When most people think about hair loss, they think of it as a men’s issue. However, an increasing number of women are seeking treatment for hair loss. It is common knowledge that aging and certain medical treatments such as chemotherapy contribute to hair loss. However, there are many other factors that can contribute to hair loss, many of them women-specific. Here are the top reasons for hair loss in women.
There are many points in a woman’s life where she undergoes considerable hormone changes such as puberty, pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause. In all of these cases, hormone changes can contribute to hair loss. Your hair grows in cycles, consisting of periods of growth and rest. The change in hormones can disrupt this process, causing the periods of growth to shorten and the periods of rest to become more frequent.
Because birth control pills can affect your hormones, women who are more sensitive to these hormones can experience hair loss when taking these pills. Other types of medication can cause hair loss as well, including blood thinners, beta-adrenergic blockers used to control blood pressure, and anti-depressants. Hair loss is sometimes a side effect of these medications because they disrupt the natural processes of your body.
Extreme dieting can often cut important vitamins and nutrients out of your diet. Among the most important and most frequently cut out is protein. When protein levels in your body are low, your body may stop the hair growth process as a way to conserve protein. Similarly, low iron levels can lead to hair loss as well. This is especially important for women, as we typically have lower iron levels to begin with.
Extreme weight loss, even when it is healthy weight loss, can contribute to hair loss because of the extreme stress it puts on the body. Any significant stress on the body disrupts its natural processes and can cause confusion. In these cases, hair loss is a side effect of this disruption
It’s no secret that use of heat-related tools such as straighteners, curling irons, and blow-dryers lead to damage. However, these tools can also lead to hair thinning and overall hair loss. Similarly, wearing hair pulled tightly in a tight ponytail, cornrows, or other tight hairstyles can cause hair loss as well. Over time, the stress on your scalp causes damage in your hair and slows the growing process.
Certain skin conditions such as dandruff, psoriasis, and fungal infections like ringworm can contribute to hair loss. When your scalp is unhealthy and/or inflamed, it is more difficult for your hair to grow. These conditions can contribute to hair thinning and slowed hair growth.
Non Skin-Related Diseases
There are some diseases that we do not typically associate with the skin or hair that can contribute to hair loss. Thyroid disease, lupus, and diabetes are among these diseases. Those who are anemic or have eating disorders can often experience hair loss as well. In these cases, treatment for the hair loss consists of treatment for the disease itself. Hair loss is an unfortunate side effect of these conditions.
There are certain women-specific diseases that can also contribute to hair loss. Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a disorder that causes an imbalance in male and female sex hormones in the body. This imbalance leads to an overrepresentation of male hormones. Because of the hormonal changes that this disease causes, it can lead to thinning and hair loss. Trichotillomania is a disorder that causes a person to have the compulsive urge to pull her hair out. This disease is four times more common in women than in men.
Although many people think of male-pattern baldness as the only genetic link to hair loss, in reality, hereditary-pattern baldness is not gender exclusive. Women can receive this trait from parents of either gender. Scientists do not know the exact strand of DNA involved in balding and hair loss, but it is clear that there is a genetic link that can be passed down from both mothers and fathers.
InVisions | CT Women’s Hair Loss Solutions
InVisions of Connecticut offers an amazing selection of female hair loss solutions, from non-surgical hair replacement, to proven multi-therapeutic hair loss treatment programs, and the finest in European 100% human hair wigs and hair additions.
Whether the cause of your hair loss is due to alopecia, chemotherapy or other medical treatments, trichotillomania, simple genetics or other hair loss reasons, we will work one-on-one with you to answer all your hair loss and hair restoration questions and help you find the best hair loss solution for you. Our team of caring hair loss restoration specialists has the professional expertise and knowledge to give you the most natural looking, completely undetectable hair replacement solutions, whether beautiful human hair wigs, hair pieces, hair extensions, hair systems and more to help you look and feel your best.
Now you can stop thinking about the hair you’ve lost and start imagining the hair you can have.