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7 Common Causes of Female Hair Loss

by Jane Meggitt

No one wants to lose their hair, but some shedding is inevitable. For some women, that natural shedding goes into overdrive and noticeable hair loss occurs. Changing some of your regular habits can keep more hair on your head and help prevent balding, or alopecia, the technical term for hair loss. If you’re losing hair and know it’s not due to hair care or styling choices, a visit to the doctor is in order.

Birth Control Pills

Birth control pills contain hormones that fool your body into thinking it is already pregnant. For women with a family history of balding, the hormones could also contribute to permanent hair loss. Birth control pills are available in various hormonal combinations and levels, so speak with your doctor if you have experienced hair loss while on the pill or have a genetic predisposition.

Other Medications

Hair loss is a side effect of certain medications, prescription or over-the-counter. Drugs to combat acid reflux are a common culprit, but that doesn’t mean all people taking such medications will lose hair. Each person’s body reacts differently to drugs. If you notice hair loss, tell your doctor about any medication you take regularly.

Infrequent Washing

Contrary to popular belief, washing your hair on a daily basis doesn’t contribute to hair loss. In fact, the opposite is true. Infrequent washing can leave you with scalp inflammation, and scalp issues are often reflected in lost hair.

Heavy Periods

If your periods tend toward the heavy, you might also suffer hair loss. That’s because the excess blood leaving your body often causes iron insufficiency, and hair loss is a result. Your doctor will recommend iron supplements if you lack iron in your blood, but don’t take such supplements without physician approval.

Tight Styling

Possibly the number one non-hereditary reason for hair loss is wearing tight hair styles. That ranges from cornrows to braids to buns and ponytails. To safeguard your hair, avoid styles that constantly cause tension on the hair.

Hot Styling

Constant use of hot tools on your hair leads to damage and breakage. It’s not just curling irons or straighteners – most people set their blow dryers too high and harm their hair. Limit the use of hot tools and let your hair dry naturally, if possible.


Stress manifests itself physically in various ways, from acne breakouts to lack of energy. If you’re stressed out, your hair may fall out. If you’re experiencing heavy stress, see your doctor or seek counseling.

Some simple life changes can minimize hair loss – and possibly make you feel better overall.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about hair loss and how to treat it, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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