Help My Hair is Thinning! Part Two

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Male Pattern Baldness and Female-Pattern Hair Loss

Thinning hair, we have found in Part One can result from stress, illness, a low thyroid, routinely prescribed drugs, including those derived from vitamin-A for acne or wrinkles.

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Amphetamines for dieting, blood thinners, cholesterol lowering drugs, beta blockers, antidepressants, including Prozac® and Zoloft®, ulcer and thyroid medications, anabolic steroids, prednisone, and Levadopa® for Parkinson’s disease can thin your locks.

Loss can also be caused by over-processing with perms, bleach, colorants, and dryers. For women, hormonal swings after pregnancy or menopause, birth controlpills, hormone replacementtherapy (HRT) can be responsible.

Auto-Immune issues, such as PCOS can also result in reversible hair thinning while Lupus may result in permanent scarring.

Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) and Female-Pattern Hair Loss (Androgenic Alopecia)

Then there is Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) and Female-Pattern Hair Loss, basically a hormonal imbalance that can begin at age twenty on. Much can be done to stop and reverse androgenic alopecia, depending on the severity and when you begin treatment. Options include: diet, oral drugs and supplements, topical applications: from essential oils and herbs, to FDA approved drugs, to laser treatment (including at-home treatments), platelet rich plasma treatment (PTR), and hair transplants,

Termed androgenic. or androgenetic alopecia, Male Pattern Baldness is caused by a combination of genes and male sex hormones. And recently it has been found that another contributor to MPB is too much of the hormone Prostaglandin D2 which also shuts down the hair follicles, preventing hair growth.male-female pattern baldness

The MPB classic pattern sees hair receding at the temples, leaving an M-shaped hairline. Approximately two out of three men experience hair loss by age 60 usually due to male pattern baldness.

The female version of MPB shows a different pattern of hair loss. Men’s hair tends to recede from the forehead or the crown of the head, women’s on the top third to one half of the scalp. The frontal line sometimes stays intact, Women may see the area where they part their hair gradually become wider or they may see more of their scalp than normal when their hair is pulled back.

But the thinning process for both men and women is the same. Using magnification on the scalp, one can see that the follicles vary in thickness, a telltale sign of the hereditary condition.Shrinking Follicle

Instead of a hair follicle that is equal in size, the new hairs grow in finer and thinner. The hair follicles are shrinking. Eventually they completely stop growing.

Female pattern hair loss affects about 30 million American women. According to the America Academy of Dermatology, it happens to about 50% of women, usually in the late 50s or 60s, although it can happen at any time, even during their teens.

Hormonal changes that come with menopause may produce hair loss when male hormone receptors on the scalp activate to miniaturize hair follicles and thin the hair.

Diet for Androgenic Alopeica diet for male and female pattern hair loss

Believe it or not, MPB, can be stopped and even reversed with a change in diet. If MPB is the underlying cause of your thinning, a low-fat, sugar-balancing diet that allows for tight insulin control may be your saving grace. This regulates the body’s production of arachidonic acid, an essential fatty acid that affects testosterone production.

Consider the following dietary plan:
• 30 percent lean protein (soy products, chicken, fish, turkey and very occasionally lean red meat)
• 40% complex carbs from fruit, veggies and beans. Limit potatoes, pasta and breads.. They radically effect blood sugar and insulin balance to disrupt hormone function.
• 30% monounsaturated fats from whole nuts or cold pressed nut and veggie oils, such as almond, avocado, and extra virgin oliDiet for Male-Female Pattern Baldnessve oil.
• If necessary, balance your blood sugar with five or six small meals daily.
• Limit alcohol and caffeine consumption.
• Reduce salt to lower blood sugar levels.
• Include soluble fiber, as in fruits and vegetables.
• Avoid nicotine—it strongly stresses the adrenal glands.
• Watch your weight—insulin is best utilized when you are not overweight.

 Nutritional Supplements for Hair Loss

Chlorella oral supplementChlorella 

For all types of hair loss, including MPB, consider supplementing with Chlorella.

