Common Causes of Hair Loss in Women
Hair Loss in Women
According to the American Academy of Dermatology “By the time women turn 40 years old, 40 percent experience hair loss”
Hair loss in women can happen for multiple reasons such as stress, menopause, diet, post pregnancy and rough handling therefore it is highly recommended to seek professional help at early stages of hair loss.
Celebrities such as Kristin Davis, Tyra Banks, and Keira Knightley have all opened up about their experiences of hair loss in the past.
“My hair just was not what it used to be,” Davis told Women’s Wear Daily. “It was very fine, like it had gone away, there was hardly any hair there. [It] was always very difficult hair, which no one believes when I tell them—it’s always been not easy, but because I had a lot of hair the professionals could help me make it look nice. It’s not like I woke up and I had Charlotte hair.” At first, Davis ignored it and concentrated on other parts of her life. But when she tried to do her hair one day, she realised she didn’t have much left”
(Kristin Davis, Women’s Wear Daily)
Tyra Banks suffered from alopecia areata, the medical term for spot baldness. Her stress reached an all-time high when she was writing her 2011 book, ‘Model Land’ which resulted in her losing her hair.
“Honestly, chilling for me was eating a meal,” she told The Wall Street Journal. “I couldn’t just look at the ocean. And in hindsight that wasn’t healthy. How can I say this without tearing up? I got alopecia from the stress.”
(Tyra Banks, The Wall Street Journal)
“I have dyed my hair virtually every colour imaginable for different films. It got so bad that my hair literally began to fall out of my head!” Knightley told InStyle U.K.“So for the past five years I’ve used wigs, which is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to my hair.”
(Keira Knightly, InStyle UK)
The following are the most common causes of hair loss in women:
An increase or decrease in certain hormones can disturb the normal cellular homeostasis leading to noticeable hair loss or in some cases, complete or with patches of boldness. For example, an high or low thyroid level can disrupt the protein metabolism that can negatively impact on the growth of the hair follicles.
After child birth many mothers experience some sort of hair loss as the estrogen imbalances put the hair growth cycle in the resting phase, and the outcome generally leads to excess amounts of hair shedding.
Genetic predisposition to conditions like Polycystic ovarian syndrome may increase the androgen level that causes visible hair thinning in the frontal area of the scalp.
Working in a high demand workplace and poor work-life balance is a major contributor to physical stress. Significant personal life changes due to prolonged illness like cancer or trauma due to past failures add to both physical and emotional stress.
Stress due to medical conditions such as autoimmune disease or skin infections and treatments like chemotherapy were found to result in irreversible hair damage in women.
Various internal and external stress elevate the level of cortisol (a stress related hormone) and decreases the level of hair growth factors. So, stress induces follicular sensitivity and is one possible cause of hair thinning in women.
A poor diet as well as other unhealthy eating habits can lead to hair loss. For example, deplete iron levels and necessary nutrients as well as zinc and keratin are important ingredients that help promote healthy hair growth.
Having deficiency of iron and zinc can lead to dandruff and fungal infections like psoriasis in the scalp, which can result in large amounts of hair loss.
These nutritional deficiencies are one the prime reasons for female hair loss.
Hair Styling (Thinning of Hair)
Hair straightened on a regular basis can dramatically damage the hair follicles and denatures the cystine protein due to excessive heat.
Chemical treatment for permanent hair straightening may lead to irreparable damage to hair and is one of the popular causes of hair loss in females.
The use of dye, bleaching and heat treatment are also dangerous for dry hair as it permanently damages the cuticle, causes split ends and brittle hair.
If you are suffering from severe hair loss or thinning, then it’s important to find out what’s causing it at the earliest stage.
Studies have indicated that a proper diet and exercise may naturally treat stress related hair fall. However this can take years and a natural non-surgical procedure such as PRP may well be the answer to help restore hair loss
Was is PRP and How does it work?
After an initial consultation with our hair specialist, you can expect to be booked into the diary of the professionally trained nurse, the nurse will take a blood sample from the arm much like a routine blood test. The Blood is then spun in a special machine called a centrifuge for 10 minutes. Following the spin will then produce the PRP which is a concentration of the self-healing platelets in abundance amongst the normal blood plasma.
The target area for treatment is then cleansed, and anaesthetic cream may be applied to reduce discomfort (client dependant). The extraction is then injected into the scalp at multiple locations to help treat the areas of hair loss.
The whole process takes roughly 25 – 35 mins. The best results are obtained by taking a course of 3-4 injections repeating the procedure each month and then a follow up “maintenance” injection is advised twice yearly hence forth.
The Regrow Hair Centre offer treatments to suit your individual needs. Call us today to book a free consultation with our hair specialist who will not only be able to help you identify the cause of your hair loss but also place you on a personalised hair plan outlining the best treatments that will be most effective to your hair loss
You can reach Regrow Hair centre on 0800 246 1606 or visit www.regrowhaircentre.com
Written by Khuram Abbas Raja for The Regrow Hair Centre.