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The Worst Things About Female Pattern Baldness

What is Female Pattern Baldness?

Female pattern hair loss (FPHL) is a distinctive form of hair loss that occurs in women with androgenetic alopecia. Many women are affected by FPHL. In fact, around 40% of women by age 50 show signs of hair loss and less than 45% of women actually reach the age of 80 with a full head of hair.

How Demoralising is Female Hair Loss?

With no known cure for alopecia, and a long list of ineffective treatments, suffering from baldness can feel like the worst possible thing to go through, especially from a woman's point of view.  Here, we break down the four main reasons why thinning hair can be the most emotionally painful process a woman ever has to go through...

1.  Straight after pregnancy

Having a baby is supposed to be the best time in the life of any new parent, so why does there have to be an 'after-effect'?  A large amount of women tend to suffer from extreme hair thinning and balding during, and more commonly, straight after pregnancy.  Studies suggest this dramatic rise in hair fall could most likely be caused by the increase in hormones during pregnancy.  This can be emotionally devastating for the majority of women, and it can even ruin what was meant to be the happiest time of their lives, somewhat.

2.  Women aren't meant to go bald

Nobody batters an eyelid when they see a bald man in public, but a balding woman would certainly turn quite a few heads, and not for the right reasons.  Even though over 40% of females experience hair loss before they reach middle age, we still notice it a whole lot more when we see a lady with a thinning scalp.

3.  Women want to look their best

Most men are happy just to have hair at all, but women tend to need much more than that.  In an image conscience society, women (and men) are under more pressure than ever to look their best.  Humans generally judge on appearance, therefore a full head of thick hair is vital for a woman to look her very best.  Taking the volume out of a woman's hair is like shaving a few inches of a man's height.

4.  Good hair makes women look more feminine

Women want great hair, in the same way men tend to want bushy beards. You just can't take away the simple laws of the human mind - Women feel more attractive and confident with a big heap of locks, whereas men feel strong and masculine with a good bit of facial hair.  You could even say that hair to a woman is even more important to facial hair or height to a man, as many deem her hair as her biggest physical attribute.

Can Female Pattern Baldness be Treated?

There are a number of scalp treatments and products on the market, including the FDA approved hair growth formula, Minoxidil (2% for female users).  Although Minoxidil can work to a certain extent, many women tend to come off it due to its common side-effects such as weight gain, severe headaches, and facial hair growth.

The most popular form of female baldness treatments tends to be scalp therapy serums and hair health supplements.  Hair growth agents like Biotin can benefit a balding scalp, as can the potent North American plant extract, Saw Palmetto - but be warned, Saw Palmetto is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breast-feeding.  Women should also not exceed 250mg of Saw Palmetto, daily.

Prevent Hair Loss with These 5 Handy Tips

How to Prevent Baldness and Thinning Hair.

There are plenty of myths and assumptions on how to best prevent balding and thinning hair, and with so many 'theories' out there, it is hard to know what to believe.  Hair loss is a complex subject, and therefore you must acquire a clear understanding of the process before you even begin to try and tackle it effectively.

Without spending a fortune on 'miracle hair treatments' and surgical procedures, we guide you through five simple tips that can be easily integrated into your daily routine, to help you prevent the pattern of hair fall, and maintain a healthy head of hair.

1. Tackle the problem early

The earlier you tackle male/female pattern baldness, the better chance you will have of retaining a good amount of hair in the long-term future.  The most common regret for hair loss sufferers is that they didn't try to tackle the problem when they first started noticing shedding.  The moment you notice your hair falling out, receding or getting thinner, you should act - Do some research, speak to a doctor and try some products in order to find the right solution.  You'd be surprised just how many men and women have managed to halt the balding process by acting quickly.

2. Live and Eat Healthy

It's true what they say - leading a healthy lifestyle can lead to stronger, better looking hair.  Be sure to get plenty of fresh air, exercise, and eat lots of good hair foods that are high in protein.  Healthy living alone will not cure alopecia, but the healthier you live your life, the better condition your hair will be in.

