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Itchy Scalp and Thinning Hair? Tips and Advice That May Help

The other day, I received similar emails from both a man and a woman who described having an itchy, tingling scalp with hair loss that seemed accelerated and was accompanied by thinning.  Both wanted to know what they could do about their scalp (which hopefully would also help the hair loss.)  In truth, there are several reasons that these two things occur side by side or simultaneously.  I will discuss these things in the following article.

The Most Common Cause For An Itching Scalp Accompanied By Shedding Or Thinning Hair: By far, the most common cause for this condition is an over reaction to your scalp to the androgens that are on it.  Now, this may be a sudden onset of symptoms because either your hormones are changing, the androgens are increasing, or your sensitivity to the androgens is increasing.  All three of these things generally occur with age.   And, these things tie into genetic or androgenic hair loss, meaning your standard, run of the mill, patterned baldness or thinning.  Sometimes this is patterned (typically with more loss happening at the temples, crown, or top) or it can be more diffuse (especially in women.)

The treatments depend on how aggressive you wan to be and how bad the thinning really is.  Some people will only seek relief for the itching.  Tea tree oil is good for this as are anti inflammatory shampoos.  If you want to address the thinning, you will need to address the sensitivity at the follicles. However with that said, you will want to try things gradually and you should be very careful about any treatment that can affect or change your hormones, as hormonal vulnerability might just be what caused this. I often recommend starting with things that are placed on your scalp rather than going internally and taking things into your body.

Itchy Scalp Accompanied By Telogen Effluvium (TE):  Sometimes, for whatever reason, your follicles will go through a shed or a sort of spring cleaning.  This can occur, again, because of changing hormones, changing medications, illness, stress, and many other things.  Often, you will get shedding that will sort of run its course, and hopefully, end after a few months.  In the meantime though, since so many follicles are being shed out at one time, you can get a tight, itchy, or painful scalp while this is happening.

Now, sometimes, the thinning is caused as a result of the shedding, but sometimes miniaturization takes place. What this means is that your hair is growing back thinner and finer as the result of being affected by the androgens that I discussed above.  If your regrowth looks fine though, you’re typically over the TE hump and can just focus on reducing the inflammation of your scalp.

Other Considerations: Dermatological Conditions Of The Scalp: Sometimes, your scalp itches or looks angry because it’s having some reaction due to injury, allergic reactions, yeast, infections, or products that are injuring it.  This is typically something that your dermatologist can pinpoint with a sun lamp.  Sometimes, you will have reactions on other parts of your body other than the scalp.  You might see sores or bumps on the scalp.  Ask yourself if you have changed products or regimens. Thinning with these conditions is somewhat rare, although I have heard of this happening.

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Hair Growth Remedies That Force Hair to Grow Much Faster

Do you want faster hair growth? Surely you do if your hair is constantly falling out each and every day. The price most people pay for hair loss treatments is ridiculous today, and they are getting nowhere in seeing good results. Why go down that road when there are alternative measures you can take to beat this condition and maintain hair growth?

Hair growth remedies can be your key to more hair fast. Common ingredients such as olive oil can be used to encourage your hair to grow. Why use olive oil and what can it really do you might ask?

Think about what makes hair grow for a second. Hair grows when there is sufficient blood circulation and your pores are open. Clogged hair follicles can happen to anyone who uses products like shampoo, gels or sprays. Let’s face it, we all use those types of haircare products from time to time.

By massaging olive oil into your scalp and washing it away 24 hours later, you will be able to unclog any pores that could be leading to hair loss. This is just the tip of the iceberg in remedies to treat your hair.

Garlic and onions don’t smell very well, but they are great additions to any natural treatment for hair loss. The reason is that they contain high amounts of sulphur, a nutrient your hair desires in order to grow. You could rub the pulps of these two foods directly onto your scalp to send sulphur to your follicles. After that wash away using your normal shampoo.

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Frontal Baldness – Treatment For Frontal Thinning Hair With Rogaine, Propecia, And A Hair Transplant

If you have started to notice your hair thinning and frontal baldness beginning then you need to know that it is not the end of the world. Frontal male baldness is a condition that, if dealt with quickly and properly, can be cured. Frontal hair loss is something that over 75% of men will deal with at some point in their lifetime. Of course if you are a younger man then this can be more difficult on you psychologically and socially. No one wants to be the only guy at the party with frontal thinning hair. Luckily today I will tell you about a frontal baldness treatment, including some good information about Propecia, Rogaine, and frontal hair transplant options.

