Most women understand that some hair fall is normal but because of this there’s the chance that some might become complacent about how many hairs they shed every day. While women can afford to spare a few strands at the expense of the natural hair growth cycle, sometimes the hairs you see on the floor could be a sign of other health concerns.
Our bodies have ways of telling us if something is wrong and hair loss in women is often the result of various hormone imbalances. Roughly 100 strands of hair fall a day is normal, but if you think you’re losing more you might want to take a closer look at your health and lifestyle. If hair loss is a side effect rather than a specific problem, it might not require any treatment as long as the cause is addressed.
Hair loss is often a side effect of stress, thyroid conditions, nutritional deficiencies and some medications. Sudden and severe stress or steady but prolonged levels of stress can cause the hairs to be prematurely pushed from the growing (anagen) stage into the resting (telogen) stage, leading to excessive hair fall. Thyroid conditions are the result of hormonal imbalance and this internal shock to the system can also cause extra hair fall. Likewise, nutritional problems such as anorexia and iron-deficiency anemia can lead to thinning hair because the body and hair are deprived of the essential building blocks of healthy skin, hair and nails. And hair loss is also commonly listed as a side effect of some medications.
Hair loss treatments for women should not simply cover up the problem and let other possible conditions boil beneath the surface. The Belgravia Centre, the UK’s leading hair loss specialists, say it’s important to inform women about the possibilities that might have them in this situation and then advise them on how best to manage it. Once they are aware of what’s causing their excess hair fall, women often are able to deal with and overcome it, and normal hair growth usually resumes within a few months. Other times however, some women discover that the initial underlying problem has triggered a genetic pattern of hair loss. There is no quick fix to genetic hair loss, but regardless of temporary or hereditary thinning, a comprehensive hair loss treatment programme that addresses the problem from multiple angles will ensure women receive the best chance of recovery for their hair.
Because a woman’s hair is her crowning glory, specialists should take their hair loss concerns seriously. Only the individual knows if their hair is changing and if it is, it would be wise to consult a medical professional if only to rule out any underlying health or medical concerns. One may be able to handle the problem without turning to hair loss treatments, but they are worth keeping in mind if there is any problem in stimulating normal hair growth, or indeed if the rate of hair fall continues.
If you would like any further information, or to arrange a free consultation with a medically-trained Belgravia specialist, call them on 020 7730 6666. Or if you can’t make it into the London Centre for a face-to-face appointment, you may like to complete and submit their online diagnostic form for a quick and easy way to access their recommendations and advice that are specifically tailored to you.