There are all sorts of commemorative months. There are some interesting ones such as Stalking Awareness Month, National Frozen Foods Month and National Honey Month.
This August is National Hair Loss Awareness month which isn’t so strange: there are 80 million people suffering from hair loss. And, while men are account for a majority it’s become a tight race: Women account for nearly 40% of them.
Here are 7 causes of hair loss and ways we can help prevent and restore women’s hair loss.
The majority of women with androgenetic – also called androgenic – alopecia have diffuse thinning on all areas of the scalp. (Men rarely have diffuse thinning but instead have more distinct patterns of baldness.) Some women have a combination of two pattern types.
Androgenic alopecia in women is due to the action of androgens, male hormones that are typically present in only small amounts. Androgenic alopecia can be caused by a variety of factors tied to the actions of hormones such as ovarian cysts, birth control pills, pregnancy and menopause.
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease, which means that the body attacks itself. Alopecia areata is usually characterized by hair loss in round patches on the scalp.
When your body goes through something traumatic like child birth, malnutrition, a severe infection, major surgery, or extreme stress, it can impact your hair. Many of the 90% or so of hairs in the growing (anagen) or transitional (catagen) phases can actually shift all at once into the resting (telogen) phase.
Although this trigger technically falls under nutritional deficiencies, it warrants specific attention. Individuals who lose 15 or more pounds (even through healthy means) often experience some amount of hair loss.
Iron and protein deficiencies are two of the most common nutritional triggers for hair loss. If individuals have low levels of iron — even if they are not anemic — hair loss may occur.
Medically known as Traction Alopecia, this condition is caused by localized trauma to the hair follicles from tight hairstyles that pull at the hair over time. If the condition is detected early enough, the hair will regrow. Braiding, cornrows, tight ponytails, and extensions are the most common styling causes of this condition.
Also if you a hair dye junkie or someone who consistently flat irons you could be damaging your hair with these hair care practices. Both excessive use of hair treatments (i.e. bleaching, perms, relaxers) and products (i.e. blow dryers, straighteners and curling irons) can make hair brittle.
Dr. Stoller always asks what a patient’s mother, aunts, or grandmothers look like – if they have similar, or greater amounts, of hair loss. Using magnification on the scalp can show if a woman’s follicles vary in size – with some thick and others thin.
We know it all sounds like doom and gloom. However for most cases, there are women’s hair loss remedies that will have you tossing your mane in no time.
You may also find more women’s hair loss remedies. Read our other extensive blog post about hair loss solutions.