The Shocking Truth About Female Hair Loss

When you talk about genetic hair loss most people think about the most common form of hair loss: male-pattern baldness. This is the type of hair loss that is passed on genetically to offspring from their mothers. Most often the recipients of this type of hair loss are men, but sometimes the gene can result in female hair loss.

While genetic baldness in men is identified by a receding hairline or balding crown, genetic hair loss in women is a bit different. In most cases, a woman will not lose her hair in spots only but will thin out evenly throughout the head. Sometimes, this thinning can be quite severe and result in the woman having to wear a wig to cover up her thinning tresses. While female hair loss almost never results in a completely bald head, it can be extreme enough to expose the scalp quite plainly.

For the woman facing this type of hair loss, there are a few hair loss treatment options that can be explored. They include shampoos, conditioners and topical treatments, such as Rogaine for women, which stimulate hair growth and prevent further hair loss; vitamin supplements; and stimulatory treatments such as massage and infra-red therapy. The most successful of these hair loss treatments are the topical treatments. While they are quite expensive, they produce the best results.

Hair loss due to chemical processes

No matter how healthy and strong your hair is today, you could experience severe hair loss after undergoing a harsh chemical process such as a perm or color. While almost all chemical hair fallout is due to operator error, the chance of it occurring is multiplied by chemical services that you perform on your hair at home. I’ve seen more than one case of female hair loss in clients who have bleached their hair at home, colored it over and then came to the salon for yet another bleaching. Not knowing this past history, the stylist used too strong a chemical, and the process resulted in hair loss.

Since most of these cases do not result in complete hair loss, the hair loss treatment options include protein treatments and other conditioning treatments to strengthen the remaining hair; a good hair cut that will remove most of the damage; and a gentle hair-care routine that will minimize further hair loss due to breakage. You should also refrain from using thermal styling tools and undergoing any further chemical procedures until the hair is completely grown out.

Hair loss due to stress

Cases of severe stress can literally cause handfuls of hair loss at a time. Women experiencing stressful conditions can experience female hair loss represented by thinning all over the head or in spots called alopecia areata. Alopecia areata means “Hair loss in spots or areas,” and can result in bald circular patches on one or more spots of the scalp. While this type of hair loss is alarming, it is not permanent. After the stress is removed, most sufferers of this type of hair loss regrow all of the hair that they lost.

In most cases, the hair loss treatment for stress-related hair loss is minimal. After ruling out other causes of hair loss, your doctor will likely recommend changes in your diet or ideas to help alleviate your stress. Keep in mind that it can take months for your hair to grow back even after the stressors have been eliminated.

Hair loss due to illness

Any type of extended illness or surgery can result in hair loss. Medications taken to combat certain types of illnesses can also cause your hair to become brittle and break or fall out altogether. The most identifiable type of hair loss is the loss associated with chemotherapy treatments. In most cases, this hair loss is complete and affects all areas of the body.

While there is little that can be done to prevent this type of hair loss or promote growth during illness, surgery or chemotherapy treatments, this type of female hair loss is also temporary. In most cases, full recovery of hair is made after the illness is over.

You can promote hair growth after the illness by getting regular trims and using growth enhancing shampoos and conditioners. Vitamin supplements may also be beneficial.

As you may have already guessed, hair loss in women is more common than we might think. And many may be experiencing hair loss and dismiss it as a natural occurrence that comes along with age. A lot of these women fail to seek the necessary hair loss treatment that can help them keep their remaining hair and regrow new hair. So, if you are experiencing hair loss, do not think that it is just because you are getting older. There may be something that you can do to keep the hair on your head from clogging your drain.

Hair Loss Let Us Discuss The Reasons

Have you ever read the label on your shampoo bottle? You’ll be shocked to learn that the ingredients found in many shampoos may pose a threat to your health.

Research has shown that various chemicals lurking inside shampoo may induce serious health risks, like memory loss, eye and skin irritation, hair follicle damage that can lead to hair loss, and even cancer.

While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration classifies personal care products, it does not regulate them. Therefore, there are no legal guidelines or boundaries for shampoo manufacturers to follow.

The descriptive “all-natural” has become a buzzword in the beauty world for environmental friendliness. What some shampoo makers leave out, however, is they still use the lathering agents, emulsifiers and synthetic fragrances that contain hundreds of harmful chemicals.

According to a company called Blinc Inc., it is very likely that the list of ingredients in a bottle of shampoo will contain some of the following additives:

* Propylene glycol, known as the main ingredient in antifreeze, is also found in makeup, toothpaste and in your shampoo. It can cause allergic reactions.

* Sodium lauryl sulfate and ammonium lauryl sulfate are common causes of eye irritation. They can also damage hair follicles. When absorbed into the body from continuous contact, they can bring on asthma attacks.

* Synthetic fragrances contain hundreds of chemicals, some of which have been known to cause headaches, dizziness, rash, hyperpigmentation, coughing and vomiting.

*The National Toxicology Program found that applying diethanolamine to a mouse’s skin induced liver and kidney cancer. DEA is readily absorbed through the skin and can also be toxic to the brain.

But before you decide to never wash your hair again, Blinc Inc. is simplifying consumer education by consolidating official government research on questionable ingredients found in many shampoos, conditioners and body washes.

The company’s philosophy of “Why take a chance?” means there are no controversial ingredients in its haircare products. They are 99.8 percent vegetable derived and as close to natural as possible while effectively cleansing without causing irritation to eyes or skin or damaging hair.

