What causes patchy hair loss in women? I have been told stess. That's too general of an answer for me!?
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune malfunction. This mean your immune system attacks the hair follicles in the patch as if they were "invaders". Stress can bring it on, but it is common in families that have eczema, psoriasis, asthma. Low thyroid function can be associated with it. During menopause the placenta takes on the production of progesterone and levels rise dramatically. After childbirth there is a sharp fall in progesterone. In an indirect way progesterone can help you make stress hormones, but low progesterone is not usually the cause of alopecia areata - or lots more menopausal ladies would suffer - children also suffer. Low iron levels have been associated with all forms of hair loss - so it may be worth getting your Ferratin level - iron stores checked. Regards Andy
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How do you get your hair to grow more/thicker/faster?
Hair grows faster when it's nourished through a healthy diet. Learn what foods help hair to achieve great lengths. Salmon and Oily Fish Salmon and other fish like mackerel, sardines and tuna have Omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin B12 in them. Ingesting this dietary requirement for long healthy hair will additionally improve the condition of the scalp. Oysters are also good to as they have zinc in them. It will make hair shine. Eat 3-4 servings per week. Cereal and Nuts Cereal not only has zinc, iron and B vitamins in it but, as it's often eaten in the morning, helps replenish hair follicles when they need it most. Hair benefits immensely from sleep, about 7-9 hours per night, but, come morning, the hair follicles are needy. Eating a balanced breakfast including whole grains and nuts assists the follicles to send nutrients to the scalp, thereby stimulating growth. Cereal has the added advantage of often being eaten with milk or yoghurt, both of which intensify the health of hair. Nuts are especially important. Brazil nuts contain selenium, vital for scalp health. Walnuts condition hair with their alpha-linolenic acid. Zinc is found in cashews, peanuts, and almonds, a mineral that prevents hair loss, fall out and shedding. Consume regularly. Eggs Hair is protein, so the more protein one eats, the healthier the follicles will be. Eggs are an excellent source of protein, regardless of how they are prepared. Try to us as little butter or oil as possible in their preparation however. They also contain vitamin B12. Chicken, Red Meat and Beans/Lentils Chicken is also an excellent source of protein to help hair grow quickly. It enables bodies to better absorb iron, increasing the likelihood that hair colour will remain bright and the follicles strong. Red meat can also be consumed twice a week to give hair its fullest chance of potency. Vegetarians need not worry that hair growth will be compromised by their diet though. Beans and lentils provide a superb source of protein, as well as iron, zinc and biotin to prevent brittle locks. Three or more servings can be eaten a week. Vegetables Those who desire a luscious mane can not go wrong by eating lots of vegetables, both leafy green ones and carrots. Dark green vegetables provide iron and calcium, as well as Vitamin A and C. These vitamins assist in the production of sebum, which the body needs to condition the hair and keep it in tip-top shape. Carrots also provide Vitamin A. Good for vision as well as hair, these vegetables will encourage follicles to increase their production. Hair, well-fed, has no choice but to grow. Maintain an excellent diet, low in fats, caffeine and alcohol, fortified with eight glasses of water a day and a multi-vitamin to increase the likelihood of hair growth.
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if i stop straightening my hair?
I would also try deep-conditioning your hair and get shampoo and conditioner for anti-breakage. Do not scrub your scalp with your nails because that can damage your hair follicles. Make sure you massage the conditioner into your scalp and let it sit for a bit so that it moisturizes the scalp and the hair follicles. If you want to continue straightening your hair, I suggest getting a heat-protectant spray. It will help stop your hair from getting fried. I would also get your hair trimmed regularly because that will stop split ends and help it grow. As to the pre-natal vitamins, they should be fine