You need to know.
If you’re a woman experiencing hair loss, there are just two things you need to know.
You have options, and you’re not alone.
Here at Hair Vital, we fight hair loss every day – we work with men, women, and even kids, and we’ve dealt with every type of hair loss under the sun. We know that it’s not easy for anyone, but that it’s complicated and personal for women. We see our work not just as a service, but as a life change that impacts every single day for our clients. And that’s why our approach is very individualized, very personal, and very much aimed at delivering options and results that work based on what matters to you.
An Isolating Experience
At any given time, 30 million women are struggling with hair loss -- in the United States alone. Based on how much it gets talked about, you’d never know. While men can expect to lose their hair, get to joke about it, and have little cause for concern beyond their pride, women have a completely different experience. We don’t expect it, it’s scary, and we don’t even get to talk about it! The best thing a woman can do at the first signs of hair loss, thinning, or shedding is to find high-quality information, connection, and options for action. That’s what Hair Vital is here to provide.
Understanding Women’s Hair Loss
While men’s hair loss is typically caused by genetic factors, the causes of women’s hair loss are far more numerous and harder to pin down. While hereditary female hair loss is certainly real, hormonal disorders—including PCOS or thyroid problems—can also lead to thinning hair. Trauma and stress can, in rare cases, result in hair loss, while medical conditions, surgeries, radiation, chemotherapy, and trichotillomania can also be factors. Scalp conditions and skin allergies may also contribute to hair loss—and that’s just the beginning. Ultimately, though, the cause doesn’t matter as much as the solution—and there is always a solution for women’s hair loss. Even if your friends, family, or co-workers tell you “you’re not losing your hair,” by the time most women notice, they have already lost 50% of their hair.
The Five Main Cause of Hair Loss
Alopecia Areata is one of the first possibilities to consider when you’re shedding too much hair. According to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, this condition is the primary cause of hair loss for 6.6 million Americans. Alopecia Areata causes hair loss when your immune system begins to attack your hair follicles. We don’t know what triggers the disorder, and it can happen at any age. Hair loss due to Alopecia Areata usually starts with one or two small patches on the scalp. Once it starts, hair loss can spread to any part of the body, and some specific patterns are categorized under the names Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis.
Alopecia Totalis is simply loss of all hair from the scalp, so it’s possible that not every case is caused by autoimmune Alopecia. The distinguishing characteristic is that all hair is lost from the head, and it does not grow back. While it’s difficult for anyone to accept permanent hair loss, Alopecia Totalis does come with a sense of certainty. Since we know what to expect with this condition, planning for the future becomes clear. Once it starts, shedding can happen gradually or all at once. In either case, regrowth is unlikely.
In the rarest, most extreme form of Alopecia Areata, hair loss happens all over the body. If you’re losing eyebrows, arm hair, or hair elsewhere on the body, then you may have Alopecia Universalis. Though Alopecia Areata affects 6.6 million Americans, far fewer actually experience the extensive hair loss caused by Alopecia Universalis. The only real difference between this and other types of Alopecia is the location of affected hair. It’s still an autoimmune disorder, has a genetic component, and can set in at any age.
Not every case of hair loss is caused by a biological disorder. Trichotillomania is an example of a psychological condition that causes very real physical symptoms. It’s characterized by a pattern of chronic hair-pulling that can only be characterized as involuntary. To many people, hair pulling sounds like something that would be easy to control. That couldn’t be more untrue. Like OCD and other types of compulsive behaviors, Trichotillomania can’t be stopped by will alone.
Medical Hair Loss
Losing hair is particularly scary because it can’t all be blamed on heredity factors. A greater percentage of cases are linked to additional medical conditions such as anxiety or stress, prescription drugs, pregnancy or undergoing chemotherapy. The very first step toward resolving hair loss is to identify the real cause, and Hair Vital can help you take action.
A Moment for Myth-Busting
To find effective options for reversing women’s hair loss, it’s important to understand the facts, rather than the myths. As you research solutions, be on the lookout for misinformation. For instance, you may have heard that teasing, using hair color and other products, and frequent washing can cause hair loss. This is a myth. The truth is that ordinary hair care does NOT affect hair loss. Another myth is that female pattern hair loss causes abnormal bleeding during menstruation. The fact is that menstruation is not affected and that it’s not unusual for hair loss for women to begin anytime between the ages of twelve and forty. If you’re at the point where you don’t know what to believe, it’s a very good time to start talking to a professional team of specialists with expertise in combating women’s hair loss.
Finding Actionable Options
At Hair Vital, we understand the emotional as well as the physical implications of hair loss. Our sole mission is to help you feel great about your hair again! There are always options. The first step toward finding doable, peace-of-mind solutions is to find out what’s causing your hair loss. The easiest way to get definitive answers is to schedule a free, no-pressure, no-obligation consultation at Hair Vital. Your hair and scalp evaluation will shed light on the problem and narrow down the prevention, restoration, or replacement options that will get you the best results. Don’t spend another minute wondering. Schedule your free consultation today.