Ask an Expert: Could Vitamin D End Hair Loss?
By Anna K. Fryxell |
No matter your gender or age, hair loss can be traumatic to anyone. However, with new research, it appears that we’re inching closer and closer to stopping hair loss in its tracks. Recently, scientists discovered that vitamin D seems to reactivate hair follicles that shut down in hair loss. So what does that mean for you?
“We do believe that for that reason vitamin D does play a significant role in the hair growth cycle,” says Miami dermatologist Dr. Janice Lima-Maribona. “We do know that at the follicular level there are receptors for vitamin D, and a lot of people do claim that after taking vitamin D they notice a significant improvement with hair growth and quality.”
That said, when doctors treat hair loss, they typically recommend taking a full spectrum of vitamins along with other treatments to see results. Another factor that comes into play when treating hair loss is the reason behind it.
Most men lose hair due to genetics and male pattern baldness, but women tend to have reactive hair loss. That means that their hair is being lost because of a reaction to outside causes such as a crash diet, divorce or surgery. “These things that are a shock to the body create stress, and the hair reacts and starts falling out,” says Dr. Lima-Maribona.
According to a study we reported in the past, marital status is the second biggest cause of hair loss in women. The study examined twins that were genetically programmed to experience hair loss and found that "if one twin loses more hair than the other, it is related to external factors,” says Cleveland plastic surgeon Bahman Guyuron, MD, American Society of Plastic Surgeons Member Surgeon and co-author of the study.
Other things that can cause hair loss are reactions to different hair treatments and products, as well as frequent trauma to the hair from heat styling. The best way to determine the cause of your hair loss and find a treatment is to visit a board-certified dermatologist or hair loss specialist.