Hair Loss in Women: What are the first steps?

As susceptible as men can be to hair loss, so can women. It is a quite common issue that women face. In fact about 1 in 3 women experience hair loss at some point in their lives. Hair loss in women sometimes has a greater impact than it does in men because of how society views it. It is considered less acceptable for women to have bald spots. This means that alopecia can severely affect a woman’s emotional well being and quality of life. Her confidence may decrease and a woman can even withdraw from her social life in order to avoid the societal pressure and “embarrassment” of dealing with hair loss. 

The main kind of hair loss in women is the same as it is in men. It is called female or male pattern hair loss. In men, it usually begins near the temples and the hairline eventually forms an “M” shape. In women, pattern hair loss begins with thinning of the hair and gradually diffusing hair at the part line and the top of the head. Doctors often use the Ludwig Classification to describe and rate the severity of the female patter hair loss. Type I is minimal thinning that can easily be camouflaged with different styling techniques. Type II is characterized by decreased volume and noticeable widening of the mid-line part. Type III describes diffuse thinning, with a see-through appearance on top of the scalp.

The causes of female pattern hair loss in women are quite many and sometimes harder to pinpoint. A variety of conditions can cause permanent or temporary hair loss, including hormonal changes due to pregnancy, childbirth, menopause and thyroid problems. Medical conditions include alopecia, which is immune system related and causes patchy hair loss, scalp infections such as ringworm, and a hair-pulling disorder called trichotillomania. Anohther common cause of hair loss is a hereditary condition that happens with aging. This condition is called androgenic alopecia, male-pattern baldness and female-pattern baldness. It usually occurs gradually and in predictable patterns. Hair loss can also be a side effect of certain drugs, such as those used for cancer, arthritis, depression, heart problems, gout and high blood pressure. Finally, excessive hairstyling or hairstyles that pull your hair tight, such as pigtails or cornrows, can cause a type of hair loss called traction alopecia. Hot-oil hair treatments and permanents also can cause hair to fall out. 

We understand how frustrating this can be so we want you to know that you can contact us for a free consultation session. We care about you and know that the impact of hair loss is much more than the physical aspect. A big change in your physical appearance can lead to a lowered self-esteem and a loss in confidence. Why suffer through these changes and undergo such emotional stress when there is a solution? Get in touch with us to find out which is the best solution for you!

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