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Self-Inflicted Hair Loss in Women

Tight ponytails can lead to hair damage and loss.

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Hair loss is common among men and women alike. Often, hair loss is hereditary or hormonal and occurs naturally. However, some hair loss in women (and men as well) is self-inflicted, and is caused by a number of reasons or conditions. As with natural hair loss, self-inflicted hair loss can be combatted with Avacor's hair regrowth products to help regrow a full, healthy head of hair.

Trichotillomania is self-inflicted hair loss caused by constant hair plucking or pulling. This condition is common in women and children, effecting twice as many women than men. In addition to pulling out patches of hair on the scalp, some people affected by trichotillomania pull out eyelashes and eyebrows as well.

Traction Alopecia is another condition that results from hair pulling. However, while trichotillomania is more psychological, traction alopecia typically is the result of hairstyles. For example, buns, braids, or ponytails that are too tight can cause traction alopecia. The hair loss is often gradual, but may become permanent over time.

Emotional stress can also lead to hair loss in women. Stress can be self-inflicted by overextending yourself and taking too much on each day. During stressful periods, a woman’s adrenal glands are overworked to produce more cortisol, sometimes known as the “stress hormone.” Her body thus creates adrenaline and DHT, which is an enhanced testosterone that can create a hormonal imbalance, and ultimately, can lead to hair loss.

Birth control can lead to hair loss in women. Most women take birth control voluntarily, though in some cases, various birth control methods are prescribed. “The pill,” which is the most common form of birth control in the U.S., can also create DHT, which, like the DHT created by too much stress, can create a hormonal imbalance and lead to hair loss. Similarly, other medications or therapy that involve hormonal shifts or changes should be approached cautiously, as the hormonal change can cause hair loss in women.

Hair maintenance is another factor that can cause self-inflicted hair loss in women. Some women go to extremes to make their hair look good, but over time, these measures can damage hair and possibly cause it to fall out. Chemical hair care treatments like styling gel or hair coloring products are some examples of hair maintenance methods that can lead to hair loss over time. These can also damage a woman’s scalp. Blow-drying, styling, and excessive brushing can also lead to hair loss.

Many of these conditions are treatable by either changing your hair care methods, reducing stress, or in some cases, seeking psychological help. To treat the hair loss specifically, try Avacor Physicians Formulation® for Women, a hair regrowth product created specifically for women, and approved by the FDA.