Here is some interesting female hair loss news that I think can help women better understand what’s going on with their thinning hair.
Noticing a lot more hair falling out these days and it doesn’t seem to be normal to you well it’s not.
Female Hair Loss In The News
Here’s a great way to explain what’s going on with hair growth and hair loss and that is to think of how things grow in a garden. Flowers and vegetables will grow well or not so well depending on what’s going on under the earth. Well hair is just like that too.
The growth cycle of your garden when it’s complete produces flowers, vegetables etc. and the normal growth cycle of hair should produce hair. I read this comparison in an article by Dr. Wendy Roberts, M.D. who is a dermatologist and has a private practice in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
She said that hair growth cycles are very important and if something is wrong then we notice it with extra hair in the sink, comb, brush or on our clothes.
There are certain things that interfere with the hair growth cycle like medication, illness, infection, or chemicals. All of these have the potential to stop hair from being formed properly in the scalp.
The hair growth process is very dynamic and if we introduce anything that can influence that process can cause thinning hair or in some cases sudden hair loss. Often time we will see gradual hair loss and only notice it when someone else points it out to us.
In most cases hair loss is often seen in men where a majority of women will see thinning hair only. What’s interesting is that Female hair loss will often occur between the ages of 50 or 60 but the fact is it can happen at any age and can have many different causes.
Understanding Hair Growth Cycles and Female Hair Loss
There are 3 different hair growth cycles that our hair can be in at any given time. The anagen, catagen, and telogen phases. About 90% of our hair on the scalp is in the anagen phase which is the growth phase and it can lasts anywhere from 2 -8 years.
The catagen phase is the transition phase and this will typically lasts about 2-3 weeks, during which the hair follicle will begin to shrink smaller.
Lastly is the telogen phase, which usually lasts around 2 – 4 months is the resting phase.
Most of the time and most of our hair is growing and only about 10% of the hair strands are between this phase and the resting at any one time. Although it’s very common for hair to grow about 6 inches a year for a majority of people certain factors such as weather and nutrition can stimulate faster hair growth.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology females will lose between 50 and 100 strands of hair each day as a normal part of shedding. On the days when the hair is washed, it’s very possible to lose up to 250 strands. You do not want to avoid washing your hair in an attempt to keep your hair, because it will eventually fall out anyway.
For those who don’t plan on counting their hair every day, there are ways to know when hair is thinning or being lost at a higher rate. Women will see often see the difference before anyone else.
When waking up in the morning, there may be an usually large amount on your pillow. When you comb your hair (especially without tugging, which can pull the hair out), more than normal will be left in the comb.
Female Hair Loss Signs
There are a few things that women can do to detect thinning hair early. Unlike men’s hair loss that tends to recede back from the forehead or the crown (Vertex) of the scalp, women will tend to notice thinning on the top third to one half of the scalp.
Nicole Rogers, M.D. of Old Metairie Dermatology in Metairie, LA says the sometimes Female hair loss will not start on the frontal line. Women will often see thinning hair in a part that will gradually becoming wider or they will see more of their scalp than normal when their hair is pulled back.
When a patient comes in with concerns about female hair loss, there is a combination of ways to make a diagnosis. Preliminary blood work is usually taken to make sure the thyroid gland or an autoimmune disease isn’t the culprit.
Genetic will often play a role so you may want to ask yourself if your mother, aunts, or grandmothers had thinning hair. Using magnification on the scalp can show if a woman’s follicles vary in size meaning some will appear thick and others thin. These are two telltale signs of female pattern hair loss which is also called androgenetic alopecia.
Androgenetic alopecia is often a hereditary condition that does affect around 50 million females in North America, according to the America Academy of Dermatology, and is the most common kind of hair loss.
Typically, each time a normal hair follicle is shed, it is replaced by hair that is equal in size. But in women with female pattern hair loss, the new hair is finer and thinner a more miniaturized version of itself. The hair follicles are shrinking and eventually they quit growing altogether.
Medical and Other Conditions That Can Affect Female Hair Loss
If hair follicles are uniform in size, or if the hair loss is sudden, it is likely to be caused by something other than heredity, like a medical condition, Rogers says.
There are a wide range of conditions that can bring on hair loss, with some of the most common being pregnancy, thyroid disorders, and anemia. Others include autoimmune diseases, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and skin conditions such as psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis, Rogers says.
As women age it has been noted that there is a link between menopause and hair loss,
Keep in mind that it could be that menopause and hair loss are just occurring at the same time in some cases but these hormonal changes could be a contributor.
There are other reasons for thinning hair and hair loss that include extreme stress or physical trauma like surgery or intense illness. Other causes include dramatic weight loss over a short period of time. Studies also show that taking too much Vitamin A will also shock the system causing sudden hair fall. It’s not always noticeable until a few weeks later also or up to six months later to experience these affects.
“Someone can have surgery and be just fine and then two weeks later their hair starts falling out,” Roberts says. “It can be very scary when it starts falling out in big clumps.”
Some women using Minoxidil to combat hair loss could also see sudden hair loss and often times I get calls when this happens. Yes it is scary and I don’t blame those that this has happen to either because most women are already experiencing thinning hair.
Yes Female Hair Loss Can Be Prevented
Female hair loss can be prevented in some cases not all. Try avoiding, stress on the hair like tight hairstyles for example cornrows or really tight braids as these put stress on the hair follicle and can cause what’s called traction alopecia.
Other contributors that women do is manipulate their hair dyes, use chemical treatments, use bad brushes, too much blow drying, or over use flat irons. All of these can result in damage hair and cause breakage and split ends.
Luckily, for most of these issues, the hair grows back over time or the loss can be reversed with either natural or medical treatments. See ProFollica for women review. The main problem with medical treatments are side effects. Try a natural approach to hair loss first before seeking prescribed hair loss medication.
Keep in mind that it is important to see your doctor or dermatologist if there seems to be something wrong, because the sooner treatment is started, the better the chances are for improving your growing season.
Contributing content on Female hair loss was provided by WebMD and Keepmyhair.ca.