The reasons for female pattern hair loss are not totally understood, although it is thought to be related to a family history of male or female baldness, changes in the levels of male hormones (androgens) and aging. Five possible causes:
Stress can cause short-term hair loss such as alopecia areata, which causes discreet spots of hair loss, says Jeffrey Benabio, M.D., F.A.A.D., director of healthcare transformation at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego. When overly stressed, the body’s immune system can attack the hair follicles—but hair may return soon after the stress becomes under control, according to the Mayo Clinic.
All three of these reasons are often given out to explain hair loss, but they are far from being true. More often than not, these myths are generated by companies that want to sell an ineffective hair growth product, or by well-meaning older generations and/or misinformed individuals. We now know much more about what causes hair thinning, and it often has nothing to do with what we suspect.
An easy way to incorporate a scalp massage into your hair care regimen is to perform it while in the shower, after applying shampoo or conditioner. Scalp massages have been found to improve circulation to the scalp, stimulating hair growth. By moving your fingertips in a slow, circular movement around the whole head, you’ll reduce stress and promote hair regrowth at the same time.
Oh, and the idea that you can somehow “train” your hair to “adjust” to less-frequent shampoos—a dream of mine since I read this Hairpin article five years ago—is a myth, according to my killjoy respondents.
People inherit baldness through their mother’s male relatives. Actually, baldness is determined by genes from both the mother and the father. Looking at one’s family can give someone at best an educated guess about how he or she will turn out. Studies are ongoing in this field, and current research has been inconclusive about the inheritance patterns.
Know when to visit the doctor. It’s important to know when your hair loss could be a symptom of a more serious medical complaint, in which case you should see a doctor as soon as possible. Contact a doctor if you are losing hair in an unusual pattern, or rapidly at an early age, such as in your teen or twenties. Other symptoms to look out for are:
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Symptom of a medical illness — Hair loss can be one of the symptoms of a medical illness, such as systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus), syphilis, a thyroid disorder (such as hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism), a sex-hormone imbalance or a serious nutritional problem, especially a deficiency of protein, iron, zinc or biotin. These deficiencies are most common in people on restrictive diets and women who have very heavy menstrual flow.
Unfortunately, since male pattern baldness is a genetic trait, there is no way to prevent it. However, finasteride blocks the effect of DHT on hair follices, thereby slowing or stopping, and in some cases reversing, hair loss in most men for as long as they continue to take it.
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Hi Carol, losing hair from the top of your head only over a gradual period of time does suggest a diagnosis of androgenetic alopecia (more commonly referred to as male and female pattern baldness). There are treatments available for this and you can find out more about those on our hair loss treatments page. If you would like personalised recommendations, we would advise getting a consultation with one of our specialists. These are free of charge and can take place at one of Belgravia’s City of London or Central London hair loss clinics, or online via the consultation form on our website if that is more convenient.
Too much shampooing, styling, and dyeing can harm your tresses. Heat and chemicals weaken the hair, causing it to break and fall out. Often, it’s a combination of treatments—keratin, coloring, and blow-drying, for instance—that does the damage.
Little known side effect of birth control: the hormones suppressing ovulation can cause hair loss. It’s more likely if you have a genetic predisposition to hair loss, i.e., if you have family members who have experienced hair loss. Sometimes hair loss will actually begin after you’ve stopped taking birth control pills. The American Hair Loss Association (yes, that’s a real thing) has a list of oral contraceptives that have been linked to hair loss. The major factor is the “androgen index,” or the level of the hormone androgen, which in itself can cause hair to thin in some women. If you think this is happening (maybe you’re on birth control for the first time, maybe you just a new kind of birth control), talk to your gyno!
More than half of men MODERN SALON surveyed reported some hair loss, but more striking than that is that 75% of men are concerned about current or future hair loss. Talking to clients about thinning before it’s past the point of no return is crucial.
Years of pulling your hair too tight in a bun or ponytail or wearing it in cornrows or braids can put stress on the hair and cause a type of hair loss known as traction alopecia. So can bleaching or regular use of dyes, relaxers and other hair products as well as straightening irons and curling wands.
Thanks. My shedding still hasn’t stopped. Now on month 14 of propecia, + keto + minox. I talked to my Dr about trying DUT . . . he said no given it isn’t FDA approved. But I’m thinking of increasing my dose of propocia from 1.25mg (1/4 of a proscar pill) to 2.5mg (so take half a pill. Anything wrong with doing that???
