It’s not just the men that suffer from hair loss. Women do too. However there are differences between hair loss in women and hair loss in men.
In men the signs of hair loss are the following:
- Receding hairline
- Hair loss, whether moderate or extensive, specifically on the crown or top of the head.
In women the signs of hair loss are as follows:
- There is a general thinning of the hair not just in one particular area but all over the head.
- The crown or the hairline experiences hair loss.
Hair loss in women generally starts around the 30-year age bracket. Usually hair loss is an overall thinning instead of a bald patch. By time women reach 40, that’s when hair loss becomes more evident.
So what causes hair loss in women? It is important to learn the factors that can cause hair loss so that women suffering from it will know if the problem is serious enough to seek medical advice or if it’s not too serious and just wait for the hair to grow back.
6 Possible Causes of Hair Loss in Women
Often times hair loss in women is due to pregnancy. At around 3 – 6 months after childbirth, most will start noticing a degree of hair loss. The reason is the hair starts going into a resting phase due to the physiological effects of pregnancy on the body.
Intense Diets and Weight Loss
Many women are not aware that going on intensive diets and shedding off lots of pounds too quickly can have enormous effects on the body including hair loss.
Serious Illnesses and Severe Infections
Women who become seriously ill or suffer from severe infections can start losing hair. This is because illnesses and infections put much stress on the body. This can result to the hair going into a resting phase which would lead to shedding. Usually the body starts recovering from 3 – 9 months. The hair will start growing back until it starts looking like the original “hair” condition.
Chemical Hair Treatments
Chemical hair treatments especially when done improperly can trigger hair loss or even further aggravate the current hair loss situation. If you love using dyes, tints, bleaches, straighteners and permanent waves on your crowning glory, better start rethinking what you are trying to do. In general, if these treatments are used minimally, hair that is in good health condition will show no signs of damage or stress. If you use these treatments on your hair and notice that your hair is breaking and becoming brittle, it is best to give these treatments a rest.
Hairstyles that Pull
Hairstyles that give your locks a good tug can also cause hair loss. If you are styling your hair in ponytails or braids avoid pulling your locks too tight.
Rough Combing and Rubbing
Don’t comb or brush your hair too rough as this can result to hair loss. You should also avoid roughly rubbing your hair with a towel when drying as this can lead to breakage and worsen your hair loss problem. It is best to use combs with wide teeth and brushes with smooth tips. Instead of rubbing dry your hair with a towel, gently tap dry or just allow it to air dry.