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Puberty Hair Loss in Teenage Girls

What is Puberty hair loss?

Puberty is the first time in a young girl’s life that she experiences major hormonal changes. As hormones change, physical symptoms such as acne, menstruation, and changes to her shape occur. It can be a difficult time for many adolescent girls, and to make matters worse, some will experience hair loss during puberty. Facing hair loss as a teenager may or may not signify an underlying medical issue. Regardless of the long-term effects, losing your hair during this developmental stage of your life can result in anxiety, stress, and low self-confidence. Fortunately, most cases of female hair loss during puberty can improve and heal with lifestyle changes.

WHAT CAUSES HAIR LOSS IN TEENAGE GIRLS?

To treat and prevent hair loss during puberty, it helps to understand what triggers cause hair loss and how the body reacts to them. Most girls experience puberty between the ages of 8 and 13. Around 14-years-old, symptoms subside and puberty concludes. During this delicate stage, your body may experience uncomfortable symptoms, but it’s important to remember that they are temporary. It’s natural for your body to change, hair to grow in new places, and menstruation to begin. One thing most young girls don’t expect is to experience is hair loss.

For many adolescent females, hair may be bountiful and full one day and seemingly fall out overnight. While it might feel completely random and all of a sudden, hair loss is the body’s biological response to a massive influx of the male testosterone hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is prevalent in both males and females. When DHT levels skyrocket in pubescent girls, the natural hair growth cycle becomes disrupted and sends a large portion of hair into the shedding phase.

The American Hair Loss Association estimates that 1 in 1,000 adolescents and youths suffer from hair loss caused by Alopecia Areata, a genetic hair loss condition. However, genetics only play a minor role in teenage hair loss, as there are several lifestyle and health triggers that can disrupt the hair growth cycle.

Hair Loss Triggers During Puberty

Diet or vitamin deficiency can induce adolescent hair loss. During this phase of growth and adjustment, your body changes and depends heavily on vital nutrients like iron, b-vitamins, calcium, protein and omega fatty acids to feed hair follicles. Over time, deficiency can lead to irreversible hair loss, which is why it’s crucial to consult with your doctor and have blood work done to check nutrition levels.

Medications like birth control can adjust hormone levels and cause them to function improperly, although it’s typically only temporary and your body needs time to adjust to the new medication.

Stress commonly accompanies puberty; as your body experiences major changes, it can feel overwhelming and difficult to accept. Emotional stress triggers your body to release excessive cortisol, which can damage the hair follicles.

Mechanical / Traction hair loss occurs as a result of over-styling hair with heating tools like blow-dryers, straighteners, and hot irons. Chemical treatments and coloring can also diminish hair health and cause excessive shedding. Lastly, wearing tight hairstyles adds pressure by tugging and pulling at the hair follicles. Ponytails, braids and tight buns can pull strands out and create bald spots.

Genetics (Female Pattern Hair Loss) can start as early as 12-years-old, but it’s uncommon. During this fragile period, it feels unfair to see symptoms of genetic hair loss so early. Female Pattern Hair Loss results from shrinking hair follicles which miniaturize and cause hair strands to fall out.

Trichotillomania is a condition classified as an overwhelming impulse to pull hair out, and most commonly affects adolescent girls approaching puberty. It’s important to catch this condition early as prolonged behavior can lead to damaged hair follicles and irreversible hair loss.

Health issues such as autoimmune disorders can cause hair loss in teenage girls as an autoimmune response. The body mistakes healthy cells in the hair follicles for foreign invaders and attacks them, which disrupts the hair growth cycle.

HOW TO TREAT PUBERTY HAIR LOSS

Dealing with puberty hair loss at a young age can be a traumatizing event for young females who are trying to achieve a semblance of normality as their body changes. Fortunately, most cases of female hair loss during puberty are temporary and preventative.

Here are steps you can take to minimize teenage hair loss, gain self-confidence and get back to enjoying this vibrant and transitional phase of life:

  • Let someone close to you, like a parent, youth leader, coach know you are concerned about your hair. They can help you seek consultation.
  • Consult with your doctor about your options and to assess whether the hair loss issue is medical, genetic, nutritional or lifestyle-related.
  • Get hormone levels checked to see if there are imbalances.
  • Minimize stress levels by engaging in joyful activities such as sports, swimming, hiking, meditation, yoga or long walks.
  • Feed your hair follicles nutrients they love, which means eating a healthy, well-balanced diet that is rich in fruits, veggies, proteins, and healthy omega fats.
  • Talk to your doctor about taking a hair growth supplement or vitamin that promotes growth.
  • Ditch hair heating tools like blow-dryers, curling irons, and flat irons. Instead, let hair air dry and style with lightweight products.
  • Avoid tight hairstyles like braids, ponytails, and buns, which tug at the hair follicles and cause excessive shedding. Instead, wear loose styles or tie hair back with a soft scarf or scrunchie.
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Jennifer Rose
Love my Follea Rene - and the amazing customer service!

I considered purchasing a wig for years as my hair became increasingly thin. I finally decided the time was right and I’m so thankful to have found Follea. I purchased the Rene 12 inch in Caramel Latte and I absolutely love it – both the color and style are perfect. Stylist consultant, Tracy Romo, was so incredibly supportive and knowledgeable -- she walked me through every step of the process. She assisted with measurements and answered all of my questions via video calls. I can’t say enough about the amazing customer service I experienced from beginning to end. Tracy guided me in the right direction every step of the way, even sending me helpful videos and styling tips. I honestly couldn’t be happier with my experience.

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M. Terese Weir
Easy Beauty!

