You Didn’t Know About Hair Loss

The American Academy of Dermatology reports that over 30 million women in the United States suffer from hereditary hair loss, although actual numbers are likely to be way higher. There’s a subtle difference between hair loss, hair thinning, and hair fall. But what most women suffer from is hair thinning and not actually hair loss.

If you’re losing hair in patches with bald patches of hair on the head, you are likely suffering hair loss. If you lose more than the average 50 to 100 strands of hair every day, it could be a hair fall problem. But if the hair fall is widespread, leaving sparse spots on the head, you are suffering from hair thinning. If you’re facing either one of these problems and would like to do something about it, read on:

1. What Causes Hair Thinning?

While most women don’t experience hair loss, hair thinning is fairly common. And the reasons could range from genetics and illness to hormonal fluctuation, poor nutrition, yo-yo dieting, and even medications. Sometimes, autoimmune diseases like alopecia areata can speed up hair thinning.

As women age, they lose elasticity in their hair. Yes, just as the skin ages, the mane also loses its sheen. It is very rare for women in their 60s to have the same amount of hair they had in their youth.