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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