You can’t control the DNA, but you can control your lifestyle. There are many reasons for hair loss some are hereditary and others related to lifestyle or the result of illness or hormonal changes. Here are some Nonhereditary causes of a receding hairline in women.
Stress, a cause of hair loss
We live in a stressful environment. Fear is critical a response mechanism for survival; it causes flooding of adrenaline and cortisol into the bloodstreams to jolt muscles into action. In our evolutionary toddlerhood, we would have experienced stress in minute time slots, but today it is constant. The human race has not adapted to leaping from one stressful situation to another.
Stress causes cortisol to flood the body with glucose increasing blood sugar levels, and prolonged stress is a factor in a vast number of health issues over time. Hair is one of the poorly supported parts of the body where in a survival situation the body will divert essential nutrients to support critical bodily functions, and this can lead to nutrient starvation for the scalp and hair loss or hair thinning.
Stress can also induce hormonal changes which counterbalance the testosterone levels in the body. Women are more sensitive to hair loss symptoms related to stress than men although the reason is not well understood.
Chronic stress and anxiety will shorten the life span of your hair. Extreme perfectionism, constant worrying, and habitual negative thinking can trigger unnecessary stress and anxiety levels. Working long hours and not maintaining adequate sleep can be the result of stress and also the cause further stress. Major life events like a divorce or starting a new job are unavoidable additions to stress levels.
The good news is that hair loss due to stress is usually temporary, but it does depend on finding ways to reduce stress levels in your life. The importance of exercise for reducing stress and good health is well documented. Getting a massage, meditating, yoga, stretching, and taking a warm bath are great ways to unwind and healthy diet is critical for good health.
Hormonal Imbalance and hair loss
DHT role in hair loss
Hair loss in women is not as prevalent as it is for men this is mainly due to estrogen which tends to be a factor in hair growth. During menopause levels of estrogen fall the hormone balance changes and increasing levels of testosterone in women. DHT a derivative of testosterone is known as a leading cause of hair loss in both men and women. Conversely estrogen levels can fluctuate during and after pregnancy, and sudden high levels of estrogen can also cause sudden hair loss.
Thyroid problems leading to hair loss
Hair loss is considered one of the symptoms of an overactive or underactive thyroid. It is worth getting a blood test in the early stages of hair loss to identify if an overactive thyroid is a cause. Hair loss is temporary, and it is likely hair growth will return when after treatment of thyroid issues.
Progesterone and Estrogen levels out of balance
Fluctuating levels of progesterone and estrogen can also cause hair thinning or in some cases hair loss. These two hormones work in harmony with each other with progesterone being necessary during childbearing years. Menopause, stress and a diet lacking in zinc and vitamins B and C can decrease progesterone levels.
Insulin and Hair Loss
Insulin, that helper hormone in charge of regulating blood sugar levels, also affects some different body processes, including fat storage, heart health and, you guessed it, hair growth. One study published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Risk found that women with some markers of insulin resistance have a greater risk for androgenic alopecia or female pattern baldness.
Alcohol-related hair loss in womenIt is not common for women who are moderate alcohol drinkers to suffer hair loss. However, excessive drinking lowers the amount of zinc in your body, can alter the levels of folic acid and affect estrogen levels. A zinc deficiency weakens the hair follicle and can modify the hair growth pattern and shorten the lifespan of hair. Improving the diet can help if a suspected zinc deficiency is contributing to hair loss. Add oysters, eggs, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, lentils and spinach to the diet.
Diet to reduce Hair Loss
Watch out for diets that deprive your body of protein. Your body needs protein to build and grow new hair. An iron deficient diet can also cause Receding Hairline. A diet for healthy hair should include: Vitamins A, B and C, Iron, Zinc, Omega 3, calcium, potassium and magnesium and silica. Include foods such as spinach, eggs, oats, strawberries, chicken, yogurt, and lentils. Lentils are fantastic as they include some hard to get trace elements such as folic acid, iron, and zinc.
Hot Hair Appliances
Frequently treating your hair at extremely hot temperatures can weaken the proteins in your hair. The dryness and brittleness cause hair follicles to break. Use blow dryers, hot curlers, hot brushes, and hair straighteners sparingly on lower, cooler settings.
Medication and Hair Loss
Scan the side effect list of any current medication you’re taking. Ask your doctor about any side effects of medicine prescribed to you. Here are drugs to watch.
- Blood thinners
- Gout medication
- Beta blockers
- Acne Medication
- Birth control pills
Smoking effect on Hair Loss
Cigarettes contain a litany of chemicals many of which are highly toxic and affect the skin, body, and hair negatively. Studies have shown that smoking reduces the amount of blood circulation to the extremities including the hair follicles. Hair follicles require a good supply of blood for optimum health. Smoking leeches the skin and hair of moisture which can lead to dry, brittle hair and wrinkles. The damage caused by smoking is considered to be additive meaning smoking-induced health issues like coronary disease or emphysema do not disappear. However, there are many examples of hair regrowth after smoking cessation. The trick is never to smoke at all and if you are a smoker stop now.
Very tight ponytails, braids, and buns create damage to hair follicles due to extra pressure. Although these hairstyles look great, they can damage follicles if frequently used.
Surgery and Child Birth
Surgery and childbirth create an extreme amount of stress on the body. This extra stress alters the life cycles of your hair follicles. You might notice an unusual amount of Receding Hairline a few months later. The hair loss due to surgery will grow back.