Is my hair gonna grow back?
Men experience hair loss and just shave their heads bald. They shave their heads bald, grow a beard and call it a look. Some men experience hair loss at a young age, but the stigma are them embracing it by shaving is much lower than it is for women.
Sad truth is, something like 50% of women will experience hair loss in some capacity. The reasons for the hair loss are vast and often times the same as it is for men. The difference, is that women tend to be more concerned about the hair loss.
The main question, when a woman begins losing hair is;
WILL IT GROW BACK???😩
This can be a difficult question to answer, as it is not as straight forward as most would like it to be.
It ALL depends on you!
Yikes! What does that mean? Here are the factors to consider when we are talking about regrowing hair:
1. Hair loss is a SYMPTOM, not a diagnosis. It is likely happening due to direct and indirect internal health issues. Hair loss is a sign that you need to dig deeper into your health. You can start to find out what’s going on by getting certain blood and mineral tests
2. Are your follicles scarring? If your follicles have scarred over(think of a cut that heals and leaves scar tissue) then hair cannot regrow. Sometimes there is a window for this, depending on what you’re dealing with.
3. How long has this been happening for? Time frame makes a big difference as well. If hair begins to fall, its possible that you’ve been experiencing a health issue(s) for at least 3 months beforehand. Time frame also gives us insight into possible regrowth.
4. What medications are you starting and stopping? Medications effect you internally. Your body looks for homeostasis(regulation) when introducing new medications or removing old ones, your body has to adjust. Sometimes this can cause temporary hair loss. Think birth control. That is the most common example for hair loss on medications.
5. Is it an auto-immune and/or inflammatory issue? Auto immune issues cause the body to attack itself. All cells are destroyed, even healthy ones. Hair starts as a cell and is not exempt to the attack. Autoimmune issues can cause scarring hair loss as well.
6. Stress management. This can be a broad term. But consider your every day life. Anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns. Also, think about sleep patterns, habits, coping mechanisms and over all food consumption. Find ways to activate the parasympathetic(rest, relax, digest) nervous system.
Find your balance to live less in fight or flight and more in rest and relax
7. Working with medical professionals you trust to help get to the root of the problem is imperative. As a certified trichologist, my job is to act as the look out and the bridge between your hair/scalp and your health.
Now that you have this info, when I say “it all depends on you” I mean, once you are informed of the state of your hair and scalp and have your next step, its up to you to get the process going. It can be scary, because once you dig, you may find more going on than you bargained for(incidental finds).
If you are working with me, I will help guide and inform you, but i cannot make you face the music. Hair loss is a very sensitive and personal issue and for many women it can make or break self esteem.
If you are experiencing hair loss, lets schedule a in depth hair loss consultation so we can start making positive changes in your hair and your life.