11. Causes And Treatment Of Hair Loss In Women

It is said that tresses are a woman’s jewels that add to her womanly appeal. Little wonder, these locks have earned the sobriquet of ‘crowning glory’. However, some women face a worrisome problem and that is hair loss.

Although hair loss is common in men of all ages, it is rare in women. Needless to say, hair loss not only becomes a grave concern for women, but it also affects their self-esteem.

Causes of hair loss

Two of the main reasons for female baldness are ageing and genetics. Besides these, there are other reasons forhair loss too. Let’s have a look:

#1 Lack of nutrients

With modern weight loss fads and poor diets, many women miss out on essential nutrients, such as iron, zinc, copper and proteins, leading to hair loss. This may also be triggered by the deficiency of Vitamin D.

#2 Hormonal imbalance

Hormonal imbalance is increasingly witnessed in women on the wrong side of 30. This issue to excessive conversion of testosterone and androgens, that women possess in small percentage, into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This may lead to hair loss.

#3 Thyroid problems

Due to various causes, the thyroid gland in women either starts producing excessive amounts of thyroid hormone or produces it in insufficient quantities. This has a direct bearing on the hair growth cycle that leads to hair loss, accompanied by other symptoms related to thyroid problems.

#4 Stress

Women undergoing trauma or suffering domestic violence or facing adverse situations at home or at work may experience high levels of stress. Severe stress may cause them to shed hair.

#5 Hair products

Nowadays, there are products for everything for the upkeep of hair, such as styling gels, hair setting sprays, hair color dyes and what not. These products contain harmful chemicals that not only affect the immune system, but also weaken hair follicles leading to hair loss.

In addition to the above, there are several medical conditions that contribute to hair loss, such as telogen effluvium that causes accelerated hair loss; androgenetic alopecia that converts testosterone into DHT; alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease. All these conditions need medical treatment.

Steps to control hair loss

  • Avoid excessive use of hair products as they are laden with toxic chemicals.
  • Avoid chemical treatmentslike perming, coloring, straightening, etc., since they put strain on hair follicles, leading to hair loss.
  • Use conditioner, since they contain amino acids that strengthen the hair.
  • Get a head massage with oil, since it improves blood circulation and strengthens the hair follicles.
  • Take balanced diet and exercise regularly.


Hair loss is most embarrassing for women and this condition may worsen if hair loss treatment is not initiated in time.

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