hair loss

anonymous asked:

Are there any specific foods that help hair grow? My hair has always been very fine but the last couple years it's getting thinner and it has stopped growing in spots - I'm pretty sure I'm gonna be bald if I don't do something about it. Help please!!

Hi there!

It is important to get the source of your hair loss, it could be from stress to vitamins deficiency, to the products you’re using to wash it if you have done previous treatments, and so on. 

  • Protein

As hair is made of protein, ensuring you have enough protein in your diet is crucial for making hair strong and healthy. If you are not consuming enough protein in your diet, your hair is likely to become dry, brittle and weak. Extremely low protein diets may result in hair loss. 

  • Iron

Iron is an especially important mineral for hair and too little iron (anemia) is a major cause of hair loss. The hair follicle and root are fed by a nutrient-rich blood supply. When iron levels (serum ferritin) fall below a certain point, you may experience anemia. This disrupts the nutrient supply to the follicle, affecting the hair growth cycle and may result in shedding. Vegans can raise their iron stores by including lentils, spinach and other leafy green vegetables such as broccoli, kale and salad greens.

  • Vitamin C

Vitamin C aids the absorption of iron so foods high in vitamin C are good to eat in conjunction with iron-rich foods. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant so is used readily by the body. The best sources are blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, guava, kiwi fruits, oranges, papaya, strawberries and sweet potatoes. Vitamin C helps in the production of collagen that strengthens the capillaries that supply the hair shafts.

  • Omega-3

Omega-3 fatty acids are important fats our body cannot make itself, and therefore must be obtained through our diet. Omega-3s are found in the cells that line the scalp and also provide the oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated. Look out for plant sources including avocado, chia seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts.

  • Vitamin A

Vitamin A is needed by the body to make sebum. Sebum is an oily substance created by our hairs sebaceous glands and provides a natural conditioner for a healthy scalp. Without sebum, we may experience an itchy scalp and dry hair. Include orange/yellow colored vegetables which are high in beta-carotene (which makes vitamin A) such as carrots, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes.

  • Zinc and Selenium

Scalp protection involves other important minerals, notably zinc and selenium. A lack of zinc can lead to hair loss and a dry, flaky scalp. Fortified cereals and whole grains are a good source of zinc.

  • Vitamin E

The sun can damage our hair just like it can damage our skin so ensure you eat foods rich in vitamin E to provide protection for your hair. Nuts are nutritional powerhouses, providing zinc and selenium as well as vitamin E so try to include them as part of a balanced diet.

  • Biotin

Biotin is a water-soluble B vitamin. Too little biotin can cause brittle hair and may lead to hair loss. Include biotin-rich foods such as wholegrains, soy flour, and yeast.

I hope this helps! Good luck ♥️

Female hair loss

Male hair loss is discussed in the media far more frequently than female hair loss. They are both pretty traumatic, but for some reason female hair loss is forgotten about. I personally have struggled with rapid hair loss over the span of a year or so and have gotten professional treatment and advice, so I feel I’m pretty qualified to give my own advice!

1. Diet, make sure you’re getting enough nutrients (especially iron, that is a big one for healthy hair)

2. Silica treatment, it comes in tablets and gel form (you mix it in water and drink) and will DRAMATICALLY change your hair (and nail!!) strength and thickness, and grow lots lots more.

3. Use really good hair products and use them in the correct way but also the best way for you. Obviously not everyone is in a position to buy super fancy expensive hair products, but try and make sure they have keratin in them, but without silicone. Try doing a hair mask every week (I do one every time I wash my hair and my hair is so silky).

4. Heat. I know its hard, but really try not to use heat products on your hair, this makes a huge difference. Make sure if you really need to use heat to use a good heat protectant product, but the thing is, most of them do not work at all. To test if your heat protectant works spray it on your wrist and then blow dry your wrist. Does it hurt? Well then it doesn’t work.

5. For the love of all that is holy, DO NOT USE HAIRSPRAY EVER OH JESUS. It’s not the hairspray that does that damage, its the getting rid of it that does, no matter how you do it it’s detrimental to your hairs health. Try using a dry shampoo or something lighter for volume.

6. If you’re going through a period of extreme hair loss you may deal with mental health/self esteem problems. For me its been about a year and a half since I started rapidly losing my hair, and most of its grown back but will never be the same. It sucks I know. For me the thing that gave me back my confidence hair wise were extensions and this magical thing called hair luxe. Hair luxe is basically makeup for your hair, it attaches to the hair folicles and beefs up every single strand of hair, its honestly life changing.
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For trans folk seeking hair loss prevention options - - here is a new video  that I did covering topical, supplemental, medicinal and medical options for hair loss prevention. 

