Hair Loss in Women: Causes and What You Can Do About It
Coming out with losing hair is hard but you are not alone. Yes, hair loss in women is a difficult subject to talk about and at times hard to deal with, but sharing gives you an opportunity to learn from others. It is a very personal subject and feeling like you’ve lost part of your womanhood is totally normal. But giving up won’t do you any good.
And you are not alone; you are not the only woman afraid to brush her hair because you think it will fall out. I understand you are sad and depressed but you have to learn how you can deal with it. For me and I’m sure for many women out there, wearing hair extensions has helped my self-esteem without any extra hair loss.
At the beginning it was really challenging but with time I got comfortable with them and learned new hair styles and the best part, no one can tell (although I’ve lost about 75% of my hair in the last three years). It can be your secret too. You too can join the world of hair extensions, the powerful weapon that fights hair loss in women. You do need to seek answers but in the mean time you have to try to make yourself feel better, because after all, that’s what’s important. And knowing more about hair loss will empower you. Trust me.
Our bodies change constantly as we age, this includes hair growing in places where we don’t need it and losing it in places we do. This can be caused by many various reasons some of which may include a change in your hormones, your genetics, or even underlying medical conditions you might have. You must understand that hair loss can be temporary or permanent depending on the cause. And it is actually quite common to see your hair thin as you get older. Supposedly up to half of women start to notice their hair thinning by the time they turn 50 years old.
We (and men too) usually lose about 100 hairs daily, but because more hair usually grows in, when you see a few hairs laying around you shouldn’t be too worried. However, when gorgeous thick hair all of a sudden starts falling out very rapidly, it’s time to be concerned. Very concerned. This is what happened to me and I’ve seen so many doctors but still no answers. I plan to see a hormone specialist next month because I read that hormone imbalance seems to affect up to 20% of all women and up to 40% of women over the age of 70. And the underlying cause may be the vitamin deficiency.
I also read that hair loss may occur due to polycystic ovary syndrome, pregnancy or birth control pills and most of the time hair loss in women will worsen after menopause once the ovaries stop producing estrogen but keep producing testosterone. This eventually causes the hair shaft to become thinner and over time stop growing completely. As well as hair thinning out on the head, the changes that a woman’s body goes through during menopause may also cause hair to grow in places like the chin, upper lip, and cheeks. They may be thick or thin, many or few, it all depends. But I do not have facial hair (not yet) and I’m 34, so this can’t be the cause of my hair loss (at least I hope I’m not going through menopause; it will wreck me).
I know this is too much information to process all at once, but knowledge is power and it may actually help you get to the bottom of the problem. At least it helped me. Not necessarily knowing what causes my hair loss, but it has helped me understand it and learn what I can do about it until I figure out how to stop it. After all, there have been reports of reversible hair loss so I still have hope. Rogain for example has been effective and there are other medications available to help with hair loss. Keep in mind though that medications do not work the same for everyone so they may not work on you. If you have severe hair loss like me, you can consider hair extensions or wigs, or hair transplantation, if you qualify for the procedure.
Sometimes the cause of your hair loss may not actually be hair loss at all and just damage. Over usage of hair straighteners, blow drying, curling irons and anything else that may damage your hair could be causing it to look thin. Try to cut down on styling and using reconstructive masks can help soothe your hair a little. The bottom line is you just have to be positive and good to your hair.