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by Better Not Younger
October 21, 2020
Usually, we can expect to shed about 100 hairs each day. It’s part of the natural balance of your hair biology. Your hair follicles go through a cycle that includes growth, transition, and rest — but for many women, it may seem like their follicles are spending too much time resting. When your growth cycle is interrupted, and more hair falls out then grows in, hair loss occurs.
Many women suffer in silence with their hair loss, changing their hairstyles to disguise thin spots; however, female hair loss is not uncommon at all. In fact, more than half of U.S. women will experience noticeable hair loss along the top of their heads as they reach menopause. This hair loss type is called female-pattern hair loss (FPHL) and affects about 30 million American women, according to the Cleveland Clinic.
The way it affects women is different from how it impacts men — this is because many women feel their hair communicates their femininity, personality, and attractiveness to the world. Learning how to prevent hair loss is crucial for many women to regain their self-confidence, quality of life, and emotional well-being.
Hair fibers begin their existences in tiny skin pockets called follicles. Their life cycles involve three growth stages: anagen, catagen, and telogen.
There’s no single cause for hair loss. For example, there are as many as 30 medical conditions that can cause it, in addition to:
Hormone imbalances related to aging and thyroid conditions can also trigger hair to fall out.
Age-related changes in dihydrotestosterone (DHT) levels can lead to FPHL or androgenetic alopecia. DHT is a male hormone found primarily in our blood but is also common in sweat and sebum. It is a testosterone derivative that binds with hair follicles to trigger FPHL. In addition to interrupting the growth cycle on some of your follicles, DHT shrinks the rest of them, causing them to push out fine, wispy-textured strands.
FPHL is different from the balding and receding hairline men experience. As women, we first encounter minor thinning, then a wider-than-normal midline part, and ultimately hair loss across our entire scalp. Female pattern baldness varies among women due to disparities in hormone levels and genetics. If your mom or sisters have FPHL, you are likely to experience it as well.
Although thinning hair is a natural part of the aging process, there are steps you can take to prevent or even reverse hair loss. Some of these strategies work by stimulating your follicles back into their active growth phase, causing new hair to emerge. Others aim to prevent hair loss from happening in the first place.
Consider the following hair loss solutions:
There are few things more alarming for most of us than finding an increasing amount of hair in the drain or an ever-widening hair part. Aging is inevitable, and now that you understand how it impacts your hair and scalp, you can do something about it. Make healthy lifestyle choices and use holistic hair and scalp solutions from Better Not Younger.
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