Female hair loss; now you can do something about it.
Balding only happens to men, right? Wrong. Countless numbers of women suffer from hair loss, and many suffer in silence, because who wants to admit to something as unfeminine as balding?
Sadly, the silence means that the hair loss isn't dealt with by a medical practitioner, and even if it could be cured, goes untreated instead.
So why do women lose their hair? Is it normal? At what age does it occur? A lot depends on the reason for the hair loss.
It’s in your genes
Just like men, some women have hair loss built into their genes. Medical professionals call it ‘female-pattern’ hair loss, but its proper name is androgenetic alopecia. Whatever age you are when you lose your hair in this way depends largely on the genetic messages encased within your body. Similar to boys and men, some women will start losing their hair young, while others will be much older.
It doesn’t usually present as the classic receding hairline that we see in men; more often the hair loss will be first noticeable as a widening parting, or an increasingly ratty-looking ponytail. It might not be so easily spotted in women with shorter hair, as these styles tend to give hair more body.
You treated it badly
Sure, we all do terrible things to our hair; we bleach it, dye it, heat it, twist it, and generally treat it badly. That’s no reason to feel a guilt complex about it, however. Even something as simple as brushing hard or towel-drying with enthusiasm can cause breakage and other damage.
Particular styles can also hurt your hair, so if you usually pull it back hard into plaits or cornrows, you might want to give it a rest occasionally, and help your hair recover.
Illnesses and accidents really don’t help
Medical conditions of all kinds can make keeping your hair a challenge. Hormone-based changes in your body, such as pregnancy, or thyroid issues, polycystic ovaries, and autoimmune diseases (where the body attacks itself), there are lots of uncomfortable reasons for hair loss, and there’s little you can do about them while you have the condition. Even some skin conditions, like psoriasis, or deceptively simple conditions like anaemia, can cause hair loss.
Add to that list life problems like stress and trauma, and you've got yourself an awful lot of reasons why your hair might fall out.
So can female hair loss be treated?
It’s good news! The answer is yes! Not in every case, but in lots of them. Female hair loss treatment is dealt with by doctors depending on the cause of the loss. From topical lotion treatments to tablets and hair transplants in severe circumstances, there are several things that the medical establishment can do to save your hair.
Additionally, in the US, doctors may use corticosteroid injections, or increasingly specialized treatments, such as something called contact immunotherapy, which involves rubbing a chemical onto the skin, or even a ground-breaking procedure that involves the use of UV light. Hair loss isn’t the end of your life; you just have to know how to handle it.
Claire is the leading expert at Hair Ink, the UKs fastest going hairloss treatment company. When she's not working hard on the scalps of her clients, she writes articles that can often reassure and help females who maybe concerned with hairloss!