Despite popular belief that baldness is predominately a male problem, female hair loss is just as common expect to a lesser extent. Androgenetic alopecia among women is generally associated with hair thinning over the top and sides of the head. Female pattern hair loss can affect many as early as their teenage years, but after the risk increases manifold after menopause.
Women lose approximately 100 – 125 individual strands of hair per day, which is normal. These hairs are replaced within the normal hair growth cycle, so hair loss occurs when the lost hairs do not grow back or the daily hair fall exceeds 125 strands. The gene for hair loss can be passed down from both sides of the family.
Main causes of hair loss for women:
- Physical stress: medical surgery, serious illness, rapid weight change, etc.
- Emotional stress: death in family, mental disorder, etc.
- Thyroid irregularity
- Hormonal causes: pregnancy, birth control pills, and menopause
- Medications: excessive doses of vitamin A, hypertension medications, etc.
Healthy hair growth can be achieved by reversing the above causes.
How your diet and stress levels can lead to hair loss:
- Physical-Emotional Stress
Any life threatening stress can lead to hair loss since the body goes into a temporary “red alert” and slows down any processes that are not essential to living, like hair growth. The body reallocates its energy to repair any damage and to reestablish homeostasis. After the body slows down and or stops hair growth, hair loss is not noticeable until 3 months after a traumatic event. The same is for hair re-growth too. Thus the whole process would take over 6 months, if you approach the problem as soon as it presents itself. Other health conditions may contribute to hair loss like, anemia, low blood count, and thyroid abnormalities.
- Diet Concerns
Due to the lack of healthy diets among average men, most of them are advised by their doctors to take dietary supplements to help them get their daily nutrients. Although taking dietary supplements do help you get your daily nutrients, dermatologists agree that these supplements are high in vitamin A. The high content can accelerate and magnify hair loss patterns.
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