Last updated 6 months ago
Hair is a multi-layered substance made from flattened cells covered with a protein called keratin. It is produced by the body’s hair follicles and follows a growth cycle comprised of three stages.
This video discusses the rate of human hair growth. Hair growth is a continual process, typically producing approximately half a millimeter of new hair each day. This growth rate translates into approximately six inches each year, although there are many different factors that may affect hair growth at any given time. These factors include hormonal levels, age, and genetics.
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Last updated 6 months ago
Menopause is a time of natural change for the female body as you age. Changing levels of hormones are responsible for a variety of symptoms, which often include hair loss. If you are a woman suffering from menopause-related hair loss, discussing your condition with a board certified physician specializing in hair loss treatment can help you explore your options to halt or reverse this process.
Causes of Menopause-Related Hair Loss
Menopause-related hair loss is caused by reduced production of female hormones in the body as it ages. This type of hair loss is similar to hair loss that may occur following pregnancy, when hormonal levels are also in flux. Although hormone replacement therapy may alleviate hair loss by boosting the levels of estrogen in the body, this type of treatment is not always successful. This is because menopause-related hair loss may also be due to other factors in addition to changes in hormone production. Genetic predisposition, current health, stress levels, and even diet can cause or exacerbate menopause-related hair loss. Determining the cause of your menopause-related hair loss is the first step in developing a successful treatment plan.
Effects of Menopause-Related Hair Loss
Hair loss is an unpleasant experience for any woman that can be particularly difficult during menopause when other symptoms cause additional discomfort. Furthermore, female hair loss can cause emotional reactions, such as depression, anxiety, and stress, that exacerbate the other symptoms of menopause. If you are suffering from menopause-related hair loss, it’s important to recognize that this condition is treatable. Whether or not you choose to seek medical treatment for your other menopause-related symptoms, hair loss treatments such as medications and surgery can restore your self-confidence, appearance, and sense of vitality.
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Last updated 7 months ago
Although hair loss most obviously causes physical changes in your appearance, it is not solely a physical condition. Female hair loss is often linked with lowered self-esteem, self-confidence, and incidences of depression. Understanding the mental and emotional effects of hair loss can help you obtain a healthier, more positive viewpoint and encourage you to seek the treatment you deserve to restore the appearance you want.
Feelings of Shame and Isolation
For many women, hair loss causes feelings of shame and embarrassment. Outward appearance plays an important role in female self-confidence, making hair loss a crippling blow that may cause a woman to withdraw from relationships and social situations. Often, women are embarrassed to discuss their hair loss with others—including their doctor—and instead try to hide it with painstaking hairstyling and coloring techniques. These techniques can become stressful and time-consuming, leading to further social isolation.
Acknowledging your feelings about hair loss is important. If you are spending excessive amounts of time worrying about hair loss or trying to hide it, consider putting your energy into seeking a more successful solution. Today, there are many treatments available to women suffering from hair loss caused by a variety of factors. Discussing your condition with a hair loss specialist can provide you with the information you need to pursue a treatment that will restore your quality of life. Hair transplant surgeons and other specialists will not make you feel embarrassed or ashamed of your condition. Instead, they will work with you to find the treatment option that is right for your needs. Oral and topical medications are often successful in halting female hair loss and promoting regrowth. Hair transplant surgery has become increasingly sophisticated and successful, offering women a natural-looking and long-term solution to restore their appearance.
Dr. John Kiely, MD is an experienced hair transplant surgeon that can help you regain your confidence in your appearance. If you are seeking compassionate and supportive professional help for female hair loss, call us today at (301) 468-2335 or visit our website to get started.
Last updated 7 months ago
Yoga inversions are poses that partially or fully invert the body, placing the head at a lower point than the heart. These positions can reduce or prevent hair loss by promoting the release of toxins from the body and increasing circulation.
The “legs up the wall” yoga inversion is a great pose for beginners. “Downward dog” is a partially-inverted pose that promotes full-body circulation. Other yoga poses that can reduce hair loss include the “shoulder stand” and the “headstand.” You can see how each of these poses is performed and find out more about their benefits by watching this video.
There are many causes of hair loss—and thus, many effective treatment options that can help to restore a full, healthy head of hair. Dr. John Kiely, MD offers treatment for hair loss in D.C. Call us today at (301) 468-2335 or visit us on the web to learn more.
Last updated 7 months ago
Women often focus on extensive hair care routines to keep their manes under control. However, did you know that many women are making common mistakes that could put them at risk for hair loss later in life? Keep reading to find out how your hair-washing routine could be damaging your hair, and how to change your habits for better results.
Taking Hot Showers
Hot showers feel great and promote relaxation, but they can also affect your hair’s ability to absorb moisture. Experts recommend washing and conditioning your hair under warm water, but capping off your shower with cooler water. Cool water helps to close your hair’s cuticles, which will lock in any moisture you’ve applied in the form of conditioning treatments. A shower that’s hot from beginning to end will leave these cuticles open, allowing any moisture you’ve added to slip away.
Shampooing Every Day
Washing your hair every day causes more harm than good. When you wash your hair every day, you continually strip it of the natural oils that coat each strand, protecting it from harm. Ideally, you should only wash your hair every two to three days, which will allow the natural oils from your scalp to diffuse all the way to the ends of each strand. Even if you have oily hair, shampooing every other day can improve the texture and quality of your hair.
Skipping the Conditioner
Many women question whether they really need conditioner for healthy hair. The answer is yes: conditioner adds moisture to your hair, reducing friction and preventing the strands from breaking easily. Shampoo washes away dirt and oil, but it also removes your hair’s natural oils. Conditioner returns some of the moisture lost in the process, protecting your hair from heat, stress, and other damage.
Dr. John Kiely, MD is an expert in the field of female hair loss and restoration. If you are concerned about thinning hair or other aspects of your hair’s health, call us today at (301) 468-2335. You can find more hair care tips by clicking through the articles on our blog.