Thursday, September 07, 2006

The worst part of you to be thin


…HA has had bouts of hair loss—the platinum tumbleweeds on the bathroom floor.

…Writing in the Arizona Republic (Aug 29, 2006), Connie Midey elaborates most unnecessarily: “You don’t need a reminder that you, in your 40s, 50s or beyond, have lived more years than still await you.”

…Uh, no we don’t! Thanks a mill, Connie!

…We surely don’t need what one woman called “fairy hair.”

…Oh, lighten up. Half of women get this! It’s normal to lose 50 to 100 hairs a day. Beyond that, you don’t want to know.

…It’s the hormones. It’s the genes. It’s the stress. It’s the thyroid. It’s toxins. Chemo, we know that one (not everyone loses hair).

…Some women lose hair after weight-loss surgery, too, so this is a new group. Weird self-slathered dyes and perms can also discourage otherwise enthusiastic hair.

…Hair grows in three stages. The first is the actual growing period, which lasts two to six years (90% of hair).

…In the second, or transitional stage, one percent of the hair stops growing and shrinks. This takes weeks, not years.

…Finally in the last stage, old hair is pushed out by new. This takes months and ideally involves only 10% of the hair.

…The doctor will ask if your hair is brittle, what you take for meds and supplements, what is going on in your life, etc. He or she might also order blood tests or a scalp biopsy.

…Some women even spray a dye on the bare scalp places or get a transplant or weave.

…HA favors those “Hair & Nails” vitamin mixtures, mostly consisting of biotin. They work, for her, anyway.

…For you--she is thinkin’ hair plugs.

…Kidding.

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