What are the possible causes of women’s hair loss
The Primary cause is family history. Female Pattern Baldness is usually a gradual shedding over time. The scalp becomes easier to see over a long period of time. If you feel that your hair is falling out fast, or falling out in huge amounts, consult a Doctor and here are some things you can check before your appointment.
Hormonal changes can also cause your hair to fall out. I think we can all remember pulling wads of hair out of the shower drain when out babies where a few months old. Pregnancy disrupts of cycle of growth, resting, and shedding. We essentially stay in resting phase and some moms will experience their hair actually gets thinker! Menopause, is the other end of the hormonal cycle. The testosterone in our systems starts to go down and with it, our hair often starts thinning.
Some medical conditions have the unpleasant effect of making your hair fall out. When a client asks me about sudden or excessive hair loss, I will always ask them to get their thyroid checked. That gland in your throat regulates your metabolism. A simple blood test will ensure your T3 and T4 levels are normal. Women with diabetes or Lupus can also experience hair loss. I hesitate to mention this, but it’s important to note that if you or your kid are losing a lot of hair it can also be a symptom of a possibly disordered diet. In all these cases, medical intervention is absolutely necessary.
Some other conditions that cause patchy hair loss: Alopecia Areata is losing your hair in spots. It’s an autoimmune disorder and is pretty rare (2% of people). Ringworm (Tinea Capitis) is a fungal infection, usually affecting the hair follicle. There are both topical and oral antifungal treatments for this. If you have kids in school, it’s not unlikely.
Medication can also affect hair growth. We’re all pretty familiar with the side effects of cancer treatments. If you’re going through chemotherapy, ask if they have a Cold Cap. It’s shown to have a lot of benefits for keeping your hair. I would also be happy to help you do the big chop, it you feel that the discomfort of a cap is not for you. Some anti depression medications can cause hair loss as well as some blood pressure and arthritis medications.
Sudden, traumatic life events. If you have suffered a very stressful event, I would say any of the big ones, Marriage, Divorce, Moving, Serious Illness, or Death of a loved one (including pets), can trigger hair loss.
Lastly, hairstyling can be a contributing factor. Tight ponytails or buns can not only break hair, it can also cause Traction Hair loss along the hairline. This is a real problem with women who enjoy sewn in hair extensions. People who wear hats and helmets daily can also have similar issues.
It’s important to use caution when handling your hair. Gentle scalp message is preferred over vigorous scrubbing. I’m not a fan of brushing personally, but Wet Brushes have changed my professional life. They go through tangled hair like butter, especially when used with conditioner. I’ve mentioned tight hairstyles and weaves, but also heat styling can be a problem. Try to keep the temperature as low as possible. Set the curling or flat iron high enough to work, but low enough to not damage your hair. My darling niece allowed a friend to straighten her hair and ended up burning her curls out. It took a long time to get her natural texture back.
Check your meds. See if hair loss is possible side effect. Ask your doctor if there is a different formulation available to help you. Check your supplements. Selenium can cause a problem (but only at toxic levels…). Always, always, always check your B vitamins. Low Riboflavin (B2) and Biotin (B7) can cause your hair to fall out, not mention create issues with nerves and brain function.
There are a ton of options for treating hair loss in women. Please see the links below for some products that might be helpful for you. Like most products, you may have to try a couple to find the one, or ones, that work best for you.