Frontal hair loss

Frontal hair loss can occur in both men and women. You may start to notice the peak of your hairline slowly receding back. Some men experience a widow’s peak as the hair on the side of their forehead seems to fall back into the scalp. Don’t be too worried about this. There are lots of very handsome celebrities with frontal baldness like Jude Law and Jack Nicholson. They have showed off their thinning hair with strength and courage.

Frontal male baldness

Of course men lose their hair more than women do. This is due to an excess of testosterone in men that causes the hair to die off quicker. Just think of yourself as being more manly if you don’t have a lot of hair on the frontal part of your head.

Frontal baldness – Provillus

Provillus is like Minoxidil as it will help stop your hair from falling out or slow down the process. Unfortunately men have experienced mixed results with this kind of treatment. Some say it works wonders, but then others have been complaining that it causes chest pain and heart conditions. I’m sure you already know that there isn’t any fool-proof cure. If there really was one then frontal baldness wouldn’t be a problem at all.

Frontal baldness – Rogaine

Rogaine has been used for frontal baldness for years, as it is the most trusted anti-hair loss drug. The thing is that Rogaine works much better on baldness in the crown areas than it does for frontal baldness. That is why I would feel much better recommending the following drug.

Propecia

Propecia is most likely the best cure for frontal baldness. Why do I say that? Well, Propecia will stop the whole balding process right in its tracks. It is well-known to slow down baldness and even to make hair grow back in some instances. Frontal thinning hair has also been seen to grow back after using Propecia, but as I said before, it is much more useful for other kinds of hair loss.

Frontal Hair Transplant

The most drastic frontal baldness treatment you can choose is a frontal hair transplant. What is this? Well, what they do is cut a patch of skin off the back of your head that has hair growing on it. They then stitch that up, leaving a thin scar that is not visible as long as you don’t shave your head. They then take that patch of hair and surgically implant it onto the front of your head where the frontal baldness is occurring.

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Tips For Using Minoxidil and Finasteride For Treating Hair Loss

Minoxidil and finasteride are two excellent options for men and women who want to do something about their hair loss. These are two of the most widely available hair loss medications and have been proven to be effective at preventing further balding and even re-growing hair.

The main difference between minoxidil and finasteride is the application process. Minoxidil is sold as a liquid solution that must be applied directly to the scalp in the area of hair loss. Finasteride is an oral tablet.

Tips on Using Minoxidil – Men:

Minoxidil was the first FDA approved medication for the treatment of hair loss. Minoxidil is a topical solution that is applied directly to the scalp. It can now be purchased without a prescription and in generic formulations in concentrations of 5% (for men) and 2% (for women). The exact mechanism by which minoxidil works is not known, but the drug is felt to increase the duration of the hair follicle growth cycle (called anagen), improving the length and thickness of miniaturized follicles. Minoxidil solution comes in a generic formulation and can be purchased over the counter. The foam is available in brand-name only.

Minoxidil only works where you apply it. Apply it to all areas that are thinning.

:: Minoxidil can work anywhere there is miniaturized hair (where the area is not totally bald)
:: Minoxidil will work in the front part of the scalp and temples if these areas are just starting to thin – so it is important to apply it to the front part of your scalp and hairline if you are thinning in these areas.

Minoxidil must be applied to the scalp to work – it doesn’t work on the hair per se.

:: Minoxidil 5% solution is the most effective if you have some hair, as the solution will be easier to apply to the scalp.
:: If the 5% solution is irritating to your scalp, try the 5% Foam which does not contain propylene glycol, the most common irritant.
:: If the 5% solution is too greasy and you find you are not using it, switch to the foam.

Although the minoxidil works best when used twice a day, using it once a day will also be effective (and better than not using it at all).

:: Many patients find applying the medication once a day at bedtime to be the most convenient way to use it.
:: When using minoxidil once a day, use at least double the recommended dose, so that it will be applied to the entire area of thinning.

Minoxidil can be applied to damp scalp when you first get out of the shower and this can make grooming easier.

For minoxidil to be effective it must be used continually and regularly. Do not stop and start it. You may experience shedding during the first 3-6 months of treatment. This generally is an indication that the medication is working, so unless you are having side effects, do not stop the medication. If you do stop the medication, you will lose all of its benefits (although you will not be any worse off than if you had never used it).

Minoxidil works best when used with finasteride. Of the two medications, finasteride is more effective.

Tips for Women Using Minoxidil – Women:

Minoxidil solution is available in a brand name and a generic formulation and can be purchased over the counter. The foam is still available in brand only.

