Thinning hair and hair loss are also common in women, and no less demoralizing. Reasons can range from the simple and temporary; from a vitamin deficiency, to the more complex such as an underlying health condition.
In many cases, there are ways to treat both male and female hair loss. It all depends on the cause.
Stress can cause temporary hair loss. This can trigger a type of hair loss called telogen effluvium. Hair has a programmed life cycle: a growth phase, rest phase and shedding phase. When a really stressful event occurs to a patient, it can shock the hair cycle, pushing more hair into the shedding phase. Sudden weight loss is a form of physical trauma that can result in thinning hair. Pregnancy is another example of the type of physical stress that can cause hair loss. Pregnancy-related hair loss is seen more commonly after your baby has been delivered rather than during pregnancy. Just as pregnancy hormone changes can cause hair loss, so can switching or going off birth-control pills.
Overdoing vitamin A-containing supplements or medications can trigger hair loss.
If you don’t get enough protein in your diet, your body may ration protein by shutting down hair growth.
About two out of three men experience hair loss by age 60, and most of the time it’s due to male pattern baldness. This type of hair loss, caused by a combo of genes and male sex hormones, usually follows a classic pattern in which the hair recedes at the temples, leaving an M-shaped hairline. Female-pattern hair loss, called androgenic or androgenetic alopecia, is basically the female version of male pattern baldness.
Emotional stress is less likely to cause hair loss than physical stress, but it can happen.
Almost one in 10 women aged 20 through 49 suffers from anemia due to an iron deficiency (the most common type of anemia), which is an easily fixable cause of hair loss.
An underactive thyroid gland can also contribute to hair loss.
Vigorous styling and hair treatments over the years can cause your hair to fall out. Examples of extreme styling include tight braids, hair weaves or corn rows as well as chemical relaxers to straighten your hair, hot-oil treatments or any kind of harsh chemical or high heat. Because these practices can actually affect the hair root, your hair might not grow back.
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