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September 14, 2020

Are You Dealing with Hair Loss? Top Doctors Explain The Reasons and The Remedies in our Two-Part Series

If you’ve noticed more hair in your brush or on your pillowcase lately, you’re not alone. Stress does a number on your hormones, and 2020 has been one of the most difficult years on record. Genetics, health conditions, and even hairstyle choices can also exacerbate the problem. 


Upset about hair loss?


Since hair grows in stages, some hair loss is natural. Most people shed 50–100 hairs per day without noticing it. True hair loss, on the other hand, isn’t something many of us want to talk about, but that’s precisely what we should be doing, so we can get to the root of the problem and hopefully stop it from getting worse. 


Analyze Your Predicament


Before taking any corrective measures, jot down the details related to your hair loss.


  • Is your hair getting thinner on top? 
  • Is your part getting wider? 
  • Does your hairline seem further away from your forehead than in years past? 


Look for circular patterns, itchy spots, or signs of oozing, too. Each type of hair loss has a different cause, and you’ll be better prepared to discuss the situation with your doctor if you take stock of symptoms in advance.


Alopecia areata


You Can’t Change Your Genes


Some things, you just can’t escape. If the men or women in your family had thinning hair, a receding hairline, or bald spots, you may be experiencing the same thing. When heredity is to blame, your dermatologist will refer to this as androgenic alopecia or pattern baldness. For women, both thyroid problems and pregnancy disrupt the hormonal balance and often result in alopecia areata. Even medications prescribed to treat high blood pressure, arthritis, cancer, heart problems, and depression can affect your hair.


September also happens to be Alopecia Awareness Month. Alopecia Areata, as mentioned above, is an autoimmune disorder that causes sudden hair loss and can reportedly be triggered by various reasons including stress, traumatic life events, and stress. The National Alopecia Areata Foundation reports that as many as 6.8 million people are affected in the United States alone.


The Lifestyle Culprit You Least Suspect


One common practice that causes hair loss will surprise you. If you opt for a high ponytail or frequently braid your hair, the tension that keeps the style taut may be pulling your hair out prematurely or forcing your hairline to recede. Friction and tight hairstyles cause traction alopecia, a condition that occurs when the hair follicles are strained and strands detach. Hair accessories, headbands, and hair extensions all put undue stress on your roots and cause hair loss. Add in a myriad of salon procedures –like permanents, hot oil, or relaxing treatments – and you may just discover your “do’s” downfall. 


Philip B
Philip B


Men and Women Experience Hair Loss Differently


If you think finding the perfect mate is difficult, try pinpointing a single cause that explains your hair loss. Philip B. , one of Hollywood’s most in-demand haircare specialists, explains that women’s connective tissue is more delicate than a man’s and “becomes even thinner and more fragile” as they age. Although men and women are equally prone to androgenic alopecia, the onset of thinning hair in women generally coincides with menopause.


Give Your Scalp A Little Love 


If you’re looking to DIY before consulting with a dermatologist, there are several options available. In a recent article, we covered scalp care, but you may not know the role blood circulation plays in keeping your scalp healthy. Circulation decreases as we age, but scalp massage can improve it, plus it feels great, too. Combining daily massage with a stimulating shampoo, like Philip B.’s Peppermint & Avocado, “normalizes cell turnover” thanks in part to medical-grade peppermint oil, which cleans, relaxes, and invigorates the scalp. “By lifting away heavy scalp oils that block follicles,” Philip says, “the shampoo also preps the scalp for topical treatments, so they can work more effectively.”


Haircare Products And Supplements Can Help


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Oils rich in behenic acid, like True Moringa’s Simplicity Pure Moringa Face, Hair, Body Oil, increase scalp moisture and promote healthy hair growth. Thickening shampoos and conditioners, like those from Grow Gorgeous, Christophe Robin, and Viviscal Professional, may also get your locks looking lush and lustrous over time. 


And, if you’re interested in improving your hair from the inside out, Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ben Talei recommends Nutrafol, which is “a cocktail of multivitamins, high dose biotin, and a proprietary blend” that improves hair growth. Celebrity hair transplant surgeon Dr. Craig Ziering of Ziering Medical also recommends Viviscal’s supplements to both male and female patients. 


If you need further guidance and want to do something about your less-than-lustrous locks – besides donning a hat or radically altering your hairstyle – stay tuned for our follow-up article where top hair restoration experts share their knowledge and recommendations. 

Tracy Ann Teel is a full-time freelance writer and the owner of Finesse Writing and Editing LLC. She’s a tutorial writer for San Francisco Globe’s beauty platform,, covering everything from skin and hair care to makeup and nail art. She writes for skincare companies, dermatologists, and cosmetic surgeons, and proudly taught at her MFA alma mater, the University of California Irvine, as a member of their adjunct faculty in English. She’s been a textbook reviewer for Prentice Hall, been recognized three consecutive years in the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and has written professionally for 30+ years. Her poetry chapbook Such Dust was published by Finishing Line Press, and her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Rattle, Pearl, Kaleidoscope, and Lake Arrowhead Life.



Thank you for another awesome hair article! :)

Ask and you shall receive, lovely. 😊

Scalp care is often overlooked by us men. Many are so used to the wash and go ritual. We see the ads for the "ALL in One" products and think we are winning because they are time savers when really we are neglecting a very important area. It's all preservation. A healthy scalp equals a healthy head of hair. Specially if you are using a lot of strong hold products.  

Great insights here! Thank you so much for commenting!

The women in my family deal with hair thinning on top. I have noticed my hair started thinning on the hairline around my face a few months back. You cannot escape genes, but you can definitely take preventative measures!

I started using Christophe Robin's sea salt scrub around my part and hairline once a week to (hopefully) prevent those areas from thinning. It's a great product, and I highly recommend giving it a try if it becomes part of the sample program. 💋

I struggled with major hair loss in my early 20s due to a combination of my PCOS and stress. It has slowed down a lot since then, but it's always something I'm aware of when doing my hair and when I'm noticing more on the brush. Loving this two part series from you, Tracy!

Such a informative article. I know many people have been struggling with hair loss and tried multiple ways to fix it but it did not help. Im glad there are some tips here to help guide others.

Great knowledge! I would have never knew that braids and perms can cause hair loss