Minoxidil is generally prescribed as a 2% solution for women to be used twice a day. If twice a day is inconvenient, then use the 5% men’s formulation just once a day.

Minoxidil can cause increased facial hair. Although the 5% is more likely than the 2% to cause this, when the 5% is used one a day, the side effects seem to be about the same.

Minoxidil only works where you apply it. Apply it to all areas that are thinning.

:: Minoxidil can work anywhere there is miniaturized hair (where the area is not totally bald).
:: Minoxidil will work in the front part of the scalp and temples if these areas are just starting to thin.

Minoxidil must be applied to the scalp to work – it doesn’t work on the hair per se.

:: Minoxidil solution is the most effective if you have some hair, as the solution will be easier to apply to the scalp.
:: If the solution is irritating to your scalp, try the Foam which does not contain propylene glycol, the most common irritant.
:: If the solution is too greasy and you find you are not using it, switch to the foam.

Tips on Using Finasteride:

Male pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia is caused by the effects of the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) on genetically susceptible hair follicles that are present mainly in the front, top, and crown of the scalp (rather than the back and sides).

Finasteride causes a significant drop in both scalp and blood levels of DHT and its effect is felt to be related to both of these factors. Finasteride 1-mg/day decreases serum DHT levels by almost 70%. Finasteride is a prescription oral medication that is now generic (in the 5mg dose). This formulation is just as effective as the brand name version and is about 1/3 the cost.

The general starting dose of finasteride for hair loss is 1mg a day. For this dose, you can either take one 1mg brand name tablet or ¼ of a 5mg tablet of generic finasteride each day. Your doctor may increase the dose over time, based on your response to the medication.

If you chose to use the generic medication, a pill-cutter can be purchased from any pharmacy for a few dollars. Please cut only two pills at a time.

Finasteride does not have to be cut into equal parts to be effective. Just cut it into the recommended of pieces and take one piece each day.

Finasteride can also be taken any time of the day without regard to food or other medications.

You may experience shedding during the first 3-6 months of treatment. This generally is an indication that the medication is working. Do not stop the medication if you see shedding.

It takes up to a full year to see the effects of finasteride, so be patient.

Common Misconceptions about Finasteride –

Myth: Women can’t touch the medication.
Fact: Pregnant women should not handle crushed or broken tablets.
Myth: It only works in the crown.
Fact: It potentially works any where on the scalp where there is some hair, even in the front of the scalp.
Myth: Once you start it you must take it for ever.
Fact: You can stop the medication any time you want – you just lose its benefits when one stops.
Myth: Finasteride lowers testosterone
Fact: The medication, on average, causes a rise in serum testosterone levels by 9%.
Myth: The sexual side effects are frequent and irreversible.
Fact: The sexual side effects occur in 2% and are reversible when the medication is stopped.
Myth: Finasteride causes birth defects if a man takes it when his wife is pregnant.
Fact: Exposure of pregnant women to semen from men treated with finasteride poses no risk to the fetus.
Myth: Brand name finasteride was originally a prostate medication that was found to prevent hair loss.
Fact: Any kind of finasteride is not a prostate medication that was by chance noted to have a side effect of hair growth, it is a medication that was known since its discovery that it could grow hair.

Of course, in some advanced cases of hair loss and balding, medication is not an effective treatment option. Individuals in these cases are often candidates for receiving a hair transplant or other forms of hair restoration surgery.

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How To Get Rid Of Hemorrhoids – Is Aloe Vera An Effective Cure For Hemorrhoids?

How to get rid of hemorrhoids is a question that will have a different answer from every person you ask.

There are a variety of treatments, ranging from home remedies to surgical procedures that claim to get rid of hemorrhoids permanently.

Reality is to get rid of hemorrhoids for good you must employ treatments that will heal the damaged tissue from the inside out. You can find a number of herbal treatments that do just that, however, in this article we will focus on one that has been used for centuries to heal many ailments, including hemorrhoids. That herb is Aloe Vera.

Aloe Vera is an herb that is native to Africa. It has been used for centuries to treat things such as burns, digestive disorders, eczema, hair loss, itching and hemorrhoids.

It is available in a variety of forms to include liquid and gel. The most pure form of aloe comes directly from the plant and this has the best results when treating hemorrhoids. Aloe plants are pretty easy to find at large stores that carry a variety of plants.

