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Dr. Stephanie Wosniack is is dedicated to providing her patients with the best possible care. After receiving successful care for various aches and pains over the years, Dr. Woshiack found her calling to help others well.




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Are you losing hair and not sure why? You may need to have your thyroid checked. One of the earliest signs of a thyroid condition is often a change in the hair’s texture or an increased loss of hair. In some cases, a thyroid problem has been detected by a hairdresser before a doctor is even consulted. For this reason, if you notice a sudden hair loss or a change in your hair, you should see your doctor. Sudden hair thinning and loss can be scary and confusing, but with the proper treatment it can be slowed, or even stopped completely. You are not alone, and the best thing you can do is to inform yourself about thyroid hair loss.

Thyroid hair loss occurs because hairs become stalled in a dormant stage. Every hair on your head goes through stages of growth and stages of rest, or dormancy. When your thyroid is not functioning properly, this causes a hormonal imbalance, which traps hairs in dormancy. If an individual hair is stuck in that stage for long enough, it simply dies. Dead hair falls out, and the more hairs fall out, the more obvious the loss becomes.

Although thyroid problems can have some serious symptoms, hair loss is not medically threatening. However, any woman who has experienced hair loss knows that it can be embarrassing and emotionally taxing. A doctor should be sympathetic to this fact. It is a good idea to read up on thyroid hair loss, and thyroid problems in general, before you going to the doctor. That way, you will know what tests are necessary for a proper diagnosis. The visit should be a conversation between you and your doctor, rather than a lecture from the doctor. If you do not feel confident after the visit, you may want to get a second opinion.

For patients who have already been diagnosed, it is important to look at the drugs you are taking. If your hair loss has not stopped, or if it has increased, there is a possibility that it could be a side effect. Levothyroxine, also known and Synthroid, has been known to cause hair loss in some patients. Hair thinning and loss could also be a sign that your treatment needs to be increased with a higher dose or a second drug.

Proper diagnosis and treatment of the thyroid condition are the first steps in combating thyroid hair loss. Once these steps have been achieved, you should take measures towards the growth and strengthening of the hair you still have.

Many patients have found vitamins to be an effective way of restoring hair after thyroid hair loss. Vitamins B, C, and E all nourish the hair, skin and fingernails. You can take them in supplement form, and can also massage the scalp with oils containing these vitamins.

It is also important to avoid putting extra stress on the hair through styling techniques. You should avoid hair dyes and other products containing harsh chemicals. Stay away from straightening combs, curling irons, and blow dryers, as their heat can strip the hair of its natural moisture. Choose loose hairstyles rather than tight buns and ponytails, and be careful not to brush or comb the hair too forcefully. While these tips won’t save you hair from falling out entirely, they will help you nurture the hair that you still have and make it look healthier. The healthier your hair looks, the less obvious the thinning and loss.

Thyroid hair loss is understandably distressing, but it is definitely treatable. Remember that it is not your fault, and you do not have to handle it alone. Keep yourself educated and informed, and take the proper steps for diagnosis and treatment.


Hair loss has become one of the major problems of every woman in the world. It is one of the biggest problem which treatment is also a headache and it have to be taken care with lots of cautions. There are many treatments for hair loss and one must go for them as soon as they find the symptoms in them. Hairs have to be taken good care like an infant. Like an infant needs good and intensive care, your hair also needs care and conditioning from time to time.

Hair is precious for nearly everyone. The beauty of someone’s locks actually defines the beauty and look of an individual. Especially for women, hair can be more precious to them than any other part of their body. Every woman wants to look beautiful and wants their hair to shine and be lustrous and thick. To have great locks, it is necessary to take good care of them. From oiling to hair wash and conditioning, they should be cared always like a new born baby, with intense care and love too.

Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss. Alopecia tends to be involuntary and unwelcome. There are three main types of hair thinning and loss are namely, androgenic alopecia, alopecia areata and traumatic alopecia. There are many causes of hair loss in women. For each woman, the causes of hair thinning and loss are different. Some causes of hair loss in women are poor nutrition i. E. Lack of essential minerals and vitamins in the diet. A scalp infection can also causes hair loss.

The major cause of hair loss is use of chemicals and acids. Nowadays woman go for curling or straightening and use many and innumerable types of chemicals and acids which affect the hair negatively. Although there are chemicals in shampoo and conditioner we use, but we must use as less chemicals for our hairs as we can. Curling and straightening for a while looks good on woman’s face, will damage your remaining hair to a large extent.

There are many good treatments for hair and they are doctor recommended too. Minoxidil is a topically applied solution that stimulates hair growth and Anthralin is another treatment for hair loss. These are recommended by physicians and can be applied as treatment for hair.

Treatment for hair loss can start from your own efforts. As much oiling as you will do, it will nourishes your hair and will stimulate them. The scalp soaks the oil and helps the hair to grow strongly from the scalp. Head massages or spa is also a good treatment for hair as it relaxes your mind and scalp.

There are many home remedies that can be done to avoid hair loss. Don’t wait for your hair to fall out before you take care of the problem. Oiling to hair is like air to body. Proper oiling to hair will nourish them and helps the scalp to soak some proteins and minerals. The selection of shampoo and conditioner must also be wise and good. Do not use a shampoo for more than six months as hairs becomes used to the product and the chemical, which is not good for it.

