Health Crush Contributor
If you feel like you are losing your hair, know that you are not alone. Women experiencing hair loss and hair thinning at all ages can be caused by a number of factors. We are going to help you figure out why, and what you can do to fix it. (hint: Biotin!)
Feel like your losing your hair? First of all, take your hand off your head and calm down! If you are a woman, then bear in mind that 90 per cent of women’s hair loss is only temporary, and it is probably not a problem that is going to last.
How much hair loss is normal?
It’s natural to lose around 100 hairs daily, which should grow back again.Every hair has a life cycle of its own which ends with it falling out to make room for new one to grow.
Some women find their hair sheds more in the late summer and less in the winter. And if you don’t wash your hair as often, just one or twice a week, you may notice more fallout that has built up when you do wash. And sometimes- it’s just genetic.
There are many factors that can help trigger hair loss or hair thinning, but know that hereditary hair loss accounts for 90 percent of all hair loss or hair thinning in women.
What Causes The Other Ten Percent?
Temporary hair loss, medically categorized as Acute Telogen Effluvium, is the temporary increased shedding of hair.
It typically lasts three to six months. You may notice more hair on the floor after blow drys, pillows, and around the house.
The most common causes of long-term hair loss are deficiencies in vitamin D, iron, and vitamin B12, a change in birth control method, as well as hypo or hyperthyroid complications. Addressing the underlying problem can help return your hair to its resilient former self.
Treatment for hair loss depends on the causes, so the first thing to do is to is figure out what is causing your hair loss and thinning.
Other Causes of Hair Loss That May Surprise You
According to the United States National Library of Medicine, your hair may start to thin and even fall out due to the following things:
Surgery: it’s possible to lose a great deal of hair around 3-4 months after major surgery because of the stress that may have been caused by the disease. In these cases the hair grows back.
Thyroid and hormonal problems: if the thyroid gland is hyperactive or hypoactive, or if there is an imbalance between androgens and estrogens (masculine and feminine hormones), there tends to be greater hair loss. Hair also falls out around 3 months after giving birth, because the elevated hormone levels during pregnancy keep hair from falling out. Once hormones return to their normal levels, hair resumes its normal cycle of growth and falling out.
Medications you take regularly: anticoagulants, medications used to treat gout, high blood pressure or heart problems, excess vitamin A, birth control pills and antidepressants, as well as chemotherapy, can speed up hair loss.
Infections: those caused by fungi tend to lead to hair loss. These infections primarily affect children.
Diets: drastic weight-loss diets or eating disorders naturally cause hair to become weaker and accelerate its fall. This is especially true with diets that are low in protein.
Family history: As mentioned earlier, hereditary hair loss accounts for 90 percent of all hair loss.
Stress, emotional disorders, and crash diets: Depression, high levels of stress, and crash diets can lead to hair loss, especially in women. The good news is that as long as you allow your system to recover and you continue to take care of yourself, there’s no cause for concern. Your hair should stop falling out on its own and will grow back as usual.
Ovarian tumors: Since alopecia may be an early sign of disease, it’s important to determine its causes in order to treat it in its early stages.
How to Stop Your Hair from Falling Out: Biotin Supplements & Estrogen
Once the cause of the hair loss has been determined, the doctor will be able to recommend the treatment you should follow. Lifestyle changes usually help as well. For example, improving your diet so that it’s balanced and you get enough vitamins and minerals in a natural way.
In some cases, supplements are helpful if it is tough to get b-12 or iron in your diet regimen.
Biotin supplements can help strengthen hair and stop hair loss, and at the same time they help improve how skin looks.
Topical treatments for hair loss, like castor oil, can also complement other efforts.
In more severe cases, the doctor will prescribe specific medications for hair loss. However, it’s important that this is done by a health professional, because these medications have contraindications.
Losing Your Hair: When to See the Doctor
You must seek out a specialist if any of the following symptoms are present:
- You are losing hair in an atypical pattern (faster and more often than normal).
- Hair loss occurs suddenly or at an early age (for example, in the adolescent years or between the ages of 20-30).
- There is some pain or itching along with the hair loss.
- The skin of the scalp under the compromised area is red, scaly or showing some other kind of anomaly.
- You develop acne, facial hair or menstrual cycle irregularities.
- You’re a woman and you have male pattern baldness (losing more hair around the crown and/or the forehead).
- Bald patches on the beard or eyebrows.
- You’ve been gaining weight or have muscle weakness, intolerance to low temperatures or fatigue.