Frequently Asked Questions about Female Hair Loss
You get up in the morning and look at your pillow. More hair has fallen out during the night. You brush your hair and end up pulling more hair out of your brush. In an effort to hide your scalp, you try different hair styles; you spend more and more time trying to tease it; you try volumizing shampoos. Hair loss women experience can be frightening and when nothing works works to stop it depression can set in, but there are real solutions.
Who is Most Likely to Get This Form of Alopecia Areata?
The disease affects an estimated four million Americans of both sexes and of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. It often begins in childhood.
If you have a close family member with the disease, your risk of developing it is slightly increased. If your family member lost his or her first patch of hair before age 30, the risk to other family members is greater.
Common Female Hair Loss Causes
The most common type of hair loss seen in women is androgenetic alopecia, also known as female pattern alopecia or baldness and alopecia areata.
Physical and Emotional Stress
Surgeries, severe illnesses and emotional stress can
cause hair loss. In many cases there is a three
month delay between the actual event and the onset
of hair loss.
Additionally, there may be another three month delay
prior to the return of noticeable hair re-growth. This means that the total hair loss and re-growth cycle can
last six months or possibly longer when induced by physical or emotional stress.
Hormonal changes are a common cause of hair loss. Many women do not realize that hair loss can occur after pregnancy or following discontinuation of birth control pills.
Female hair loss may also occur due to dieting. Franchised diet programs which are designed or administered under the direction of a physician with prescribed meals, dietary supplements and vitamin ingestion have become popular. Sometimes the client is told that vitamins are a necessary part of the program to prevent hair loss associated with dieting.
From a dermatologists standpoint, however, the vitamins cannot prevent hair loss associated with rapid, significant weight loss.
Common Misconceptions and Myths
- Frequent shampooing contributes to hair loss.
- Shaving your head will cause your hair to grow back thicker.
- Hair loss does not occur in women who are in their late teens or early twenties.
- Hats and wigs cause thinning and baldness.
- 100 strokes of the hair brush daily will create healthier hair.
- Permanent thinning and baldness is caused by perms, colors and other cosmetic treatments.
- There are cures available for androgenetic Alopecia.
- Stress can causes permanent thinning of a woman’s overall hair density.
Treatment Options and Solutions
Up to 60 percent of women experience hair loss at some point. The causes are multiple — genetics, hormones (too much thyroid, not enough thyroid, low estrogen, high androgen), or trauma (an allergic reaction, high fever, stress). The most common, and chronic, cause is a genetic condition called androgenetic alopecia.
- Medical therapy: There are several proven topical hair loss control products available, including minoxidil (FDA approved for use by women) that have proven beneficial in controlling hair loss, especially when combined with low level laser light therapy.
- Laser Hair Rejuvenation: A non-surgical treatment utilizing therapeutic low level lasers to deliver light energy designed to treat thin, fine, damaged hair.
- Hair Transplant Surgery: Modern surgical techniques have made transplantation for females a viable treatment option.
- Non-Surgical Hair Replacement and Integration Systems: Women’s hair replacement systems and additions have the ability to simulate a true natural appearance while offering the client a significant increase in overall density.