How To Cope With Hair Loss In Women
Whilst it’s perfectly normal to lose around 80 strands of hair per day, a significant amount of hair loss, or the growing prevalence of a bald spot might be an indicator of a severe hair loss problem. Hair loss in women is often referred to as female pattern hair loss (FPHL), as there can be multiple triggers that contribute to hair thinning.
Whilst genetic predisposition and excess androgen (male hormones) can result in natural female pattern hair loss, there is a multitude of reactive factors –– such as hormonal changes, stress, medications, insufficient nutrition –– that can trigger it as well. Read on more to find out the different causes of female hair loss, and how to prevent it from happening.
Postpartum Hair Loss
Pregnancy doesn’t only change a woman’s body, but it can cause unexpected changes to your hair as well. Hair follicles experience three stages of life: the Anagen (growth), Catagen (transition), and Telogen (resting). During pregnancy, a woman undergoes varying hormonal shifts. Initially, the increase in estrogen allows her to experience Anagen (hair growth), which results in a significant improvement in daily hair shedding for the first six months. After childbirth, she experiences Catagen and Telogen once her estrogen levels drop back to normal. Hair loss is then triggered, and the woman experiences a significant amount of shedding to make up for the past six months.
Relax, you’re not going bald. Witnessing large amounts of hair falling out can be intimidating and frightening, but there’s no need to worry! Give your body some time to sort out its hormones and your hair’s growth will be fine.
If you’ve noticed several female family members with hair loss issues, you might want to check out your hair too! The most common cause of female pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia, is genetic predisposition. It’s usually more noticeable after menopause, where less than half of women have a full head of hair past 65.
Though there’s no cure for genetic hair loss, embarking on a hair care routine early on will delay hereditary hair loss. We strongly recommend consulting with your dermatologist in choosing the appropriate hair care supplements, oils, and even changing your diet to prevent hair thinning.
Poor Scalp Health
Understanding your scalp is key in determining the root cause of hair loss. Despite it being the foundation for healthy hair follicles, the scalp is often neglected and mistreated. The key to scalp care is to ensure that the hair follicles are kept oil-free, clear, obstruction-free by dandruff, inflammation, and dead skin. By far, the biggest culprit for an unhealthy scalp would be the overuse of hair and scalp products, such as oils, sprays, and dry shampoo. Coupled with improper rinsing and infrequent shampooing, the left-in product buildup will eventually block follicle openings and create inactive follicles.
If you notice your scalp feeling tight, itchy, flaky or even a change in your hair texture, you may want to start giving your scalp a little more TLC. Start by purchasing the appropriate shampoo and conditioner tailored to your hair care needs. A bonus would be getting ones that stimulate hair growth like Salameh’s Hair Rejuvenation Shampoo and Conditioner. You may want to experiment with scalp scrubs and exfoliants once or twice a week to get rid of any leftover dandruff and product buildup.
Underlying Medical Conditions
Certain medical conditions such as thyroid issues, diabetes, hormonal imbalances, and autoimmune diseases can contribute to scalp issues and hair loss. When hormone production is disrupted, it can negatively affect the production and development of hair follicles at the scalp.
In the case of hyperthyroidism, an insufficient and excess amount of hormones T3 and T4 causes effluvium, a case of altered hair/skin structure and function. Another example would be endocrine disease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, which results in an excess of non-hair-friendly androgens (male hormones) that might cause a shorter hair growth cycle.
Whilst Ariana Grande-inspired ponytails and high coiffures are all the rage, they might be doing more damage than good. Traction alopecia is a form of hair loss that occurs with the repeated pulling of hair. Hairstyles that require excessive tightness, such as hair extensions, ‘snatched’ ponytails, braids, and high buns can result in hair loss. Instead, try loosening up your hairdo with silk scrunchies or spiral hair ties to prevent hair breakage. Plus, using the appropriate hair brush helps, especially when curling or straightening your hair!
Overuse of Chemicals
It’s no myth that too much dyeing and bleaching will cause severe hair breakage and thinning. The overuse of chemicals, especially during bleaching, causes your hair to become brittle, thin, and dry. Although the act of bleaching itself will not cause hair loss, the damaged hair follicles become a lot more porous and hence prone to damage from heat styling tools, or even from day-to-day activities, such as brushing your hair or sleeping.
The only way to reduce hair damage from bleaching is to use the appropriate hair care products and treatments. For example, using a pre-shampoo and conditioning treatment three days prior and going for a deep treatment once a week after bleaching. Additionally, you may want to tweak your hair care regimen by brushing your hair gently, setting to a lower heat setting for styling tools, and using heat protectants like Salameh’s Hair Rejuvenation Serum before curling and styling your hair. Going for frequent hair trims and treatments will help give your hair the extra love it needs.
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Vitamin and Protein Deficiencies
Having certain vitamin and protein deficiencies may result in hair loss or weaker hair growth. Riboflavin, Biotin, Folate, and Vitamin B12 are some of the common deficiencies linked to hair loss and can manifest in not only quicker hair loss, but also in split nails. In such cases, taking daily multivitamin supplements can help provide the hair follicles with the nutrients it needs for optimal growth.
People with specific dietary requirements, such as vegans and vegetarians, may observe finer and weaker hair growth over some time. It’s crucial to note that a plant-based lifestyle does not equate to hair loss, but the lack of nutrients in an inadequate diet will result in weak hair health. Protein deficiencies are one of the most well-known causes of hair loss, as plant food sources are incomplete protein sources (they do not contain all eight essential amino acids). Furthermore, those who undergo strict calorie restrictions and rapid weight loss may see a heightened hair thinning and hair loss as well. Hence, we recommend consulting a dietician for a tailored dietary plan addressing your body’s needs.
Emotional and Physical Trauma
Telogen Effluvium is the condition whereby extreme physical and emotional stress causes large amounts of hair follicles to degenerate into the telogen (resting phase), resulting in an abrupt onset of hair loss. Whilst a single bad day may not qualify as ‘significant emotional trauma’, it certainly includes experiencing any major negative life events, such as the loss of a loved one, divorce, or even dealing with COVID-19.
Telogen Effluvium has three main characteristics: it is abrupt, diffused, and temporary. Hair loss only occurs three months after the inciting event, after the cycle of hair growth is complete. Individuals experiencing Telogen Effluvium will notice a thinner ponytail or a sudden increase in hair shedding in the shower, as compared to patchy or a receding hairline. However, all hope is not lost! Telogen Effluvium is reversible –– shedding will begin to stop after 6 months or so, but it will take months to years for the lost hair to grow back.
Consumption of Medication
The prolonged consumption of certain medications can result in permanent hair loss or damage, especially if hair loss is a known side effect of the drug. Over an extended period, this buildup may cause the follicle cell to be blocked, resulting in it shrinking and thus becoming inactive. The best way to solve this is to consult a professional to examine for any external factors at work.
Whatever your hair concerns may be, following the suggestions above will help improve overall physical and mental health. Ensuring a balanced diet with sufficient protein and vitamins is crucial in maintaining healthy and thick hair. Plus, observing adequate haircare habits such as refraining from tight hairstyles, excessive hair styling, and overuse of chemicals is beneficial in preventing hair breakage and damage. Lastly, tending to your emotional and physical health by consulting a professional or practicing coping mechanisms can reduce the negative effects of a stressor. If all else fails, seek professional advice from a dermatologist.
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