Aloe can be used internally or externally. For external hemorrhoids, apply a small amount of aloe vera to your finger and massage into the rectum. It should begin to soothe the area and alleviate some of the irritation on contact.

For internal hemorrhoids, you can peel the leaf of the aloe to expose the soft part, cut it in strips and freeze until of a solid consistency. Once it has frozen or becomes solid, insert the aloe suppository into the anus.

The coolness of the aloe will feel good on contact and it will begin working to shrink the hemorrhoids and stop the bleeding.

Another option is to insert liquid aloe into a syringe with no needle and insert it gently into the anus. It will do the same as the suppositories without the added coolness from freezing.

You can apply aloe as often as necessary throughout the day.

Even though aloe vera is a great hemorrhoid treatment on its own, you can achieve faster results by combining with other herbs proven to heal hemorrhoids or by utilizing specific products designed to cure hemorrhoids that contain a blend of herbs and other ingredients designed to eliminate hemorrhoids permanently.

There a few good hemorrhoid treatments on the market that combine a number of herbs, oils and other ingredients that have been proven to eliminate hemorrhoids.

Just remember that it is very possible to get rid of hemorrhoids. However, no matter what treatment you utilize to heal your condition, the hemorrhoids will return if you do not eliminate the things from your life that caused them to occur in the first place.

In most cases, altering your eating habits to include foods high in fiber, moderate exercise and consuming eight to ten glasses of fluids daily will help to keep them from flaring up again in the future.

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Hair Loss Treatment Side Effects – When You Should Be Concerned

While research is available to support the generally-held idea that hair loss treatment side effects are not serious enough to warrant medical concern, and in 1996 the FDA approved Rogaine with minoxidil for over-the-counter sale, you should still be careful if you are considering a hair loss treatment.

Side Effects From Minor To Serious

While some treatments for hair loss may produce either minimal or no side effects on their own, when used with other medications, their hair loss treatment side effects can be magnified. They may also produce unexpected side effects if the user has an underlying medical condition.

Users of Rogaine, for instance, have found that among its hair loss treatment side effects are scalp irritiation and itching, or dryness, redness, and flaky skin. All of these conditions, however, may be alleviated with a reliable dandruff shampoo; Rogaine, however, has very rarely caused some more serious hair loss treatments side effects which require medical attention.

They include blurred vision; a significant drop in blood pressure; rapid heartbeat; dizziness; headache; decrease libido or even impotence; sudden weight gain; and even chest pain.

A Surprising Hair Loss Treatment Side Effect

Another hair loss treatment side effect, which is not technically unintended, is that any areas of the body which come into contact with a topical hair loss treatment may begin to grow unwanted hair. Those using the topical treatments should be very careful to protect any skin on which they do not want new hair growth, and to wash their hands thoroughly after each application.

A Cosmetic Side Effect

Another of Rogaine’s hair loss treatment side effects is that it can leave a user’s hair looking greasy; this is a result of the Propylene Glycol in the original Rogaine Formula. Rogaine Foam, now available for men, eliminates the problem, but women can only use the over-the-counter 2% Rogaine solution.

Hair loss treatment side effects are, unfortunately, something to which their users will have to adjust, as hair loss treatments require a period of several months to produce visible results. And they all have to be applied once or twice a day.

The hair loss treatment side effects of Rogaine are typical of those caused by other hair loss preventatives, and are in most cases limited to scalp irritation. But any more severe conditions which develop after you begin using a hair loss treatment should be brought to your doctor’s attention.

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Sesame Oil Hair Recipes To Grow Hair Long Fast Naturally

Recently I was just as delighted as a lady who shared with me how she found out sesame oil and water worked great to restore the health of her scalp and hair. Consistently using sesame oil for her scalp massages and to apply on her hair has stopped her scalp from itching. Since then, her hair has become less dry and fizzy which makes her really happy.

It is indeed good news from her and I am as delighted to hear that she found that sesame oil does wonders for her scalp and hair. Incidentally, sesame oil is something I also use occasionally for especially my scalp massages.

In fact, I use a variety of oils and it all really depends on how I feel or what recipe I feel like doing during a certain period of time, like for a couple of weeks. I ‘spontaneously schedule’ and rotate my hair recipes while exploring new stuff or new ways to mix and match the ingredients I know work to grow hair long fast.

I will share some sesame oil recipes to grow hair long fast. However, if you wish to give sesame oil a try, as always, you need to first check with your doctor for any allergies – especially if it is something new to you. I do know of a few friends who are allergic to sesame, as some are allergic to nuts.