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PSA: Do you use Herbal Essences or Garnier Fructis? Do you lose lots of hair in the shower? PUT THE BOTTLE DOWN: A Personal Tale

So first image is me in 2003. About 14 years ago. Ignore the awful cosplay photo and take in the luscious locks. Thick, wavy, I had issues taming it.

Fast forward to today in 2017 (yes i’m old) Thin, straight, I have issues getting volume and if it gets greasy I can see my bald head though it. My part has widened and putting it back is a pathetic laugh in covering scalp, so I keep it short to avoid the temptation.

Aside from getting darker, I knew some change with age happens and always attributed that to getting my hair thinned during puberty. BUT OH HOW WRONG I SEEM TO HAVE BEEN.

Around 16 I started using Herbal Essences and Garnier, wanting something ‘better’ for my hair than the Sauve and Pantene my parents bought. When I started using it I thought nothing of losing hair in the shower, cause I had so much! Besides, this is supposed to be the nicer low-end stuff, right? HA

Eventually I got so used to the ridiculous amount of hair loss in the shower I thought little of it. But after recently noticing my hair thinning to the point of looking up dermatologists for help I looked into non-prescription shampoos for thinning hair.

And in my search found a lot of people saying HE and GF made their hair fall out in chunks. Sound familiar? I was suspicious now, so last shower I used a Sephora sample of Christophe Robin Sea Salt Scrub on my hair. Try something high end, probably won’t matter, right? That’s what people say, “Oh, it’s all the same, high end you pay for a name. Why waste money?”

WRONG. Today in the shower I lost about 8 strands, mostly broken end pieces, not long, full strands like before. It was a complete 180°. My hair wasn’t coming out in droves every pass through of my fingers. I didn’t have to clean the hair trap after my shower.

So, that’s the story of how I realized my drug store shampoo was making me bald and that paying more can matter A LOT.

If you lose tons of hair in the shower and use these brands, you might want to try a salon brand for a couple weeks to see if it’s the same.

anonymous asked:

Will going on estrogen stop male pattern baldness if it hasn't started yet?

Kai says:

If you have not experienced hair loss yet and you go on testosterone blockers and estrogen, you will not experience ‘male pattern baldness.’

If you go off testosterone blockers and estrogen for a long time, you may begin to experience male pattern baldness if your body becomes testosterone dominant again, but that would take months or years to fully happen. I’m not a doctor, so disclaimer, but you could ask your doctor about that.

Lee says:

Our Estrogen & anti-androgens/testosterone blockers FAQ has a timeline:

If you’re actively losing hair when you start E, the “male” pattern baldness will start to slow down within 1-3 months and stabilizes in 1-2 years, so by 2 years on E (or sooner) you won’t continue to lose any hair from “male” pattered baldness. But if you’ve already lost hair, it likely won’t grow back.

And like Kai said, if you start E before you lose any hair then E will prevent hair loss to start with. 

10 Awesome perks about Alopecia

So, recently I did a post about ‘10 real struggles of Alopecia Areata’, and I thought why not do one about the perks of Alopecia (come one people, you know there are plenty).

Here’s a few points that should make all those 'regular’ ladies with hair feel a wee bit jealous:

1.   You can change up your hairstyle and colour three times in one day (sometimes even more) if you feel like it. You could start the day as a sophisticated brunette at work, then switch to a cheeky blonde for a night out. You could even chuck on that fire red bob you have in the closet when your boyfriend comes over.

2.   You don’t have to wash your hair every second day. Ah, that feeling when you don’t wash your hair for a whole week (or more) and it doesn’t get oily and nasty, ever. Extra points because you can do it in the sink!

3.   You can take 4 minute showers if you’re running late. No hair—nothing to worry about!

4.   When it’s really over the top hot, you have an awesome cooling system. You can just take that sucker (beanie/headscarf/hat/wig) right off your head and voilà—instant cool down.

5.   You become a pro with makeup. Anyone would if they had to draw on brows and lash lines as much as you.

6.   You can rock the same up-do twice in a row without having to redo it. Isn’t it fantastic when you do your hair in the morning, take it off (still in the up-do) in the evening, then put it back on the next morning? Oh, and it’s absolutely on form, too.