My Follea Style (6-11) is in all honesty the most comfortable wig I've ever worn - and I hate anything on my head! This wig just... goes where it's supposed to, no pulling it this way or that, no realizing your doggone wig is crooked.. AFTER you walk in to work. This success is in no small part to the Fit Kit I was sent to make sure of my size. 😊

Also, to say the hair is beautiful gives beauty a bad name. The hair is stunning. (I wear color Latte.) My consultant, Ashley, virtually took my hand to guide me through the process of buying my wig. Her help was and still is invaluable.

My hairdresser is very comfortable styling wigs. She created just the right "style" for my Style. That said, even straight from the box, Follea rocks!

Reading your Follea experience warms our hearts, our goal and mission is to help women all over the world feel beautiful, confident and like their best self. Ashley is an amazing and knowlegable guide, that will continue to be with you on your hair journey!

We invite you to join our @Follea community on Instagram, to learn best practices for your new Follea.

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Kimberlee Bluhm
Wig #6

The ready to wear wig I received from Daniel Alain is beautiful. The packaging was so respectful of the wig. So impressed. I called with questions before purchasing and the staff was very kind and respectful as Loosing my hair was so unexpected and stressful. Thank you for wonderful customer service and a beautiful wig. So many compliments on how it makes me look. Thank you.

We are honored and so glad to hear you had a pleasant experience! Thank you or trusting us to help you during your hair-loss journey.

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I had an amazing experience with purchasing a wig with Follea.
I can’t say enough about Tracy and the VIP service I got from her. She was always there on the other side of the phone , no matter what day or time and help me every step of the way!
I have never had such great customer service in any of the other leading wig companies I bought wigs from. Hands down the best!
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Thank you very much for sharing - it means the world to know that you had an exceptional experience with Tracy.

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Patty McKenna
Amazing Personalized treatment

What a wonderful experience I had. Tracy was so sweet and kind and found me the perfect wig. Her patience and understanding when I couldn't decide exactly what I wanted , and finding me the perfect wig and answering all my crazy questions. I left with such a beautiful wig. Thank you again Tracy ♥️♥️

Thank you so much for your kind words. We are so happy Tracy was able to assist you on your hair journey!

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Kim sissons
Tracy Romo is a life changer!

When you first go through your personal hair loss journey, you go through so many emotions and sometimes you get desperate. People like to take advantage of those searching for an answer. After making a very costly mistake, Tracy was a game changer for me! She was amazing, very knowledgeable and helped me understand what to look for, how to ensure I got the right size, face timed me to measure and ensure it was correct. I cannot say enough amazing things about Tracy, and my amazing Follea wig.

Kim, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience Daniel Alain. It warms our heart to hear to Tracy was such a positive impact. We would love to see your new hair debut, tag us on instagram @Follea.

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Mercedes
Style 10 Inch Color 5005 Macchiato (comes with a soft rooting)

This is my first wig but not my first attempt with alternative hair. Its been a journey and one I knew I wanted to take with Follea. I was not wrong. The hair is silky soft and beautifully shiny. The staff is great and wonderful to work with. Their online consultation process is just what I needed. I received sample caps to try on to determine which size is the right size for me. I received color swatches as well to make the color selection process was a breeze. It does make a difference to see to the colors in person, dont be afraid to ask for color swatches. To see them against the light or while your home is worth it. All this happened after the online consultation, which was simple and fun. The rep provided samples of everything, explained the differences with each one. This helped me make a decision on what was right for me. Getting the samples of the wig caps and color swatches was a fun part of the experience but it also made me feel good about my decisions. I often worry about getting the wrong size and color. Once I was set ( and yes I changed my mind a bit) we went forward with the order. After I received my wig and cut the lace, the team was still there to help me with any questions I had.

Overall a great online purchasing experience. Once I received my Follea, I instantly knew this was it for me. I loved it and I was confident to wear it out.

Feeling Myself and Happy with a beautiful Follea Style, 10", Irish Cream

There are no words to fully express how grateful I am for finding Follea and meeting Janet. Her kindness combined with a professional, yet so gentle, advice helped me to find my beautiful natural looking European hair. Janet patiently showed me different styles and sizes (my head is so small!). She has never pushed me to anything. Only offered support and help on the way to my decision, and eventually ordered (incredibly urgently) the right size. I wish all patients to meet someone like Janet on their way! Before I found Follea, I faced a few horrible pushy people who wanted to make money of my sensitive, fragile situation of suddenly losing hair.
Today, I can face the Universe with a smile, again. I am back to work and normal life, interacting with people, attending important business meetings. Letting my health recover in calm confident state.
Thank You to Follea and Janet. May the Blessing and Kindness come back to You Multiplied Million Times.
I am already thinking of ordering a second Follea Style (bit longer this time). Every girl needs a special occasion HAIR! I have found mine.

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erin graff
Looooove me some FOLLEA!!!

Girl I love my new wig!!!!!! I feel like Beyoncé wearing it, you can’t even tell that it’s a wig! My confidence is an all new high and I feel fierce. Thanks to Janet for making my hair dreams come true. Xoxoxo

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Heather L
Follea's Petite

Recently, I bought the Petite in Chai Latte blonde with a natural-looking darker root and customized my piece by adding a few wispy bangs. If you are like me and try to stretch the length of time between washes to prevent an itchy scalp and breakage, this little priceless gem is a quick four clips away from a good hair day.

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Diane B.
Great Customer Services

Great customer services! Received in a timely manner. Very happy with my topper, especially after I trimmed bangs and length to fix my own hair.

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