August is Hair Loss Awareness Month and while hair loss for men is perceived as most common, it’s quite prevalent with women as well. In fact, 40% of women experience some form of hair loss throughout their lifetimes, yet it’s a condition many are still hesitant to acknowledge and/or do something about. The scariest part? Most women don’t realize they’re thinning until they’ve lost 50% or more of their hair.
The reasons for hair loss in women are myriad and can range from hormonal to genetics. Childbirth and menopause are common hormonal contributors, however, typically they’re not long lasting and will dissipate. The most common genetic factor, and one that is more serious and long lasting, is the presence of DHT (Dihydrotestosterone), a derivative of the male hormone testosterone. And while one might think testosterone is a men’s only issue, it’s a primary culprit of hair loss for both men and women (our Follicle Forever Renewal Serum combats DHT at the molecular level).
Stress and diet are also important factors in the health of one’s hair, particularly in women. Stress-related hair loss tends to occur over the entire scalp, versus genetic loss which is typically on top of the head. The good news is that stress-related loss is not a permanent condition and one that time will likely remedy. Regarding food, a nutritionally balanced diet of greens, iron, proteins and seafood go a long way toward the health of one’s hair.
The bottom line is that hair loss affects approximately 65 million U.S. women and if you’re one of them reading this, and in your 20’s and 30’s, the process may have already begun. However, it’s important to realize that if you are a woman who’s thinning you’re not alone and there are multiple options to address the issue.
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