The best advice for treatment of hair loss for women is firstly she must visit a hair specialist or a doctor and examine her health there. Hair is a very beautiful part of a human body and it means very much to a woman. Just like her self esteem, maintenance of hair is also very crucial and important to her. Stress is a major cause of problems and it is also the prime reason for hair thinning and loss. Try to avoid stress as much as you can to avoid hair thinning and loss.


In the United States alone, pattern hair loss affects over forty million men. Less well known is that hair loss also occurs in twenty million women. Until recently, few viable options existed for women experiencing this problem. Today, great strides in research and treatment are occurring. In this article we will focus on the latest and greatest treatments as well as future therapies looming just around the corner.

But first, a short discussion to lay the framework for gender-based similarities and differences. In both sexes it’s called “pattern” hair loss because hair inside zone of loss is subject to thinning and fallout. Hair outside the zone is generally considered to be immune. This single fact has driven hair transplant surgery for more than fifty years because hair transplanted into the thinning zone retains its genetic immunity and continues to thrive. But there is an important caveat.

In men, pattern hair loss tends to leave a healthy dense area of hair bearing scalp available for transplantation. In women, this does not always occur. Often, women lose hair across the entire scalp to a degree that renders hair transplant surgery a non-starter because you’d be trading one region of sparse hair for another. Another point of differentiation between the sexes is that women with thinning hair tend to retain their juvenile or feminine hair line while bi-temporal recession is a very common finding in men. Thus, concisely, in men, the area of hair loss tends to be more severe but anatomically limited — while in women the degree of loss may not be as severe but the extent of affected territory may be much more extensive.

In this article, we will not delve into the biochemical hallmarks that differentiate male from female pattern hair loss. Suffice to say, the common biochemical features linked to pattern hair loss generally outweigh the gender-specific differences.

Okay, we’ve set down a reasonable foundation for the problem. Now what is there to be done? Let’s start by touching on the options that honestly just don’t work and then we’ll get into therapies that do. The first thing that doesn’t work is also usually the first thing that women try, i.e. “thickening” the hair. Using thickening sprays, gels, mists etc. on thinning hair is a bit like putting makeup on a corpse. Eventually, the jig is up. In hair loss affected women, eventually the hair thins to a point where no amount of flocking spray will be able to disguise what’s happening. This is because the visible hair above the scalp also happens to be the non-living part of the system. That’s why you don’t scream bloody murder when your stylist takes a scissor to your hair. It’s also why plumping up the hair shaft with thickening shampoos and volumizing hair spray ends up addressing precisely the wrong end of the problem. It is the hair follicle, buried several millimeters below the skin surface, where we need to focus attention.

Another thing that just doesn’t work is scalp massage, and/or variously, products designed to increase blood flow to the scalp. Pattern hair loss is not a function of compromised blood supply. So massaging the scalp or using products purported to “invigorate” the scalp do basically nothing but invigorate a disreputable hair company’s bank account. Next on our list of “things that just don’t work” are hair vitamins. Your hair isn’t starving. You aren’t missing trace elements or vitamin C. Your hair is being shut down by genetic and epigenetic factors that hair vitamins simply can’t fix.

By now, you’re probably saying to yourself, well then, if none of these things works, then I’m basically out of luck, right? Wrong. From a therapeutic standpoint, there has actually never been a time in human history with better options than today. For starters, just as there are male-indicated hair loss treatment drugs that are off limits for women, there are female-indicated hair growth treatment pharmaceuticals that are not appropriate for use by men. The first drug on the list is spironolactone.

Spironolactone (marketed under the trade names Aldactone, Novo-Spiroton, Aldactazide, Spiractin, Spirotone, Verospiron or Berlactone) is a diuretic and is used as an antiandrogen.

It is a synthetic 17-lactone drug that is a renal competitive aldosterone antagonist in a class of pharmaceuticals called potassium-sparing diuretics, used primarily to treat heart failure, ascites in patients with liver disease, low-renin hypertension, hypokalemia, secondary hyperaldosteronism (such as occurs with hepatic cirrhosis), and Conn’s syndrome (primary hyperaldosteronism). Due to its antiandrogen effect, it can also be used to treat hirsutism, and it is a common component in hormone therapy for male-to-female transsexual and transgender people. Interestingly, it is also used for treating hair loss and acne in women, and has been used off label as a topical medication for treatment of male baldness. Spironolactone is commonly used to treat symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) such as excess facial hair and acne. It can also cause gynecomastia in males and should never be given with potassium supplementation for fear of the development of hyperkalemia.

The next female hair loss drug is flutamide. Flutamide is an oral nonsteroidal antiandrogen drug primarily used to treat prostate cancer. It competes with testosterone and its powerful metabolite, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) for binding to androgen receptors in the prostate gland. By doing so, it prevents them from stimulating the prostate cancer cells to grow. Flutamide has been largely replaced as a cancer drug by bicalutamide, due to a better side-effect profile. Flutamide may also be used to treat excess androgen levels in women, and it is here that the drug has also been used to treat female hair loss. It is marketed by Schering-Plough under the brand name Eulexin, also known as Flutamin. Like spironolactone, flutamide has the potential to cause feminizing side effects in men such as gynecomastia, and so this is a hair loss treatment drug that is generally useful only for hair challenged women.

Drugs are great. Thank goodness for drugs. Surely, the greatest achievement of the Twentieth Century was the creation of miracle drugs, such as streptomycin and penicillin. But drugs also come with common but sometimes highly significant negative side effects. Interestingly, it is also a fact that more than 50% of the pharmaceutical drugs in worldwide use today were originally derived from natural substances, either all or in part. For instance one of the earliest TB drugs was extracted from a bacillus found in cranberry bogs. Mother nature has been busy creating biochemically active molecules for many millions of years. Human beings have been at it for a somewhat shorter period of time.

