Hair loss is never an enjoyable prospect, but it can be even more devastating for women. A woman’s hair can be a core part of her personality—she’s spent years on its upkeep and making sure it looks just right, and if it starts to thin or fall out it can deliver a huge blow to confidence. Self-esteem will be knocked and her entire sense of self could be compromised, and if you’re facing this most debilitating of conditions you’re going to want to know two things—why it’s happening and what you can do about it.
Causes of female hair loss
Unfortunately there’s no one pure cause of hair loss in women and even the explanations we have aren’t always that understood. Women are more likely to suffer from hidden causes as well (whilst genetics often plays a part in male pattern baldness, this isn’t always the case with women) but here are just a few reasons you might be suffering:
• Illness or disease. There are any number of illnesses that could contribute to hair loss in women, and you might have found you’re affected following a serious injury or illness of some kind. Psychological conditions fall into this category too (such as trichotillomania) whilst “hidden” illnesses such as diabetes, lupus and thyroid conditions could be a root cause as well.
• Hormonal changes. Hormones can play a huge part in hair loss with hormone imbalances affecting the whole body—an over or underactive thyroid, for example, can cause changes in hormones and could result in hair loss whilst going through the menopause is often a trigger of hair thinning too.
• Stress. Stress can have highly unexpected side effects and can affect the body physically as well as emotionally, and there’s actually a condition of stress-induced hair loss known as telogen effluvium where stress alters the normal growth cycle.
• Nutritional deficiencies. We all know the importance of nutrition for good health, but it can actually affect hair loss too—malnourishment or deficiencies of protein and iron can often be a cause, and crash diets have been known to play a role in hair loss too.
How to cope
Given the various hidden causes of hair loss, it’s often worth heading to your doctor to see if you can rule anything out. Taking a look at your diet, for example, might be worthwhile and running a few medical tests could be beneficial too, and keeping an eye on your stress levels would be another way to go.
As for wider methods of coping you might like to consider things like hair extensions or even wigs to boost your self-esteem, but if you’ve got to the stage where you’re looking for a more permanent solution it could be time to consider hair restoration treatment. There are a few key female hair loss treatments to consider, ranging from non-surgical options such as Rogaine to full FUE or transplant surgery, so if you’d like to discuss the options just get in touch and see if we can help bring you back to your best.