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At the Harley Street Hair Clinic we understand how detrimental hair loss can be to a woman’s confidence. However before beginning the journey of regaining this self-confidence, one of the most important things you need to determine is what type of hair loss you are experiencing.

There are generally three types of women hair loss. These are summed up via the three following categories – androgenetic alopecia, Telogen effluvium, and non-pattern hair loss. Androgenetic alopecia is the most common cause of hair loss in women, and the pattern of hair loss in this case, is less predictable in women than it is men. Telogen effluvium can arise from many causes, including medication use, dietary tendencies, and stress. Then there are all of the other rarer types of hair loss, which fall into the ‘non pattern hair loss category’.

Causes of Hair Loss in Women

In some cases, there may be an underlying cause of hair loss that is untreated. In women, there are a few health problems that can be the root cause of hair loss.

Birth Control

There are many forms of birth control, but one of the most popular ones is in the form of a pill. Commonly referred to as ‘The Pill’, this is actually the name of several different oral contraceptives that are currently used across the world to manage pregnancies.
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Childbirth

Having a child can be one of the most stressful experiences on a woman’s body, both from an emotional and physical point of view. The hormonal changes that a woman’s body undergo during pregnancy can be extremely challenging, resulting in many different changes to the hair. The changes do not stop once the pregnancy has reached completion. As the body starts to revert back to its pre-pregnancy state, there can still be varied effects on the hair.
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Female Pattern Baldness

Female pattern baldness refers to the typical style of hair loss that occurs in women. Similar to male pattern baldness, this can occur in any woman and is due to genetic factors. The pattern refers to the way that hair loss occurs, which is distinctly different from men. Roughly one third of all women will experience some form of female pattern baldness during their life.
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Hairstyles

Often thought of as an urban myth, hair loss as a result of particular hairstyles does, in fact, happen. There are many tight hairstyles that can cause hair loss.
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Menopause Hair Loss

Menopause has a myriad of effects on your body and hair, all caused by the decreasing levels of oestrogen. Along with the hot flushes, mood changes and sudden increase in facial hair – you can expect your hair to thin, your hairline to recede and an increased amount of hair loss.

The cause of this is the reduced oestrogen levels. As oestrogen keeps your hair in the growing phase, the reduced levels cause the hair’s growth cycle to shorten and hair sheds before it reaches the length it used to be able to reach.
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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome – or PCOS – is thought to affect as many as one in five women in the UK, according to the NHS.

As PCOS is a hormonal disorder – specifically affecting your endocrine levels – it causes hormonal imbalances. Many women who suffer from PCOS have increased levels of androgens; testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It is this increased amount of DHT that causes hair loss in women who have PCOS.

When found in high amounts, androgens – specifically DHT – latch onto hair follicles and start to affect the hair, eventually causing hair loss. DHT then clogs the hair follicle, causing it to be unable to create new hair. This is essentially another form of androgenetic alopecia.
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Pregnancy

Being pregnant is one of the biggest stresses that a woman can put her body through. During this time, hormone levels are completely different to normal, causing many changes in the body – and your hair is not immune from these effects.

During pregnancy, there is an increased level of the hormone Oestrogen. Oestrogen causes your hair to remain in the growing stage of the hair growth cycle, as well as stimulating hair to grow if it’s not already. While you are pregnant, you should expect to have a full, luscious head of hair.

Once you have given birth, however, things are different. As your hormones return to their normal levels, this can cause a massive shock to the body, and your hair

This means that all the oestrogen that kept your hair from falling out is now gone, so the hair starts to shed. This can be distressing, because as much as 60% of the hair can enter the resting stage at once, causing a lot of hair to suddenly fall out.

However, the hair will start to grow again. Hair loss caused by pregnancy is essentially a specialised form of Telogen Effluvium.
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Other Causes Of Hair Loss

In order to discover more about the type of hair loss you may be experiencing and the solutions at your disposal, you should book a consultation and visit us at the clinic for a detailed assessment.

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At the Harley Street Hair Clinic we’re experts in the innovative FUE hair transplant procedure. Every procedure and client is different but when the best time to get a transplant is similar for most. From the best age to get a transplant to the best time of the year to get a transplant, we’ve got all the information you need.

If you would like any more information about hair loss please feel free to contact us and book a free no-obligation consultation.

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