3. Stimulate Hair Follicles

Acupressure is known to stimulate hair growth considerably. Devices like the Derma Roller can increase blood circulation in the scalp and stimulate hair growth. You would only be required to use devices like these once or twice a week, and what's more, they're only about £5 to purchase.  Strongly consider a Derma Roller if you are suffering from a thinning scalp.

4. Take Plenty of Vitamins

Losing your hair is a clear sign of lack of vitamins in your body. Vitamins A, B, C, and E are rich highinantioxidants which help solve most hair problems. Biotin, Folic Acid and Saw Palmetto are all excellent additives to try, and if you can find them packed into one multi-vitamin hair supplement, then even better! 

5. Go Green!

If you want to prevent hair loss then eat green apples and drink plenty of green tea. Green apples are rich in minerals such as iron, zinc, copper, manganese and potassium which play a great role in the development and formation of hair strands.  Green tea is a good source of panthenol, which is often used in shampoos and conditioners to strengthen hair and manage split ends. Panthenol, along with the other antioxidants present in green tea, strengthens the hair, thus making it healthier.

The Worst Things About Losing Your Hair

A lot of men suffer from hair loss - and when we say a lot, we mean a heck of a lot.  Did you know that over 60% of men will suffer from some type or stage of hair loss by the age of 40?  That's quite an astonishing statistic, and it is little surprise to see so many men resorting to treatments and transplants in order to stop the balding process.

So, what particular factors do men hate about going bald?  Here, in no particular order, are the five most common reasons men just absolutely loathe losing their hair...

1.  I seem to be balding earlier than all my friends

Whether you are visiting long lost friends or distant relatives, the outcome is pretty much the same - they all seem to have their hair, and they'll notice that you are losing yours.  That alone can be the most demoralising thing about losing your hair - it's a type of sympathy from others that you really just do not want!

2.The slow and painful process

Male pattern baldness is not always a quick process - it can be slow, and can play on your mind for years.  The worst thing about balding slowly is that people will notice and comment on your receding temples at different stages throughout the balding process.  It's like a constant reminder that you will eventually have no hair.

3. The shaved head look

It's a look that you never wanted, and a style that never once appealed to your image - the shaved head.  When all is receded and gone, the most commonly taken step for men is to get the clippers out and shave it all off.  The problem is, it was never something you really wanted to do, and you still feel physically sick when you see guys walking past you in the street with thick, luscious locks.

4.Why didn't I act earlier?

That feeling of regret when you knew you should have acted earlier, but now it's too late.  So many men regret not treating their hair loss as a young adult, and as they approach their thirties, the options become limited.  Once you exceed Norwood 3, the chances of preventing hair loss and regrowing any new hairs are very minimal.

5.Women won't fancy me any more!

The biggest concern for young men losing their hair is that they fear they will also lose much of their attractiveness.  While it is true that most women do like their man to have a full head of healthy hair, that does not mean many other women do not find bald men attractive.  It really does depend on the individual, but suffering from hair fall can lead to serious mental conditions such as paranoia, low self-esteem, and depression.

May Hair Loss Picks

Hair Loss Products for May / Spring Season

Each month we aim to bring you our top hair loss products and treatment recommendations. This month, we look at some treatments that are ideal to take during the mid to late part of spring season. Many hair loss sufferers underestimate the importance of taking extra care of their hair during spring. So, we've come up with a good list of hair products that can benefit your locks as the climate continues to get warmer.

In no particular order, here are the eight recommendations for the month of May...

1. Grape Seed Supplement.
Grape seed extract is a very potent supplement that acts as an antiallergenic, antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant. Like Pygeum Africanum and Saw Palmetto, Grape Seed extract has also been found to inhibit DHT production, and thus prevent hair follicle damage.

2. Priorin.
If you're suffering from thinning hair, then you should definitely consider hair supplements like Priorin. This potent yet safe formula contains a key blend of ingredients that can prevent the pattern of hair fall in men and women. This is a great product to use in conjunction with some of the other suggestions on this list.

