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Female hair loss: Causes and treatments

When we think about hair loss, a lot of people will straight away jump to the assumption of a man losing his hair – however, hair loss within females is very common too. Hair loss can be a confusing subject with many different causes and factors it can be hard to find the root of the problem.

Today, we’re going to try and make it a little less confusing and discuss different causes of female hair loss and potential hair loss treatments.

Is hair loss natural?

Losing your hair is something that can be quite worrying but it’s important to remember that most women will experience hair loss at one stage in their life, and it isn’t always something you need to worry about because hair loss can be completely natural.

It is normal to lose up to 100 hairs per day, your hair grows from the base of the hair follicle and it grows at around 1cm per month for about three years. After this hair growth cycle, the hair will sit and lie dormant until it is pushed about by new hair. If you’re noticing your hair falling out it would simply be because new hair is growing in its place – which is nothing to worry about.

If you feel as if you are losing more hair than normal, this could be more serious. In a lot of cases, hair loss is temporary and it will grow back, but it’s important to find out why you’re losing your hair as this will help determine if your hair loss is permanent and if you need to look into treatment.

What is causing my hair loss?

You could be losing your hair for a number of different reasons and it is important to get an expert opinion before looking into treatments. Here are a few reasons you could be experiencing hair loss;

  • Hormone changes: If your hormones change you could notice some changes in your hair. For example, during pregnancy hair can get thicker due to a change in hormones and once you give birth and your hormones return to normal you might notice excessive hair loss. Hair loss related to hormones can over time return to normal with no treatment needed.
  • Rapid weight loss: Losing a lot of weight in a short period of time could result in some side effects such as hair loss. This could be due to a change in your diet. Certain vitamins and minerals are key to having healthy hair, and a loss in these could lead to hair loss. Ensuring you’re eating a balanced diet it essential to keeping your hair healthy and promoting growth.
  • Illness and stress: Illness and stress can have a huge impact on your body and side effects such as hair loss and shedding can happen. Hair follicles can stop their growth phase and begin to rest if your body has had some kind of physical or mental trauma – such as stress. A normal growth phase will resume once the stress has stopped.
  • Male pattern baldness: 40% of women suffer from male pattern baldness, also known as androgenic alopecia. This type of hair loss happens when hair follicles shrink due to the effects of androgenic hormones, these hormones break down the hair growth cycle and shortens the growth phase, but the shedding phases remains the same – meaning hair falls out faster than it can grow.

Is there any treatments for hair loss?

If you believe that your hair loss needs treatment, the Harley Street Hair Clinic offer a number of hair restoration treatments that could help with hair loss. Such as advanced tricho pigmentation and FUE hair transplants.

If you’re worried about your hair loss and would like to discuss potential treatments, please contact us today for a no obligation consultation.

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