Women's Hair Loss: Causes, Treatments, and Prevention

Discover the causes, treatments, and prevention of women's hair loss, and learn how a Jolie FIltered Showerhead could be the kickstart that your hair and scalp needs to thrive.

Table of Contents

The Prevalence of Women's Hair Loss
Understanding Women's Hair Loss
Emotional Impact of Hair Loss
Treatments for Women's Hair Loss
Use a Jolie Filtered Showerhead

    The Prevalence of Women's Hair Loss

    You are not alone. According to the National Institutes of Health, “Female pattern hair loss affects approximately 40% of women by age 50.” There are various reasons why women might experience hair loss, and the road to recovery can be challenging, but it is by no means impossible. 

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    Understanding Women's Hair Loss

    In addition to the various causes of women's hair loss, there are also numerous types or conditions that may be at play.

    • Androgenetic Alopecia: Also known as Female Pattern Hair Loss, is a genetic condition that causes hair thinning and loss in women. It is related to hormonal changes and a genetic predisposition to hair follicle sensitivity to androgens (male hormones). It typically results in thinning across the scalp, as opposed to specific bald spots. Unlike in men, women with this condition usually don't develop a receding hairline, but rather experience a widening of the part.
    • Telogen Effluvium: A condition characterized by a sudden and temporary thinning of the hair due to a disruption in the normal hair growth cycle. This can be triggered by factors such as stress, illness, surgery, or hormonal changes. Its typical presentation is that of increased shedding from all over the scalp. Thankfully, it is typically reversible with the right regimen, and the identification of the specific factor causing the hair loss is an important step in its correction, in order to prevent it from continuing.
    • Alopecia Areata: An autoimmune condition where the immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles, leading to hair loss. It can affect men and women of all ages, and unfortunately, it is not yet fully understood by medical practitioners. It can present as small round patches of baldness, not localized to the scalp, or in some cases, total hair loss in the scalp, body, or both. Being that it is not yet understood, reversing it is unlikely, although random regrowth has been known to occur.

    Emotional Impact of Hair Loss

    It should go without saying that hair loss in women (and men, too) can result in self-esteem issues, issues of confidence, and can even result in a sense of loss or mourning. It seems drastic, sure - but styling and caring for your hair is something that people of all genders learn to do from a young age, and eventually use as a form of self-expression. Without that ability, a small piece of your identity can go missing, until your hair loss can be reversed, or you learn to live without it. This last part can be especially challenging as a woman, considering the strong but often overlooked pressures society places upon the head of a woman. 

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    Treatments for Women's Hair Loss

    Thankfully, there are numerous ways to combat hair loss before it’s too late. Medical treatment like topical minoxidil, which works in a number of ways. First, it is a vasodilator, meaning that it increases blood flow to the scalp and follicles, allowing for a stronger flow of nutrients. Minoxidil is also believed to help extend the Anagen (or growth) phase of your hair’s cycle, which allows for more hair to remain in its growth phase, rather than moving to a rest or shedding phase. There are also oral medications, including minoxidil and finasteride, which can help prevent hair loss and promote growth in similar ways.

    Natural Remedies

    Essential oils are just a delight. Despite smelling great and having numerous beneficial properties, there are several essential oils which are believed to have hair loss reducing properties, and may even help promote hair growth. Chief among them is rosemary oil, which must be used in small quantities (just a few drops) and mixed in with a carrier oil, such as all-natural olive oil or jojoba oil. Several essential oils such as rosemary, tea tree, and saw palmetto oils are linked to DHT inhibition, which is a hormone that contributes to hair loss.

    Scalp massages are also incredible, for obvious reasons. But the stimulation of the scalp through gentle means has also been linked to increased blood flow, and in turn, the reduction of hair loss and possible hair regeneration. In addition to the two aforementioned practices, it would be worthwhile to consider nutritional supplements to give your hair a leg-up. Biotin is common in most hair vitality supplements, simply because of its healthy-hair-promoting properties. Iron is crucial for the transportation of oxygen via the blood to follicles, and a deficiency may result in increased hair loss. Protein and collagen are the building blocks of healthy hair, so supplementing both will increase the quality and longevity of your hair.

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    Lifestyle Changes

    DIet and nutrition are critical for proper hair maintenance. Your hair needs all of the nutrients listed above and more, including vitamins A and E, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and more. It seems like a lot, but simple supplementation routines can be a huge help. Perhaps equally important, however, is the management of your stress - thankfully, scalp massages, relaxing showers, and proper exercise can be hugely beneficial in the quest for less stress. Stress results in the release of cortisol, the stress hormone, which can result in the disruption of your normal hormonal cycle, and in turn result in increased hair loss. 

    Use a Jolie Filtered Showerhead

    All of these factors and treatments that we’ve gone over can be immensely helpful, but your hair needs the proper opportunity to thrive. Your hair care begins with its cleanliness and product, but all of them can be rendered ineffective by poor water quality. Chemicals meant to keep municipal water clean, such as chlorine, can strip your hair and scalp of natural protective oils, leaving it open to the elements and welcoming damage. A dry, chemical-laden scalp will result in weakened follicles, brittle hair, and increased hair loss. Minerals and dissolved heavy metals can build up in your hair and on your scalp, choking them of their necessary nutrition and oils, also resulting in extremely detrimental effects. The Jolie Filtered Showerhead eliminates all of these factors, providing your hair with the pure, clean water that it so desperately craves. 

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    The Jolie Showerhead does it all, including:

    • Filtering chlorine and impurities
    • Maintains optimal pH balance
    • Improves scalp health by reducing mineral buildup
    • Cleans and improves water being circulated back into our drain
    • Promotes hair growth by preventing contaminants from coming in contact with your hair or scalp

    After your cleansing routine, the effect the Jolie Showerhead has is present and apparent in your glowing hair, moisturized scalp, and a much smaller amount of hair clogging your drain.

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