Female Hair Loss, Thinning Hair in Women, and Pattern Baldness (Alopecia)
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 tease it; you try volumizing shampoos. Nothing works. Are you going bald or is it a sign of a serious illness?
Causes of Female Hair Loss and Thinning Hair in Women
The most common type of hair loss seen in women is androgenetic alopecia, also known as female pattern alopecia or baldness.
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 Considerations: 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.
Women who suffer from hair loss may also be caused by 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 Misconception 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
Medical therapy: Rogaine (topical minoxidil). Rogaine is the only FDA approved medication currently available option.
Low Level Laser Therapy: A non-surgical treatment utilizing therapeutic low level lasers to deliver light energy designed to treat thin, fine, damaged hair.
Transplant Surgery: Modern surgical techniques have made transplantation for females a viable treatment option.
Non-Surgical Replacement: 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.
Free Confidential Hair Loss Evaluation
We invite you to schedule your free, confidential hair loss consultation today. Meet with a trained HCI hair loss professional at our state-of-the-art hair restoration center in Altamonte Springs, Florida. Your image consultant will provide information regarding causes of baldness and options tailored to your specific situation and lifestyle.
Our image consultants are also clients so they have truly “been there, done that!” They are experts in hair loss solutions and treatment options. To learn about the solutions available to you, please call us at (407) 830-0554 to arrange a free, confidential consultation.