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Hair loss in women: How to prevent it

By Alex

Hair loss can be a scary thought for anyone, most of the time when we think about hair loss we probably think about men but it’s important to remember hair loss can affect women too – for a number of different reasons.

We’re going to be telling you a few reasons women might suffer with hair loss and also if it is something you should be worried about.

Why am I losing my hair?

Hair loss in women is very common, and it can be a very scary time – it’s easy to notice your hair loss and automatically assume that there is a serious problem. With hair loss in women, there are a number of different causes, some of which might not be permanent.

It is important that you visit your GP or a hair loss specialist, such as one at The Harley Street Hair Clinic, to ensure your hair loss is diagnosed properly. Here are a few different reasons you might be experiencing hair loss;

Hormonal imbalance or pregnancy

Your body changes throughout the month and our hormones will change too. If your hormones are imbalanced it can affect the whole body and can cause some changes, including those to the hair.

Hormones play a huge role in regulating the hair growth cycle and ensuring it remains constantly stable. Oestrogen, which is a female hormone is ‘hair friendly’ and helps to keep hair in the growth phase for the correct length of time. Androgens, on the other hand, are typically male hormones (but can be found in females) these are not ‘hair friendly’ and can work to shorten the hair growth cycle. If the hair growth cycle is shorted, it can result in the body losing hair faster than it can grow.

An excess of androgens in the body, which can occur for those with conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), can cause hair loss.

During pregnancy, your hormones will change and this can cause different changes to your hair. During pregnancy, oestrogen production increases – causing hair to remain in the growth stage and making hair fuller and thicker. Once you’ve given birth and your hormones normalise your oestrogen production will return to normal which can be a shock to the body – causing a lot of hair to enter the resting stage at once, which will then cause the hair to suddenly shed. Over time your hormones, and hair will get back to how they were pre-pregnancy.

Stress

It’s true what they say, stress does cause hair loss. When the body is under stress – either physical or mental more androgens are produced by the body. These androgens can attack the hair growth cycle which can then shorten it. If the hair growth cycle is shortened it can cause the hair to shed.

Hair loss caused by stress is not permanent, once the stress stops your body will normalise and after a few months, you’ll notice your hair growth returning to normal

Age and menopause

As a woman, you’ll go through the menopause at some point in your life, this can cause a lot of different changes to the body and it will at times affect the hair too. Hair loss can become more likely leading up to and after the menopause, and it’s important to remember as we age, so does our hair. With age hair can get naturally thinner and can become more prone to breakage.

Male pattern baldness

Male pattern baldness isn’t something that can only affect men, 40% of women actually suffer from it too. Male pattern baldness, also known as androgenic alopecia is a type of hair loss that happens when hair follicles shrink due to the effects of androgenic hormones. These hormones work to break down the growth cycle and shorten the growth phase, but the shedding phase remains the same. This causes hair to fall out faster than it can grow.

Can I stop my hair loss?

Many forms of hair loss that women will experience such as stress related, hormonal hair loss, and hair loss through pregnancy are not permanent and this means there is no need to seek treatment. Your hair will over time resume its normal growth cycle and the hair loss will lessen.

If you do believe that your hair loss is due to one of these reasons and you have not notices the hair loss stop, it is important to visit a GP or a hair loss specialist.

Hair loss caused by male pattern baldness is very different, there is no cure or treatment for this type of hair loss. There are however hair restoration treatments, such as an FUE hair transplant and Advanced Trico Pigmentation – these treatments can work to restore the appearance of hair loss.

If you’re suffering with hair loss and would like some information on how we might be able to help, please contact us today for a no obligation consultation.

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