The elegance of natural phytochemicals both staggers and ignites the imagination. And while natural medicine has been in use for thousands of years, it is only recently that evidence-based scientific analysis has been applied to validate these ‘nutraceuticals’ as such substances are sometimes called. A new field is emerging where sophisticated tools of molecular biology and protein chemistry are being harnessed to test, concentrate, and generally improve naturally-derived compounds, all without turning them into synthetic drugs.

In this lab, the focus of our work is directed toward the development of naturally-based hair loss treatment formulations. Here, the goal is to take all we’ve learned and find safe, botanically-based substances that can offer testable benefit in the setting of pattern hair loss.


I think it’s safe to say that no one wants to lose their hair. Yes, there are some people who are much more comfortable with the idea of going bald, but for others, it can be a downright emotional roller coaster! So, it is no surprise that when balding begins to occur we ask is hair loss reversible? Well, before we can determine if in fact hair loss is reversible, we have to understand the things that cause this loss of hair in the first place.

The main causes of losing hair stem from:

· Circulation issues

· Genetics

· Nutritional factors

Although, all of these factors contribute to baldness in different ways, they all share one common denominator. All of them are leading to a nutrient starved hair follicle, which in itself will cause damaged hair and its inevitable loss.

Causes of Male Hair Loss:

There are several issues that lead to men losing their hair, and if you are going to get the answer to your question, “is hair loss reversible?” it is extremely helpful if you know exactly what type of problem you are suffering from that is making you lose your hair. There are several types of illnesses, trauma, and even surgeries that can result in the loss of hair. This can occur because your body’s normal functions get interrupted because of some sort of intense stress you have been through. Fungal infections and other types of diseases can also result in losing hair, no matter how old you are. If you think that you are losing your hair because of any of these issues mentioned above, you should contact your doctor.

Losing one’s hair can also be a side effect of certain medications or changes in hormone levels; however, the most commonly known cause of balding in men is genetics and DHP buildup. And, while it was previously thought that genetics were the main cause of losing hair, it has been discovered by experts, that genetics are actually not the main issue at hand. Extensive research has discovered that DHT buildup, more commonly known as dihydrotestosterone, can cause a block between nutrients and your hair follicles, thus, preventing new growth.

Causes of Female Hair Loss:

Loss of hair in females has a somewhat different cause than men’s balding issues. This is due to the fact that women don’t have anywhere near the amount of testosterone production that men do. This means that DHT buildup is not as big of a concern for female hair loss. However, it can be combined with the rest of the causes that contribute to a woman’s loss of hair.

Loss of hair in females can be attributed to a hormonal imbalance. Women go through many periods (no pun intended) in their lives, when there hormones change dramatically, like puberty, periods, pregnancy, menopause, and post menopause. And, all of these hormonal changes can have a great impact on the density and composition of your hair.

Other, less common, female hair loss symptoms can occur from prescription drugs, poor circulation, stress, surgery, environmental pollutants, chemicals from dying your hair, diseases, cosmetic procedures, and malnourishment.

However, in general, it is definitely possible to prevent, stop, and even reverse the loss of hair for both men and women. Yes, your question of “is hair loss reversible” has finally been answered! Yes, hair loss is reversible.

What Causes DHT Buildup?

DHT buildup is caused by a powerful hormone that has been shown to trigger the loss of hair known as Androgenetic Alopecia. This is a condition that effects those people who have been predisposed by genetics to lose their hair; it causes a buildup of DHT which has been known to dwarf hair follicles, which results in a regression in your scalp into a vellus state, that can render your hair as non-existent.

For many people, losing their hair because of a DHP buildup is not simply an issue of vanity; it is actually a condition that can be devastating psychologically, as well as, uncomfortable physically. And, while there are many oral and topical medications that have been designed specifically to aid in re-growing hair, the results are far from fool proof and can often be coupled with several unwanted and unexpected side effects.

However never fear, hair loss is reversible, and this reversal can be achieved naturally without the uncomfortable side effects that come from the medicated treatments. All you have to do is target that DHT buildup and you will be able to nip your balding problem in the bud.


“I’m worried my hair is falling out! My hairdresser told me that my hair is much thinner than it used to be and I’ve noticed a change in thickness myself. I thought only men lost their hair when they got older.”

As a dermatologist I frequently hear this complaint from women. Although men are more likely to lose their hair, women and children are also subject to excessive hair loss. Shedding some hair on a daily basis is normal but when it becomes excessive it could have an underlying cause. Most people assume that baldness is a result of age or genetics but there are many things that can cause hair loss.

o Major surgery or serious illness may cause a sudden loss of hair after 3 to 4 months but it is temporary and will grow back.

o Hormone imbalance, known as androgens and estrogens (male/female), is a very common cause of hair loss in both men and women. Many women notice hair loss after giving birth because high levels of certain hormones cause the body to keep hair that would normally fall out. After the birth of a baby, that hair falls out and the normal cycle of hair growth resumes.

o Some medicines cause hair loss such as blood thinners, drugs for high blood pressure, gout, birth control pills and antidepressants.

o Fungal infections of the scalp or an underlying disease such as lupus or diabetes can result in hair loss.

What About Pattern Baldness?

