Every human being loses around 100 hairs a day but excessive hair loss can affect women of all ages for different reasons. Some of the main reasons for hair loss and thinning are connected to various medical conditions and should be tackled as soon as possible.

Hair loss can be caused by genetics, stress, pregnancy or medical conditions and treatments, such as chemotherapy. Physical and emotional stress, consuming too much vitamin A, a lack of protein, anaemia, alopecia, lupus and dramatic weight loss are other common causes.

Ninety per cent of female hair loss is genetic and can only be treated through medication.

How does it happen?

The four most common types of female hair loss are:

1. Androgenetic alopecia sees hair thin on the top and front of the head and behind the hairline. Usually, hair will stay thick towards the back of the head. This affects a third of women by the time they reach 50.

2. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease, which can cause baldness and is known to affect about two per cent of the population. In many cases, the hair will regrow.

3. Telogen effluvium is a general shedding of hair from across the entire scalp. This hair loss is only temporary and the hair will usually grow back within six months.

4. Excessive styling Certain methods of hair styling, particularly braiding and weaving, are linked to particular types of hair loss.

What can women do?

First pay a visit to your GP or dermatologist as hair loss can occasionally be a symptom of a deeper running issue. Treatments include Minoxidil, prescription drugs, hair transplants and hair volumising products. Hair loss can be frustrating, but recent years have seen an increase in resources for coping with the problem.

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