What you need to know about Hair Loss after Pregnancy

hair loss after Pregnancy

If you are concerned about hair loss after pregnancy, we can assure you that what you are going through is a normal process. Many new mothers suffer from postpartum hair loss, and some lose their hair more than others.

On average, new mothers experience hair loss after pregnancy within one to five months of giving birth. They may lose excessive amounts of hair – 500 strands per day, a medical condition known as telogen effluvium. But don’t worry. Hair loss during this period is temporary, and telogen effluvium itself won’t cause baldness or permanent hair loss.

Why there is hair loss after pregnancy

When a woman is pregnant, her estrogen levels elevate causing an increased number of hair follicles to stay in the resting phase for a longer period of time, thus thickening your hair and protecting it from falling out. In fact, up to 60% of your hair may enter this resting stage.

After you have given birth, hormone levels are returning to normal which allows your hair to resume its normal shedding and growth cycle. If it seems as though your hair is shedding excessively at one time, it is because in actuality it is nine months of hair that has been in the resting phase unusually long, that is now falling out.

While your estrogen levels are declining and normalizing and your hair follicles are being rejuvenated, hair loss will peak at about three to four months after giving birth. The important thing is to remain calm, be patient and to know that this is temporary.

Dermatologist Tips for Hair Loss

Here are some tips offered by dermatologists to minimize the effects of excessive hair loss after pregnancy:

  1. Excessive hair shedding may be more noticeable while washing your hair or combing and brushing. To avoid this, try washing your hair less often and allow your hair to dry naturally without using a blow dryer.
  2. Use a thickening or volumizing shampoo and a conditioner specifically formulated for thinning hair.
  3. Consider styling your hair in its most natural state (without a blow dryer or chemical straighteners), or get a haircut.
  4. Avoid using hair products such as conditioning shampoo or intensive conditioners as these products will weigh down hair.

 

Your hair should return to its normal thickness in approximately 6 to 12 months after delivery. Still, your hair may not return to its original texture pre-pregnancy. However, if you suspect that your hair is continuing to shed excessively beyond this time, check with your dermatologist or health care professional immediately. This may indicate another internal problem such as stress or nutritional deficiency of Vitamins A, B Complexes (including Biotin and Folic Acid), C, D, E, copper, iodine, iron, selenium, silica, and zinc, but an accurate review of your medical condition is needed for effective treatment.

If you are struggling with hair loss after pregnancy, this might be a good time to begin taking a hair supplement. The best supplements for your hair should provide nutrition for hair as well as target a variety of the triggers and causes of poor hair health, which may be stress, hormonal triggers and free radicals. For example, certain supplements may contain necessary vitamins and minerals needed to strengthen hair and for healthy hair growth, some may contain ancient botanicals and herbal ingredients that have been known and used for generations to provide specific health benefits, and others may contain a mixture of both. We recommend that you educate yourself about those available options and how a multi-ingredient supplement can be a benefit to healthy hair growth.

References:

 

Anti-depressant medications and hair loss

medications and hair loss

There is a link between certain medications and hair loss (telogen effluvium) such as acne medications, antibiotics, antifungals, anti-hypertensive medications, cholesterol-lowering drugs, and anti-depressant and mood disorder medications. Among anti-depressants, those classified as SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), are one class of these drugs shown to cause telogen effluvium.

Hair loss can occur when your body undergoes a stressful event such as childbirth, mental stress, illness, surgery, poor nutrition, or due to side effects from medications. Your hair follicles enter the resting phase (telogen) prematurely due to these triggers, causing hair loss.

The link between certain SSRI medications and hair loss

Some SSRIs that have been linked to hair loss include Prozac (Fluoxetine), Lexapro (Escitalopram Oxalate), and Zoloft (Sertraline hydrochloride), among others. These medications have been used for a wide variety of psychiatric disorders including mood and anxiety disorders.

Over the years, several cases have been reported worldwide of people who took SSRIs and experienced distressing hair loss as a side effect (see a list of medical case studies below).

medications and hair loss
There are natural alternatives to prescription SSRI medications.

Alternative solutions for anti-depressant related hair loss

If you have taken or are currently taking an anti-depressant and have experienced excessive hair shedding or hair loss, there are alternative solutions. Sudden hair loss can be distressing. It can make you overly anxious, worsen effects of depression, non-compliance, and relapse.

The first recommendation may be to incorporate a multi-vitamin while on medication, as reported in one case study. In the case study, a female patient aged 50 undergoing citalopram treatment took a multi-vitamin formulated for adults ages 50 and over, which stopped her hair loss.

 

The second alternative may be consulting with your doctor about lowering the dosage of your anti-depressant or switching to another medication, if possible. In one case study, the physician observers noted that hair loss increased when the anti-depressant dosage increased. However, you must report your personal side effects to your physician and determine if lowering the dosage or making a switch is right for you.

