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My Hair Is Falling Out: Understanding the what & why of hair loss.

Hi there! If you’ve ever found yourself staring at a handful of hair in the shower or noticing more strands on your brush, you’re not alone. “My hair is falling out” is a highly searched phrase, and it’s a concern that affects many people. As a Trichologist, I’ve dedicated my career to understanding hair and scalp health, and I’ve personally experienced hair loss too. Let’s talk about the two most common types of hair loss: Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA) and Telogen Effluvium (TE). More importantly, let’s explore what you can do to address these issues and maintain a positive outlook.

Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA)

What Is It?

Androgenetic Alopecia, also known as male or female pattern baldness, is a genetic condition that affects both men and women. It’s characterized by a gradual thinning or miniaturizing of the hair, often starting at the crown or temples in men and as a widening part or overall thinning in women.

Why Does It Happen?

AGA is caused by a combination of genetic and hormonal factors. Specifically, it involves the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which can shrink hair follicles and shorten the hair growth cycle. This leads to finer, shorter hairs and eventually, reduced hair density. This an can be caused by Nutrition deficiency.

My Experience with AGA

I’ve personally battled AGA and understand how disheartening it can be to see your hair thinning over time. But the good news is, there are ways to slow down this type of hair loss and even improve hair density.

What Can You Do?

- Medications: FDA-approved treatments like minoxidil can help stimulate hair growth. Finasteride (Propecia) is another option, which works by reducing DHT levels. CLICK HERE to learn more about XYON HEALTH & talk to a Dermatologists about what medication would be right for you.

- Lifestyle Changes: Maintaining a healthy diet, reducing stress, and getting regular exercise can support overall hair health.

- Hair Care: Use Hair Loss shampoos that are packed full of DHT blockers and ingredients to help stop the miniaturization of hairs and avoid excessive heat styling to minimize further damage. CLICK HERE for Hair Loss Products that I know work. Use code: Tabitha for 15% off.

- Consult a Trichologist: Professional advice can provide personalized treatment plans and ongoing support. Finding out what type of hair loss you have is key to finding the right treatment plan. NOTE: There are several treatments that work but you need to find the ones specifically for your type of hair loss.

Telogen Effluvium (TE)

What Is It?

Telogen Effluvium is a temporary form of hair loss that occurs when a large number of hair follicles enter the resting (telogen) phase simultaneously. This leads to excessive shedding, but the hair follicles remain capable of producing new hair.

Why Does It Happen?

TE can be triggered by various factors, including stress, hormonal changes (such as after childbirth), illness, surgery, or nutritional deficiencies. The good news is that TE is usually reversible once the underlying cause is addressed.

My Experience with TE

After my first pregnancy and C-section, I experienced significant TE. It was alarming to see so much hair falling out, but with the right approach, I managed to turn things around. When I had my second baby, I put preventive measures in place and saw much less shedding.

What Can You Do?

- Identify and Address Triggers: Work with a Trichologist to identify potential triggers like stress or nutritional deficiencies. Get blood work done by your Dr. to identify any iron, vitamin D or Thyroid issues.

- Hair, Skin & Nail Supplements: Consider supplements specifically designed to support hair health, like Nutrafol.

- Healthy Diet: Eat a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals, particularly iron, zinc, and biotin. Our hair is made of protein, so make sure you get your daily amount of protein in daily.

- Topical Treatments: Use gentle, nourishing scalp treatments to support hair growth.

- Stress Management: Incorporate stress-relief techniques such as yoga, meditation, or hobbies you enjoy. What can you do daily to help lower your stress? Do more of that!

Stay Positive and Uplifted

Hair loss can be challenging, but it’s important to stay positive and proactive. Both AGA and TE have effective treatment options, and with the right care, you can improve your hair health. Remember, you’re not alone in this journey, and there’s plenty you can do to take control of your hair loss.

Reach Out for Support

As a Trichologist, I’m here to help you understand and manage your hair loss. If you’re concerned about your hair falling out, don’t hesitate to reach out for professional advice and support. Together, we can create a plan that works for you and helps you feel confident and beautiful.

Here’s to healthy, happy hair days ahead!


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