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Sudden Hair Loss in Young Women

Sudden Hair Loss in Young Women

What happens when you suddenly start losing out on hair as a young girl? What do you do then? These and some other related queries will be tackled in the following sections.
Rujuta Borkar
Sudden hair loss in young women has gotten to be a real issue and one that needs to be looked into and solutions found for, immediately. In the following sections, we will look into this issue in more detail and give you the causes and treatment forms for the same.

Common Causes

Trauma and Stress
Trauma and stress is known to be the root cause of several conditions in the human body, one of which is hair loss. When a person is stressed or there are traumatic experiences that make way, the body releases certain chemicals that hamper the normal functioning of the body and lead to hair loss. Medically, this term is known as Telogen effluvium and is characterized by the high rate of hair shedding that takes place. Hair continues to fall at an alarming rate and can even lead to bald spots in women. Traumas like death, childbirth or stress due to work or otherwise is something that needs to be looked into.

Dietary Deficiencies
A diet that is not balanced and does not provide for all the nutrients in the body leads to deficiencies and can cause hair loss. Hair is made up of a protein called keratin and thus when the body does not get a supply of this protein, it leads to hair loss. A lack of nutrients like vitamin A are also seen to be one of the main causes of hair loss in women.

Hormonal Imbalance
Testosterone is the main hormone that is responsible for producing hair in the body. When there is a hormonal imbalance in the body, it affects the production of testosterone and thereby leads to hair loss.

Diseases and Infections
There are several diseases and infections that can lead to sudden hair loss. Here are some of them:
  • Alopecia Areata ~ Certain hair follicles get infected in this autoimmune disease. The immune system starts defending the body by attacking these follicles and thus there is abnormal hair loss. A more severe form of this condition is alopecia totalis in which there is complete hair loss.
  • Ringworm ~ When there is a ringworm infection that affects the scalp, it can result in hair loss.
  • Fungal Infection ~ Certain fungal infections like Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) can lead to hair loss as well.
Reasons for hair loss at a young age might include tying the hair very tightly which can cause for the hair being pulled and therefore lead to hair loss.


The female hair loss remedies will be determined according to the condition that is causing the sudden hair loss. If it's a nutrient deficiency, then eating the right kind of food will lead to the hair growing back normally. Similarly, the reasons for women going into trauma or stress, if learned and solved can lead to normalizing the situation. Hair massages are also known to help in improving the circulation of blood and lead to hair growth. Other than that, several creams and medication (taken in consultation with a dermatologist) for the treatment of infections and diseases can be undertaken. Hair weaving and hair transplanting are also being looked into as very effective methods for treating hair loss.

Hair loss can cause for added trauma and stress as well, as you may have probably experienced at some time or the other. But more than that, it needs to be looked into because it could be the result of an underlying disease―which if left untreated could lead to more complications.

Disclaimer - This HairGlamourista article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.