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What to Know About Hair Loss and Restoration

What to Know About Hair Loss and Restoration

Key Hair Loss Tips

Hair growth in a continual cycle, with one element involving the death and shedding of old hairs.  This needs to happen for newer, stronger hair to take their place along the scalp. For some individuals, the loss of hair isn’t the occasional, natural shedding common to the growth process. It is more severe, comes on more suddenly, and results in total baldness or highly visible scalp damage. The loss that requires medical attention is different from what you would normally experience your morning hair care routine, such as brushing, shampooing, or styling. Cancer treatments, genetics, environmental factors, or lifestyle factors are some of the most common causes of significant hair loss.

When Falling Out Isn’t Normal

You may notice some hair at the bottom of the shower or around the sink each morning, and it might have you concerned. You might tug on the comb a little too hard or brush some stray hairs off your pillow each morning. This is a completely normal occurrence. The hair replacement phase (out with the old and in with the new) could see as many as 100 hairs a day fall out. This generally doesn’t cause alarm since a new hair is growing out in its place. While you may not be counting each hair that falls out, you will start to notice a more serious problem with shedding when there thin, patchy areas around the scalp or balding starts to occur around the hairline and temples. In women, the natural part of the hair may start to grow wider. Medical factors, such as chemotherapy, can account for some of the highly visible clumps of hair that may pull out during brushing or washing. You may also notice changes in other areas of body hair when the cause is linked to medications. Pubic hair, eyelashes, arm, and leg hair may be susceptible to falling out, depending on the underlying factors influencing loss. If you experience any of these signs, these are the early warnings that you are headed for more serious hair concerns.

What to Do About Loss

Losing your hair can be a frustrating and embarrassing condition. Turning to hats and scarves or hiding indoors and avoiding social contact aren’t positive solutions. Fortunately, there are treatments available to both men and women. When considering a treatment plan, you will first need to determine what the underlying cause of loss may be. Shedding or balding that occurs because of medications is often reversible once an individual stops taking the medication. When loss is impacted by a poor diet or is affected by stress, it is important to supplement medical treatment with corrective measures to the diet or lifestyle as well. As you prepare for a hair treatment plant, such as NuDew, you need to make sure that you establish and maintain healthy hair habits in order to encourage successful progress. Your treatment plan may be aimed at simply stopping the loss or it could also include elements that encourage new growth. Your lifestyle and habits should be supportive of both.

How a Treatment Plan Works

Depending on which product you select to address your hair loss, you will have to patiently wait for results. The most successful medications on the market include elements of finasteride, minoxidil, and ketoconazole. With finasteride, the medication helps block testosterone from being converted into DHT. This has been linked to severe conditions of loss. By using the product every day, you can potentially reduce the production of DHT by 70%. This is high enough to both prevent loss and retain the hair that may be left. With minoxidil, the chemical agents create an ideal condition for growing hair. For those with thinning hair, there is a perception of extra volume from the growth that occurs, transforming how your hair looks. This element also needs to be consistent to encourage results. When you add ketoconazole into the mix, you support the working of both finasteride and minoxidil. The compound continues to block DHT production but it also stimulates hair growth. Its primary job is to work as an antifungal, clearing the skin and scalp of conditions like candidiasis, seborrheic dermatitis, and ringworm.

What You Can Experience

No matter how upsetting your shedding or balding may be, you won’t find an overnight solution in a hair restoration treatment plan. Even if you went as far as having hair transplant surgery, the results are not immediate. You do need to prepare yourself for the long haul when it comes to noticing a difference in both loss and growth. For some, the process could take months before signs of success are visible, so don’t assume that it isn’t working after just a few days of use. There may be some mild side effects from the use, such as redness on the scalp, itching, or flaking, though this isn’t commonly reported. It is more likely if you use a stronger solution. There may also be an impact on sexual function in males, since finasteride works against testosterone levels. This again is uncommon, and it may clear up within a few months.

As your hair starts to grow back, it may be delicate and in need of some TLC. During this period, you should avoid habits or activities that can jeopardize your new hair and the strength of your hair follicles. Here are some things to keep in mind as you allow your hair treatment to take effect.

  1. Do not overuse the product in an attempt to heighten results. It could result in further damage to your scalp and condition.
  2. Do not use heat treatments, such as a blow dryer, to encourage the product to dry on the scalp. It can weaken the effectiveness of the medication.
  3. Avoid wearing a hat or scarf until your new growth comes in. It can put too much stress on the new growth and weaken the hair follicles. Your scalp needs to be free from sweat and other grime while the hair follicles try to heal.
  4. Have a diet that provides the nutritional value necessary to develop strong new hair and feeds your cells. This isn’t the time to start a new weight loss plan. Your hair is about 90% protein, most of which are keratin. Keeping your diet rich in protein can add strength to the cellular level growth of your new hair. Chemicals, heat, wind, sun, and other pollutants make the proteins in your hair break down more easily. Be sure to include eggs in your meal plan, as eggs are rich in biotin. This supplement is essential for the production of keratin. Also be sure to maintain sufficient intake of B vitamins, one of which is biotin. In general, B vitamins also work to promote healthy red blood cells, which carry the oxygen and nutrients needed to feed hair growth. Increasing your Vitamin C intake can also help your body produce a protein called collagen. This nutrient is an important part of a strong hair structure.

While you may try hard to prevent balding or thinning, there are certain factors (such as genetics) that can’t be avoided. Early intervention is your best chance to restore hair growth and minimize the severity of the loss. Keep in mind that treatment plans require patience and consistency, but you can support strong, new growth by maintaining a well-balanced diet and avoiding negative-impacting habits.


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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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