Everyone loses hair but men lose it earlier, faster, and more extensively. This is due to what most people 
refer to as common baldness or male – pattern baldness, which is responsible for 95% of all hair loss. This type of hair loss is usually inherited and is marked by a receding hair line and baldness on the top of the head.

About 15% of all women develop some degree of pattern baldness in which the hair becomes thin over the entire scalp. In some cases female pattern hair loss can produce bald patches along with thinning.

Hair follicles grow hairs within a normal cycle that lasts for 2 to 3 years. About 90 % of the hair on your head is growing and about 10% is in a resting phase. After 3 to 4 months, the resting hair falls out and new hair begins to grow. For people with a genetic tendency for baldness, the hair begins to grow in thinner, shorter, and lighter when they reach a certain age. Eventually, new hairs stop growing creating a thin spot or balding.

Genetic hair loss can begin as early as 17 years of age and by age 50 approximately 60% of all men will show signs of significant hair loss. Pattern baldness begins most often between the ages of 24-38 years of age.

Is There Any Hope For Hair Loss?

When patients come to me with concerns about this loss, I ask questions about their diet, medicines they might be taking, and whether they have had a recent illness. Female patients are questioned about their menstrual cycle, pregnancies and menopause to better understand hormonal triggers. In some cases a physical exam, blood tests or a biopsy may be needed to get a better picture of the cause of hair loss. It is important to understand the possible causes in order to make an informed decision about how to treat the condition.

Once the cause of your loss has been determined, various treatments can be helpful in restoring hair growth or slowing down the development of common baldness. You may be asked to change your medication if that is what’s causing you to lose your hair. If hormonal imbalance is to blame, there are medications to help prevent further loss.

There are medicines available without a prescription such as minoxidil that is applied to the scalp to help generate hair growth and can be used by both men and women. Keep in mind that medicines of this nature are composed of chemicals and as with many drugs, may produce side effects.

Vitamins and Diet Changes

Natural hair loss remedies have been used for years to reverse the loss of hair from disease of vitamin deficiencies. Sometimes changing to an organic, pesticide-free diet and taking vitamin supplements can help people recover from premature hair loss. Adding scalp massage, herbal remedies, and exercise to the mix has helped many people rejuvenate their hair growth.

A diet rich in whole food along with taking a multi-vitamin is recommended. Researchers have also found that increasing the amount of B vitamins (1/2/12) is helpful in reversing loss. 
As a word of caution; be sure to consult your doctor or nutritionist before making any drastic changes to your diet.

There are also herbal hair growth treatments that have been passed down from generation to generation as therapy for hair loss. These include:

o Rosemary – Made into tea and rinsed through the hair daily. 
o Mallow roots – Boiled in wine and massaged into the scalp weekly. 
o Nettles – Infused in water and combed through the hair daily. 
o Artichoke leaves – Simmered in water for several hours and applied as a nightly massage. 
o Catnip – Made into an infusion and rinsed through the hair daily. 
o Parsley seeds – Crushed and applied in powder form to the scalp monthly. The powder is allowed to remain overnight, and brushed out of thoroughly in the morning.


Every year, millions of men — and women — experience the signs of hair loss and balding. Any time a person begins to have suspicions of baldness (fine hairs on the pillow, in the shower, etc.), the reasonable reaction is to seek a remedy or “cure.” There is a sea of rumors floating out there that attempt to explain the “root” of the baldness problem — a problem that affects more than 30% of men and women by age 30. These myths are not only often a waste of time and money, they obfuscate the existing treatments that actually work to halt hair loss and promote re-growth.

Myths about hair loss and balding have existed for thousands of years. For example, Hippocrates, father of modern medicine, thought that baldness could be cured by a mixture containing horseradish and pigeon droppings. As time moved on, the myths continued to grow — although the reasons for their creation changed slightly ($).

The proliferation of these myths is most likely due to the overwhelming desire to have a simple solution to a complicated problem — particularly one that is within our control. But today, let’s debunk some of these myths and learn what the facts really are.

Myth #1: Genes for hair loss come only from the mother’s side of the family –

Although the inheritance of balding and hair loss genes from the mother’s side is slightly stronger, androgenetic hair loss (common baldness) can be inherited from the mother’s side of the family, the father’s side — or both.

Myth #2: Men who are bald have high levels of testosterone –

This myth falls into the same category as another familiar myth: “the size of a man’s hands or feet determines…” Hair loss is caused by a greater sensitivity of hair follicles in some parts of the scalp to DHT (dihydrotestosterone), rather than to increased levels of testosterone. DHT causes the hair follicles to shrink (miniaturize) and eventually disappear. If elevated levels of testosterone were the problem, then “all” of a person’s body hair would be susceptible to hair loss — not just the areas on the crown and front of the scalp.

Myth 3: A sign of genetic baldness is seeing large amounts of hair fall out –

In contrast to popular belief, going bald is not due to massive amounts of hair falling out, but rather by normal thickness hair gradually being replaced by finer, thinner hairs — a process called “miniaturization.” If large patches of hair start suddenly falling out, it is time to see your doctor. This is not a sign of balding, but rather a more serious medical problem.

Myth #4: Hair loss is caused by decreased blood flow to the scalp –

When your hair is growing, it does require a significant amount of blood flow. Once you lose your hair, not as much blood is needed and the blood flow to the scalp decreases. Therefore, a decreased blood flow to the scalp is not one of the causes of hair loss, but a result of it.

