Hair loss in women isn’t something that’s socially acceptable but it is something that can be overlooked as a normal occurrence. Gradual thinning hair is often associated with aging, temporary hair loss is common with pregnancy, and often women have pattern hair loss that runs in the family. However, hair loss should never be considered normal, especially when it can have a devastating influence on a woman’s quality of life.
Too often, women’s hair loss is not taken seriously, but its importance in a woman’s life should never be underestimated. Hair loss itself can inflict emotional problems but the failure of others to recognise the seriousness of these problems may further contribute to the psychological effects of hair loss.
Hair loss in women is common and relatively easy to treat with medical hair loss treatments and the support of various hair growth boosters, but many women are embarrassed to seek help. Just as people with acne might try every product on the shelf before consulting a dermatologist, many women will try an array of hair loss products and volumising shampoos before seeking the advice of a hair loss specialist.
Hundreds of women report negative feelings as a result of hair loss, ranging from decreased self-esteem to anxiety and depression. They have mixed feelings about it – like their family doesn’t take their hair loss seriously while they feel others are always looking at their hair – and it affects their social life. Women with hair loss may be constantly comparing themselves to others, feel that it’s affecting their career, and go out less because it affects their self-esteem.
Even when a woman’s thinning hair is seemingly ‘normal’, treatments are available and should be considered when hair loss influences a woman’s quality of life. In any case, hair loss should not be taken at face value and seen as ‘normal’ because it can be an indication of an underlying medical problem that needs urgent addressing. Such conditions where hair loss is a common side effect include polycystic ovarian syndrome, thyroid and other autoimmune diseases, psychological or physical stress, and dietary deficiencies, just to name a few.
A woman’s hair loss should always be taken seriously and they should consult a hair loss specialist to learn how to treat and manage the problem effectively. For a free consultation with a hair loss specialist, call the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 or send an email for more information. Alternatively, fill in the online diagnostic form for free expert advice about your condition and get access to the best individualised treatment, without the need to come into the centre.