The third alternative is to consider using a hair health supplement concurrently with your anti-depressant. Hair health supplements are a great way to replenish the needed vitamins and minerals your hair needs. However, look for a supplement specifically for hair – one that also contains ingredients that help support healthy hair in a comprehensive way from the root. One such ingredient to look for is Ashwagandha.

Ashwagandha: A natural reliever of anxiety, depression and stress

Ashwagandha is a powerful herb used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine to treat a number of diseases, including depression and anxiety. Ashwagandha has powerful protective effects on the central nervous system, specifically our brain cells. In an experimental study, Ashwagandha suggested it as effective as prescription anti-depressant medications and some tranquilizers. The study suggested that a five-day ashwagandha oral regimen had anti-anxiety effects similar to the anti-anxiety drug lorazepam (Ativan) and anti-depressant effects similar to imipramine (Tofranil).

Researchers reported in another study published in a 2009 issue of “PLoS One,” that participants who suffered stress and anxiety and undergone treatment with 300mg of ashwagandha and naturopathic care saw significant improvements to their mental health, social functioning, fatigue and overall quality of life compared to those who took other forms of treatment. The researchers noted that ashwagandha was a safe and effective natural treatment for stress and anxiety.

Additionally, ashwagandha is a powerful antioxidant and destroy free radicals, known to have damaging effects on hair follicles. It also has benefits for hair thinning.

Ashwagandha lowers cortisol, thus lowering corticosteriod levels, a prime factor in hair thinning and stress.

A double-blind placebo controlled study with chronically stressed patients who took 125mg to 500mg of a patented form of ashwagandha (Sensoril), saw significant improvements to their stress, and biomarkers associated with cardiovascular health, blood pressure, and C-reactive protein. Those who took 500mg of ashwagandha had cortisol levels 30% lower than those who took a placebo.

Ashwaghanda is also believed to get rid of dandruff and improve scalp circulation for improved hair quality. Nutrafol for Men and Women are both formulated with Sensoril Ashwagandha to help improve your hair’s health that may be affected by elevated stress hormones.

Case studies on anti-depressant medications and hair loss:

 

References:

1. Life Extension: Ashwagandha Stress Reduction, Neural Protection, and a Lot More from an Ancient Herb – http://www.lifeextension.com/magazine/2006/6/report_ashwa/page-01

2. Livestrong.com: Is Ashwaghanda Good for Anxiety & Depression?- http://www.livestrong.com/article/435585-is-ashwagandha-good-for-anxiety-depression/

3. Adaptogen Reviews.com: Ashwaghanda Benefits for Men and Women – http://www.adaptogenreviews.com/ashwagandha-benefits-for-men/

4. Life Extension: Stress Management: Alternative Stress Management Strategies – http://www.lifeextension.com/protocols/emotional-health/stress-management/page-02

 

The Powerful Role Of Zinc For Hair Growth

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It is important to get enough of the mineral Zinc for hair growth as it plays a powerful role in maintaining a healthy hair shaft. Zinc is an essential mineral that is involved in numerous cellular reproductive activities including normal immune function, cell division, tissue growth and wound healing, protein and DNA synthesis. Because hair growth depends on normal cellular reproduction and protein-building, a deficiency of zinc can lead to hair shedding or hair loss.

According to the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, the recommended dietary allowances for zinc for people over 19 years of age and over is 11 mg for men, 8 mg for women, 11 mg for pregnant women and 12 mg for lactating women.

What foods contain the important zinc for hair growth

There are two simple ways to increase the zinc in your diet, if you suspect that your hair is thinning and/or shedding abnormally:

  1. Eat more foods that contain zinc: We get our zinc naturally from foods. Oysters, for example, contain the most zinc per serving than any other food at 74 mg per serving or 493%. Red meat such as beef contains the second highest amount of zinc at 7mg per serving, and poultry contains 2.4 mg per serving.

Beans, nuts, certain seafood such as crab and lobster, whole grains, cereals, and dairy products all include zinc at various daily values (see NIH Table). If you are vegan or vegetarian, you may require as much as 50% more of the RDA for zinc than non-vegetarians. Other groups such as pregnant and lactating women, infants 7-12 months old, and people with gastrointestinal or sickle cell diseases are also susceptible to zinc deficiency.

  1. Begin zinc or hair loss supplementation: Zinc can also be found in numerous forms of zinc dietary supplements such as zinc gluconate, zinc sulfate, and zinc acetate. Zinc can also be included in hair supplements.

If you suspect that your hair is thinning and/or shedding abnormally, it is recommended that you do not diagnose yourself. You may run the risk of causing interactions with other medications you are taking. Additionally, too much zinc intake may cause adverse health effects. We recommend you ask your physician if zinc supplementation is right for you, learn more about ways to safely increase zinc levels in your body, and inquire about the best holistic approach for you.

