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26Sep/120

4 Hair Grooming Tips for Men

Men’s hair grooming habits vary widely. Some men use top of the line products and make sure each hair is positioned perfectly, while others simply get up and go. There is not necessarily a right or wrong way to groom and style your hair; it really depends on your personal preference and look you are going for. However, there are a few things all men should consider to help maintain a full, healthy head of good looking hair.

Man Styling His Hair

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1. Shampoo. Shampoo plays a big part in grooming your hair. But, there are a few things to keep in mind. The first is the type of shampoo you use. Consider your hair type: is it thick, thin, oily, dry, etc.? The bottom line is, most shampoos will work fine for most men, but for men with oily or thinning hair, it is probably best to use a shampoo designed for that particular hair type.

As far as how often you should shampoo your hair… most doctors agree that every day is too much. Your hair is a fiber. Think of it for a moment like a wool fiber in a sweater. The more often you wash the sweater, the faster the wool fibers will wear out, and the worse the sweater will look over time. Washing your hair too often can actually damage your hair. However, some men also complain that if they don’t wash every day, their hair gets greasy. Try to commit to wash just every other day, and see if your hair adapts and becomes less greasy after a few weeks on your “off” days.

2. Conditioner. Conditioner is just for women, right? Wrong. Conditioners add moisture to your hair and scalp, and help prevent maintenance issues like tangling. Like shampoos, different conditioners are available for different types of hair. Some focus on adding moisture for dry hair, or adding volume for thinning hair. Leave-in conditioners are popular as well and help make your hair more manageable.

How often you use conditioner depends on your hair type. If you have moist hair, then using conditioners often may make your hair look oily or greasy. If you have dry hair, you should use conditioner more frequently (several times a week) to help it stay moist.

3. Other Products. Aside from shampoo and conditioner, several other products exist that help men style and groom their hair. Hair gels, hair sprays, creams, pomades, waxes, and mousses are all different hair product options men can use to sculpt or style hair the way they want it to look. However, these products can also hurt your hair over time. If you cannot get your desired style naturally, try to avoid using heavy gels, especially cheaper gels, as they weigh down on your hair, and make your hair look crusty or flakey (which can be mistaken for dandruff). Also, you can train your hair to fall a certain way on your head. For example, if you comb your hair the same direction each day, your hair will eventually fall in that direction naturally.

4. Drying. Drying your hair is another part of hair grooming. Some men opt for a blow dryer, as it is fast and helps style your hair. Others use a towel, while some simply let the air dry their hair. In general, a blow dryer puts a lot of heat on your hair, which can damage it, so avoid those if possible. Pat—don’t rub—your hair dry with a towel; if you rub it with a towel, the motion can cause strain on the hair follicles and even pull out your hair. Try patting it with a towel to get the beads of water off, then air dry the rest. Air drying your hair also helps prevent hair loss, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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24Sep/120

Beating Work Stress

Emotional stress is an everyday problem for millions of working adults worldwide. In a recent article on self inflicted hair loss, we mentioned the negative side effects of emotional stress on your hair. The graphic below points out some of signs of work stress and the positive things you can do to help relieve stress and help regrow hair.

Graphic by Betterworks.com

18Sep/120

Hair Care and Accessories for Women

A way to improve your overall look is with your hair. Summer is ending and fall is quickly approaching. Heat, chlorine and daily processing probably took a toll on your tresses. Now it is time to repair, and add some accessories for your best overall look. Whether you have short, long, curly, or straight hair, knowing which accessory is right for your look is what it is all about. Knowing when to use an accessory is also important. Sometimes a great accessory can turn a bad hair day around. Just remember to consider what is best for your hair, your look, and don’t over do it.

Tips, Styles & Trends

Rubber Bands

Rubber bands are an important thing to consider. We all wear them, some more than others. If you wear them everyday, try and remember to give your hair a break so your hair itself does not break. Do not use rubber bands with metal pieces or avoid rubber bands entirely. Goody makes a product called "Ouchless Elastics" that will do a better job of holding your hair without too much pain or hair damage. Pulling your hair back and using a product to slick back “frizzies” will help tame your hair and make for a great fall look.

