(Extreme) hair loss in women — don’t panic, but please react!

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The causes of excessive hair loss in women The causes of excessive hair loss in women The causes of excessive hair loss in women can be very diverse.

We reg­u­lar­ly receive e‑mails from women who (some­times) almost pan­ic: “I suf­fer from extreme hair loss. Help, what can I do before I am com­plete­ly bald?”

maximum time for an article about more than normal hair loss in women.

hair loss? You’re not the only one.

I’m sure it won’t com­fort you, but you’re not the only woman who is afraid that one day she will go bald as a bil­liard ball if she looks at the num­ber of hairs in her hair­brush.
By the way, the fact that your hair is thin­ning does not mean that you are going bald. But no woman wants to lose her hair, and I think we have all seen a woman with such extreme­ly thin hair that you could see her skull very well. We are not going to let this hap­pen to any woman, let alone to our­selves. Do we? Fortunately, there is a big dif­fer­ence between “nor­mal” hair loss and “extreme” hair loss, although many women quick­ly find that they fall into the “extreme” cat­e­go­ry. And as women, I think we all under­stand this.

Really extreme hair loss: usually alopecia

Really extreme hair loss are the dif­fer­ent forms of alope­cia. These can include bald spots on the scalp or even gen­er­al bald­ness, even on oth­er parts of the body. Alopecia prob­a­bly belongs to the autoim­mune dis­eases, which means that the body is attack­ing itself. In alope­cia, the hair root fol­li­cles are attacked, caus­ing the hair to fall out. Androgenetic alope­cia is a form in which there are no bald spots, but rather dif­fuse bald­ness; it spreads par­tic­u­lar­ly over the upper part of the head. Another form of bald­ness is called tel­o­gen efflivi­um. Here, too, there is dif­fuse hair loss on the whole head. This can be acute, but also slow. These caus­es are man­i­fold and include many, which I will men­tion in the fol­low­ing.

Female hair loss usually starts with an alarming amount of hair in the hairbrush - Factor Hair Activator stops hair loss quickly and safely.
Female hair loss usu­al­ly starts with an alarm­ing amount of hair in the hair­brush — Factor Hair Activator stops hair loss in women

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Of course, both forms of extreme bald­ness begin with an alarm­ing amount of hair in your hair­brush. This is not to say that you have any of these extreme forms of hair loss. It’s also pos­si­ble that you will (tem­porar­i­ly) have slight­ly thin­ner hair as a result of the menopause. But no mat­ter what it is, you would prob­a­bly pre­fer to get into action today.

Is the decrease in female hormones the cause?

Since many women suf­fer from thin­ning hair dur­ing menopause, it is often said that this is due to the decrease in the female hor­mones estro­gen and prog­es­terone. Because these female hor­mones decrease in your body, there is more testos­terone in rel­a­tive terms. This is the male hor­mone that would pos­si­bly cause female hair loss.

In my opin­ion this is too short. All women, none of them exclud­ed, expe­ri­ence decreas­ing estro­gen and prog­es­terone lev­els dur­ing menopause. And you prob­a­bly know, like me, women who still have a jeal­ous thick head despite the menopause. Besides, 60% of women who go through menopause do not suf­fer from exces­sive hair loss.

So it’s not obvi­ous that the decrease in our female hor­mones is the cause. However, this does not mean that this can­not be the result of hor­mon­al changes in your body. But it is prob­a­bly some­thing else.

60% of menopausal women do not suf­fer from exces­sive hair loss.

The causes of excessive hair loss in women

The causes of excessive hair loss in women can be very diverse.
The caus­es of exces­sive hair loss in women can be very diverse.

The causes of excessive hair loss can be very diverse.

Excessive stress or trau­ma are often men­tioned as fac­tors. Hair loss does not have to occur imme­di­ate­ly, it can also occur after the stress phase is over. Think also of surgery or a severe infec­tion, which is also a form of stress for your body.

