What is Alopecia, Postpartum, Chemo Therapy, Bariatric Surgery, & Lupus Hair Loss, Plus Hair Growth Tips

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Hair loss can come from an illness, surgery, stress, scalp infection, being postpartum, deficiency of vitamins/minerals/protein, using the wrong products, etc. There are many ways you can lose your hair. Hair loss is a big scare for everyone. We will break down what can trigger hair loss and what can cause it. When any of our customers email our CEO about their hair loss issues, there are always a series of questions that she ask. Hair is important to our CEO and that fact that she has worked in healthcare is a plus. 

Hormonal changes associated with pregnancy, childbirth, discontinuing the use of birth control pills, and menopause can cause temporary hair loss. Medical conditions that can cause hair loss include thyroid disease, alopecia areata (an autoimmune disease that attacks hair follicles), and scalp infections like ringworm. Certain medications and not using proper hair care products can also cause hair loss. 

Alopecia:

Alopecia has been one of the most common and most discussed hair loss topics within the past 4 years. What a lot of people don't know is that there are several forms of alopecia. 

1. Alopecia Totalis – starts with small, round patches of hair loss and progresses until there is total scalp hair loss.

2. Alopecia Universalis – all body hair is lost.

3. Androgenetic Alopecia – also known as male-pattern baldness that occurs in both men and women. This disorder can start after puberty in women. It generally develops slowly over 15 to 30 years and increases with age.

4. Alopecia Areata – people with this type of alopecia experience the sudden or sometimes unrecognized falling out of hair in patches or spots. Patches can vary in size from 1/8 inch to 4 inches in diameter, the affected areas are usually lighter in color due to the poor blood supply to the area.

5. Diffuse Alopecia – also known as alopecia areata incognita, is a rare form of alopecia areata and affects primarily young females, and the hair loss on the head is radical and sudden.

6. Postpartum Alopecia – is temporary hair loss experienced at the end of a pregnancy. Very little normal hair loss occurs during pregnancy but the sudden and excessive shedding takes place from three to nine months after delivery. The growth cycle generally returns to normal within a year after the baby is delivered.

7. Traction Alopecia – the most common balding disorder among young women and girls with highly textured hair. Baldness occurs when the hair is pulled to tight meaning the hair is literally pulled out of the follicle, taking out the hair root and the bulb. Destroying the hair shaft may cause white bumps and pus, or scaling may occur around the affected area.

Postpartum Hairloss:

When you’re not pregnant, between 85 and 95 percent of your hair is growing at once, while the other strands are in a resting phase. At the end of this resting phase, usually two to three months, the hair falls out so new hair can grow.

The rise in estrogen during pregnancy causes your hair to remain in the growing phase longer rather than enter into the resting phase. Once you deliver your little one, your estrogen levels drop, and up to 60 percent of your hair goes into the resting state. A few months later, all that hair starts to fall out. You’ll probably leave a trail of hair around the house, on the bathroom counter, the shower walls, your brush, the kitchen counter—basically anywhere you spend time.

Postpartum hair loss is totally normal. You'll start shedding all those extra strands between one and six months after delivery, but the average is three months. Usually, by six to 12 months, your hair growth and loss returns to its normal cycle. 

Chemo Therapy:

Chemotherapy drugs are powerful medications that attack rapidly growing cancer cells. Chemotherapy may cause hair loss all over your body — not just on your scalp. Sometimes your eyelash, eyebrow, armpit, pubic and other body hair also falls out. Some chemotherapy drugs are more likely than others to cause hair loss, and different doses can cause anything from a mere thinning to complete baldness. 

Hair usually begins falling out two to four weeks after you start treatment. It could fall out very quickly in clumps or gradually. You'll likely notice accumulations of loose hair on your pillow, in your hairbrush or comb, or in your sink or shower drain. Your scalp may feel tender. Your hair loss will continue throughout your treatment and up to a few weeks afterward. Whether your hair thins or you become completely bald will depend on your treatment.

Fortunately, most of the time hair loss from chemotherapy is temporary. You can expect to regrow your hair three to six months after your treatment ends, though your hair may temporarily be a different shade or texture.