References:

  1. American Academy of Dermatology [link]
  2. The National Institutes of Health – Office of Dietary Supplements [link]
  3. Korean Dermatological Association and The Korean Society for Investigative Dermatology [link]
  4. Department of Dermatology, Hallym University, Kangdong Sacred Heart Hospital, Seoul, Korea [link]

 

Minerals and Vitamins for Hair Growth – Here are the Most Important

vitamins for hair growth

To maintain healthy hair, there are specific vitamins and minerals necessary to get enough of in your diet. They’re easily obtainable as they are present in most foods, however, some foods are richer in certain nutrients than others. They can also be taken as a daily dietary supplement. Below are the most important minerals and vitamins for hair growth.

  1. B-Complex Vitamins: B-complex vitamins are a group of eight vitamins your body needs in small quantities and support a healthy body in many ways, some examples being supporting skin and hair health. The eight members of the B-complex are B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B7 (biotin), B9 (folic acid), and B12 (cobalamin). B-Complex vitamins play a role in healthy hair growth because they are required for the growth and development of dermal layers (skin) and its appendages. Biotin, niacin and cobalamin, for example, are among the most popular B-Complex vitamins that help restore shine and thickness to hair strands. However, all of the B vitamins are important for hair growth.
  • B1 (Thiamin), B2 (Riboflavin), and B3 (Niacin) contribute to the proper nourishment of hair follicle cells. For example, a deficiency of Vitamin B2 can cause dry skin, inflammation of mucosal membranes and dermatitis. Similarly, Vitamin B3 deficiency can also cause dermatitis.
  • B5 (Pantothenic Acid) can give hair flexibility, shine and helps to prevent hair loss. It is most found in both plants and animals including meat, vegetables, cereal grains, legumes, eggs, and milk.
  • Biotin is known to play a role in strengthening hair follicles, nails, and skin. A deficiency in B7 (Biotin) can cause hair loss (alopecia), dermatitis, and loss of hair pigmentation. Biotin can be found in foods such as peanuts, carrots, swiss chard, cooked eggs and raw egg yolks, liver, yeast and bananas.
  • B12 (Cobalamin) may also help aid in hair maintenance.

When combined, B-Complex vitamins can be powerful at preventing hair loss. B-Complex vitamins also provide great benefits when paired with zinc to improve hair health. Together, zinc and the B vitamins may inhibit the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is one of the major known causes of alopecia.

  1. Zinc: Zinc is an essential mineral that helps maintain healthy hair. Because hair growth depends on normal cellular reproduction and protein-building, a deficiency of zinc can lead to hair shedding or hair loss. Oysters, red meat, poultry, beans, nuts, certain seafood such as crab and lobster, whole grains, cereals, and dairy products all contain zinc.
  1. Iron: Without iron, hair can become dull, thin and dry, and nails can become brittle and break easily. Iron which is found infoods such as spinach, oysters, and cashews, also helps make your skin glow by activating B vitamins. Over the years, researchers have discovered that having an iron deficiency can exacerbate the effects of hair loss. According to researchers and medical professionals, treating an iron deficiency can aid in hair loss prevention.

It’s important to be careful about the amount of iron you are getting each day, as too much can cause free radical damage to the skin.

  1. Omega-3 fatty acids: Omega-3’s help regulate oil production and keep the skin moist. Additionally, Omega-3’s can add shine to your hair, prevent it from dryness, and prevent your scalp from flaking. Omega-3’s are found in fatty fish such as sardines, mackerel and salmon.
  1. Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can improve hair growth, fight dandruff, and lead to thicker hair. Vitamin C also increases the amount of iron your body absorbs, which increases the benefit iron has on hair health and growth.
  1. Vitamin E: Vitamin E is another powerful antioxidant which can help fight free radicals that have damaging effects on both skin and hair follicles. A study done in 2010 testing the effects of Vitamin E on hair growth showed that men with signs of hair thinning who took Vitamin E (tocotrienol) supplements had significantly more hair growth than men in the placebo group.

A healthy and balanced diet that incorporates the right balance of vitamins and minerals is necessary for hair and scalp health. Vitamins, proteins, antioxidants, amino acids and a host of minerals all work together to maintain hair growth – it’s not just limited to one vitamin or mineral.

Instead of taking just one type of vitamin or mineral, consider taking care of your hair by starting with a balanced diet and including a daily multivitamin or a comprehensive supplement to support healthy hair. These supplements are not just for people who are experiencing hair thinning; they can be taken by anyone who wants to have stronger, fuller hair. They’re a convenient way to get many of the most important minerals and vitamins for enhancing and supporting hair health.

