Tag Archive | Hair Loss

Womens Hair Loss: Trichotillomania

Continuing to explore the various causes of Hair Loss, in this post we will focus on one that is actually more common in women then men.

Trichotillomania.

What is Trichotillomania?

It’s classified as an Impulse Control Disorder. Basically, it means that someone has a compulsive urge to pull out hair. The word Trichotillomania was coined in 1889 by Francois Henri Hallopeau.

How much more common is Trich in women then men?

Well an exact number is hard to come by since people are generally embarrassed to admit that they are suffering from Trich but a rough estimate can put the number at as much as 4 to 1. As much as 4% of the population in the USA may have suffered from trich at one point or another.

Most symptoms of Hair Loss from Trich usually show up before the age of 17 though they can show up at any age.

In many cases, people experiencing Trich report pulling out one hair at a time and going on for hours.

While there is no known specific iron clad cure for Trich usually if it shows up in patients younger then 6 it can go away on its own, however for many it forms a life long problem.

Treatments that sometimes work include Behavior Modification therapy, as well as the  drug Clomipramine which prevents the absorption of serotonin in the body.

In addition many people that have dealt with Hair Loss from Trich report Support groups as having been very helpful in helping them deal with it.

(Sources include Web MD, pullfreeatlast.com.drugs.com, Wikipedia, and Newsmax.com)

Womens Hair Loss: Alopecia

Around 5 million people in the USA are affected by Alopecia Areata.

The word Alopecia is actually a term for hair loss, however it has come to refer to a specific form of hair loss called “alopecia areata”

AA  is a form of hair loss that is thought to be an auto-immune disorder where at times the messages are sent to the hair follicles not to grow hair. Because Alopecia Areata causes Hair Loss which occurs on the skin, it is considered a skin disease.

Around 5 million people in the USA are affected by this disorder.

There are three forms of Alopecia. Alopecia Areata- Generally smooth round patches of hair loss. Alopecia Areata Totalis- Total scalp hair loss. Alopecia Areata Universalis- the most rare form of Hair Loss which is total body hair loss.

There is no no cure for Alopecia Areata at this time, however in most cases the hair loss is not permanent, rather it comes and goes and usually the will regrow within 6-months to a year. However once someone has one attack of alopecia areata generally there will be more.

In some cases, around 10 percent, the hair loss from Alopecia Areata is permanent.

The diagnosis process for AA includes examining the hair as well as certain blood tests.

Conventional treatments for alopecia are steroids and immunotherapy,.

The general idea behind the treatments is basically to simulate hair growth since as we noted before the hair follicles are not dead they just need to be “told” to grow hair. However since in many cases the hair will grow back on its own there are those who chose to forgo treatment with drugs.

If you yourself suffer from Alopcia Areata or know someone that does it is important to realize that aside from the physical effects of this disorder there are emotional ones as well. In women especially, hair is an important part ones appearance, as such  the loss of ones hair can have devastating emotional consequences. It’s important to realize hair is not you, it doesn’t define you and the loss of it does not make some one less of a person. Bearing this in mind, someone who knows someone suffering from Alopecia Areatashould be there to support them, and make sure not let their hair define them.

(Sources include: Web MD. NAAF.org, and new-medical.net)

Womens Hair Loss Part 2 -Chemo

Some women choose to wear a wig to hide their loss, while others go the opposite route and chose to go bald, while others choose scarves.

As we continue our series on we turn to another cause of women’s hair loss which is Chemotherapy.

Thank God now-a-days many more people afflicted with Cancer nosurvive what once was considered the incurable illness. One of the primary reasons is the treatment known as Chemotherapy.

Chemo attacks cells, killing them off, hopefully it will kill off “cancer cells”, however it does not discriminate and therefore can attack the cells that cause hair growth as well leading to hair loss.

Now, while it used to be a near certainty  chemo treatment would lead to hair loss, today there are newer more targeted drugs used for cancer treatments that cause only hair thining or no hair loss at all.

