Female hair loss is not quite as well publicised as male hair loss, due it being less common than male pattern baldness. However, it is no less of a worry for those experiencing it.
Where male hair loss most commonly starts around the back, crown area of the head, women start to notice hair loss on the very top of the head first. This hair loss slowly spreads along the centre part of the hair and works its way down.
Female hair loss is considered a lot less common, however it can have an equally devastating effect on the person's psychological well-being, as well as their physical well-being. Women can often experience an extreme drop in self esteem, an increase in low mood, depression and even anxiety. However, there are ways to prevent the most common reasons for female hair loss, or at least preventative measures you can take to slow down the process. Here are just a few of the top reasons for female hair loss and what you can do to combat them.
Our hair is generally in one of two stages at all times, the ‘growing’ stage and the ‘resting stage. 90% of your hair will be in the ‘growing’ stage for up to 3 years. After this, the hair enters the ‘resting’ stage, where it stays for around 3-4 months before falling out.
When we face some form of extreme emotional stress, this can have an effect on our bodies normal functions. This change can make hair that should be in the ‘growing’ stage, move into the ‘resting’ stage, meaning 3-4 months down the line, an increased number of hairs will shed.
As stress is a fluctuating factor, taking measures to handle your stress or anxiety will help to stop temporary hair loss.
Similarly to the effect of emotional stress, pregnancy can also force hair into the ‘resting’ stage. The extreme hormonal changes during pregnancy alters the normal functions of the body, much like stress does. The hair loss caused from pregnancy usually eases off shortly after giving birth, and you should notice your hair thicken once your hormones shift back to normal.
The most common form of genetically affected hair loss in women, is female pattern alopecia. This usually occurs across the scalp, starting from the crown and exhibits in a significant decrease in hair density.
A few preventative measures you could take, are things like increasing the blood flow in the scalp through regular massage and exercise. Taking care with the products and treatments you put your hair through is also important. If you are aware of hair loss within your family, avoid harsh chemicals, over-styling and harsh hair dyes.
Losing hair through the ageing process is something that happens to us all over time. Depending on genetics, you may lose more hair as you age than others. Ageing is not something that we can actively stop, however making sure we have all the right nutrients and are following a healthy and balanced diet, can help slow down hair loss.
Overstyling can be the biggest culprit of preventable hair loss. Using excessive heat, perming and dying with harsh chemicals, can all damage and weaken the hair. Making sure you use heat protectant when using styling tools and avoiding home box dyes can save your hair from unnecessary damage.
If you are currently affected by female hair loss and you are looking for a way to boost your confidence and self-esteem, Crown Clinic have a number of different options for you to try.
Non-surgical treatments, such as Minoxidil (Rogaine) to Micro Follicular Grafting are all options to those suffering with female hair loss. By coming in for a consultation, we will be able to advise you on your options and the realistic results you could expect to gain from these treatments. It is important to note some women will not be eligible for hair transplantation, however once we have your consultation, we will be able to better judge your eligibility.