The Root Cause
Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Hair Loss (and the Top Strategies for Regaining and Maintaining Lush Locks)
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It's not just men who worry about thinning hair: According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 30 million women struggle with hereditary hair loss, the most common cause of hair loss in women. Here's Glo's guide to why hair loss happens to women and, more importantly, how you can fight it.
Genetics, specifically a condition known as androgenetic alopecia (which disrupts hormone function and causes female-pattern baldness), is the biggest cause of hair loss among women. Nutritional deficiency, disorders like alopecia areata (which causes round bald patches on the head, and is thought to be an autoimmune disorder), thyroid imbalance, and lupus (that can lead to scarring on the scalp) are other common causes.
"Your hair follicles are among the fastest growing cells in your body and are extremely sensitive to change and imbalance," says trichologist Elizabeth Cunnane Phillips of the Philip Kingsley Clinic in New York City. Thus, if you are experiencing unusual loss, you'll want to be sure there isn't an underlying medical cause. A trip to your doctor should be your first step. Blood tests and a skin biopsy can help determine if there's an issue—such as a thyroid imbalance or vitamin deficiency—at play.
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