The reasons for hair loss in women fall into a few key areas. Some causes are lifestyle-based, others are hormonal, and some are medical. Each woman may be affected differently; genetic predisposition also influences how the body responds to changes.
Not all changes to hair are permanent. If the hair follicle isn’t damaged and the hair loss isn’t a result of an internal medical issue (such as an autoimmune disease like alopecia areata), hair can grow back healthily once the imbalance is corrected.
Hair loss in young women is less common, and often part of the body’s response to a change or stress that it is being subjected to.
Unless you have an existing medical condition, many of the lifestyle measures that keep the rest of your body healthy will also help your hair to grow healthily. Lifestyle causes for changes in the hair condition can usually be rectified.
Diet and exercise keep both hair and body in optimum condition. Get regular exercise and eat foods that contain plenty of the important nutrients for healthy hair growth – like iron, biotin and zinc.
Dehydration can affect the skin, including the scalp derma, and prevent hair from growing through properly – hair condition may also be affected.
Smoking, high alcohol consumption and other lifestyle choices can negatively impact your hair, since they affect overall health. They may contribute to dehydration, or restrict minerals from reaching the scalp for hair growth.
Increased stress levels can result in hair falling out or thinning.
Hair styling and treatment – excessive strain from hairstyles, continued use of high heat, residue from hair products and a clogged scalp can all result in hair thinning or loss.
When hair follicles produce hairs that cannot be seen, or ultimately shrink so much that they do not produce hair, this is known as female pattern baldness (female pattern hair loss).
As with male pattern baldness, genetic predisposition is a factor. However, the effect in women is not usually as severe – women are less likely to go completely bald, but may see a receding hairline at the temples, forehead or back of the head.
The body can respond to illness or medication with hair loss. Some illnesses do cause hair loss, or cause changes in hormone levels that can affect hair production – hair follicles may respond to stress in the body by going into the resting (shedding) phase.
Alopecia is the formal medical umbrella term for a number of hair loss conditions. They come in different forms; alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack hair follicles. Read more about alopecia here.
Anemia is likely to affect hair quality due to the lack of iron in the body.
The thyroid produces hormones that facilitate and regulate cell reproduction – so thyroid disorders can affect hair production.
Polycystic ovaries, eating disorders and other illnesses that are more prevalent in women can result in hair loss or thinning, especially when hormone levels are affected.
Medication and medical treatment can cause hair loss (it is a known side-effect of chemotherapy, for example).
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We are closely monitoring the current situation with COVID-19 (the coronavirus) and are committed to taking appropriate steps to navigate this challenging time.
When you visit our salons, we strive to ensure you are as comfortable as possible. Getting your hair cut, colored, or styled should be a relaxing and enjoyable experience for you and your stylist.
Please know that cleanliness and sanitization have always been a big part of running a great hair salon, and we already follow strict guidelines from local health departments. However, due to the current situation, we are increasing and adding to our current supply of cleaning and sanitizing materials to ensure our stylists can clean and disinfect the salon even more thoroughly throughout the course of the day.
As with much of the advice you have seen from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), we recommend everyone be conscious of this potential health risk and follow official preventative recommendations. We believe the CDC website is the best destination for that advice.)
In accordance with the CDC’s protocol, we have asked all employees displaying symptoms to avoid coming to work for a period of 14 days. This same guidance is in place for those who live in a household with members who have visited, or who have themselves visited, China, Iran, Italy, or South Korea.
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