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Hair Loss in Women

If your hair part is widening, you have bald spots, or you’re shedding more than 125 hairs per day, you may be experiencing hair loss and should consult a dermatologist. There are several types of hair loss and several causes. Although there is little you can do to prevent hair loss, you may respond to treatment if you see a dermatologist as soon as possible!

Hair Loss in Women

If your hair part is widening, you have bald spots, or you shed more than 125 hairs per day, you may have hair loss and should see a dermatologist. There are various types of hair loss and various causes. Although there is little you can do to prevent hair loss, if you see a dermatologist as soon as possible, you may respond to treatment!

What are the cycles of hair growth?

Hair goes through three distinct cycles:

The anagen phase (growing phase) can last anywhere between two and eight years. This stage generally refers to approximately 85% to 90% of your hair on your head.
The catagen phase (transition phase) lasts about two to three weeks and is characterised by shrinking hair follicles.
The telogen (resting) phase lasts two to four months. The hair falls out at the end of this phase.

Your shorter hairs, such as eyelashes, arm and leg hair, and brows, have a one-month anagen phase. Your scalp hair can last for up to six years or more.

What are the types of hair loss?

Anagen effluvium, telogen effluvium, and FPHL are the three types.

Anagen effluvium is caused by medications that poison a hair follicle that is growing (like chemotherapy).
Telogen effluvium is caused by an increase in the number of hair follicles entering the telogen phase, which is when hair falls out.
The most common type is androgenetic alopecia/female pattern alopecia/female pattern hair loss (FPHL)/baldness. Hair thins on top and on the sides of the head.

How common is hair loss in women?

Many people believe that hair loss affects only men. However, more than half of women are expected to experience noticeable hair loss. Female-pattern hair loss (FPHL) is the most common cause of hair loss in women, affecting roughly one-third of all susceptible women, or approximately 30 million women in the United States.

Which women are likely to experience hair loss?

Hair loss can affect any girl or woman. It is, however, more common in:

Women over the age of 40.
Women who have recently given birth.
Women who have had chemotherapy, as well as those who have been adversely affected by other medications
Women who frequently wear their hair in tight ponytails or tight braids or use harsh chemicals on their hair.
Women in menopause.

What are the myths about hair loss?

There are numerous myths about hair loss. The following statements are false:

You’re losing hair because you shampoo it too frequently, or because you’ve coloured or permed it.
In women, dandruff causes permanent hair loss.
In women, stress causes permanent hair loss.
Shaving your head causes your hair to grow back twice as thick.
Standing on your head stimulates hair growth by increasing circulation.
Brushing your hair 100 strokes per day will make it healthier.
Women’s hair loss is caused by hats and wigs.
Only intellectual women suffer from hair loss.

What causes hair loss?

Hair style: Hair loss can occur when your hair is arranged in ways that pull on your roots, such as tight ponytails, braids, or corn rows. Traction alopecia is the medical term for this type of hair loss. Hair follicle damage can result in permanent hair loss.

  • Vitamin deficiency.
  • Dieting (rapid weight loss).
  • Restrictive diets.
  • Over processed scalp hair (breakage).

What causes telogen effluvium hair loss?

Chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and some medications are examples of toxic substances. These can cause sudden hair loss anywhere on your body. It occurs during the growth stage of hair. If your hair follicles are damaged, this type of hair loss can be permanent.

What causes FPHL (Female Pattern Hair Loss)?

Genes: Hair thinning along the top of your head can be caused by your family’s genes.
Aging: Hormone changes as you get older can cause baldness.
Menopause: When oestrogen levels drop during menopause, this type of hair loss often worsens.

What is the relationship between hair loss in women and menopause?

During menopause, you might see one of two things happen with your hair. You might start growing hair where you didn’t before. Or, you might see the hair you have start to thin. One cause may be changing levels of hormones during menopause. Estrogen and progesterone levels fall, meaning that the effects of the androgens, male hormones, are increased.

During and after menopause, hair might become finer (thinner) because hair follicles shrink. Hair grows more slowly and falls out more easily in these cases.

Your healthcare provider will do a thorough examination and take a detailed history to help you deal with changes in hair growth. You may be directed to have your iron levels or thyroid hormone levels tested. Your medications might be changed if what you take is found to affect hair loss or growth.

What are the signs of hair loss in women?

During menopause, you might see one of two things happen with your hair. You might start growing hair where you didn’t before. Or, you might see the hair you have start to thin. One cause may be chObserving more hair fall out on your brush, the floor, in showers, on your pillows, or in the sink on a daily basis.
Observing noticeable patches of thinner or missing hair, including a wider area on top of your head.
Seeing the scalp skin through the hair
Possessing smaller ponytails.
Seeing hair fall out.anging levels of hormones during menopause. Estrogen and progesterone levels fall, meaning that the effects of the androgens, male hormones, are increased.

During and after menopause, hair might become finer (thinner) because hair follicles shrink. Hair grows more slowly and falls out more easily in these cases.

Your healthcare provider will do a thorough examination and take a detailed history to help you deal with changes in hair growth. You may be directed to have your iron levels or thyroid hormone levels tested. Your medications might be changed if what you take is found to affect hair loss or growth.