Headbands

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A cute headband will also tame any broken hair and add a great look to any outfit! A flower or other accessory will take any look from a fall picnic to a night out. These accessories will also take the focus away from any hair faults. An accessory in the right place can draw the eye away from any thinning, receding, or breakage, and instead on the cute accessory.

Clips, Feathers & More

Be careful with what accessories you choose. Although it is a good idea to accessorize and also maybe fix a bad hair day, you don’t want to draw too much attention to your headband, clip, or other accessory. Feathers are very trendy, but we also do not want to look like a bird with them sticking up on the top of your head. Adding a little lift to you hair is a plus, but teasing too much or using a “bump it” is not always a good idea. Adding in too many streamers, colors, etc will just make it look like a party in your hair.

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A little bobby pin, clip, or small flower for short hair is a great idea for adding a little color, style, or help tame little “frizzies” and help hair keep it’s shape. These accessories are also great for short to medium hair that is in the awkward phase of growing out.

Buns & Braids

Buns and braids are very in this year. Buns done loosely will hold a great length of hair and thickness during the day for work, and can be let down for an evening out. Braids can be done on any hair type and in so many different ways. As long as a braid is not done too tight, it will not cause any breakage to the hair, and will add style to any look.

Hair Extensions

Hair extensions are a great way to add length, texture, body, and color. There are many different options and types. Make sure you research what is best for your hair. You can have them professionally put in, braided, glued, or beaded. You can also buy them online or in a beauty supply store. Clip ins are great and can add a look without any permanent damage. As long as they are maintained and taken care of they can last up to a few months.

Accessorizing is great to spice up a look, keep up with the trends, and accentuate your style. Accessories can also hide hair issues, help tame problems, and help you wait out a growth period or while hair is mending. Remember to have fun and find your style! To help maintain your stylish hair, check out the Avacor® line of hair care products. You'll find everything you need to maintain clean and strong hair to keep you looking your best.

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17Sep/120

Hair Loss Caused by Anti-Depressants

What You Need to Know

Have you encountered hair falling problem while brushing your hair? Then, days go by and you notice your hair is getting thinner each time you comb it. This occurrence has made you wonder what could have been the reason to your hair loss. The truth is that there are many reasons why you are losing your hair. One of these would be depression. Stress and anxiety are also some of the reasons why you are experiencing hair loss. Unfortunately, some people take anti-depressants to relieve them from the debilitating symptoms of stress and anxiety. Little do they realize that these medications will only worsen their hair loss problem.

What is Telogen Effluvium?

Telogen effluvium is a hair loss type which is caused by anti-depressants intake. It usually occurs every time the body is pressured or stressed. It can also occur during pregnancy. Some people’s hair loss are also caused by other pre existing medical conditions such as mental depression, malnutrition, and other medicines aside from anti-depressants. These conditions can cause our hair follicles to enter the telogen stage earlier than the usual. Telogen stage is sometimes referred to as the resting phase. When more of these hair follicles are on the telogen stage more hair also shed. Thus, hair loss occurs. When hair follicles are on a resting phase, the amount of growing hair is lesser compared to the amount of hair being pulled out. This is true especially when an individual is brushing or combing her hair. Thyroid problems caused by lithium are also pointed out as one of the reasons why anti-depressants are associated with hair loss problem.

Is This Type of Hair Loss Incurable?

Fortunately, telogen effluvium is curable. This goes to say that you may not have it for the rest of your life. In most cases, those people who suffered from this type of hair loss had completely recovered within six months after reducing the anti-depressants they take.

Does My Anti-Depressant Cause Hair Loss?

Not all anti-depressants can cause hair loss. However, we must not ignore the fact that these anti-depressants do have adverse side effects aside from hair loss. There are several factors which need to be considered when trying to figure out the cause of your hair loss. If you happen to be on medication by these anti-depressants, one way to determine whether your anti-depressants cause your hair loss is to stop the medication. After you stop taking the anti-depressants, you must then observe if your hair grows back and if the amount of falling hair has reduced. If you think your anti-depressants are the main cause for your hair loss, make conscious efforts to discontinue the medication. However, you must first consult your health care professional before stopping or reducing the dosage of any medications you are taking.

