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Hair Loss in Women Treatment

  • What’s hair loss in women?

    Women who suddenly lose a lot of hair are said to be experiencing hair loss. Humans typically lose between 50 and 100 individual hairs each day. A natural equilibrium includes some hairs falling out while others grow in.

    Hair loss occurs when the equilibrium between less hair growing in and falling out is disrupted. Hair shedding is not the same as hair loss. Alopecia is the medical word for hair loss.

    Almost all of the surfaces of your skin, excluding the lips, eyelids, and soles of your feet, are capable of supporting hair growth. Vellus hair is defined as light, fine, and short hair. the thicker, darker, and longer hair associated with androgens

Hair Loss in Women

What are the cycles of hair growth?

  • Hair goes through three cycles:
    • The anagen phase (growing phase) can last from two years to eight years. This phase generally refers to about 85% to 90% of the hair on your head.
    • The catagen phase (transition phase) is the time that hair follicles shrink and takes about two to three weeks.
    • The telogen phase (resting phase) takes about two to four months. At the end of this phase, the hair falls out.

    Your shorter hairs like eyelashes, arm and leg hair and eyebrows have a short anagen phase — about one month. Your scalp hair can last up to six years or even longer.

  • What are the types of hair loss?
    There are three: anagen effluvium, telogen effluvium and FPHL.
    • Anagen effluvium: This is caused by medications that poison a growing hair follicle (like chemotherapy).
    • Telogen effluvium: This is caused by an increased number of hair follicles reaching the telogen phase, which is the stage where hair falls out.
    • Androgenetic alopecia/female pattern alopecia/female pattern hair loss (FPHL)/baldness: This type is the most common. Hair thins over the top of the head and on the sides.
  • How common is hair loss in women?
    Many people think that hair loss only affects men. However, it is estimated that more than 50% of women will experience noticeable hair loss.
  • Which women are likely to experience hair loss?
    Any girl or woman can be affected by hair loss. However, it is usually more common in:
    • Women older than 40.
    • Women who have just had babies.
    • Women who have had chemotherapy and those who have been affected by other medications.
    • Women who often have hairstyles that pull on the hair (like tight ponytails or tight braids) or use harsh chemicals on their hair.
    • Menopausal women.
  • What are the myths about hair loss?
    Myths about hair loss are widespread. Nothing in the following list is true:
    • You’re losing hair because you shampoo it too much, or because you’ve colored it or gotten a perm.
    • Dandruff causes permanent hair loss in women.
    • Stress causes permanent hair loss in women.
    • If you shave your head, your hair will grow back twice as thick.
    • If you stand on your head you’ll increase circulation, stimulating hair growth.
    • If you brush your hair 100 strokes a day that will make your hair healthier.
    • Hats and wigs cause hair loss in women.
    • Hair loss only affects intellectual women.


What are the common causes of hair loss in women?

  • What causes hair loss?
    • Hair style: Your style of hair can cause hair loss when your hair is arranged in ways that pull on your roots, like tight ponytails, braids, or corn rows. This type of hair loss is called traction alopecia. If hair follicles are damaged, the loss can be permanent.
    • Vitamin deficiency.
    • Dieting (rapid weight loss).
    • Restrictive diets.
    • Over processed scalp hair (breakage).
  • What causes anagen effluvium hair loss?
    Toxic substances, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy and some medications. These cause sudden hair loss that can occur anywhere on your body. It happens to hair in the growth stage. Sometimes, this type of hair loss can be permanent if your hair follicles are damaged.
  • What causes telogen effluvium hair loss?
    • Extreme physical stress or shock to your body: This causes temporary hair loss. This category includes events like losing a lot of weight, surgery, anemia, illness and having a baby.
    • Extreme emotional stress: mental illness, the death of a loved one, etc.
    • An abnormal thyroid.
    • Medications and supplements: blood pressure medicines, gout medicines and high doses of Vitamin A.
    • Hormone changes caused by pregnancy, menopause or birth control pills.
  • What causes FPHL (Female Pattern Hair Loss)?
    • Genes: Your family’s genes can cause thinning of hair along the top of your head.
    • Aging: Hormone changes as you age can cause balding.
    • Menopause: This type of hair loss often gets worse when estrogen is lost during menopause.
  • There are also some conditions that affect hair loss:
    • Alopecia areata is an autoimmune skin disease that causes patchy hair loss on your head and possibly other places on your body. It’s usually not permanent.
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