Once you are ready, here are some ways to use this simple and cheap oil.

Sesame Oil Hair Spray

This is the simplest recipe. Put 2-3 drops of sesame oil and some water into a handy and small pump or spray bottle that you can with you. Before use, just give this mixture a good shake to mix well. Then spray or squirt some on your hands to apply to your hair ends. Well, now you have a handy little bottle of hair spray or hair moisturizer to use throughout your day as and when you need.

Hair sprays are the easiest to make and can be very handy especially when I know I need to be outdoors like in the sun, in the park, on the beach, etc. After a swim and after I wash my hair, using just a little of this natural spray does wonders to moisture dry hair.

Sesame Oil Scalp Massage

Follow these 6 steps for a-feel-good sesame oil and scalp massage:

Step 1 – Comb your hair. Wash your hair clean and dab dry.

Step 2 – Apply sesame oil directly on to your scalp using your fingertips. Do not apply on to your hair ends. Now, massage your scalp for some at least 5-10 minutes. Get the oil to penetrate into your scalp skin or pores.

Step 3 – For dry, coarse, brittle or fizzy hair, apply some sesame oil on to your hair ends with the palm of your hands. Glide them evenly onto your hair or use a comb.

Step 4 – Leave on for 30 minutes. If you feel you want to wrap your hair up in a warm towel, this is great too, especially for dry textured, fizzy or coarse hair.

Step 5 – Otherwise, you may leave this on overnight. Just remember to use a cloth or towel to cover your pillow. Wash this off when you wake up the next day. Otherwise, you may also skip this step and move on to Step 6.

Step 6 – Wash and rinse your hair with mild shampoo. Your hair is clean. There is no need to wash until it is too dry and ‘squeaky clean’. It is alright if your hair feels ‘moist’. Otherwise, if it feels too dry, especially for dry textured hair, you may want to spray some moist to it later. Another way is to add honey to your mild shampoo as a conditioner.

Sesame Oil Hair Conditioning Warm Treatment

This is not something you need to do every day as this takes more time to do. For dry, coarse, brittle and hair with split ends do this routine once or twice a week, for a good start. Then you may lessen the number of times depending on the condition of your scalp and hair.

When you are ready, here are 6 simple steps to follow:

Step 1 – Comb your hair. Wash your hair and dab dry.

Step 2 – Put sesame oil in a small flat-like dish. Place this dish on a mug of steaming hot water to warm the oil.

Step 3 – Apply warm sesame oil on to your scalp lines or skin – again, not on your hair, yet. Take your time to do your scalp massage really well.

Step 4 – Apply or ‘glide’ sesame oil evenly on your hair, especially hair ends. Use a comb to do this evenly.

Step 5 – Wrap a hot towel over your hair. Leave your hair wrapped for 30 minutes to 1 hour – this really depends on your own convenience and time.

Step 6 – Remove towel, wash and rinse hair with a good mild shampoo.

Take your time to have fun, play around and fine tune your recipes to best suit you or suit your scalp and hair condition.

I always have a fun time exploring my ‘grow hair long fast’ recipes and I hope you find this information useful and have fun exploring too!

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Which Remedies For Baldness Work?

WHICH REMEDY FOR BALDNESS WORKS?

With each remedy for baldness I have split up into two categories: “drugs” and “natural”. Both remedies for baldness are said to work to a degree. The drugs (creams and pills) have had various clinical trials performed on them, but on the downside they are occasionally susceptible to unwanted side-effects. The natural remedies for baldness most often have had no clinical trials attached, merely word of mouth recommendations, but normally have fewer side-effects (at least less unwanted ones) reported. If you are unsure on which type to try, it is possible to try both (but please get advice from a physician before doing so).

ALLOPATHIC REMEDIES FOR BALDNESS

Before I start on any allopathic remedies for baldness, I have to explain the current thinking in science behind the causes of losing hair so that the mechanism and effectiveness of the drugs are easily understood.

Men convert excess testosterone into a more potent form called DHT by the enzyme 5a reductase. The DHT is highly active on the hair follicle receptors, readily latching to them and restricting blood flow to the hair. This causes the hair to become thin and miniturized creating the “peach fuzz” look. There is apparently a greater quantity of this enzyme in the scalp of men who are susceptible to male pattern baldness.[1]

Women, however, have excess of the enzyme aromatase which converts their testosterone into a form of active estrogen called estradiol. The theory is that after women hit menopause, their levels of natural estrogen lowers letting the testosterone be converted into DHT which makes them more susceptible to losing hair post menopausal. However, that doesn’t explain why post andropausal men lose hair when they become older and their testosterone levels die down.[1]

Well, that’s the theory, so now lets look at each remedy for baldness in turn and determine its effectiveness and availability as of July 2006. Below is a list of each remedy for baldness:

Rogaine (Minoxidol)

Propecia (Finasteride)

ROGAINE

Mechanism – unclear. Seems to open potassium availabilty to the hair.

