As the weather changes, womens’ magazines are featuring the new fashions for autumn. Gone are summer dresses and in come tights, boots and winter coats. But while many of those glossy magazines tell you how to wear your hair, not many talk about what to do if you are suffering from hair loss. There are a number of reasons that women lose their hair. It can be temporary but sometimes it can get progressively worse and lead to permanent thinning, or even baldness, unless action is taken. Here are the main causes and how to treat them.
Genetic Hair Loss
Increased levels of the hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) leads to Female Pattern Hair Loss and affects approximately 1 in 2 women. This condition usually starts to develop when a woman is in her thirties (although it can start earlier, in the twenties or even in the teens). By the time a woman is in her forties, the thinning is often noticeable, and becomes more severe during the menopause. Whereas a man with genetic hair loss will go bald, women usually experience an all-over thinning although for some women baldness can occur. It is possible to manage Female Pattern Hair Loss with the use of a hair loss treatment called Minoxidil that is prescribed in a specific formulation designed to suit the individual and when this is combined with the correct Hair Growth Booster.
When the body undergoes some kind of shock, it can trigger Telogen Effluvium. Hair is considered a non-essential function by our bodies so when we are stressed, take medications, lose weight rapidly or go through childbirth, the body will cope with these changes in the least harmful way possible. This means that certain hair follicles prematurely enter the telogen (resting) phase. They stay in this phase for about 3 months after which time they are shed. Often, the person will have recovered from the event before the shedding occurs. In most cases, the hair loss is temporary and after approximately 6 – 12 months the hair returns to a normal growth cycle. In some cases the hair loss can itself cause extra stress and worry which in turn exacerbates the condition. A severe case of Telogen Effluvium may also trigger Female Pattern Hair Loss so it is best to see a specialist who can advise on treatment which will allow you to remain in control of the condition.
Diffuse Hair Loss
This is hair loss that is caused by internal factors other than genes. It leads to an increased rate of hair falling out which results in an all-over thinning. Again, it is important to get this checked out as it can be a sympton of thyroid disorder, anaemia or hormonal problems. The condition can also be a result of nutritional deficiencies to which women are particularly susceptible. A well-balanced diet is important but care should be taken not to overdose on vitamins as this can also lead to hair loss. A hair specialist will be able to advise on using treatment for Diffuse Hair Loss.
This is hair loss caused by an autoimmune disorder which occurs suddenly, in patches. In about 20% of cases there is a genetic link. For some people the condition is temporary and the hair re-grows, for others it is permanent and may lead to Alopecia Totalis (total loss of hair on scalp) or Alopecia Universalis (total loss of hair on body and scalp). While science is still trying to find a cure for this condition, Belgravia have treated mild cases of Alopecia Areata with success.
Taking Action to Manage Hair Loss
At the first sign of hair loss or thinning hair, make a consultation with a hair specialist. They will be able to diagnose the condition and advise on whether or not treatment can help tackle the hair loss. As well as the benefits to your physical appearance, there is much to be said for the psychological boost of taking control of hair loss.
Belgravia has been treating females suffering from hair loss for several years. To book a consultation (which is free) with one of our friendly team of experts, just call 020 7730 6666 or message the clinic. If you are unable to make it into the centre, fill out the online diagnostic form for a consultation via the website.