During your pregnancy you may find your hair feels thicker and healthier than usual this is because your body has a higher hormone level than normal. This increase in hormone means that less Follicles will go into ‘resting phase’.Once you have given birth, most women find that their hair becomes thin. Theoretically this is not the case as your hair has just returned to normal pre pregnancy. The reason your hair feels thinner is because you got used to your fuller thicker hair throughout your pregnancy. Now that you hormone levels have stabilised this means that the normal amount of Follicles will go into ‘resting phase’.
This type of Alopecia is when you lose all of your hair. There is no scientific evidence of what caues this, however doctors believe it is Autoimmune.
Other Causes of Alopecia
There are many causes of Alopecia. Day-to-day life can cause this too. Below are some causes of Alopecia:
Many people do not realise that your hair requires essential fatty acids.Therefore if you re on a low fat or no fat diet your hair could be affected. Iron, Zinc and Protein are very important when it comes to your hair. Dieting can essentially make you deficient in these Minerals and therefore cause hair loss.
Thyroid disease can cause hair loss if you are not receiving the appropriate treatment. Tyroid Disease affects your whole head so you do not get patches of hair loss however your hairs will become sparse and therefore look thinner.
Discoid Lupus Erythematosus
This disease can cause hair loss as the immune system destroys the Follicle. Hair mayfall out in strands or clumps and sometimes it can become weak and break. You may also develop a red, scaly rash on your scalp which can cause lasting hair loss as the rash can star the Follicle.
This can cause a temporary hair loss as your scalp will become itchy. When you scratch your scalp to relieve the itching it can cause hair loss as it damages the Follicle. This condition affects more than 7 million people in America therefore it is very common.
People who pull their hair up very tight or have very tight plaits (corn rows) can develop traction Alopecia. This is cause by the constant pulling of the hair which damages the Follicle. Using hair chemicals on your hair can also weaken the hair shafts and cause breakage. It is very important to use heat protecting products on your hair before applying any heat as heat has a long term affect on the hair and can cause you problems.