7.   You can change your eyebrow shape to suit your mood. If you’re feeling dramatic high-arches on Monday, and natural ones Tuesday—no worries! You’re the Picasso of the brow.

8.   When the timing with your 'pecia is right, you don’t have to shave/wax much. Yeah, good riddens pubes, until we meet again.

9.   Rubbing your head is the perfect comfort habit. Whenever you need a good dose of comfort, you can just give that little head a good rub—or even better yet, get someone else to!

10.   You don’t have to worry about humidity frizz, or crazy wind throwing your perfect hair off form. You’re out on the town with your girls, it starts to rain, and they squeal and try to cover their heads. You don’t. You keep strutting your stuff like a f***ing supermodel.

11.   This is the bonus round. Because dealing with hair loss every single day has tested and tried you, and made you into the strongest person that you can be. Even if you don’t feel it sometimes.

Stay awesome, my beautiful Alopecians.

anonymous asked:

Hi—I would love to go on T eventually, but I would be likely to have male pattern baldness and that would be incredibly triggering to me. Is there any way to avoid or reverse that? It’s bad enough that if there isn’t I might just not go on t.

Jay says:

Sure! You can use minoxidil if your hair does fall out, which is a topical treatment for your scalp. It makes hair grow where you put it, but the hair falls back out if you stop using it so it would be something you use indefinitely. 

There are also prescription DHT blockers you could ask your doctor about. Being on T raises your DHT (as I understand it T is broken down by the body and one of those things is DHT). DHT does a few things but the 2 big ones for transmasc people are scalp hair loss and lower growth. So you could go on a DHT blocker like finasteride to stop any hair loss that’s started and prevent further loss (it doesn’t reverse any hair loss that’s started). However, if you start taking it right when you start T it slows lower growth, which you could still do if you wanted. So you could go on T for a few months or however long it takes for you to notice hair loss, then add medication for hair loss. 

Lee says:

This post has more information on hair loss, and you can see Hair Loss: Information and Treatment Options. Just be aware that some people who have struggled with mental illness have had issues with Finasteride while others haven’t.

anonymous asked:

How nervous we're you about losing your hair because of T? Because my hair is pretty much from my dad and grandad(rip) which means I'll probably turn gray in my early 30's and start going bald when I'll be in my 50's if I "won" the genes and go on T. I'm so terrified about losing my hair. I love it. It's probably my best feature even if it's not perfect. I'm just.. paralyzed with fear.

I was actually pretty nervous about losing my hair. Not enough to not do T, but it was definitely on my radar. I’ve long been rather fond of my hair, enough so that, when I came out, friends asked me specifically if I would lose it.

My hair did start to thin, just a bit, near my temples and crown. I spent some degree of time trying to make up for the thinness with different styles, but I always grew tired of styling it all the time. I thought about buzzing my head for a long time before I actually went through with it. Honestly, it was really fucking scary but I am so glad that I did it. I won’t swear that I’ll never grow it out again, but it’s really comforting to know that I still like the way I look when I don’t have a lot of hair.

For what it’s worth, there are still options. Minoxidil, finasteride. I didn’t want to do finasteride because it essentially stops new hair growth elsewhere, and I still want more facial hair. But that might end up being a good option for you, should the time come.

Hormonal transition, I think, ends up being one hell of a journey. Navigating the ways your body changes, weighing that against all of your hopes and dreams. Learning to love what comes. It can be tough. Even nearly three years in, I’m not done changing and growing. It’s hard to know what’s going to be important to you in two, five, ten, or twenty years. I would have never been able to envision how I feel about myself now. Leave yourself room for growth and trust that you will grow in ways you can’t imagine. I’m a big believer in not worrying about things that may not even come to pass. And if they do, you can handle it. 💪💕

anonymous asked:

My cis brother is 20 and already losing his hair, as well as really hairy bodyhair wise. I am really scared of taking T bc I dont want to lose my hair (its like the only good thing abt me) and I dont want extreme body hair but I wouldnt want to shave it either bc I do want some, just extreme would make me uncomfortable. Is my brother a good indicator for what I'd look like on T? Those traits def come from my fathers side. And also do 2 x chromosomes make hair loss more unlikely?

Kii says:

Two x chromosomes make hair loss more likely, because the gene for “male-pattern” hair loss is located on the x chromosome. The way your body hair and head hair is patterned on your brother might be an indication for how you will look, but it’s also possible that you will look nothing like that. There isn’t really a way to accurately foresee how you will look on T, because there are so many different genes that you could have gotten from either of your parents.