I was only a kid when my mom discovered a bald spot the size of quarter on the top her head. It was such a confusing moment; I thought only men lose their hair. Why would a woman in her mid-30′s start balding? Turns out it was only stress and she went to the doctor just in time. I didn’t know then what I know now: hair loss in women is a lot more common than we think.
According to the American Hair Loss Association, women make up forty percent of Americans who suffer hair loss. That’s almost equal with men! Little do we know that it can happen at any age for a wide range of reasons.
WebMD states there are 100,000 to 150,000 hairs on the average adult’s head, and that we can lose up to 100 of them a day. So, finding a few stray hairs on your hairbrush or pillow is no reason to freak out. You should contact your doctor if you notice large amounts of hair loss or excessive thinning.
Alopecia, the medical term for extreme or abnormal hair loss, comes in many forms. According to WebMD:
- Involutional alopecia is a natural condition in which the hair gradually thins with age.
- Androgenic alopecia is a genetic condition called female pattern baldness. This is general thinning over the entire scalp, with the most extensive hair loss at the crown.
- Alopecia areata often starts suddenly and causes patchy hair loss in children and young adults.
- Alopecia universalis causes all body hair to fall out, including the eyebrows, eyelashes, and pubic hair.
- Trichotillomania, is a psychological disorder in which a person pulls out their own hair.
- Telogen effluvium is temporary hair thinning over the scalp that occurs because of changes in the growth cycle of hair.
Whether it’s temporary or long lasting, this is not something us women think we’ll have to deal with in our lives. After doing some research, I came across six factors that can lead to hair loss in women.
Remember, I’m not a medical professional, if you’re dealing with hair loss or have questions about it, please contact your doctor and/or a certified dermatologist.