What Can I Do To Make My Hair Grow Again?

Aside from discontinuing your anti-depressants intake, just let your hair grow in time. There is really not much that you can do to treat your hair loss caused by these anti-depressants. Even though it will not immediately grow back, rest assured that your hair will eventually grow again. Time heals all wounds, so does your hair loss problem. If you’re really embarrassed to go out with your thinning hair, you can wear a wig for the mean time. It will make you look and feel better. This is the safest thing to do while waiting for your hair to grow back.

What Else Can I Do if I Cannot Stop My Anti-Depressant Intake?

There are some options you can do if you really need to continue your medication despite your hair loss problem. One option is to lessen the dosage of your anti-depressant and allow your hair to grow back. This is a slow process. However, it will solve the problem in a certain way. Another option that you can do is to change the brand of your medicine to a generic version. Generics usually have milder ingredients than those branded ones that caused your hair loss. If both options are inapplicable and you can hardly deal with your hair loss dilemma, you will have to talk to your doctor about it. Ask your doctor for some other remedies for your depression, stress or anxiety rather than just relying solely on anti-depressants.

The truth is that there are so many ways to treat your stress and anxiety aside from just taking in anti-depressants. If possible, try all natural means of relieving those symptoms of depression, stress and anxiety. This way, you will not have to suffer from hair loss and other side effects of anti-depressants.

About the Author:

Ryan Rivera used to suffer from anxiety attacks for seven years. He now advocates healthy living as the best weapon against stress, anxiety and depression. You can read more of his articles at Calm Clinic.

31Aug/120

Hereditary Hair Loss: Get the Facts

Hereditary Hair loss can affect both men and women. It is caused by genetics, and hormones and the aging process also play a role. The medical condition of hereditary hair loss affects many. In women it is called Androgenetic Alopecia, and affects 30 million alone. For men is it commonly referred to as balding, or receding hairlines, but the condition is called male pattern baldness.

Fact: “Hair loss effects 30 million women”

The condition can be caused by a number of different genetic factors so it can come from the mother’s or father’s side, can skip generations, and affects all ethnicities. Male pattern baldness and androgenetic alopecia is caused by the hair follicle going through a progression of miniaturizing, and leading to a shortening of the hair cycle and eventually all together shutting down growth.

Fact: “40% of men experience hair loss”

About 40% of men and women will experience some type of hair loss as they get older. Men usually start in their 20’s-30’s and women more often after menopause. Hereditary hair loss is unlike other hair loss symptoms.

Fact: “100 hairs lost per day, on average”

An average person can lose up to 100 hairs per day, or even more due to illnesses, childbirth, or other conditions. With male pattern baldness and androgenetic alopecia, the hair falls out more in a pattern. In men, hair loss begins at the temples or crown. In women it can be more throughout but typically begins at the top and goes down the middle around the part. These conditions are typically diagnosed by the pattern, and also looking at family history.

Prevention and Treatment

Hereditary hair loss is very common and also treatable. Since hair loss is a progressive condition, the sooner it is treated the better the success. The hair cycle slows down and eventually will stop growing altogether. There are a number of different treatments and options out there. Checking a family tree from both sides can often predispose any conditions. If treatments is started early enough, the slowing down of the condition could be highly affected. Hair loss with this medical condition is permanent. Once the hair stops growing completely it is irreversible.

The #1 treatment option for men is a product with Minoxidil. Avacor Physicians Formulation® for Men can show the reduction of hair loss and improving of hair regrowth in as little as two months time. For women experiencing hair loss or thinning Avacor Physicians Formulation® for Women that can show results in as little as four months. In more extreme cases hair transplantation and seeing a dermatologist is another option.

29Aug/120

Sports and Your Hair

The 2012 Summer Olympics are over, though the passion of sport lives on, from one season to the next. But are you aware of the various effects sports has on your hair? And no, we’re not talking about pulling out your hair when your team loses! Read on for some interesting findings on how sports can affect your hair.

Hats. Many sports require athletes to wear hats, while other sports leave it up to the athletes to decide. Baseball is the first that typically comes to mind. Golfers and tennis players also often wear hats. So, do the hats result in hair loss? According to Ask Men, the answer is no. if the hat is so tight that it cuts off circulation to hair follicles, or pulls hair off your head, then wearing a hat may lead to hair loss; but in general, as long as the hat fits well, it shouldn’t directly cause hair loss.

