Hair loss is a problem for women as well as men, although it’s usually more obvious with men. Generally women lose some of their hair in their 50s and 60s, but it can happen at any age. There are ways to stop hair loss once you determine the cause, though.
Hair growth is very much like a garden. What happens beneath the surface affects how well your hair grows. Chemicals, infection, illness and medication are all reasons why your hair may not grow as quickly as it should.
Hair growth occurs in three cycles. The first is anagen, which is the growth phase, and 90% of your hair falls into this category. This period lasts 2 to 8 years. The transition phase is called catagen and only lasts 2-3 weeks. This is when the hair follicles shrink. The final cycle is the telogen cycle, also known as the rest cycle, and lasts 2-4 months. Hair generally grows at a rate of six inches per year.
Here are some reasons why women lose more hair than normal. Telogen effluvium can happen after major surgery, pregnancy, major stress or extreme weight loss. During this phenomenon, the hair cycles increase their speed.
You can’t determine this by yourself, so if you have had any of mentioned issues and hair loss, speak to your doctor to see what can be done to remedy the situation. If the cause is medication-based, you may be able to change your medication.
If your hair has started to fall due to surgery or pregnancy, it is important to know that your body will eventually return to its normal hair growing cycles. If you are overly stressed, ask your doctor for help to ease that stress.
The most common hair loss reason is genetics. You can inherit this gene from either side of your family and it’s more likely to occur if both parents had hair loss. There are medications that can slow hair loss, but you should talk to your doctor before taking them, as some are riskier than others, especially if you are pregnant.
Hypo/hyper-thyroidism is another cause of hair loss. If your body doesn’t produce enough, or produces too much of the thyroid hormone, you can notice problems including hair loss, brittle nails, fatigue, moist skin, weakness in the muscles and issues with other bodily functions. Your doctor can do tests to see if you have this problem and can treat it with thyroid medication to bring it back into balance.
Other conditions that can cause hair loss include: lupus, anemia, polycystic ovarian syndrome, Alopecia areata (an auto-immune disease where your hair follicles are attacked by your immune system), and so on.
If you have concerns about hair loss, don’t stress over it because that makes it worse. Speak to your doctor and determine the best way to deal with the problem.