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Hair loss in women is much more common than people think, making up about forty percent of American hair loss sufferers. About 30 million adult women in North America experience thinning hair and hair loss. There are many reasons why women lose hair including hormonal imbalances, postpartum/stress, chemotherapy, and disorders such as Trichotillomania.
The American Hair Loss Association lists the most common causes of hair loss, thinning hair and baldness among women as follows:
This is the most common cause of hair loss in women. Androgenic alopecia in women is due to the action of androgens, male hormones that are typically present in only small amounts. This balding condition can result from the effects of hormones, birth control pills, pregnancy, and menopause. Just as in male pattern baldness, the hormone DHT appears to be partially to blame, as well as heredity, for this hair loss condition.
When the body experiences a traumatic event like child birth, malnutrition, a severe infection, major surgery, or extreme stress, the hair can shift from a growing phase to a shedding phase. This type of hair loss begins typically about 6 weeks to 3 months after the stressful event occurs. Dramatic hair loss is possible, and remission of hair loss is probable as long as severely stressful events can be avoided.
Cancer treatments target the body's rapidly dividing cancer cells. As a result, rapidly dividing cells such as hair follicles in the growing phase are also impacted. Fortunately, most of the time hair loss from chemotherapy and radiation is temporary. Hair will typically regrow in six months to a year after chemotherapy is completed, though hair may temporarily turn a different shade or texture.
This hair loss condition is caused by localized trauma to the hair follicles from tight hairstyles that pull at hair over time. If the condition is detected early enough, hair will regrow. Braiding, cornrows and tight ponytails are the most common styling causes.
This hair loss disorder is caused by compulsive hair pulling and or twisting until it breaks off. The hair is often pulled in round patches or diffusely across the scalp. Other hairy areas may be plucked, such as the eyebrows, eyelashes, or body hair. Behavior therapy can help gain awareness about hair pulling habits and provide techniques to avoid pulling.