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This August marks the 16th year for National Hair Loss Awareness Month, which was established by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) to raise awareness about this treatable condition that affects an estimated 60 million men and 40 million women in America.
Thinning hair and hair loss is a very common concern and we would like to share some statistics from the National Hair Foundation in honor of Hair Loss Awareness Month.
Hair Loss is Common
According to the American Association of Dermatology (AAD), hereditary hair loss affects approximately 80 million men and women in the U.S. However, not everyone is thrilled about it: In a recent Live Science story about hereditary Conditions, baldness came in at No. 9.
Take a look at these statistics for women and hair loss from Dr. Matt Leavitt’s book, Women and Hair Loss: A Physician’s Perspective. Leavitt is the president and CEO of the Hair Foundation.
Women’s Degrees of Concern About Hair Loss (from a survey of 2,000+ households)
Extremely Concerned 19%
Somewhat Concerned 24%
Slightly Concerned 28%
Not at all Concerned 29%
What Women do about Hair Loss
Discuss it with their hair care professional 59%
Discuss it with a friend/family member 57%
Change shampoo/conditioner or frequency 53%
Change their hairstyles 50%
Start massaging their scalps regularly 36%
Consult a doctor 20%
Try an over-the-counter product 14%
Try minoxidil 3% (approx)
What Doctors Recommend
Nothing, just wait 43%
Topical ointment/scalp cream 8%
Shampoo/dandruff shampoo 7%
Stress management/medication 5%
Referred to dermatologist 5%
Scalp massage 3%
Change shampoo 3%
I personally have experienced most of the situations listed here and done what most of these women surveyed have done. I even resorted to minoxidil which proceeded to give me severe chest pain. Probably not too safe. Visiting a dermatologist was not enlightening, he wanted to shoot me up with steroids. Helpful? I don’t know, but I really wasn’t interested in that putting steriods into my body. It seemed like such a short term treament, and probably not even effective.
Some people opt for hair transplant surgery which is expensive and certainly not for everyone. With baldness in style for men, they can just shave their heads! But for women, not so much.
<h>What practical steps can we take?</h>
I have made some changes with a healthier diet, taking a hair specific vitamin and doing less hair washing and styling. I’ve also started using coconut oil a few times per month, this makes my hair much less fragile. While I don’t have the hair of my 20s, or the amazing hair I had while I was pregnant, there have been positive changes from my efforts. I’ve also endeavored to reduce my stress level and at the risk of this sounding like a commercial, I do take the RMB Naturals Mood Formula when I need more balance. This is one of the reasons the formula came to be.
Small changes can make a significant difference in your hair and skin. It does take some time so don’t give up, just stick with it.
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