Everyone experiences hair shedding. On average, everyone loses 80 stands of hair a day. You can find this shed hair in the shower or your rug, among other places. However, if you are losing a significantly larger amount of hair than this, then you have reason to be concerned, especially if the hair isn’t growing back.
As you can see hair loss is perfectly normal. Although significant hair loss is not normal, it is very common, even among women. I was surprised to find that every 1 in 3 women experience significant hair loss. When I was losing a lot of my hair I was comforted by this statistic, and even more comforted by the fact that many women have gone through hair loss, treated it and are now living with healthier hair.
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There are range of conditions and experiences that can lead to hair loss. The reason for hair loss in women can vary. Identifying the reason behind your hair loss gives you the information you need in order to tackle the hair loss effectively.
Below is a list the most common reasons for hair loss. Please read through it and interrogate you symptoms in order to help you identify the reason behind your hair loss.
You make think twice about pulling your hair out when you are stressed because you hair can fall out on its own. Stress weakens the immune system, increases the body’s production of DHT, the main culprit in hair loss, and can trigger bad eating habits and dandruff which all contribute to hair loss. To learn more about how stress can result in hair loss click here.
Dramatic Weight Loss
Although you may have weight loss goals, it is important to work towards those goals in a way that does not negatively impact you. Whether the weight loss is intentional or not, you can experience hair loss 6-12 weeks after a dramatic drop. Losing weight in a hasty manner can put your body under a significant amount of stress, triggering hair loss. Also, eating according to certain diets can cause your body to have certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies, causing you to lose hair in excess.
So when are approaching weight loss and a healthy diet, it is better to commit to a balance lifestyle rather than an extreme workout routine and diet that last a certain period of time.
Vigorously manipulating and styling your hair can result in hair loss. Dying your hair, treating it with harsh chemicals, blow-drying it or plaiting your hair too tight or flat ironing your hair excessively decreases the health of your hair. Continued mistreatment of your scalp and hair leads to breakage and hair fall out.
It is recommended that you avoid the styles and treatments mentioned above, such as avoiding chemical treatments and limiting the amount of times you use put your hair under heat.
As you grow old your body changes, and so does your hair. Your hair will naturally become finer as you approach old age. With women, hair loss becomes more frequent.
It is normal but there are products and treatments you can use to improve your hair health to limit hair loss
Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism
Hypothyroidism And Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland is under-active causing an imbalance in the thyroid. This negatively affects hair loss because it results in the irregualted production of protein and tissue use of oxygen in the body. Thus, a thyroid imbalance can be detrimental to your hair follicles as they are dependent on oxygen and protein. Hypothyroidism can also lead to anemia; a condition that arises from the lack of iron deficiency. Iron in your body plays an important role in producing hair cell protein, therefore an iron deficit can negatively affect your hair follicles, thus contributing to hair loss.
Synthetic thyroid medication can be taken to treat hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism and iron supplements can be taken to treat anemia. Consult your doctor if you are suffering from either of these conditions.
Pregnancy and Child Birth
This hair loss is also commonly known as postpartum hair loss. Pregnancy puts the body under a significant amount of stress. The stress, caused by the physical and hormonal changes, along with the experience of giving birth, can cause hair loss. Hair loss resulting from pregnancy is more commonly seen after the birth of the baby.
Regarding hair loss caused by pregnancy, hair growth can be expected within a few months. This is a completely normal experience, it will all work out.
Change in Birth Control
Changing birth control changes the hormonal balance in the body. As seen above, hormones play a large role in the hair growth cycle, so changing birth control changes your body’s hormone levels, potentially triggering hair loss.
This not something to worry about, it is normal. As your hormones re-balance, hair regrowth can be expected.
There are certain conditions that cause hair loss that you may be predisposed to. An easy way to check if you are predisposed to such a condition is to look at your family members. If your mom, dad, aunt, or anyone else in your family is struggling with hair loss problems, you may be predisposed to them too. Being predisposed to such a condition means that your body is sensitive to male hormones, such as testosterone. This means when your body is exposed to this hormone, it is more likely to react negatively leading to hair loss.
If you have noticed patches of hair loss, usually in the shape of a coin, on your scalp, you may have alopecia areata. This an autoimmune condition where the immune system is over active causing white blood cells to target hair follicles and attack them. This results in sudden hair loss. The hair follicles remain in the resting phase for an extended, indeterminable period of time. If the hair loss is not treated, the hair loss can continue. A person’s genetic make-up coupled with other factors, such as stress, can trigger alopecia. To find out more about alopecia, click here.
Female Pattern Hair Loss
This condition is also called androgenetic alopecia. About 50% of women experience female pattern baldness, more commonly by women who are over the age of 60. If you have androgenic alopecia, your hair follicles decrease in size causing hair growth to be thinner leading to hair loss and a halt in hair growth. Your hair follicles are sensitive to the normal amount of testosterone in your body causing the hair follicles to become smaller. Typically, you will notice your hair becoming in thinner on the area on top of your head and/or in the area toward the front of your head.
If you have noticed large clomps of your hair suddenly falling out when you brush it or shower, you may have telogen effluvium. This condition is characterized by hair loss occurring all over the head. Telogen effluvium only occurs in people who are predisposed to hair loss. This condition can be triggered by illness, stress, certain medications or hormones. If you have this condition, certain changes in the body, cause numerous hair follicles to move into the resting phase of the hair growth cycle. The hair follicles remain here for an extended period of time which results in hair loss. In this case, hair usually grows back in six months, however it is recommended to identify the reason for the hair loss and find the best way to treat the hair loss.
If you find yourself facing hair loss, do not panic, remember stressing will not help you. Hair loss is a common experience and can be overcome. You may be embarrassed by your appearance or worried that your hair will not grow back, but there are many places where you can find information and support. Even though at times it may not feel like it, but your hair doesn’t determine your beauty. Whether you have bald patches or are completely bald, you are gorgeous as ever!
If you are faced with any of the conditions above, or know of any other reasons behind hair loss, please comment below. Let’s support and help each other.
Please note that this article is for information purposes only. If you are seeking medical advice please consult your doctor.