Updated: Sep 1
Top 5 Reasons for Hair Loss:
Per Cleveland Clinic...
Hair loss in women is just that — when a woman experiences unexpected, heavy loss of hair. Generally, humans shed between 50 and 100 single hairs per day. Hair shedding is part of a natural balance — some hairs fall out while others grow in. When the balance is interrupted — when hair falls out and less hair grows in — hair loss happens. Hair loss is different than hair shedding. The medical term for hair loss is “alopecia.”
3 Types of Hair Loss:
Anagen effluvium: This is caused by medications that poison a growing hair follicle (like chemotherapy).
Telogen effluvium: This is caused by an increased number of hair follicles reaching the telogen phase, which is the stage where hair falls out.
Androgenetic alopecia/female pattern alopecia/female pattern hair loss (FPHL)/baldness: This type is the most common. Hair thins over the top of the head and on the sides.
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Many people think that hair loss only affects men. However, it is estimated that more than 50% of women will experience noticeable hair loss. The most significant cause of hair loss in women is female-pattern hair loss (FPHL), which affects about one-third of susceptible women, which equals out to some 30 million women in the United States.
Who Experiences Hair Loss:
Any girl or woman can be affected by hair loss. However, it is usually more common in:
Women older than 40.
Women who have just had babies.
Women who have had chemotherapy and those who have been affected by other medications.
Women who often have hairstyles that pull on the hair (like tight ponytails or tight braids) or use harsh chemicals on their hair.
What are the common causes of hair loss in women?
Shock or Traumatic event, like death, divorce, extreme financial stress...
Hair style: Your style of hair can cause hair loss when your hair is arranged in ways that pull on your roots, like tight ponytails, braids, or corn rows. This type of hair loss is called traction alopecia. If hair follicles are damaged, the loss can be permanent.
Dieting (rapid weight loss).
Over processed scalp hair (breakage).
What causes anagen effluvium (Medication or medical treatment like Chemotherapy) hair loss?
Toxic substances, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy and some medications. These cause sudden hair loss that can occur anywhere on your body. It happens to hair in the growth stage. Sometimes, this type of hair loss can be permanent if your hair follicles are damaged.
What causes telogen effluvium (shape of follicle root changes ) hair loss?
Extreme physical stress or shock to your body: This causes temporary hair loss. This category includes events like losing a lot of weight, surgery, anemia, illness and having a baby.
Shock or Traumatic event, Extreme emotional stress: mental illness, the death of a loved one, etc.
An abnormal thyroid.
Medications and supplements: blood pressure medicines, gout medicines and high doses of Vitamin A.
Hormone changes caused by pregnancy, menopause or birth control pills.
What causes FPHL (Female Pattern Hair Loss)?
Genes: Your family’s genes can cause thinning of hair along the top of your head.
Aging: Hormone changes as you age can cause balding.
Menopause: This type of hair loss often gets worse when estrogen is lost during menopause.
There are also some conditions that affect hair loss:
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune skin disease that causes patchy hair loss on your head and possibly other places on your body. It’s usually not permanent.
What are the signs of hair loss in women?
Seeing more hair fall out daily either on your brush, on the floor, in showers, on your pillows, or in the sink.
Seeing noticeable patches of thinner or missing hair, including a part on the top of your head that gets wider.
Seeing scalp skin through hair
Having smaller ponytails.
Seeing hair break off.
How is hair loss in women treated?
Treatment depends on the cause of your hair loss.
In cases where the loss is due to stress or hormone changes like pregnancy, there might be no treatment needed. The hair loss will stop after a period of time.
In cases of hair loss being due to hair styling practices, like tight braids or ponytails or certain chemicals, treatment means not doing the things that caused the damage.
In cases due to nutritional deficiencies, you might be told to take supplements. For instance, you might be told to take a multivitamin and three to five milligrams of biotin daily.
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