Helmets. Okay, so what about helmets, like football, hockey, or lacrosse helmets? Do they contribute to hair loss? According to Hair Loss Consult, the answer is still no. Helmets, like hats, do not directly lead to hair loss. However, Kenny Chesney begs to differ. The country music star insists that his hair loss issues stem from wearing football helmets when he played in high school, and recalls seeing hair in his helmet every time he took it off. It sounds like his helmet was pulling his hair out when he removed it each time, so make sure your helmet fits correctly and is not pulling out your hair.

Football Helmet

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Sweat. Sweat is common in almost every sport. You train, you play, you exercise…and you sweat. So does sweat lead to hair loss? According to the Short Hair Style website, and many other experts, the answer is yes. Excessive sweating, called hyperhydrosis, creates lactic acid, which will damage a hair strand’s outer protective layer. The hair thus loses volume and become brittle, and starts to fall off. So from this perspective, one can argue that hats and helmets do in fact lead to hair loss in some cases, albeit indirectly, as you sweat more when you have a hat or helmet on.

Of course, there are measures to take to prevent sweat from damaging your hair, or at least reduce the damage significantly. Washing your hair after workouts with a good shampoo product helps keep it clean and gets rid of sweat residue and lactic acid. Proper hair care is important for everyone, not just athletes.

Nutrition. One other thing to consider is the amount of exercise you do when you play sports, and supplementing the exercise with proper nutrition and hydration. According to Livestrong, over-exertion without proper nutrition can cause problems that create hair loss patterns. Drink plenty of water and eat healthy meals throughout the day to keep your body and hair healthy. The Livestrong also mentions that a healthy amount of exercise combined with proper nutrition and hydration can actually prevent hair loss, as the healthy lifestyle creates more circulation to stimulate hair follicles and your scalp.

In summary, playing sports can relieve stress and add an element of fun to your daily life, as well as improve circulation to your head, which can all help prevent hair loss. Just take care of your hair and body every day, stay healthy and safe, and enjoy yourself!

14Aug/120

All Natural Hair Care Tips

We are becoming more aware of the chemicals in things we eat and drink. We should also consider the chemicals we put on our skin, hair, and body as well. Our skin is the body's largest organ, the scalp included. Everyday we absorb chemicals through our skin that are potentially harmful. Do we really know what is in the products that we are using? It is important to take a look at the product’s ingredients, and also the benefits of using all natural products.

Check the Bottle

I think all of us have read the back of a shampoo bottle before. Do we know what any of these ingredients are? Some of these ingredients contain carcinogens, but are using a “safe” amount, or not. This article also has information on sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and a couple of other common ingredients found in most shampoos. Most commercial products contain SLS, which strips the hair of essential oils and nutrients.

Go Green with Natural Hair Care

Going green is a trend and a conscious decision. By using all natural products we are helping the environment and also helping our bodies. It may take some time for the hair to get used to and transition back to its natural state. In time your hair will become healthier, and you will see the benefits in many ways. The buildup of chemicals, and plastics, and carcinogens will take some time to get out of the hair, but when it does it will feel cleaner, softer, and healthier. It will seem strange to have the hair go back to its natural state, and what we are used to. The norm for clean, or how the hair behaves may not be exactly what we are used to.

DIY All Natural Ideas

Buying products that are green, organic, or all natural is what is best. Sometimes these items can be expensive, or contain ingredients that can be made at home. Who isn’t about saving some money these days, and making our own new products. Try washing your body with an all natural soap, or making soap yourself. Different oils and mixtures can replenish lost moisture in the skin. Using herbs from the earth is a healing element that is beneficial for the hair, body, and mind. Try researching different solutions and see what works best.

Find What Works for You

There are a lot of natural products on the market. Each has its own benefits, and it is important to research what is best. Avacor® has an all natural hair product, Nutricap, that promotes overall health, strength, that contains herbs, vitamins, and other organic extracts. Well maintained hair and scalp leads to greater health of hair follicles. If experiencing any hair loss, the Nutricap and Avacor Physicians Formulation® are recommended together to help maintain and regrow hair. Take the time to research ingredients, benefits, and product reviews. A little time, a change, and some new products will make a world of a difference for your hair and your life.

