Women lose hair every day, but when the rate increases to stressful levels you need to ask the question… Why is my hair falling out?
Normal Hair Loss
For some of us men the last time we used a hair brush is a dim and distant memory. But take a look at any hairbrush that is not brand new or owned by an obsessive cleaner and you will find plenty of hair, hairs come away every time you brush… typically you will shed around 80 to 100 hairs every day. This is part of the normal cycle of rest, then growth, then shedding that every hair follicle goes through.
When that rate of loss suddenly increases significantly it is time to do something about it – and step one is to identify the cause. here we offer a fairly comprehensive list of the possible reactive causes (triggers to hair loss), beyond the “nothing you can do about it” genetically inherited hair loss.
Stress – We’re promoting this to first on the list since the world feels like a pretty stressful place these days. stress raises the levels of male hormones in your system – which can have a damaging affect on many of your body’s vital systems… including the hair follicles.
Vitamin Deficiency – Diet is is at the heart of so much that keeps us healthy, or makes us unwell. A deficiency of the vitamin B12 is associated with a reduction in the ability of red blood cells to carry oxygen, which has a direct and negative affect on your hair health.
Weight Loss – Crash diets are a huge test for your biology. In much the same way as you see blood stop circulating to your extremities when the weather is cold, your body will make decisions about which systems are vital when you starve it of nutrition. Unfortunately your hair is one of the very first systems it consigns to the bin, considered non-essential.
Hormone Imbalance – The severity will be dictated by your genes but there are a number of endocrine (hormone system) disorders that can trigger hair loss. An increase in male hormones can lead to a number of distressing outcomes including hair loss, weight gain and adult acne.
Iron Deficiency – Apart from hereditary hair loss this is one of the more common triggers for women. Iron is vital for hair growth, leave it out of your diet and your hair will deteriorate.
Menopause – Along with hereditary hair loss this is the version that can feel unavoidable. Hair loss increases in the run up to the menopause, it gets finer and less dense. Not much to be done about it beyond staying fit and eating healthily.
Hypo/Hyper Thyroidism -An imbalance in your thyroid gland, which controls the production of proteins and tissue, can lead to hair loss… left untreated it can develop into more serious conditions.
HIS Hair Clinic
So there you have it. Plenty of possible triggers that can see women losing hair, many of them early warning signs that you are not treating your body properly or that something is going wrong. A trip to your doctor is advised if you think you might be suffering from any of these. But above all else, do not panic! It will only make things worse, instead put yourself in the hands of your doctor and trust that if your hair loss is reactive, caused by a trigger, it can be identified and addressed.
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