A common misconception is that hair loss is a problem that affects men exclusively.
Nothing could be further from the truth. While men are generally open about it, hair loss is a very much an issue amongst women as well.
In this series of posts, MyHeadcoverings.com hopes to make Women’s Hair Loss more understood we hope to shine some sunlight and create a little bit of understanding of the wide variety of causes that go into Women’s Hair Loss.
First off, it’s true, men do suffer from hair loss more then women.
Statistics show that around 50 million men in the USA suffer from some form of Hair Loss. That’s a big number.
However amongst women the number is also big. It’s around 30 million.
Here are some basics you should know.
Every day a person loses between 50-100 hairs however there’s no need to panic as normally the same number grows back. However, when something upsets the cycle your body may lose hair without the replacements coming in. The results?
What are some of the causes of this condition?
Well that’s the point of our posts.
Some forms of hair loss are caused by trauma to the body, a child-birth or car accident or anything of the sort.
This form of Hair Loss is called Telogen Effluvium. And BTW, it can be caused by an anti depressant as well; check the side effects and you’ll see hair loss is listed on most of them.
What this basically means is that the trauma, or certain drugs in the anti-depressant cause the hair follicles to go into the “Telogen” phase. Which means resting, as a result they aren’t re-growing hair. The good news is that this form of hair loss is usually temporary and regrowth takes about six months.
For a woman experiencing hair loss who want’s to try finding out the cause, well a starting point would be finding out if there’s a good trichologist near you.
It’s not a doctor, (though many dermatologists take the course),it’s a form of dermatology that specializes in hair and the scalp; essentially a hair specialist.
One thing that most Hair Specialists will do right away to try figuring out what’s causing trouble is take a hair biopsy in fact they’re pretty simple they take around five minutes and are the gold standard in hair loss diagnosis.
(Info for this post came from the NY Times, About. Com, Wikipedia and HisHairClinic.com)
By: B. Levi