TV chef Nigella Lawson is well known for the good looks that defy her 51 years, and rarely appears on our screens looking anything less than flawless. But photos published by the Daily Mail have revealed a slightly different picture, and suggest the ‘Domestic Goddess’ may be suffering from female hair loss.
Thinning hair and strands of grey were both visible in the paparazzi pictures taken while the ‘domestic goddess’ was out shopping in London recently. In the words of the newspaper: “Miss Lawson was showing the merest hint of grey at the roots. And from the rear, there were clear signs of thinning at the crown.”
A case of Female Pattern Hair Loss?
Female Pattern Hair Loss is a type of genetic hair loss and it is entirely normal in a woman of Nigella’s age. Also known as Androgenetic Alopecia, it has been estimated that roughly 40 percent of women will suffer hair loss to some degree in their lifetime as a result of the condition.
While Male Pattern Baldness often affects men as early as their twenties, Female Pattern Hair Loss usually becomes apparent much later in life, particularly after the menopause. Unlike men, who tend to develop a receding hairline, women experience a more diffuse thinning process over the top of the scalp, and a loss of ‘volume’. Women very rarely go entirely bald from the condition, though this can occur in some exceptional cases.
It is not possible to say definitively whether Nigella is suffering from this type of genetic hair loss based on the evidence of a few candid photographs, though this is entirely possible for a woman of her age.
What causes Female Pattern Hair Loss?
Female Pattern Hair Loss is a hereditary condition, with women whose close female relatives suffered from this type of hair loss being more likely to develop the condition themselves. As with its male counterpart (Male Pattern Baldness), female hair loss is triggered by changes in the hormones. When the condition becomes active, testosterone in the body is converted into its derivative, dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which causes affected hair follicles to gradually shrink and eventually die off. This leads to noticeable hair thinning, as there are substantially less active and healthy hair follicles than were present previously.
Treatments for Female Pattern Hair loss
At the Belgravia Centre we use a combined approach to tackle female hair loss, monitored and managed by our hair loss experts. Minoxidil is the only pharmaceutical product that has been scientifically proven to stabilise female genetic hair loss and lead to hair growth. We combine this with clinical treatments and our own hair growth boosters to achieve maximum results.
If you think you may be suffering from Female Pattern Hair Loss, take a look at some of our before and after photo gallery to see how we can help, then contact us for an initial no-obligation consultation. Alternatively, you can fill in our online diagnostic form for our mail order hair loss service.