For many women hair loss is a very sensitive topic that they do not feel comfortable talking about and even the thought of communicating their concerns about this problem to those near and dear to them, can be very daunting. The hair is a woman’s crowning glory and hair loss has a greater impact on women than hair loss does on men , because it’s can severely affect their emotional well-being.
As part of the hair renewal process, it is normal to lose between 50-100 hairs a day. But most people suffer from excessive hair loss at one time. About one-third of women experience hair loss (alopecia) at some time in their lives. It can start any time after the onset of puberty but among postmenopausal women, as many as two-thirds suffer hair thinning or bald spots
Hair loss or alopecia is a common problem afflicting 25 per cent of women and 75 per cent of men at some point in their lives.Most women in their 50s or 60s and those who are ageing will notice this but it can happen at any age and there are a variety of reasons for this:
The most common cause is physical and emotional stress which cause hair follicles to fall out.But hair loss will increase approximately two months after the stress begins and cease about four months after the stress stops.
2. Genetic Factors
The family genes of an individual are a major factor in determining whether a person suffers from baldness or not. This problem often runs in a family . So if most of your family members and close relatives suffer from baldness, then you may also develop the problem at some time of your life.This hereditary disorder is called “androgenetic alopecia” which affects around 20-25% of women.
The risk increases with age, and it’s higher for women with a history of hair loss on either side of the family.
3. Medical Factors
Several medications like anti-depressants, chemotherapy, drugs, anti-cholestrol drugs and birth control pills can cause or contribute to female hair loss. Certain drugs for the treatment of an underlying disease may result in hair loss. Prednisone for instance, which is used to reduce inflammation and to suppress your immune system is one of them. If this happens the doctor may ask you to stop using it for three months.
4. Medical Conditions
Among the factors that cause hair loss are generalized or local skin disease, anemia,autoimmune diseases, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and skin conditions such as psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis.
Hormonal changes are a factor in severe hair loss problems. A decline of testoterone production leads to low estrogen levels. Many experts have already discovered that menopause has an immediate impact on the the amount of estrogens and testosterone in a woman’s body. Testosterone deficiency results in low hair growth and is the cause of female balding. Low estrogen levels cause a decline of testosterone production.Deficiency of testosterone results in low hair growth, which eventually causes female balding. Another contributory factor is thyroid problems.
6. Poor care of the scalp
Any kind of blockages on the scalp can suffocate the hair cuticle and prevent it from ‘ breathing’ and may cause the hair from growing to its full potential. ‘Healthy hair begin with a healthy scalp’, says a writer on hair loss.
Vitamin deficiency is a factor for women who suffer from hair loss .Vitamin B12 and D are relatively common deficiencies . B12 can only be obtained from animal sources and explains why deficiency is common in vegetarians and vegans. 85% of the Vitamin D is produced via our exposure to the sun.
Poor nutrition is another factor that causes hair loss. Iron deficiency in women who have a history of anemia or heavy menstrual bleeding may need to take a supplement to stop hair loss.
Sudden weight loss is a sign of an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia.A strict diet plan may cause nutrient deficiency in the body or sudden and extreme weight loss that has an impact on health hair.
8. Certain hair styles and treatments
Thin hair is sometime self-inflicted. Too tight braids is a factor in hair loss and is called traction alopecia.Damage and breakage are also caused by over brushing and aggressive drying with a towel when the hair is wet.
Chemical treatment, dyes ,bad brushes, blow dryers and flat irons can harm the hair.,
Luckily, for most , the loss can be reversed with medical treatments. But it is important to consult a dermatologist if you have any hair loss issues.
9. Radiation and exposure to chemicals
Finally, these can cause hair loss and precautions should be taken to minimize the danger.
So the above are causes for women’s hair loss and in these pages, I will try to do my best to recommend the best treatments for this problem.