Hair loss for anyone can be upsetting and stressful, but female hair loss can seem all the more devastating because of the stigma which is attached to it. You may think that female hair loss is rare, but actually, an estimated eight million women in the UK have hair loss and research from trichologist Philip Kingsley, found one in eight of those surveyed was under 35. Today, we’re taking a look at the five most common triggers for hair loss and some things which may help.
Amongst the main causes of hair loss, stress ranks pretty highly, and it’s often something we don’t have much control over. The main way to prevent stress from having a physiological effect on the body is to try to dedicate time to relaxing and unwinding at the end of the day. Treat yourself to a gentle temple massage with some Elemis Quiet Mind Temple Balm to help to soothe body and mind and achieve inner peace.
Eating a balanced diet is important for so many reasons, but a diet which is lacking in certain things can trigger hair loss. Protein is important as the hair itself is made from protein and needs it to grow, and vitamins such as B12 are also essential for good hair growth.
Dramatic Weight Loss
Losing weight if you’re overweight is great for your overall health, but if you lose weight too quickly it can cause a bit of a shock to the system. If you’re dieting, try to ensure that you’re still eating a balanced diet and getting plenty of exercise, rather than using crash diets to lose too much weight too quickly.
If you’re at the age where menopause isn’t far away, there’s a good chance that your hair loss could be due to some hormone depletion. Once our reproductive system starts to switch off, the body goes through lots of changes and losing some hair, or noticing thinning of your hair, is actually really normal.
Having an underactive thyroid is another very common cause of hair loss, and is very easily diagnosed with a simple blood test. Other symptoms of an underactive thyroid are tiredness, weight gain, depression, being sensitive to the cold, dry skin and hair and muscle aches. If you think your thyroid may be a factor in your hair loss, a trip to the GP will help to get it sorted.