Hair Loss? Heads Up, Ladies. Here's Help! (cont.)
I feel that shampoos, per se, are not the cure or the band-aid. Trying to find
the underlying issue is most important, and here's what I suggest: Go to your
dermatologist in your area. You're going to ask him about the following things:
- Ask if he works with Aldara. Most hair loss, if it's
not due to chemotherapy or menopause, has to do with a challenged immune
system or one of the things I mentioned prior. Aldara is an immune modulator.
It's a topical treatment.
- Ask him if you are a good candidate for Rogaine,
which works terrific, except when you stop the hair loss continues. But it's
fine when you take it, terrific.
- Ask him if you're a candidate for Propecia. Propecia is highly recommended as
long as you're not in childbearing years or do not plan on having any more
children. They say that 5 milligrams is usually safe and works terrific for
Now, there are medicines that contribute to hair loss. They are the following:
- Medicines that go under the subtitle of
- Any medicines used for gout
- Too much vitamin A
- Birth control pills
There are 30 million women currently in the U.S. right now dealing with some
form of hair loss. FPHL stands for female pattern hair loss. This is when the
hair becomes thin in the front of the scalp and then becomes thin towards the
back, all the way on the top, but starts where the widow's peak is. There's a
wonderful product that I do carry called Home Support that is a shampoo; it's a
three-step process. It's a little aggressive on the scalp but brings the blood
circulation to the scalp and helps the follicle.
Nothing is guaranteed 100%, of course. This mystery condition hitting so many
women right now, unfortunately, is a step-by-step trial and error process. The
good news is that there are a lot of alternatives out there.
I have just been diagnosed with cancer and will be starting chemo in a month or
so. I have had long red hair since I was 16 and am now 52. I don't even know
where to start with the issue of losing my hair. What is the first step?
First of all, I am sorry for your challenge. You must know that more women are
living from cancer today than ever before. Therapies and treatments used today
are better today than ever in history. That's the first thing.
Secondly, know that with chemotherapy 99% of the time your hair will come
back. So you have not lost your hair forever. In fact, regrowth usually begins
even before treatment is over. Now, where to start? Would you mind telling me
what form of cancer you have, No. 1, and if you're having radiation in
Breast cancer; and radiation first.
We're going to walk through this together right now. We're going to go from
feeling like a victim to being a victor together right now. Your hair does not
always fall out from radiation, and there are some treatments and chemotherapy
that also don't cause your hair to fall out. However, let's get prepared in case
it does. Have you asked your physician if the type of treatment you'll be
receiving is going to make your hair fall out?
Yes, it will.
I want you to go to your hairdresser and what I want to do is have your hair cut
very, very short, and I'll tell you why. I don't want you to wake up with your
hair on your pillow; I don't want you to be in the shower with all your hair
falling on the floor, and I certainly don't want your hair falling in your soup.
All of the above can happen, and will, all of which will add to emotional
duress. Let's not go there; let's conquer that one now.
This will do two things:
- One, the head gets very sensitive with radiation and
chemotherapy, most of the time. Sometimes it doesn't, but most of the time. It
could be as sensitive as having difficulty putting a brush through your hair.
I don't want you to have to experience this, nor do you.
- Two, this will help with wearing a wig. It will be much easier to fit and to
deal with without the hair coming out and without clumps underneath, which
happens in perspiration. What I mean by that is, when we sleep and we perspire,
if you're going through treatment, sometimes the hair that has fallen out on
your pillow will end up matting your hair on your head forming a very painful
ball, pulling on the follicle. Let's avoid this.
There are terrific wigs available. If you would like to email me about the type
of wig to get, etc., feel free to do so at email@example.com. But remember
one thing. Life is very temporary. Our conversation will never take place in the
same way again. This process will be over before you know it. As soon as you
decide to move through this process you can focus on knowing that you're healthy
afterwards and that your cancer is in remission, regardless of your appearance
or how you may be feeling one day, because this will be behind you very soon and
you will move through this. It's absolutely possible.
Are you familiar with flaxseed? Two tablespoons every other day works well for
me. As soon as I stop taking it for about a week straight, the hair loss
returns. I have had gradual hair loss ever since high school (long strands by
the root) and the condition worsened after I had children. I breastfed both of
them. Any ideas what could be causing my problem?
I am not that familiar with this issue of flaxseed for hair loss; however, email
me your information at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will ask one of my experts in
the alternative area and get back to you. How long ago did you have your child?
The last one was three years ago.
Get your hormones tested. Are you 10 years or less close to menopause?