The Elephant in the room

This is a topic that I know needs to be addressed and it also is a very sensitive subject. I like to put everything out on the table when it comes to hair so that all of you realize you are not alone. I suffer from this, my Mother suffers from this and I would say at least 75% of my female clients suffer from this. What am I talking about? Female Hair Loss.  No matter how you look at it, it is real and it is there. It is better to be informed and battle it early on than to ignore it and hope that your hair is going to grow back. There are SO many factors to consider if you are suffering from hair loss or thinning hair. I know that I won’t cover them all today, but I will attempt to leave you better equiped after reading this article.

First and foremost genetics play THE biggest role in your fate when it comes to hair loss or thinning hair. Start looking at your genetic line on your Mothers side, specifically your Mothers Father. If your Grandfather was bald, chances are you are going to have an issue. Sadly, if you notice thinning hair on yourself already, you really are up against a wall. The good news is that there are products available to help you keep what you have got, but you have to start NOW.  I had THE thickest hair as a child and pre-teen. People used to grab ahold of my ponytail in disbelief. That all changed for me in high school when birth control was introduced combined with obvious hormone changes. I always saw my Mother battle her thinning hair and I knew I was destined the same path. I started early using quality products to keep the hair I have and made sure I got adequate vitamins to support healthy hair growth (Vitamins A, B, C,  folic acid & Niacin for sure).  If your genetic line shows thinning hair, just be prepared ahead of time and go in knowing.

What I do want to point out to all of you, is that shedding and loosing hair each day is normal. 100-150 hairs in fact. We all go through cycles where we shed a little more at times than others. Remember we are Mammals. The difference with everyday shedding and hair loss is that it is coming out every day in large amounts and not stopping. Maybe you are noticing your scalp showing more in the front, or your ponytail is feeling a bit smaller. The first thing I ask a female client when she is experiecing hair loss is if she has had her thyroid tested lately, sudden hair loss is usually the first sign of a thyroid problem. Other reasons for sudden hair loss are post-partum, new medications,  post-surgery, trauma and/or stress. All of these situations are temporary and your hair will grow back for sure. Even in these situations it is important to take care of yourself, take vitamins and contact your hairdresser for products to slow down the hair loss and to promote a healthy scalp for the hair to grow back.

    Women specifically will no doubt encounter thinning hair in their lifetime. Unlike Men who loose hair, Woman experience thinning hair because as we age the diameter of the hair shaft shrinks. So really no matter what, we all should be prepared and start early to prevent this from happening prematurely. How can we do that? I recommend a line of haircare products created by Bosely, experts in the field of hair restoration. They have a complete line of shampoo, conditioner, styling aids and topical treatments to restore and promote healthy hair growth. These products will thicken the hair you have and help you keep the hair you do have and not loose anymore. I use these products myself and I am not ashamed to say so. I learned of these products after my mother underwent an actual Hair Transplant at the Bosely clinic in Boston. The process is amazing to me and the results are phenomenal. I am so proud of her for doing it and being happy she did and I am happy to know that that option is there for all of us if we need it. I want to prevent that at all costs for all of us and that is why I wrote this article. I hope it helps and if you have any more questions, please feel free to call me or e-mail me with them. Remember, it is nothing to be ashamed of and you are not alone.


Gina is a salon owner and stylist with over 10 years experience. Please feel free to contact her at The L Factor Salon in Brewer 989-5515

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  1. Terri says:

    Nice to read your blog

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