Hair loss in women is a lot more common than we realize. In fact. research shows that 30% may experience thinning or bald patches in their lifetime. So what exactly are the causes of hair loss in women?
Here is an overview of the top 5 things responsible for loss of hair in women:
5. Hair Styling
One common reason is overuse of styling products or constant pulling on the hair such as wearing tight braids for a long period of time. As obsessed as us woman are with styling our hair, we can cause a lot of damage and may need to think about alternatives if we want to keep our crowning glory.
4. Poor Diet
Unfortunately in the body conscious society we live in, many woman now are surviving on too few calories or false ‘diet’ foods which can cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Two of the essential nutrients we need – proteins and fatty acids are often missing from such low calorie or fad diets and along with other deficiencies, these can cause hair loss in women as well as other health problems and is normally easily rectified by making positive changes to your diet or finding the right supplements to replace the missing nutrients.
Our lives in general are becoming increasingly stressful and many women will go through periods of thinning hair or bald patches when they are severely stressed. In many cases, severe emotional or physical stress is caused by life events such as death of a close one or a stressful divorce. It can also be related to a shock to the system due to injury, illness or surgery. As with the hormonal factors, this type of hair loss in women is usually temporary however, the psychological distress of thinning or baldness can also add to the stress making it feel a lot worse. It is important for women to get help for this to minimize the impact on their long term emotional wellness.
A common form of temporary hair loss is hormonal. Factors such as pregnancy, thyroid and menopause can be contributing factors. The change in hormones can cause the hair follicles to move to a resting state and women may notice thinning patches several weeks later. The good news is that this type of hair loss is normally temporary, however, re-growth often takes a long time and it is for this reason that some women may choose to use supplements to help with faster re-growth.
Although not as common as with men, women may also inherit a genetic condition that means they react to testosterone in their body converting it into DHT, a hormone formed by the metabolism of testosterone. This is turn causes the follicles to go into their resting state faster so the hair gets thinner with each growth cycle. This is known as ‘Female Pattern Baldness’. The good news is that there are effective treatments that can help with this.
Now that you know what the most common causes of hair loss in women are, you should be able to recognise which one applies the most to you. Some of the causes are temporary and for the others, there are some treatments out there worth considering. If you think your hair loss may be as a result of other underlying factors, you should of course always consult with your doctor for further advice.
Article by: Jo Mayfield
Jo Mayhead is a researcher of hair loss issues affecting both men and women. To learn about a new natural hair loss remedy that Jo recently discovered and how this contrasts to other hair loss treatment options, visit http://www.banish-baldness.com