Hormonal changes are a common cause of hair loss. Many women do not realize that hair loss can occur after pregnancy or following discontinuation of birth control pills.
Causes of Hair Loss in Women
Physical and Emotional Stress surgeries severe illnesses and emotional stress can cause hair loss. In many cases there is a three month delay between the actual event and the onset of hair loss.
Additionally there may be another three month delay prior to the return of noticeable hair re-growth. This means that the total hair loss and re-growth cycle can last six months or possibly longer when inducted physical or emotional stress.
Female hair loss may occur due to dieting. Franchised diet programs which are designed or administered under the direction of a physician with prescribed meals dietary supplements and vitamin ingestion have become popular. Sometimes the client is told that vitamins are a necessary part of the program to prevent hair loss associated with dieting.
From a dermatologists standpoint however the vitamins cannot prevent hair loss associated with rapid significant weight loss.
Common Hair Loss Misconceptions and Myths
- Frequent shampooing contributes to hair loss
- Shaving your head will cause your hair to grow back thicker
- Hair loss does not occur in women who are in their late teens or early twenties
- Hats and Wigs cause thinning and baldness
- 100 strokes of the hair brush daily will create healthier hair
- Permanent thinning and baldness is caused by perms colors and other cosmetic treatments
- There are cures available for Androgenetic Alopecia
- Stress can cause permanent thinning of a woman’s overall hair density
Treatment Options and Solutions for Women
Up to 60 percent of women experience hair loss at some point. The causes are multiple genetics hormones too much thyroid not enough thyroid low estrogen high androgen or trauma an allergic reaction high fever stress. The most common and chronic cause is a genetic condition called Androgenetic Alopecia.