Myth #5: Wearing hats makes you go bald –

People who accuse their hats as being the cause of their hair loss think that wearing hats all the time prevents the scalp from breathing. Actually, hair follicles get oxygen from the blood stream, rather than from the air (much like how a plant gets water from its roots and not its leaves).

Myth #6: Hair loss is caused by clogged pores –

Clogged pores, while actually a common cause of acne, do not cause baldness. If common baldness were simply due to clogged pores, then rigorous shampooing would be all that was needed to maintain a full head of hair. This is obviously not the case.

Myth #7: Frequent shampooing causes hair to fall out –

When people start to thin they sometimes think that shampooing is the cause, since they notice hair in the tub. To prevent this, they begin to shampoo less often. The hair that would normally come out in the shower now builds up on the scalp. With the next shampoo, even more ends up in the tub only confirming the patient’s suspicion. Remember, hereditary baldness is not due to hair falling out, but rather by normal hair gradually being replaced by finer, thinner hairs. The simple solution is to shampoo every day and the excess hair in the tub will go away.

Myth #8: Only men suffer from genetic hair loss –

Balding is often thought of as a “man’s” problem, but the fact is that over 40% of women suffer from significant thinning throughout their lifetime.

Myth #9: Hair loss medications only work in the crown –

The main benefit of drugs like minoxidil (the generic form of the drug that sounds like “ROW-GAIN”) and especially finasteride (the generic form of the drug that sounds like “PRO PE SHUGH”) is to slow down or halt hair loss, rather than to re-grow hair. Although initial studies showing the effectiveness of both minoxidil and finasteride were done on the crown, this doesn’t mean that the medications won’t work on other parts of the scalp as well. In fact, the medicines can work wherever there is thinning and baldness — as long as the area is not completely bald.

Myth #10: Hair loss stops when you get older –

Once hair loss begins, it tends to progress over a person’s lifetime and never completely stops. However, the rate at which hair will continue to fall out is hard to guess. The younger you are when you start to lose your hair, the more likely you are to become very bald.

Now you are better prepared to deal with the realities of hair loss and baldness, rather than trudge through the myths. If your personal hair loss is too advanced for minoxidil or finasteride to control, you might consider hair restoration surgery.


Progressive baldness and thinning hair in both men and women is something that can really affect self image and self esteem.

With men, however, it is something that is more or less accepted as a natural occurrence by society at large. In fact, about fifty percent of the general population experience normal hair loss by the time they reach 50 years old. We may not like it, but sooner or later half of us are forced to accept it.

Hair loss in women, however, is thought of in an entirely different context.

Male pattern baldness is an all too common phenomenon which at the moment has no known cure. It is something that is determined largely by genetics.

Its development can however be slowed down with the correct treatment. Read on for more information on this.

Alopecia is a form of hair loss that is a medical condition. It can occur at any age, though it generally affects females more than males.

There are several variations of alopecia:

Androgenic Alopecia

As mentioned above, this is the variation of alopecia which is commonly known as ‘male pattern baldness’. Often hereditary, this condition can in fact affect both sexes.

Treatment to slow down androgenic alopecia is available. Applying minoxidil (Rogaine) to the surface area and taking finasteride (Propecia) orally have proven to be beneficial here. So if this condition is affecting you, be sure to consult your doctor or health advisor about possible treatment.

Natural approaches that have proved successful in preliminary studies include saw palmetto and beta-sitosterol. Consult your health food store for more information on these particular supplements.

Alopecia Areata

This is patchy hair loss, affecting different sections of the head, which tends to affect teenagers and young adults more than older people.

This condition may be hereditary and for most – but not all – is unsightly and embarrassing but temporary, generally lasting about a year. Changes of hormone levels during pregnancy can sometimes trigger the condition.

Alopecia Totalis

Some sufferers of alopecia areata continue to lose hair until they have none left on the scalp. This is known as alopecia totalis.

Alopecia Universalis

As the name suggests, alopecia universalis is the term given to loss of all bodily hair.

Telogen Effluvium

Temporary thinning of the hair, telogen effluvium is not restricted to the scalp and can affect all bodily hair growth. This condition can last for a few months and may be caused by certain medications.

Be sure to check with your doctor if you are taking medication which appears to increase your hair loss.

Hair Loss due to Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy

Many people receiving treatment for cancer often experience total hair loss. Because this is a widely experienced and well known side effect, specialist support and wigs are available which can help until the hair regrows.

Hair Loss due to Hairdressing Treatments

Excessive use of chemicals, or a bad reaction to the chemicals used in hair treatments such as permanents, can result in hair loss. Long term and frequent use of too hot implements such as curling tongs and hair straighteners can also bring it on. In the latter case the hair cuticle will often become brittle causing it to break. Most people who experience hair loss due to hairdressing will find re-growth once they stop using the trigger items.

Hair Loss in Children

Children can suffer from alopecia areata and any bald patches should be reported to a doctor promptly in order to begin treatment. A child may be referred to a dermatologist who specializes in hair loss.

Hair loss in children can be caused by trauma of the scalp and hair because of hair being too tightly pulled or plaited over a long period of time.

A more common reason is a fungal infection called tinea capitis which can affect head hair, eyebrows and eyelashes. When noticed, the child should be seen by a doctor.

Prevention and Treatment

In addition to the above mentioned medically prescribed pharmaceuticals and natural supplements it is wise to cover all bases.

Research has shown that some forms of hair loss can be caused by a lack of vitamins and minerals in the diet. This being the case, it is prudent to ensure that a healthy and varied diet is eaten. However if hair loss starts to occur despite healthy eating then a doctor can refer you for vitamin deficiency tests.

