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Why Hair Loss Occurs in Women

hair loss Hair loss is a frustrating and distressing issue that might affect a woman’s mental and physical health on a long term. Knowing the causes of this process, could be a good start for better dealing with it and finding solutions. There are multiple causes of hair loss in women such as hormonal imbalance, stress, cancer therapy, genetic factors, hair products, and various scalp conditions.

Stress
Medical investigations showed that high levels of stress lead to three different types of hair loss: trichotillomania, the telogen phase, and alopecia areata. Trichotillomania represents the compulsive need to pull out your head from the scalp in order to face negative feelings, anxiety, loneliness, and uncomfortable life situations.
Sometimes large amounts of stress (drastic diets, intense training, or the loved one’s death) step in the hair growth cycle by pushing the hair into the telogen stage (the resting phase) so that the hair stops growing and falls out easily during washing or combing. Alopecia areata is another disorder related to stress and hair loss, when by mistake the immune system causes damages to hair follicles. In most of the alopecia areata cases, women recover their hair in a few months although sometimes the new hair might be thinner and whiter.

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Androgenetic alopecia
Androgenetic alopecia affects one of five women with ages ranging from puberty to post-menopausal period. This condition may appear due to genetic inheritance as well as to environmental factors. Recent studies revealed that variations of the AR gene determine an increased level of the hormones called androgens in hair follicles, which shortens the hair growth process leading to thin and easy breakable strands of hair. Differently from men, where androgenetic alopecia is limited to hair thinning on several areas of the head such as crown, sides, and front, many women deal with thin hair all over the scalp.
Scalp conditions
Ringworm is a contagious fungal infection that causes bald patches with a reddish ring around the edges and normal skin tone in the middle. The fungus enters into the hair, consumes its keratin and weakens the hair fiber, which becomes brittle and breakable.
Scalp folliculitis is associated with the inflammation and infection of hair follicles. In general, this disorder occurs when the hair follicles are irritated due to friction from clothes, shaving, tight braids made close to the scalp, and insect bites.
Hormonal imbalances
A common cause of hair loss in women is the hormonal imbalance induced by pregnancy, child’s birth, menopause, or stress. The low levels of estrogen, insulin, and thyroid lead to thinning hair, risk of androgenetic alopecia occurrence, and sudden hair loss.
Hair products and styling
Frequent bleaching, coloring, and usage of heat styling tools as well as hairstyles like tight ponytails, braids, and buns put additional stress on the hair roots and disturb the normal hair growth process. You can solve this problem by simply changing your hair styling habits and slowing down the use of harsh hair products.
Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy kills the cancer cells but affects the hair follicles too. Although most patients experience a total hair loss, new hair starts to grow 3-4 months later after the treatment stops.

 

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Understanding Hair Loss During Chemotherapy

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Chemotherapy drugs are used to attack rapidly growing cancer cells. These are very powerful drugs that not only attack the cancer cells in your body, but also other harmless fast growing cells, such as those in your hair follicles.

Hair loss from chemotherapy can occur all over your body, not just your scalp. Hairs from other parts of your body such as your eyelashes, eyebrows, armpits, pubic regions etc. can also fall off due to chemotherapy medications. Different doses of chemotherapy drugs can cause different levels of hair loss ranging from a mere thinning to complete baldness. Different drugs also have different levels of likeliness to cause hair loss. It would be wise if you consult your doctor about the medication you will be taking.

Fortunately, hair loss from chemotherapy is usually only a temporary side effect. You can expect to see your hair growing again in three to 10 months after your treatment ends. Do not worry if your hair have different shades or textures, they will soon get back to their original condition. It might even be curlier, or it could be gray in color until the cells in your scalp begin functioning again to control the pigments in your hair.

One to three weeks after you have started your treatment, you should expect your hair to fall off from your scalp and other hair-bearing regions. Sometimes hair may fall out quickly or gradually. You may be overwhelmed by the sight of loose hairs on your pillow, in your hairbrush or comb, or shower drain etc., but this is just a normal and temporary side-effect of cancer treatment. Sometimes, the scalp may even feel softer.

Your hair loss will follow you throughout your treatment. In some cases it follows up till a few weeks after the treatment has ended. The extent of your treatment will determine whether you experience hair thinning or whether you become completely bald.

It may take several weeks after treatment for your hair to recover and start growing normally again. Once your hair starts to grow, you may notice some subtle differences in the texture or color of your hair. However, this is usually temporary.

There is no treatment that guarantees your hair won’t fall out during or after chemotherapy treatment. The best thing for you to do is to plan ahead and focus on making yourself more comfortable with your new appearance.

One of the treatments which have been investigated as a possible way to prevent hair loss is scalp cooling, but it is important remember that no treatment has been absolutely effective in preventing hair loss. Scalp cooling is said to reduce the amount of drugs that reach the follicles in the scalp, which may reduce or even prevent hair from falling out. It is done by putting ice packs or similar treatment equipment on your scalp during chemotherapy sessions.

Before your chemotherapy begins it is wise to take at least 2-3 weeks to search for a suitable wig to combat your hair loss. It is also advisable to purchase head wraps and turbans to wear in between treatments for wear at your leisure. If you know someone who is going through chemotherapy, or needs to find a wig before treatment, feel free to browse our online wig store for assistance in finding something suitable.