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Female Hair Loss

FEMALE HAIR LOSS

Women often consider their luscious locks one of their most prized possessions, and with good reason – it is part of their femininity. It can be terrifying to see hair accumulating in the brush or on the pillow, a ponytail becoming smaller, and thinning or receding hairline. True You Medical understands the importance of having a healthy head of hair, and can help you achieve your desired results, feel beautiful and restore confidence.

Several health conditions can contribute to the loss of hair in a woman. True You Medical assessed and treats the root cause within, as well as offers natural regenerative procedures to restore healthy function of the hair follicle. Click here to learn more about innovative ‘Of You’ Hair Regen Procedure.

The following are a few reasons that could be contributing to your hair loss:

Thyroid Problem

The thyroid hormone is responsible for regulating the efficiency of function and metabolism in almost every cell in the body. With too little or too much thyroid, the cell cycle can go awry. This is especially true when it comes to the hair follicle, where thyroid hormone not only regulates hair growth, but also, hair color. Thinning, brittle hair is a common symptom in both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.

Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL)

Most women with thinning hair see it most noticeable on the top of their head. This may be seen as a widening part or a thinning ponytail. With FPHL, hair density and caliber decreases over time, and is some, results in a bald region in the central frontal region of the scalp. FPHL can present at any time in one’s life, but usually begins in reproductive years and becomes most noticeable in post-menopausal years.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

In PCOS, signs of hyperandrogenism typically show in 3 main ways: acne, hirsutism and hair loss. The hair loss in PCOS is considered to be a form of androgenic alopecia, and individuals with higher androgens are more likely to experience hair loss.  However, many of an individual’s suffering with PCOS with high androgens do not lose their hair; therefore, researchers believe that there are other mechanisms at play. Hair loss patterns vary, with most women typically showing thinning of the vertex (top of head) and crown, while those with more severe hyperandrogenism may have hair loss from the side regions and frontal hairline.

Anemia

Oxygen is essential to the survival of every cell in the body, including hair follicles. Delivering oxygen to each cell is the major role of red blood cells, specifically the iron within those cells. When there is an iron deficiency and/or a frank anemia, the body shunts the blood to the “more important’ tissues that are responsible for sustaining vital functions. This means that the oxygen delivery to the hair is drastically decreased, often ending in generalized hair loss.

Traction Alopecia

Traction alopecia is a form of hair caused by excessive or prolonged tension placed on the hair follicle. The pattern of hair loss is dependent on the hairstyle and subsequent area of tension; however, it is most commonly seen along the margins of the hairline. Common hair care practices that involve tension include: ponytails, chignon, braids, cornrows, dreadlocks, sisterlocks, weaves, extensions, and curlers. Other hairdressing irritations, such as tenderness – pimples, stinging and crusting – are indications of excessive tension. Furthermore, hair that has undergone chemical processing with relaxers and/or dyes or heat application is at higher risk of traction alopecia, as these practices weaken the tensile strength of the hair shaft.

Autoimmune Hair Loss

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder characterized by hair loss which typically presents with one or more well-defined oval patches of baldness. The hair loss may involve any part of the body, including the scalp, beard, pubic area, arms, thighs, eyebrows and eyelashes. It is a relatively common condition, with a lifetime likelihood of diagnosis of around 2% in the general population. The exact cause of this condition is unknown, but most evidence points to a combination of genetics and environmental influences. Alopecia areata is often associated with other autoimmune conditions, atopy or allergic rhinitis.