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Understanding Female Hair Loss

When you think about hair loss, often times than not you would think of it as being a problem associated with men and not women. Yes, hair loss is a much more common problem for men than women, however, it does not mean that women do not experience hair loss in totality.

Based on a study conducted by the International Society for Hair Restoration Surgeons (ISHRS), an approximate of 35 million men and 21 million women in the United States suffer from some degree of hair loss. The statistics for men hair loss include a 40% rate of noticeable hair loss by the age of 35 years old with an increase to 65% by the time they are 60 years old and a 70% likelihood of hair loss by age 80.

Women on the other hand experience a general 80% likelihood of hair loss by the age of 60. The figures are high and the room for concern is real. The need to understand female hair loss is apparent in order to prevent it and treat it.

Before worrying too much, you should realise that losing hair is normal as it is part of the growth cycle of hair with an approximate of 50 to 150 strands of hair being lost on a daily basis.

Symptoms of actual hair loss include excessive hair falling out when brushing your hair or when you notice balding in an area of your head. It is important to note that incidences of temporary hair loss is not uncommon with causes linked to stress or significant life changes that bear stress in your life. A hair loss problem only becomes a problem when the hair does not grow back after a reasonable amount of time has passed.

Different Causes for Female Hair Loss

Typically, female hair loss is a result of a lifestyle change whether it be hormonal, stress levels, emotional, physical, and so on. So if you’re undergoing an abnormally stressful situation in your life and you’re starting to notice hair loss, it may be due to the changes in your life.

Situations also include puberty, pregnancy, after a major surgery, and drastic weight loss. Other common causes of hair loss include side effects from medication e.g. antidepressants and anti-inflammatory drugs, as well as excessive hair styling or hair treatments.

In some cases, your loss of hair may be straight down to your gene and there’s not much you can do to avoid it. Hereditary hair loss is the most common cause of hair loss as reported by the American Academy of Dermatology.

More concerning causes of hair loss includes the following:

  1. Lupus which is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes your body to attack its own healthy tissues
  1. Iron Deficiency which can be identified through lack of bleeding during your period or can be prominent in women who do not consume enough iron-rich foods
  1. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome which is caused by imbalance of the hormones causing the ovaries to produce too much testosterone instead of estrogen.
  1. Alopecia Areata which is an autoimmune disorder whereby the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles on your head.

Popular Options for Female Hair Loss Treatments

Hair loss treatments vary from medication to surgery and is highly dependent on what you feel comfortable with.

Medication such as Corticosteroids, which acts as an anti-inflammatory, suppresses the immune system allowing your hair follicles to recover and grow. Other medication such as Minoxidil promotes hair growth through encouraging your hair follicles to grow to its full length, and medication the likes of Sulfasalazine are used for more severe cases of hair loss.

Cosmetic treatments include hair fibres which encourage hair growth through static electricity. Hair Fibre treatment works instantly and is extremely durable with virtual replication to your own natural hair thus making it appear very natural.

Masking lotions are also an option to help remove any contrast between thinning hair and your scalp. There are also shampoos and conditioners that contain keratin which is the basic protein found in hair.

The ultimate form of hair loss treatment is a hair transplant which is a form of cosmetic surgery. There are a variety of different techniques however all hair transplants involve the grafting of hair-bearing skin into the affected area of your scalp. Follicular Unit Grafting and Follicular Unit Extraction are the most well recognised types of hair transplant techniques, both of which only require local anaesthesia.

When deciding which treatment is best for you, it is best to start at a humble level to see whether the lesser invasive treatments are effective. For all you know, a simple hair cream may be your Hail Mary without having to resort to more serious measures such as hair transplants.

Article provided by Toppik Australia