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A Woman’s Guide to Thinning and Loss of Hair

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Hair loss is most times out of our control, and most times boils down to genes. Maintaining hair health by eating well and using the right hair products, combined with medical-grade managements can really work all together to help your hair re-grow, with a fuller, thicker head of hair.

Hairs For women are an expression of beauty, confidence, and personal style. It does play a major role in a woman’s self-confidence and self-esteem. This makes female hair loss a potentially debilitating condition, both socially and emotionally.

Recent researches have suggested that the psychosocial effects of hair loss are greater in women than in men. Similarly, women with hair loss report a higher incidence of feeling introverted, anxious and less attractive. This can really interfere with their normal daily lives.

Types of Hair Loss

Most women can expect to come across one of the following types of hair loss at some point in their lives:

Involution Alopecia

Involutional alopecia is a natural condition that happens as more and more hair follicles go into the resting phase (telogen). This kind of hair loss is the gradual thinning of the hair that occurs with age. In this resting phase, hair continues to get shorter with fewer hairs growing out, making it harder for the hairs to grow back.

Androgenetic Alopecia

Androgenetic alopecia is also known as pattern baldness and is a hereditary condition that is known by a receding hairline and gradual disappearance of the hair from the top of the scalp. Androgenetic alopecia is responsible for the vast majority of hair loss that affects both men and women.

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is an auto-immune skin disease that results in hair loss on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. This comes about, as a result of your immune system mistakenly attacking your hair follicles, which is where hair growth begins. It is not a permanent condition, and the cause of the attack on the hair follicles is still being studied.

Alopecia areata suddenly becomes visible when clumps of hair fall out, which causes small, round patches of visible and exposed scalp on top of the head. In most people with this condition, the hair may return within a few months or years.

Telogen Effluvium

Telogen Effluvium is a temporary condition that occurs when there is a change in the number of hair follicles growing hair. This can be caused by a large number of hairs entering the resting phase at the same time, causing the hair follicles to become inactive, which is subsequently followed by shedding and thinning.

Dealing with the Emotions Associated with Hair Loss

Struggling with hair loss is an emotional fight, and you can find helpful websites like Bald Girls Do Lunch, Women’s Hair Loss Project, and Hair Loss Talk helpful. At those sites, you can connect with others and share your hair loss experience and story. You are not alone, and there are others who are going through similar struggles. This group of people can offer insights, tips, and an ear to listen to.

Once you begin to see all the different resources available to you, the emotional stress that you experiencing will begin to fade.

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Causes of Hair Loss

Hormonal Changes

Some post-menopausal women may experience hair loss due to hormonal changes. This issue can be experienced in any age group, as hair loss can be a symptom of various hormonal problems. However, the most important step when dealing with this issue of thinning and hair loss is to consult an expert.

While some causes of hair loss may be reversible, it is usually not always the case. Whatever be the case, whether temporary or permanent, different measures can be taken to make the best of the situation of thinning and hair loss.


A common and often overlooked cause of hair loss is our diet. Are you eating well, and consuming enough protein and other nutrients?

It has been suggested by nutritionists that vitamins B, especially folic acid, B6, and biotin, as well as minerals like magnesium, calcium, and zinc, are effective in controlling thinning and loss of hairs.

Also, the intake of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found naturally in fish, should be considered. They are also available in supplement form.

Period Of Stress Due To Physical Or Emotional Reasons

Stress can result in extreme dieting or weight loss, which can be accompanied by other kinds of hormonal imbalances. This can result in excessive hair shedding, and can even lead to partial baldness.

Preventive Measures

Identification of the Cause of Hair Loss

This is vital in determining the best treatment to undertake. In diagnosing hair loss, dermatologists usually perform a thorough physical examination, laboratory evaluation, health history, and in some cases, a scalp biopsy. These simple procedures can be extremely helpful in diagnosing the type and causes of one’s hair loss.

Selecting An Appropriate Hairstyle

This varies on a case by case basis, since hair texture, straightness or curliness of the hair, as well as the hair density determines how long the hair can be before it goes wilted, stringy, and the scalp appears exposed.

As hair grows longer it increases in weight, and a hairstyle that is short in length helps to increase overall hair volume. This is also the case with straight to wavy hair types because some curly hair types can handle longer hairstyle lengths since curls increase volume.

The shorter the length of the hair layers, the more the hair strands lighten up, and stays less closely to the scalp, when styled. Another hairstyle option for women experiencing minimal hair loss is to make use of wigs, weaves or hair extensions.

Hair Shampoo And Conditioners

In most cases, as hair density thins down, the general quality of the strands degrades, and the hair loses its ability to grow quite as long as it should. This causes it to reach the end of its cycle early, leaving more stages of hair that have not grown in yet.

Low-quality shampoos with cheap surfactants can worsen this scenario, as they tend to strip the hair of its natural oils, and opens up the cuticles. This allows the hair to even be frizzy and more brittle

When selecting a shampoo for use, checking the constituent on the back of the product for surfactants will ensure you choose a higher quality product.

Thus, a shampoo product with sodium Laureth sulfate will usually have a gentle surfactant appropriate for maintaining hair quality, while a shampoo product with sodium lauryl sulfate, will be a harsh surfactant that will dry out the hair.

Hair Transplants

Another option for women experiencing minimal to moderate hair loss is hair transplant, which is increasingly becoming popular with women. Hair transplant involves removing healthy hair follicles from one part of the scalp and transplanting them to another area that is experiencing the hair loss and is a permanent form of hair replacement.

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