Hair loss. This for the ladies – see, I promised I don’t solely bring experts in to help me out! Here’s Sophie Humphrey from 360 Hair Clinic with the first part of a new series on hair loss – Robin
So, last time we covered hair loss and thinning in men, this time we are going to highlight the main causes of hair loss in women.
For women (particularly those with longer hair) the hair loss and shedding may first grab your attention when you start finding the hairs EVERYWHERE!
On your clothes
Wrapped around the wheels of the hoover
Blocking the bath plug – and when you finally clear it you end up with a ball of matted hair the size of a small animal!
When you start to examine your hair, you may notice that your parting looks wider, you have more of the fine baby hairs around the front of the hairline, perhaps the hair line has already started to recede and your fringe is slowly disappearing or the amount of hair in your ponytail may become significantly less.
Hair loss in women is a lot more common than you think. By the age of 50, 50% of women will have experienced some form of hair loss.
What causes hair loss in women?
Now the cause of hair loss in women can be due to a whole host of things, and in many cases, it is a combination of things contributing.
Female Pattern Baldness / Androgenic Alopecia and hair loss caused by Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome and the Menopause are all caused by the same hormone that causes men to thin on top (as explained in my previous blog post)
It is the male hormone, DHT, that causes the hair follicles to produce fewer hair cells, and therefore thinner and slower growing hairs.
Something that I have recently experienced myself is Post-pregnancy hair loss (aka post-partum hair loss) This is also caused by hormonal changes but for a different reason.
While pregnant, due to increased levels of Oestrogen, your hair follicles don’t go in to the Telogen ‘shedding’ Phase as often as they normally would. This results in that lovely healthy, full looking hair while pregnant…
Then, usually 3-4 months, post giving birth all the hairs that should have shed in that time seem to almost shed at once! In my experience, I have lost a lot of hair over the course of 1-2 months and have been left with a lovely receding hairline in the process. Within those 2 months I was losing a good handful of hair every time I washed my hair (every other day.)
I have included my own before and after pictures for anyone that would like an idea of what post-pregnancy hair loss can look like, and how it looks as the regrowth starts to come through. I am currently just over 12 weeks into treatment.
Other causes of hair loss and thinning in women include thyroid disorders, anemia, diabetes, lupus, stress, poor diet lacking in essential vitamins and minerals or protein and sometime medications. The above can result in a condition called Telogen Effluvium which is diffuse thinning all over leaving the scalp more visible and in this case up to 70% of the hairs can shed at one time and stay in the resting phase for longer than they normally would.
How Do You Treat Hair Loss?
The good news is that in most cases the above types of hair loss can be treated.
First you should aim to determine the cause of hair loss. A hair loss specialist can assist with that in a free consultation, and you may also need to seek advice from your GP if a medical condition needs to be addressed.
Once the cause is established treatments such as Low Level Laser therapy, Minoxidil and the correct hair care and supplements are very effective in preventing further hair loss, thickening the hair and accelerating hair growth!
A small step in the right direction would be switching to a shampoo that is Sodium Laureth Sulphate free, Sodium Chloride free, contains protein to strengthen the hair, and a growth stimulator.
The growth stimulator that I have found most effective is Capixyl – this peptide is derived from Red Clover extract and it reduces inflammation in the scalp, encourages the follicle to stay in the growing phase for longer, and shortens the shedding phase. It really does work!
Next Steps: The Consultation
In my next post, I will be giving an insight to the consultation process and (if all goes to plan!) we will also be sharing some footage of Robin himself visiting me for a hair loss consultation at my clinic in Brighton.
I like to think of this part as an investigation, we have to dig in to your medical history, family history of hair loss, diet, medication, lifestyle… Somewhere along the line we should be able to flag up what is causing the hair loss, which then helps to determine which treatment/s would be the best to treat it.
I will be going in to more detail about what hair loss products and treatments are available, and how they work in my upcoming blog posts but feel free to get in touch any time if you have any initial questions.
Sophie – 360 Hair Clinic
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