There’s noth­ing fun about hair loss, but there are ways to make it eas­ier to man­age

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How to man­age your chang­ing mane

THIN MAY BE THE IDEAL ad­jec­tive to de­scribe some body fea­tures, but when it comes to hair, many want it to be any­thing but. “The two most com­mon types of hair loss are an­dro­ge­netic alope­cia (a.k.a. fe­male pattern hair loss) and tel­o­gen ef­flu­vium (shed­ding type of hair loss),” says Dr. Renée Beach, der­ma­tol­o­gist and head of Hair Loss Clinic, Women’s Col­lege Hospi­tal in Toronto. “Dif­fer­ent sources re­port the preva­lence of fe­male pattern hair loss to be 20-40% of the adult pop­u­la­tion.”

Since nat­u­ral func­tions lead hairs to fall out reg­u­larly, it can take a closer look at what’s hap­pen­ing up top to iden­tify a more se­ri­ous is­sue. If you ex­pe­ri­ence grad­ual thin­ning over the crown, grad­ual widen­ing of the width of your part on top of the scalp or are able to wrap a hair tie more times than pre­vi­ously, you may be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing hair loss, says Dr. Beach. Also, if you’re los­ing more than 150 hairs per day con­sis­tently, and the hairs have small white bulbs when viewed from their root, it’s time to seek help, she says.

Once iden­ti­fied, a course of ac­tion will be rooted in the cause. “In cases of re­versible hair loss that man­i­fest as shed­ding episodes, three com­mon causes in­clude post-preg­nancy, iron de­fi­ciency, and thy­roid ab­nor­mal­i­ties,” she says. The list also en­com­passes ma­jor phys­i­o­log­i­cal change (such as surgery), crash di­ets or nu­tri­tional de­fi­cien­cies, sig­nif­i­cant emo­tional stres­sors, like a breakup or be­reave­ment, as well as ma­jor fi­nan­cial stress (think: bank­ruptcy). As for fe­male pattern hair loss, there is a ge­netic com­po­nent and also some hor­monal con­tri­bu­tion, she says.

To man­age any type of hair loss, you’ll need an ex­per­i­men­tal spirit and a healthy dose of pa­tience. “We do not have a def­i­nite cure for the var­i­ous forms of hair loss. When there is an iden­ti­fi­able cause, such as low iron, it is im­por­tant to treat the cause or cor­rect the de­fi­ciency,” she says. “For fe­male pattern hair loss, a com­bi­na­tion of top­i­cal ther­apy, oral ther­apy and pro­ce­dural ther­apy with in-of­fice treat­ments can be per­formed to hope­fully achieve mod­est re­growth. Mi­nox­i­dil foam avail­able over-the-counter can pro­vide hair growth when used as di­rected.”

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