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Thinning Hair? 48% Of Women Have it!

How your hair grows

Your hair is made of keratin which is the same protein that makes up your skin, hair and nails. The hair cells that are produced by the hair follicles, that are tiny bulb-like structures beneath your scalp’s surface. It is actually keratinisation of the cells which forms the structure and strands of the hair, and the part you see and style everyday is called the hair shaft. 

We have all heard of someone who has thinning hair problem, but do we really know how extensive this thinning hair problem is? Let us take a look at the figures here:

1. 70 million Americans have fine or thin-looking hair and the problem is only growing.

2. 4 million more women and 4.7 million more men will have noticeably thin-looking hair by 2005.

3. By age 65, 48% of all women report they have thinning hair and 75% of all men report they have noticeably thin-looking hair.

4. Research has shown that the problem of thin-looking hair can begin as early as age 17.

5. The problem will grow more extreme as our population ages.

How does hair loss start?

Hair loss is a normal symptom. 50 to 60 hairs are shed each day from a normal scalp. Losing more than 60 hairs a day is called excessive hair loss and leads to generalized thinning of the hair and this leads to hair becoming fine in texture. Loss of hair in men is often determined by heredity or by the Allopetia Androgenetic hormone. Hair loss in women is often caused by pregnancy, stress, fatigue or medical treatment.

Can Thyroid Disease Cause Hair Loss?

An overactive or underactive thyroid can be the cause hair loss in many women which may be remedied by consulting a specialist in the field of endocrinology, who can best prescribe the correct treatment to correct the condition, after beginning a regimen of thyroid medication. However, there have been reported cases of women experiencing hair loss from the prescription thyroid medication a known side effect which should be only temporary only lasting while the medication is taken and returning to normal once the course is finished. Proper medical attention and following the advice of your doctor is strongly recommended.

Hot Tips!

Colouring: If you have inherited a tendency for hair loss, you’re still likely have very healthy hair overall. Therefore, your hair can benefit from organic permanent or organic semi-permanent colour to give your hair body and volume.

Volumizing Products: Many supermarket and pharmacies sell volume-building hair products such as shampoos conditioners and styling products which contain harsh chemicals, silicones, paraffin, DEA, sulphites and petrochemicals and dangerous propellants which causes dryness, weakening of the hair and causing the hair to break. Not to mention there are unhealthy for you, your family and damaging to the environment.

However, organic volumizing products sold in good salons can be helpful in giving fine hair much needed volume and style support without weighing the hair down, or damaging the hair. A good tip is to invest in a good volumising system which can consist of a volume shampoo & conditioner, followed by thickening mouse which is applied at the roots to either hair which is dried by towel or hair, both of which you need to use a medium sized round brush to build volume. Use a good quality finishing spray for hold, using a lacquer on fine hair should be avoided as it can cause breakage.

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