SNAP 2016: Exam Pattern and Preparation Tips

About SNAP:

The SNAP is the gateway examination to join postgraduate programs offered by institutes of Symbiosis International University. Candidates aspiring to join MBA programs offered by institutes of Symbiosis International University have to take the common, mandatory Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) Test. There are 15 MBA colleges which is under SIU will accept SNAP scores for their respective 2 years full time MBA programs.

A candidate used to register for SNAP Test & then register with the institutes offering his/ her choice of program by paying separate institution registration fees. If shortlisted, he/she would then attend the GE-PIWAT process conducted by each of these institutes.

Test Pattern:

The SNAP test is a 2 hour objective test consisting of four sections of 30 minutes each. It has 150 objective type questions of one mark each divided into the various sections. There is also a negative marking scheme wherein 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer. The sections are as follows:

General English – Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning & Verbal Ability: This section is a 40 mark section consisting of 40 questions testing the reading skills, verbal reasoning skills and the verbal ability of the students.

Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency: This section tests the mathematical aptitude and data interpretation skills of the students. This is also a 40 mark section consisting of 40 questions.

Current Affairs (of last 2 years): This section tests the student’s knowledge of current affairs of two years up to the exam date. This is a 30 mark section consisting of 30 questions.

Analytical & Logical Reasoning: This section tests the analytical and logical reasoning skills of the students. This is a 40 mark section consisting of 40 questions.


To take the test, students must be a graduate from any recognized / statutory University or Institute with a minimum of 50% marks (45% for SC/ST). Programs which require specific discipline/ subject specialisation need to be checked for eligibility as given by the respective Institute.

A candidate who has completed qualifying degree from any Foreign University must obtain an equivalence certificate from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU). All foreign degrees/ qualifications need to be verified from AIU by the candidate before seeking admission to any programme of SIU.

Important Dates of SNAP 2016:

The test is conducted once every year in the second week of December. The exact dates vary every year but generally the last date for registration is during the final week of November. The test results are announced in the first week of January. Here are the 2016 dates.

  • Last Date for Registration: Tuesday, November 22, 2016
  • Last Date for Payment: Friday, November 25, 2016
  • Admit Card: Friday, December 02, 2016 to Sunday, December 18, 2016
  • Date of Test: Sunday, December 18, 2016
  • Test Results: Monday, January 9, 2017

Preparation Tips for SNAP:

Here are the section wise preparation tips which the student can follow to get the maximum mark in each section.

General English Section: This section is the easiest section in the entire SNAP test. It evaluates the areas of Verbal Reasoning, Grammar and Vocabulary with a greater emphasis on vocabulary. The General English section consists of 40 questions out of total 150 questions. In this section, the student must try to attempt 40 questions within 30 minutes

  • Students are advised to read a lot of good fiction and nonfiction books with greater emphasis on American and British novels.
  • Students have to learn a minimum of ten words so as to improve vocabulary. Students are also advised to learn how the various words are used.
  • Any standardized dictionary like the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary or Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary can be referred.

Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency: SNAP has always placed heavy emphasis on this section. This section tests the quantitative and arithmetical skills of the students. It covers topics like Time and Work, Time and Distance, Mixtures and Alligations, Ratio and Proportion, Averages and Profit & Loss. There might be questions from Geometry and Mensuration too. It consists of 40 questions out of total 150 questions. In this section, the students must try to attempt 28 questions in 40 minutes to be in the safe zone. Here are the preparation tips:

  • Students are advised to revise class 9 and class 10 NCERT books. Practicing from Class 9 and Class 10 RD Sharma books is also a great idea.
  • Students must develop efficient and agile calculation skills. Learning Vedic maths is a very good idea to develop swift calculation skills.
  • Students must develop a comfort level with calculation of squares, cubes and decimal-fraction conversion.

Current Affairs: SNAP is the only aptitude test in India to have a current affairs section in its test. It tests the student’s knowledge of the current affairs of the past two years as on the exam date. This is also an easy section to crack after General English section. Current Affairs section consists of 30 questions out of total 150 questions. Students must try to complete 20 questions in 10 minutes in this section. Here are the preparation tips:

  • Students are advised to be up to date with news relating to the economy, sports, business and current events.
  • Students are advised to develop the habit of reading newspapers like ‘The Hindu’, ‘The Economic Times’ or ‘The Times of India’.
  • Students can also study ‘General Knowledge Digest- Mani Ram’ and ‘Manorama Yearbook’.

Analytical & Logical Reasoning: This is the most important section in the entire test. It tests the logical and critical thinking skills. Analytical & Logical reasoning section consists of 30 questions out of total 150 questions. In this section, the questions will be given in straightforward and easy to solve. Here are the preparation tips:

  • The best way to prepare for this section is to practice puzzle books. Shakuntala Devi Puzzle books and Mensa books are the most useful books for preparation.
  • Students can also refer the book written by RS Aggarwal’ Logical Reasoning. This book is meant especially for the logical reasoning section of various tests like CAT, XAT, SNAP and IIFT.
  • Students can also download and practice past year question papers to effectively prepare for the test. In conclusion, the SNAP exam tests the student’s overall ability to manage. It tests the time management and prioritization skills of the student. Hence, by focusing on improving effective time management and prioritization skills, the student can do very well in the test. All the best!