assume that it is only men who suffer from hair loss, but
nothing could be further from the truth. The overwhelming
cause is a hereditary condition called androgenetic alopecia
or female-pattern hair loss. One of the least engaging facts
about getting older is that a significant number of women
also experience hair loss
have some of the male hormone testosterone in their bodies,
but women with androgenetic alopecia are more sensitive to
the hormone. This sensitivity causes hair to thin all over
the head, and some women develop thinning patches similar
to male-pattern hair loss
occurs when the hair falls out but a new hair does not grow
in its place. The cause of the failure to grow a new hair
is not well understood, but it is associated with genetic
predisposition, aging, and levels of endocrine hormones. Changes
in the levels of the androgens can affect hair production.
For example, after the hormonal changes of menopause, many
women find that the hair on the head is thinned, while facial
hair is coarser. Although new hair is not produced, the follicle
remains alive, suggesting the possibility of new hair growth.
hair loss and moult or increased hair shedding accounts for
the majority of all hair loss complaints in women. Women are
more likely to thin diffusely from behind the front hairline
to the crown.
common type of hair loss seen in women is androgenetic alopecia,
also known as female pattern baldness. This is seen as hair
thinning predominantly over the top and sides of the head.
It is most commonly seen after menopause, although it may
begin as early as puberty. Normal hair fall is approximately
100-125 hairs per day but these hairs are replaced. True hair
loss occurs when lost hairs are not regrown or when the daily
hair shed exceeds 125 hairs.
are two different types of hair loss, medically known as anagen
effluvium and Telogen effluvium. Anagen effluvium is generally
due to internally administered medications, such as chemotherapy
agents, that poison the growing hair follicle Telogen effluvium,
is due to an increased number of hair follicles entering the
Hair loss may also occur due to dieting. Diet programmes which
are designed or administered under the direction of a physician
with prescribed meals, dietary supplements and vitamin ingestion
have become popular. Sometimes the client is told the vitamins
are a necessary part of the programme to prevent hair loss
associated with dieting. From a dermatologist's standpoint,
however, the vitamins cannot prevent hair loss associated
with rapid, significant weight loss. Furthermore, many of
these supplements are high in Vitamin A which can magnify
and dieting can result in hair loss if they cause iron deficiency.
Iron and zinc supplements should be taken if the diet does
not produce enough on it's own.
If someone is anaemic this can cause excessive hair loss.
A doctor should be consulted as a course of iron tablets may
be all that's needed to sort the problem out.
And Emotional Stress
Surgeries, severe illnesses and emotional stress can cause
hair loss. The body simply shuts down production of hair during
periods of stress since it is not necessary for survival and
instead devotes its energies toward repairing vital body structures.
In many cases there is a three month delay between the actual
event and the onset of hair loss. Furthermore, there may be
another three month delay prior to the return of noticeable
hair regrowth. This then means that the total hair loss and
regrowth cycle can last 6 months or possibly longer when induced
by physical or emotional stress. There are some health conditions
which may go undetected that can contribute to hair loss.
These include anaemia or low blood count and thyroid abnormalities.
Both of these conditions can be detected by a simple, inexpensive
some hormonal preparations may produce hair in places where
it is least desired, such as on the face.
Hormonal changes are a common cause of female hair loss. Many
women do not realise that hair loss can occur after pregnancy
or following discontinuation of birth control pills. It is
important to remember that the hair loss may be delayed by
three months following the hormonal change and another three
months will be required for new growth to be fully achieved.
estimated that up to 45% of women suffer considerable hair
loss after the birth of a baby, although hair may not fall
out till three months later. A small number of woman suffer
severe or even complete hair lose after pregnancy. The reason
for this is hormonal. When a woman is pregnant the levels
of the hormone progesterone are unusually high and this has
the effect of forcing hair into the resting phase prematurely.
After pregnancy when hormone level's re-balance, new hair
begins to grow and eventually pushes the resting hair out.
When the hair begins to fall it is usually a good sign that
new growth is on the way. However the fall can last up to
six months and few women find their hair never regains its
former luxurious thickness. All you can do is eat a well-balanced
diet to ensure that the hair has all it needs for healthy
growth and treat it with care.
thyroid, a problem which is related to auto-immune disease,
also leads to increased hair loss and this may be one of the
first symptoms noticed. Many women suffer thyroid dysfunction
after childbirth, that coupled with post-pregnancy hair fall,
sometimes confuses the issue. A treatment of thyroid hormone
prescribed by your doctor will usually clear up the problem
or a local skin problem with the scalp are two more possible
causes of hair loss. In fact persistent hair fall can be a
symptom of such a wide variety of underlying health problems
that it's always advisable to consult a doctor if you are
worried in the slightest.
consist of removal of tiny plugs of hair from areas where
the hair is continuing to grow and placing them in areas that
are balding. This can cause minor scarring in the donor areas,
and carries a modest risk for skin infection. The procedure
usually requires multiple transplantation sessions and may
of hair pieces to the scalp is not recommended as it can result
in scars, infections, and abscess of the scalp or brain.
Related to Hair Loss
*Frequent shampooing contributes to hair loss.
*Hats and wigs cause hair loss.
*100 strokes of the hair brush daily will create healthier
*Permanent hair loss is caused by perms, colours and other
*Women are expected to develop significant hair back thicker.
*Shaving one's head will cause the hair to grow back thicker.
*Standing on one's head will cause increased circulation and
thereby stimulate hair growth!
*Dandruff causes permanent hair loss.
*There are cosmetic products that will cause the hair to grow
thicker and faster.
*Stress causes permanent hair loss.
*Hair loss does not occur in the late teens or early twenties.
*Hair loss affects only intellectuals.
*There is a cure for androgenetic Alopecia.
The most common treatment for hair loss is a 2 percent solution
of minoxidil (Rogaine).
Surgery - Modern surgical techniques have made transplantation
for females a viable treatment option providing they are qualified
candidates and have realistic expectations. Hair Additions
-- Modern forms of hair additions have also made recent improvements
in simulating a natural appearance. A consultation with a
skilled specialist to discuss your options is advised.
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