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References:

1. Progressive Health website Do B Vitamins Help Stop Hair Loss?
http://www.progressivehealth.com/hair-loss-vitamin-b.htm

2. Huffington Post Vitamins & Minerals For Hair That’s Healthier, Stronger And Shinier:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/18/vitamins-minerals-for-hair-health_n_3451747.html

3. Progressive Health website 6 Reasons Why Biotin Helps Hair Loss:
http://www.progressivehealth.com/should-you-use-biotin-for-hair-loss.htm

4. WebMD Hair Loss: It May Be Iron Deficiency:
http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/news/20060516/hair-loss-may-be-iron-deficiency

5. Everyday Health 6 Supplements for Glowy Skin and Gorgeous Hair:
http://www.everydayhealth.com/pictures/supplements-skin-hair/#04

You Asked, We Answered: How Much Hair Loss is Normal?

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How much hair loss is normal?

We all lose hair so it’s not strange to wonder how much hair loss is normal. On average, men and women shed about 50-100 strands of hair every day, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. This is normal hair shedding and means that the hair strand has gone through the entire growth cycle, with the hair follicle shrinking and detaching from the dermal papilla. A new hair strand normally follows.

Hair loss vs. hair shedding

If your hair is shedding more than average, it may be an indication of excessive hair shedding: telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium happens when there is a decline of new hair growth due to an increase of dormant hair follicles in the resting phase, which is known as telogen.

Excessive hair shedding can be caused by a stressful event such as weight loss, giving birth, an illness with high fever, emotional stress, physical trauma, prescription medications, and nutritional deficiency. During this time, the hair grows thinner and finer. The good thing is that telogen effluvium is temporary, and when treated, the hair stops shedding and returns to normal fullness.

Hair loss is more concerning. This occurs when a follicle exits the cycle of hair growth and shedding, or when the hair follicle is destroyed. This form of hair loss is called anagen effluvium. Hair loss is characterized by thinning hair and miniaturization (when hair becomes thin, short, brittle and weak), then baldness. If not proactively treated, the hair may not grow.

Hair loss can be caused by various factors including stress-induced hormonal imbalance, illness, genetic predisposition, poor diet and nutrition, age, medications such as chemotherapy and radiation, rapid weight loss, or other diseases. Using harsh hair products, harsh handling of hair, and styling can also cause hair loss. The most common cause of hair shedding is poor nutrition.

Possible solutions for healthier hair

Possible treatments for telogen effluvium depends on the factor that activated it.

  1. Stress-reduction techniques: If your hair thinning is stress-related, you can find creative ways to reduce your stress. There are a number of ways to reduce stress including: yoga and exercise, meditation, breathing deeply, talking to people within your social network, decompressing, listening to soothing music, etc.

According to WebMD, there are certain types of foods that have stress-busting effects. These include oatmeal, whole-grain breads, pastas, and breakfast cereals, simple carbs, oranges, spinach, black tea, nuts such as almonds and pistachios, among others.

  1. Modify your diet and/or take a multi-vitamin supplement: To maintain and protect hair follicles and overall health, you may want to increase your daily intake of foods that contain vitamins and minerals to support healthy hair such as Vitamins A, B Complexes (such as Biotin and Folic Acid), C, D, E, copper, iodine, iron, selenium, silica, and zinc, or begin dietary supplementation of these vitamins and minerals.
  1. Take a hair health supplement: A beneficial remedy may be taking a supplement specifically for hair health. There are many supplements for hair health on the market today that can give you strong healthy hair in a holistic way. In other words, these supplements may not only provide the necessary vitamins and minerals your hair needs, but also provide special herbal ingredients that target the root causes of decreased hair health. Take the time to learn more about multi-ingredient supplements available, and if any would be helpful for you.

 

how much hair loss is normal

  1. Modify your hair care processes and products: Here are some simple changes that you can make to help prevent hair breakage that can eventually cause hair loss:
  • Avoid blow-drying your hair. Instead, wrap your wet hair in a towel or allow it to air dry.
  • Avoid using shampoos or conditioners with Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), an ingredient added to many personal care products to help them foam, but is known to be a skin irritant.
  • Minimize combing or brushing wet hair, since wet hair is easier to break.
  • Minimize brushing your hair on a daily basis.
  • Reduce the use of stiffening hair sprays or other harsh hair styling products.
  • Avoid using flat irons on daily basis, and use at a lower heat setting.
  • Hair extensions, braids and pony tails can pull the hair causing breakage. Instead, opt for more loose hair styles.

References:

  1. The American Academy of Dermatology – Hair loss vs hair shedding
  2. WebMD – Relaxation Techniques to Reduce Stress
  3. WebMD – Foods that Help Tame Stress
  4. The American Academy of Dermatology – Hair styling without damage

Common Medications That Cause Hair Loss

medications that cause hair loss

It’s normal to lose some hair every day: the average person loses between 50 to 100 strands daily! But if you’re losing an excessive amount of hair, you may be taking medications that cause hair loss and not realize it. Among the medications that can cause hair loss are common ones like antibiotics and birth control pills.

