Hair loss in women: when to be alarmed?

It was long believed that hair loss was predominantly male, in fact, female hair loss was underestimated. We didn’t talk much about it and because it’s more diffuse, rarely total and definitive, we had to deal with it. Fortunately, things are changing. When should we be alarmed and what solutions? The point with Dr. Robert Nahmani, graduate of the Faculty of Pharmacy of Paris.

For women, hair loss is less common but often more difficult to bear than for men. This fall can be of hormonal origin, the reflection of a deficiency, or the expression of the skin or infectious disease.

However, losing between 50 and 100 hairs a day is normal. For women with longer hair, their loss may be more noticeable. Since there are 100,000 hair follicles – or more – on each person’s scalp, losing a hundred strands a day doesn’t make much difference in terms of appearance.

The most common causes of female alopecia are numerous: stress, psychological shock, fatigue, draconian diet or poor diet, childbirth, high fever or operation, change of contraception, or too aggressive hair care. This acute fall lasts three to four months and usually improves over time.

Average hair loss

According to Robert NAHMANI, women tend to lose more hair per day than men. “There is no way to objectively measure this difference, as the daily warmth of hairstyles and frequent coloring play an important role in hair loss. About 40% of women lose extra hair every day because of the way they style it.”

Women are also more likely than men to experience longer periods of hair loss due to life events like pregnancy and menopause.

The life cycle of hair

There are hundreds of thousands of hairs on our heads, and each of them is at a different stage of his life from two to five years old. Hair grows and dies in phases, and nutrition, stress, hygiene, and daily styling all play a role in how much hair you lose each day.

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“The growth phase of a strand of hair is called anagen,” explains Robert NAHMANI, “and 90% of the strands of hair you have are currently in this phase. The hair lengthens by about 1 centimeter per month during the anagen phase. When something prevents your hair from growing, it’s called anagen effluvium,” he continues. Anagen effluvium is what you usually think of when you talk about hair loss.

The catagen phase comes next. “Only about 1 to 2% of your hair is in the catagen phase at any given time, during this phase, the hair stops growing.” It lasts two to three weeks.

The last phase is that of the telogen. “Hairs in the telogen phase are also called ‘ingrown hairs. During this phase, the strand of hair is at rest and prepares to detach from the scalp.” About 8-9% of your hair is in this phase at any given time.

Causes of hair loss

For Robert NAHMIAS, “some daily hair loss is normal. Greater hair loss can be the result of stress or a health problem.” Other potential causes of hair loss in women can therefore be due to alopecia, thyroid disorders, or nutritional deficiencies. But also excessive washing, discoloration, brushing, and styling in heat can have an impact on the amount of hair that falls out each day. Once your hair follicle has been stretched or split as a result of cosmetic hair treatment, its structure is compromised.

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If the hair loss is punctual, food supplements help to pass the course and recover beautiful hair in a few weeks and intramuscular injections of Bepanthene three times a week for six weeks are effective to stop a punctual fall and strengthen the hair mass. The bulbs can be purchased without a prescription (€4.35 per box of 6, not reimbursed, Bayer Laboratory). The Caditar anti-fall range also proves to be effective. Shampoo (€12.48 – 150 ml) and serum (€58.40 – 100 ml) are available on the E-shop and pharmacies.

If the hair loss lasts for more than six months, a consultation with a dermatologist is essential to track the causes. A blood test is prescribed to look for iron deficiency or thyroid problems essentially, which are manifested by diffuse alopecia all over the scalp. But, very often, it is androgenic alopecia. About 10% of women are affected before menopause,50 to 75% after age 65. Of which act.

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