What can cause hair loss in women? We are all familiar with male pattern baldness, but millions of women around the world experience thinning on the top of their heads, on the front, or overall their scalp.
The truth about hair loss in women: Types of female hair loss
There are mainly two types of women hair loss – androgenetic alopecia (male and female pattern hair loss), and reactive.
By the age of 65, more than half of the women in the world will have suffered from a form of hair loss. Hair loss is considered to be an issue when we shed more than 100 hair strands per day. Our hair is in different cycles, and we shed some of it every day but if the hair loss is excessive, we should identify the cause, and treat it.
The reactive type of hair loss is when we have a shock to the natural cycle of our hair. This could be due to hair styling devices that overheat, wearing very tight hair styles, a bad diet, hormonal imbalances, and stress which leads to a rise in different hormones, and causes our hair follicles to become weaker. The telogen effluvium type of hair loss is diffuse and can be either temporary or chronic. This type of hair loss can be treated.
The permanent type of hair loss which is genetic cannot be cured. If it is the male pattern hair loss that leaves your hair on the back of your neck, then you will be suitable to get a hair transplant.
I have met women of different age groups who suffer from hair loss. Except for those who have an abundance of hair, and volume that they struggle with, no one is happy about their hair loss. Hair loss is a big issue for everyone. We link hair with our femininity and when we lose it, this affects our self-confidence.
What to do about it?
First things first, visit a specialist, and get your diagnosis. Your treatment depends on the cause for your hair loss. Adopt a healthy lifestyle of regular exercise, a balanced diet, and positive thoughts. Find some hobbies, improve your self-confidence, and find ways to look better until you receive your treatment. And please keep in mind that you are not alone.