Factors of Female Hair Loss
Androgentic alopecia (hereditary hair loss) is the main cause of female pattern hair loss. It contributes to a slow decrease in scalp hair density. When testosterone turns into DHT, it has a miniaturizing effect on hair follicles that causes thinning and eventually hair loss. Also, low levels of estrogen and progesterone can be the cause.
Hair Loss caused by Vitamin Deficiency
Low ferritin (iron storage) and Vitamin D are closely related to hair loss and hair damage. When iron is low the hair loses its elasticity, becomes dry and brittle and constantly breaks off. Anagen loss syndrome can also occur if the connective tissue from the hair follicle is weak.
Hair Loss is caused by stress
Unless you remove your hair from stress (trichotillomania), then the female hormone cortisol can increase and cause antigens to attack the scalp and cause hair loss. Also, stress can worsen autoimmune diseases by affecting the hypothalamus and pituitary gland which will release hormones that promote inflammation.
Hair Loss caused by birth control
Some birth control pills, IUDs can shock the body and cause hormonal imbalances that can trigger hair loss (telogen effluvium) which causes hair to prematurely pass into the telogen stage. During the hair growth stage, we usually lose between 50-100 hairs however, due to sudden shock you will experience excessive hair loss which you will see on your comb or bathroom floor.
Conditions such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, intestinal cystitis and fibromyalgia, celiac disease, and lupus.
Hair Loss is caused by chemical damage
Excessive hair processing due to hair color, softeners, candy, highlights will cause hair damage (Trichorrhexis Nodosa) and will cause the hair cuticle to become brittle and leak proteins. Split ends (trichoptilosis) will also occur.
Hair Loss caused by medications
Check with your doctor to see if your medication is controlling hair loss. The body usually recovers quickly after adjusting to the medication but in some cases it will continue as long as you take it.
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