|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?
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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
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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.
|Ellie asks: |
I have very thick light brown/dark blonde shoulder length hair
which is quite wavy, but does not look good naturally, so I either mousse
or straighten it. However, it always goes rather wavy towards the end of
the day. How can I keep the style through the day? I have had blonde
highlights, which I like, and now I would like to dye it a medium blonde
colour. Would this look ok? Is there anything else I could do to my hair?
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It could be different causes why your hair its going green, generally blonde hair can show ''acid'' colours easier than darker colours, that is because hair its absorbent and absorbs minerals and salts from the water like it could be chlorine or copper oxide. To remove this, you need to get liquid 30 volumes peroxide and soak the hair with it and watch it till disappear, then apply it to the hair and finish it with a clarifying shampoo cover this one with a plastic cap and bake it under the dryer for about 15 minutes, condition and treat the hair.
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