Hair loss in teenage girls is a frustrating and embarrassing ordeal and can cause emotional trauma at a critical time in their lives. Adding to their distress is the stigma of losing their hair.
There are several causes of hair loss in teenage girls. The good news is that hair loss can be prevented or treated successfully. But you will have to identify and address the underlying causes of the hair loss first.
What are the signs of hair loss in teenage girls?
- Balding which is confined to the crown. If this persists, the scalp of those girls who have thick or voluminous hair will become more visible.
- An itchy and flaky scalp. Not everyone experiences scalp irritation but for those who do, it may be a sign of sebum buildup or dandruff.
- In the beginning stages of hair loss your hair will regrow after the initial hair fall. But this regrowth will be thin and wispy.
- Those who suffer from hair loss will also notice fallen strands of hair on their pillow in the morning and in the drain after showering.
The Top 9 Causes of Hair Loss in Teenage Girls
- Medical conditions
Hair loss is sometimes triggered by medical conditions like scalp infections, thyroid issues, or skin ailments.
If you have symptoms of these disorders you should speak to your doctor. You may have to undergo a blood test or even a full medical examination to rule out these common conditions. If the problem is still undiagnosed, seek the help of a specialist.
A growing teenager undergoes many bodily changes, including changes in their hormones. Hormonal imbalance will affect their emotions, eating habits and their hair growth.
There is one special hormone dihydrotestosterone, or DHT which is the root cause of hair loss in everyone according to Dr. Manny Alvarez, the senior managing health editor of Fox News Channel. It manifests in men. Women and girls have lower levels of testosterone . Unfortunately, with the help of an enzyme that rests in the hair’s oil glands, testosterone changes to DHT. Then, DHT literally shrinks the hair follicles, causing hair to fall out. Teenage girls may experience this hair loss until the hormonal balance in their bodies is restored.
Acne is an embarrassing condition for people. Teens are often prescribed a potent oral retinol-based acne medication which affects hair growth. Prescription medicines that are prescribed for pimples, thyroid and other conditions can be one of the most common causes of hair loss.
The contraceptive pill is also known for thinning out the hair. In fact some doctors actually prescribe it to help teens who have excessive hair growth on their bodies. Contraceptives have also been found to be one of the reasons for hair loss in teenage girls. These, taken during teenage years create even more hormonal changes that have a negative impact on the hair. However, these do not affect every girl on the pill.
Hair loss during chemotherapy and radiation therapy is a distressing side effect especially for females. However, many prescription drugs — including some used to treat acne, bipolar disorder, and ADHD diet pills that contain amphetamines can also cause hair loss. Other medications including anticoagulants, beta blockers, and even high doses of vitamin A can cause hair loss. In fact any medication can cause hair loss, breakage and undesirable texture changes.
- Traction Alopecia
This is a common (but reversible) form of hair loss in teenagers. It is caused by overstyling of the hair. Essentially, traction occurs when the hair is pulled back into tight hairstyles or over-styled with the use of chemical-based treatments like bleaching or dyeing. Headgear such as helmets, headphones and masks can also cause traction alopecia. Teenage girls often use heat in blow dryers, curling rods and straighteners. Sustained pressure on the scalp and follicles loosen the hairs from its follicular roots and cause them to fall out. Prolonged traction can lead to permanent hair loss.
- Androgenetic Alopecia
This is the medical term for male-pattern baldness . There are many factors though genetics plays a large role in this condition. Recent studies show that genetic hair loss can be inherited from either parent in both boys and girls.
- Alopecia Areata (AA) is an autoimmune disorder characterized by patchy (typically circular) bald spots on the scalp and other parts of the body where hair growth occurs. This condition is present in both males and females and at any age. This form of hair loss also depends on many factors, including genetics, environment, hormonal imbalance and immunology.
In this psychological disorder, teenage girls compulsively pull out their own hair when they are nervous or distracted. It causes bald patches.
- Nutrient Deficiencies
Teenagers are fond of eating fast food or processed foods instead of whole, healthy foods rich in essential nutrients. These can contribute to thinning hair. Crash diets and over-exercising can also cause hair loss. Eat a well-balanced diet that includes Omega-3s-rich foods.
Good sources of omega-3s are fish and other seafood (especially cold-water fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, herring, and sardines).Nuts and seeds (such as flaxseed, chia seeds, and walnuts)plant oils (such as flaxseed oil, soybean oil, and canola oil).
Bad eating habits and eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia are factors responsible for hair loss in teenage girls.
American teens often eat a diet high in starch and fats and low in a nourishing variety of fruits and vegetables according to Dr. Manny Alvarez of Fox news. Nutrition plays a very important role in healthy, supple hair and skin. These teens can have deficiencies in important vitamins and nutrients for the hair. Ensure that your teenage girl includes a lot of vitamin-rich foods and fruits in her diet. She must drink lot of water every day. Regular exercise and proper sleep can also help combat hair loss in your teenage girl.
Stress is a major cause of hair thinning. Its main source is physical and emotional changes of adolescence and school and work-related responsibilities.
Top 5 Remedies for Preventing and Treating Hair Loss in Teenage Girls
- Eat a well-balanced diet. Ensure that your teenage girl eats protein and omega 3- rich foods. Our hair is made of protein called keratin.
- Train your teenage girl to keep her hair well oiled. Apply nourishing oil such as argan or coconut oil to her hair regularly. Learn more about coconut oil here.
There are also other essential oils which I wrote about in my article here.
- Wash and brush her hair gently. Avoid overstyling which can damage her hair,
- Consult a physician if your teenage daughter suffers from alopecia areata, trichotillomania, vitamin deficiencies, hormonal imbalances and other medical conditions. Iron deficiency is a main cause of hair loss.
- Last but not least reduce stress in your teen girl’s life.
Hair loss has a greater impact on the emotional well-being and quality of life of females. But, it can be especially so for teens and young adults. Fortunately, it is possible to stop early hair fall in the majority of cases and even reverse it. Of course, the approach you take will depend on the cause and severity. Hopefully, the 5 steps I wrote about above should take care of the problem.
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I hope you have found my article on the main causes of hair loss in teenage girls informative and helpful. If you have any comments or questions or experience any of these medical conditions, please share them in my comments section below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.