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Ladies, Here's Why You're Losing Your Hair

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Although women rarely become bald, hair loss isn’t unusual for women. One-third of all women will experience it at some point in their lives. Because a greater emphasis is based on a woman’s appearance, hair loss is often harder on the fairer sex.

Hormonal See-sawing The most likely culprit. Hair loss tend to affect women later in life than men.

Literal Mutiny

Sometimes, your body literally rebels against you. Your body’s immune system can sometimes becomes overzealous, perceiving threats when there are none. In this case, they target your hair follicles at random, resulting in a patchy-looking appearance.

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Temporary Hair Loss

A normal hair cycle has three stages: growth, resting and shedding. Did you know that a strand of hair can live from 2 – 7 years? When the stages are growth are disrupted by major life events, surgery or crash dieting however, severe hair loss can occur.

Illness/Nutritional Deficits

When our thyroid gland, kidney or liver is impaired, you may experience thinning hair. Not having enough iron, zinc or vitamin D can also result in hair loss.

Scalp Diseases

An infected scalp can become dry and itchy with accompanying hair loss. The source of the infection can be fungal, bacterial or it could be some localized disorder.

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High Tension Some women realise they are losing their hair as they are tying their hair. Gradually, the number of loops required to secure their ponytail in that hair tie increases. The way you do your hair can also be a factor in hair loss. Excessive traction, like overly tight ponytails, pigtails and cornrows can cause hair to fall out. Hot oil hair treatments are also known to cause hair loss. Perms and curls can also exacerbate things.

Singaporeans Have Formed A Support Group

Diagnosed with alopecia arereta at 20, Chan See Ting started losing her hair young. She began treatment and her hair would grow back and then fall out again, when it all seemed to be getting better. This happened again and again, dealing blow after blow to her self-esteem. Still, she went ahead and gave an interview to The Straits Times – because she didn’t want other people with alopecia arereta to suffer in silence. After being formally diagnosed, she founded an informal support group for Singaporeans with alopecia arereta.

Singapore-based fashion house Minor Miracles selected Chan to model for them. The backdrop of the shoot features Chan in their trademark loud colours, against aggressively ordinary backdrops.

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When To See A Doctor Hair loss becomes excessive when you start shedding upwards of 100 strands a day. But nobody is going to start counting so it’s really more of a feeling. If you feel like you are losing hair too much or too fast, you should see a doctor. To be specific, you should see a dermatologist, or skin specialist. He or she will be able to tell you what treatment you need. Because hair grows slowly, results only start becoming visible in about a year’s time. So, you should go ahead and make that appointment!

Click here to go to the National Skin Centre’s page on hair loss and then book an appointment with a specialist. Or, google away and find a specialist practicing in a private setting you trust. Know someone experiencing hair loss? Share this article with them!


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