Causes of female hair loss
Hair loss in women is considered less common than male pattern baldness, yet studies have shown that around one in five women over the age of 25 have suffered some form of loss or thinning. Many women find the experience of hair loss particularly traumatic.
Due to the perceived social stigma attached to female hair loss compared to male pattern baldness, many women are devastated when their hair starts to fall out, after all isn’t a woman’s hair her crowning glory ?
As is the case with men, genetics can actually play a significant role in female hair loss. If you have a family history of hair loss – on your mother’s or father’s side – you may be at greater risk. Hormonal imbalances can also play into both male and female hair loss. For this reason, the menopause is often a time when women will experience some form of hair loss or thinning. Pregnancy can also cause hair loss for the same reasons, although women are more likely to recover after they have given birth and their hormones have returned to a normal level.
Stress and trauma can also be key triggers for female hair loss. Studies have shown that in addition to the emotional effects, stress can produce higher levels of testosterone and constrict the blood flow to the capillaries, all of which can interrupt the hair growth cycle and make it harder for your follicles to get the nutrients they need.
Health problems such as thyroid disease are also potential causes of hair loss in some women, as are a variety of medications including steroids, birth control and blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes treatments. Some medications only cause hair loss while you’re taking them, but if you have a chronic or long-term condition, it is not always possible to come off them.
It might even be your environment or lifestyle that is causing or accelerating your hair loss. Excessive UV exposure – such as excessive tanning or failing to properly protect yourself from sun damage – can damage your hair and accelerate the ageing process on your scalp cells, in addition to putting you at increased risk of skin cancer. Nutritional issues caused by a poor diet or natural deficiencies in essential vitamins can also cause problems. You may even be suffering due to environmental pollutants in the air and water where you live.
Finally, in many cases, female hair loss is simply a side effect of the natural ageing process. As we get older our hair follicles naturally deteriorate, and although the patterns of receding hairlines and balding that are typically experienced by men are rare, most women will find their hair thinning to some degree as they enter their post menopausal years.
If you’re suffering from female hair loss, it’s important to identify the cause to ensure that it’s not a sign of a more serious underlying medical condition. If your hair loss is affecting your confidence or sense of self, you can pursue a number of options to disguise or treat your condition,
If you are starting to lose your hair its important that you act quickly. Contact us today to arrange a free consultation and start the process of reversing your hair loss problem.
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