Saturday, 19 March 2016

3 reasons for Women's Hair Loss



Hair loss can be distressing. I remember after her operation my little girl, Star, suffered from a form of Alopecia, Telogen Effluvium. She lost a lot of hair and still has bald patches now. It's not nice for a young girl to go through. In fact it's not a nice thing for anyone to go through. I still remember now the handfuls of hair I lost after having my babies. I thought it would never stop. It did though, and I was no worse off for it.

Why is my hair falling out?

The average woman loses between 60 and 100 strands of hair per day. However, if great clumps are coming out every time you brush or shampoo, or thinning patches are starting to appear on your scalp, it can be very worrying, especially if you don’t know what’s causing the problem. To help you get to grips with your hair loss, here are three common causes.

 Female pattern hair loss

What is it?

The most common reason for hair shedding in women is known as female pattern hair loss or androgenetic alopecia. Its symptoms are thinning hair on the top and crown of the scalp and it can be caused by ageing, hormonal changes associated with the menopause and hereditary factors. If your mother, grandmothers and aunts experienced this kind of loss, you may be more likely to go through it as well.

What can you do about it?

Over the counter treatments like Regaine for Women may be effective if you have this type of thinning. According to www.lloydspharmacy.com, when used correctly, this solution can prevent hair from falling out and regrow hair in women with hereditary hair loss.

Traction alopecia

Some hairstyles, such as tight ponytails, buns or braids, cause excessive tension or pulling of hair shafts. If hair is put under pressure over a prolonged period of time, new hair follicles may stop developing and permanent hair loss may occur. You may also experience traction alopecia if you brush or wash your hair too vigorously.

What can you do about it?

Get into the habit of wearing your hair down or in a loose ponytail. You should also be very gentle when brushing or washing your hair. If you have already experienced significant loss as a result of styling, consider visiting a dermatologist for advice.

     Postnatal hair loss

If you’ve just given birth and are scratching your head in wonder at what might be causing you to lose your hair, wonder no more. After childbirth, around 50% of women experience greater hair loss than normal. Hormonal changes mean that many new mothers experience a sudden shedding between three and six months after they have their babies.

What can you do about it? 

Luckily, this kind of hair loss won’t go on forever. In the meantime however, you should eat healthily, be very gentle when brushing and shampooing, and try to forgo treatments that use heat (blowdrying, curling, etc.) and chemicals (highlights, straightening, etc.) until the shedding stops. If you feel like an excessive amount of hair is being lost, don’t be afraid to speak to your doctor, midwife or health visitor as it could be a sign of a postnatal thyroid disorder.

These are three common reasons a woman might experience hair shedding. However, you may be losing your locks as a result of other factors, such as illness or medication. To get to the root of your hair loss, you should consult professionals, including your doctor, dermatologist, pharmacist and hairstylist.


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