The occurrence of hair loss, whether progressive or abrupt, is often a source of panic in women but also, to a lesser extent, in men. If the falling hair is usually the domain of men, this condition can also affect some women and become a true aesthetic handicap. Focus on the different types of female hair loss and their characteristics. To prevent hair loss, we must follow good lifestyle habits, avoid excessive use of hair straighteners and hair dryers, and use quality products to take care of our hair.
- What causes alopecia?
- How to treat it and should we worry?
Androgenetic Alopecia In MenIn men androgenetic alopecia, more commonly known as baldness, often appears after age 50; This is the case of one man in two. It can, however, very rarely, less than one in seven men, appear at the age of 20 years. This baldness due to male hormones, androgens, is usually hereditary.
Hair Loss In Women20% of women over 40 are affected by this phenomenon. The hair loss in women is more diffuse and may depend on several factors. Spring and fall season conducive to hair loss. Pregnancy especially during the first four months, as well as the period after childbirth and whether or not a birth control pill also influence hair loss.
As you have probably already realized, it is quite normal to lose hair when washed; what is not normal is to lose them constantly. If every time we do a hair, we get a big handful of hair, or if we find a lot of hair on the pillow every morning, there is a problem.
Telogen EffluviumAlso known as alopecia, it can occur for various reasons, after major surgery, following a diet to lose weight, following a period of stress or the consumption of certain drugs. Hair loss can occur between 6 weeks and 3 months after experiencing these events that can cause considerable losses.
Diseases and Hereditary CausesIn many cases, hair loss is due to the fact that the mother or father has a gene that does not produce a lot of hair. The majority of people who have this problem begin to notice it before age 20. In this case, the ideal would be to call a professional to start a good treatment as soon as possible to combat this hair loss.
HypothyroidismThe vast majority of patients with hypothyroidism are women: they are the ones who suffer the most from hair loss problems since the thyroid gland is the one that is responsible in particular for regulating the growth of hair. To make sure that this is the case, the doctor will have to do some analysis, and depending on the results, he will tell you the most appropriate treatment to stop this hair loss.
LupusAround the world, there are about a million and a half people who suffer from this disease, and the majority are women. It is an autoimmune disease that attacks healthy tissue. One of the symptoms is precisely the abundant hair loss and itchy scalp, in addition to fever, extremity pain and swelling, anemia and chest pain.
Polycystic ovary syndromeThis problem begins with a hormonal imbalance that causes no symptoms and can start as early as 11 years: the ovaries produce far too many male hormones. Subsequently, its most common symptom is an abundant hair loss, but this syndrome can also produce an increase in hairiness on other parts of the body.
As you can see, hair loss can have many explanations. But knowing the cause is not enough, we must be helped as quickly as possible. In addition to recognizing causes and seeking help as quickly as possible, you should follow the following recommendations for immediate and long-term results.
Other CausesBaldness may also appear as patches. It can be:
- Of a ringworm, fungus parasitizing the scalp,
- Alopecia areata, autoimmune disease where regrowth appears in the majority of cases,
- A hair pulling tick, trichotillomania,
- The consequences of drug treatment.
The beginnings of baldness are also sometimes linked to iron deficiency or even to dysfunction of the thyroid gland.
How can we prevent hair loss - What treatments for hair loss?A visit to the dermatologist is usually indicated to identify the cause of hair loss. The medical examination will determine whether the hair loss is due to a hormonal imbalance, iron deficiency, alopecia areata, or ringworm. No treatment is really effective in the long term to combat hair loss especially in the case of androgenetic alopecia, the pathology that can affect men as well as women. Unlike some common misconceptions, washing your hair daily does not affect baldness. A significant traction due to certain hairstyles pulling on the root, on the other hand, can speed up the process. Back hairstyles or even camouflaging powders or hair compliments can help to better live her baldness. Surgery for aesthetic reasons is sometimes practiced. If baldness is proven, attention should be paid to exposure to the sun and increased risks of skin cancer on the scalp.
It is very important to keep them well hydrated because a large part of our body is water. That's why we need to drink enough water every day to avoid problems with hair loss, for example.
Keep healthy habitsTo keep hair healthy, it is important to have a good diet, exercise and sleep at least eight hours a day.
Make a good massage once a weekA very important thing to stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss is to keep the scalp healthy with olive oil, jojoba or coconut massages, at least once a week, at night.
Avoid devices that mistreat the scalpWhen you lose a lot of hair or you want to avoid this problem, the idea is to reduce the use of straighteners and hair dryers, because of these devices dry and mistreat the hair and scalp.
Other important recommendations: do not tie your hair (let alone if wet), use good quality products and a shampoo and conditioner based on vitamin A, B, C, and E, for healthier and more resistant hair!