Effectiveness – average increase of hair per cm2 was 18.5% after 48 weeks. 1 to 3 months after stopping, hair condition returns to pre-treatment levels.

Side-effects – Dizziness has been reported. Local irritation, itching, dryness, and erythema may occur with use of topical minoxidil, most likely caused by the vehicle formulation of alcohol and propylene glycol.[2]

Availability – over the counter.

Cost – $10 to $15 per bottle (one month).

PROPECIA

Mechanism – inhibits the 5a reductase enzyme responsible for DHT production.

Effectiveness – A third study of 326 men with mild to moderate frontal hair loss found that after 1 year, finasteride treated men had statistically significantly higher hair counts on the frontal scalp. Approximately 50% of treatedmen and 30% of those who took placebo thought the appearance of their hair had improved. Hair regrowth was not reported in older men taking 5 mg finasteride.

Side-effects – A decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, or a decreased volume of ejaculate have been reported in less than 2% of patients, which in reality is between 0.5% to 1% when compared with placebo.[2]

Availability – was prescription only. Generic version now available.

Cost – $69.95 for 3 months

NATURAL REMEDIES FOR BALDNESS

Most natural remedies for baldness also work by blocking DHT, either by inhibiting the enzyme or blocking the hair follicle receptor, or providing the nutrient for the hair follicle receptor which DHT blocks. There is also an alternative interpretation of the “DHT alone causes hair loss ” theory. Some believe that it is too much active estrogen-like substances as well as too much DHT that is to blame for prostate cancer and losing hair, and not enough free testosterone in the body.[3]

This sounds contradictory to the allopathic argument, and concerning estrogen it is. Some naturopaths say that it is all about what blocks the hair follicle receptors. It is these protein receptors which attract nutrients to the hair. DHT and estrogen-like pollutants both block the receptor.[3] Apparently, certain bacteria which thrive on fat, produce estrogen-like substances[4], and there is excess of the aromatase enzyme (which turns testosterone into estrogen) present in fat cells of obese and balding men. Aging, a high fat diet and lack of exercise can create too much estrogen and too little testosterone. Even if testosterone is at normal levels, active estrogen levels can still be way too high.[3] Although this doesn’t explain why women with high estrogen levels don’t get male pattern baldness.

Here is a list of each remedy for baldness and nutrient:

Beta Sistosterol (from the herb: Saw Palmetol)

Chrysin (from the herb: Passionflower)

Vitamin D

Vitamin B12

Biotin (vitamin B7)

Iron and L-lysine (for women)

Folligen (copper peptide)

Soy

Rooibos tea

BETA SISTOSTEROL

Mechanism – blocks DHT from the androgen receptors sites found on the hair follicles.

Effectiveness – untested. Mixed reviews from people on health forums.

Side-effects – None, but side-effects of the herb Saw Palmetol can be male breast enlargement.[2]

Availability – over the counter.

Cost – 90 Capsules 400mg $7.95.

CHRYSIN

Mechanism – increases free testosterone by inhibiting the conversion to estrodiol.

Effectiveness – shown to be effective at stopping aromatase in the petridish, but not in the body. Not known if it helps with losing hair.[5] Not a proven remedy for baldness.

Side-effects – none.

Availability – over the counter.

Cost – MRM, Chrysin 500, 30 Caps. $14.99.

VITAMIN D

Mechanism – binds to the many vitamin D receptors in the scalp and hair follicle.

Effectiveness – shown to dramatically stimulate hair follicle growth in “nude” mice.[6]

Side-effects – none, unless taken over 50 micrograms per day.

Availability – over the counter.

Cost – 400iu (10 micrograms) 60 capsules $4.99.

VITAMIN B12

Mechanism – deficiency causes hair loss.[7]

Effectiveness – 40% of Americans are deficient. Not proven to remedy hair loss if taken.[8]

Side-effects – None, unless taken over 100 mcg daily.

Availability – over the counter.

Cost – 1000 mcg, Tablets $7.99.

