Hair has been, and always will be a huge part of a woman’s personal style. It’s no secret that women can spend countless hours and dollars styling and maintaining their hair. And while hair trends come and go, full and healthy hair will always be in style.
Unfortunately, female hair loss isn’t something that’s talked about in the mass media. To the contrary, women face societal pressure by covering their hair loss with extensions or wigs to maintain the level of femininity they once felt.
It’s no surprise that hair loss is a sensitive and stressful issue for women. And since the topic of female hair loss is seldom discussed, many women don’t seek treatment, which not only results in continued hair loss, but it also has a negative impact on their self-esteem.
The first step of moving forward is understanding the cause of hair loss. Genetics can play a role, but there are also other causes that attribute to female hair loss; and it’s not the kids…..
Changes in female hormone levels can cause female hair loss. In fact, hormone imbalance is one of the primary causes for thinning and/or excessive shedding. When you have a stable balance of estrogen and testosterone, your hair grows and sheds at a normal pace. However, after childbirth and menopause, your hormones dramatically change, which can lead to hair loss. If your body is producing too much testosterone but not enough estrogen, you’ll likely experience hair and skin problems. In addition, medical conditions such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome can also cause hormonal imbalance.
Rapid weight loss due to illness or a restrictive diet can also cause female hair loss. Healthy hair requires specific amounts of vitamins and minerals, and if your diet is too restrictive, you may experience hair loss. Eating a low-fat diet, rich in fruit and vegetables will help you lose weight and grow luminescent hair.
Anemia is a common medical condition that is easily corrected. If your iron levels are too low, you can experience hair loss. Iron-deficiency anemia can be a direct result of dietary choices and/or a women’s menstrual cycle.
Don’t underestimate the power of your mind. Common psychological causes for female hair loss are stress and anxiety:
- Telogen effluvium – hair follicles go into a resting phase
- Alopecia areata – the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles
- Trichotillomania- people feel the urge to pull out their hair
Change in Medication
Medications have an impact on your body’s chemistry, so sudden change in your medication regimen can create hormonal imbalances, which in turn, can cause hair loss. This is sometimes seen in women who discontinue the use of birth control. The temporary hair loss associated with hormone imbalances usually stops after your hormonal levels normalize.
At the Dermatology Center of Indiana, we realize that women account for nearly half of the equation of hair loss sufferers. Regardless of the cause, we are committed to helping you regain your self-confidence again. Call to today and schedule a consultation with one of our hair loss specialists.
The Dermatology Center of Indiana services Danville, Franklin, Greencastle, and Greenwood along with many other cities throughout Indiana. Join us today in one of our locations where you are always welcome!