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Female hair loss: Should you be worrying?

From time to time you might notice that your hair fall is more than normal, you might see this when you’re brushing or washing your hair, or you might just see more hair than normal falling out throughout the day.

Hair loss in both women and men is completely normal, and unless your hair loss is severe and happens over a prolonged period of time you probably won’t notice any visible difference to the appearance of your hair. However, there are times when hair loss can become quite noticeable and can become a problem. Today, we’re giving you all the information on female hair loss and when you need to worry about it.

Is hair loss normal?

Yes, hair loss is completely normal to an extent. Both men and women will lose hair every single day and you probably won’t even realise. Hair loss is actually part of the natural hair growth cycle and without hair loss, the cycle wouldn’t allow you to grow new healthy hair.

Each hair follicle lives in a long cycle of growth, followed by a short period of rest. During the rest phase of the growth cycle the hair follicle is still attached to the scalp but it does not grow anymore, once the resting phase ends the hair will shed in order to create space for new hair to grow. Different factors that include genetics and age can determine a hair follicles pattern of growth and rest, age, for example can change the pattern and hair follicles can spend more time in the resting phase which can lead to hair thinning.

Each day it is completely normal to lose between 60 to 100 hairs and this can vary from person to person. You might notice this shedding when you brush or wash your hair.

When should I worry about my hair loss?

As mentioned, hair loss is a normal part of daily life, however, there are times when hair loss could be more serious and it might be worthwhile visiting your GP or a hair loss specialist. It is hard to monitor how much hair you are losing on a daily basis so it’s better to go by your hair itself. If you’ve notice balding patches or overall thinning of your hair you could start to take photos of it so that you can review it over time.

It’s important to remember that not all types of hair loss are permanent and things such as stress, pregnancy, and hormones can cause temporary hair loss. More permeant types of hair loss can include PCOS, alopecia and male pattern baldness.

Do I need to look for hair loss treatments?

It is important for you to consult either a hair loss specialist or a GP for advice on treatments for hair loss. As some causes of hair loss are not permeant you might not need to look for treatment. At current, there is no treatment for hair loss but there are hair restoration treatments that can help restore the appearance of a full head of hair.

If you would like more information about hair loss, book in with one of our hair loss specialists today for a no obligation consultation.

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