It may also be that a separate condition or medication could be preventing the body from absorbing vitamins and minerals from the food being eaten. Again, consult with your doctor in order to determine if this is in fact the case.

Stress is a recognised trigger for hair loss and this is especially so with alopecia areata. In this case, prevention of further hair loss means examining and managing daily stress levels as much as possible.

An excellent way to handle stress is by learning self hypnosis or by listening to good self hypnosis CDs or downloads. You can find a link to my own recordings in the resource box at the bottom of the page.

Self diagnosis is, however, not the ideal way to treat your specific hair loss type. If you are experiencing excessive hair loss it would be wise to see a doctor who can arrange tests and if necessary get treatment started, or refer you on to a specialist.

Knowing the medical definition of your particular hair loss is one thing, but coping with it emotionally can be very difficult and support is often critical.

It helps enormously if there is acceptance and understanding from the sufferer’s family and friends. This is extremely helpful as hair loss can seriously undermine the sufferer’s sense of worthiness, attractiveness etc and can even result in severe depression. If this is so, then your doctor or health adivisor will probably be able to refer you for counselling, self help groups and if necessary, refer you to a hair piece/wig service.

Hypnotherapy is also a valuable way of increasing self assurance, self esteem and self image while also helping you to manage stress and discomfort.

By working with an experienced hypnotherapist or listening to effective self hypnosis CDs or downloads you can improve the way you handle life’s stresses – and positively change the way you feel about yourself.


Hair loss is a temporary situation for some while for others, it is unavoidable. In some conditions, it can be an indication that you are suffering from things like stress, hormonal imbalance or infection. Although losing hair is more regular in men than in women, it does not signify that hair loss prevention ways will be any different. Here are some helpful hair loss prevention ways that you should do in order to enjoy healthy hair.

Hair can be lost to inappropriate care and damage. If you over color your hair, over style it, or abuse it with irons and blow dryers too regularly, you could be in line for some huge fall out. Hair shouldn’t be colored any more frequently than every six to eight weeks and you should keep away from it altogether if possible. While hair coloring doesn’t make everyone’s hair fall out, it does do harm and you will have healthier hair if you don’t color it. You can try not to stretch your hair into styles that need a lot of pulling like ponytails and braids and don’t pull on it when you brush it.

Always Try To Avoid Stress

People suffering from tremendous stress will frequently experience hair loss, although a temporary one. Still, it would be great if you try to de-stress your life in order to avoid hair loss. You can begin by making it certain that you get adequate sleep or eating the appropriate diet. Exercise will also help you to remove some of the work-related stress.

Keep Away From Hair Products With Heavy Chemicals

One widely held idea is that the over use of chemicals on the hair can cause hair thinning and finally hair loss. If you must know, your hair can be destroyed by hair products that contain damaging ingredients. Getting your hair dyed too often or having it permed can also result to hair loss. Even the usage of shampoos and other styling products such as hair spray, gel or mousse can damage your hair, leading to losing your hair. If possible, select hair products that are prepared from natural ingredients such as aloe vera, rosemary and sage.

Make Use Of Satin Pillowcases

A method to pamper you doubles as a hair loss prevention plan. Making use of satin or silk pillowcases is thought to avoid lossing hair because of the fact that a silk or satin pillowcase will cause less friction while sleeping than a cotton or flannel pillowcase. This is because the head and the hair slide across the pillow rather than that of needing to be compellingly pushed across.

Investigate About Your Family History

Losing your hair is unavoidable if it runs in your family blood. Men, specifically, are known to experience from male pattern baldness, which has been known to be a famous hereditary form. If you have a family history of lost hair, it would be advisable that you begin taking care of your hair as early as possible and not waiting for the hair loss to become really worse.

Get Information from Hair Loss Experts

If you feel that your hair loss problems are further than that norm, speak with your doctor or dermatologist about your dilemmas. They will be able to identify if the hair loss is due to a medical or age issue, and point you in the appropriate treatment direction.

Of course, all these help will be useless if you will not seek the professional view of hair loss experts. These professionals can definitely help you with your hair loss avoidance plans.

Healthy Diet Is A Must

It is significant to eat healthy foods and make sure that your body is getting the right vitamins and minerals that it needs. Often times the body will demonstrate poor health in the hair follicles and finger nails before and actual illness is determined. While it is vital to get adequate of the right nutrients, it is just as significant not to get too much of any one kind of vitamin. For example, too much of vitamins A and E, has been associated to loss of hair.

Taking good care of your hair will harvest its own rewards, keep in mind, hair is like your fingernails and it must be treated gently if you want it to stick around!


Everyone’s self-worth and self image is affected when thinning hair and baldness starts to materialize in either guys or ladies. While humanity accepts it more frequently it’s not as much of a problem for males. Hair deficiency for guys is more of a natural occurrence. Though we may not wish to listen to it, about 50% of us by the age of fifty will be experiencing some type of hair loss. For women it is looked at totally in a different light. Before you can find a hair loss cure you must be educated as to what causes hair loss.

You may have heard of male pattern baldness because it is extremely widespread, there is remedies. It’s normally inherited, passed from one generation to the next. Whereas there is no such thing as a absolute cure, it can be slowed down significantly with some drugs. In this article we’re simply going to consider the WHY portion of the puzzle.

One medical situation for losing hair is known as Alopecia. More women get this than men, but it may well happen to either sex and at any age.

