Hair loss is more often associated with men but it might surprise some people that up to 25% of women experience some form of shedding during their lifetimes. Not only are there specific conditions like the autoimmune disorder alopecia areata which can cause complete baldness there are also a whole series of environmental and other factors which can trigger hair loss. We’ve listed 10 of the most common below:
What causes hair loss in women?
1. Medication. Most people are aware that chemotherapy can cause hair loss but there are other medications too. Keep an eye out for any shedding if you’re prescribed anything for a medical condition
2. Anaemia. One of the effects of anaemia, besides tiredness, headaches and coldness is hair loss
3. Vitamin B deficiency. With similar symptoms to anaemia this condition should be relatively easy to fix with supplements and boosters.
4. Poor diet. A lack of protein in the diet can end up resulting in hair loss. Make sure you’re eating plenty of chicken, eggs and nuts.
5. The pill. Birth control pills work by regulating the hormones in your body and this can have a number of effects. One of which could be hair shedding. Speak to the doctor if you notice any shedding after taking the pill.
6. Over styling. Constantly putting chemical products into your hair, heat and the traction of extensions can all seriously damage follicles and in some cases result in permanent hair loss.
7. Pregnancy. Generally, you’re likely to get a thicker head of hair during pregnancy but afterwards post-partum shedding can be quite common. Fortunately, it’s rarely permanent and everything is back to normal within 6 months
8. Too much vitamin A. Although not that common it has been shown that overdosing on vitamin A can result in hair loss. Maybe consider cutting back on the carrots and the spinach.
9. Stress. The pressure of modern life is a trigger for several forms of clinical hair loss. It may be easier said than done to try to relax more but relieving the source of the stress will benefit your whole well-being, not just your hair.
10. Androgenic alopecia. This is a genetic form of hair loss and usually results in thinning across the whole head. There are some medications which can be used to help control it but there’s no cure.
What can you do about it?
If you’re concerned about hair loss, the first thing to do is to seek advice from your GP, or from a hair expert. There are a number of treatments available to help restore your hair to its former glory, but you need to get to the root of what’s causing the shedding before you can find a cure.