Your hair’s growth can be thought of as a garden. How well the growth goes depends solely on what is going on “underground”. The same happens to be the case with your hair. The amount of hair that grows depends on the hair cycles and if they are proceeding normally. These growth cycles are integral to your hair growth because, if they are inconsistent, hair loss begins immediately.
What Causes Hair Loss In Women?
While often thought as a masculine issue, there are several reasons as to why women tend to suffer from hair loss. One of the reasons for this is medication. Many medications have side effects that are particularly harsh on the hair and can be so strong as to cause hair loss.
Moreover, infections of different kinds can prove to be detrimental and eventually lead to hair loss. Prolonged illness, anxiety or depression can also come with hair loss as an implication, along with a host of other health problems. When it comes to what you’re putting onto your hair, chemicals in certain hair care products can be toxic to your hair and can lead to hair loss if used frequently.
All of these things have the potential to mess with your normal hair growth cycles and eventually cause a significant amount of hair loss.
Hereditary conditions can also cause hair loss. For women, androgenetic alopecia is one known condition that is inherent and can be identified by using magnification on the scalp and identifying if the hair follicles vary inconsistently in size. Androgenetic Alopecia affects more than thirty million women across the United States. Although this condition usually kicks in when women are in their fifties or sixties, it can effect teenagers too.
A wide range of medical conditions can also cause hair loss in women. Anemia, thyroid disorders, and pregnancy are a few of the causes that can result in the loss of hair. Other conditions include skin conditions such as psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and autoimmune diseases.
Women who wear weaves for too long, wear braids that are too tight and those who consistently use chemical relaxers are at risk for hair loss. Some synthetic hair used for weaves and braiding can cause allergic reactions to some women causing rashes that can lead to infections and hair loss. If you must use a chemical relaxer, be sure to let the stylist know when the scalps begins to burn and be sure to see your doctor is you have scalp burn from a beauty treatment so that proper measures can be taken to stem permanent damage to your scalp. When possible, switch to a Keratin treatment like Shinkafa 4-Step Keratin Hair Relaxer Kit instead of an alkali or other chemical relaxers.
Fungal scalp infections, such as tinea capitis can lead to bald patches. Anti-fungal treatment is normally recommended in such cases.
How To Treat Hair Loss in Women
The treatment for hair loss will largely depend on its unique cause in your situation, but there are a host of treatments out there. One of the lesser known treatments for hair loss are DHT Blocking shampoos. Since hair loss is often caused by DHT, a hormone that halts the supply of blood to hair follicles, DHT Blocking shampoos can help ward off hair loss altogether by blocking this hormone off.
De-stressing is another overlooked treatment for hair loss, especially if the hair loss was caused by stress, anxiety, or depression to begin with. Your diet also plays a role in your hair loss, and keeping yourself supplied with the right kinds of nutrients by eating the right kinds of food will go a long way in helping you battle hair loss.
When it comes to nutrition, using hair care products that will supply your hair with the nutrients and hydration it needs from the outside in will also help promote healthy hair growth, the same way you need to feed and water your garden in order to have a beautiful result. For this we recommend Shinkafa’s haircare line of shampoos and conditioners.