Golden Fleece, it may not be, but beautiful black hair, shining with health is adored by all the Indian women. And when those valuable strands fall off in chunks, it’s always a reason enough to be sad, and even get worried about! We all think and feel the same way.
Hair fall is a major concern in the lives of many women under the sun. It is of course not an independent issue, the reasons of hair fall is rooted deep within our physiology and even psychology! Yes, that’s true; stress and tension contribute to hair fall, significantly.
Internal Reasons of Hair Loss in Women
Although, there are numerous reasons responsible for Hair Loss, one striking cause of abnormal hair loss is the intake of Vitamin A in high doses. Similarly, blood pressure medications and gout medications are reasons enough for you to lose your hair. Some women tend to develop the problem of hair loss post-menopause owing to the reduced hormonal activity.
At times, it can also be an issue during pregnancy, or originate due to the intake of oral contraceptives, all of which are likely to interfere with the hormonal activities of a woman. Thyroid abnormality, anaemia, polycystic ovary syndrome, and skin conditions like psoriasis, and seborrheic dermatitis are other notorious maladies that can trigger hair fall amongst women.
Nowadays, urban women are excessively conscious about their health, and tend to go on a dietary regime in order to stay in shape. But, not all such diets are healthy, not for the hair at least. According to the scientific facts, a diet lacking in the B vitamins, biotin, inositol , folic acid, minerals magnesium , sulphur and zinc can lead to a serious problem of hair loss, since, the B vitamins, especially B5 and B3 are essential for hair growth.
Mechanical or External Reasons
Apart from these, there are also a few external causes of hair loss, like the usage of permanent hair colours, chemical treatments, bad hair brushes, blow dryers, and flat irons, and towel drying when the hair is wet. Sporting a too-tightly braided hairstyle can lead to a hair loss condition known as traction alopecia. However, in most of these cases the hair grows back as the hair cycle continues.
It should also be noted that not all hair loss is an issue worthy of contemplation. Normally, human hair follows a cycle of three phases: anagen, catagen and telogen. The active growing phase of the hair is known as the ‘anagen’, ‘catagen’, on the other hand, is the shorter phase of the cycle when hairs begin to break down. And lastly, ‘telogen’ is the resting phase. Hair that falls off is mostly in this resting phase.
It is said that about 10% of the scalp hair are almost always in the resting phase. Dermatologists say that normally we tend to lose 100 to 125 strands of hair every day. This number can even rise to 250 when we shampoo our hair, but it is all normal. It is not recommended that one should stay away from shampooing with the sole objective of retaining those hairs, as they are sure to fall off eventually.
Female Pattern Hair Loss
A woman’s hair loss pattern is generally dissimilar to that of a man’s. While in a man the hair loss occurs from the forehead; in a woman, the hair loss occurs from another part of the scalp and is noted only when the hair is pulled back. In the thirties and forties, a great many number of people note a mild thinning of their hair.
Such hereditary reasons can play a crucial role in the hair loss pattern of a woman, typically known as, female pattern baldness. If a close observation of a woman’s scalp reveals that the follicles are varying in size – with some thick and others thin, then it might be a case of androgenetic alopecia.
Such a condition can be noticed in the late 50s or 60s, and is common with around 50% of women. Normally, when a hair follicle is shed, a hair equal to that size replaces it. However, in women having androgenetic alopecia, the hair that grows back is thinner and shorter than the original hair. For, in them the hair follicles are gradually shrinking and eventually stop growing altogether.
To conclude, it may be said that to decipher whether hair fall is natural or unnatural is not an easy task. Apart from oiling, shampooing and conditioning the hair regularly, it’s best to note that good hair is a sign of being healthy from inside. And the next time you note more than 250 hairs being washed away, remember what you just read, “It’s but a normal cyclical phenomenon.” So, don’t panic!