Losing one’s hair, as a woman, is not fun or something desirable at all. Up till today, hair loss has been mostly linked to aging—that is, as one gets older, it is indispensable not to lose some strands of one’s hair. However, there are other factors responsible for hair loss against which every affected woman can take conscious steps to prevent.
Causes of hair loss
It is very helpful for you to be aware of the primary causes of hair loss so that you can do everything in your power to fight it. You may lose your hair due to:
- Genetic factor: It may be in your genes that you will surely lose some of your hair. This condition is referred to as androgenetic alopecia. You can confirm this by merely looking at either of your parents’ hair, noticing any gradual falling off of their hair.
- Lifestyle choice: Your lifestyle choice may also result in you losing some strands of your hair. If you put pressure on your hair with hairstyles such as braids that are tight or cornrows, they may pull off your hair one at a time. This condition is referred to as traction alopecia. Similarly, the kinds of dyes, brushes, towels or chemicals you use to treat your hair before and after the shower may lead to gradual hair loss.
- Medical conditions: You may lose some of your hair if you are suffering from any of the following medical conditions: Stress, thyroid disorders, menopause, ingesting too much of Vitamin A, psoriasis, anemia, pregnancy, weight loss, or seborrheic dermatitis.
How you can prevent hair loss
- Embracing a lifestyle that will not put any pressure on your hair or tightly pulling them out
- Using a topical medication to treat hair loss. Minoxidil, also known as Rogaine, is the only FDA-approved medication for treating hair loss for women. It is used once a day, and it works by elongating the growth phase of your hair. This medication has been adjudged to be successful by many women who have patiently used it.
- An iron supplement may be used if your doctor found out that you have low levels of ferritin (a protein that acts as the reservoir for body iron).
- Hair transplantation may be used, which involves taking tiny hair follicles from one area of your scalp and transplanting them into the affected areas. This may be a permanent solution to your hair loss.
Your dermatologist should be able to identify the main cause of your hair loss and proffer useful solutions. Sometimes, you may be losing your hair because of some other health issues or conditions you are yet to diagnose. This is why it is advisable that you work with your doctor as early as possible.