3. Ginkgo Biloba Liquid.
Ginkgo biloba has been found to increase circulation and help with hair growth. It does this by increasing blood flow to the peripheral parts of the body, and micro-capillaries. By improving circulation to these capillaries, the body is able to more-effectively deliver oxygen and nutrients to the scalp, thus promoting hair growth.

4. PABA Supplement.
Para-Aminobenzoic Acid (PABA) has been called the anti-gray hair vitamin and is considered one of the lesser known members of the vitamin B complex family (despite the fact that it’s not really a vitamin at all). PABA can aid the strength of hair growth in men and women. Most people prefer to tale PABA in a multi-vitamin hair supplement.

5. iRestore Serum.
Hair strengthening serums are great to use during spring season. We tend to shed more in spring, therefore topical solutions like iRestore Serum can benefit the scalp immensely

6. Alpecin Double Effect Shampoo.
Caffeine has been known to help energise weak hair follicles, therefore if you saw good results from Alpecin C1 Shampoo, then you should seriously consider the more potent, Double Effect version. This type of shampoo is ideal for spring, when we tend to shed more than any other time of the year.

7. Silica Supplement.
Silica (Silicon Dioxide) is a mineral that helps strengthen your blood vessels and improve circulation, which can stimulate the blood flow to your scalp and encourage health, stronger hair growth.

8. Omega 3 Fish Oils.
Nutritional and dietary factors, including the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil, can influence your overall health and the health of your skin, scalp and follicles, which can, in turn, improve the health of your hair. You might not totally prevent hair loss, but you can make the hair you have healthier.

My Hair Loss Treatment Plan

My Hair Loss Treatment Routine
Guest post by K. Ashton 

For those of you who read my blog, MyBattleWithHairLoss, you will be aware of the types of products I use for treating hair loss.  And, after six years of trial and error, I have finally got to the stage where I know exactly what works for my hair and what doesn't

Here, I'll run you through a hair care routine that has been hugely effective for me in preventing hair fall and maintaining strong, healthy hair growth.  

HR23+ Hair Supplement
I use HR23+ daily, as instructed on the label. This supplement the best I have ever tired, and is an essential part of my routine. I would recommend it very highly.

OGX Argan Oil Shampoo
After a short spell on the Biotin & Collagen shampoo by the same brand (which I also rate highly), I decided to go back to the Argan Oil shampoo.  This thickens my hair dramatically, and argan oil is a proven hair beneficiary ingredient. I use this shampoo about 2-3 times a week.

Minoxidil Foam
Although minoxidil didn't work particularly well for me a few years ago, I have decided to add it to my hair care routine, due to its proven regrowth properties.  I use a cheap branded foam, which I apply to my scalp about twice a week.

Head & Shoulders Endurance Shampoo
I have been using Hair Endurance shampoo well before I started going bald, and I absolutely love it. It's the best shampoo you'll try for under a fiver.  I use this about twice a week. 

Derma Roller
After reading about the Derma Roller and its ability to stimulate hair follicles, I decided to give it a try. I use this about once or twice a week, in and around my temples and crown region of my scalp. 

OGX Biotin & Collagen Amplifier
The Biotin & Collagen Amplifier is another gem by OGX and I use it on my hair pretty much every morning. It's nice to know you're rubbing a hair growth agent into your hair before you go about your day. 

Biotin 500mcg
I decided to add Biotin to my hair care routine a while back. I couldn't honestly tell you how effective it has been for my hair, but I will continue to use it anyway.  I take this pretty much every day, and I have opted for the 500mcg, as I already take vitamin B7 in the HR"3+ supplement.

MaxMedix HairNation Hair Supplement Review

What is MaxMedix HairNation?

Hairnation is a brand new revolutionary molecular food supplement for men and women engineered to help combat thinning hair.  It claims to be a revolutionary treatment for baldness, but it is not FDA approved, therefore it cannot carry these claims.

Does HairNation Work?

It is near impossible to say whether this supplement can have any effect on preventing hair fall and promoting follicle growth.  It is not confirmed what company manufacture HairNation, as there is no official website for 'MaxMedix'.  We suspect that the product was made by its main distributor, ShyToBuy.

