Iím absolutely in love with the idea of having a split ends, but I want it to stay long. Is bleaching a good idea, with my hair?
Thanks for reading this monstrosity, and please get back soon.
|Answered By: |
Wow okay lets start at the beginning, Diet really does help the condition of the hair and scalp so firstly take a good look at your diet and make sure your having a good healthy and varied diet. I am a strong believer in taking supplements especially for improving hair and nails there are very many good ones on the market. Try shampooing your hair every other day and make sure you use a shampoo that is clear when it comes out of the bottle not opaque as generally the opaque, pearlescent, creamy shampoos have moisturizing ingredients and will makes the hair to soft and over condition at the root area. Rinse your hair really well after shampooing. Then apply a conditioner for fine hair only to the ends of your hair and gently comb it through to ear level, donít massage it in to your scalp at all. Leave for 1 min before rinsing. I would then use a spray leave in conditioner as well before leaving to dry naturally or blow drying. ...More >
Itís also important not to keep touching your hair as that really does encourage the oil production. Dry shampoo now available in colour formulas is also a saving grace for when your out and about or feel that your hair is starting to look greasy, so try one of those.
Have a good trim and whilst your at the salon you can ask about the colour, there are some amazing new Phlex systems that allow multiple levels of lift which is what would be required on your dark hair to get it blonde and they restructure the hair whilst lifting it.
Really good luck and Iím sure this will make a difference.
Page 9 of 61
3 Records on this page