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Hair Loss in Women: Please Tell Me That I Am Not Alone!

Many people—and women especially—take great pride in their hair. It makes sense, as your crowning glory is just as front and center, just as visible to the rest of the world, as your face.

Losing some hair every day is completely normal. It’s a sign your body’s growing new, healthy ones to replace the old. In fact, losing 50 to 100 hairs per day is normal.  You can also kind of get an idea of what’s normal for you by just paying attention to what you typically see on your brush or in the shower drain.

So…. lately my hair has been falling out. Like lots of hair! In the shower, on my brush, or even when just walking around the house. Oh hello there 8 random strands of hair on my shirt. Thanks for letting go! Not!!

Oh, and there is breakage too!! What the!! I’m getting side-swept bangs without even trying! I am wondering if it is because I go to the gym about 4 days out of 7 and put my hair in a ponytail often. And, hello! We live in a hot, humid climate! I want my hair off my neck!

Luckily, I started out with a decent amount of hair!

My strands are dropping like leaves falling from a tree 😦 What gives! Is it my advancing age? I am 45 after all and I’m sure the hormones are a shifting! But being the “googler” that I am I, well, Googled it.

Unfortunately, I am still left wondering what gives! Apparently it can be any number of things. Here are a few of them:

  1. Protein deficiency (probably not, I eat a decent amount of protein)
  2. Stress (I am not stressed, but life is hectic)
  3. Hormonal changes (very likely at my age)
  4. Over styling (besides blow drying, not really…)
  5. Wearing too-tight hairstyles like ponytails (likely, I go to the gym a lot)
  6. Washing too often (well, that goes along with getting sweaty at the gym)
  7. Hypothyroidism (yes, but taking meds for this)
  8. Aging (um…yes)
  9. Summer heat (of course! It’s Houston!)

So how does one figure it out?!

It seems that summer hair loss is a real thing! And, while summer is almost over, could it be that it finally caught up with me! Hmmmm…..

For technicalities sake, but not too much, research does suggest that women experience elevated rates of shedding in hotter months due to hair follicles prematurely entering a resting phase, known as telogen effluvium, or TE. As much as 70 percent of strands can prematurely enter this phase! This may explain why many women lose more hair in July and August, and even into September, when it really starts to heat up outside. It is completely normal!

Is the heat of summer really the problem though? I guess it could be any number of things from the above list and I am not quite sure how to figure it out…

But, I did find an article over at Style Craze that gives you 6 simple ways to control hair loss in the summer, just in case…

Also, my hairdresser Marisol turned me on to a product by Kerastase called Initialiste in an attempt to aid in the recovery of my hair. It’s a hair and scalp serum.

Here is what the Kerastase website has to say about Initialiste:

“Transform your hair in 7 days with Initialiste. Our 1st skincare-inspired super serum that acts on the four attributes of total hair beauty:
1. Strength
2. Shine
3. Softness
4. Substance

9 out of 10 women* saw a visible difference in their hair texture after one week.
With continued usage, your hair stays healthier from root to tip allowing it to grow longer† with 93% less breakage.** The new Must-Have for all hair types.
Maximize the potential length of your hair. Keep it longer and stronger as it grows.†
89% agreed that their hair is SHINIER
87% felt that their hair is thicker with MORE SUBSTANCE
86% felt that their hair is STRONGER and SOFTER to the touch
*Consumer use test over 7 days **In a brushing test compared to a non-conditioning shampoo †Reduces breakage so hair can grow longer.
Lightweight, silky texture. Absorbs instantly without residue. Fresh and delicate fragrance. Targeted pipette application”

My hair does feel nice and I do think I see some baby hairs sticking out now since I started using the Initialiste a couple of weeks ago. Or is that just breakage? Probably so :/

I think the next thing I will do is start taking a supplement specifically for hair. Have you tried any with success?

If you have experienced a wave of hair loss or breakage I’d love to know your thoughts on it and what you may have done to remedy it. Do you think it’s the summer heat? Mid 40’s hormones? Ponytails? Or something else? Please please leave me a comment below! I’m kinda freaking out here!!

I’ll update you at a later date about the state of my hair and what helped, or didn’t…

xoxo Angela

4 Comments

  1. Ugh. Been there. It happened to me in my 30’s. The Dr told me to use Rogaine. FYI the women’s rogaine is double the price of men’s. Ingredients are the same. But I didn’t want ‘man hair’ so I bought the woman stuff. Used it for a while, it gave me terrible headaches. I was later diagnosed with Polycystic Ovaries which made sense. It’s better now than it was then. Don’t really know why. I will say that I do not wash it as frequently as I once did. I wash it 2x a week max. Dry shampoo is my friend. Also I tend to shed more in the fall & spring, not so bad in the summers. I do color it to cover the grey. I have no plans to stop doing that anytime soon. One nice side effect of having grey hair is that it does have more texture than it did before. I dunno what the solution is but I want my old hair back!

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    • Angela Yegyayan says

      Hi Liz! I probably need to shampoo less, but I am at the gym several times a week and get a little sweaty :/ I worry about dry shampoos drying my hair out… Maybe I can find one that is gentle on the hair!

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  2. I started losing my hair when I was 27. The GP said it was try meditating. Been on meds for anxiety since 17, and was still very anxious, so that didn’t work. Referred to a dermatologist. She explained something about shedding cycles (which I guess happen a certain times no matter what) but that I was likely losing hair because of my anxiety. I tried every hair-growth booster serum I could find, they didn’t seem to work, and made my hair oily. So I started using Rogaine as the derm had suggested (the men’s formula, because it works better because it’s a higher concentration of the affecting ingredient. It won’t give you man-hair, it’s just more powerful.) It makes your hair seem the opposite of oily. Dry and a bit crunchy. Big drawback with Rogaine: If you use it and it works, you have to keep using it or you will lose whatever hair you grew. It’s expensive, and after a while it started to burn my scalp. So I stopped.
    I cut my hair quite short. Eventually it did start to get better- my stylist could tell. There was more new growth, all of which was much healthier, so that can happen. You can also start losing it again, it will get healthy again… ad nauseum. I keep my hair short now.
    Dry shampoo will not dry out your hair- you just have to make sure you don’t let it build up, because that can block the hair follicles. (Yeah, I know you can’t win!) Using a hair-dryer on anything but a cool setting will. So do ‘Clarifying’ shampoos.
    Make sure to use a scalp-nourishing conditioner, and a scalp nourishing shampoo if you can. Basically, be very very nice to your scalp. Gentle. Scalp conditioners can be expensive, so if you have longer hair, work the scalp conditioner into just the scalp and use your regular conditioner on the rest, try to leave the scalp stuff on for a few minutes. Use a wide-tooth comb… Did I mention be gentle? BE GENTLE. Eventually you will find a product-tool combo that will work for you. It won’t be perfect, but it will help. Good luck!

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    • Angela Yegyayan says

      Thanks for all the great tips and for stopping by my blog! I appreciate your input!

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