It is normal if anyone is shedding 60 to100 strands of hair every day. Anything more than that over a period of time can cause hair loss. If a woman notice this, it is best to get her checked for any underlying condition which could be causing the hair fall.
Hair loss is common in men and women. However, the pattern of hair loss is different. Here, we will discuss hair loss issues of women. Women mostly complain of decreasing density of hair, of parting showing through increasingly, receding hair line or of a bald patch. A proper diagnosis of reason behind hair fall is necessary before treatment is commenced. While there may be medical reasons, where medical advice of a doctor is essential, yet there can be other reasons which can be called a matter of ignorance .We enlist, here under both type of reasons causing hair damage.
Too much of fashion and trends:
Hair styles are changing too often. Some people think they can be more appreciated if they are following the trend. But excessive use of hair styling tools like strengtheners and curling iron or hair products like gels, mousse, sprays, colors, etc can damage the hair shaft and prolonged usage can hamper its growth.
Wrong hair keeping
Some women are too harsh on hair combing and keep hair very tight. Tight ponytails, wrong combs, parting your hair, etc can aggravate the condition of hair Too much washing or too less washing These are two extremes which must be avoided. Both can damage hair. Excessive use of hair conditioner or shampoo leaves the hair week and thin.
Crash dieting and losing the weight quickly can impair health of hair. These diets deprive a woman body the essential nutrients. Some irresponsibly marketed products induce unhealthy loss of weigh by bringing about chemical imbalance which affects health of hair and skin.
Male hormones or androgen
In case of women role of ANDROGEN the male hormone is important. If secreted in excess they form small fluid-like sacs in the ovaries which are known as cysts. It is due to hormonal imbalances in women which negatively affects hair growth. While one may notice more hair growth on other parts of body, it can trigger hair fall from the scalp.
In Indian women Anemia is a result of low iron intake in their diet. This results in low production of hemoglobin which means less oxygen to the organs. When oxygen does not reach your hair follicles, they tend to be weak and break easily, resulting in hair fall.
Menopause brings about several changes in a woman’s body including the hair fall. This is because estrogen hormone levels become low which make the hair dry and also cause hair loss.
Pregnancy and delivery period
During pregnancy, there is a peak in the hormone estrogen so hair growth is full. But once the baby is delivered, hormones go back to their normal phase which may result in hair falling out at once. This is a temporary phase and hair growth returns to normal after a few weeks. Deficiency of protein: Hair is made of a protein called keratin. Once we stop eating protein-rich foods, our hair become brittle and weak. This triggers premature hair fall.
Birth-control pills can have side-effects like hair fall if they are abruptly taken and stopped. It is advisable to use then under physician’s monitoring. Other hormonal pills and therapies can have a similar effect.
Autoimmune disease: When a person suffers from hypo or hyperthyroidism, there is excess or low secretion of the hormones triiodothyronine and thyroxin hormones which are needed for proper growth and development of our body. If not treated on time, hair loss is one of the complications due to various changes taking place in the body.
Chemotherapy sessions also end up with lot of hair loss. This is reversed with proper medical guidance.
Autoimmune disease; when a woman suffers from autoimmune disorder her body creates antibodies against her own cells and tissues. They attack hair as well as other organs resulting in hair loss.
Some chronic ailments like diabetes or psoriasis are also responsible for loss of hair. Diabetes adversely affects the body’s circulatory system. This means that less amount of nutrients and oxygen reach the upper and the lower extremities of the body i.e. the feet and the scalp areas. If diabetes is causing poor blood circulation to the scalp, the hair follicles will die resulting in hair loss. Psoriasis is a skin disease which also affects the scalp and hair follicles.
Dr Arhat says “Hair fall is a completely recoverable condition, we just have to make sure that the track of treatment is right i.e. correct diagnosis. Many girls come to me tired of changing shampoos , conditioners and oils with no results because their hair fall has been a result of low iron reservoirs. Once correct medical condition is diagnosed homoeopathic treatment not just ensures reduced hair fall per day but also increased rate of new growth of hair. This ensures improved density and quality of hair.”