“I’ve got so much to do I’m pulling my hair out!” How many times have busy women said something like this?
Well, it’s not too far from a true statement. Many times, working mothers and other women pile too much on their plates and can’t seem to get anything done.
Get stress level under control. Too much stress is a very real cause of hair loss in women, according to recent research. Stressful situations also lead many people to neglect their diets, and rapid weight loss does not help keep the scalp and hair healthy.
You may notice that you’re losing extra hair about three months after a traumatic event, such as major surgery, severe illness or a high fever. This hair loss is not permanent, and your hair will grow back.
Check your medicines. Some medications can cause hair loss, so check with your doctor or pharmacist if you suspect a connection. Some medicines that may be the culprit include blood thinners, gout medicines, vitamin A (if you overdo it), birth-control pills and antidepressants.
Be prepared for after-pregnancy fallout. Women often notice healthier, thicker hair during pregnancy and are terribly disappointed when large amounts of hair begin to fall out after the baby is born.
Those changing hormones during and after pregnancy can affect hair growth and loss. There is no need for alarm if you notice your hair falling out and you’ve just had a baby.
Menopause is another time in a woman’s life when hair loss can begin.
Make sure thyroid and iron levels are normal. Anemia (iron deficiency), a low blood count or thyroid problems can cause hair loss. You may need a simple blood test to determine if you have normal hormone and nutrient levels.
Look for redness and rash. If you notice redness, scaling or a rash on your scalp, see your doctor. You may have a scalp infection. Many infections can be treated with anti-fungal medicines, and the hair will grow back.
Don’t damage your hair follicles. To help keep your hair on your head and not in your brush, avoid hot curlers, curling irons, harsh chemicals and tight braids. They can all harm your scalp and hair.
If you stop pulling your hair with braids or tight rollers before your scalp scars, your hair will grow back. Once your scalp has scarred, your hair loss may be permanent.
Hot oil treatments and permanents can cause hair loss.
If you have a nervous habit of pulling or twisting your hair, stop it now!
Some people can’t stop this habit on their own and need counseling or drug therapy.
Hair loss in women is a cause for concern, but not necessarily a cause for alarm. Think about what is taking place in your life now and what has happened in the last few months. You may just need to slow down, eat healthier foods, and take good care of your scalp and hair.