Female’s Hair Loss
Women’s Hair Loss: Causes & Solutions
All About Hair
We can certainly look at the beautiful masterpiece “the birth of Venus” by Sandro Botticelli to understand how important and majestic hair is for women.
More so than for men, hair for women is intertwined with our sense of beauty, our personality, confidence, aura and even I dare to say what characterizes us as women. So, when we start losing excessive hair, it affects us deeply. Just shaving it all is not necessarily an option for most women compared to men in this situation.
Losing hair as a woman is not as rare as one might think and is actually quite common especially over 50 years of age but can happen as early as in their 30s. At Nar London, we are always against the sense of shame or taboo surrounding this important topic. In fact, Fewer than 45% of women go through their whole lives with a full head of hair!
Continue reading to learn more about what causes hair loss in women and about treatment strategies. You’ll learn that some types of hair loss in women are temporary, while others may be permanent and require treatment.
Hair Loss in Women
When most media talk about hair loss, it seems that this is mostly an issue concerning men, but women experience it, too.
What causes hair loss in women? Female pattern hair loss (FPHL) is a common cause, and it increases as we age. This type of hair loss may begin in a woman as early as her 40’s. FPHL is hereditary, and genes inherited from either the mother, the father or both may contribute to the condition.
Women who experience hair loss often experience psychological distress and impaired social functioning as a result of it. As female pattern hair loss tends to be a chronic, progressive condition, early diagnosis and treatment are critical. This may help arrest subsequent hair loss.
Some treatments may even help stimulate the growth of new hair. Moreover, stopping hair loss in women is possible depending on the cause and how early the problem is identified. If you think you are suffering from FPHL, you can book a free consultation at Nar London.
Let’s do a quick and short explanation about hair. You can also read more here.
As you probably know, the human scalp contains about 100,000 hair follicles. Hair grows from its roots and blood vessels, allowing hair to grow.
Hair grows up and toward the skin, passing an oil gland. Oil glands keep hair shiny and soft. However, too much oil could make hair greasy. Actually, the Hair is dead by the time it pokes out through the skin. Also, Hair on the head grows at a rate of about half an inch per month. Hair on your head remains there for between 2 to 6 years. That is about the length of time for the growth phase. Then the hair stops growing for a period before it falls out. The resting phase of the hair follicle is called the telogen phase. Then the cycle starts anew.
Is Hair Loss Normal?
Absolutely, losing hair is perfectly normal. Generally, Hair falls out after it completes the 2-to-6-year growth phase. As a matter of fact, the average person loses about 50 to 100 hairs per day.
However, it is an issue when the loss is excessive. Excessive hair loss in women may be apparent by the following: If your hair starts to fall out in clumps, especially when you brush it or are in the shower, you should seek advice. If you notice that you can see larger areas of your scalp or that your hair is thinning, get a diagnosis and treatment of your hair loss condition asap. Though, the issue in hair loss is that we notice it when a lot has already been lost.
What could cause Hair Loss?
There are many different types of hair loss with a variety of potential underlying causes. Several medical conditions are associated with hair loss in women. Common causes include thyroid problems and hormone imbalances.
When the underlying cause of hair loss is diagnosed and treated, hair loss may stop, and hair may grow back. Stress, nutritional factors, and genetics may also play a role in hair loss. Severe physical stress such as going through childbirth, surgery, or suffering a serious illness may precipitate a type of hair loss called telogen effluvium. This is a condition in which stress forces large numbers of follicles to enter the resting phase, and after a few months, hair will fall out.
Other potential causes of hair loss include radiation therapy, cancer, kidney failure, liver failure, medication side effects, and autoimmune disease.
Alopecia areata is a condition that causes hair loss in round patches on the scalp and body.
Extreme physical or emotional stress may trigger sudden hair loss in women. Hair loss due to physical or emotional stress is called telogen effluvium. Circumstances that may precipitate this pattern of hair loss include serious illness or injury, surgery, severe emotional upset, blood loss, and weight loss. Sometimes a reaction to medication may trigger this kind of hair loss. Telogen effluvium may last for 6 to 8 months before resolving.
Thyroid & Hair loss
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that rests in the front base of the neck. It secretes thyroid hormones that are used by every cell in the body. There is a connection between hair loss in women and thyroid disease. Imbalances in thyroid hormone levels are a common reason for hair loss in women. Too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) and too little thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism) may both trigger hair loss.
In addition to hair loss, hypothyroidism may be associated with weight gain, fatigue, feeling cold, slow heart rate, and constipation. Thankfully, thyroid hormone imbalances are easily detectable with blood tests.
PCOS & Hair Loss
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition in women in which the body produces more androgens than it should. This is a potential cause of hormonal hair loss in women. Women who suffer from this condition may grow facial hair and extra body hair. One of the other symptoms of this condition is thinning of hair on the head. Women affected with PCOS may also experience weight gain, acne, menstrual irregularities, ovulation problems, depression, and infertility.
Ringworm (tinea capitis)
Ringworm is a fungal skin infection that causes patches of hair loss. The medical name for ringworm on the scalp is tinea capitis. The infection starts out as a small pimple that grows larger. Affected areas are itchy, red, inflamed, scaly patches with temporary baldness. People may have one or more bald spots. Tinea capitis is one potential cause of hair loss in women that is reversible.
The fungus triggers hair loss by causing hair to become brittle and break off. The skin often appears most red around the edge of the lesion, with a more normal-appearing skin tone in the center. The condition is contagious with skin-to-skin contact. See your doctor in order to treat ringworm with oral antifungal medication.
Giving Birth & Hair Loss
Women have much fuller hair during pregnancy, but they might experience hair loss after giving birth. This said, losing hair after pregnancy is normal. That’s because hormones and hair loss in women are linked. Hair falls out after women give birth due to decreasing estrogen levels. The good news is that after this shedding period, hair fullness often returns to normal within 1 to 2 years. To accelerate the process you can also have PRP treatments.
Crash Diets & Hair Loss
Crash diets might get you quick weight loss, but beware of their impact on your health. If you lose significant weight quickly, you may lose a significant amount of hair within a matter of months. Inadequate protein and nutrients are some of the potential reasons for hair loss in women. We recommend having a healthy, balanced eating plan. Fresh fruit, vegetables, lean meats, and complex carbs give your body the fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals you need to maintain a healthy body, including a full head of hair. Also, an excess vitamin A may lead to excessive loss of hair.
Hair Styling & Hair Loss
Loosen up! Avoid hair styling that pulls on the hair and leads to hair loss (traction alopecia). The constant tension can irritate the scalp and may cause hair to fall out. Your hair should grow back if traction alopecia was to blame for losing your hair. However, beware especially of long-term use of tight hairstyles. These may scar your scalp and lead to permanent hair loss.
Cancer & Hair Loss
Radiation and chemotherapy used to treat cancer are some of the common causes of hair loss in women. Both therapies harm hair follicles in addition to killing cancer cells. People undergoing cancer treatment often experience dramatic hair loss as a result of these therapies. The good news is that once cancer treatment is over, hair tends to grow back.
Book a Free Consultation
If you suspect suffering from excessive hair loss, then you can book a free consultation at Nar London, Harley Street. We will be able to see the stage of your condition and can propose a course of treatments to deal with your condition. Do not wait as time is of the essence in treating hair loss.