Beta carotene protects against dry, dull hair and stimulates the glands in your scalp to make an oily fluid called sebum. So where do you find this elixir of the locks? Orange-colored fruits and vegetables are your best bet: Carrots, pumpkin, cantaloupe, mangoes and — oh yeah — sweet potatoes.
Whether you know someone who’s dealing with this, or it’s your own hair that’s starting to thin or fall out, here we cover some of the most likely culprits. You should definitely talk to your doctor if this is happening, but—good news—chances are it’s something that’s easily treatable.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is another imbalance in male and female sex hormones. An excess of androgens can lead to ovarian cysts, weight gain, a higher risk of diabetes, changes in your menstrual period, infertility, as well as hair thinning. Because male hormones are overrepresented in PCOS, women may also experience more hair on the face and body.
Hair loss occurs due to an accumulation of different causes, i.e. inflammations, everyday stress, hormones, genetics. Solving just the nutritional deficiencies problem can be not enough. Nutrafol is an advanced supplement, that contains several patented and clinically proven nutraceutical ingredients. Among them – EvNolMax (a form of Vitamin E), sensoril ashwagandha, biocurcumin, saw palmetto, cynatine (bioactive keratin), hydrolyzed marine collagen, hyaluronic acid. They repair and revitalize damaged hair follicles, minimize hair shedding and hair loss, promote thicker, fuller, faster hair growth and improve hair texture. Moreover, Nutrafol is a perfect anti-aging solution for your hair.
To be honest, there have been times when I would lose a huge amount of hair and also the new growth would just fall out or not grow beyond few centimeters. Those times were heartbreaking, but I didn’t give up. I also realized that the health of hair is interlinked with many factors. And it’s not just the food, yes food is very important, but it’s also your state of mind which plays an important role in the health of your hair.
While there are many causes for hair loss, the most likely cause is genetics. Finding out whether or not hair loss is caused by genetics or another reason can help determine the best course of treatment.
Hi, i am a 16 year old that has a high probability of becoming bald due genetics. Due to my father, uncle, grandfather qnd recently my cousins have hairs that are thinning. Even though i have thick hair,i can see that when i was younger i had even thicker and longer hair. Now i see a decrease. I was wondering if this male pattern baldness can be stopped permenently forever? and would i have a chance to grow my hair out really long?
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There are several types of hair loss, often classified by whether the loss is localized, or if it affects large areas, or if the hair loss is patchy or affects the entire scalp. Some of the more common hair loss causes are discussed on the following slides.
Birth control pills are a form of contraception that works by suppressing ovulation and/or making it more difficult for a fertilized egg to implant into the lining of the uterus. The hormones that make birth control pills effective may also cause hair thinning in women who use them. You are more likely to experience this side effect from birth control pills if you have a family history of hair loss. Women may also lose hair when they stop taking the pill. Hormones are not the only medication that may be associated with hair loss. Blood thinners and blood pressure medications may do it, too. So can drugs used to treat depression, heart disease, and arthritis.
Cicatricial (scarring) alopecia: This rare disease develops in otherwise healthy people. The disease destroys a person’s hair follicles. Scar tissue forms where the follicles once were, so the hair cannot re-grow. Treatment tries to stop the inflammation, which destroys the hair follicles.
Limit your use of hair dryers. Heat weakens hair proteins. Constant heating and drying can lead to brittleness and fragility that can cause hair loss that would not have occurred otherwise. Natural drying is best for you hair, so aim to dry it naturally more often than drying it with heat.
Many people who begin losing their hair early or without explanation find they have a hormonal imbalance. If you have other hormonal symptoms, look into natural supplements for hormone regulation and foods that promote healthy hormone levels.
The symptoms: Seborrheic dermatitis causes the scalp to shed its skin, so you’ll notice greasy, yellowish scales on your shoulders or in your hair. It may be the result of yeast called Malassezia, hormonal changes, or excess oil in the skin. Psoriasis, an autoimmune condition that causes excessive skin cell turnover, produces a very thick white scale on the scalp that can bleed if pulled off. With ringworm, a fungus you contract by touching an infected person or animal, you’ll notice red patches on your scalp, which may be diffuse, Jakubowicz says.
Medications can cause chronic shedding, Schlosser says. The most notorious for doing so are blood pressure medications, but some antidepressants and HIV medications may do it as well. Always talk with your prescribing doctor if you notice you’re losing hair a few months after starting new meds.