WOMEN HAIR LOSS

WOMEN HAIR LOSS AND ALOPECIA TREATMENTS

TRICHOLOGY CENTRE

WOMEN HAIR LOSS

Women hair loss can be psychological devastating and deeply distressing.  About one third of women experience hair loss at some time in their lives.  For postmenopausal women it is as high as two thirds.  There are many causes of female hair loss. Below are the most common causes and solutions.

Types of Female Hair Loss

  • Female pattern hair loss (androgenic alopecia)
  • Alopecia areata
  • Cicatricial alopecia (scarring alopecia)
  • Telogen effluvium
  • Traction alopecia
  • Traumatic alopecia
  • Trichotillomania (Hair-pulling disorder)

Female pattern hair loss (androgenic alopecia)

Androgenic alopecia effects both men and women.  For men, it’s called male pattern hair loss, and for women, female pattern hair loss. Women experience a general thinning over the entire scalp, with the most extensive hair loss at the crown.  About one third of women experience some form of hair loss in their lives.  For postmenopausal women, about two thirds experience some form of hair loss.

Female pattern hair loss can be inherited from either parents.  It can develop as early as in their late teen years. The earlier it starts the more severe the hair loss tends to be.  For more information about female pattern hair loss CLICK HERE

FEMALE PATTERN HAIR LOSS / FEMALE PATTERN HAIR BALDNESS

Alopecia areata

Alopecia areata is a condition that causes hair to fall out in small patches. It is a common autoimmune disorder that often results in unpredictable hair loss. The amount of hair loss varies. Some women lose only in a few spots while others may lose a lot more. Each case of alopecia areata is different. Alopecia areata can’t be cured but can be treated.  For more information about alopecia areata CLICK HERE

Cicatricial alopecia (scarring alopecia)

Cicatricial alopecia, also known as scarring alopecia, is hair loss accompanied with scarring.  It can be caused by a group of rare disorders that destroy the hair follicle and replace it with scar tissue.  Cicatricial alopecia causes permanent hair loss and hair follicles may scar beyond the point of repair.  For more information about cicatricial alopecia CLICK HERE

Telogen effluvium

Telogen effluvium is a temporary hair loss that can happen after a shock, stress, or traumatic event. Usually the top of the scalp is affected with a noticeable shedding of hair.    The shedding of the hair occurs during the telogen phase or resting phase of the hair follicle. It is in this phase that telogen hairs begin to shed at an increased rate, for example 300 hairs a day as compared to 100 hairs a day for the average person.  Hairs enter the telogen phase rest in place for two to four months before falling out, so the fallout may occur two to four months after the event.  Telogen effluvium rarely lasts longer than six months. Chronic telogen effluvium occurs when you’ve had periods of hair shedding for more than 6 months.  For more information about telogen effluvium CLICK HERE

Solution

Telogen effluvium is not permanent and usually corrects itself over time. No treatment has been found to be effective for telogen effluvium. A proper diet that includes protein, iron and other nutrients can help.

Traction alopecia

Traction alopecia is a form of hair loss caused by pulling force being applied to the hair, usually by wearing hair in tight ponytail, pigtails, or braids.

Solution

Traction alopecia can be reversed simply by stopping the pull on the hair.  If this is not done, permanent hair loss could occur if it isn’t intervened soon enough as hair follicles could become so damaged and scarred that they can’t produce new hair.  Changing your hairstyle so the hair is not pulled and your hair should start to grow back normally. For more information about traction alopecia CLICK HERE

Traumatic alopecia

Traumatic alopecia is hair loss caused by an injury to the scalp.  Traction alopecia is included in traumatic alopecia but there are other things that can cause traumatic alopecia. Grooming methods that attempt to straighten naturally curly hair can cause stress to hair follicles. Tight rollers, braiding, overheating of hair shafts from hot combs and hairdryers, hair straighteners, vigorous combing, chemical bleaches, can all contribute to traumatic alopecia. Other forms of traumatic alopecia include accidental injury to the hair follicles such as spousal and child abuse, and pressure necrosis.

Traumatic alopecia is hair loss caused by an injury to the scalp.  Traction alopecia is included in traumatic alopecia but there are other things that can cause traumatic alopecia. Grooming methods that attempt to straighten naturally curly hair can cause stress to hair follicles. Tight rollers, braiding, overheating of hair shafts from hot combs and hairdryers, hair straighteners, vigorous combing, chemical bleaches, can all contribute to traumatic alopecia. Other forms of traumatic alopecia include accidental injury to the hair follicles such as spousal and child abuse, and pressure necrosis.

Solution

Traumatic alopecia can be reversed by stopping the processes that is causing the injury to the hair follicles.

Trichotillomania (Hair-pulling disorder)

Trichotillomania is a mental disorder whereby the patient has the irresistible urge to put out their hair on their scalp, eyebrows or other areas of their body, despite trying to stop.  There is usually a sense of pleasure or relief after the hair is pulled.  Women who experience trichotillomania may also bite their nails, pick their skin, or chew their lips.

Solution

Trichotillomania is a long-term mental disorder.  Without treatment, symptoms can worsen, and hair loss could become permanent.

For more information about trichotillomania CLICK HERE

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