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Is It Normal for Older Women to Lose Hair?

  By posted Oct 12th 2012
Healthy Living

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One of the most emotionally devastating concerns for women is thinning hair and hair loss. We understand that a woman’s head of hair is her crowning glory — and losing too much hair can be a serious and frightening blow to her self-esteem, but you also need to understand that losing hair with age is perfectly normal.

Causes of Hair Loss in Older Women

Many factors can cause hair loss in older women, including hormonal changes and vitamin deficiencies. Hair loss can be troublesome both mentally and physically, but there are things you can do to strengthen your hair and its follicles.

Hormonal Causes

A serious change in hormones due to pregnancy or menopause can cause the hair to enter a resting phase. Hair still breaks and falls out, but the growth is slowed down, resulting in thinning hair.

Seasonality

You'll lose the most hair in the fall -- typically November and December when hair reaches maturity in its growth cycle.

Illness or intense stress

Sometimes hair loss occurs as a result of illness. Stress, excessive weight loss, iron deficiency and thyroid problems can also cause hair loss.

Diet

After many years of crash dieting and malnutrition, women can experience hair loss due to a lack of vitamins in their system.

Chemical Treatment

After years of dyeing and chemically treating hair, the follicles grow weak and thin. This can lead to hair loss.

Blow Outs and Flat Irons

Blowing out your hair or using a flat iron can severely damage your hair. The heat from the flat iron damages your hair's natural strength and excessive brushing can weaken the follicles.

Avoiding Hair Loss

Taking vitamins and iron supplements can strengthen your hair, and changing your diet can help too. Towel dry your hair naturally as it can give your hair a chance to recover from the heat and pulling caused by blowouts.

*Image courtesy: © Thinkstock photos/ Getty Images and Reuters


*source: ehow and womentowomen.com

 

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