Hair Loss in Women
Women’s hair loss: ‘Female Patterned Balding’
Hair loss is more complicated for women as there are a number of factors at play, but one of the most common conditions is ‘Androgenetic Alopecia’.
This hereditary condition causes thinning hair which can be found around the top of the head and/or crown area. Female hair thinning is quite common. Often, the density of the hair from the sides and back of the scalp remain unaffected.
For women, hair loss starts with an increased amount of hair shedding. Women with a parting may notice the parting becoming wider.
Female hair loss can also cause a receding hairline, with hair thinning around the temples. Other reasons for hair loss in women could include the following:
Other hair loss causes in women
Causes of baldness in females can be brought on by hormonal imbalances. In some cases this can lead to a sudden hair loss in women. The good news is hormonal hair loss can be reversed. Here are the three main culprits for hormonal hair loss in women:
Hair loss after pregnancy
It should come as no surprise to learn that during pregnancy the body is under a lot of stress. In some cases the resulting hormonal changes can bring about a condition known as telogen effluvium.
During pregnancy the body produces surplus amounts of oestrogen and many women will report healthy, thick, luxuriant hair. Telogen effluvium occurs after childbirth. As the excess hormones crash down to normal pre-pregnancy levels, this ‘shocks’ the body and hair. Women may notice hair falling out when washing or hair falling out when brushing. As much as 60% of all scalp hair may enter a ‘resting’ phase, resulting in excess shedding and thinning.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Polycystic Ovaries – or PCOS hair loss – is thought to affect as many as one in five women in the UK, according to the NHS.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a hormonal disorder, specifically affecting endocrine levels. The hormonal imbalances are the culprit linking PCOS and hair loss. Many women who suffer with PCOS have increased levels of androgens; testosterone and most importantly DHT. It is this increased amount of DHT that causes hair loss in women who have PCOS. DHT latches on to hair follicles and can clog them, preventing new hair growth.
Menopause hair loss
The link between the menopause and hair loss has long been documented. During this time in a woman’s life, her oestrogen levels start to decline. Along with the hot flushes, mood changes and sudden increase in facial hair – you can expect thinning, shedding, hairline recession, and an increased amount of hair loss. This is sometimes referred to as simply ‘menopause hair’.
Oestrogen keeps your hair in the growing phase (like in pregnancy), however, the reduced levels cause the hair’s growth cycle to shorten and hair sheds before it reaches the length it used to be able to reach.
Hair loss solutions for women: treating Female Patterned Baldness
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