Losing the crowning glory is demoralizing for both men and women. While it’s true that hair loss affects mostly the men, women are also becoming its victims due to various reasons. These reasons can be either simple- a protein deficiency, or complex like the side-effects of certain medications. Luckily, there are ways to fix the issue. But, you can find the solution only when have figured out the root cause of it. We have listed 15 common causes of hair loss in women. So, are you ready to start the reading?
Genetic hair loss is known as Androgenetic Alopecia. This is one of the most common causes of women hair loss. You can inherit this from either your maternal or paternal side of your family. Women suffering from Androgenetic Alopecia often tend to develop thin hairline behind the bangs.
Stress, both physical and emotional, is proved to cause the three hair shedding syndromes- Alopecia Areata, Telogen Effluvium, and Trichotillomania.
- Alopecia Areata: It is a stress-induced disorder where the immune system of the body mistakenly attacks the follicles leading to its shedding.
- Telogen Effluvium: Stress slows down the hair growth process by pushing many hairs into the growth phase. The affected hairs fall out within a few months.
- Trichotillomania: It is an uncontrollable urge to pull out the hairs from the scalp. The habit intensifies with the birth of negative feelings like tension and stress.
Approximately 1 in every 10 women aged from 20-49 suffers from iron-deficiency anemia. It accelerates the shedding process by shoving our body into survival phase. Therefore, our body starts to use oxygen for other vital functions instead of keeping the hairs intact.
- Female Hormones
The conversion of the hormone testosterone into DHT has adverse effects on the follicles. When the level of DHT that sticks to the receptors of the follicles increases, it shrinks the follicles leading to their ultimately death.
An imbalance in the thyroid hormone level (both an underactive and overactive) can cause shedding. The excess and low secretion of the thyroid hormone leads to nutritional deficiencies which is not at all good for our hair.
- Post-Partum Hair Loss
During pregnancy, the increased estrogen level of the body compels the hairs to stay in the growing phase. Otherwise, these hairs would have dropped. When those hormones come back to the normal level in the post-partum period, the extra hairs fall out.
- Protein Deficiency: Protein deficiency is another main culprit of hair shedding. When our body lacks the required amount of protein, it utilizes the remaining protein by shifting the growing hairs into the resting phase.
- Vitamin B Deficiency
Vitamin B is essential for strong and healthy hair. Moreover, it keeps the pigmentation in your hair active. So, if you do not have enough Vitamin B, your hairs will become brittle and ultimately will fall out.
- Hypervitaminosis A: Although Vitamin A is essential for the healthy growth of the hair, yet too much Vitamin A can inhibit the growth. Overdose of Vitamin A accelerates the cell reproduction in the follicles which leads them to pass through the growth phase quickly. The sooner they reach the end of the growth phase, the earlier they will fall out.
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS is an endocrine syndrome which causes Androgenic Alopecia by increasing the androgen or testosterone, and DHT levels. This excess DHT interferes with the hair growth process and also clogs the follicles, eventually to the point of hair loss.
- Alopecia Areata
In Alopecia Areata, inflammation of the follicles and the nearby hair structures pushes the follicles to backtrack into inner skin layers. The follicles are then debarred from the essential nutrient supply which makes them dormant. Consequently, these follicles tend to shed quickly.
- Huge Weight Loss
Generally, the hair loss from weight loss is due to Telogen Effluvium. Normally, for approximately 2 years, every hair grows ½ inch per month before entering the resting phase. Once the resting phase is over, the old hairs shed making room for the new hairs. To lose weight, we switch to fad diets that cause stress. This stress compels more hairs to enter the resting phase and shed when the new hairs grow.
The cutback of both estrogen and progesterone during menopause creates a hormonal pattern that attributes to hair loss.
- Tight Hairstyles
Over styling and too much use of the dyes and shampoos can affect your tresses. A tight hairdo that puts pressure on the follicles also causes your hairs to fall out.
- Side-Effect of Certain Medicines
Some medicines accelerate the shedding process by obstructing the normal hair growth cycle.
Most of us think how to fight hair loss at some point of our life. Actually, there’s nothing worse than losing our shiny stresses. You can definitely invest in hair-strengthening shampoos and magic serums, but nothing will work if our hair is unhealthy from inside. Just like our skin, our hair is also affected by what we consume. So, if we eat healthy food, our hair will be healthy too.
Add following amazing food items in your daily diet and improve your hair readily. Find the counts below:
One of the best food treatments for hair loss is eating chicken. It contains enough protein which is the building blocks of hair. A 5-ounce serving is equal to approximately 44 grams of protein, more than 75% of a woman’s everyday recommended consumption.
As spinach is full of Vitamin B complex, it stimulates the hair growth and restores the luster.
- Egg and Dairy Products
Are you looking for a cost-effective hair fall treatment? Egg, cheese, yogurt, milk etc. are the power packs of iron, zinc, protein, Omega 6 fatty acids, and Vitamin B12. The presence of Vitamin B7 in the dairy products also helps it to cope with the thinning of the hair.
Eat 1 ounce of almonds daily to repair the sun-damage caused to your scalp. If your scalp is healthy, your hair will be healthy too.
Your hair starts to lose its natural shine if your body lacks in healthy fat. The Omega 3-fatty acids of salmon fill the oil glands around the follicles lubricating the hair for more luster.
