Causes of Hair Loss in Women

Causes of Hair Loss in Women

Womens hairloss scaleA woman’s hair expresses her personality. It can be long or short, colored, and changed to match our mood. Most woman never think that hair loss is something they will struggle with - balding is for men. It can be shocking and devastating to discover noticeable hair loss. You may feel alone and embarrassed. However, more than 30 million women in the US struggle with hair loss; you are not alone!

At Hair Professionals, our team is ready to talk to you and share our experiences. You are not alone and you deserve to enjoy a full head of luxurious hair. Before considering hair loss solutions, it might be wise to think about hair loss causes. Women’s hair loss can be triggered by any number of factors. The first step is to consult your medical doctor to rule out any underlying health issues. The next step is to visit Hair Professionals. Regardless of the cause, whether your hair loss is temporary or permanent, our technicians can advise you on all your options.

Whereas most men's hair loss is caused by genetics, male pattern baldness, or Androgenetic Alopecia, the causes of women's hair loss are more varied. The cause may be hereditary, but more often the cause is a medical condition. While understanding the cause of your hair loss doesn't change the outcome, early detection and treatment may minimize the impact.

Hormones are major contributors to women's hair loss. The endocrine system produces and regulates the body's hormones. Any hormonal condition can cause hair growth to drop off—whether it’s a thyroid problem, menopause, pregnancy, or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, PCOS, or an androgen disorder which means there is too much or too little presence of the male hormone, testosterone. Other endocrine problems that may cause loss can include hypopituitarism or hypothalamic disorders.

Nonendocrine disorders may also result in hair loss symptoms, such as inflammatory bowel diseases like Diverticulitis and Crohn's disease, yeast infections such as Candida, syphilis, liver and kidney failure, Lupus, and cancers such as Hodgkin's lymphoma and leukemia.

Other medical conditions, medication, and illnesses, while not the cause, can produce hair loss as a side-effect. Surgery, high fever, weight gain or crash dieting, anorexia or bulimia, lack of sufficient protein or nutrients, and others are a few of the many reasons you may be experiencing hair loss.

Alopecia Areata, hair loss marked by bald patches, can come on without warning. Most people with Alopecia Areata are otherwise healthy. While many clients with Alopecia Areata may see hair regrowth within a year, there are severe chronic forms with complete hair loss. Alopecia Totalis is complete hair loss on the head, and Alopecia Universalis is complete hair loss over the entire body.

Trichotillomania, considered traumatic alopecia, is self-induced, chronic hair-pulling. Traction alopecia occurs when there is tension on the scalp from styling techniques such as ponytails, braiding, on-going chemicals such as bleaching and straighteners. Cicatricial or Scarring Alopecias may be inflammatory or non-inflammatory and are characterized by a lack of pores.

The important conclusion, regardless of the cause of hair loss, is early treatment is paramount. While we cannot detect and treat your medical conditions, we can definitely treat your scalp and offer solutions. Every woman deserves a full head of beautiful hair. Hair restoration techniques are becoming more advanced all the time, and Hair Professionals is passionate about leading you to the best solution for your hair loss needs.

Don’t delay in giving us a call. Come in for a complimentary consultation. We can find a hair loss solution that’s right for you.

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