As a woman in her fifties, I really don’t have many complaints. I feel quite accomplished in my work and my family. I enjoy life. And, I feel much younger than my age. Yes, I have to work at it, the right diet, regular exercise, good rest and not too many indulgences. But the one thing I really hated about being in my fifties was menopause and I’ll tell you why. My hair started to thin and fall out. And I started getting peach fuzz on my chin. The chin hairs were easy to fix; it only took regular visits to the waxing salon and a good pair of tweezers.
The thinning hair problem? This was a little more frustrating and scary. Since I’m in the legal profession, I love researching topics. But, once I started it made me very nervous about my thinning hair. I knew I needed to get an accurate diagnosis and find the perfect solution for my type of hair loss. Here is a quick recap of what I learned.
Although it can begin any time after puberty, Estrogenic Alopecia is a common form of hair loss for women after 50. About 40% of women 50+ experience this type of hair loss. Estrogen helps hair grow faster and stay on the head longer, leading to thicker, healthier hair. At menopause, your estrogen and testosterone levels fluctuate and estrogen levels eventually drop. This seems to be responsible for hair thinning.
The female version of male pattern baldness is called Androgenic alopecia. It has been linked to the male sex hormone, androgen. As the levels of estrogen fall during menopause, androgens can increase. Androgens cause the hair follicles to fail, producing weaker and thinner hair. Eventually, these follicles can fail altogether and female pattern baldness occurs. Women typically experience diffuse hair thinning over their entire scalp instead of the specific spot baldness that develops in men.
Alopecia Areata affects about 5 million people in the United States. This type of hair loss is considered an autoimmune disease, meaning the body’s immune system attacks its very own hair follicles. The first sign of alopecia areata is typically a small, round, and smooth patch of baldness on the scalp. The course of alopecia areata is unpredictable, and hair may grow back only to fall out again. Alopecia Areata is diagnosed clinically. There is not yet any reliable cure for alopecia areata and other forms of autoimmune hair loss.
As with any changes in the body, I chose to have a complete physical that tested blood-sugar levels, thyroid function, androgen levels and for rheumatoid disease. Because my hair loss seemed to come from none of these areas, my doctor recommended lifestyle choices such as a healthy diet, B vitamin complex, losing weight and enjoying green tea beverages.
He also recommended I visit a hair loss treatment center to learn about other treatment options and routines. I found the perfect hair loss solution at National Hair Centers in Phoenix Arizona. And, that’s when I started on some obvious and not so obvious treatment options.
Right away my consultant recommended stress reduction activities. Stress hormones can cause raised androgen levels, a factor in those fuzzy facial hairs I hated so much. Now I do more walking, meditation, and yoga, which is good for you any way you look at it.
They also recommended using a line of hair care products called MEDIceuticals. MEDIceutical products offer scientifically advanced hair and scalp repair products that include the nutrients and vitamins needed for healthy hair.
The Doctors at National Hair Centers also told me about a treatment with a limited use of various prescription medications to combat hair loss; the types discussed were estrogen, Minoxidil, steroids and metformin, common in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. After discussing possible side effects and the fact I’m a horrible pill taker, together we decided against these.
With my consultant, I looked at real hair solutions. These elegant hair loss solutions are designed specifically for women and are the perfect blending of scientific advancement and total artistry. You can forget anything you ever thought about hair systems, hair replacement, and wigs. I found these real hair solutions to be beautiful and comfortable.
What we did finally land on, and I never knew about was low-level laser light treatment (LLLC). Low level, “cool” laser light therapy (LLLT) has been clinically proven to stop hair loss and regrow healthy hair.
National Hair Center’s laser hair growth program utilizes the latest FDA cleared technology for hair loss. It is conducted under a physician’s supervision and controls continued hair loss while it promotes healthy hair growth, which is exactly what I was looking for to combat the thinning hair problem I had. I chose the portable Capillus 272 and use it every other day for 30 minutes. It fits under a cap and no one knows I’m getting a laser hair growth treatment!
I’m writing this guest blog for National Hair Centers because I’m so pleased with the results of my hair loss treatment. It fit my lifestyle, it fit my budget and I’m seeing real results. I’d recommend a free consultation with National Hair Centers to any women suffering from thinning hair and hair loss and in need of a solution. I’m back to feeling great and looking great again too!
Actual NHC Client