Female Hair Loss

Women’s hair loss can be caused by a number of different factors including genetics, stress or various medical issues. Hair loss can be either temporary or ongoing depending on the diagnosis. Consulting an hair loss expert is essential in order to ensure the correct diagnosis is achieved and the right course of action is taken.

Female pattern baldnessFEMALE ANDROGENIC ALOPECIA (FEMALE PATTERN BALDNESS)

Androgenic alopecia is caused by testosterone which is carried by the blood to the hair follicles of the scalp. There it is converted to a more active form called DHT (dihydrotestosterone) which inactivates the follicle. The hair follicles still produce hairs but they are too tiny to be visible-this process is called miniaturization. The condition appears predominately throughout the upper part of the scalp, leading to female pattern baldness. It is usually a slow progressive problem for this reason; the sooner alopecia treatment can be started, the better. Falling oestrogen is the main cause of female pattern baldness in menopause and beyond. If alopecia begins in the forties or later, there is good chance that it is due to lower oestrogen levels, though occasionally the effect of androgens does not show until this age. Sometimes both factors are involved.

ALOPECIA AREATA

An extremely common condition, affecting 1% to 2% of the population at some point in their lives. Most sufferers are children and young adults (below 40 years old), though it can affect people of all ages. Male hair loss is sudden and manifests itself in small, smooth-skinned patches that are likely to gradually widen with time. It can also affect the sufferer’s nails, giving them a pitted, ridged or brittle appearance. The exact cause is still unknown, although current theories suggest that it could be an auto immune disorder, stress related or possibly a genetic problem.

ALOPECIA TOTALIS

When male hair loss progresses until the scalp hair is lost. Nearly twice as many men suffer alopecia totalis as women; it’s estimated to affect 1 in every 125,000 men.

ALOPECIA UNIVERSALIS

When all the body hair is lost as well; eyebrows, eyelashes and toenails can also be affected.

DIFFUSE ALOPECIA

Sustained thinning of hair throughout the scalp, narrowing hair shafts and lack of hair growth are distinct symptoms. Persistent hormone problems and iron deficiency frequently cause this problem.

ANAGEN EFFLUVIUM

This is a dramatic and immediate release of hair from the active growing stage of the hair growth cycle. This condition is caused by toxic abuse of the hair follicles; chemotherapy is a common example. Once the cause is removed, hair will re-grow.

TELOGEN EFFLUVIUM

Telogen is the final stage of the hair growth cycle. Normal telogen shedding results in 80-100 hairs being shed from the scalp on a daily basis; under normal circumstances, a brand new hair is evident soon after. During telogen effluvium, this daily quota of shed hair can double for some months to come without hair re-growth, occurring for around a further three to six month period. This results in up to a 40% reduction in overall hair density. Common causes are severe shock, childbirth and excessive weight loss.

SUDDEN HAIR LOSS

Sudden female hair loss can be linked to many different factors, e.g. illness, nutritional deficiencies, stress or medication.

COSMETIC-LINKED HAIR PROBLEMS

Over abuse of hair chemicals is a widely seen cause of female hair loss. Highlighting the hair, colouring the hair and daily blow-drying and use of straightening irons can all reduce its strength. Sustained thinning of hair throughout the scalp, narrowing hair shafts and lack of hair growth are recognised symptoms. Persistent hormone problems and iron deficiency are common elements.

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