So go back in time, about six months, and con­sid­er whether stress can be the cause. All kinds of dis­eases or cer­tain med­ica­tions can also cause hair loss; read the small print of the pack­age insert if you are tak­ing med­ica­tion. Be care­ful; the pill is also a med­i­cine and can sud­den­ly lead to bald­ness. Thyroid prob­lems that lead to meta­bol­ic prob­lems may also be a cause.

Skin prob­lems and, of course, prob­lems with the scalp can be the cause. Think also of the exces­sive use of chem­i­cal hair dyes or oth­er unnat­ur­al forms of hair treat­ment. What is very often over­looked, how­ev­er, is that crash diets and all oth­er forms of unbal­anced diets are also a major cause of exces­sive hair loss. In this case, your hair loss is a symp­tom of mal­nu­tri­tion. My advice is not to think too quick­ly that this will not be the case with you.

A vet­eri­nar­i­an can tell by the coat of an ani­mal how sick or healthy it is. All cells in your body need nutri­ents that they need to get from food. Nutrients in the form of vit­a­mins, min­er­als, enzymes, trace ele­ments and thou­sands of oth­er known and as yet unknown sub­stances. To keep you alive, the cells of your vital organs like heart, lungs and liv­er are much more impor­tant than the cells of your hair fol­li­cles.

When your body runs out of nutri­ents, they are used first for your vital organs, not for your nails, skin or hair. The lack of suf­fi­cient nutri­ents is a major cause of exces­sive hair loss in women, which is often over­looked or under­es­ti­mat­ed.

So make sure you have enough nutrients on your plate

Your body needs a vari­ety of nutri­ents. What is often men­tioned with hair loss is the lack of vit­a­mins A, B6, B8 (=biotin) and B12, vit­a­min C, vit­a­min D, folic acid, iron, cop­per, sil­i­con and zinc. Vitamin E is also men­tioned, but this is sci­en­tif­i­cal­ly con­tro­ver­sial. If you are so defi­cient in cer­tain vit­a­mins that your hair falls out, then you have usu­al­ly already received sig­nals from your body that some­thing is wrong and you are los­ing your health. Is this cor­rect?

Your first source of nutri­ents is of course the food on your plate. So eat as much unprocessed food as pos­si­ble, lots of veg­eta­bles (some raw) and fruit, unroast­ed nuts, seeds and ker­nels, gluten-free grains, legumes, germs, organ­ic eggs and to a lim­it­ed extent (white) meat and fish. In order to absorb nutri­ents, your body needs a healthy gut.

Therefore, lim­it sub­stances that can irri­tate your intestines: Be crit­i­cal of sug­ar, dairy prod­ucts and gluten and be care­ful with cof­fee and alco­hol. Alopecia is now also asso­ci­at­ed with insulin resis­tance and meta­bol­ic syn­drome. So keep your blood sug­ar lev­el as con­stant as pos­si­ble.

Administer supplements, if possible

Vitamins and min­er­als always work togeth­er; there­fore, when tak­ing food sup­ple­ments it is always advis­able to do this with a meal. If you feel that you have suf­fered from nutri­ent defi­cien­cy for a long time, choose a good ortho­mol­e­c­u­lar mul­ti with vit­a­mins and min­er­als. My favourite, with 100% nat­ur­al sub­stances, can be found here.

This Multi can be sup­ple­ment­ed with a good vit­a­min B com­plex in com­bi­na­tion with addi­tion­al biotin (B8). Vitamin C and vit­a­min D are also part of the basic sup­ple­men­ta­tion for women, regard­less of whether your hair is falling out or not. If you suf­fer from heavy men­stru­al bleed­ing, iron sup­ple­men­ta­tion togeth­er with vit­a­min C can still be rec­om­mend­ed.

