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Can Topical Remedies Prevent Hair Loss?
When Does Menopause Start
In the United States, the average age of menopause is 51, with most women usually reaching natural menopause somewhere between 40 and 58 years of age. For some women, natural menopause has occurred as early as in their 30s and some have been in their 60s, though this is quite rare.
Typically, a good indicator of when a woman will reach menopause is to look at when a woman's mother and sisters experienced menopause. If a woman smokes or is a former smoker, menopause may occur up to two years earlier than might have been expected. Treatment options for hair loss include:
Topical Minoxidil for Hair Loss Problems
You can find this drug over the counter. Apply it twice a day to your scalp. You won't see results for at least four months. The drug reverses the shrinking process of hair follicles and encourages hair growth. The results will last only as long as you use the medication. Once you stop, hair loss begins again. Minoxidil works in 60 percent of women with hair loss.
Hair transplantation for Hair Loss Problems
This is best for women with mild to moderate hair loss. Healthy hair follicles are moved from one part of the scalp to the thinning area. You must have healthy scalp areas to have this procedure done.
Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Hair Loss
Naturopathy - cleansing diets and fasting may be used to improve digestion and circulation to provide the hair with more nutrients for effective growth.
Aromatherapy and massage - rubbing jojoba oil into the scalp as a daily head massage helps promote local circulation and removes impurities and dead cells that may slow down growth.
Psychological therapies - relaxation techniques and counselling can release stress or emotional factors associated with hair loss.
Hypnotherapy - may help reduce stress and trauma that have triggered hair loss.
Long, lustrous locks never go out of fashion, and the pressure to be perfect and live up to the ideal is always on. However if you're one of the estimated 60% of women who experience some degree of hair loss, you'll know the heartbreak this ideal can cause. Part of the problem is that female hair loss and thinning has long been treated as a taboo subject. For women the problem has been largely ignored because women themselves are embarrassed to talk about it. This is in marked contrast to the condition in men, which is openly discussed, with products and hair loss treatments widely available.
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