I'm a woman experiencing hair loss for the first time - what should I do?
I'M A WOMAN EXPERIENCING HAIR LOSS FOR THE FIRST TIME - WHAT SHALL I DO?
Why am I losing my hair all of a sudden?
I know exactly what it’s like to suddenly start to lose a lot of hair. If you’re reading this and are experiencing hair loss, it can be a huge shock when it starts to rapidly fall out, with no sign of stopping.
It's completely normal to shed some hairs each day, but if this amount increases significantly it may indicate an underlying issue.
When I experienced my hair loss, it was a huge wake up call to start prioritising my self care.There are many different potential causes for sudden hair loss, ranging from hormonal changes and stress to dietary deficiencies and medical conditions.
Identifying the cause is vital so that you can start to treat the problem effectively. One of the most common causes of sudden hair loss is telogen effluvium, which occurs when something triggers an ‘early shedding’ phase in the growth cycle of your hair follicles. This commonly happens after a trauma to the body such as stressful periods, emotional trauma, but often happens around pregnancy or major surgery, or after recovering from an illness
What causes female hair loss?
You are not alone, female hair loss is a condition that affects many many women, and can be caused by a number of different factors.
The most common cause of female hair loss is genetics, but there are also lifestyle choices, medical conditions, and medications that can cause issues.
Genetics: Female pattern baldness (FPB), or Androgenic Alopecia, is the most common form of hereditary hair loss in women. It typically involves a thinning at the crown area and receding frontal line. This type of hair loss usually begins after menopause or when oestrogen levels drop significantly due to other causes such as pregnancy or taking certain contraceptives.
Lifestyle Choices: Poor diet choices can lead to nutritional deficiencies which may contribute to hair loss. Stress and lack of sleep can also contribute to hair loss as they put a strain on the body, reducing its ability to maintain healthy hair follicles. Smoking is also known to cause premature ageing, including thinning or greying of the hair.
Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions such as thyroid disease, anaemia, lupus, and polycystic ovary syndrome can all lead to female hair loss due to their effect on hormones or nutrient deficiencies that affect the health of our scalp and hair follicles.
Medications: Certain medications used for treating depression or high blood pressure have been linked with temporary or permanent female balding due to their effects on hormone levels in women’s bodies.
Additionally, chemotherapy medications used to treat cancer can cause temporary or permanent hair loss
What hormone causes hair loss in females?
The primary hormone responsible for hair loss in females is androgen, specifically the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is a naturally occurring hormone that can cause hair follicles to shrink, leading to thinning of the hair and eventual hair loss.
How can a woman combat hair loss naturally?
There are many things that you can do to start growing your hair back naturally, and even though it can be really tough, try not panic.
The hair growth cycle is a very slow process, but as long as you start making little changes over time and consistency you will be able to see big results.
1. Scalp massage: We’ve said it before and we will say it again. Massaging the scalp can do wonders, not only is it incredibly relaxing it helps improve blood flow to the hair follicles, helping support healthy roots.
2. Supplementing: can be hugely beneficial to make sure that you are providing all the vitamins and minerals that the body needs for healthy hair growth.
3. Diet: Grabbing a beige sandwich on the go isn’t going to cut it. It’s so important to eat a well-balanced diet rich in essential vitamins and minerals, such as iron, zinc, and vitamin D, to help support your hair.
4. Essential oils: Our En Root Oil isn’t just our hero product for no reason. Rosemary and peppermint oil are fantastic in helping stimulate the scalp.
5. Reduce stress: We all know this one, high levels of stress can contribute to hair loss, so it's important to find ways to manage stress. Take little steps and introduce small self care triggers to help lower those cortisol levels.
6. Avoid tight hairstyles: It is always tempting but tight hairstyles, such as cornrows or pigtails, can put stress on the hair and lead to hair loss.
Which vitamins can help you prevent hair fall?
There are several vitamins that are important for healthy hair growth and can help prevent hair fall. Taking a targeted hair supplement can be one of the best ways to support the hair growth cycle. Make sure to read the labels as not all vitamins are equal! We’ve summarised some of the most important below :
1. Vitamin A: This vitamin helps to keep the scalp healthy and can promote hair growth
2. Vitamin B: The B-vitamins, especially Biotin (Vitamin B7) and B-12, play an important role in hair health. Biotin can help to strengthen the hair and promote growth, while B-12 is important for maintaining the health of red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the hair follicles
3. Vitamin C: This vitamin helps to produce collagen, a protein that is important for hair growth and strength.
4. Vitamin D: This vitamin helps to promote hair growth by stimulating the growth of new hair follicles.
5. Vitamin E: This vitamin has antioxidant properties that can help to protect the hair from damage and promote growth.
6. Iron: Iron is an important mineral that helps to carry oxygen to the hair follicles. A deficiency in iron can lead to hair loss.
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What is the best shampoo for hair loss?
If you are experiencing hair loss, then quite a few things can happen to your hair that you weren’t expecting.
A gentle shampoo such as our Daily Calma Shampoo is a great place to start. Make sure your shampoo isn’t too harsh on your scalp as harsh shampoos can cause imbalances with your scalps natural microbiome.
Another symptom to hair loss is that your hair can become quite dry and brittle as the body sends nutrients to the more vital processes of the body. A so using a shampoo with plenty of humectants can help strands hold on to moisture and keep hydrated.
You may want to skip a traditional shampoo all together and use our hero En Root Scalp Oil, which is actually an oil based cleanser. Using our En Root Oil which includes Rosemary and Peppermint oils can help extend time between wash days, but also help feed the follicles and help stimulate blood flow to the scalp.
Can female hair loss grow back?
If you have been experiencing telogen effluvium the good news is in the majority of cases hair grows back. When I experienced telogen effluvium, it was a really quite a frightening time, I lost almost half of my hair. Our hair is a huge part of our identity and I really made it my mission to support others going through the same experienceI did. Every single product in the CENTRED range is designed to help support the hair growth cycle and help recover your hair. Taking an inside out approach with our award winning Tender Love and Hair Supplements along with head massage and our En Root Scalp Oil with consistency is a fantastic way to help feed your follicles and help recover and achieve beautiful healthy hair.