You are concerned because you recently have noticed that you are losing hair and are very interested in what the causes of female hair loss are. There are several causes, any one of which can be responsible for you losing your hair.
Anyone at any age can start to lose their hair. Some causes are stress, anxiety, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, hormone fluctuations, disease process, familial tendencies in smoking, and excess alcohol consumption.
Stress and anxiety, while seemingly uncontrollable, can be controlled and lessened by learning techniques to reduce the amount of stress and anxiety in your life. Making time for yourself and planning simple things like manicures, pedicures, and full-body massages every month, or more frequently if needed, will go a long way to reducing the amount of stress you have to deal with on a day-to-day basis.
Make sure that you eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables to get the vitamins and minerals you need every day. If you are worried that you may not be getting the vitamins and minerals you need daily then my advice is to speak with your doctor, the next time you go in, to see what they recommend as a good vitamin supplement.
Hormone fluctuations, mainly menopause, are one of the most common causes of female hair loss. Menopause causes so many other symptoms that initially you may not even notice the hair loss because you are so caught up with the hot flashes, mood swings, nausea, headaches, and insomnia that you are not sure which end is up most of the time. Then you begin to notice that your hairbrush has more hair in it after you use it. Note that this means that it is too late to do anything about the hair loss by any means. You can still find treatment for hair loss by talking to your doctor.
Smoking cigarettes and drinking too much alcohol can contribute to hair loss because they can deplete your system of important vitamins and minerals not to mention the fact that cigarettes inhibit blood flow to areas of the body like hands, feet, lower legs, and scalp. If blood flow is restricted then those areas become starved for nutrients and become unhealthy. Once the hair follicles become unhealthy, they may not recover and then die. When the follicles die they cannot hold the hair anymore and the hair falls out.
If you have a condition called low thyroid function, or hypothyroidism, it can be another cause of hair loss, especially in women. Your doctor can order a blood test that will tell you if you have hypothyroidism and can prescribe medication to increase thyroid function.
You may just have a familial tendency toward female pattern baldness and there may be very little you can do about it if you do. Again, see your doctor.
As we have already stated, the causes of female hair loss are numerous, all of which can be eliminated or lessened with treatment or medications prescribed by your doctor. Talk to your doctor to find out what type of treatment is best for you.