Hair loss is very difficult to accept and deal with for men, just think what it is like for women. However, if you can acknowledge the common causes of female hair loss you can take many steps to either prevent it or reduce its seriousness.
The Most Common Cause of Hair Loss in Women
Since female bodies work completely differently to male bodies, the leading cause of hair loss in women is – surprisingly – not genetic. It is actually hormonal. Changes in the levels of hormones, such as those seen during the menopause, thyroid conditions, pregnancy, the irregular usage of ‘The Pill’ or hormone replacement therapy, can actually cause temporary hair loss amongst the fairer sex.
When the level of hormones – like oestrogen or testosterone – in the body fluctuate, changes in the body that lead on from this can lead to the loss of hair. As an example, when a woman gives birth, her hormones may enter dormant phase while her body goes back to its state of pre-pregnancy. During this period of time – usually 3 to 6 months after giving birth – women may endure an increase in the rate of hair loss. Thankfully, this kind of hair loss is almost always only temporary and tends to settle down up to a year after giving birth.
Other Causes of Hair Loss in Women
If hormonal fluctuations turn out to not be responsible for hair loss in women, it could be stimulated by harmful hair care techniques, an unhealthy diet, stress, or illness. There could also be a hereditary element; if your female ancestors suffered with hair loss issues, chances are you could suffer too.
Since the majority of women spend a very long time styling and shaping their hair, this over-handling can sometimes lead to excessive hair loss. Perming, coloring or bleaching your hair can cause temporary and sometimes permanent damage to the hair follicles and thus lead to hair loss. Aggressive brushing, and shampooing can also contribute to hair loss in women.
Some illnesses such as anemia and infections can also lead to hair loss. Stress is a mitigating factor and will almost certainly lead to a rise in the level of hormones circulating throughout the bloodstream. The hormonal fluctuations – as mentioned above – can also cause problems with the processes in the body that are responsible for hair growth. Infection will disrupt the regular function of the body and cause problems with regular hair growth.
Another regular of hair loss in women is an unbalanced and poor diet. Women who follow an incredibly strict diet (low-carbohydrate diets especially) and lose weight too quickly can experience temporary hair loss, as can women who don’t consumer enough protein, essential fatty acids, zinc or vitamins through food consumption.
The other leading cause of hair loss in women is the same as in men. Female pattern baldness is a hereditary condition that arises as a result of a sensitivity to testosterone and other ‘androgens’ in the body. When these hormones are converted into a molecule known as DHT (dihydroxytestosterone) it begins a process to a situation where the hair follicles shut down production of new hair, causing baldness. Although the female incarnation is very similar to male pattern baldness, the hair loss experienced is almost always less severe.
Eliminating the Common Causes of Hair Loss
Since almost all causes of hair loss in females are temporary, there are many things that you can to do in order to help eliminate your condition. A good place to start is by following a healthy and balanced diet plan to ensure that you are getting all of your nutrients that you require in order to promote optimal hair growth. To further reduce your chance of hair loss, add a regular exercise program to your plan. Exercising will optimise the delivery of the proper nutrients to your hair follicles and will definitely reduce the effects that stress can have on your body.
You can also take steps to reduce the level of damage that you do to your hair during regular styling. If you chemically treat or colour your hair, consider stopping before permanent damage can be done. You should also try using a gentle shampoo, gentle hair care techniques you must avoid wearing tight hairstyles as this can exacerbate hair loss.
Although it is impossible to eliminate illness, certain hormonal changes, or your genetics, it is possible to take extra precautions in order help protect your hair growth. If you do fall ill, you should talk to your G.P. about ways you can prevent loss of your hair. If you become pregnant, are going through the menopause, or are experiencing other hormonal changes, be extra-careful with your hair, use a shampoo that is formulated for increasing your hair’s body and volume. Additionally, you should be eating foods that are rich in soy in order to help protect hormonal health.
Although hair loss in women is a major thing, it is usually only temporary and much easier to control once you understand its causes and the options that are available to you.