Hair loss (alopecia) is becoming more prevalent, and it is not limited to men, as many of you may believe. Women, like males, experience hair loss. Women's hair loss might be caused by genetics, hormone imbalances, the natural aging process, or certain medical problems. Fortunately, various lifestyle changes, preventative measures, and medical therapies can assist in resolving this condition. This article aims to address many reasons for female hair loss, as well as preventive measures and recommended treatments.
Women's Hair Loss: What's Causing It?
The following are some of the most prevalent reasons for female hair thinning:
1. Genetic inheritance (heredity):- Hair loss/thinning occurs in this situation since you were born with it. Female-pattern hair loss is caused by heredity (a hereditary disease that develops with aging) and is known as androgenic alopecia.
2. Chemical hair treatments and hairstyles:- Excessive hairstyling or styling your hair excessively, such as tight ponytails, tight braids, hair extensions, plaits, or pigtails, can cause traction alopecia, a form of hair loss caused by repetitive tugging of hair.
3. Numerous medications:- Blood thinners (heparin and warfarin), antidepressants (Prozac, Janimine, Tofranil, and other antidepressants), and blood pressure medications (captopril and lisinopril) may cause hair thinning and loss in certain women.
4. Heat damage:- Heat damage may be to blame if you often straighten your hair or use other hot styling products. This is because heat styling can cause hair to become brittle and fragile, resulting in breaking.
5. Trichotillomania:- It's a medical disorder that's also known as "hair-pulling disorder." It is an impulse control problem in which patients have an overwhelming desire or urge to forcefully pull their hair.
Follow these recommended techniques for preventing hair thinning:
Avoid tight hairstyles:- Ponytails, top buns, and braids pull on hair follicles, adding strain and stress to the hair and causing breaking. Avoid tight hairstyles and tie them back with gentle scrunchies or hair ties instead.
Using a soft towel, pat dry:- Instead of tightly wrapping the hair with an abrasive towel, softly pat hair with a soft, microfiber towel. Squeeze damp hair with a microfiber towel to absorb water rather than rubbing, which can cause damage to fragile hair.
Allow hair to dry fully:- Allow your hair to air dry naturally after washing, rinsing, and patting it dry with a soft towel, rather than utilizing harsh heat from blow dryers.
Replace the cotton with silk:- Cotton may be oh-so-soft, but have you ever tried silk? Commercial fabrics such as cotton and polyester can grab hair strands as you sleep. Silk is ultra-smooth and helps to decrease friction that tugs on hair strands. Also, it's heavenly!