A number of totally different variations of alopecia for hair loss.

Androgenic Alopecia: Generally referred to as MALE PATTERN BALDNESS. Normally it is passed from one generation to the next and please be aware, this may also effect women. When you’ve got this there are some drugs that can decelerate the loss of hair process. Take a look at minoxidil (Rogaine) applied to the head and hair, and there’s medication you ingest containing finasteride (Propecia), a few have had success with natural herbs comparable to saw palmetto and beta-sitosterol.

Alopecia Areata: This ia a more random irregular loss of hair, it may possibly hit or miss totally different regions of the head. You can see this more often in teenagers, and young adults than older people. Usuall it is a temporary loss of hair, triggered by hormone modifications, such as in young adults and expecting women. While extremely embarrassing it’s usually less than a yr before the hair returns.

Alopecia Totalis: This condition often starts and does not stop until all hair on the head is no more.

Alopecia Universalis: This situation could trigger complete loss of all bodily hair.

Telogen Effluvium: Usually triggered by several drugs, this can be a thinning of the hair. It could actually trigger thinning or lose of all bodily hair. Normally this only lasts for just a few months. You may be careful of some of the medications you are taking.

Hair Loss attributable to Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy, brought on by treatment for cancer. This is a side effect from the cancer therapy. Many docs suggest wigs until the hair returns.

Hair Loss on account of Hairdressing Chemical compounds and Treatments. Hair straighteners and hot curling irons could cause hair to turn out to be brittle and break off. That is normally not long term, when the chemical compounds or processes stop the hair returns.

Does Hair Color Make a Difference? Doctors have confirmed that individuals with red hair have fewer hairs than folks with brunette hair. The thickest hair is natural blond, they’re said to have 25% extra hair than people with brown hair.

Hair Loss in Youngsters

Some children suffer from alopecia areata that was mentioned above. There’s treatment for this, you should see a dermatologist. Kids may also loose hair on account of a trama on the scalp. Some parents thinking it helps hair to grow sooner could keep the hair pulled back tight, nonetheless over long periods of time this may increasingly cause hair loss. More frequent is a disease referred to as tinea capitis, this will affect even the eyebrows and eyelashes. It is best to see a health care provider speedily about this.

Other Causes that aren’t illness associated for what causes hair loss.

1. Hormones – Whereas males also are affected by hormone changes, the adjustments in women happen many more times over her lifetime. Puberty, during Pregnancy, at childbirth and menopause can all cause thinning hair or even entire hair loss.

2. Treatment – An increasing number of we are prescribed for medication. As new medicines hit the market this problem will simply get worse. Medicines for anti-depressants, blood thinners and cholesterol and even contraception capsules intended for women.

3. Genes – Hair follicles die and it’s inherited by men and women. Whereas it’s more widespread in males a generic thinning occurs to about 15% of women.

4. Stress – Anything traumatic that happens to the physique could cause hair growth to slow or fall out early. If the stress stops many times the hair will regrow.

5. Sickness – There are medical conditions which are known to trigger hair loss akin to diabetes or thyroid disturbances you loose hair as a result of the body being in stress.

6. Hair injury – Normally occurs more to females, by very warm hair blowers, curling irons, hair dyes, bleaching and we could go on. These all trigger hair to break and damaged.

7. Dieting – Extreme diet programs, iron deficiency, unbalanced weight reduction, losing weight to fast can affect the hair growth. It goes back to what your mother advised you, when she said you are what you eat and if you do not eat your body can not mend itself.


Also known as alopecia, or in the case of pattern baldness, androgenetic alopecia is a very serious problem, affecting 35 million men, and 21 million women in America. 45% of men suffer noticeable loss by age 35, 60% by age 60. We must, given the regularity and embarrassing nature of the condition, consider the treatments–but also their side effects, as a man desperate to cure such a problem might act foolishly, ignoring the potential consequences of the treatments.

Hair loss is, generally, considered to be a slowly-occurring disease–and, usually, hair does disappear in small patches over long periods of time–but the form known as Telogen Effluvium is a rapid one, causing clumps of hair to be pulled out through tugging, combing, or washing, resulting in overall loss, rather than bald spots. Prevention may be simpler than many men assume, as certain hairstyles, such as cornrows, pigtails, braids, or the use of tight rollers can contribute to future hair loss. Poor diet may, also, cause hair loss, as lack of iron, or protein can damage hair growth. Hair loss may, unfortunately, be permanent, as in the case of Cicatrical Alopecia, a condition where the follicles become inflamed, or scarred, and cannot be regrown.

Hair loss due to illness, medication, child birth, or menopause, fortunately, tends to reverse itself, naturally, over time, thus those who suffer loss due to those conditions may not need to seek treatment.

Hair loss treatment has become a large, but dubious industry: The American Hair Loss Association says that victims spend more than 3.5 billion dollars to treat their conditions, but 99% of treatments are useless for most users. Scams can be exposed by looking for arguments such as:

1. A wondrous shampoo will unclog anyone’s blocked follicles, because a blockage is the, only, thing that stands between hair loss, and hair growth! 
2.Your scalp lacks blood, even though bald scalps bleed as well as hairy ones! 
3. Your follicles lack vitamins–sorry, but though malnutrition can cause hair loss, vitamins will not cure it. 
4. It comes from a foreign country, even though that proves nothing! 
5. An old medicine, because why trust a multibillion dollar medical industry, or expertly-trained scientists, when anecdotal evidence is available? 
6. This medicine won an award, but do not ask what award. 
7. Anecdotal evidence from an unnamed source, because no one should put faith in trustworthy sources? 
8. Bugs, ones that fill the body, yet, somehow, the hair loss is restricted the head! 
9. Hypnosis: This one was an old scam, destroyed by the F.D.A, but it, occasionally, reappears. 
10. A tricky method: Presenting detailed, well-researched information regarding hair loss, followed by a lie. Use discretion to avoid such scams.