We also struggled to find the full list of ingredients for this supplement, as they are not stated on the ShyToBuy website. If a brand truly believes in its own formula, then they should clearly state what the ingredients are.  Brands that do not state their ingredients, tend to be generic private label products.

After much searching, we finally found the list of ingredients on the Le Luna website. The full ingredients list is: Bovine collagen, Dandelion Root Extract, Cinnamon, Ginkgo Biloba, Zinc Bisglycinate, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Ginger, green Tea Extract, Capsicum, Niacinamide, Bioperine (Black Pepper Extract), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Capsule shell: Gelatin. Anti-caking Agents: Silicon Dioxide, Magnesium Stearate. 

HairNation does indeed contain some good hair beneficiary additives, but nothing to suggest this supplement is in any way shape or form is, 'revolutionary'.


How does HairNation Compare to Other Hair Supplements?

If we are to rate HairNation on its ingredients alone, then we would rank it alongside the mid-quality hair supplements, such as Provillus. It contains key additives such as zinc, Gnkgo Biloba and green tea extract, which you can find in many other leading hair supplements, but it does lack DHT blocking properties that many of its competitors contain. 

Do not expect miracles from HairNation.  This formula is not likely to have a great effect on your hair.  At £40 per bottle, you would be far better off spending a little extra on a more potent and proven supplement, such as Viviscal, Nutrafol or HR23+.

Over all rating for MaxMedix HairNation:  6/10

Hair Loss and Midlife Crisis in Men

How Does Hair Loss Affect a Midlife Crisis in Men?

The male midlife crisis is often made fun of, but for many men it is the most distressing experience imaginable. A midlife crisis can happen when men think they've reached life's halfway stage and feel time is running out.  Although it is not a medical condition, many men do seek help and medication.

The typical age range for men to experience a midlife crisis is between 40 - 50, but some men can start the process as early as 35. Dr Derek Milne, a clinical psychologist, says: "If I was giving advice on how to cope, I'd suggest telling your GP you're feeling depressed, because depression makes up a significant portion of the midlife crisis."

A full blown midlife crisis in men can be triggered by many factors, most commonly, depression, major life changes such as going through a divorce, separation, a long-term illness, bereavement, job loss, and of course baldness.

Why is Hair Loss such a major factor in male depression?

A midlife crisis forms when a man feels life is passing him by too quickly.  Many men feel regretful about their past, or having not achieved as much as they perhaps feel they should have.  These feelings of depression are all linked to the fact that youth is being left behind, and for many men, that is a very scary feeling.

Although major studies show that women tend to be more concerned about ageing than men, we should still not underestimate how depressed a large number of men feel about ageing, particularly when suffering from hair loss.

Male pattern baldness (MPB) occurs in about 60% of men before they reach the age of 40.  The majority of men will begin the process of MPB at around the age of 30.  Suffering from thinning hair is one of the most demoralising and confidence-sapping things that can happen to any male, regardless of how old he is or what stage of life he is at.

When you combine the feelings of regret and depression of a midlife crisis, to the low self-esteem and concern of hair loss, you have a pretty horrific combination.  A thinning scalp adds fuel to an already dangerously flaming fire.

How to overcome the problem

We are a hair loss website, therefore we cannot really give advice on other factors that play their role in how a man feels as he approaches middle-age. However, what we can say is that a midlife crisis is purely emotional, therefore the happier you are in life, the less chance there is of you falling into this trap.

With science advancing, there is now a wide array of effective hair loss treatments on the market, available at affordable prices.  We also have a whole host of options to go for, whether it is natural herbal supplements, topical serums, thickening shampoos, or even hair surgery.

The more you do to try and tackle balding, the better you will feel about yourself.  Treating your hair can also take your mind off other issues that have the capacity to get you depressed.  We understand that treating falling hair will not necessarily prevent you from getting down as you approach middle age, but it certainly can help.

A happier man is a man with a full head of hair!

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