One of the greatest myths about hair loss is that it only happens to men. It is true that men are more susceptible to baldness than women that doesn’t mean that females never experience excess shedding. In fact, some UK research found that a fifth of women surveyed were currently experiencing hair loss, while 9% said that they’d had problems in the past. Although women often don’t talk about their hair loss worries, it is clearly a common concern. In this article, we put the spotlight on female hair loss to explain some of the causes and how it can be treated.
What is making your hair fall out?
There are a variety of reasons why women experience hair loss. The top cause, according to some experts, is androgenetic alopecia (female pattern balding). This condition is caused by a genetic sensitivity to the effects of DHT in the hair follicles and tends to occur during or after the menopause. Hormonal changes at other stages in a woman’s life can also be a catalyst for hair loss, for example post-partum shedding. Lifestyle also factors into hair loss. Stress is strongly linked with hair loss, while nutritionists warn that following restrictive or low-calorie diets can disrupt hair growth and impact on its overall condition. Another common cause of hair loss in women is traction alopecia. This condition is experienced by women who constantly wear tight weaves, braids and heavy hair extensions. These styles put strain on the hair follicle and can pull out the hair at the root.
Treating female hair loss
There is a good choice of treatments available for women with hair loss, though their suitability depends on the individual’s type of hair loss and desired result. Vinci Hair Clinic say that a growing number of women are choosing the permanent solution of hair transplants, though surgery is not the only option. Medical treatments can also be highly effective with PRP and LLLT helping to stimulate hair growth in a variety of conditions. A revolutionary alternative is Vinci Hair Clinic’s Long Hair Micro Scalp Pigmentation. It is a non-surgical treatment which creates the illusion of improved hair density through the application of pigment to the scalp.