Prevalence and risk factor of hair fall and its relation with stress in healthy female subjects: A survey based study


  • Fatima Ghaffar Department of Physiology, University of Karachi, Pakistan
  • Lubna Naz Department of Physiology, University of Karachi, Pakistan
  • Rakhshinda Khurram HANDS Institute of Development Studies, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Ambreen Ramzan HANDS Institute of Development Studies, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Hiba Arif Department of Physiology, University of Karachi, Pakistan


Prevalence, Hair fall, stress, Risk Factors


Background Hair is the beauty and affection of a female personality. Hair fall is infuriating for young females and losing their hair is like losing their beauty. Many the females are losing their hair without knowing the reason and their risk factors.   Objective The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of hair loss and their risk factor and their relation with stress in the young female population of Karachi, Pakistan.   Methods To accomplish this task survey-based study was conducted. 1015 female participants were selected with the age range of 15-25 years all participants were asked different questions given in to the questionnaire to assess the level of stress and degree of hair loss by using the Depression, Anxiety, Stress Scale (DASS scale) and Ludwig scale respectively. All statistical analyses were performed by SPSS 16.   Results In this study we observed that the prevalence of hair fall was quite low, only 37 (3.7%) females have significant hair loss.   Conclusion Hair fall is low prevalent in young females. With no significant relationship between hair fall and duration of hair fall. Improper diet and lack of protein intake and tight hairstyle are common risk factors for hair fall    .  


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Ghaffar F, Naz L, Khurram R, Ramzan A, Arif H. Prevalence and risk factor of hair fall and its relation with stress in healthy female subjects: A survey based study. J Pak Assoc Dermatol [Internet]. 2024Apr.21 [cited 2024May22];34(2):506-10. Available from:



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