Unthinkable Reasons for Female Hair Loss
Thinning Hair and Hair Loss: Could it be Female Pattern Hair Loss?
A distinct part of the allure of women is the beauty and length of their long tresses. These locks embody their femininity and define the face and character of women everywhere. Thus, it is with great heartbreak that women deal with hair loss. While it is extremely rare for women to go completely bald like men, some women may experience severe thinning on the crown of the head.
The ordeal of hair loss in women begins with denial and concealing and when it reaches that point when it is impossible to hide, the necessary solution would be as extreme as the condition it needs to treat. To make it worse, there are some reasons that activate hair loss in women that are far from usual that makes it harder to detect them.
In a society that prides itself on physical beauty and the elusive state of perfection, women can get deeply affected by the thinning or loss of their hair.
Loss Of Self Esteem
When women are used to getting compliments about their looks, they develop the confidence that allows them to be the women they want to be. So when something as life changing as hair loss happens to them, they begin to question their ability to be attractive. As the condition accelerates, their self-esteem decreases to an alarming level. Some can bounce back, while the others are damaged forever.
Fear For Their Health
Hair loss is commonly associated with certain nutrient deficiencies, or worse, specific ailments. To those who do not know anything about the condition, they can easily worry about their hair and health, which does not really help because stress is also a major cause of hair fall.
Withdrawal From Life
When a person’s self worth is diminished, it becomes easier for the woman to withdraw from friends and family. This affects the quality of life that she has and might extend to the people that she works with.
Unusual Causes of Hair Loss in Women
Below are some of the least expected causes of hair loss for women that should be considered when diagnosing the cause of the condition.
Abundance of Vitamin A
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, taking a lot of Vitamin A supplements or medications can actually cause hair loss. For reference, the ideal amount of this vitamin per day is 5,000 International Units (IU) for adults and kids over 4. For supplements, it would be ideal for them to have 2,500 to 10,000 IU. Fortunately, this condition is reversible and stops as soon as the excess Vitamin A is removed from the system.
Need for Protein
The body knows what it needs and when it does not get enough protein from your diet, it replenishes by shutting down hair growth. It takes a period of 2 to 3 months for the protein drop to affect the body this way. All you have to do is increase your protein intake by eating lots of fish, meat, and eggs.
Lack of Vitamin B
Considered pretty uncommon, the lack of Vitamin B in the body is actually a correctible hair loss trigger. To treat this cause, you just need to increase your supplementation of the vitamin. It would be advisable to get these from natural food sources like fish, meat, starchy vegetables, and non-citrus fruits. A balanced diet not only keeps you healthy, it also helps hair loss from happening. Do not forget to include lean protein, and “good” fats like avocado and nuts. They are good for your health and your hair.
Such changes in women can actually trigger hair loss. A common culprit of this situation is the on-off use of birth control pills, which causes telogen effluvium. The chances are higher when your family has a history of hair loss. The menopausal period is also known to create a hormonal imbalance that affects hair in the same way. Doctors have explained that androgen receptors on the scalp become activated by the imbalance, causing the hair to miniaturize and progress to losing more hair along the way. Because this is caused by something you take, ask your doctor for other types of birth control to replace the pills with.
Pregnancy of Women
For women, the stress of giving birth is incomparable in scope and that type of stress can easily cause a hormonal imbalance and hair loss. This commonly happens after the woman gives birth and not while in labor. Pregnancy is something that happens naturally to a woman so there’s nothing to worry about the hair loss that it induces because the hair will grow back after a couple of months.
Big Weight Drop
Women who have undergone a dramatic weight loss can expect the thinning of their hair. There is no issue with the benefit of the drop, but it can stress your body a lot and probably cause some vitamin and mineral deficiencies. At this point, the thinning of the hair might also be indicating the beginning of an eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia, so please observe your eating habits once the strands start to fall. If this is the cause of the hair fall, then give your scalp at least 6 months to correct itself.
Available Treatments for Female Hair Loss
Among the drugs available in the market, the only one approved by the FDA for female-pattern hair loss is Minoxidil (Rogaine) 5%. It has been found to regrow hair in 81% of the women who tried the drug. It also comes in liquid options of 2% and 5% that are available over the counter. For those cases that resemble male-pattern baldness, you can try some prescription medications like spironolactone or oral contraceptives.
As far as the hair care regimen is concerned, there is no need to change it. Just consider the use of an anti-dandruff shampoo that contains ketoconazole or zinc pyrthione that acts both as an antifungal and antibacterial.
FUE Versus FUT Hair Transplants
For the really serious cases of hair loss, hair transplants remain as effective permanent solutions. There are two methods available on how hair transplant is performed – Follicular Unit Extraction and Follicular Unit Transplant.
A big aesthetic advantage of the FUE is the promise of no linear scars in the donor area. This is important for those who prefer to have their hair very short and probably expose the scar if any. This also matters to those who have a history of keloids and thickened or stretched scars.
Healing time is also decreased with this method, which is important for those who do not have the luxury of having a downtime for this procedure.
Moreover, there is no limit to the activities that you can do, no matter how strenuous they are while you are recovering. Not to mention that there is hardly any feelings of discomfort on the donor area with this type of hair transplant.
The FUE is very ideal for those with greater risks of donor scarring and they include the younger patients, the muscular and athletic types, those with very loose scalps, and the ones that have a history of keloid scarring. It is also recommended for those with a poor healing capacity.
If you are a woman and hair loss has become a stressful occurrence in your life, trust that Dr. Tyng Tan of Aesthetics and Hair Clinic in Singapore can restore life to your falling hair. To learn more about the treatments designed for Asian women hair, call us now or simply fill out our inquiry form today!
About Dr Tyng Tan
Dr. Tan Tyng Yuan, MBBS completed her graduate and medical education in the United Kingdom over a span of 10 years.