When we think about hair loss and balding it’s easy to automatically to associate it with men, but hair loss in women is very common too. With 35 million men experiencing hair loss, in comparison to 21 million women, the gap might not seem as big as you thought.
Losing your hair can be quite scary as a man or woman, once you first notice you’re losing your hair people can panic and worry about how much hair they’re going to lose and if it’s going to come back. It’s important to remember there are different types of hair loss, and some are not permanent.
Today we’ll be looking into hair loss in women, the different types of hair loss, what you can expect to happen and how your hair loss can be treated.
Male pattern baldness can confuse some people, due to the name most assume it’s a type of hair loss that affects only men. However, male pattern baldness – also known as androgenic alopecia is the most common type of hair loss and affects an estimate of 70% of men, as well as 40% of women in their lifetimes.
Male pattern baldness happens when your hair follicles shrink due to the effects of androgenic hormones. The two hormones that cause male pattern hair loss are testosterone and dihydrotesterone (DHT). These hormones break down the hair growth cycle by shortening the growth phase of the hair. The shedding phase remains the same, meaning your hair falls out faster than it can grow.
Loose Women’s Nadia Sawalha has recently opened up about her hair loss. Nadia is one of the 40% of women suffering from male pattern baldness. Nadia shared with her fans on Facebook a video of her discussing her hair loss and how it is affecting her, telling fans she has lost almost a third of her hair.
Male pattern baldness, unfortunately, is not a treatable type of hair loss, which means it can’t be stopped. However, there are treatments such as FUE hair transplants, which work to disguise thinning areas of the hair, resulting in a realistic, natural looking full head of hair.
There are many other types of female hair loss, some that do not cause permanent hair loss such as post pregnancy hair loss, this is your body adapting to a change in hormones, stress related hair loss which, can grow back a few months after the stressful event.
Female hair loss can also be caused by PCOS, anaemia and menopause. There are so many different factors and causes in hair loss it is important to see a hair loss specialist to determine your type of hair loss before you look into treatments. This way you can ensure you’re looking into the right treatment for your hair loss.
If you’re suffering from hair loss and would like some advice on your type of hair loss and potential treatments please feel free to contact us for a no obligation consultation today.