Examples? Cytoxan is a drug used to fight Breast Cancer and causes only  thinning instead of total hair loss, and Adrucil another chemo drug causes no hair loss. However  taxol causes extremely sudden hair loss.

The point is that the type of drug being used does make a difference in whether chemo treatments will cause hair loss and how that hair Loss will occur.

People going through hair loss from chemo deal with it in different ways. Some choose to wear a wig covering up completely and trying to hide their loss, while others go the opposite route and chose to go bald showing the world the battle they are going through, while others choose scarves.

As Mayo Clinic states there is no right way to deal with it, each individual patient decides what they want to do, what works best for them.

Here’s some tips we found about it.

If you are buying a wig, it’s a good idea to take a picture of the way you like your hair to look as well as cut off some beforehand. Some women actually cut off all their hair and make a wig from their own natural hair.

When bald there are many people who use only ild soap on their scalp as its pretty sensitive.

Its best to try on Hats and Scarves after losing hair since the fit and look is different.

The best thing about hair loss from chemotherapy is that it will grow back. Typically re-growth begins three months after treatment ends and can take up to ten months.

In the beginning your hair may have either a different texture and/or a different shade.

During regrowth its a good idea to try and wear hats since the scalp can get itchy. Also, styling hair with moose or other chemicals is usually not be a good idea until the hair is about 3 inches long and has  more stable roots.

(Sources include MayoClinic.com, Chemochicks, and Web MD)

Womens Hair Loss- Part One

A common misconception is that hair loss is a problem that affects men exclusively.

Nothing could be further from the truth. While men are generally open about it, hair loss is a very much an issue  amongst women as well.

Hair Loss affects some 30 Million women in the U.S. alone.

Hair Loss affects some 30 Million women in the U.S. alone.

In this series of posts, MyHeadcoverings.com hopes to make Women’s Hair Loss more understood we hope to shine some sunlight and  create a little bit of understanding of the wide variety of causes that go into Women’s Hair Loss.

First off, it’s true, men do suffer from hair loss more then women.

Statistics show that  around 50 million men in the USA suffer from some form of Hair Loss. That’s a big number.

However  amongst women the number is also big. It’s around 30 million.

Here are some basics you should know.

Every day a person loses between 50-100 hairs however there’s no need to panic as normally the same number grows back. However, when something upsets the cycle your body may lose hair without the replacements coming in. The results?

Hair Loss.

What are some of the causes of this condition?

Well that’s the point of our posts.

Lets start.

Some forms of hair loss are caused by trauma to the body, a child-birth or car accident or anything of the sort.

This form of Hair Loss is called Telogen Effluvium. And BTW, it can be caused by an anti depressant as well; check the side effects and you’ll see hair loss is listed on most of them.

What this basically means is that the trauma, or certain drugs in the anti-depressant cause the hair follicles to go into the “Telogen” phase. Which means resting, as a result  they aren’t re-growing  hair. The good news is that this form of hair loss is usually temporary and regrowth takes about six months.

For a woman experiencing hair loss who want’s to try  finding out the cause, well  a starting point would be   finding out if there’s a good  trichologist near you.

What that?

It’s not a doctor, (though many dermatologists take the course),it’s a form of dermatology that specializes in hair and the scalp; essentially a hair specialist.

One thing that most Hair Specialists will do right away to try figuring out what’s causing trouble is take a hair biopsy in fact they’re pretty simple they take around five minutes and are the gold standard in hair loss diagnosis.

(Info for this post came from the NY Times, About. Com, Wikipedia and HisHairClinic.com)

By: B. Levi

How to tie a tichel- Beehive style

make a tie or a knot at the back of your neck

gently cross one side of the head scarf over your head to the other side

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The “Beehive style” is an original and different way to tie a tichel. It is stylish, classy, dressy and whatever else you want it to be! It is lightweight and comfortable which makes it a great style for the spring or summer and brings tying headscarves to a different level. Women with hair loss or thin hair especially like this style due to the added height this style provides.

