Your Ph.D (Professional Hair Dresser) shares a little MD
It's time for a little MD from a PhD (professional hair dresser), because I know that hair loss can be very confusing. Here's some help, data and love.
A few stats to ponder:
- Your skin and hair are the healthiest when they are kept at the optimal pH level - which is 4.5 to about 6. Things you can do every day to help with this are to use toners, products like Olaplex, and vinegar/water rinses. All of these help to normalize your hair's pH.
- You don’t want your hair to be at either ends of the pH spectrum – as in not too acidic and not too alkaline.
- Hair grows at an average set rate, and retention of length has everything to do with moisture of the hair and your daily habits!
- Split ends are a result of chronic use of curling irons, flat irons, hot tools and other grooming habits. Trim your hair and have good daily habits. Use gentle hair care!
There is no magic cure, and as we all know there is no more important action than having a proper plan in place.
I like to tell my clients to think with the end in mind; to ask themselves questions, and consider, "What does the future hold?"
How much hair does one have to lose until they recognize that they are experiencing hair loss? I encourage my clients to have a plan when they walk out the door. Know what will happen if you aren’t taking the advice of your tricologist or hair dresser.
Female hair loss occurs in more than one simple pattern, so it can be kind of confusing, especially if you don’t have the typical evergreen pattern of hair loss and the front hair line is not completely visible. Our patterns of hair loss can vary from person to person.
Women will never go cue ball bald like men. However, a varied pattern can cause confusion. All of our hairs do not grow uniformly smaller. We can have normal hairs with miniaturized hairs all over.
Data suggests that women have to lose 50% of their hair to notice a difference.
Most women have Androgenetic Alopecia. It is truly the root cause of most of the hair loss. It’s an inherited sensitivity to the effects of androgens - the male hormones on the scalp and they take a toll on women. This hair loss is where your topical hair loss products come in.
Conditions other that Androgenetic Alopecia include hyper-thyroid, hypo-thyroid and any thyroid dysfunction, but lupus, pregnancy, super stress, illness, early puberty, may cause a temporary shedding. Yes, it’s true that we are seeing hair loss in teens.
A lot of these early signs of hair loss can be difficult to interpret, so when you first notice that something is going on that's when you need a plan, and you need to be thinking with the end result in mind. Ask questions!
Without that proactive positive thinking this process can be very frustrating, very expensive and a lonely journey where you can feel alone and you can feel like you don't even know where to start! You are not alone!
Always the best thing that you can do is take THE BEST CARE of the hair that you have on your head and I hope that you will also take time to look around…look at everything that is going right in your life.