It is common for women to get worried or even suffer a mild form of depression when they notice their hair is going off by the handful. Hair loss in any way is an unpleasant experience for every self-aware woman, which is not helped by a lingering feeling of helplessness and hopelessness that often accompany such conditions. This article examines in details whether such fears are justifiable or unfounded, for them to worry over, and addresses several other things they do not know about hair loss and how much hair loss is normal for a woman.
WHEN IS HAIR LOSS NORMAL FOR A WOMAN?
The American Hair Loss Council states that the normal hair fall in a woman is about 100-125 hairs per day, while figures from other experts may vary in this regard. Some studies have it that about 90 percent of hair loss in women is temporary. While the earlier stated facts may sound the alarm bell to a lot of women, it is pertinent for them to know that they have a total number of hairs ranging between 90,000-150,000. Therefore, losing about 100 hairs may not be an unusual occurrence if they shampoo and brush them every day, ironically, such mild hair loss in women often goes unnoticed.
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Even though this condition may start at puberty, it becomes apparent after menopause, and in most cases is replaced. Another plausible explanation for such hair loss might be that you have long hairs which get caught in the brush or fall on the floor, while on the other hand having shorter hair locks means you are likely to shed less. Based on the above explanation, if you find yourself in this awkward situation, you need not panic, because you might not be the only woman out there going through such things. Another important factor to consider is the fact that about 90 percent of hair is in a growing phase, while the remaining 10 percent is in the ‘resting’ phase. Hairs in the resting phase mean that they will fall out and make allowance for new growth of hair over a period.
The most common form of hair loss in women is known as androgenetic alopecia and is often known as baldness or female pattern alopecia. It is usually characterized by the thinning of hair mainly over the sides and top of the head and has been found to affect one out of every three women. You may be experiencing actual hair loss when the lost hair does not re-grow, and the hair shed goes past 125 per day. Also, severe hair loss problem becomes noticeable with a loss of about 10-50 percent of hairs on any part of the head. However, certain factors are responsible for hair loss, and noticeable signs that characterize it, which you need to, familiarize yourself with.
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IDENTIFYING HAIR LOSS
It is important you know when you are losing hair, and to watch out for signs that indicate whether it is something to worry over or not. Your observation will be dependent on the kind of hair loss you are suffering from. It is vital to be aware of the problem because women and girls suffering from severe hair loss tend to have lower self-esteem if they are not happy with their looks.
- If you notice that the end of the hair is blunt, then it is likely your hair is breaking off, instead of falling out. Additionally, when you perm your hair, it becomes prone to breakage.
- The thinning of your hair may not be noticeable immediately because it happens slowly over a length of time and is not apparent. Shedding of hair is characterized by tufts of hair falling out, while general hair loss occurs when you lose hair all over your scalp. Focal hair loss often takes place in an area of the head.
- Thinning all over the scalp and mainly at the top of the head, typifies an inherited form of hair loss in women.
- Another sign of hair loss is if you can’t style your hair the way you would usually want it to go, and when accomplishing that become stressful.
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COMMON CAUSES OF HAIR LOSS IN WOMEN
The following factors could lead to hair loss in women:
- The lack of essential minerals and vitamins such as Vitamin B, C, and Zinc, Sulfur and iron often result in hair loss.
- Women going through a traumatic experience and stress are likely to suffer from hair loss.
- Women on particular weight loss diet are likely to suffer some loss of hair. Some medical treatments such as chemotherapy treatment administered to cancer patients often result in loss of hair in both men and women.
- Some long term and short illnesses usually cause the patient to lose hair.
- Hormonal imbalance due to menstruation and pregnancy can lead to temporary hair loss.
- A change of birth control pills is a potential cause of hair loss.
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WHAT TO DO ABOUT HAIR LOSS?
- You should increase the intake of minerals and vitamins in your diet.
- Try as much as possible not to color, perm and dry out your hair.
- Your hair should be kept in short and layered style until it grows thick.
- Ensure that you comb your hair gently and avoid using combs that are too fine.
- Your combs and brushes should be checked regularly for faults that could damage your hair.
- Frequent massaging of the scalps help stimulate the supply of blood which in turn improves hair growth.
- Warmer weather increases hair growth
- As you grow older, your hair becomes lesser.
- Seasonal hair loss in autumn affects a lot of people and is not something to worry about.
- Hair has a lifespan ranging from two to six years while that of a woman’s usually last a quarter longer than a man’s.
- A dead person does not experience hair growth, contrary to some belief.
- Virgin hair is hair that has not been treated with chemicals, or straightened in any way, and is a term common among hairdressers.