CAUSES OF HAIR LOSS
HOW THYROID FUNCTION CAN AFFECT YOUR HAIR
Thyroid function is important to your hair as it helps to control the production of proteins and also your body’s use of oxygen. Having either a hypothyroid (low) or a hyperthyroid (high) can cause hair loss, hair thinning or reduced hair growth and when severe hypothyroid causes hair loss in up to 50% of cases.
Both hypo and hyperthyroid are easily diagnosed by low or high thyroid test readings. However, readings just within the normal range (such as high-normals and low-normals) should also be looked at if you are experiencing hair loss. Please consult with both your doctor and a Trichologist such as Leola Anifowoshe of Stafford, Texas if you are concerned.
Two common thyroid diseases are Hashimoto’s (hypo) and Grave’s (hyper). Hair loss is just one of the symptoms of these and you would expect to experience one or more of the others listed below.
SYMPTOMS OF HYPOTHYROID
Hair thinning and dryer hair
Intolerance to cold
Some loss of eyebrow hair
SYMPTOMS OF HYPERTHYROID
High blood pressure
Weight loss (despite increased appetite)
If you begin to notice any of these symptoms, we suggest you consult with your doctor.
We suggest you make an appointment to see your doctor and/or endocrinologist if you suspect you have a thyroid problem as well as consulting Trichologist Leola Anifowoshe. There are many prescription medications that treat thyroid disorders as well as herbal supplements that aid in support of health to those with thyroid conditions.
Once your thyroid is being treated by your doctor, there are specialized and natural hair care and wellness products we can prescribe to help promote regrowth and combat hair loss. We will also be able to consult with your other specialists in order to establish the best treatment route for both your body and your hair.
HAIR LOSS SOLUTIONS FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN HAIR THAT WON’T GROW
Most of the time, hair loss can be both controlled and reversed in clients of African descent. There are advanced medical hair loss treatments as well as holistic therapies that can stabilize progressive hair loss and even stop the balding process, and there are treatments which work to re-grow hair that has been lost.
Traction alopecia also known as follicular degeneration syndrome is most common in African descent people’s hair. The best course of action is hair supplements that can improve the hair’s appearance from the inside out. Nutrition is important for healthy hair maintenance and if you’re not getting the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs on a daily basis through the often depleted American diet then you should most certainly use supplements such as Nzuri Elixir Liquid Hair Vitamins which has all the ingredients endorsed by the Trichology of Science. Click here to read about the importance of these vitamins and how taking these supplements can help. You can purchase Nzuri Elixir Liquid Hair Vitamins here!
Although not all treatments promoted by the experts will make your hair grow faster or longer there are several solutions that a qualified Trichologist such as Leola Anifowoshe can help the hair to recover faster and healthier. Also, just note that if your problem is that your hair only grows to a certain length and stop and your hair dream goal is to grow your hair past a certain point, it’s likely that breakage is the major culprit and possibly also causing your hair to thin. The first key to getting your hair to grow again is to stop the damage that’s causing the breakage.
Most immediate steps:
1. Avoid chemical relaxers and other treatments that can cause your hair quality to deteriorate.
2. Avoid tight hair styles that can damage the follicles. Braids can single handedly destroy your hair line if installed improperly.
3. Talk to a professional stylist who is skilled in African type hair and who has a passion for hair. This person will also help you develop a hairstyle you love that is also friendly to your tresses.
4. If hair loss is visible or a result of poor styling habits, consult a Trichologist in your area for expert treatment. You may simply need scalp detoxification.
By Trichologist Leola Anifowoshe