8 Unusual Causes of Premature Hair Loss in Women

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By Hot Health October 22, 2016 21:21
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8 Unusual Causes of Premature Hair Loss in Women

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Premature Hair Loss in Women

There was once a time that hair loss was a frequent problem for people of older age groups. With the passing time, however, this age limit started to decrease a now, even teenagers are suffering from this condition. It is a cause of much depression when a young person rapidly starts losing hair. No one wants to be worried about losing their hair at the peak of their life, but sadly, premature hair loss is rapidly becoming common. What’s more, experts say that 1 in 4 women will be the target of hair loss and will have to deal with it at some point in her life. 

Many women suffer with excess hair loss but are more adept at hiding it than men. The reason is that women are far accomplished at concealing their hair loss problem with their long strands and added hair accessories than men are. Furthermore, their hair loss is more evenly spread and concentrated on the crown rather than the hairline like men. This is why many just hide their problem forever. Coming to the cause, premature hair loss in females results from different reasons as compared to their male counterparts. Here we look 8 unusual reasons which result in premature hair loss in women and surprisingly most of them are correctable.


  • DHT (Dihydrotestosterone), which is also the culprit in male patterned baldness can be diagnosed in Women too. Women also have some amount of testosterone in their body which gets converted to DHT, which in turn results in baldness and early hair loss. However, due to the counteracting effects of estrogen, the problem is not as significant and starts much later in life than in males. 
  • Telogen effluvium, where there is a history of a traumatic event with stress. The stress can be severe enough to distort the normal hair cycle, resulting in rapid hair loss. The condition is the 2nd most common cause of hair fall in women and occurs frequently in pregnancy. However, it is also reversible. As the body accommodates or stress is relieved, the signs of hair fall start to disappear.
  • Alopecia areata is the third most common cause resulting in hair fall in women. The condition results in patchy loss of hair from the head and is attributed to the deficiencies of the immune system. However, once the condition reverses, the hair regrows to relieve the hair loss.
  • Nutritional deficiencies are also a culprit. They synergize any cause and exaggerate the hair loss. The diet of the general population is far from perfect and when the hair follicles do not receive the necessary nutrition, specifically iron, her ferritin levels fall and along with it the hair follicles dry up and die. Hair loss seen in early ages is most commonly associated with this problem and can be reversed if the intake is corrected.
  • Hairstyles, women don’t realize that a moment show of beauty could possibly damage their hair forever. Tight hairstyles, braids, and ponies, or hair accessories like extensions and weaves that constantly pull on the hair, damage them. As a result, the hair weakens and simply falls off.
  • Chemicals, hair products, hair dyes, shampoos and more, containing harsh chemicals are a liability to your hair as well. This is one more reason why the young generation is experiencing this disorder. They expose their hair to toxic chemicals at such early ages that their hair cannot tolerate the damage and fall off.
  • Medications, there are many drugs that can interact with the body’s chemistry and disrupt its balance to cause hair loss.
  • Menopause, the imbalance of hormones in this condition are a frequent cause of hair loss. What’s more, drugs used to treat the condition, like anti-depressants, further aggravate the condition.

Now that you know some of the causes of hair loss, you may find that you have more than one of the conditions mentioned above. They can be treated by dissecting the problem and treating each issue one by one. Of course, you can’t expect to have your hair grow back overnight, but doing things like avoiding drugs/prescription medication which may be causing hair loss, correcting your nutrition, ensuring enough intake of the necessary vitamins and minerals may help you move a step closer to growing your hair back. The treatment isn’t a one step process, but if you try and fix every issue, you are sure to see a marked improvement.

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By Hot Health October 22, 2016 21:21
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