In general, hair loss is normal. We lose on average 80 strands per day however more than that or your hair doesn’t grow back, then there is issues.
It is difficult to determine the exact cause of excess hair loss and then consequently to find the right treatment. We have broken down a list of possibilities of why you could be losing your hair.
If you are suffering from excess hair loss or thinning of hair, don’t panic…it is a very common condition for women more than you are lead to believe. “1 in 3 women will sometime in their lives suffer from hair loss or thinning of hair.” You are not alone and it is nothing to be embarrassed about.
Types of Hair Loss:
Some women have thinning hair in their genes. You may see a gradual and progressive reduction in hair volume. This means your hair follicles are more sensitive to male hormones causing gradual shrinking of follicles and therefore producing finer and shorter hair with each hair growth cycle.
As the name suggests, this hair loss is a reaction to a trigger not a genetic predisposition. Excessive hair shedding (telogen effluvium) happens as a result of an internal imbalance, be it caused by excess stress, fad diets, illness or nutritional deficiencies.
Here are the 7 most common triggers for reactive hair loss:
- Hormone Imbalance – if your hormones are out of balance, it plays havoc in your body resulting in weight gain, skin breakouts and thinning of hair or hair loss. Our female hormones (Oestrogens) are what keeps our hair full and healthy. Male hormones (Androgens) actually shorten the hair growth cycle. Therefore if you have excess male hormones, which can be caused by PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) for example, you could have resulting hair loss.
- Stress – You have probably heard the phrase “stress can make your hair fall out”. In fact it is stress that raises male hormone levels which can result in hair loss.
- Anaemia/iron deficiency – Iron is an essential mineral for hair protein. So if you have a deficiency in iron, this could cause excess hair loss in women.
- Vitamin B12 deficiency – This is commonly found in vegans as B12 can primarily be only found in animal proteins. Low levels of B12 affects the health of red blood cells which carry oxygen all around the body. You will feel tired, fatigued and result in affecting the health of your hair.
- Excess weight loss – When you lose a large amount of weight in a short time, after 6-12 you can also lose excess hair. Your body sees hair as non-essential, therefore if you have a nutritional deficiency, it will reflect in your hair first. It is vital you adopt a healthy, balanced lifestyle and avoid crash dieting.
- Hypo/hyperthyroidism – Our thyroid gland regulates our body’s metabolism by controlling protein production and tissue use of oxygen. Therefore, thyroid imbalance can affect hair follicles. On top of this, if you are suffering from hypothyroidism and not treating it, it could result in anemia which is another cause for hair loss or thinning.
- Lastly, your age – entering menopause creates big change in your body which can affect your hair. Our hair ages as the rest of the body does so hair loss and thinning of hair is actually a very normal part of the ageing process.
Here is what you can do to help fix it
Look at your diet – focus on getting more protein. Since hair is primarily made up of protein, making sure you eat enough protein is important. (at least a palm size portion at each meal is recommended.
Carbohydrates – make sure they are healthy complex carbohydrates. This gives your body the energy to grow your hair.
Alongside a healthy diet, you can supplement with additional nutrients. Iron, Vitamin B12, C, D3, Copper, Zinc and Selenium.
Everyday styling – be gentle with your locks. Try and avoid hairstyles that put stress on your strands as well as heavy styling products.
Note: it takes up to 6 weeks to see results from these lifestyle changes.
If you don’t see any improvements with these changes, there are various treatments available.
A new one, showing extremely good results, is PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy. A proven powerhouse in stimulating collagen production. There are growth factors in PRP that stimulate follicles and encourage new hair growth.
How PRP Therapy Can Help Women Suffering From Hair Loss and Thinning
PRP Therapy has been very effective when treating female-pattern hair loss.
Female pattern hair loss is very different to male pattern baldness; the latter is usually noticeable by the receding hairline or a single patch, while female hair loss generally doesn’t follow any particular pattern. For some, you may notice your part getting wider, or the hair near your temples starts to recede. You might notice hair on the pillow when you wake up, or your shower drain may get clogged from the shedding far too often.
How does it work?
A patient’s blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge, separating the PRP from the rest of the blood. The PRP is then injected into follicles at the site of the hair loss. The extra collagen stimulates the growth follicles producing more and thicker hair.
PRP is also effective in stimulating hair growth due to loss after pregnancy or from stress, as long as the follicle is still alive.
PRP can also help hair loss caused by physical stress, such as a car accident that shocks the body, or emotional stress, including anxiety and depression.
Get in touch with Amanda for a discreet chat about how we might be able to help you get your luscious locks back to their best.