When we think of the typical person who struggles with hair loss, most of us likely think of a middle aged man. Look at any television commercial or magazine advertisement for hair loss, and the products are likely to be targeted towards men. Increasingly, however, women are more and more likely to struggle with this issue as well.
It is normal for us to lose upwards of 250 pieces of hair a day, particularly when we wash our hair. Some women, however, lose far more than this, and their hair loss consequently becomes noticeable over time. If you regularly see a lot of hair in your comb when you brush your hair, or if your pillow often has a lot of your hair on it after you wake up, you may want to consult with your doctor. Because certain medical conditions, such as autoimmune diseases, can be associated with hair loss, your doctor will likely want to rule certain possibilities out.
Women who experience hair loss are most likely to start noticing thinning in their hair in their fifties and sixties. Hair loss does have a genetic component to it, so if the women in your family, particularly your more immediate female relatives, have dealt with hair loss, this might explain any hair loss you are facing. Other women experience hair loss because of conditions like pregnancy or illness. Severe weight loss can also cause hair to fall out. Certain medications, as well as chemotherapy, can additionally cause hair loss.
One of the first things that women often ask about their hair loss is about the permanency of it. In other words, can hair loss be reversed? In short, it depends on the nature of your hair loss. If your hair loss is due to self-inflicted reasons, such as excessive hair dying, regularly wearing braids that are too tight, etc., your hair will grow back if you modify your hair habits accordingly. Additionally, if hair loss is due to pregnancy or illness, your hair will likely grow back.
A variety of treatments are available for those of us who are dealing with hair loss. These treatments range from moderately successful to ineffective, so it will pay to do your research. Discuss possible options with your doctor; he or she may recommend one type of treatment or several in combination with each other. Be patient; many products can take several weeks at the least to see results.
Do not underestimate the impact of a good hair style on thinning hair. Your stylist may be able to suggest styles that will help your hair appear fuller or hair styles that you should avoid. He or she will likely caution against longer hair styles, as these can often accentuate thinning hair, and can discuss styling options with you.
If you struggle with hair loss, you are not alone. For many of us, our hair is a source of pride, and it can be a challenge, emotionally-speaking, to face hair loss. But you do not need to face it alone.