I Have Female Hair Loss: Now What?

Caught with hair loss

Hair loss is a scary though for anyone, but as a woman, losing your hair can be especially traumatic.

Men can work the bald look and even make it sexy. But seeing a woman with female hair loss will often lead people to assume you’re unwell. Perhaps it’s because female hair loss doesn’t seem all that common? But the truth is that around 30 million women in America alone have experienced extensive hair loss, not to mention the many more that have thinning hair as a result of menopause and certain medications.

On average, it is normal to lose about 50 to 100 hairs each day as when all is well with your body, just as many will grow back. Lifestyle setbacks, including severe stress (death in the family, divorce, job loss) and changes in your diet or nutritional deficiency (crash programs, lack of protein), can cause your hair to shed more rapidly than normal.

Medical issues such as am overactive or underactive thyroid gland or iron deficiency can also result in hair loss in women. When women go through menopause and their estrogen levels fall, their hair often begins to thin. Many women also lose some hair a few months after giving birth because of the hormonal changes the body experiences.

Take Control of Female Hair Loss

When you first start to notice that you have thinning hair you should consult a doctor straight aim; and if you can, a dermatologist who specializes in hair loss. No matter what the cause, the sooner you address the problem the better for you and your hair. The dermatologist will take your medical history, run blood tests and may even do a scalp biopsy.

If the blood test reveals that you have low iron, for instance, your doctor will put you on a supplement. If your hair loss seems to be the result of menopause, you and your doctor can discuss whether hormone replacement therapy would be a good idea.

Hair Loss Treatments for Women

Studies show that the most effective topical medication for the female hair loss is currently minoxidil (brand name Rogaine) which is the only treatment for hair loss in women that has been approved by the FDA. However Minoxidil can take anywhere between six months or even up to a year before you will see results and even then there is no guarantee. Many sufferers of female hair loss report success with laser hair therapy devices such as the iGrow laser or the Capillus272 Laser Cap which are devices that are designed to stimulate hair follicles.

If hair loss treatments are not working for you and your scalp is more visible than you’d like it to be, hair loss solutions such as a Topette Crown Extension or a Human Hair Wig will give you instantly beautiful hair. You can also cosmetically cover hair loss and thicken hair with BioTHIK Hair Fibres.

Beware of Hair Loss Gimmicks

“If you have thinning hair, be warned that there are lots of female hair loss treatments on the market but few are worth your money.” - Dr. Melissa Piliang, Dermatologist

Americans spent an estimated $176 million on hair loss products last year, and chances are some of that money was not well spent. Don’t let charming salon owners, seductive ads or fancy gimmicks convince you otherwise.

Lots of over-the-counter products that you  can buy in  chemist’s or supermarkets claim to promote hair growth but they very rarely do. Unless it contains minoxidil there is very little chance you will see your hair restored! Shampoos and vitamins might make your hair look and feel healthier, but they won’t put more hairs on your head. Unless you are nutritionally deficient, you probably don’t need a vitamin supplement and if you do, a simple multivitamin is enough.

Fads and gimmicks probably won’t hurt you, but they will waste time and money. When it comes to hair loss, seek professional medical advice first. Transitions Hair can then help you find the right hair replacement or hair restoration option for you. Take advantage of our free, no obligation consultation today by calling 1300 427 778.