BIOTIN (VITAMIN B7)

Mechanism – increases blood flow to the hair follicle.[9]

Effectiveness – it can promote hair growth in high doses, although not a proven remedy for baldness.

Side-effects – none.

Availability – over the counter.

Cost – 300mcg tablets $2.99.

IRON AND L-LYSINE (for women)

Mechanism – deficiencies in both these nutrients have been associated with losing hair in women.[10] Interacts with zinc and copper.[11]

Effectiveness – proven effective remedy for baldness for women with losing hair.[10]

Side-effects – none unless taken over 250 mg daily (iron).

Availability – over the counter.

Cost – 100 Tablets $7.29

FOLLIGEN (copper peptide)

Mechanism – most effective blocker of the production of both types of 5a reductase enzyme.[12]

Effectiveness – low copper and zinc enzyme levels caused hair loss in mice.[13] A topical copper peptide solution created near perfect hair rejuvenation in 6 months in a woman with 10% of her hair at the start.[14] No studies on the remedy for baldness Folligen itself, but some reports of success by women on forums.

Side-effects – none.

Availability – over the counter.

Cost – 2 oz tube, $21.95. 2 months.

SOY

Mechanism – promotes the production of the good inactive estrogen. Blocks the receptor sites for active estrogen and inhibits 5a reductase.[3]

Effectiveness – proven to inhibit the enzyme 5a reductase.[15]

Side-effects – none.

Availability – over the counter. A food substance, not a remedy for baldness.

Cost – ?

ROOIBOS TEA

Mechanism – unclear.

Effectiveness – in a 10% lotion called herbasol, 89% had increased speed of hair growth. 45% saw an increase in hair growth. 78% reported no further hair loss.[2]

Side-effects – none.

Availability – over the counter. A food substance, not a remedy for baldness except as above.

Cost – ?

I would personally recommend trying Beta Sistosterol with a powerful multi-vitamin and mineral supplement coupled with the Folligen solution as a good remedy for baldness.

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[1] Have Scientists Accidentally Discovered the Answer to hair loss?

http://www.emaxhealth.com/65/6131.html

[2] Treatments for hair loss.

[http://www.hairlosstalk.com/download/sawaya1.pdf]

[3] Grow Young and Slim

[http://www.growyoungandslim.com/articles/Mens_Health_102a.pdf]

[4] Health Loss Education

http://www.stuff4beauty.com/page/hairlosseducation.htm

[5] Chrysin: Is It An Effective Aromatase Inhibitor?

http://www.vrp.com/art/1208.asp

[6] Vitamin D3 analogs stimulate hair growth in nude mice.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=12399436&query_hl=41

[7] Diet and Nutrition – vitamin B12.

http://www.internethealthlibrary.com/DietandNutrition/VitaminB12.htm

[8] Do You Need B-12?

http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/blb12anemia.htm?terms=vitamin+B12+and+Tufts+

[9] Biotin and Hair Growth

http://www.add-hair.com/Biotin-hair-loss.htm

[10] Nutritional factors and hair loss.

http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/links/doi/10.1046/j.1365-2230.2002.01076.x/abs/

[11] Interaction of iron, zinc and copper in the body of animals and humans

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=2700243&dopt=Abstract

[12] Folligen

http://www.folligen.com/

[13] Age-related cochlear hair cell loss is enhanced in mice lacking copper/zinc superoxide dismutase

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=10466888&dopt=Abstract

[14] Have Scientists Accidentally Discovered the Answer to hair loss?

http://www.emaxhealth.com/65/6131.html

[15] Regulation of Male Sex Hormone Levels by Soy Isoflavones in Rats

http://www.leaonline.com/doi/abs/10.1207/S15327914NC422_9;jsessionid=nFFp1FovOhX-OhcS3V?cookieSet=1&journalCode=nc

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I’m a Woman and My Hair is Thinning at the Crown – Tips and Advice That May Help

The other day, I received an email from a woman who told me that she was noticing a lot of thinning and scalp showing through at her crown.  She told me: “If I hold a mirror at the back of my head, I see that my part goes all the way to the back.  I can see my scalp back there and it forms almost a little L at the back of my head.  I’m so self conscious of it and I’m always trying to cover it up but I’m wondering if the all the teasing and spraying is making it thin worse. What is causing this and what can I do to fix it?” I’ll try to answer all of her questions in the following article.

Typical Causes For Hair Thinning At The Crown In Women: Actually the crown is a place that is very vulnerable to genetic or androgenic thinning and / or shedding.  Certain areas on your scalp – like the temples, the top, and the crown – are more prone to being affected by DHT and other androgens which can choke out the follicle, kick out the hair, and make the regrowth skimpy and thin so that the over all effect is much more sparse.

