Youthful looks have long been associated with thick and luscious tresses. Every woman wants to retain her crowning glory so that she can adorn it with the latest accessories and on-trend hairstyles. Unfortunately, many experience unwanted hair loss and stress. Shedding around 200 hairs in a day is considered normal, as new hair growth soon replaces the lost hair strands. However, when you experience less hair growth than loss, you know you are dealing with what is medically termed as ‘alopecia’. Hormones can be the culprit.
Signs of hair loss and who is most susceptible
It is advisable to consult your doctor if you start noticing higher than average daily hair fall. You will probably see thinning patches on your head, usually at the top, through which you can see bigger portions of your scalp. Plus, you might notice a large number of hair strands on your pillow, your hairbrush, or in the shower.
Hair loss usually affects pregnant women or those who have just delivered a child. It also affects women in their 40s and over (due to the changes in hormones related to menopause) and people on medications or undergoing particular medical treatment.
Significant causes of hair loss
Deficiency of certain vitamins in your body, most significantly biotin.
Sudden weight loss and extreme dieting.
Wearing your hair in ways that pull on your hair roots can cause temporary and sometimes permanent hair loss if there is damage to the hair follicles. These include tying your hair in tight braids or ponytails.
Types of female hair loss
Anagen effluvium: This hair loss results from medical procedures such as radiation treatment or chemotherapy. This sudden hair loss can happen to any part of your body. It is known to affect hair that is in the growth stage hair.
Telogen effluvium: This is caused when numerous hair follicles get to the telogen stage. Causes of this hair loss include pregnancy and delivery, other surgeries, menopause, and sudden and massive weight loss. It could also be severe mental or emotional anxiety, an ill-functioning thyroid, birth control, and certain medications which comprise Vitamin A.
Androgenetic alopecia: This hair loss is called female-pattern hair loss (FPHL) and affects approximately 30 million American women. You will find your hair thinning at the top and the sides. Causes of this hair loss could be genetic, hormonal, or the effect of menopause and aging.
How to diagnose alopecia in women and the treatments available
Blood tests are used to check for vitamin deficiencies and determine hormone imbalances. Scalp examinations are another way to diagnose alopecia. Scalp micro-needling, hair transplant, and protein-rich plasma (PRP) filled injections can help stop hair loss and promote new hair growth in women.
Hair loss can be due to several factors but don’t rule out your hormones. Contact a Transitions Hair Loss Center today if you’ve been struggling with hair loss. To find a location near you click here.