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When Women Should Worry About Hair Loss

by Jane Meggitt

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!

You lose some hair every day. That’s part of the normal shedding process. When are you losing so much hair that it becomes a problem? That’s very much an individual assessment, but if you notice balding areas or a widening part, it’s time to consult a doctor. Some causes of hair loss are temporary and reversible, while others may cause permanent damage.

Common Causes of Temporary Hair Loss

If you’ve gone through some of the following experiences, you may find yourself losing noticeable amounts of hair. However, the hair loss doesn’t necessarily correlate exactly with the event causing the hair loss, as the loss responds to the hair growth cycle. Situations causing hair loss include:

  • Stress – Extreme stress can cause hair to fall out. Physical stresses on the body common in women include pregnancy and nursing – which also contains a hormonal component for temporary hair loss – and losing a lot of weight quickly. Certain medical treatments can cause hair loss, among the best known of which is chemotherapy.
  • Nutritional issues – A poor diet and lack of vitamin B12, protein and iron often results in thinning hair.
  • Tight hairstyles – Whether it’s a bun, weave, ponytail or braids, constant tension on the hair from tight styling can cause tension alopecia, or baldness. Changing hairstyles alleviates this loss, but if the hair follicles are very damaged from the constant tension, hair may not grow back.

Permanent Hair Loss

Some conditions result in permanent hair loss. This is often hereditary. While male pattern baldness is better known, female pattern baldness is a common genetic issue. Women don’t lose hair the same way as men, but female pattern baldness can result in excessive thinning and bald areas. Other causes of permanent hair loss include hormonal imbalances after menopause, when estrogen levels drop precipitously, and scalp injuries resulting in scarring.

Keeping Hair Healthy

So, how do you combat potential hair loss? Eating a healthy diet with adequate amounts of protein is one way, as is staying well-hydrated. Regular exercise and sufficient sleep help every area of your body, including your scalp. Stay away from harsh chemicals on the hair and avoid too much heat, whether through blow drying or heat styling. Supplements such as biotin can help encourage hair growth. If you experience balding, over-the-counter products such as minoxidil rubbed into the scalp daily can boost hair growth.

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