Female Pattern Hair Loss – Fact and Fiction

Author: Shannon Miller

Lady with beautiful hair, for female pattern hair loss article

Though a man losing his hair is a more common occurrence than a woman losing her’s, it is still important that, as women, we know about hair loss.

What are the facts about hair loss for women – and equally as important – what are not the facts, but rather myths?

There are 2 different types of hair loss in women: anagen effluvium and telogen effluvium.

  • Anagen effluvium is typically caused by internally administered medications like chemotherapy.
  • Telogen effluvium is commonly caused by one of the following: physical stress (i.e. surgery, rapid weight change), emotional stress (i.e. mental illness), thyroid abnormalities, medications (i.e. high doses of vitamin A), or hormonal changes (i.e. menopause or pregnancy). Each of these causes can be reversed and hair growth can ensue.

Let’s also get to know some of the myths that circulate about female hair loss.

  • Hats and wigs cause women to lose their hair.
  • Perms, colors, and cosmetic treatments cause permanent hair loss.
  • Increasing blood circulation by standing on your head will help hair to grow.
  • Permanent hair loss can be caused by stress.
  • If you shave your head, your hair will grow back thicker.

TIP:  If you’re concerned about hair loss, check with your physician. There’s sure to be an easier route than standing on your head….or shaving it!

Source: “Female Pattern Hair Loss”  http://www.ahlc.org/

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