What Causes Hair Loss in Women?

Raleigh Hair Concepts

At Raleigh Hair Concepts, we understand that hair loss is different for women. Most women do not expect to lose their hair and the experience can be quite unsettling, or even frightening. That's why we will develop a treatment plan that's right for you, while making sure you feel comfortable. Our top priorities are:

  • Making sure you're comfortable
  • Determining the cause of your hair loss
  • Helping you understand your hair loss
  • Working together to choose the right treatments for you
  • Creating a natural and lasting look
  • Transforming how you look and feel so you can get back to being you

It’s Different for Women

At Raleigh Hair Concepts, we understand that hair loss in women is different than in men, and we strive to restore your confidence and peace of mind. We will work to determine the underlining cause of your hair loss and offer a variety of natural-looking options to cope with your thinning hair that will be undetectable to those around you.

Causes of Hair Loss in Women

A medical condition or medication is often the cause of hair loss in women. This can be the result of a hormone imbalance, stress, nutrient deficiencies in the scalp, or even problems with the thyroid. Note that, though over-coloring, shampooing, or teasing hair can damage existing hair, it rarely leads to full-on hair loss.

Causes of Hair Loss in Women Include:

Female pattern baldness

It is possible for women to experience a form of androgenetic alopecia, which is to say female pattern hair loss. This happens when changes in hormones negatively affect the growth cycle of hair follicles.

Medical treatments

Chemotherapy is a widely-known cause of hair loss, but other prescription medications and treatments can also affect your hair. Schedule a visit with Raleigh Hair Concepts before your treatment so we can match your new hair to your naturally growing hair.

Hormonal changes, thyroid issues, and vitamin deficiencies

Menopause, insufficient iron, or a vitamin B deficiency can be the source of the problem.

Alopecia areata

This is an autoimmune issue that can cause uneven or patchy hair loss.

Alopecia totalis

This is an advanced form of alopecia areata which causes hair loss over the whole scalp.

Alopecia universalis

This rare condition can lead to hair loss over the whole body.

Telogen Effluvium

This type of hair loss is often linked to stress. The follicles prematurely enter the resting phase, leading to thinner hair.

Other Medical Conditions

There are a variety of other conditions that can lead to hair loss, such as lupus and trichotillomania (a disorder that causes chronic hair pulling). Let Raleigh Hair Concepts help determine if your hair loss is a result of an underlying medical condition. 

Women’s Trichotillomania

There are many different factors that can contribute to women’s hair loss—some of which you may not be familiar with. One that is seldom discussed, yet is surprisingly common is trichotillomania. This is essentially a nervous disorder, yet its effect can include not just hair loss, but permanent scarring to the scalp—making future hair growth almost impossible.

Yet, there are always solutions available for women seeking hair replacement. Here at Raleigh Hair Concepts, we work with many women who deal with trichotillomania, and we provide them with natural ways to achieve full, healthy heads of hair. Learn more about what trichotillomania entails, and also about the different solutions that are available for it.

Understanding Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania is frequently mischaracterized. Even the word encourages misunderstandings. Taken from the Greek words for "hair", "pull", and "mania" or "frenzy," trichotillomania is sometimes identified as a kind of reckless behavior—but the important thing to understand is that trichotillomania is a true mental health disorder, a stress-related condition that leads to hard-to-control compulsions. These compulsions can include pulling the hair, twisting the hair, chewing the hair, and in some cases even burning it.

Trichotillomania is characterized in the DSM III as an impulse-control disorder. However, it may more closely resemble the family of body-focused repetitive behaviors, which includes nail biting and skin picking. Some people with trichotillomania don't even realize they're pulling their hair, while for others the urge can be so distracting that they can't think about anything else.

The effects of trichotillomania can be significant. Of course, those women who deal with this condition will typically have hair loss. Usually, it is in patches around the scalp, or in a handful of “bald spots” at different places on the head. The effects can also include scarring to the follicles, however—which makes it difficult to achieve any new growth. Over time, then, the effects of trichotillomania-related hair loss can become permanent.

Solutions for Trichotillomania

Roughly two to four percent of the population struggles with compulsive hair loss—making it a much more common condition than you might assume. It can impact people of all ages, too, though the most common age for onset is in the 12-13 range.

This is a nervous disorder, and those who exhibit symptoms are encouraged to visit a doctor. There may be a need for therapy or other clinical treatment, as this is clearly a disorder that’s about more than just hair loss.

With that said, there are hair replacement solutions for women who have trichotillomania. Raleigh Hair Concepts can help you identify the best solutions for your needs, whether that means a hair system, laser therapy, or something else altogether. We can help you achieve the full, healthy hair you dream of, no matter the extent of your current hair loss.

Get the Answers You Need

No matter the cause of your hair loss, we can help you get to the bottom of it—and we can provide a solution that will help you replace what you’ve lost, and start feeling like you again. Start your journey today. Come to Raleigh Hair Concepts for a consultation.

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  • Any woman who has lost her hair knows the feeling of hopelessness. And any woman who has used RHS knows what it is like to feel hope again. Before RHS my patchy hair loss was hard to cover with wigs. Now I have a full head of hair. I'm very grateful.

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