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8Aug/120

Telogen Effluvium

A number of different hair and scalp disorders and conditions exist that affect your ability to grow a healthy head of hair. Some conditions are inherited, while others are caused by a variety of factors, including hair and head maintenance, stress, medications, or hormonal levels.

Telogen Effluvium is a scalp condition that happens when hair follicles prematurely enter the telogen phase of the hair follicle growth cycle. The telogen phase is the third of the three major phases in the hair follicle growth cycle. During this phase, the hair remains attached to the follicle but does not grow. It essentially rests within the follicle until the end of the phase, at which point the hair naturally sheds or falls out.

Telogen Effluvium

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The word “effluvium” means “outflow,” so the condition’s name refers to an outflow of hair that occurs following the telogen phase.

All three phases of the hair regrowth cycle are important to growing hair on your head. However, if hair follicles enter the telogen phase early, it can result in shedding or hair loss that occurs at a more rapid rate than hair growth. As such, telogen effluvium typically results in hair thinning or shedding.

Telogen effluvium can occur for a number of reasons. Metabolic or hormonal stress, hormonal shifts, or medication can all lead to the onset of telogen effluvium. Emotional or physical stress, or stressful events in life, can also cause this scalp condition. Telogen effluvium can also occur in conjunction with giving birth, eating disorders, major surgery, anemia, fever, chronic illness, crash diets, emotional disorders, drugs, or hypothyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid gland does not function properly.

To diagnose telogen effluvium, a doctor may perform a biopsy, trichogram, or trichoscopy, which is a hair and scalp evaluation.

Temporary telogen effluvium often is over within 6 months. However, longer term conditions are possible, and in some cases, can lead to permanent hair thinning or hair loss.

According to WebMD, telogen effluvium is the second most common type of hair loss seen by dermatologists. At any given time, a healthy head of hair has between 80 and 90 percent of its hair follicles growing or producing hair. That means the other 10 or 20 percent are resting or shedding (in the telogen phase). However, when an increased amount of hair follicles are in the telogen phase, telogen effluvium is usually the reason.

In most cases, people with telogen effluvium do not lose all of their hair, though the hair thinning or hair loss can be significant, and can happen quickly. If your hair does not grow back, or if you wish to help regrow a full and healthy head of hair, consider beginning treatment with Avacor® hair regrowth products. Avacor Physicians Formulation® is designed for both men and women, and is an FDA-Approved product proven to help regrow hair in as little as 2 months. Avacor® All Natural Nutricaps are a completely natural product that improve and maintain hair follicle health using organic ingredients. Healthy hair follicles and a well-maintained scalp can help avoid the onset of telogen effluvium.

2Aug/120

20 Hair Resources for Men

Below are 20 men's hair resources hand picked by our staff. You'll find a mix of websites, blogs and social media all bringing you the latest and greatest on men's hair, style and fashion.

hommeSTYLER is a menswear, style, hair and grooming blog that covers men's fashion commentary, style advice, menswear trends and grooming for the modern man. It features the latest news on men's fashion, runway shows, editorials and street style.

Balding Blog is a daily journal written by doctors about hair loss and treatments. You can ask a question or read about the personal experiences and opinions posted by these professionals. This site is meant to educate about hair loss and news.

American Hair Loss Association - Videos, research, and articles on hair loss. Children, men, women, new studies on hair loss gene. Thyroid, nutrition, hair transplant trials to name a few topics discussed. Product and ingredient studies. Education and research forums.

Israel21c is a middle east blog on health, style and culture with an international appeal.

HairLoss.com on Twitter - Hair loss information, conditions, and solutions. Posts about alopecia, male pattern baldness, hair extensions, treatments, costs and everything in between.

Battle Against Bald - Men battling hair loss and their success stories. Interesting articles and videos on success stories of hair transplants.

Hair Loss Haven - Established in 2005 as a resource for people dealing with hair loss. Reviews, blog, resources, news, charity news, and promotions.