Some medications cause only temporary hair loss. However, some medications and forms of treatment can lead to male or female pattern baldness and permanent hair loss. Yikes!

It can be helpful to understand what medications cause hair loss. We’re all unique: not all medications with the potential to cause hair loss will affect everyone equally. The severity of the effects of drugs that cause hair loss can depend on the drug itself, the dosage you’re taking and your body’s sensitivity to the drug or treatment.

The Top 10 Medications that Cause Hair Loss

Wondering what medications cause hair loss? Here are 10 of the main medications that can cause temporary or permanent hair loss:

1.) Acne medications (that contain Vitamin A): The key ingredient in many acne medications is Vitamin A, but in its processed form (retinoids, retinol). When taken in large doses, processed Vitamin A can lead to telogen effluvium, which is when the hair follicles go into their resting phase (telogen) too early, causing more hair to fall out. The effects often begin two to four months after a person begins the medication. Medications with Vitamin A include Accutane (Isotretinoin) and Retin-A (Tretinoin). A possible solution for hair loss while taking a Vitamin A-based medication is to lower the dosage.

2.) Antibiotics and Antifungals: Antibiotics are known to reduce hemoglobin and Vitamin B levels, which can sometimes make hair fall out faster. Hemoglobin is a protein found in red blood cells responsible for transporting oxygen from the lungs to the body’s tissues and carbon dioxide from the tissues to the lungs. Hemoglobin and myoglobin are also important for storing iron. Decreased hemoglobin leads to iron deficiency, which in turn causes hair to become brittle or dry, or even to fall out. Vitamin B and B-Complex Vitamins are important for maintaining healthy hair growth, thickness and shine.

3.) Anticonvulsants/Epileptic medications: Anticonvulsants, or anti-seizure medications, can also compromise hair health. Medications include trimethadione (Tridione) and valproic acid (Depakote).

4.) Antidepressants, anti-anxiety and mood disorder medications: Certain antidepressant medications are known to cause telogen effluvium, such as:

  • Amitriptyline (Elavil, Endep)
  • Amoxapine (Asendin)
  • Clomipramine (Anafranil)
  • Desipramine (Norpramin, Pertofrane)
  • Doxepin (Adapin, Sinequan)
  • Fluoxetine hydrochloride (Prozac)
  • Haloperidol (Haldol)
  • Paroxetine (Paxil)
  • Sertraline hydrochloride (Zoloft)

5.) Birth control pills/female hormones: Oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapies can affect hormonal balance and are among the drugs that cause hair loss. Estrogen and Progesterone (female hormones) are hormonal medications that have been linked to female pattern baldness and telogen effluvium in women.

6.) Blood pressure medications: Does Lisinopril cause hair loss? Blood pressure lowering medications such as Beta-blockers and Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) can lead to telogen effluvium, such as:

  • Beta-blockers: Atenolol (Tenormin), Metoprolol (Lopressor), Nadolol (Corgord), Propranolol (Inderal, Inderal LA), and Timolol (Blocadren)
  • ACE inhibitors: Captopril (Capoten), Lisinopril (Zestril, Prinivil), Enalapril (Vasotec)

7.) Blood-clotting medications: Blood thinners such as warfarin sodium (Panwarfarin, Sofarin, Coumadin) and heparin can cause hair loss.

8.) Chemotherapy and anti-cancer drugs: Chemotherapy does more than attack cancer cells; it attacks all of our healthy cells, including hair follicles. Some chemotherapies that can cause hair loss include: Adriamycin, Cyclophosphamide, Cactinomycin, Docetaxel, and Doxorubicin.

9.) Cholesterol-lowering drugs: Cholesterol drugs including Atromid-S (clofibrate) and Lopid (gemfirbozil) can cause hair loss. Hair loss is a very rare side effect of statin-based cholesterol-lowering drugs. According to studies, cholesterol inhibitors such as Lipitor can cause an increase in hair shedding in only 1% of cases.

10.) Male hormones: Testosterone or anabolic steroids may cause male pattern baldness.

Other medications that cause hair loss

What medications cause hair loss aside from the top 10? Some additional medications that can cause hair loss include:

  • Gout treatment drugs
  • Immunosuppressant drugs
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)
  • Drugs for Parkinson’s disease
  • Steroids
  • Thyroid medications
  • Weight loss drugs

Ensuring the proper balance

It’s important to ensure proper balance when taking medications. Getting the right amounts of vitamins and minerals in your diet is crucial for maintaining healthy hair and to prevent excessive hair shedding. While many drugs may not be widely associated with hair loss, almost every drug impacts nutrient deficiency, which can contribute to hair health. One helpful resource is MyTavin.com, where you can check drugs for nutrient depletion. 

