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Hair Loss Taboo: Why Men and Women Hide Hair Loss Treatments

Most people will experience at least some hair loss during their lifetime, so why is still a taboo topic for many men and women? Researchers know that two-thirds of all men will experience a noticeable amount of hair loss by age 35, while 40 percent of women will experience it by the time they're 40. Despite these statistics, people still hesitate to admit that they are losing their hair or they need to seek treatment for it. Why Hair Is Important In Western culture, hair has a symbolic value that makes losing it particularly painful. For men, having a full head of hair represents youth and virility. Studies have shown that women prefer thick hair on a man. Plus, a man's hair loss is often a source of comedy: men are often ridiculed for wearing toupees or trying to cover it up. For women, hair is tied to youth and femininity. The Bible calls hair a women's "crowning glory," and throughout history, women's heads' have been shaved as punishment. Many women and men also tie long hair to female physical beauty. Some scientists speculate that men might have an evolutionary reason for preferring women with long, thick hair: long, thick hair can be an indicator of health. Because hair is such a significant part of culture and sometimes individual identity, men and women can experience shame and anxiety when they start to lose their hair. For these people, admitting that they are using a hair-loss treatment requires that they have to admit they are losing their hair. President Trump, for example, takes hair restoration medication according to some reports. However, he seems embarrassed by his obviously thinning hair and has tried to hide the fact he's [...]

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Embracing Hair Loss: A Journey to Acceptance

As I entered my mother’s home, I was greeted by a picture of myself on my wedding day. Prominently displayed upon the mantle, I hardly recognized the person staring back at me. It had only been five years since that day, but it felt like a lifetime. With a big jolly grin and long hair cascading over one shoulder, this distant stranger was the epitome of femininity. For a moment, I felt a pang of the realization that I was suffering from hair loss, so then I quickly retreated to the powder room. Looking in the mirror, I removed my old pink baseball cap and strategically finger-combed the remaining strands of my locks to hide the gleaming scalp beneath. I took a deep breath and prepared to consult with my lifelong confidant. I called for my mother with tears in my eyes and she came to greet me. She uttered comforting words as I detailed how the child in the grocery store glared at me when I removed my hat. For the last few years, I had done everything in my power to hide my hair loss. I had hairstyles that disguised bald spots and a collection of hats that would make department stores envious. When I could no longer style my hair to hide the balding, I stopped attending social outings with friends and family for fear that I would need to remove my hat. I imagined the reactions of strangers and close friends and shuddered at the embarrassment. Some days, I felt so down that I called in sick to work. I skipped play-dates and trips to the park with my daughter for fear of judgment from other mothers and children. Perhaps worst [...]

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Ways to Help Kids Overcome Trichotillomania

If you are the parent of a child suffering from trichotillomania, you might feel confused, embarrassed or even scared.  It seems like such a bizarre bodily disorder, but truthfully, this may not be the case. A possible reaction to stressful circumstances, Trichotillomania (trick-o-til-o-MAY-nee-ah) is a disorder that causes people to want to pull out their own hair.  The following are a few tips that might help you manage your child’s Trichotillomania. Be More Aware First and foremost, it is important to understand as a parent that trichotillomania is not as uncommon as you might think.  Time magazine reports that trichotillomania currently affects about two million Americans.  The stressful adolescence phase is a common time for symptoms to start showing, where a majority start at age 12.  It is also important to understand that the act of pulling out hair can feel good to your child and bring them instant gratification.  Unconditional love and support is needed to help your child through this tough time. Communicate Openly If you find talking about the condition with your child or young adult difficult, you might want to try talking with support groups with kids near their age.  If you cannot find a support group in your area, be sure to check online for support forums. Celebrity Role Models If a child knows that successful celebrities such as Charlize Theron, Megan Fox and Olivia Munn also suffer from trichotillomania, it might help them not feel so alone.  Even the likes of Justin Timberlake and Leonardo di Caprio have stated that they have OCD, which can cause trichotillomania as a symptom.  The point is that this disorder can happen to even the best of us, but it is in no [...]

