Falling hair, a problem for women of all ages. The causes are many from motherhood to dyes, up to DNA, let’s discover them together.
Why do women lose their hair? The unsightly question of baldness unfortunately does not only concern men: even women, in fact, can experience forms of thinning, alopecia or real baldness. In several cases, fortunately, correcting bad habits or identifying and resolving the root cause can cause the problem to regress and disappear. Here are 10 typical causes of hair loss to watch out for.
There are phases of life in which the hormones undergo substantial alterations in a short period of time. Menopause, for example, may be related to sudden and persistent hair loss. Regular exams will allow you to keep the situation under control, intervening, if necessary, with specific medicines or supplements.
Even in adolescence the hormonal explosion, sometimes accompanied by acne, dandruff and oily skin, can cause temporary thinning.
In any case every situation of hormonal imbalance affects the health of the skin and hair: the malfunctioning of the thyroid, an excess of testosterone, sometimes connected to the polycystic ovary syndrome, can have as a direct consequence a type of alopecia really similar, in the appearance, to male pattern baldness. Also the use of oral contraceptives (pill) can thin out the hair. A good endocrinologist will advise you.
Why do women lose their hair? A classic case is the sometimes impressive fall of hair during the period of breastfeeding: the body is subjected to a demanding phase and all the energies are concentrated in the nourishment and care of the new arrival. Don’t be too impressed, though, if you find the brush full and the shower clogged: in reality during pregnancy there is a massive strengthening and thickening of the hair, which simply returns to lighten after the birth.
Drugs that act on the endocrine glands, chemotherapy, the stress of a long stay are all risk factors for the resistance of the follicle cells.
An incorrect and irregular diet (for example excessively low in proteins, iron and vitamins A and B and instead too rich in fats) acts negatively on the scalp, threatened also by real eating disorders (such as anorexia) or drastic losses of weight.
Alas there are genetic factors related to hair loss, not necessarily in old age: it seems that as many as 40% of women are affected, even if in more or less severe forms. If there are cases of alopecia in the family, it is legitimate to have some fear and to try to take the utmost care of your hair.
Another reason why women lose their hair is stress. A condition of prolonged psychophysical stress or a sudden trauma can certainly weaken the hair, altering the normal life cycle of the follicles that “freeze” in the dormant phase. Problems at work, periods of intense study, insomnia, fatigue are not friends of the head … neither inside nor outside.
The seventh year crisis
The expression jokingly refers to the alleged marital crisis around the seventh wedding anniversary. In fact, even hair, it seems, every seven years they want to change: many fall, but many will grow back, new and strong. It is part of their life cycle.
Washing your hair is obviously necessary, but washing them too often and with an aggressive shampoo, perhaps of poor quality, is detrimental. This problem mainly affects people exposed to work due to possible contamination or unhealthy environments, for example medical personnel or those who work in contact with fumes, paint, bad smells, chlorine. Whenever possible, it is better to protect the scalp with a cap and then limit it to delicate washes.
Of course, in reverse, even poor hygiene paves the way for possible dermatitis and thinning.
Dyes and hairstyles
The dye, the bleaching, the plate, the permanent, the African braids, the narrow tail, the cotton trowel, the lacquer, two or three folds a week … Everyone likes being a hairdresser, but the hair must first of all be healthy and well cared for to look beautiful.
There are those who eat their nails, there are those who have the habit of continually twisting their hair around their fingers, pulling them, even tearing them. It’s called tricotillomaniae, taken to extremes, it can become a real psychic disorder. Better to counter it with a good relief valve and natural relaxation techniques, for example yoga.