If an adverse effect of your medication is hair loss, you might consider taking a comprehensive supplement for hair to support a strong, healthy environment in which hair can flourish.

For example, if you are taking an antibiotic or antifungal that causes hair loss as a side effect, it would be smart to incorporate a B-Complex Vitamin dietary supplement and/or iron supplement to replenish any Vitamin B and iron deficiencies. Conversely, if you are taking too much Vitamin A, you might consider decreasing the dosage. The key is getting the right dosage your body needs to do its job.

One way you can maintain proper amounts of vitamins and minerals in your diet is to take a hair health supplement. A good hair health supplement provides nutrition to hair and will include all of the necessary vitamins and minerals your hair needs for healthy growth in the appropriate amounts.

Many herbs have historically been used in Chinese or Ayurvedic cultures and medicine to treat symptoms of certain diseases such as hypertension, blood clotting, bacterial and fungal infections, cholesterol, etc. Today, research is showing that some of these herbs can support healthy hair growth.

For example, Ashwagandha is an Indian herb that historically has been used to alleviate or help with some symptoms of a number of diseases, including depression and anxiety. Ashwaghanda is a powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenger, providing benefits for healthier hair, and can decrease cortisol, the “stress hormone.”

Curcumin is a substance found in turmeric, a plant that is a main ingredient in curry powder. Turmeric has been used in Indian and Asian medicine to treat a variety of health conditions because of its potential anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and even anticancer properties. Studies show that Curcumin’s properties help to optimize the immune system and other things that can slow hair growth.

If you have concerns about any medications you’re taking comprising your hair health, talk to your doctor. And remember, Nutrafol is 100% drug-free and has on-staff naturopathic doctors available for personal consultations when you subscribe.

References:

Everyday Health: “Medications that Can Cause Hair Loss”:
http://www.everydayhealth.com/hair-loss/medications-that-can-cause-hair-loss.aspx

Web MD: “Drug-Induced Hair Loss”:
http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/drug-induced-hair-loss-2

American Hair Loss Association: “Drug-Induced Hair Loss”:
http://www.americanhairloss.org/drug_induced_hair_loss/

Daily Mail.com: “Hidden Dangers to Your Hair”:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-187704/Hidden-dangers-hair.html

Life Extension: “Ashwagandha Stress Reduction, Neural Protection, and a Lot More from an Ancient Herb”:
http://www.lifeextension.com/magazine/2006/6/report_ashwa/page-01

WebMD: “Vitamins and Supplements LifeStyle Guide – Turmeric (Curcumin)”:
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/supplement-guide-turmeric

Best Vitamins for Hair Loss

Reasons for Hair Loss

Please know that it’s completely normal to lose some hair every day. In fact, it would be strange not to! According to the American Academy of Dermatology, we lose between 50 and 100 hairs each day. This hair loss is part of your hair’s normal growth cycle—plus, practically all of those hair follicles will grow a new strand of hair each time one is lost. Bottom line – a few stray hairs down the drain is no biggie.

At about the age of 50, most of us may start to experience thinning hair at a higher rate. If you’re under the age of 50, however, and lose an excessive amount of hair each day—it could be a sign of more serious hair loss. So, what are the reasons for hair loss, and what can be done to prevent or reverse it?

Our research found that there are many reasons for hair loss. There are fewer ways to help slow or prevent hair loss—including taking vitamins for hair loss in women and men. These specially formulated supplements for hair loss get to the (ahem) root of the problem—and help promote healthy hair growth.

To better understand hair loss and how it can be prevented, we’ll take a closer look at two things. First, we’ll review some of the reasons for hair loss, and second, we’ll give you the breakdown of some of the vitamins to help hair loss that can be found in all of the best supplements for hair loss.

Common Reasons for Hair Loss

Not every person who is experiencing hair loss or thinning hair does so in the same exact way. There are many different reasons for hair loss, and discovering the root cause of your thinning hair can help you determine what approach—whether it’s making a change in diet, working to reduce the amount of stress from your life, or taking hair loss vitamins — is most likely to be successful at reversing the effects of hair loss.