Chlorella is a “whole food” that is extremely high in vitamins, containing all the B vitamins, plus E and C). It contains a wide range of minerals, including magnesium (that may also help with your high blood pressure), potassium, iron and calcium. Amino acids (protein building blocks), dietary fiber, and nucleic acids and more are found in this single-cell algae.

Moreover, its chlorophyll (from which the green food gets its name) is effective against anemia. Stimulating red blood production, it transports oxygen systemically, to even boost the gray matter under your hair.

A powerful immune builder, chlorella has been shown to promote interferon production to combat foreign bacteria, viruses, chemicals, and foreign proteins (a good addition to an anticancer diet).

And the mysterious Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF) appears to speed up healing in damaged tissue which its alkaline chemistry counters systemic acidity.

Additionally, it is a potent natural detoxifier for heavy metals. It generally takes 3 to 6 months, depending on intake, for blood and organs to really feel the cleansing effects. This time frame may also include noticeable hair growth. Fifteen to twenty grams daily is not uncommon for someone seriously working to detox. As a whole food and detoxifier it would be difficult to take too much.Natural DHT blocking supplement

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Laser Treatment for Hair Loss

 

Hair Max Professional 12 Laser Comb

I found the Hair Max at-home medical appliance on Amazon. It has a 5 month money back guarantee, less a 20% restockingLaser Comb for Hair Loss fee. It is an “FDA cleared medical device to treat hair loss and promote hair growth in both men and women.” Clinically proven to stimulate hair growth, reverses the thinning process, increases density and revitalizes damaged hair, delivering nourishing laser light energy that stimulates and enlivens hair follicles promoting new hair growth.

Suggested Use: 8 minutes per treatment, three days per week. Glide device over scalp slowly.

Drugs for Androgenic Alopecia

Bimatoprost

Question: What do glaucoma, Male Pattern Baldness, Female Pattern Hair Loss and skimpy eyelashes have in common?

The answer: Bimatoprost, a key ingredient in Lumigan® glaucoma eye drops that causes eyelashes to grow and has been shown to reverse baldness in men and women. Even though eyelash follicles and hair follicles are very different, they have exactly the same receptors responsive to bimatoprost.

The male hormones, or androgens, responsible for androgenic or angrogentic allopecia, classic male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss stimulate signaling pathways linked to baldness. Latching onto select receptor cells, they act as key-operated switches that control the cell’s behavior. Bimatoprost, on the other hand, acts on another receptor, unassociated with androgens, that can override the androgen signals to allow hair growth as long the drug can reach the follicle.

When tested on living scalp tissue, follicles treated with bimatoprost grew a third more hair than untreated samples in just nine days.

At present bimatoprost is FDA approved for eyelashes and found in the pricey product Latisse®. Hopefuls are using Latisse® on the scalp. Acting on a tip on hairlosstalk.com forum, I found generic “Careprost” on alldaychemist.com at a much reduced price.

 There are no systemic or other warnings when using bimatoprost on the scalp.

Rogaine (Minoxidil) for Men

Rogaine (Minoxidil) for Women

FDA approved Rogaine (minoxidil) has become a household  word for androgenic alopecia. A topical solution, applied to the scalp twice daily, formulations are gender specific. A woman is not to take the formulation for a man.

Although the exact action of minoxidil isn’t clear, researchers believe that it primarily prevents hair from thinning, but in some patients can also encourage hair follicles to sprout new hair. When Rogaine is applied where there are hair follicles, it works as a hypertrichotic agent that can actually promote hair growth. It is also possible that it dilates blood vessels in the scalp, which may improve hair follicle function to stimulate hair growth.

Caveats: Do not use if skin on the scalp is abraded, damaged or sunburned as an excess may be absorbed into your system. Do not combine with other topical scalp products unless directed by your physician. And use only on the scalp. Avoid if under 18 years of age, pregnant or breastfeeding. Check also with your doctor if you have heart disease or any other medical condition before using.

Minoxidil will not cause permanent regrowth of scalp hair. Continued use is a must.

