Hair loss in men and women is normal. It’s true that men are more likely to lose their hair than women, mostly due to more male hormones called Androgens. (More on that later). But thinning hair and hair loss are also common in women, and no less demoralizing. A woman’s body goes through a lot of changes through her entire course of life. These changes can at times be a contributing factor in hair loss. Reasons can range from the simple and temporary vitamin deficiency to the more complex, like an underlying health condition.In this article, I will discuss some of the major reasons for Hair Loss in Women that I’ve observed over the years in my clinic.
Bad hair etiquette is quite common factor that contributes the Hair Loss in Women.Excessive use of hairstyling tools like strengtheners and curling iron or hair products like gels, mousse, sprays, colours, etc. can damage the hair shaft and prolonged usage can hamper its growth. Tight ponytails, wrong combs, parting your hair, can further aggravate the condition.Even excessive colouring of hair and wrong selection of Shampoo can cause hair loss.
Anemia is another major factor causing Hair Fall observed in many Women in India. Anemia is a result of iron deficiency in one’s blood. Many women may be anemic due to heavy menstruation or inadequate folic acid in their body. This results in low production of hemoglobin which means less oxygen to your organs. When oxygen does not reach your hair follicles, they tend to be weak and break easily. This results in hair fall.Similarly, Protein deficiency can cause hair loss. Our hair is made of a protein called keratin. When we do not eat protein-rich foods, it depletes from our body making the hair brittle. This leads to weak strands which fall prematurely.
Women who are on birth control pills can have side-effects like hair loss if they abruptly stop using them. Other hormonal pills and therapies can have a similar effect. Diet Control for Weight Loss is another factor that may have Hair Loss as its side-effect.Crash dieting and losing a lot of weight suddenly or too quickly can adversely affect the growth of your hair. This is because, usually these diets deprive your body of essential nutrients or put a ban on eating certain food groups which then impact your hair growth.
Any kind of physical trauma, like surgery or a severe illness, even the flu, can cause temporary hair loss. This can trigger a type of hair loss called telogen effluvium. Hair has a programmed life cycle: a growth phase, rest phase and shedding phase. When you have a really stressful event, it can shock the hair cycle, (pushing) more hair into the shedding phase. Pregnancy is one example of the type of physical stress that can cause hair loss (that and hormones). Pregnancy-related hair loss is seen more commonly after your baby has been delivered rather than actually during pregnancy.
Medical illnesses like thyroid disease can cause noticeable Hair Loss in Women. Thyroid is responsible for secreting triiodothyronine and thyroxine hormones which are needed for proper growth and development of our body. When a person suffers from hypo or hyperthyroidism, there is excess or low secretion of these hormones which can lead to deficiencies if not treated on time. Hair loss is one of the complications due to various changes taking place in your body. In an autoimmune disease, our body creates antibodies against our own cells and tissues. They attack hair as well as other organs resulting in hair loss.
In many cases, there are ways to treat both male and female hair loss. It all depends on the cause. But in order to treat this problem, we first need to figure out the root cause of it so that the apt treatment method can be suggested. We, at TressEZ, have a state-of-art Lab Setup to analyze your Hair Loss problem and prescribe you the treatment accordingly. So, next time when you see hair on your pillow, don’t panic or get disheartened; consult TressEZ expert and get advanced & effective treatment for your Hair Loss problem.