Hair Loss From Hair Coloring?

I have hair loss. I also use an herbal hair color. Is using hair color promoting hair loss?

Hair coloring agents only impact the part of the hair follicle which is essentially the visible hair located on the head. Hair represents highly compressed skin which is not alive. As such, coloring agents can not promote hair loss of new hair per se. If chemicals are used which go down below the skin level, then damage to the growing elements of the hair follicles can occur. This would be difficult to do and would require a real chemical burn.

Most people who report hair loss from topical solutions are talking about the hair that is already outside of the head, the hair that we comb and style. Hair can be made brittle by the use of chemicals and as such, hair can break off, creating the illusion that it is promoting hair loss. But this hair loss is strictly above the skin and does not usually impact the hair below the skin which is deep and well protected from the things you can do to it. The new hair, which grows at about 1/2 inch per month, will replace the fallen hair almost 100 percent of the time. If you are used to hair that is six inches long, the normal replacement might take 12 months on its own (a half inch per month), reinforcing the concept that topical agents can promote hair loss.

How Common Are Receding Hairlines in Women?

My hairline is starting to look like my son’s hairline as the frontal part in the mid-line has gone up about 1/2 inch and my corners have disappeared creating a V shape to my hairline. I am 52 years old.

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Women’s hairlines often rise up to an inch as the woman get older. Menopause accentuated the hair loss process and it is reported than about 50% of women past menopause, lose their hair and are balding to some degree. This could be seen as thinning, a risking hairline, disappearance of the corner hairline, overall thinning in the front, top and crown of the head.

New Hair Institute Female Temple Corner Rounding 1000 grafts - 7 MONTHS Post Op
New Hair Institute Female Temple Corner Rounding 1000 grafts – 7 MONTHS Post Op

I am assuming that this lady has seen these changes recently. She is of menopausal age. The normal female hairline is located on the crease of the furrowed brow; however, as the hairline in women rise with age, it may rise as much as a full inch from the crease of the furrowed brow in the mid-line. Additionally, the corners of the frontal hairline often becomes thinner with age taking on the shape of the male’s mature hairline as this lady is reporting.

In women who have plastic surgery of the face, hairlines and frontal corners are often impacted with hair loss. Brow lifts induce frontal loss and lift the frontal hairline back, increasing the size of the forehead. Is is very common to see frontal corner hair loss after facelifts and brow lifts. We commonly get referrals from plastic surgeons for women who complain about the hairline changes with their facelifts.

Hair transplants can address hairline issues reasonably well and lower the frontal hairline back to the crease of the furrowed brow. The corners can also be filled in with hair transplants.

Do You Recommend FUE in Women?

I need a hair transplant but don’t want any pain. I am told that the strip surgery is more painful than the FUE. Can a women have an FUE?

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Many women have had FUE done very successfully.Some people are better candidates than others regardless of gender. The FUE has little pain associated with it by the next day. For a large session, the FUE requires a large exposure to the donor area which means we need to shave some areas in the back and sides of the head.We try to do this in inconspicuous areas. This is accomplished by shaving the scalp in stripes so that shaved areas are covered with the hair from above. See our NewHair.com website on FUE. We have also done long hair FUE that does not require any shaving, however, we generally do not do this for more than 400 FUE grafts. Strip surgery can have more pain due to the area of the strip being excised but the majority of people find it very manageable with proper medication. Some people get by with over the counter medications and a few may need something stronger.

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Any area of scalp that is used for a strip surgery requires an area 4 times larger for an FUE because only one out of 4 follicular units are removed at a surgery. A large shaved area is required for a procedure as large as 1000-2000 FUE grafts. If shaving your scalp is not a problem, then FUE is a good alternative choice.

I chose to have a strip surgery instead of FUE for my hair transplants. I did not find that the strip produced significant pain. Pain management has come along way and was very well managed.

Female Hair Line Lowering Rounding Surgery (Temple Recession Correction) With Photos

Following patient had a hair transplant surgery at New Hair Institute. The photos show 5 Days and 7 Months post op. Full results will be assessed at 12 months as more hairs may grow. There was 1000 grafts transplanted and you can see the rounding and a change in the forehead shape. We generally inform our patients results are variable and that 2 surgeries may be desired for added density (but not necessary). In this patient, the hair was very fine, so a second procedure will be necessary if she wants more fullness.

New Hair Institute Female Temple Corner Rounding 1000 grafts - 5 DAYS Post Op
New Hair Institute Female Temple Corner Rounding 1000 grafts – 5 DAYS Post Op
New Hair Institute Female Temple Corner Rounding 1000 grafts - 7 MONTHS Post Op
New Hair Institute Female Temple Corner Rounding 1000 grafts – 7 MONTHS Post Op
New Hair Institute Female Temple Corner Rounding 1000 grafts - 7 MONTHS Post Op
New Hair Institute Female Temple Corner Rounding 1000 grafts – 7 MONTHS Post Op

Using Different Minoxidil Strengths

I am a 23 Female, I have been losing hair for 2 years now. My dermatologist prescribed minoxidil 2%, but after 4 months i didn’t see any results. Is it safe to use both 2% and 5% (2% in the morning and 5% at night) to make it more effective?