So, androgenic alopecia, (or genetic thinning due to age or oversensitivity to hormones), is the most likely cause in seeing more scalp at the back of your head.  But, it is not the only possibility.  You actually start out with less hair in the top of your head than in other areas on your scalp.  The temples are another example of this.  So, these two areas are going to be the first places that are noticeably affected if you are shedding or losing hair due to something else.

The next most common cause of this is probably telogen effluvium or shedding.  There are many reasons that this can occur (illness, medication changes, stress, skin issues, etc.)  but probably the most common cause of this in women is hormonal changes, like birth control pills (going off or on), or giving birth and / or becoming pregnant.  Sometimes, thyroid and adrenal changes can cause TE also.

As I said, any aggressive shedding or hair loss can cause noticeable thinning on your scalp.  But the crown is one area that begins more sparsely so it can be one of the first places that the loss is noticeable.  Other reasons for hair loss include autoimmune issues, allergic reactions, and any condition that can affect your skin or scalp.

How Do I Cover Or Treat My Thinning Crown?:  Your first line of defense is going to be your hair cut.  You want a cut or style that is going to push the hair up and away from the scalp. This often includes layered cuts (although you want to avoid harsh cuts that allow scalp to show through.) Curls or waves can help too.

There are also products now that are like little lifts that you put under your hair.  This lifts that hair up without your needing to tease it.  You basically just lay the hair over the lift. And, you really should avoid harsh back combing or teasing.  The hair here is often quite fragile and you could inadvertently pull more hair out. There are also powders that you get in the same color as your hair that you sprinkle onto your scalp so that the white of your scalp isn’t such a noticeable contrast.

A more long term solution is aggressively addressing the cause of your hair thinning or shedding. If you genuinely have telogen effluvium, you’ll need to wait it out, but you can most definitely stimulate your scalp to ensure that you have quick and healthy regrowth.

If you have one of the other issues (AGA, scalp issues, allergies, medical problems, autoimmune issues, etc.) then you will need to directly address and attempt to fix these things while simultaneously stimulating your scalp to help decrease the loss while increasing the regrowth. Because look at it this way, no matter how good you get at covering your thinning crown, the job is only going to continue to get harder if you have less hair to work with. 

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How Much Does A Hair Transplant Cost?

One of the factors that could affect a person’s decision whether to get a hair transplant or not is the cost. Cosmetic surgery like hair transplant could cost a lot depending where you’ll have it done, who’s going to do it, and other procedure-related cost. This article will give you a rough estimate on how much you should prepare if you are planning to get a hair transplant.

#1 Where you’ll have it done

This is a very significant factor because medical procedures vary per location. Having the procedure done in third world countries would cost you less while deciding to have it done in first world countries will definitely cost you more. You may also want to consider countries that offer medical tourism which offers a certain procedure way less than any other countries.

The following prices are based on a 1000 graft-procedure minus the miscellaneous expenses like medicines, laboratory tests, theater cost, anesthesia, and others.

Location Estimated price

USA $8000 – $10000

Canada $7000 – $10000

Europe $5000 – $7000

Australia $5000 – $7000

India $550 to $1500

Japan $1300 to $2500

#2 who’s going to do it

There has been a lot of news regarding hair transplants done by unlicensed practitioners. Some people opt to get their service because of the low cost. Before you decide to be one of those people, think about the safety and long term effect of the procedure. Remember that these people are not well-equipped to perform such transplant and the quality of their work is not guaranteed.

If you wish to get a hair transplant, get the service of a board certified professional. Though they may not be perfect, but the risk is lesser and their practice is permitted by law and covered by insurance.

Another thing, remember that not all expensive doctors are the best and not all affordable doctors are not as as bad either. Their professional fees have nothing to do about their performance. The best way to find a qualified doctor is to ask around and do your research.

#3 procedure-related cost

Most clinics offer free consultations and assessments. Take advantage of this offer to compare prices with other clinics.

The procedure is usually priced either per graft or per session. For people who have a large bald area, paying the procedure per session is a smart choice whilst if the case is not as worst, you may opt to get the per graft option. However, some clinics drops their per graft price when the required grafts increase.

The cost of the anesthesia, post-op medications, theater cost and lab tests are often priced separately. So, you better discuss this with your doctor as well to avoid any misunderstandings in the future.

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