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There are actually several conditions used to describe sudden hair loss in women, but their causes generally come down to four major contributing factors: genetics, stress, nutrition, and hormonal change.


Experts agree that the average person loses between 50 and 100 hairs per day. This is part of a natural shedding cycle. It allows new hairs to grow in, keeping your hair thick and luscious. Unfortunately, some conditions accelerate hair loss without replacing those hairs at the same rate. We refer to this as hair loss.

The Indian Academy of Dermatology estimates that roughly 40% of all woman develop visible hair loss by the age of 50.

What are the common causes of hair loss in women?

  • Hair style: Your style of hair can cause hair loss when your hair is arranged in ways that pull on your roots, like tight ponytails, braids, or corn rows. This type of hair loss is called traction alopecia. If hair follicles are damaged, the loss can be permanent.

  • Vitamin deficiency.

  • Dieting (rapid weight loss).

  • Restrictive diets.

  • Over processed scalp hair (breakage).

  • Toxic substances, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy and some medications. These cause sudden hair loss that can occur anywhere on your body. It happens to hair in the growth stage. Sometimes, this type of hair loss can be permanent if your hair follicles are damaged.

  • Extreme physical stress or shock to your body: This causes temporary hair loss. This category includes events like losing a lot of weight, surgery, anemia, illness and having a baby.

  • Extreme emotional stress: mental illness, the death of a loved one, etc.

  • An abnormal thyroid.

  • Medications and supplements: blood pressure medicines, gout medicines and high doses of Vitamin A.

  • Hormone changes caused by pregnancy, menopause or birth control pills.

  • Genes: Your family’s genes can cause thinning of hair along the top of your head.

  • Aging: Hormone changes as you age can cause balding.

  • Menopause: This type of hair loss often gets worse when estrogen is lost during menopause.

What are some tips for dealing with hair loss in women?

  • Coloring your hair adds volume to the strands, making your hair seem fuller.

  • Massaging your head, like when you are washing your hair, can stimulate blood flow to the scalp and hair follicles.

  • Getting your hair cut shorter, and having layers added, can make your hair seem fuller.

  • Using the right kind of shampoo can also help. Look for a shampoo that adds volume without using sulfate detergents.

  • Using the right kind of product at the right time can also help. There are products that add volume that you add while your hair is still wet. However, using too much product can add weight.

  • You can able to prevent some hair loss by eating a healthy diet that provides necessary nutrients in terms of vitamins, minerals and protein.

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