There are a number of reasons why hair loss occurs in women. Hair loss can be hard for a woman, especially if she takes pride in the appearance of her hair. If you start to lose your hair, other people will notice and that may have a negative effect on your self-esteem. The following are a few reasons why you may be losing your hair.
Changes in Birth Control Methods
Changing the hormonal contraception that you use may lead to some hormone-induced hair loss. This is true if you are starting birth control or if you are changing from one form of birth control to another. Your body may react to the hormone fluctuation by temporarily increasing the amount of hair you lose.
Medication has been linked to hair loss. If you notice that you are losing more hair than normal after starting a particular medication, consult your physician. Some of the biggest culprits in this regard are medications for HIV, antidepressant medications, as well as those that are used to stabilize blood pressure.
When you go through a traumatic event, be it physical or emotional, your body may respond by temporarily shutting down your hair growth. This happens because your body is using all of its resources to help you get through the physically or emotionally traumatic event. Some women have experienced hair loss after surgery, after being hospitalized, or even after a diet that causes them to rapidly lose weight. In many cases, once the stress has passed, hair production begins again.
Hair Grooming Techniques
Wearing your hair in a ponytail or any hairstyle that is too tight can actually damage your hair follicles.
Using hot tools to style the hair or over bleaching the hair can weaken the hair to the point where it breaks off easily. With this type of hair loss, the hair is not falling out from the root, but instead is breaking off somewhere along the shaft. Any other technique that uses harsh chemicals on the scalp can lead to temporary and permanent hair loss.
In most cases, your hair will grow back. However, if six months or more have passed and your hair is not growing back, talk to us. Let us work with you to decide what steps can be taken to help you get your hair growing again.