There are a lot of different types of hair loss out there and even more potential causes! The trouble is, unless you discover the root cause of the problem, it’s going to be very difficult to treat it.
While there’s a lot of information out there regarding the most common causes of hair loss in women, there’s also a few lesser-known causes you should be aware of. Below, we’ll look at just five of the lesser-known reasons women can experience hair loss.
1. Tight, restrictive hairstyles
Do you constantly wear your hair in a tight, restrictive style? Pulled back ponytails and tight buns can lead to a type of hair loss known as traction alopecia. This is actually becoming quite popular, with hairdressers seeing increasing numbers of clients suffering from traction alopecia.
The tightness of the style, pressurises the hair follicle, causing damage to it over time. This then leads to the hair falling out and in some cases, never growing back again
2. Yo-yo diets
While diet in general doesn’t play a large role in hair loss, extreme diets can have a devastating effect. Yo-yo dieters in particular can start to experience hair loss. If you’re constantly trying out new extreme diets, your body will go into shock mode. The stress from extreme diets can significantly affect the hair growth cycle, causing the hair to thin and fall out.
3. Genetic hair loss
Genetic hair loss is most commonly associated with men, but it can also affect many women too. So, if you have a family history of hair loss, it’s more likely you’ll experience it too. Sadly, there’s not much that can be done for this type of hair loss, but there are ways to slow down its progression.
4. Giving birth
During pregnancy, the hair starts to look healthier and thicker than it ever has. This is down to a change in hormones which halt the hair growth cycle, causing fewer hairs to shed. However, once you give birth, the hair cycle kicks back in and all of the hair that was resting, starts to shed. This can understandably be alarming for women, but it’s a temporary, natural and very common side effect of giving birth.
5. Excessive exercise
This is probably the most surprising cause on the list. While exercise does play a largely positive role in our health, just like everything in life, too much can be bad for you. Excessive exercise can place a lot of stress onto the body, which can lead to hair loss.
So, there you have it – 5 lesser-known reasons why women can start to lose their hair. However, it is important to get a proper diagnosis as there are many potential causes of hair loss in women and you’ll need to know what’s causing yours before you can treat it.