Often thought of as a condition that affects men, pattern baldness can affect women too. Leading to a general thinning of hair over the top of the scalp, female pattern baldness is due to a genetic predisposition, and tends to become more noticeable with age.
Female hair loss can also be caused by Telogen Effluvium, where hair loss will be all over the scalp rather than just on top. There are also several other possible causes, including autoimmune disorders such as Alopecia Areata, and tension affecting the hair shafts (Traction Alopecia). By the age of 50, 50% of women will experience some degree of hair thinning from female pattern hair loss or another condition.
Depending on the cause of a woman’s thinning hair, it may be possible to treat the condition and stimulate natural hair regrowth. Nevertheless, the experience of having hair that is thinning can affect confidence, and many women who are embarking upon hair loss treatments also look for ways to boost their hair’s appearance until regrowth takes place.
Shampoo and conditioner
Volumising shampoos can be used to boost thinning hair, and if breakage is a concern, a protein conditioner can be used to strengthen hair. Everyday conditioners with ceramides and rice or wheat protein will nourish hair and leave it feeling stronger and softer. For anyone whose hair is already fine, avoid heavy products and stick to a light conditioner, to avoid weighing already thin hair down further.
Hair care products
When styling hair, mousse can be used with great results, leaving hair looking bouncy and volumised. It should always be applied to damp hair, concentrating on the roots. For added lift and tousled styles, powders and dry shampoos can be applied to the roots, and these can also be used to add lift to an up-do if fine or thinning hair is a concern.
It’s important to avoid greasy pomades, heavy styling products, gels and serums if you are experiencing thinning hair, as these will weigh down your hair, making thinning more noticeable. Creating volume at the roots and boosting hair’s volume will ensure it looks fuller.
Haircuts and styles
Your hairdresser should be able to advise you which haircut is most suitable for thinning hair: for example, a blunt cut can help fine hair to look fuller. He or she can also show you tips and tricks to add volume when styling your hair at home. Velcro rollers can boost your hair, helping it to appear bouncier and thicker, and they can be used with minimal heat, so they won’t damage your hair. Curl your hair around them after blow-drying and leave them in for as long as possible; some people like to sleep in them!
Not a substitute for hair loss treatment
Hair care and styling tips are not an alternative to seeking medical advice for hair loss, but they can help women to feel more confident if they are experiencing thinning hair.
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our online diagnostic form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our hair loss success stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 0800 077 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.