Help for Thinning Hair

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Like a peacock’s brilliant feathers, hair is a secondary sexual characteristic, explains London trichologist Dr. Philip Kingsley. “You don’t need it to keep you either warm or cool, so its primary function is to increase attractiveness.” We live in a culture of hair, coveting Victoria’s Secret supermodels’ voluptuous waves as much as their curves. So closely linked are sex appeal and self-esteem that a 2004 Rogaine survey of more than 500 women across the U.S. revealed that 24 percent equated losing their hair to losing a limb. Since 30 million women in America — roughly one in four — have thinning hair, there’s a serious portion of the population at risk for an emotional crisis.

There are many causes of shedding, from stress to chemotherapy, but 90 percent of hair loss is genetic and needs to be treated with medication. It can also be a sign of a thyroid disorder, say endocrinologists.

The average age for women dealing with thinning hair is 25 to 35 — that it’s just another “gift” of menopause is a myth. Also, we can’t simply blame our mothers, as previously believed — if there’s baldness anywhere in your family tree, you’re at risk. Unlike male-pattern baldness, where patches of hair fall out over time, female hair loss means a reduction in hair volume, making transplantation extremely difficult. “The total number of hairs doesn’t always decrease, but the diameter of each strand shrinks,” says Kingsley. And too-thin hairs won’t grow past a certain length — which explains the baby fuzz around my hairline.

The key to successful regrowth? First, admit you have a problem. Each day you dwell in denial, you’re losing precious time. The more hair you’ve lost, the less likely it is to all grow back. Telltale signs, like a wider part or a smaller ponytail, don’t show up until you’ve lost nearly half your hair! Seek out trichologists and dermatologists or endocrinologists who specialize in hair problems. (A good place to start. Americanhairloss.org

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THINK BIG
When it comes to hair, thin is never in. Thicken up with these hair helpers:

1. Kérastase Nutrients Densitive Daily Anti-Hair Thinning, Anti-Hair Loss Dietary Supplement
http://www.kerastase.co.uk/products/nutrients.aspx
2. Nick Chavez Plump ‘N Thick Leave-In Thickening Crème Conditioner
http://www.folica.com/hair-care/hair-conditioners/nick-chavez-plump-n-thick-leave-in-thickening-creme-conditioner

3. Shu Uemura Fiber Lift Protective Volumizer
http://www.shuuemuraartofhair-usa.com/Fiber-Lift/SU016,default,pd.html
4. Men’s Rogaine Foam (many derms recommend it for women, too)
http://www.drugstore.com/mens-rogaine-extra-strength-hair-regrowth-treatment-unscented/qxp15038

5. L’Oréal Professionnel Age Densiforce Shampoo
http://www.beautyofnewyork.com/shopping/Q2RW150308KO0721.htm

6. Philip Kingsley Scalp Tonic
http://www.philipkingsley.com/?utm_source=google-usa&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=philip-kingsley&utm_campaign=Philip-Kingsley-USA&gclid=CMvOpLrtnbUCFYGpPAodym8AJg

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