Coconut oil is high in minerals, Vitamin E and K, and healthy fats- all of them are crucial for enhancing growth and shine.
It is jammed-full with Vitamin C which prevents the hair from breaking. If you eat one cup of guava, you are having 377mg of Vitamin C. It’s four times high than the minimum amount required daily. Unexpected extra!
Zinc deficiency also triggers hair loss and poor scalp condition. Oysters contain zinc which repairs the damaged tissues. Moreover, it keeps the follicles healthy by surrounding them with the active oil glands.
- Sweet Potatoes
Do you want to get rid of dry hairs? Sweet potatoes are loaded with the beta-carotene antioxidant which is converted into Vitamin A to ensure you a healthy, moisturized hair. It also speeds up the secretion of sebum from the oil glands to prevent your hair from drying out.
- Yellow Peppers
There’s a good news for your locks! Your locks will get back its lost luster if you include yellow bell peppers in your diet. It contains five and half times more Vitamin C than orange and is thus more effective in strengthening the shafts and the follicles.
You may not like to eat all the foods mentioned above. Then, also you don’t have to worry as you’ve an alternative right in your kitchen. Egg, yogurt etc. not only make your breakfast tasty but are also affordable home-treatment ingredients. And they’re not the only ones. You can lift your locks by using any of the home-made hair packs we have discussed in the next segment.
Do you want hair loss treatment at home? Try the one from the list given below you think is the best natural hair loss treatment.
- Aloe Vera
You can directly apply pure aloe juice to your scalp. Let it be there for few hours and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. It effectively treats the shedding caused by infected or dry scalp.
Garlic is used in traditional hair regrowth medicines due to its high sulphur content. Extract the juice from few garlic cloves and put them in hot boiling water. Let it cool down a bit and apply it onto your scalp. Keep it for 30 minutes and then rinse it off. Repeat it twice weekly to get best results.
- Fenugreek Seeds or Methi
Soak the fenugreek seeds in one cup of water overnight. Make a paste by smashing the seeds the next morning. Apply the paste from root to the tip of your hair. After 40 minutes, wash it with cold water. It rebuilds the follicles and gives you a strong and shiny hair.
The root strengthening property of henna has made it an outstanding female hair loss treatment. Mix dry henna powder with curd. Apply it on your hair and scalp and rinse it off after one hour. Do this twice monthly to add volume to your hair.
- Hot Oil Massage
Hot oil massaging stimulates the blood circulation in the scalp. You can use any hair oil for massaging your scalp in circular motion using your fingertips. Do it for at least 10 minutes everyday.
- Hibiscus Flower
Hibiscus fights hair fall, prevents premature greying, and cures dandruff. Boil 10 hibiscuses with the coconut oil. Strain the solution to collect the oil. Use it daily and rinse your hair thoroughly the next morning.
- Coriander Leaves
It boosts hair growth and stops the early shedding. Make a paste with water and freshly chopped coriander leaves. Then, filter the juice and apply it to your scalp. Let it be there for one hour. The pack will definitely increase the hair density.
- Onion Juice
This common vegetable can do magic for your hair. The antiseptic property of onion juice makes it a good scalp cleanser. Moreover it stimulates hair growth by ensuring proper blood circulation in the scalp.
- Green Tea
Green tea is extensively used in shampoos and conditioners because it can give one lustrous hair. Prepare green tea conditioner by dipping 8 bags of green tea in a half liter of water. Use it after shampooing to get smooth and strong hairs.
Beetroot consists of Vitamin B,C, protein, and potassium which stimulate the follicles and boost hair growth.
If your hair loss is severe and uncontrollable, you may consider the following aesthetic treatments to treat your hair loss type.
Treatments Available in India to Deal with Hair Loss
- Hair transplant: It is considered as the most effective hair loss treatment in India. In this, the surgeon extracts the hair follicles from the donor site of the patient and then implants them into the recipient or the thinning zone. It can be performed in two ways:
- FUT or Follicular Unit Transplantation: FUT hair transplant in India is an invasive method where a patient’s hairsare implanted by taking hair grafts from naturally occurring groups of 1-4 hairs.
- FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction: FUE hair transplantation is a non-invasive method in which the surgeon extracts the grafts individually to implant them one by one into the balding region.
The latter is gaining wide popularity because it ensures more natural looking result, quick downtime, and leaves behind no scar on the patient’s scalp.
- DNA hair based personalized treatment: Hair DNA based Personalized Treatment enables you to know the cause of the shedding.It is absolutely safe irrespective of the patient’s age and gender and does not involve the over or under dose of the medicines. Instead, it customizes the doses to increase its efficiency.
- HGA with FUE hair transplant: When HGA (Hair Growth Accelerator) is combined with FUE, it triggers more hair growth. Some of the grafts are wasted during the normal FUE procedure as they fail to sustain in the alien environment. HGA plays its role here by providing support to the follicles for minimum 8 hours. As such, the patients can enjoy more density in just 4-6 months of the transplantation.
- HRT (Hair Revival Therapy): The therapy is given to the patients after 15 days of the surgery. It ensures hair growth even from the dormant follicles. In this manner, it increases the hair density by triggering the growth of nearly 1700 more hairs in 3 months only.
Unlike Rogaine and Propecia which can only treat male pattern baldness, the above-mentioned four treatments can effectively deal with any hair loss type.