Female Hair Loss Explained

Though hair loss is more commonly associated with men due to male pattern baldness, hair loss also affects millions of women in the UK each year. Whilst some women may experience hair thinning all over, others may find that they become bald at the crown of the head or have a gradually widened parting. Although hair loss in women may be less noticeable than with men, it can be highly distressing and strongly affect self-esteem, confidence and lifestyle. For most women, hair holds much more value than a purely superficial one; research suggests that hair is deeply connected with individuality, self-image and an expression of style.

What causes hair loss in women?

For women there are a number of possible reasons for hair loss, from varied lifestyle factors to around 30 medical conditions. However, finding the exact cause of hair loss in women may not be possible. If the cause is detected, especially early on, hair will most likely be able to grow back. The correct treatment can help to restore hair if the follicles are still alive but if not, permanent hair loss can result. Here are some of the causes of temporary and permanent hair loss in women:

Androgenetic alopecia: Known as female pattern baldness, the condition is caused by a predisposed sensitivity of the hair follicles to normal levels of male hormones in a woman’s body. Hair usually stays thick at the back but thins on top, though fortunately for women, the condition is less severe than male pattern baldness. Genetic hair loss causes the hair follicles to gradually become smaller until it stops producing hair and thinning occurs.

Hormonal changes: A changing balance of hormones in the body, through taking medications such as the contraceptive pill, antidepressants or blood thinners, or going through the menopause, can lead to hair loss, particularly in women with the genetic tendency. Other conditions such as polycystic ovaries (PCOS) can also accelerate the condition as it causes a chronic hormonal imbalance.

Diet: It’s been stated that a large number of women with male hormone-related hair loss are also iron deficient. Lacking in other minerals and vitamins essential for healthy growth and repair, will increase the risk of hair loss in women, as well as dramatic weight loss.

Thyroid problems: The thyroid is a gland at the front of the neck that produces hormones to regulate many processes in your body. If you suffer from an overactive or underactive thyroid, the hair growth cycle may be disrupted and result in hair thinning or loss.

Stress: physical trauma or emotional stress can sometimes exacerbate genetic hair loss, as the body will produce more male hormones.

Adjusting to hair loss

Coping with hair loss is for many women a challenging time, even if the hair loss is temporary. There are a number of methods which aim to re-stimulate hair growth, however if hair loss is permanent there are still other options which can help to give women back confidence and self-esteem, and help them resume a normal lifestyle.

Hair replacement therapy is a modern solution to provide a discreet, comfortable and natural looking cover for hair loss or thinning. Good quality systems use the latest technologies which enable hair replacement systems to follow hair loss patterns and match your exact hair colour and density. The result is a completely natural look and feel which won’t be noticeable to others. Hair replacement systems are durable and also easier to style than normal hair, making them a practical solution that won’t interfere with day to day activities.

If you’re suffering from hair loss and would like to find out more about hair replacement therapy, or to book a private consultation, please contact Senator Crown on 0207 706 2586, or visit our website.

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