Alopecia or hair loss isn’t a condition that affects only men but over 30 percent of women at one point or another within a lifetime. Here are nine common causes for hair loss among women.
Anemia is an iron deficiency that causes hair loss because it leads to a low production of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is responsible for transporting oxygen in the blood and repairing cells in our bodies. The best way to add iron to your diet is through foods that are rich in iron, such as spinach, mushrooms, pumpkin seeds, and pine nuts, just to name a few.
For many, hair loss is hereditary and just runs in the family. Hair transplant surgery is really great treatments for women experiencing hair loss.
Wearing too tight of ponytails, braids or any other hairstyle that cause a lot of consistent tension on the scalp can cause inflammation and damage to hair follicles.
Hormone imbalances play a huge role in female pattern baldness. Hormones help regulate the hair growth cycle and are responsible for healthy strands of hair. Too much testosterone in females can lead to hair loss. This is because the hormone responsible for follicles to miniaturize and produce thinner, more brittle hairs (dihydrotestosterone – DHT) is converted by the boy from testosterone. We recommend seeing your primary care physician (PCP) to have your hormones and thyroid levels checked if you ever experience sudden hair loss.
The most common complaint after pregnancy is hair loss or thinning hair. Hair loss after childbirth has been linked to fluctuating hormone levels. As mentioned above, hormones have a lot to do with the way our bodies function.
Sports-related trauma may induce hair loss over time. This is because of possible scalp inflammation, which may lead to alopecia.
Stress, shock or a traumatic event can result in a significant amount of hair loss. This is called telogen effluvium. Most people do not experience hair loss until two to four months after a stressful event. This is because hairs that enter the telogen phase rest for about 3 months so it can take some time before the effects are noticeable. Those that suffer from telogen effluvium typically notice hair loss on the top of the scalp that lasts approximately six months.
Vitamin B12 Deficiency
When your body is deficient in vitamin B12 you usually feel weakness and fatigue. Our bodies need B12 to make red blood cells, which transport oxygen throughout of bodies (including your scalp). Vitamin B12 can be found in animal products as well as over-the-counter B12 supplements.
A healthy, whole food diet along with exercise is the best ways to live a healthy lifestyle. A lot of individuals that do crash dieting may experience hair loss and thinning hair due to a nutritional deficiency.
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