1. In our demonstration, we put on a hidden height undercover to provide the height necessary. However, it can also be achieved by just putting your hair up in a high pony or bun and cover it with a snood.

2. When tying our headscarf beehive style, we experimented with our  Striped Head Scarf with Gold Lurex. However, you may use any long oblong headscarf. Start by placing your oblong rectangular headscarf centered on your head. Then take both sides of the headscarf and gently make a tie or knot in the back of your head.

3. Now, take the tail hanging on the left side of your head and cross it over to the other side. Don’t forget to cross it in a layered manner to give it the beehive took that you are looking for.

4. Do the same with the other side. By now you will have 2 loose ends on either side so just tuck them in to your snood or hidden height undercover for a neat and put together look and comfort.

Good luck tying! Click here for more practical, exciting and easy ways to tie a tichel!

Wig Tips: Do’s and Dont’s for Every Wig

Place your wig on a wig head to keep it looking fresh.

Place your wig on a wig head to keep it looking fresh.

Wigs are no longer Great Aunt Betty’s little secret tucked away in the back of her closet. Women covering their hair for religious reasons have been wearing them for years, but in the last decade, more and more women have started to wear wigs for many different reasons. Some wear wigs due to hair loss or thin hair while others do it because it’s practical – “you just slip on your wig and you’re good to go!”

So below is a list of do’s and don’ts for every wig:

1. Don’t wear a wig straight from the package.       

    Do take it to a hair dresser or wig stylist and have it cut and styed the way you it will suit your face

(yes, even the wigs that probably cost less than the cut itself).

2. Don’t wash it too often or all the hair will fall out.     

    Do wash it occasionally to give it a fresh and clean look.

3. Don’t go for outrageous colors and styles unless you’re wearing it to a dress up contest.     

    Do get the most natural looking wig as possible.

4. Do go age appropriate – Sure short wigs are comfortable and fun looking but it can make the average

20 year old look like a 40 year old.

5. Don’t keep your wig stuffed in your night stand.     

    Do keep your wig in good condition by placing it on a wig head.

6. Don’t blow dry your wig to often or it’ll get dry and stale. NEVER iron a synthetic wig!      

    Do set your wig with rollers to give it a fresh look.

Good Luck!   

Understanding Hair Loss: Alopecia

A pre-tied bandanba with height is a great head covering for those experiencing hair loss

As we continue exploring different forms of Hair Loss and their causes we turn to another little known disease called Alopecia Areata.

What is Alopecia Areata?

It is widely understood to be an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles causing hair loss.

There are generally three main types of Alopecia. The first and most common is Alopecia Areata which can cause a loss of hair in various spots usually affecting a circular area. The hair may or may not eventually grow back and when growing back it may grow back white at first and gradually assume its natural color.

The second and less common form of Alopecia is Alopecia Areata Totalis in which  person loses all the hair on their scalp.

The third and least common is Alopecia Areata Universalis which causes a complete loss of ones body hair.

The cause for Alopecia is currently not known and it is thought that genes play some role in it as well as trauma. I t has been found that in a portion of cases those suffering from Alopecia underwent some form of trauma before the onset of the disease.

This autoimmune disorder is not contagious and is considered a non-serious disorder as it does not affect general Health. However, it can have serious psychological affects as people generally regard their hair as a fundamental part of their identity.

While there are currently no known definite cures for Alopecia Areata there is ongoing research into it.

In a July issue of Nature magazine a team of researchers from Columbia University Medical Center identified eight genes that that form the underpinning of Alopecia and it is hoped this discovery can lead to finding a cure for this disease.

In our next post on Alopecia we will explore some of the treatments that are currently used to treat Alopecia.

By B. Levi

(Sources include WebMD, Wikipedia, U.S. National Library of Medicine, and DermNet)