Many women find hair thinning to be a rather emotional traumatic experience and in some cases can leave them feeling absolutely devastated. For a female having to loose a great amount of hair strands is a big deal and contributes to low self-esteem. The reason may be due to the fact that any advertisement associated with the treatment of hair loss, is more likely for men than it is for women. And lets face it many of us do associate baldness with men and not women. So we naturally assume that this condition is more likely a male issue only. However, did your now that as much 70 percent of women experience some form of hair loss during the course of their life? There is plus side to this believe it or not, hair thinning in women will not result in total loss of hair strands, as is the case with men.
So what leads to this condition? Testosterone, which makes a male hormone called dehydrotestosterone or simply called DHT, finds its way to the hair follicle, attaches itself to the root and stops any future growth that may occur. Think of the hormone DHT as if putting the root of hair into a so called resting period. This resting period then results in the thinning of hair.
Hair thinning in women can begin as early as the age of 30. The condition becomes more prominent by the age of 40 and becomes even more aggravated if the female has reached menopause. Studies have found that thinning hair in women is rarely due to a genetic disposition. Some research has found that it can be a result of hormonal imbalances in the body or any other biological cyclic shifts that can occur during pregnancy, post menopausal stress or from side effects of taking the pill (birth control). Many women do not believe that that hair thinning in women is a normal occurence. One needs to be alert however, when there is an excess of hair loss or if huge amounts of strands keep falling throughout the day. This might be an indication that there is an issue in the body that needs to be resolved. Certain factors can contribute to this condition. Some of which are stress, side effects from medication, an unhealthy and very poor diet, chemotherapy and any hair style that will cause unnecessary tension on the strands of the hair.
Some scientist believe that poor nourishment and a lack of protein and iron can cause hair thinning in women. Anorexia and bulimia are eating disorders that are on the rise and have shown to contribute to a great deal of hair loss. Be careful not to follow a fad diet as this can lead to poor nutrition which in turn can cause your "mane" issues. A crash diet will cause the same effect too. Certain medication show hair loss as a side effect. These medications include those that treat depression, heart issues, hypertension, some forms of arthritis and even gout. Women need to be made aware of the fact that taking birth control can also lead to some hair loss. In addition, if you are getting treatment in the form of chemotherapy and radiation for cancer, you know what it does to the hair. However, when treatment is stopped, so are the side effects of the medication. Yes that means that you should grow your hair back. Also, the way we treat our hair is crucial to its health. If we continuously color, bleach, straighten or curl it can lead to damage of the hair shaft and cause it to break off easily. Diseases such as diabetes and lupus can also cause this condition, in both women and men alike. Oh and the old adage that a hundred strokes from a hairbrush is good for it, is not so true. In fact, the continuous stroking causes it to damage the shaft which then makes it easier for the hair to fall out.
Unfortunately for women there are a few options left as how to deal with this issue. Some have opted to do nothing while others have taken to purchasing a wig and have an updated look every so often. Women are not as lucky as men who can shave their head and still look appealing. Nobody ever said that a bald women looked great or beautiful.