GET THE FACTS

Although you may think that hair loss is strictly a male disease, you may be surprised to find that women make up 40% of hair loss sufferers.

Whether it’s sudden hair loss in women or gradual hair loss over time, most women suffer in silence – too upset or embarrassed to admit what they’re going through or to seek help. Instead they change their hairstyle or hair color in an effort to cover up the real issues at hand. Do not shame yourself. You are not alone and there are ways to empower yourself around this issue.

The first step is to KNOW YOUR FACTS: Do you know the type of hair loss you have, or why you are losing your hair? Knowing can help determine the best treatment for you, give you back your confidence and help you shift your focus to living a big life instead of a small one filled with isolation and fear.

TYPES OF HAIR LOSS

There are FOUR MAIN TYPES of hair loss for women. Once you know the type of hair loss you have, it will become easier to treat and take care of your hair.

Androgenetic Alopecia
Androgenetic alopecia, or female pattern baldness, is the most common form of hair loss in women. Genes play a large role in this disease, and it can be passed on from either the mother or the father, and can start as early as the late teens.

Unlike males, who will lose hair in the crown of their hair or on the top of the scalp, female pattern baldness is characterized by widespread thinning on the scalp. The first sign of hair loss is often widening of the part or the ponytail becoming smaller.

Telogen Effluvium
When hair follicles in the anagen (growing) phase or catagen (resting) phase abnormally transition to the shedding (telogen) phase, it is known as telogen effluvium, and can cause sudden hair loss in women. It is usually brought on by a stressful event, and can incite handfuls of hair to fall out at a time.

The good news is that recovery is almost always possible with this type of hair loss in women.

Traction alopecia
This condition is caused by tight hairstyles that pull at hair over time and cause damage to the hair follicles. If the condition is detected early enough, the hair will grow back successfully. Braiding, cornrows, tight ponytails, extensions and weaves are the most common hairstyles that can contribute to traction alopecia.

Alopecia Areata
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune skin disease that results in hair loss on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. It occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles, which is where hair growth begins. It is not permanent, but experts do not know the cause of the attack on the hair follicles.

Patients and doctors usually begin to notice when clumps of hair fall out, causing small, round patches of visible and exposed scalp on top of the head. In about 90% of people with this condition, the hair may return within a few years.

Now that you know the different types of hair loss that can occur in women, it’s important to understand the causes, and how you can prevent or postpone hair loss from happening.

CAUSES FOR HAIR LOSS
Knowing the different ways in which hair loss can affect you is just as important as knowing the different types of hair loss. By understanding what is causing the problem, you have a chance to stop or delay hair loss from happening. For every symptom, there is a cause. Listen to your body. Your hair is part of your body.

Hormones
Androgenetic alopecia can be caused by a variety of factors tied to the actions of hormones, including, ovarian cysts, the taking of high androgen index birth control pills, pregnancy, and menopause. For pregnancy-related hair loss, hair will fall out immediately following birth, since little to no hair falls out during pregnancy. Then, after hormones stabilize, the hair will grow back.

Stress
Any kind of physical trauma, such as a car accident, severe illness, or surgery, can lead to hair falling out. When you experience a stressful event, it can shock the hair cycle, forcing hair to shed. This is part of telogen effluvium hair loss – when hair quickly goes from its resting phase to its shedding phase. Luckily, this type of hair loss will grow back once the stress stops, and can take anywhere from three to six months.

Diet
Not having a well-balanced diet can also cause hair loss, although only temporarily. Too much Vitamin A, either through supplements or medications can increase hair loss, as can a lack of protein in your diet.

Learn more about your individual situation and get the treatment that works for you. YOU HAVE OPTIONS!