Female hair loss: what's normal and what isn'tWe probably don’t really think about it but our hair is constantly recycling itself, moving from a growth phase to a fall out phase, which means hair loss happens all the time.

The only time a woman sometimes avoids second stage is during pregnancy when the hair stays in the growth phase. The downside of this is that after giving birth everything corrects itself and sometimes even more hair is lost until the hormone changes settle down. Naturally most women can expect to shed about 50-100 hairs a day.

Some hair loss is unpredictable

If you start to lose more than this regularly or spot any bald patches on the scalp then it could be the first signs of alopecia areata. The condition can strike at almost any age and is still not completely understood. The general consensus is that it’s an autoimmune disease that can be triggered by a wide variety of external factors such as diet or a stressful environment. It’s unpredictable and there’s no known treatment. Sometimes it can result in total hair loss or occasionally it will just completely clear up on its own.

Trauma-induced hair loss

Another form of hair loss is telogen effluvium, which generally occurs a couple of months after a traumatic event or incident or maybe just something as simple as losing excessive weight or stopping the pill. Thankfully this form of hair loss is generally temporary and will normally clear up on its own within 12 months.

The key thing is not to panic if you notice more shedding than usual. Given that female hair loss is tied to stress and anxiety then it becomes very easy to exacerbate the problem. Monitor it for a few days to see if the trend is for more hair to fall out as it may just be a one off. If you think there is a problem then stay calm and see your doctor.