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Five Prominent Celebrities Who Regularly Wear Hair Systems

Deciding to use wigs and toupees is tough for many men, as they’re often concerned with wearing the one that does not look natural. However, the right hair system can make thinning hair look youthful and lush. That's why many of Hollywood's leading men use hair systems. If hair systems are good enough for these five men in the public eye, then they can work for you, too! John Travolta We all remember “Saturday Night Fever,” during which Travolta danced at discos while showing off a luscious mane of hair. Unfortunately for him, age has thinned those once-beloved locks. A hair system have helped Travolta combat Father Time skillfully, though. Whether he's playing Vincent Vega in “Pulp Fiction” or sporting a sparkling salt-and-pepper look for “The Forger,” hair systems have allowed Travolta to continue to land leading roles well into his 60s. Nicolas Cage There are obvious parallels to Travolta, as Cage is roughly the same age with a similar resume. They even starred together in the 1997 thriller “Face/Off.” Like his co-star, Cage also has used hair systems when playing certain characters. While Cage has been open to playing roles that expose his hair loss, he's definitely rocked a hair system in movies such as “Con-Air.” Anyone who's seen that movie knows his long locks were way more believable than his Southern accent. Robert Pattinson Not all stars who wear hair systems are "old," as the 29-year-old Pattinson has been fighting hair loss since his early 20s. You wouldn't know it from watching the Twilight movies, but being Team Edward means being Team hair system. Pattinson pulls off his hair skillfully, as evidenced by the adoration of millions of teenage girls. Odds are his adoring masses have no idea [...]

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A Look at Alopecia Areata, the Spot Baldness

Alopecia Areata is frequently referred to as “spot baldness”, a term that reflects its unique pattern of onset. Where Male Pattern Baldness primarily affects the hairline and crown, and Female Pattern Baldness primarily affects the part, Alopecia Areata is characterized by sudden and somewhat random hair loss in varying and irregular patches on the scalp. The onset of the condition, which is seen in both males and females, often begins sometime between late childhood and early adulthood, though it is not abnormal for Alopecia Areata to exist in very young children or start later in life. Nearly 6.5 million people in the United States alone live with Alopecia Areata; that is 2% of the population! The condition itself can be confusing though. Earlier this year, we discussed the many faces of alopecia, noting that the umbrella of alopecias includes a number of different types of hair loss. Alopecia Areata is unique in that this specific term refers to hair loss caused by an autoimmune disorder and, as mentioned above, causes distinct patches or spots of baldness. In an autoimmune disorder, an individual’s immune system confuses some of its healthy body tissues for unhealthy and unwanted outside materials such as bacteria, viruses, or toxins. It then tries to protect the body by ridding it of what it understands to be intruders by attacking them. Unfortunately, in this scenario, the tissues being attacked are actually healthy hair follicles. Research continues on autoimmune susceptibility as well as why an immune system suddenly views healthy tissues as external intruders, and while records are growing to aid in the understanding of the genetic underpinnings of Alopecia Areata and hopeful progress is being made towards prescription drug applications, definitive answers to [...]

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Coping with Female Pattern Baldness and other Hair Loss in Women

When most people think hair loss, they think of a man with a receding hairline.  However, hair loss is common in women too.  Up to 40 percent of women in America suffer from hair loss of any type.  Most of the 40 percent experience hair loss in their 50s and 60s, but women of any age can suffer from hair loss.  Men are usually comfortable with hair loss, but this is not the case for women.  If you have experienced or are experiencing hair loss, don’t worry; there are many steps you can take to help fight the devastating effects. Hair Loss:  The Signs When faced with the issue of hair loss, the first step in coping is to better understand what’s really happening.  Hair loss can range from mild tinning that isn’t really noticeable, to full clumps of hair falling out to create large bald areas on the scalp.  The following are signs noticed by women experiencing hair loss: More hair on their pillow Excess hair coming out while combing Increase in visibility of scalp Parts in hair appearing much wider Different Types of Hair Loss Once it is understood that hair loss is occurring, the next step is identifying the different types.  Any disruption in hair growth can be caused by many things, such as hormonal changes and medications to stress and illness.  Alopecia, also known as female pattern baldness, is one of the most common types of hair loss, making up about 50 percent of hair loss in American women.  The following are other common types of hair loss in women: Anagen Effluvium:  representing 90 percent of hair loss caused by chemotherapy Androgenic Alopecia:  hair thinning caused by birth control pills, hormones [...]

