I have been highlighting my hair for years. I find that to keep my highlights looking fresh and natural, I have to frequent the salon quite often. I find that after 6-8 weeks, it is time to get highlights again. This can be a costly expense over time but what is more concerning is the damage that is being done to my hair on a regular basis. I lose a lot of hair and I find that getting a trim every 6 weeks helps but the damage is being done by the highlights. One of my fears is experiencing hair loss. The women in my family have relatively thin hair and I worry that I too will experience this. Do you worry about hair loss as well?
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Three Causes of Hair Loss in Both Men and Women
Hair loss can be a big problem. While some people, especially men, come to embrace the bald look, others would do anything to keep their hair growing thick and strong all over their heads, and when thinning and hair loss occur, it can cause them to lose confidence in their appearance and feel generally less good about themselves.
When it comes to treating hair loss, the solutions depend very much on the underlying cause. If hair loss is a problem, you have a range of options from medications through to hair implants, and other treatments like Revivogen. What the most effective choice for you will be depends very much on why you are losing hair in the first place. Here are three causes of hair loss that can affect both men and women:
Male Pattern or Female Pattern Baldness
This is by far the most common cause of hair loss, and while it is mostly associated with men, women can also find their hair thinning or leaving patches. Pattern baldness is hereditary, and so if and when it happens can be predicted fairly accurately by looking at your parents. While not all men whose fathers had male pattern baldness will lose hair in the same places at the same age, this is usually what happens, and can also be passed on to a lesser extent to women. The onset of pattern baldness can begin as early as puberty for some unlucky people, and is typified by a receding hairline and 'bald spot' on top of the head, though it can sometimes result in complete baldness.
A cause of hair loss that can be less permanent, even without treatment, is hormonal changes in the body. This tends to affect women more than men purely because there are more events in a woman's life that cause hormonal fluctuations, including puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and the menopause. Pregnancy for example often causes changes in the hair, with some women finding their hair changes in texture, others finding it looks much healthier, and some finding that their hair begins to thin. Hormonal changes can also cause hair loss in men, for example when caused by medication.
Alopecia is a fairly rare condition where your immune system incorrectly begins to attack your hair follicles. It can happen anywhere on the body, and can vary between leaving small, round bald patches to making you completely bald. Alopecia can affect both men and women – and even children and some animals – and can cause you to lose body hair, eyebrows and facial hair as well as the hair on your head. Alopecia cannot technically be 'cured' but with the right treatment you can recover and hair can grow back normally, unlike with pattern baldness where without restorative treatment or implants the baldness is almost always permanent.
There are better solutions for baldness now than ever, and there is no need to be miserable if you are losing your hair. However, make sure you understand the cause of hair loss before considering the right way to get your hair back to its former glory.