Hair Loss in women: Whats and Hows of It
Hair loss and thinning is something that people from all around the world experience. However, it is more difficult document the female hair loss cases rather than the male hair loss cases due to the stigma associated with the same. It is a pretty common sight for men, with an early onset of alopecia, to sport a bald look. They may even do it for fashion purposes. However, how many of us can actually remember women doing the same? In fact, Indian society is even more conservative than the west in this matter with no role models porting a bald look so as to make them more open to the problem.
The emphasis placed by the society on the physical appearance of a woman adds to the social pressure for her to look her very best at all times. This often means scant approval or support with the added insult of social humiliation for women with little or no hair. Their “crowning glory” is often the measure society uses for their femininity, identity and appearance making them feel as if they are losing a part of their own self along with the hair. In the words of a popular New York Psychologist and author Dr Vivian Diller, men may feel unhappy with their hair loss but for women, alopecia brings feelings of shame, humiliation and fear along with the thinning tresses.
Reasons behind the Female Pattern Alopecia
Also known by the name of Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL), it may be long term or short term in women depending upon the factors behind its onset. Hair loss may be same for both the genders, but the types and causes for the same in women is not as clear cut as it is in most of the men. The reasons affecting most of the females either don’t apply to men or has a different impact on them. For men, androgenetic alopecia or hereditary baldness is the reason in maximum of cases. The causes of hair loss in men can be explained as follows:
- Genetic: Hereditary alopecia affects round 50 percent of the cases.
- Menopause: This common body process that happens in all women, sometimes, has a negative effect on the hair and body leading to increased hair fall and signs of alopecia
- Postpartum Hair Loss: It is common knowledge that there is an increase in hair fall after having a baby. This is due to a deficiency of nutrients that occurs after delivery. Although it is a short term process, if not taken care of it can become a long term problem.
- Medications: Several common antidepressants as well as cancer and thyroid medications have a negative effect on your hair causing you to lose hair more frequently.
- Regular Chemical Styling: Regular or frequent usage of damaging chemical treatments like perming, straightening and bleaching as well as usage of different styling devices puts unnecessary pressure on our tresses leading to hair fall
- Nutritional deficiencies: An unbalanced diet, often followed by women trying to lose weight, can cause nutritional deficiencies in the body especially that of iron. This deficiency is one of the major causes of hair fall in women.
- Over-usage of contraceptives: Those indulging in over usage of contraceptives are more prone to hormone related hair loss. This especially happens sometime after stopping the pill thus leading to hair loss.
Types of Hair Loss in women
Depending upon the age that it starts and the type of miniaturization, female pattern hair loss can be divided into three categories. These categories are:
- Androgenetic Alopecia: Genetically linked to the male hormones, this alopecia stage starts any time between puberty and 40 and is similar to the Male pattern alopecia.
- Senescent Alopecia: This alopecia appears between the age of 45 to 55 and refers to age related thinning process that starts at around 60 or older. However, it is not DHT related and is very different from Androgenetic alopecia.
- Alopecia Areata: Caused due to an inappropriate inflammatory reaction that causes patchy shedding of hair, this type of alopecia makes a person’s immune system attack the hair follicles.
- Traction Alopecia: This type of alopecia happens when there is localized trauma to the follicles caused due to tight hairstyles and buns. Other causes of this alopecia include braiding, cornrows, extensions and tight ponytails.
- Anagen Effluvium: This hair loss occurs when the cellular level mitotic or metabolic activity of the hair follicle gets impaired due to any kind of pressure or insult. This is commonly caused by chemotherapy.
- Telogen Effluvium: This type of hair loss is caused to some trauma caused to the body like malnutrition, child birth, surgery, infections or stress. The hair fall starts happening mostly six to ten weeks after the traumatic event and sometimes causes handfuls of hair loss at one time. Many a time, even without any trauma or any other kind of triggering factors or stressors, this alopecia have been found to be present in some women making it pretty difficult to diagnose too.
Diagnosis and Management of Hair loss
Fortunately for all the women suffering from Female Pattern Alopecia, this condition is easy to treat. Consult a certified medical expert so that you can get the best of the treatment. He or she will do a complete examination of your scalp while keeping your medical history is perspective. You can even contact our nearest Hairpro expert to know how the Hairpro Laser Caps can resolve your hair fall problem right in the comfort of your home. Using the innovative LLLT therapy, these caps reactivate the dormant hair follicles, thus promoting thicker, longer and healthier crown of tresses for your head. Remember, if left untreated Female pattern baldness is permanent. Take a step now if you already have it or as soon as you see the first symptoms of the same to avoid any future trauma or stress regarding your physical appearance.