If a man's lack of hair on his head often gives a masculine, brutal appearance, then, unfortunately, this cannot be said about women. The main form of female pattern baldness is temporary hair loss - 95% of all cases. The problem is solved after eliminating the provoking factor.
In this regard, it is worth figuring out what factors can cause sudden hair loss.
The first factor is stress.
Indeed, a high stress potential can provoke an increase in hair loss, especially in those women who have a predisposition to this. Hair loss in women quite often occurs in the male pattern, the so-called androgenic alopecia - a common form of baldness, in which androgens (steroid hormones) gradually lead to a decrease in the size of the hair follicles on the head.
In this case, stress hormones are able to provoke a certain imbalance between male and female sex hormones and cause a similar reaction of certain areas of the head and hair follicles in these areas to the hormone testosterone, which is also present in the female body. And hair loss can begin as if suddenly, although in fact this is most often preceded by a large stressful period.
The recommendations are as follows:
- try to mitigate or avoid stressors completely, of course, if possible.
- in cases where it is not possible to eliminate the cause of stress, unfortunately this also happens and very often, then it is worth focusing on so that the stress is responded in a natural way. The point is. that in fact stress is nothing more than a natural reaction of the body, aimed at stimulating physical activity. In this regard, the correct response to stress is to increase the physical activity of a person. Indeed, many people with high levels of emotional stress have very low levels of physical activity.
Chances are good that hair loss can be greatly reduced by repairing such a tear.
The second factor is improper hair care
Often the use of too aggressive detergents, frequent use of hair dye can provoke increased hair loss. Consultations with a trichologist and a hairdresser will help you choose hair-neutral products. Gentle hair care will reduce hair loss and it may be worth changing your haircut instead of dyeing it again.
The third factor is hormonal disorders
Quite often, hair loss can be associated with excess levels of a hormone such as dihydrotestosterone. Changes in the activity of the adrenal glands, ovaries, for example, in polycystic ovary syndrome, in the initial forms of diabetes mellitus, hormonal disorders lead to a shift in the balance of estrogens (female sex hormones) and androgens (male sex hormones) towards the latter and this provokes accelerated hair loss.
Quite often, this can happen during pregnancy, or immediately after childbirth. In some cases, hormonal changes in old age can provoke this effect. Well, in some cases, just diseases of the adrenal glands and ovaries can give such external signs. Any trichologist, when contacting him, will first send a blood test for the content of female and male sex hormones, for the content of thyroid hormones, the deficiency of which often provokes hair loss, and for the content of adrenal hormones. Based on the results, treatment is prescribed that normalizes the hormonal background, the successful result of which leads to the cessation of hair loss.
In addition, contraception can also cause hair loss in women.
The fourth factor is a lack of vitamins and minerals
All of the above causes of hair loss in one way or another affect the balance of nutrients necessary for the growth and normal development of hair. This is primarily reflected in the balance of amino acids, vitamins and microelements.
One of the most common causes of hair loss is protein deficiency, for example, as a result of diets that limit protein intake. As a result, a deficiency of amino acids occurs in the human body, of which the hair itself is composed.
The role of vitamins and microelements is somewhat different, they either stimulate metabolic processes in the body and hair growth, or participate in the synthesis of those substances that are necessary for the construction of hair, for example, selenium is necessary for the formation of keratin - the main protein that makes up hair. And stress, and poor nutrition, and, by the way, limiting fats, with which selenium is mainly supplied to the body, can lead to a deficiency of selenium. The latent form of neoplasms at a certain stage can also lead to selenium deficiency, and as a side effect, to hair loss.
Zinc deficiency can also be one of the factors that induce hair loss. Lack of zinc in the body can be the use of hormonal drugs. A number of diseases, among which such as alcoholism, leads to impaired zinc metabolism and can exacerbate androgenetic alopecia. Another disease that can lead to zinc deficiency is liver disease. In addition, a lack of zinc may indicate the development of immunodeficiency states in the body.
With selenium deficiency, there is often either diffuse or total hair loss, by the way, the same can be the case with selenium poisoning, and with zinc deficiency, slow hair growth or alopecia areata is mainly observed.
Iron deficiency can very often induce hair loss as well.
It is possible to detect a lack of a particular vitamin and microelement using a hair analysis or blood serum analysis and ultimately determine the cause of hair loss and, most importantly, understand the relationship between hair loss and disorders, either in nutrition, or in hormonal status, then whether under stress. If, nevertheless, prioritize in the study of hair or blood for the content of trace elements, then it is worth starting with the analysis of the hair, because closer to the problem. Because there are imbalances that are not so serious that are reflected in the composition of the hair. If there are changes in the blood, for example, with intoxication or with gross deficiencies, then these are already more severe cases, which, as a rule, end with deep examinations in the hospital.
It is important to remember that the result of hair loss treatment can be obtained no earlier than after 3 months. This is due to the hair growth cycle.