Unfortunately, there are more stigmas surrounding hair loss for women than for men. Due to these taboos, many women are kept from important information that could help them assess the extent and severity of their hair loss. Knowledge is empowering, and while there’s no replacement for seeing a specialist, we at Vinci Hair Clinic want to share with women three basic questions from Elizabeth Hurchalla at CBS8.com for assessing your own hair loss.
- Are you losing more than 100 hairs per day?
If you’re finding hair in your sink, brush, or bathtub drain, don’t worry too much. This is completely normal. If you tug gently at about 50 strands of hair and only one or two come out, then you’re probably losing less than 100 hairs per day––this means that your hair loss is part of the normal cycle. Hair usually grows for three years, sits dormant for three months, and then falls out. This means that most women will go through brief periods of increased hair shedding that don’t qualify as worrisome hair loss.
- Have you recently experienced childbirth, illness, or a traumatizing event?
Traumatic events, especially pregnancy and childbirth, release hormones that affect your body. It’s normal for a woman to begin losing her hair a few months after a physically or emotionally traumatic event. If this happens to you, you’re probably experiencing a condition called telogen effluvium: stress-triggered hair loss. The good news is that telogen effluvium is a temporary condition, and your hair will grow back once your body recovers from its shock.
- Is the part in your hair gradually growing wider?
If you notice increased shedding accompanied by a measurable widening of the part in your hair, then you are probably experiencing female-pattern hair loss. Pattern balding is a genetic condition that can affect men or women, though the female variety is inherited nearly exclusively through the maternal line and causes different types of hair loss than male-pattern baldness.
If you are experiencing pattern baldness, be sure to consult with a medical professional about treatment options. Our experts at Vinci Hair Clinic would love to give you more information. Contact us today to set up a consultation.