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   Posted 8/11/2006 2:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I know a lot of our ladies on here have lamented losing some of their hair lately.  The following is from an article on that explains why women sometimes lose their hair and some of the things you can do about it:
"Anyone older than 30 will eventually have finer, thinner hair," says Michael Lorin Reed, M.D., a New York City dermatologist. That said, 50 percent of women at some point in their post-puberty lives will suffer female-pattern hair loss, a genetic and hormonal condition causing sparseness around the crown. The most common treatment: topical Minoxidil products. Estrogen-dominant birth-control pills also often help slow shedding, as does estrogen-replacement therapy (for post-menopausal women). If you don't suffer from female-pattern hair loss, telogen effluvium (dramatic shedding triggered by a stressful event such as pregnancy, surgery, significant weight loss, or an illness with a high fever), or alopecia areata (patchy thinning caused by an immune-system imbalance)-all of which are treatable in the hands of a dermatologist-the best way to retain your locks is to treat them with love. Chemically process as infrequently as possible, and avoid anything that pulls on hair, such as tight rollers, ponytails, weaves, and braids. "Not only can they cause breakage, but they can destroy your roots permanently, rendering them unable to produce hair," says Dr. Reed. In addition, don't underestimate the power of proper nutrition. "If you want to keep your hair, control your weight by exercising, not dieting," says Dr. Reed. He recommends consuming high-protein, low-fat, low-carb foods (think South Beach diet) for hair health, as well as popping 5000 micrograms of biotin (a B vitamin) daily. Lastly, use protein-laced styling products. As your hair thins, it gets weaker and less able to support its own weight, leading to breakage and loss. "Protein fortifies the hair shaft. It can actually stick itself into hair and pull splitting sections together," says Gary Travis, an Atlanta based stylist. (Try Nexxus Y Serum Younger Looking Hair shampoo and conditioner and Nature's Gate Stayin' Alive Anti-aging shampoo and conditioner.)

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   Posted 8/11/2006 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much for this article as I'm 39 and definitely balding big time.   Looking for any and all help.  I just read in this months edition of "Men's Health" that an international journal of cosmetic science found that dandruff shampoos with 1% zinc pyrithione (Head & Shoulders) or 1% ketoconazole (Nizoral) slowed the shedding of hair by 10 and 17%, respectively, and increased new hair growth by 7 and 5%. 
Take care, Softy

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   Posted 8/11/2006 8:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, gosh, I have the opposite problem with my hair. I have so dang much that I need a major thinning everytime I get it cut every 6 weeks. The beauticians just can't believe it when they start cutting. I have used Head and Shoulder almost my entire life (well since it came out and I had dandruff back then)and never even thought it might be that. It is just on my head that I have a lot of hair. I use it cause I like the way it leaves my hair. I am 70 and don't need to shave legs or underarms so maybe it is the Head and Shoulders. I have so many friends that would love to have thicker hair. By the way some of the acid reducers like Tagamet can cause hair loss. Guess I could always try some under the arm and see if I start growing there. I have nothing better to do at the moment. LOL

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   Posted 8/29/2006 1:15 PM (GMT -7)

Another article on hair loss causes.
I made it linkable. -- Lil  :-)

Post Edited By Moderator (7Lil) : 8/29/2006 2:27:30 PM (GMT-6)

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