There are several reasons why hair loss is experienced but they differ from men or women. To begin with, we lose around 100-150 hair strands daily and this is just normal since the hair normally grows on its own depending on the overall health of the body and the nutrients that it can get.
There are three phases by which the human hair grows namely – anagen, catagen and telogen. Basically, anagen is simply the phase where the hair is growing while the catagen is the short phase wherein the hair strands begin to age and break down which is just normal. Telogen on the other hand represents the dormant period or the rest phase where you can experience the hair loss. Roughly 10% of the total number of hair strands is in the telogen phase while the other 90% is either on the anagen and catagen.
What are the reasons for hair loss in women?
Only a small fraction of the people who are suffering from hair loss is afflicted with systemic or other medical condition. An even smaller fraction of this population suffers from hair loss as a direct result of poor diet.
More often than not, the major factor that plays the key role is genetics. A lot of people think that women get their diseased genes from father because of the x-linkage theory but the truth is both of the parent’s genes play a major factor in the development of abnormal hair loss. This is to say that the x-link pattern of heredity is not the only think applicable in the hair loss condition.
More often than not, the offspring of affected families will more often than not manifest the hair loss gene and basing again on the pattern of heredity some offspring will manifest the condition while others will not. Most probably, those that don’t show any signs of hair loss are either carriers or completely healthy individuals without any fear of exhibiting the condition later on.
Frequently, the loss of hair is not directly a result of any other serious illnesses but often a result of the normal process of aging. As we age, every system that we have in our body will change in its functioning. What regenerates fast when you were 20 years old will not be the same rate of regeneration when you are 40 years old. In other words, you wouldn’t be able to experience the same hair growth rate as you age. In some cases, the growth of hair is not reinforced because of the lack in nutrition, stress and other factors in addition to the normal process of aging.
Prolonged emotional or physical stress
Even though the major factor that can cause hair loss is genetics, one cannot deny that prolonged emotional and physical stress still plays a great part in the development of the condition. If you have been subjected to emotional and physical trauma that leaves your body exhausted, there is a possibility that the normal hair growth will not be achieved since the normal cycle of hair growth has been thwarted. If there is growth, it will be slower than normal which means to say that your body cannot cope well with the normal hair loss that you experience every day. However, this is a reversible process wherein you remove the cause of stress and you will resume getting normal hair growth process within a year.
Hormonal changes include puberty, pregnancy and menopause and all of these can cause reversible hair loss in women. If you look closely, women undergo a lot of changes in their lives. It is therefore not surprising that you will experience some unwanted changes in the normal bodily processes. Hormonal imbalance in some cases can cause autoimmune response in the body, which will result in the attack on the hair follicles, which will cause inflammation and loss of function. This is the reason why loss of hair happens. But as previously mentioned, once the root cause has been eliminated, the normal cycle of hair growth will come back once again.
There are several medical conditions that can cause reversible hair loss including – gynecologic states (ovarian tumors, post-partum or post-menopausal conditions), iron deficiency syndrome, thyroid conditions, connective tissue diseases, crash dieting, bulimia, protein or caloric deficiency, essential FA deficiency, malabsorption syndrome and surgical procedures.
Therapeutic drugs or medications
In some cases, hair loss is induced and it is caused by some drugs including blood thinners like heparin, medications for seizure, gout, blood pressures such as beta blockers, anti-inflammatory drugs like steroids, medications to lower cholesterol, mood altering drugs, chemotherapy, thyroid medications, oral contraceptives and even diet pills.
All of us wish to not experience hair loss because of the possible embarrassment that we will go through as well as the loss of our confidence and self-esteem considering the fact that the hair is a woman’s “crown”. But do not despair! There are hair treatments that can help you. For example, hair transplantation – which is one of the surgical procedures performed to treat hair loss. There is also a multitude of other natural hair loss products and that will definitely help you to conquer this problem once and for all.
You can consult your doctor today and start educating yourself about the different types of treatment for hair loss.