The signs are subtle: a too wide parting in your hair or more strands than normal in your brush. Or they could be obvious: an overall thinning or balding spot.
Female hair loss is fairly common, trichologists and doctors say, and in some cases, it could signal a potentially serious medical problem.
What causes hair loss?
Blame the three H’s: heredity, hormones and health problems. In addition to your genetics, the doctors said hormone imbalances after childbirth, during menopause and at puberty can cause hair loss. So can certain types of lupus, thyroid problems, low iron stores and vitamin deficiencies. Other triggers include too tight braids or ponytails, stress, rapid weight loss or following a vegan diet without taking supplements.
How common is it?
This problem is more common than most people think. “About 50 to 80 percent of women will experience some hair loss in their life, although official numbers probably say it is 20 percent,” Hair loss is very common among older women, but it is the younger women who come in for treatment for vanity reasons.
Is the problem getting worse?
There is no hard data on women’s hair loss, and there is no reason to believe it has been increasing. Permanent hair loss caused by stress to the hair may be decreasing, because hairdressers and beauticians are more aware of the hazards of pulling hair too tight when braiding or using relaxers to straighten your tresses.
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