Bariatric Surgery (stomach surgery, Lap band or sleeve):

Hair loss after bariatric surgery is very common and very stressful. The hair loss associated with Bariatric surgery is called telogen effluvium and has to do with the normal hair growth cycle. It usually starts abruptly and very seldom lasts longer than 6 months. Telogen Effluvium is a form of temporary hair loss that usually happens after stress, a shock, or a traumatic event. It usually occurs on the top of the scalp.

Lupus:

Lupus can cause the hair on your scalp to gradually thin out, although a few people lose clumps of hair. Loss of eyebrow, eyelash, beard and body hair also is possible. In most cases, your hair will grow back when your lupus is treated. But some people with lupus develop round (discoid) lesions on the scalp. If there is too much damage to the skin, the hair may not be able to regrow.

Vitamins & Minerals:

Vitamins and minerals are essential for your hair's health and growth. They can also be found in the fruits and food we consume daily. We don't necessarily have to take a pill supplement. For example Biotin is known for growing your hair. Pistachios have natural biotin in them, this is why we use it as a main ingredient in our products. 

  • Iron: This mineral is involved in the making of DNA, including the DNA present in hair follicles. Too little iron can cause hair to stop growing or fall out.
  • Zinc: This mineral is essential for protein synthesis and cell division, two processes needed for hair growth. As such, hair loss may develop from a zinc deficiency.
  • Linoleic acid (LA) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA): These essential fatty acids are required for hair growth and maintenance).
  • Niacin (vitamin B3): This vitamin is necessary for keeping hair healthy. Alopecia, a condition in which hair falls out in small patches, is one possible symptom of niacin deficiency.
  • Biotin (vitamin B7): Biotin is another B vitamin that, when deficient, may be linked to hair loss.

Hair Care:

Your hair follicle is where your hair grows. As long as your hair follicle isn't damaged your hair will grow. Unfortunately, there are certain illness that will kill your hair follicle and your hair will not grow again.  It is very important to speak to your doctor if you have any concerns of hair loss. 

All of our products promote hair growth. There are more products that are concentrated than others. Natural or Organic hair care products are the for your hair. Using products that have harsh chemicals can cause hair loss, breakage, make your hair dry and brittle. 

A small business like our caters to the tender, love and care for your tresses. We put our heart and soul into these products. We take the time to do our research for each ingredient and formulate it with quality and love. It's not about just making a product to sell, it's about producing a product for the right customer and their needs. Having health and safety in mind when doing so.

Make sure to wash at least once or every two weeks. Excessive shampooing can cause hair loss, brittleness, dryness and breakage. After shampooing you need to replenish what is lost. A treatment using a deep conditioner is a must with or with out a cap, depending if you're using a hair steamer or heating bonnet. Using heat is a great benefit especially a steamer it melts the products right into your hair. 

Hot oil treatments and Leave-in Treatments are also a must they are packed with vitamins and minerals. Hot oils promote hair growth and help stop hair loss. Also protein treatments can be used as well. A good protein treatment will help protect and strengthen hair from the outside. Try staying away from any heat tools while your going through the hair loss phase. Chemical processes will also make your hair loss worse. 

During the time of your hair loss too much of anything can be bad. Treat your hair weekly or biweekly depending on the severity of your hair loss. The reason why I say biweekly is because some people lose even more hair when washing. Be very careful when detangling your hair as well. Detangling your hair can lead to hair breakage and more hair hair loss. When detangling start from the bottom up. Use a detangling comb (we have great ones on the site) or paddle brush. Your main focus is to bring your tresses back to health and growth.

Hair Products:

These products and tools are amazing for hair growth and aid in hair loss.

  1. Miracle Oil
  2. Scalp Beverage
  3. Overnight Intensive Treatment Stick
  4. Wonder Mist
  5. Hot Oil
  6. Deep Conditioners - Deep Conditioner and Moisturizing Deep Conditioner 
  7. Leave-in Treatments - Leave-in Treatment and Hydrating Leave-in Treatment
  8. Hair and Beard oil
  9. Strengthening Balm
  10. Hair Steamer
  11. Detangling Combs and Brushes
Resources: health.com, blackamericaweb, workingmother.com, mayoclinic.org, drdkim.net

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