Women & Balding: Roots of Female Hair Loss
This entry was posted on October 29, 2007.
Before I get into these reasons, I would like to point out some myths which do not hold water. Hair loss is not inherited from your father, hair loss is not caused by using hair color or by washing your hair, and female hair loss does not cause any abnormal bleeding of any sort. If for some reason you have heard one of these rumors, you can rest assured that they are not true.
Fact of the matter is that female hair loss is something that affects two thirds of women at some point in their life. The good news is that women do not experience complete balding to the extent of men. Alopecia areata is the medical terminology for excessive hair loss. It could be temporary or permanent depending on the factors. If it is temporary there is a good chance that you can correct the problem through better maintenance of your body and health through normal improvments in your daily habits. Here are a few examples:
- Stress - Stress is dangerous for your health and can lead to permanent hair loss if not dealt with.
- Pregnancy - Hair loss during pregnancy is very much normal. Most women lose hair during pregnancy and aren't even aware of it! The abnormal hormonal imbalance is usually the culprit... but the good news is that it's only temporary.
- Wearing your hair tight - Yes there is definite evidence that this can be a cause of hair loss. The medical term is traction alopecia and it can occur if you wear a bandana, a turban, or even tight hair. It can get out of control quickly so be careful!
- Medication - Unfortunately there are medications that have undesirable side effects. Some of these can cause hormonal imbalances (just like pregnancy) but others can be even more dangerous... physically, psychologically, or both.
If it is permanent, it might be related to a hormonal imbalance, which most definitely would make you more succeptible to female patter balding. If you would like to learn more about the severities and causes of female hair loss, please consult the American Hair Loss Association. Regardless of the cause, you'll be happy to know there are a variety of treatments and remedies for female pattern balding. Biological response modifiers like Minoxidil, topical immunotherapy, or anthralin could be an option depending on the patient's age. If you would like to learn more about possible treatment read this great article on female hair loss.
Of course there is always the option of using hair extensions, the concept is pretty self explanatory... but it's nothing like your own real hair:)