Here are some common reasons for hair loss:

  1. Genetics. If hair loss runs in your family, you may be experiencing male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness – conditions where thinning hair can actually progress to complete hair loss in some areas of the scalp. Men, for instance, experience a horseshoe-shaped pattern that leaves the crown of the head exposed. This type of hair loss, if untreated, can become permanent.
  2. Stress. If you experience chronic anxiety-induced stress or emotional or physical stress, you may notice your hair is thinning, falling out while you are shampooing, or starting to display bald spots when you comb your hair.
  3. Medications. Certain medications such as anti-cancer drugs, thyroid medications, birth control pills, antidepressants, and even some acne treatments can cause hair loss. People undergoing chemotherapy to experience hair loss on their eyebrows, eyelashes and other parts of the body, as well as their head. Some medications can lead to a person losing between 100 and 150 extra hairs per day. Unfortunately, it can take a while to realize that a medication is causing your hair to fall out, as hair loss might not be noticeable until two to four months after you begin the medication.
  4. Overstyling. All types of hair are susceptible to damage by being overworked. Pulling your hair too tightly in a ponytail, wearing braids, or excessive styling techniques can cause damage. So too, can over-treatment by heat such as flat irons and curling irons. Over-brushing and over-combing can also damage your hair. Same with chemicals like dyes, relaxers, etc. How can you tell if your hair is becoming damaged due to over-styling? You may notice your hair is lackluster, brittle, dry, thin, breaking or falling out at an unusually high rate.
  5. Aging. If you are 50 years of age or older, you may experience slower hair growth, or your hair getting thinner or breaking very easily. This is because as we grow older, our hair follicles eventually shrink and are not replaced.
  6. Diet. As with the health of other parts of our body such as our skin and fingernails, the health of our hair can be affected by what we eat. Having a poor diet- one that doesn’t include enough protein; zinc; iron; or vitamin B, C or E, can cause your hair to thin, get dull and dry, become brittle and break, or even fall out.

While there are multiple causes of hair loss, the good news is that many types of hair loss are temporary. In many instances, addressing the root cause of the hair loss can cause accelerated hair loss to stop. For example, if you have stress or anxiety-related hair loss, your hair should stop shedding when the stressful experience or event is over, or as you learn to better manage your stress. Similarly, if you are experiencing hair loss due to vitamin deficiencies, the best treatment is to start improving your diet and correct the deficiency by adding the necessary minerals and vitamins for hair growth back into your diet.

Vitamins for Hair Loss in Women and Men

As we explained in the above section, hair loss can often result from poor diet, including a lack of vitamins for thinning hair. So, what vitamins are good for hair loss? Check out the list of hair loss vitamins below to find out.

Some vitamin supplements for healthier hair include:

  • B-Complex Vitamins: Vitamin B7 is also known as biotin. One of the benefits of biotin is that it can help strengthen hair follicles.
  • Zinc and Iron: These minerals protect hair from shedding, getting dry and becoming brittle.
  • Vitamin A: Vitamin A helps produce scalp oil, known as sebum. Without sebum, hair gets dry and brittle, and the scalp becomes dry, flaky and thick.
  • Vitamins C and E: These two antioxidants can protect hair from thinning and the effects of damaging free radicals.
  • Folic Acid: Folic acid can help prevent thinning.
  • Vitamin D: This vitamin plays a role in promoting healthy hair follicles.
  • Amino Acids: Methionine, cysteine, and tyrosine are all amino acids that can increase hair growth and support thinning hair.
  • Essential Fatty Acids: Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are important for healthy hair growth; a deficiency can lead to hair loss.

A great way to incorporate these hair loss vitamins and minerals into your diet to promote healthy hair is to take a supplement aimed at supporting healthy hair. If you decide to take vitamins for thinning hair or a supplement to support healthier hair, it’s important to consider whether the supplement simply provides nutrition to your currently healthy follicles, or if it’s designed to help your body treat and replenish your compromised follicles.

Hair loss is a normal part of life—and of a healthy hair cycle. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t help prevent or slow the rate at which your hair breaks and falls out. Understanding the various causes of hair loss, whether it’s genetics, over-styling, environmental factors or a deficiency in your diet, can help you understand how help prevent or reverse it—with things like supplements or vitamins to prevent hair loss.

Remember: Once you get to the root of your hair loss problem, you have a chance to help your hair grow better than ever. Good luck!

Reasons for Hair Loss
The advantage of a comprehensive supplement is that it solves the problem of taking a multitude of separate vitamins, making it easier to add to your daily diet and care regimen.

 

 

References:

1. WebMD:
http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/tc/hair-loss-topic-overview
2. Drugs.com: http://www.drugs.com/health-guide/hereditary-patterned-baldness.html
3. National Institutes of Health: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003246.htm
4. Anxiety Center: http://www.anxietycentre.com/anxiety-symptoms/hair-loss-anxiety.shtml
5. WebMD:
http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/drug-induced-hair-loss-2
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http://www.webmd.boots.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/medication-induced-hair-loss
7. Progressive Health: http://www.progressivehealth.com/hair-loss-vitamins.htm

Language of Hair – 25 Idioms You Might Hear Daily

language of hair
Language of Hair
“Hair on fire” is only one expression where hair has snuck into our everyday language.

The language of hair – not only can we use it to tell a story of who we are, hair also has a tendency to pop up in everyday language in the form of idioms – those expressions that say one thing but mean another.

Everything should be as simple as its literal translation, but by grouping words and adding a dash of figurative meaning can make communication more robust and colorful.

