Main Causes of Female Hair Loss

What are the causes of baldness and thinning hair in women?

There are a wide range of conditions that can bring on hair fall and thinning strands, with some of the most common being pregnancy, thyroid disorders, and anaemia. Others can include diseases, stress, skin conditions, and seasonal shedding.

In this article, we look at the main causes of female hair loss, and how/if they can be treated.

Seasonal Hair Loss

Many women experience hair shedding during certain parts of the year, and this can often lead to panic and concern.  What most women (and men) fail to realise is that each and every one of us has our own hair growth cycle, and that cycle can also include hair shedding during certain seasons of the year.  Seasonal hair loss is very common, but a perfectly normal process.  It can be experienced during different times of the year, but it most commonly occurs around autumn and spring seasons.  Sometimes the shedding can be quite severe, but most of us will experience more hair growth during other seasons, so it really is a case of taking extra care of your care during the period when it is at its weakest.

Female Pattern Baldness

Over 40% of women suffer from some stage of hair loss by the time they reach the age of 40. Many of those women are unfortunate to suffer from pattern baldness.  Pattern baldness is genetic, and there is no cure for this, but there are treatments that can minimise the rate of hair fall and thinning.  Female pattern baldness usually starts at parting area of the scalp, working its way around the whole head, leading to overall thinning, receding hairline and a patchy crown.

Postpartum Hair Loss

Post-pregnancy hair loss (known as postpartum hair loss) is a process where women begin a phase of shedding after giving birth, and also during breastfeeding. In many cases, severe shedding can leave the scalp looking patchy and the strands looking unusually thin. It should be noted that this process is perfectly normal, and in most cases the hair will eventually go back to normal. However, in some cases, post-pregnancy hair loss can have longer lasting effects, which can be a concern.  Again, there is no known cure for postpartum hair loss, but there are treatments that can help minimise the damage and promote stronger hair growth.

Skin Conditions Can Lead to Hair Loss

Seborrheic dermatitis: According to the Mayo Clinic, seborrheic dermatitis, also called seborrheic alopecia, is a harmless inflammatory skin condition marked by small, discolored patches or spots on the skin and scalp that can result in hair loss in large affected patches.  Any skin condition that covers the scalp region can play a significant roll in damaging the strands, thus leading them to fall out.  Fortunately, there are plenty of skin treatments available on the market, and so once the condition is treated, the hair should stop thinning and falling out.

Stress Can Cause Baldness

Yes, it's true, severe stress can lead to shedding and thinning hair. This is not something you can just switch on and off, but finding ways to help you stress less will be hugely beneficial to your locks. Stress can cause many conditions that lead to hair loss. These include: Alopecia Areata - Sudden loss of large clumps of hair in areas around your scalp. Telogen Effluvium - This is a condition where more hairs than normal prepare to fall out.

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