There are many causes of female hair loss: Androgenetic alopecia is a genetic condition which is typically characterised by thinning on the top and frontal areas of the scalp. In women, this usually does not lead to total hair loss however, there can be differing degrees of thinning.
Hair loss usually begins after menopause or a hysterectomy when the male sex hormones (androgens) have more influence and can trigger hair loss. Some contraceptive pills can also be the trigger hence more younger women are now experiencing genetic hair loss.
Hormonal changes, such as thyroid conditions and childbirth can trigger diffuse hair loss, also known as Telogen Effluvium. This is characterised by hair loss from all over the scalp. Diffuse hair loss is usually temporary and once the hormonal change is corrected the hair will return to normal.
Telogen effluvium can also occur after surgery, high fever, severe infection, acute physical trauma, chronic debilitating illness (such as cancer or end-stage liver disease), hormonal disruption, acute weight loss, crash dieting, anorexia, nutritional factors, heavy metal toxicity and some medications.
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder and is usually seen as round areas of hair loss. There are different types of alopecia. Some will cause scarring of the scalp and the follicles will not be able to produce hair. These are permanent conditions. Other alopecia is temporary and the hair will grow back.
Nutrition is very important for hair growth and the health of your hair. In times of low nutrition, the body will use stored nutrients taken in for life giving organs. Hair is not a priority in nutrient lean times. Iron, zinc and vitamin D are just a few nutrients needed for hair growth. Once these levels are corrected, hair loss will reduce and new growth will occur.
Trichotillomania is a psychological condition that involves the twisting, pulling and rubbing of the hair. With continuing such habits, the hair falls out and may stop growing altogether. This condition worsens in times of stress and nervousness.
Chemical treatments such as hair colouring, perming and chemical straightening can cause hair loss due to breakage or burning of the scalp. Other hair styling techniques and appliances can also cause hair breakage. Traction alopecia is caused through constant pressure on the follicles. Hair braiding, ponytails and hair extensions are just some of the causes of the traction alopecia.
Hair loss treatments will vary depending on the diagnosis of the condition. Available treatments to treat female hair loss can include: Low Level Laser Therapy, nutritional supplementation, Scalp Micropigmentation, cosmetic hair thickeners, medication and Hair Transplantation.
Generally any treatment for hair loss needs to be used for a minimum of 3-6 months. This is due to the fact that hair loss and hair growth can be a gradual process so therefore the rate of recovery can also be slow. With this in mind, photos will be taken at the initial consultation so a comparison can be made at determined stages of your treatment.
Medical Hair Restoration Australia recommends to have hair loss correctly identified and diagnosed by a qualified trichologist before starting any treatments for hair loss. If you would like more information, book a no obligation consultation on 1800668480.