Do you imagine a person covered in wool when they say they put on a hair shirt? Would you tell your mom to get highlights when she says she gets gray hair from your Facebook photos? Or do you actually recommend seeing a dermatologist when a friend says they have a wild hair up their ass?

The Language of Hair – and What it All Means

While some idioms are commonly understood, some might sound unfamiliar. Take a look at these 25 idioms to see how the word hair has transformed our language from simple to simply stunning:

  1. A hair shirt: the phrase wearing, or putting on, a hair shirt refers to choosing something unpleasant. This points back to a time when religious people would wear something rough or uncomfortable as an act of penance or repentance for doing something wrong.

 

Cassie put on a hair shirt and is now on a three-day fast after breaking her diet last week.

  1. A hairy situation: something scary; this may be related to the idiom “make one’s hair stand on end” when talking about a terrifying experience.

 

 We heard loud explosions and people started to shout for help. We knew the tour had turned into a hairy situation.

  1. Bad hair day: a description used at a time when everything seems to go wrong

 

Three feet of snow covered the road outside when I woke up and traffic was really heavy on the way to work. How can this be such a bad hair day?

  1. By a hair’s breadth: any distance, from side to side, is called breadth so using a strand of hair as measurement alludes to a very small margin or space

 

A man and his son jumped out of the burning train, escaping death by a hair’s breadth.

  1. Curl someone’s hair: to frighten, alarm or shock someone

 

That tabloid story about aliens made my hair curl.

  1. Get gray hair from: to be stressed or overly worried about something

 

There’s a huge sales presentation my boss is getting gray hair from.

  1. Get in someone’s hair: to irritate or annoy someone

 

These real estate agents are starting to get in my hair!

  1. Hair of the dog: a remedy, usually a small amount of alcohol, used to cure a headache or hangover after having too much to drink. This has its origins in an ancient cure that required putting the hair of the dog that bit you into the wound to heal it.

 

Hair of the dog? I think I can use some of that wine you left to chill.

  1. Hair on fire: a figure of speech used to describe something that catches your attention, is extremely urgent, or exciting

 

The famous singer’s concert announcement set our hair on fire.

  1. Hair trigger: literally, it means a trigger of a firearm that goes off at the slightest pressure; figuratively, it means someone or something easily provoked.

 

Everyone in the room noticed his hair trigger reaction when he was asked about his whereabouts on the night of the robbery.

  1. Hang by a hair: to be caught in an unstable situation

 

My secretary thought her boyfriend was a bachelor; now that his wife has shown up, she’s hanging by a hair.

  1. Harm a hair on someone’s head: to hurt someone

 

The criminal looked like he couldn’t harm a hair on someone’s head, but I was wrong.

  1. Have a wild hair up one’s ass: to be obsessed with something that’s completely unexpected or to act in a manner that’s out of character

 

My best friend had a wild hair up his ass when he thought of scaling Mt. Everest on his own.

  1. Have someone by the short hairs: a person’s short hairs are usually on the back of the neck; to have someone by the short hairs would mean to be in absolute control over, or to dominate, another.

 

It’s just the start of your relationship and your date already has you by the short hairs!

  1. Hide nor hair: this usually refers to a trace or sign of something

 

I haven’t seen hide nor hair of that man since we graduated from college.

  1. In the crosshairs: the word “crosshairs” refers to two fine lines that intersect with each other and serve as the target in an optical instrument; the idiom implies being targeted by someone.

 

That journalist had the senator in the crosshairs everytime he asked a question.

  1. Keep your hair on: an advice, usually in informal British language, to stop being upset about something

 

The guy who bumped your vehicle will pay for the damages so keep your hair on.

Language of Hair
Letting your hair down means to relax

 

  1. Let your hair down: relax and enjoy yourself

 

It’s been a long week at work and we’re all looking forward to letting our hair down.

  1. Make someone’s hair stand on end: means to terrify someone.

 

It was a great thriller to watch because it made every viewer’s hair stand on end from start to finish.

  1. Not a hair out of place: having a neat appearance

 

Steve Harvey might be bald but he always seems not to have a hair out of place!

  1. (Not) turn a hair: to be unaffected or unconcerned

 

How can you not turn a hair when a child cuddles up to you?

  1. Out of your hair: to get someone out of your hair means to have someone stop annoying you

 

I want to keep my landlord out of my hair so I’m going to pay him a month in advance this time.

  1. Put hair on someone’s chest: to make someone stronger or healthier

 

Drink some of this hot cocoa – it will put some hair on your chest.

  1. Split hairs: to devote too much importance or time on small and trivial things

 

Do we really have to split hairs every time we plan a vacation?

  1. Tear/pull your hair out: to be worried about something

 

Her disappearance makes me want to pull my hair out.

Which one is your favorite hairy expression?