About one-third of women suffer hair loss at some time in their lives. Hair loss in women often has a greater impact on emotional well-being and quality of life, as it is less socially acceptable for them. In women, alopecia begins with gradual thinning of hair at the part line followed by increased hair loss from the top of the head.
There are many causes of hair loss in women, including medical conditions, medications, mental and physical stress, and dramatic weight loss. If you notice dramatic hair loss, it may be a symptom of a greater problem. It is important to see the doctor to determine the cause of your hair loss and get proper treatment.
Common Types of Hair Loss
It is normal to lose between 50 to 100 or a little more hair a day, but more than that is concerning, and it is essential to let your dermatologist know. Here are some common types of hair loss in women.
Women who suffer from androgenetic alopecia have diffuse thinning all over the scalp. The cause of this is the presence of less amount of male hormone, androgen in women. It can also be caused by a variety of factors such as ovarian cysts, taking high androgen birth control pills, pregnancy, and menopause.
Another common type of hair loss in women is telogen effluvium where thinning of hair appears on one area or all over the scalp. It affects the top area of the scalp and the main cause for this type of hair loss is when your body goes through traumatic events like major surgery, childbirth, or malnutrition. The hair in the growing and transitional phase shift to the resting (telogen) phase all at once.
Anagen effluvium is a form of hair loss where hair more quickly and drastically falls out in clumps. The main cause for this is when something inhibits the metabolic activity of hair follicles. This hair loss is linked with chemotherapy affecting the hair in the active phase (anagen).
Traction alopecia occurs when your hair follicles are traumatized or damaged due to tight hairstyles. First, the condition shows little bumps on the scalp and when progresses it shows broken and missing hair on the front and sides of the scalp.
What are Effective Hair Regrowth Treatments?
There are several regrowth treatment options for hair loss in women.
Topical medication Minoxidil sold under different names is an FDA-approved medicine and safe for both females and males. It is available in liquid or foam and applied on the scalp to stimulate hair follicles increasing the growth cycle.
Light therapy uses low-level laser light to irradiate photons on the scalp leading to increased blood flow. This stimulates the follicles restoring the strength helping hair regrow. This treatment is non-invasive and clinically proven.
These two treatments are quite effective, however, there are others as well such as PRP and hormone therapy, and hair transplant. However, eating a nutritious diet and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help keep hair healthy.
If you are suffering from hair loss, consult Hair Centre International today for hair analysis and best regrowth treatment.