I bet you didn’t realise that like with men, many women will experience hair loss at some point in their lives. But female hair loss can be helped! There are a few treatments out there that can really help to prevent women’s hair loss and grow back hair that has been lost.
The causes of women’s hair loss are more diverse than those of men’s; with men it’s generally a genetic condition, yet with women, hair loss is usually caused by one or more of the following three conditions:
The first is genetic hair loss, otherwise known as female pattern hair loss which is hair loss confined to the top area of the head. Many people do not realise that women produce the hormone ‘testosterone’ just like men, only in smaller amounts. For women who suffer from female pattern hair loss it doesn’t mean that they have more testosterone in their body than other women, but that the balance between testosterone and an enzyme called ‘5-alpha reductase’ is not evenly weighted – when this is the case a hormone derivative called ‘dihydrotestosterone’ is produced which is what attaches itself to the follicles and causes hair to be shed.
Our treatments for female pattern hair loss are very successful and will stabilise the hair loss in most cases and will also promote regrowth much of the time. More information on Female Pattern Hair Loss can be found here – Female Pattern Hair Loss.
The second hair loss condition that is commonly found in women is Telogen Effluvium. This is a condition that is caused by a sudden event such as stress, shock, illness or an operation and the hair loss is usually spread over the whole scalp – you can find more information on the causes of Telogen Effluvium here – Telogen Effluvium.
Telogen Effluvium causes the hair to be shed 3 months after the event, so much of the time it can be shocking for the person experiencing the condition and hard to pin-point the cause. The reason that the hair loss is experienced 3 months later with Telogen Effluvium is because when the event takes place, the hair is passed into the ‘telogen’ phase, which is the resting phase of a hair’s life. The telogen stage lasts for 3 months before the hair is shed.
With Telogen Effluvium treatment is not always required as the hair will usually grow back on its own. We do however always advise treatment as a precaution for a couple of reasons – first of all, if the cause of the hair loss is on-going (on-going stress / illness etc.) then the hair will carry on shedding without treatment. Secondly, much of the time Telogen Effluvium can trigger female pattern hair loss in those women (or men) who are prone to it. Once the hair has been restored we advise ceasing usage of treatment to see if the hair carries on shedding. If it does treatment can be continued, otherwise treatment can be stopped permanently as it means female pattern hair loss was not triggered and the telogen effluvium is not ongoing.
The final condition that is frequently experienced by women is diffuse hair loss. The condition involves an increased rate of hair fall and subsequent thinning from all over the scalp.
For those experiencing Diffuse Hair Loss, diet should be checked for adequate intake of nutrients. Clinical investigations should be made for thyroid, haemoglobin and hormonal problems. Stress may also be a contributing factor in Diffuse Hair Loss.
Women with this condition will usually be advised to visit their doctor in order to discover the underlying cause but treatment can be an effective solution for this form of female hair loss whilst the underlying cause is being researched.
The hair loss treatments that we usually recommend as part of a full female hair loss treatment course (depending on the person’s personal and medical details) are Minoxidil + MPG, Hair Vitalics and LaserComb. These are effective treatments for all of the above conditions. Belgravia’s hair loss treatment courses will also usually include trichological check-ups at the centre, specially formulated shampoo and conditioner to last throughout your treatment course and clinical treatments which include scalp treatment to maintain and improve the condition of the scalp, laser, infra red, ultra-violet light therapy and scalp massage. You will also receive photo-scans before and during your treatment so that we can monitor your progress visually.
We understand that hair loss in women can be emotionally difficult and many women have trouble confronting the situation and may find it hard to talk about. Our receptionists, trichologists and treatment advisors are very understanding and please remember we see 20-40 women also suffering from hair loss each day so it is something we are very used to.
In order to obtain a diagnosis and treatment recommendations from a Belgravia qualified trichologist you can call or email the centre on 020 7730 6666 or firstname.lastname@example.org in order to arrange a free hair loss consultation. If you are unable to visit the London centre you can complete our on-line diagnostic form (found here – diagnostic form) which will be submitted instantly to the centre after which you will be contacted by a Belgravia treatment advisor within a couple of days.