What Are The Different Types of Women’s Hair Loss?
While many people associate hair loss with men, studies have suggested that over 50% of women will go through some form of hair loss in their lifetime. Hair loss in women can not only affect physical appearance but can cause emotional stress also.
There are many factors that can contribute to hair loss and many types of hair loss that can affect women. Learn about the different causes and treatments of women’s hair loss.
- Female Pattern Hair Loss
- Alopecia Areata
- Telogen Effluvium
- Anagen Effluvium
- Traction Alopecia
- Hair Loss After Pregnancy
- How Does Elithair Treat Women’s Hair Loss?
Female Pattern Hair Loss
Also known as androgenetic alopecia, female pattern baldness is a genetic condition which causes hair loss. This is one of the most common causes of women’s hair loss and is due to the inheritance of genetics from either one or both parents, being linked to a family history of hair loss.
While it affects men and women, with male pattern baldness the hairline recedes starting at the temples and with women the hair thins along the top of the head. The shape of the thinning hair tends to spread out in a branch pattern like a Christmas tree over time.
While it can begin as early as the end of puberty as with a lot of men, women’s hair loss often occurs later in life usually starting between 40 and 50. This is due to hormonal changes experienced as part of aging, particularly while undergoing menopause as the body loses oestrogen making the hair loss more prominent.
As this is a chronic and sustained condition, catching androgenic alopecia early to find the best treatment is crucial. Minoxidil, or Rogaine as it is also known, can cause hair loss to slow down and promote growth. However the medication needs to be taken continuously in order to see results. Side effects also cause irritation to the scalp and dryness. Low level laser therapy additionally has seen positive results but again needs to be done in regular sessions to see results.
A hair transplant surgery for women provides permanent results after just one session. By removing hair from the healthy donor area and implanting it into the affected balding spot, new healthy hair can grow providing a natural result.
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition which results in bald patches on your head as the immune system attacks and kills the hair follicles. Patchy hair loss here often occurs suddenly and without warning. A symptom of alopecia is that the bald spots appear without any redness or scarring making it distinct from other types of women’s hair loss.
In order to diagnose alopecia areata it’s important to seek medical advice. A doctor may use a dermascope to examine the surface of the skin or in some cases take a scalp biopsy in order to determine the cause of hair loss. Additionally it can be associated with other autoimmune conditions like vitiligo and thyroid diseases.
While hair tends to grow back after 6 months to 1 year, patches of hair loss can reoccur unpredictably. Again minoxidil can be seen to be effective for temporary treatment. Corticosteroids have been shown to help with regrowth as they directly fight the body’s response to attack the hair follicles. Like with other topical or injected treatments though it needs to be taken regularly or else regrowth can be reversed.
In some cases depending on the severity of hair loss a hair transplant can provide long lasting results. Using cutting edge techniques such as the pioneering SDHI method, Elithair can provide you with strong and healthy hair again.
There can be many reasons for a sudden loss of hair while it is in the resting phase, also known as telogen effluvium. These can range from an unexpected physical stress such as undergoing surgery or emotional triggers like grief and mental illness. Additionally thyroid problems and medications such as blood pressure or birth control pills can contribute to sudden hair loss.
When more hairs are in the resting phase than in the growing phase extensive hair shedding can occur. While it can be difficult to spot, the hair loss generally happens 2-4 months after the inciting incident. This can be seen to reflect in nail growth which can provide some warning signs for women’s hair loss.
Telogen effluvium can last for as long as 6 to 8 months before resolving. After the underlying problem is addressed the hair can grow back but it may be difficult to bridge the gap between loss and regrowth. Here, short term solutions can be helpful in order to help hair grow faster including microneedling and PRP treatment. There are also topical hair products which can help with regrowth such as Dr. Balwi Shampoo which can stimulate the hair follicles.
Another type of sudden women’s hair loss is where you can lose hair in the growth phase, also known as anagen effluvium. Here the cause is usually easier to understand as it is due to toxic substances which poison the hair follicles causing them to fall out.
Most often it is seen in medical conditions where patients are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy for cancer. The sudden hair loss can happen anywhere on your body and usually occurs very soon after cancer treatment has begun.
While hair can regrow following the end of chemotherapy or radiation therapy, the hair loss can be permanent if the hair follicles become damaged. Minoxidil can help with regrowth following cancer treatment until the hair naturally regrows. Scalp cooling during chemotherapy has provided good results in reducing hair loss as a result of the treatment.
If the hair follicles are permanently damaged a hair transplant is the only long term solution in order to regrow hair in the affected area. Our techniques target both specific, accurate hair regrowth on the hairline and providing dense results on top of the head for fuller hair.
Female hair loss can also be caused by the wearing of hair in a tight hairstyle, this is known as traction alopecia. Styling your hair in certain hairstyles which put a strain on the follicles include tight buns, braids and hair extensions.
In severe cases cicatricial or frontal fibrosing alopecia can occur with tight hairstyles where there is an inflammation of the affected area causing irritation and itching. Here the hair follicles can be permanently damaged as the area is scarred preventing further growth as a result of the inflammation.
You may be advised to change hairstyle in order to reverse the hair loss although this is not an option for some people for personal or religious reasons. Supplements can aid in promoting hair health, particularly those containing biotin and keratin. Oral and topical medications can be helpful in aiding hair regrowth but need to be used consistently for positive results and hair can fall out again once stopped.
In severe cases a hair transplant may be necessary in order to treat hair loss and provide a permanent solution although it needs to be diagnosed early for effectiveness, especially with cicatricial alopecia.
Hair Loss After Pregnancy
Following birth, many new mothers can experience sudden hair loss. Also known as postpartum hair loss, you may notice that the shiny and healthy hair you enjoyed as part of the side effects of pregnancy has now started to thin or shed. This is a common occurrence amongst women once the baby is born.
Hormonal changes balance out after birth, such as the increased oestrogen experienced which prevents natural hair fall during pregnancy. The excess hair gained during pregnancy falls out along with the regular shedding of hair making it appear like a large amount of hair loss.
How Does Elithair Treat Women’s Hair Loss?
Whether it’s due to genetics or shock, hair loss in women can be treated and Elithair is on hand to provide the best advice for you. Book a free consultation with one of our experts and we will guide you through the optimal treatment plan for your unique hair loss situation.
With a hair transplant at the world’s largest hair loss clinic you will be in safe hands from airport transfer to post-surgery aftercare. Trust us to provide you with healthy and full hair again in order to look and feel your best.