Thanks

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In general we advise our female patients to use minoxidil 5% twice a day, although the official recommended dose is 2%. We take the blood pressure of the patient prior to prescribing this medication. Although this medication can be purchased directly from any pharmacy or grocery store, there are side effects that you must read about prior to starting the medication.

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My Hair Stopped Growing After My 2nd Child Was Born

i have been losing my hair since the birth of my first female child. i am now 40 and with the birth of my 2nd female child 8 years ago, my hair has completely stop growing. i have multiple bald spots-the sides, top of crown and side back of my head. do you think the birth of my daughters affected my hair loss?

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What you describe requires a doctor’s in office assessment. You might have developed an autoimmune disease like alopecia areata – I do not know. But guessing without seeing you is not in your best interest.

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Can Norlevo (Morning After Pill) Cause Hair Loss?

Hello.

I took Norlevo (morning after pill) 15 days ago and now I have noticed that my hair is falling out. How long will this last? Is there anyway to stop it?

Thank you.

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The morning after pill is a hormone similar to what you find in a birth control pill. Birth control pills could possibly cause hair loss in rare instances. I can not tell you if that if your hair loss is related to the pill (Norlevo). It may be due to stress in general as well. You need to follow up with your doctor for an exam.

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In the News – Reality TV Dance Contestant Uses Alopecia to Her Advantage

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Franchesca BassSo You Think You Can Dance has done it again in Season 11 with another unforgettable dancer and audition courtesy of Franchesca Bass.

The 18-year-old dancer from Indiana was born with Alopecia Areata which made her stand out automatically in appearance but even more with her dancing. She took her condition and used it to her advantage by creating a character for her performance. She called herself an alien who was afraid to be around others. And holy crap, did she deliver. Her alien side came alive and got her a ticket straight through to Vegas.

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Read the rest — ‘SYTYCD’s Stunning Franchesca Bass Doesn’t Let Her Condition Weigh Her Down

Check out the video of her dancing on YouTube or at the link above. This teen was empowered by her alopecia totalis or alopecia universalis, and used it in her dance routine to make it to the next round of this reality TV show.

Tags: alopecia areata, hairloss, hair loss, so you think you can dance, fox, sytycd

Around the Web – How Dating Works When You’re a Bald Woman

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Besides the odd proposition, dating is getting to know someone from the ground up. It’s sharing the deepest secrets about your childhood and family and bathroom habits. But above all, it’s about being hyper vigilant about your appearance. And that’s the crux of the unpleasantness for me: a huge part of dating is about making yourself appear attractive enough for someone to want to spend time with you and potentially have sex with you — a task that is, in my experience, fraught with feelings of anxiety, deception and fear.

I’ve been bald from an autoimmune condition called alopecia areata for most of my dating career. The condition causes your immune system to mistake your hair follicles for foreign bacteria, halting the normal hair growth cycle and resulting in bald patches (alopecia areata), the loss of all scalp hair (alopecia totalis), or the complete loss of all body hair (alopecia universalis). Alopecia affects around two per cent of the Australian population, which is close to half a million people. I’ve experienced alternating periods of complete baldness to having a full head of hair, but for the past three years I’ve had no head hair, no eyebrows and have lost most of my eyelashes.

It makes dating hard. Particularly as a young woman — someone whose physical appearance is weighted above all else as her most defining and valued characteristic.

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Read the rest — How dating works when you’re a bald woman

This is a great article by Michelle Law as she talks about how life in the dating scene can be a challenge when you’ve got alopecia. Bald women should not be made to feel alienated.

Tags: alopecia areata, alopecia, hairloss, hair loss, female hair loss

In the News – Henna Temporary Scalp Tattoos for Chemotherapy Patients

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Complete hair loss is one of the most common side effects of chemotherapy. Patients often turn to wigs, hats, and scarves to cover their heads, but now there’s a new alternative.

Henna Heals is a global community of artists that tattoos temporary “henna crowns” on patients’ bald heads, as a form of empowerment.

In 2011, Henna Heals began as a group of five women in Toronto,Ontario, but has since expanded to nearly 150 artists worldwide — in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Australia.

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Read the rest and see the photos — Overcoming Cancer With Henna Heals: Global Artist Community Empowers Patients With Temporary Head Tattoos

Henna

 

You can learn more about Henna Heals at their website.

Tags: hairloss, hair loss, chemotherapy, chemo, cancer, henna