Vitamin C increas­es the absorp­tion of iron. Taking sup­ple­ments is not a panacea, and it will take some time before you see results. Especially when it comes to your hair­style. Therefore, oth­er forms of “sup­ple­men­ta­tion” in the form of suf­fi­cient sleep, exer­cise and relax­ation are at least as impor­tant. You can take an over­dose and the results will be notice­able with­in a few days.

food sup­ple­ment with zinc and mil­let extract

The Doppelherz Haar Vital cap­sules are ide­al for dai­ly use and sup­port healthy hair. The con­tained sub­stances Biotin and zinc make a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to main­tain­ing nor­mal hair, while cop­per sup­ports nor­mal hair colour. Just by the stub­born Due to the strain on our hair, it needs spe­cial pro­tec­tion. While zinc has a func­tion in cell divi­sion, pan­tothenic acid is nor­mal ener­gy metab­o­lism of the cells. One tablet can be tak­en dai­ly unchewed and with suf­fi­cient liq­uid.

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If the hormone balance in women is out of balance, this can be a reason for severe hair loss in women.
If the hor­mone bal­ance in women is out of bal­ance, this can be a rea­son for severe hair loss in women.

Too much stress, too lit­tle relax­ation and exer­cise, too much sug­ar, fluc­tu­at­ing blood sug­ar lev­els, poor­ly func­tion­ing intestines, too few nutri­ents, too many hor­mone-dis­rupt­ing sub­stances: All these things affect your hor­mone bal­ance.

A hor­mone bal­ance that can eas­i­ly get out of bal­ance in women any­way, espe­cial­ly if you are going through menopause. Therefore, extreme hair loss can actu­al­ly be the result of a hor­mon­al imbal­ance. Therefore, you should also pay atten­tion to hor­mone-dis­rupt­ing sub­stances in your envi­ron­ment (includ­ing your cos­met­ics, hair and oth­er care prod­ucts).

Finally, two herbs that can help you rebal­ance your hor­mones. One herb that is often used for bald­ness is saw pal­met­to. Nowadays, it is being used more and more for female hor­mon­al dis­or­ders. The same goes for super­food maca.

Maca is found in Curmac, among oth­ers, which also helps to reduce stress and a nor­mal men­stru­al cycle. If you want more clar­i­ty about the nutri­ents you may be lack­ing, you should have a blood test done by an (ortho­mol­e­c­u­lar) doc­tor (note that not every­thing will come out of this).

A hair analy­sis may reveal a min­er­al defi­cien­cy or a pile-up of min­er­als. If you real­ly suf­fer from extreme hair loss, you can con­tact a der­ma­tol­o­gist and look for the cause togeth­er. You can find more infor­ma­tion and address­es of der­ma­tol­o­gists on the web­site of the hair foun­da­tion.

Be aware that med­i­cines are nev­er the real solu­tion. Therefore, I will con­clude with an inspir­ing sto­ry as you are used to hear it from me.

“Why don’t you learn to live with it?” An inspiring story

Molly Vazquez suf­fered from bald spots on her head when she was 12 years old. Within a few months she became bald. The doc­tors told her that she suf­fered from the autoim­mune dis­ease alope­cia and that she had to learn to live with it.

Since she got it at such a young age, the doc­tors thought the chance that she would get her head hair back was neg­li­gi­ble. Molly decid­ed not to accept this. She con­vinced her par­ents to eat much health­i­er food and togeth­er with her moth­er, she removed as many hor­mone-dis­rupt­ing sub­stances (cos­met­ics, house­hold prod­ucts) from the house as pos­si­ble. She also ensured that they got enough sleep, exer­cise and drank plen­ty of water.

The effects on her fam­i­ly were immense, and as a bonus she got so much hair that she now reg­u­lar­ly asks the hair­dress­er to thin her hair. She wrote a book about her expe­ri­ences and two cook­books.

You can find more infor­ma­tion and inspi­ra­tion on her web­site www.alopeciaandwellness.com. All this under the mot­to of the Energieke Vrouwen Academie:

You can do much more than you think your­self! Girl, go for it!

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