Hair shedding is part of our daily life. Hair loss is totally normal. On an average, we lose 60 to 100 hair strands daily. If you shed more hair than this or notice that your hair is not growing back, then it is a thing to worry about.
Hair fall is a problem which can affect either your scalp or your entire body. It can even be an effect of multiple reasons. The causes of hair fall can be heredity, hormonal changes, medical conditions or medications. Baldness refers to the excessive net hair loss from your scalp.
There can be innumerable reasons for hair loss and it is very difficult to pinpoint to a particular cause. We have discussed below some of the conditions due to which hair loss can be seen in women.
1. Female Hormones
A major cause of hair loss in women can be the change in female hormones. This can be due to multiple reasons which may range from starting or switching or going off on birth control pills. Hair loss in women due to change in female hormones is more likely to happen if it hereditary.
Another example of hormonal change can be menopause. During menopause, a woman’s body undergoes a lot of hormonal change and it can be a major factor in hair loss. Though hair loss can be seen in many women, the hair grows back to normal after some time.
3. Physical Stress
A cause of temporary hair loss can be attributed to physical stress. The physical stress can be from anything, like if you have suffered from physical trauma i.e. a car accident, a severe illness, a surgery, or even flu might be a reason of temporary hair loss in women. The name given to this type of hair loss is Telogen Effluvium. Hair loss in physical stress is not noticed immediately but after 3 to 6 months from when the trauma occurs.
Pregnancy can be considered as a physical stress for women. Hair loss related to pregnancy is usually seen after the baby is delivered than during the pregnancy days. It is often said that giving birth is pretty traumatic in itself. Women generally experience hair loss mild shedding but some may experience intense shedding for some months. This, however, subsides in a few months and the hair growth comes back to normal.
Anemia is another major reason which women may experience hair loss. It is a disease cause by the deficiency of iron. Many women in America suffer from Anemia. About one tenth of women in the age bracket of 20 to 49 in the United States suffer from anemia. If you have rightly ascertained the reason for your hair loss to be anemia, it can be easily fixed.
6. Hypothyroidism And Hyperthyroidism
The function of the thyroid gland is to produce thyroxin. When it is not able to produce enough thyroxin, a condition known as hypothyroidism is developed. Thyroid, which is present in the neck, produces hormones which are critical to metabolism, growth and development of a human being. Thyroid disorders, especially hypothyroidism, can be major factors to contribute to hair loss in women.
7. Vitamin B12 Deficiency
Many women often suffer from a deficiency of vitamin B12. It can leave you tired and low on energy. Not only this, it can also lead to your hair loss as it affects the health of the red blood cells in your blood which carry oxygen to the tissues of your body. Vegans are often found to be deficient in Vitamin B12 as it can only be obtained from dairy products or animal proteins.
8. Overdose Of Vitamin A
Many women in the Unites States consume excess of Vitamin A, be it in the form of supplements or medications. This excess of the vitamin in the body of a woman causes hair loss.
9. Dramatic Weight Loss
Physical trauma does not only mean an accident or an illness. Even when you are mentally and medically fit, your body may be in physical trauma. A prime example of this is sudden weight loss. Weight loss is generally considered good for a person, but it may bring hair loss along with it. It may be even possible that as part of the weight loss regime, your daily intake of vitamins and minerals may be less and not sufficient for your body, thus causing hair loss.
10. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS is a hormonal imbalance in the body of a woman. It is in itself a problem and can lead to changes in menstrual period, infertility. It can further lead to thinning of hair.
It should be known that when we get older, our hair naturally get finer. It is a normal process. Some women may experience more thinning of hair than others.
12. Over Processing Your Hair
When women frequently chemically straighten their hair or use chemical relaxers, it can damage the hair follicle and can even cause permanent hair loss. This can lead to the hair appearing thin and may be noticeable on the scalp.
13. Heat Styling Of Hair
Hair loss may not necessarily be from the root but from along the shaft too. This may happen when women apply heat treatment on their hair.
14. Too Tight Hairstyles
Many women wear tight braids regularly, and some have a tight ponytail on a daily basis. This can lead to progressive thinning of the hairline if done over many years. This can damage the hair follicle beyond repair. One should try to be gentle with their hair.
The Bottom Line
As we have seen that many conditions by which hair loss is caused is temporary. They may resolve back to normal without treatment. However, you may have to visit a doctor in case you feel pain, itching, burning sensation, redness or notice a reduction in the hair follicles. All in all, if you care for your hair and your body and regularly check your hair, you will not experience permanent hair loss.