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The Urge to Pull: Trichotillomania

Most people agree that having hair pulled out is a very unpleasant feeling. For someone with trichotillomania, though, pulling hair out feels good -- and may help the person deal with stress and anxiety. Trichotillomania is one of the more unusual hair loss diseases. What causes this hair loss disorder, and can it be cured? What Is Trichotillomania? Trichotillomania (TTM) is a disorder that causes a person to have an overwhelming urge to pull out their own hair. Symptoms of trichotillomania include: noticeable hair loss increased tension right before pulling out hair, or when trying to resist pulling pleasure or relief when hair is pulled As long as hair pulling is not caused by another health issue, and it causes the puller enough problems to interfere with daily life, it can be classified as trichotillomania. TTM is closely related to obsessive-compulsive disorder. The International OCD Foundation sheds light on the difference between the two: OCD sufferers have repetitive behaviors that distract from bad feelings but do not bring pleasure. TTM sufferers get pleasure or relief from pulling hair. Scientists do not know the cause of TTM. Symptoms of TTM increase when the body encounters stress. Interestingly, this stress can be either negative stress (e.g., money problems) or positive stress (e.g., planning a trip). The brain does not differentiate between the signals, so both types of stress can increase the desire to pull hair. What Are Complications of TTM? On an emotional level, the sufferer may experience tremendous stress and shame because of their behavior. This can prevent them from going to work, engaging in social activities or pursuing higher education. Physically speaking, one of the worst complications occurs when a person eats the hair they pull. Strands of hair can build up in the intestines and cause painful, even life-threatening blockages, which may require surgery. Can Trichotillomania be Cured? There are several treatments for TTM. Different methods may work for some and not [...]

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Hair Loss Myths: Fact or Fiction

Many people facing hair loss are well informed on the ins and outs of their specific condition. They might have heard that at least half of all men will have experience some degree of hair loss by the age of 50, or that 40 percent of hair loss victims are women, or even that the leading cause of hair loss is hereditary patterns. Although those are all true statements, there are some fictitious statements that get passed around which help the hair loss industry along. The real trouble is trying to decipher between fact and fiction. Is it really your mom’s side of the family to blame for your hair loss? Can wearing a baseball hat actually make you go bald? The following are a few of the most common myths about hair loss, fact or fiction: Hair Loss comes from the mother’s side Fiction! Contrary to what people say, it is not your mom’s side to blame for your hair loss. Although male pattern baldness is hereditary, it has been proven that the condition could just as easily come from the father’s side as well. Since this condition is genetic, it cannot be prevented, but it can be treated. Baseball Caps Cause Baldness This one is actually fiction to. Health experts have not found any sort of specific link between hair loss and wearing a cap. Only hats that are tight enough to cut off circulation to the follicles would cause hair loss. Poor Treatment of Hair, Causes Hair Loss Fact! Using too much styling product like dyes and perms can cause hair loss. It is also stated that tight buns and braids can cause hair loss through follicle damage, so be sure to [...]

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Diet-Related Hair Loss

Diet-Related Hair Loss Could your diet be causing your hair loss? Following a restrictive diet can cause your hair to thin or even fall out. If you need to stick to a diet for medical or lifestyle reasons, use these tips to make sure you get all the nutrients you need to keep your hair healthy. Weight Loss and Hair Loss Shedding pounds to reach a healthy weight can reduce your risk of many long-term health conditions, but in the short-term a very low-calorie diet can have negative effects on hair health. According to dermatologists, hair loss is common after a weight loss of 15 or more pounds, but growth usually returns once the weight stabilizes. Protein for Hair Health Hair is made from protein, so not getting enough protein reduces your body’s ability to produce hair. This causes a disproportionately large number of hairs to go into the resting phase of hair growth, which lasts around three months, before falling out. If you notice that you are shedding more hairs than usual, check that you are getting enough protein in your diet. Adults need to eat two or three servings of protein-rich foods every day, such as lean meat, fish, beans, eggs or peanut butter. Iron and Hair Loss Hair loss can be a symptom of iron deficiency, which your doctor can quickly diagnose using a blood test. Vegetarians are most likely to suffer from iron deficiency, as iron in plants is not as easily absorbed by the body as iron in meat. If you are vegetarian, consider eating cereals that have been fortified with iron to increase your intake. Soybeans, pumpkin seeds, lentils and spinach are also good sources of iron. Vitamin D [...]

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We’re on TV – Talking about Hair Loss (Part 4)

Here's part two of our interview on "I Love My Job" on Columbus TV.  We're talking about hair loss, hair loss treatments and what can be done about thinning hair and balding in men and women.  Here's part four of our interview.  We're always here to talk with you privately and confidentially about any hair loss concerns you may have.  Please give us a call.  There's no obligation at all.

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