Female hair loss can be devastating, and this is something I know personally.
I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism at the age of 11, and for the 25 years following that diagnosis, my hairline has inched further and further away from my face.
Going to the salon to get a hair cut or styled should be a relaxing, fun experience, right? Instead, I dread the inevitable questions and comments about my hairline from the stylist. I dread the damage that that follows a dye job or a blow-out, and, most of all, I dread the three hours I must look in the mirror at my head.
In recovering from my own hair loss, I’ve used many tricks, tips, and treatments. Some have worked, some have been bogus, and the jury is out on others. It’s a journey!
I recently summarized my own personal hair growth “protocol” and you can read more about it here!
I created this website to help other women also suffering from hair loss. I offer my thoughts on and experiences with hair loss products, supplements, and strategies.
Best of all, I’m a research nerd, so this site is full of industry-leading and science-based information to promote hair regrowth, and minimize further hair loss.
With this site, I want to do two things: 1) steer women toward good hair loss products and solid science, and 2) create a forum for us to connect and share knowledge, questions, and experiences.
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Female Hair Loss Causes
There are almost too many medical reasons why we women lose hair. Some are from our lifestyle, some are circumstantial, some environmental in origin, and some, sadly, are genetic and inevitable.
Here’s a quick list for you to skim through – each of these items can be researched at length, or brought up in your next visit with your physician.
- Hormonal shifts, particularly those during pregnancy and menopause
- Genes/Heredity – history of female relatives with hair loss
- Poor Diet / Nutritional challenges
- Low nutrient density food intake – Standard American Diet
- Protein-deficient food intake – vegetarians & vegans not getting enough protein
- Sudden weight loss and anorexia, which is more common in women than men.
- Physical (through prolonged sickness or flu, or repetitive strain injuries, or lack of sleep)
- Emotional (anxiety or depression, and mood regulation issues)
- Medication side effects from:
- Some antidepressants
- Other medications – always research any pharmaceutical drug and ask your pharmacist about interactions if you are taking multiple medications.
- Vitamin Imbalances:
- Excess Vitamin A
- Deficient Vitamin B
- Anemia, which is often (but not always) caused by iron deficiency
- Trauma to the head or scalp.
- Autoimmune disorders
- Thyroid disease
- Lupus (also more common in women than men).
- Hair-specific autoimmune disorders, like alopecia areata and alopecia universalis -conditions where the body mistakenly attacks hair follicles thinking they are foreign invaders