Loose Hair in a Brush

Hair Loss in Women: Do you know the causes?

Did you know that hair loss in women can occur after losing a lot of weight?

Is there shed hair on your floor?

A lot of it?

You may have telogen effluvium (TE for short).

Telogen is the name of the resting phase of hair before it leaves your scalp and the building permanently.

Now TE is when a "shock" occurs to your system causing up to 70% your scalp hairs to be pushed into the telogen or resting phase.

Huh?!

“My hair could stop growing because of a “shock to my system?”

That is indeed correct.

Said “shock to the system” could be

    1) a weight loss diet with not enough protein intake.
    2) The use of antidepressants or other medications or
    3) a severe psychological event

And the list goes on.

You may notice the hair loss while shampooing, combing or even lightly styling your hair. Strands with the white root bulb will be present.

In any case, hair will start to grow in when the all the old hairs are pushed out.

To find out the root causes, go to your doctor and ask for a blood test. You can then find out if there is an iron, or protein deficiency which can help you remedy the situation.

If it is none of these, your doctor can do a biopsy to examine a piece of your scalp.

Weight Loss, stress and ignorance of medicines’ side effects are very real issues.

Don’t let them become a leading cause of hair loss in women.

References:

  • American Osteopathic College of Dermatology retrieved 8/18/10

        http://www.aocd.org/skin/dermatologic_diseases/telogen_effluvium.html