Propecia (Finesteride)

Also FDA approved, but prescription only, Propecia is a male specific pill, taken once daily. It decreases enzyme activity that forms dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is primarily responsible for androgenic alopecia. In blocking the conversion of DHT, it assists existing hair as well as encourages re-growth of thinning hair follicles.

Warning: Side effects of Propecia may include decreased sex drive (sometimes permanently even after stopping use of the drug). Additionally, blood prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels are lowered by approximately 50%. Caution should be used in older men who have benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Men, ages 55 and over, have increased risk of prostate cancer with 5a-reductase inhibitors. Also caution should be exercised in administration of Propecia to patients with liver function abnormalities.

Both Propecia and minoxidil drugs must be taken for some months before results are seen and taken indefinitely as new hair follicles need to continually be treated.

Platelet Rich Plasma PRP

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Hair Transplant

This video will give you an idea of what a hair transplant entails.

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

An endocrine disorder, PCOS, is an imbalance of male and female sex hormones in which an excess of male androgens can lead to hair thinning (androgenic alopecia) as well as ovarian cysts, weight gain, a higher risk of diabetes, changes in menstrual period, and infertility.

Women may also experience more hair on the face and body. Treatment for PCOS, including diet, exercise and possibly birth control pills can help correct the hormonal imbalance to reverse hair loss and some of the changes. The androgenic alopecia diet above may be of benefit as the natural hair approach below. PCOS books that may be helpful.

Autoimmune-Related Hair Loss

Alopecia Areata

Autoimmune-related hair loss can result from an overactive immune system that confuses the hair as foreign to the body and mistakenly attacks it, leaving round bald patches on the head.alopecia areata

Medically speaking, steroid injections are the first line of treatment. Other drugs, including Rogaine, may also be used. Results are unpredictable; hair may grow back and fall out again.

Natural approaches showing some promise include daily scalp massages of essential oils: thyme, lavender, rosemary and cedarwood in a jojoba-grapeseed carrier oil. After 7 months, 44% of those in the trial showed an improvement compared with 15% in the control group who used only the carrier oils.

A study published in the Journal of Dermatology examined the effectiveness of sulfur-rich onion juice. Twenty-three people with alopecia areata applied the onion juice twice daily for two months, and 15 people applied tap water twice daily for two months.

Hair regrowth was experienced by people in the onion group after two weeks. At four weeks, hair regrowth was seen in 73.9% of the people; at six weeks, 86.9%. Improvement was markedly higher among males. The tap water control group, observed hair regrowth in only 2 people at 8 weeks.

Hypnosis and stress reduction may also help.

Lupus

Another autoimmune disease Lupus sees overzealous immune cells mistakenly attack the hair, leaving scars where hair will not grow back. Fortunately, permanent hair loss is less common than temporary hair thinning that recovers after a disease flare. At this point, all that is recommended is hair styling that can hide mild scarring.

Feeding from the Outside – Natural Hair CareAvocado Blossom

I have long been an advocate of feeding your face, hair and allover skin with natural ingredients. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, “What goes on your skin winds up within.” Petroleum jelly, for instance, advocated by many “experts” as a moisturizer and an ingredient found in skin care products, has been found floating in the bloodstream. Side effects include finding the petroleum byproduct in breast tumors, suffocation of the skin, premature aging and aggravated acne.

So read your labels carefully. Know what’s going into your body whether you are ingesting it or rubbing it on. Seriously consider going all natural in your skin and hair care — more than your skin and hair are at stake.

Diagram of hair rootHealthy Hair Begins at the Root

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Also See: Help My Hair is Thinning – Part One for more information on the all natural ingredients in the Morrocco Method and Anthony Morrocco’s Lunar Hair Cutting Chart which is charted yearly. I have clients who hold their breath toward year’s end, awaiting the new Calendar.

I hope this article, both Part One and Part Two, has given you a greater understanding of what is happening as you grow and cultivate your “crop” of hair aand how the right care can make the total difference in your hair as well as your health. Please share this information if you have found it of value. Thank you for being my reader.

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