All About Hair Loss in Women | Best Hair Clinic in Jayanagar | Epiderma Clinic

Hair loss, commonly known as alopecia can affect your scalp and even the whole body which can be either temporary or permanent. Hair loss can be an outcome of a medical condition, hormonal change, heredity, or a normal part of aging. If you find bald spots or part of your scalp widening, then you need to see a dermatologist. There are several causes of these few symptoms. You cannot prevent hair loss, but it is possible to respond to treatment positively for more positive results. 

What is hair loss in women?

Hair loss is a woman encountering heavy and unexpected hair loss. Women shed around 50-100 strands of hair every day, but if you discover more than that, it is unnatural. Shedding hair is a natural balanced process where new hair grows in place of fallen hair. When this natural balance is interrupted and there is unevenness in hair growth, there is hair loss. Hair shedding is different from hair loss or also known as alopecia.

How common is hair loss in women?

It is often thought that hair loss affects men more than women. But, it is noticed that more than 50% of women experience hair loss in their lives. The female pattern hair loss (FPHL) is the most notable cause of hair loss in women.

Who is likely to experience hair loss?

Hair loss can be experienced by both girls and women. Most commonly, hair loss can be found in women aged forty years and above, those who have just delivered, women undergoing chemotherapy or are under medical treatment, women attaining menopause, or who use tight hairstyles or use harsh chemicals on them.

What are the common causes of hair loss?

There are multiple factors of hair loss in women. Vitamin deficiency can cause unstable hair loss. People with restrictive diets or underweight loss programs also experience unexpected hair loss. Hairstyles arranged in ways that pull the roots also cause serious hair loss called traction alopecia.

Apart from these common factors, other numerous factors cause hair loss. Extreme physical or emotional stress, abnormal thyroid, hormone changes during and after pregnancy, genes, aging, or may be due to certain medications and supplements.

What are the common signs of hair loss in women?

Women discover heavy hair falling in the comb, in the shower, on the floor, on the pillows, or just by slight pulling of hair. There are obvious plain patches, thinner, or missing hair on top of the head that gets wider with time. Hair breaks off easily, and ponytails become thinner with the scalp seen through the hair.

How is hair loss in women treated?

Hair loss treatment depends on the intensity and cause of your hair fall. In a few cases where hair fall is due to hormonal changes during pregnancy or menopause, there may not be any treatment required as the symptoms cease after some time. Hair fall due to the usage of harsh chemicals or hairstyles can be controlled by avoiding such practices. In case of vitamin deficiency, you may be required to take multivitamin supplements for a certain period. Hair transplant surgery is another option to restore and keep hair growth intact.

How is hair loss in women prevented?

The best possible way to prevent hair loss in women is by consuming a healthy diet providing necessary nutrients and supplements that include protein, vitamins, and minerals. Hair loss cannot be prevented if it is due to aging, heredity, genes, or due to stress. You can easily prevent hair loss caused by chemicals and hairstyles by strictly avoiding them. Quitting smoking is also another way to prevent hair loss in women.

What are a few tips for women suffering hair loss?

There are certain things when followed regularly that reduce hair loss to some extent. Massage your scalp for a few minutes as it improves blood circulation before washing hair. Hair coloring also adds volume and makes it look denser. Hair length can be kept short and added layers to look fuller. Using the right shampoo without sulfate detergents also helps.

Finally, it is the right way and the right product use that strengthens hair and prevents hair loss to a great extent. Hair loss can be distressing due to various reasons. Consulting expert dermatologists can be helpful and upon their advice follow-up, hair loss could be reversed as well. If you find something unusual then better consult an expert as the sooner you start the treatment, the better it is.

This article is contributed by Dr. Abhilasha MD, dermatologist in Jayanagar, Bangalore.


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