These scams have been banned by the F.D.A, prohibited by the F.T.C, and can be taken to the State Attorney’s office. Go to the Consumer Gateway to find information about exposed frauds.

Adhesive hair replacements can be effective at treating hair loss, but they have some caveats: The user should use medical adhesives because, unlike industrial and commercial ones, they are distilled, and will not irritate the skin. A potential user must, therefore, search for a treatment that has been approved by the F.D.A. Soft adhesives, being more pliable, are more comfortable for the patient. Acrylics are preferable to latex, as latex can be irritating, and trigger allergies, and silicone is strongest–but it is expensive. Hard bonds are less comfortable, and must be cut off the head when replaced, but they are better for active men. Fungus, and infections can occur, as the area under the hairpiece perspires, and the resultant conditions encourage such unpleasant growth. Hairpieces should, therefore, be replaced regularly. Haircuts are, still, required because the hair under the hairpiece continues growing, and may, if unchecked, produce itching, odors, and loose hairpieces.

Finasteride, a drug that inhibits 5-alpha reductase–a substance that changes testosterone to Dihydrotestosterone–is used to treat hair loss, and prostate cancer, and is the, only, treatment the F.D.A. accepts for male pattern baldness on the vertex, or middle front of the head. It may cause erectile dysfunction, and gynecomastia, but, thankfully, these symptoms occur in less than 0.5% of patients.

Dutasteride inhibits both types of 5-alpha reductase, but studies have not shown it to be more effective than Finasteride–although some patients claim to see a greater amount of hair gain. Side effects are widely-varied, and some patients must stop taking the drug due to those effects.

Minoxidil is the major ingredient in Rogaine, an F.D.A-approved treatment for hair loss. Many producers add other drugs to the mix, so users might want to consider what, exactly; they are taking before using Rogaine. Rogaine may be more effective when mixed with Finasteride.

Ketoconazole, the major ingredient in Nizoral Shampoo, has been found to be as effective as Minoxidil when in a 2% concentration. Its best form is topical foam, and it can be used to treat dandruff, and an irritated scalp.

Aminexil, similar to Minoxidil, is used in a 1.5% concentration, and requires six week treatments twice a year. It has the advantage of not irritating the skin.

Fluridil blocks the Androgen receptors that produce 5-alpha reductase, and though it has not been approved in America, it is accepted in Czechoslovakia.

Superoxide Dismutase and Copper Peptides are added to cosmetics to stimulate the growth of skin, and hair. Copper Peptides, however, are highly dubious: They, supposedly, “thicken vellus hair into thick terminal hairs, increase hair follicle size and regenerate scalp skin, creating a healthier environment for scalp hair growth, [but] there is neither sufficient nor convincing scientific evidence to prove that copper peptides are an efficient new hair growth stimulant.” Copper Peptides are the major ingredients in Tricomin, and Folligen, thus, one might wish to exercise discretion regarding whether to use those drugs.

Alfatradiol, though commonly prescribed in Germany, is a very weak drug, and not recommended to treat hair loss. Patients should use stronger drugs.

Sprironolactone, marketed as Aldactone, has a variety of use, including being a diuretic, lowering blood pressure, and treating excessive hair. It has severe side effects: Hyperkalemia, feminization, even death! This drug has not been shown to be an effective hair loss treatment, and is not recommended.

Flutamide, being a powerful antiAndrogen, is believed to be an effective drug, but it has severe side effects, such as sexual dysfunction, and the growth of female facial hair. Patients should wait for further studies before considering this drug.

Hair transplants can be quite useful for producing long-term results, but they have side effects, and the patient must exercise discretion. Transplant technology has advanced over the years, as doctors, now, have ultra refined grafts that produce significant hair density, minimal trauma, few blemishes, and a more natural appearance in the new hair. Patients should consult, both, doctors and other patients when considering what transplant to receive. Surgeon, and their levels on competence, and success, vary widely, thus, patients must consider the treatment, and the doctor. This treatment, unfortunately, may be temporary, as the hair is placed over existing follicles, and as new hair grows, it may push away the transplanted hair, causing the transplanted hair to fall. Swelling may occur in the eyes, scalp, and forehead may occur, but should end within a few days. Itching, sometimes quite severe, may occur. Shampoo, or water sprayed from a bottle may relieve the itching; other treatments should be discussed with a doctor. Hiccups may, also, occur.

Laser treatment has been cleared, but not approved by the F.D.A. Doctors have mixed opinions regarding whether it is an appropriate method of treating hair loss. Lexington International funded a study that gave the F.D.A. information regarding laser treatment, but, suspiciously, it never released the study to the public. We do not know how much faith the F.D.A. has in this type of treatment, and the evidence is rather insufficient. Patients may want to avoid this until most is known.

Hair treatments seem to vary widely, have no guarantees, and though the results can be quite effective, there are some side effects, especially with certain methods. I would recommend care, and discretion when deciding upon a course of treatment–although hair loss might cause panic, do not rush to judgment.