The Urban Gentleman (Hair) - Urban trends, articles, photos, information on latest tips, grooming techniques, balding and hairstyles. Healthy eating and healthy hair information.

Esquire (Men's Fashion) - A style blog and and online resource for men. Blogs and articles on men’s health, hair and fashion.

Balding Blog on Twitter - Doctors discussing different hair treatment options. World class hair restoration forum.

WebMd (Hair loss health center) - Resources and treatments for men and women. Hair loss information.

The American Hair Loss Association is dedicated to educating and improving the lives of anyone involved in hair loss. Creating public awareness and bringing attention to the subject in the news, media, and society as a whole. Publications, resources, and organizations. Discusses science of hair loss, different types of loss, treatments, and research.

MedicineNet - Hair loss prevention, loss, and treatment options. Discusses, and viewers share the different types of hair loss and their experiences with treatments and products.

Men's Hair Blog (Facebook page) - Anything and everything men’s hair related!

Men's Health - Great website and online magazine about men’s health, style, fitness, and nutrition. All the latest research on men’s hair loss. Talks about the science and battle against genetic hair loss.

Health Tips A2Z - Health and hair. Talk about all different health and body related issues. Follow to learn about different health and hair problems and to learn about different tips and solutions!

Be Stylish! - How to be stylish! Whether it be clothes, shoes, or hair, you can find it here. Different topics and advice such as how to get a haircut if you are balding, and summer fashion trends.

Ask Men (fashion) - A great website on everything men. Fashion and style trends. Grooming and product reviews. Accessory and clothing advice and trials.

Hair Tips on Twitter - Talk of different hair loss. Personal trials and errors. Product reviews.

About Men's Hair - Information about everything men’s hair by Dave Alexander. Discussions about styles, grooming, products, trends, and reviews.

30Jul/120

Self-Inflicted Hair Loss in Women

Tight ponytails can lead to hair damage and loss.

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Hair loss is common among men and women alike. Often, hair loss is hereditary or hormonal and occurs naturally. However, some hair loss in women (and men as well) is self-inflicted, and is caused by a number of reasons or conditions. As with natural hair loss, self-inflicted hair loss can be combatted with Avacor's hair regrowth products to help regrow a full, healthy head of hair.

Trichotillomania is self-inflicted hair loss caused by constant hair plucking or pulling. This condition is common in women and children, effecting twice as many women than men. In addition to pulling out patches of hair on the scalp, some people affected by trichotillomania pull out eyelashes and eyebrows as well.

Traction Alopecia is another condition that results from hair pulling. However, while trichotillomania is more psychological, traction alopecia typically is the result of hairstyles. For example, buns, braids, or ponytails that are too tight can cause traction alopecia. The hair loss is often gradual, but may become permanent over time.

Emotional stress can also lead to hair loss in women. Stress can be self-inflicted by overextending yourself and taking too much on each day. During stressful periods, a woman’s adrenal glands are overworked to produce more cortisol, sometimes known as the “stress hormone.” Her body thus creates adrenaline and DHT, which is an enhanced testosterone that can create a hormonal imbalance, and ultimately, can lead to hair loss.

Birth control can lead to hair loss in women. Most women take birth control voluntarily, though in some cases, various birth control methods are prescribed. “The pill,” which is the most common form of birth control in the U.S., can also create DHT, which, like the DHT created by too much stress, can create a hormonal imbalance and lead to hair loss. Similarly, other medications or therapy that involve hormonal shifts or changes should be approached cautiously, as the hormonal change can cause hair loss in women.

Hair maintenance is another factor that can cause self-inflicted hair loss in women. Some women go to extremes to make their hair look good, but over time, these measures can damage hair and possibly cause it to fall out. Chemical hair care treatments like styling gel or hair coloring products are some examples of hair maintenance methods that can lead to hair loss over time. These can also damage a woman’s scalp. Blow-drying, styling, and excessive brushing can also lead to hair loss.

Many of these conditions are treatable by either changing your hair care methods, reducing stress, or in some cases, seeking psychological help. To treat the hair loss specifically, try Avacor Physicians Formulation® for Women, a hair regrowth product created specifically for women, and approved by the FDA.