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Hair Loss Ideas


Human hair grows everywhere except on the soles of the feet. Hair is made of Keratin, a protein made by hair cells in silo-like structures in our skin called follicles. The average adult has about 125,000 hair follicles on it. Hair grows at a rate of 6 inches a year as the cells die and are pushed out of the skin follicles. We lose about 100 hairs a day as the follicles go through their own life cycle of growth and rest.

Alopecia is the name for hair loss. There are a few different, common conditions:

  • As we get older, the hair follicles are more likely to be in the resting phase and the hairs get shorter and fewer.

  • Androgenic hair loss has male and female versions. Male pattern baldness starts in the 20s and is characterized by loss of hair from the top of the head and the forehead. The female version of this starts in the 40s and is a general thinning of the hair, mostly at the crown.

  • Temporary hair loss can occur if too many of the hair follicles go into resting phase at the same time.

  • There are a few conditions that can lead to total body hair loss, but these are unusual.

There are many conditions that can lead to an unhealthy hair follicle or cause it to go into a rest mode:

  • Abnormal hormone levels of testosterone and its androgenic cousins

  • Stress over a long period of time, either physical or emotional

  • Certain medications

  • Injury from toxins, drugs, burns or radiation

  • Autoimmune diseases

  • Cosmetic procedures or treatments

  • Poor nutrition with lack of protein

  • Mineral deficiencies such as iron and zinc

  • Vitamin deficiencies of B and D

  • Vitamin excesses, such as Vitamin A

  • Medical conditions such as thyroid disease, lupus, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and anemia

  • Genetic influences

Depending on the cause of your hair loss, here are some things you may try:

  • Reduce your stress load or learn better coping mechanisms

  • Have your hormone levels checked including Testosterone and DHT (Dihydrotestosterone), and talk to your Navigator to consider steps to reduce DHT

  • Eat a healthy diet with a range of healthy proteins

  • Avoid excess caffeine, sugar and alcohol

  • Talk to your doctor about the medications you are taking or seek a Navigator to help you get off your medications

  • Take a balanced daily multivitamin; consider iron if deficient

  • Make sure your thyroid levels (not just TSH) are optimized

  • Make sure you are not inflamed or suffering from auto-immune syndromes

  • Essential oils such as Rosemary, Spikenard, Lavender, Peppermint, Sage

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