Causes of Hair Loss in Women
Hair naturally thins out as we age and this often happens gradually. However, noticeable or sudden hair loss occurs at two specific times in a woman's life - during/following menopause and following pregnancy.
With about 1 in 4 women suffering hair loss there are clearly other causes too. So here we list some of the most common causes and some suggested solutions.
Low Iron and B12. Feeling tired as well as noticing some hair loss? Your problem could be low iron and/or vitamin B12. The good news is that once the proper levels are restored with the help of supplements and/or diet changes, your hair loss may subside. Head to your doctor for a blood test to find out if this is your issue.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Although extra hair growth on the body is common in women with PCOS, in a cruel twist of fate the hormonal imbalances can also cause hair loss in women. So, more hair where you don’t want it and less hair where you do. Unfair. If you are looking for ways to disguise your hair loss, try a cover up product.
Menopause. As with PCOS, it’s the hormones that are responsible for this kind of thinning hair in women. It can help to spend a little extra on natural hair products and take care to keep your hair conditioned, as low oestrogen is also known to make hair dry and therefore more susceptible to breakage. It’s worth noting that your hair may not actually be coming out from the roots but hair breakage could actually be the reason for your thinning hair. Get yourself a microfibre hair towel and be kind to your wet hair since harsh treatment of wet hair can exacerbate breakage.
Read more about Causes of Hair Loss in Women over 50 here.
Medication. If you’re taking a medication, you’re probably sick which in itself can cause hair loss in women, but in some cases it could be the medication itself. It’s important not to overlook any medications you may have been on long term (I’m looking at you, contraceptives) where you have altered your dosage or recently stopped taking them altogether.
Extreme Weight Changes. Putting yourself on a restrictive diet can mean you miss out on some essential nutrients and that can cause thinning hair in women. Likewise, gaining a significant amount of weight quickly can also put your body out of whack and mean that you experience thinning hair. So stay away from the fad diets if you don’t want to lose more than weight.
Childbirth. Ok, this is the last one we can blame on our good friend oestrogen! During pregnancy,a lot of women will actually experience thicker hair due to the peak in oestrogen levels. This ceases, however, once your baby is born so it is common to experience hair loss after childbirth. Just sit tight, focus on your new bub and your thinning hair should subside.
Read more about Postpartum Hair Loss here.
Illness. Because hair is viewed by the body as non-essential, it is often the first thing the body stops assigning resources to, meaning it can begin to fall. Hair loss is a common symptom of a lot of illnesses e.g. autoimmune diseases, but what you may be surprised to learn is that hair loss in women can be caused by acute illnesses like gastro. These short but intense illnesses can put enough temporary stress on the body which can lead to hair loss in women usually around three months later. The good news is that this type of hair loss can sometimes right itself without intervention.
Hair loss in women can become your Achilles heel. For many women one bout of hair loss that rights itself following pregnancy or an illness reoccurs later when the same or another trigger hits.
If you are suffering sudden hair loss ask yourself what you were doing three months ago. Since hair goes through a three month cycle it is often the case that it was three months ago when your body was stressed that the damage was done.
Whilst some of these causes for hair loss in women may have their own solutions (e.g. changing the medications that are causing your hair loss), there is no absolute cure for hair loss in women available today.
There is, however, a solution that can cover up thinning hair instantly, from as little as $29. There is no need to look like you have thinning hair and no need to be embarrassed.
There is a product on the market giving women confidence that their hair loss is their secret. That solution is BOOSTNBLEND™. BOOSTNBLEND™ is an instant, easy to apply hair loss concealer designed by women, for women.
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Other sources of information for women with thinning hair:
The Australian Women Hair Loss Blog has lots of free articles, information and advice.
Join the private group on Facebook dedicated to women suffering hair loss. Join in the conversation and hear of solutions, see before and after photos that will never be made public.