Hair loss in women
Female hair loss is vastly different from male hair loss, both in terms of appearance and root causes of the problem. For men, heredity is the main reason for hair loss, while the situation is much more complex for women. Women losing hair is usually due to a combination of several different causes.
Hereditary hair loss
The single most common cause for both men and women losing hair is genetics. The heredity may skip a few generations, so just because someone has a hereditary predisposition for hair loss it doesn’t mean you will definitely start losing your hair.
Some people’s genes are coded so that hair loss begins at a young age. Regardless, there are very good opportunities for treatment if started in time.
The thyroid gland is a small gland placed on the front of the throat. It is one of the body’s most important glands and has a major impact on the body’s general state, including the quality of hair and skin.
By producing the hormones T-3 and T-4, the thyroid gland controls vital bodily functions such as metabolism, burning of calories, body temperature, and pulse.
Problems with the thyroid gland affect women to a much greater extent than men.
When the body is put through radical and deeply traumatic experiences, such as massive infections, fever, childbirth, difficult surgical operations or extreme stress, the growth phases for the individual hairs may change.
From being in a growth phase (anagen phase lasting up to 6-7 years), the hair follicles may suddenly shift to a dormant phase (telogen phase) and then the hairs fall out. The switch over to the telogen phase may be very abrupt. Sometimes this happens within the span of a few weeks and significant amounts of hair may fall out. Sometimes, however, it may take up to several months for the hairs to fall out and then it may be difficult to determine the real cause for the hair loss.
More causes for female hair loss
When it comes to female hair loss, there may be many underlying causes disrupting hair growth. It may be a result of several circumstances and it is not unusual for a combination of these to be the cause.
More common causes of female hair loss:
- After childbirth/pregnancy
- Psychological or physical trauma
- Vitamin deficiency
- Various medication
- Hormonal imbalance
Come for a consultation with Nordic Hair Clinic if you wish to have your hair examined by a specialist. Our consultations are always free.
More on the hair loss process
Hair loss is a gradual process that goes on for some time. The hair follicles shrink and cannot produce hair as strong as before the shrinking of the hair follicle began. The hair becomes thinner and grows slower. Finally, the hair follicle is so small and the hair so thin that the hair falls out. This is a natural process in the body as we age, as the body chooses to prioritize other things than hair production. For some, this process starts sooner than for others.
PRP treatment prevents this process as it widens the size of the hair follicle and stimulates hair growth.