We typically see advertisements and information about hair loss in men, however women experience it too. According to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), there are many factors that can result in hair loss in women, including illness, some medications and genetics. There are also a number of common myths surrounding hair loss in women.
We take a look at some of the myths, the causes and possible treatments.
Debunking the Myths about Women's Hair Loss
Some of the popular myths include:
• Hair loss is inherited from the maternal line. In fact, according to the ISHRS, either parent's genes can factor in, and there’s no reliable way to predict how much hair you might lose, and in what pattern.
• Women experience hair loss in the same way as men. Typically, rather than getting a noticeably receding hairline, women see a decreased density on the top of the head or a widening of the part.
• All hair loss is permanent. There are treatments available, both surgical and non-surgical. The earlier the problem is identified and treated, the better.
• Washing your hair can cause the condition. Generally, normal care doesn't result in hair loss, and it’s normal to lose a certain amount of hair naturally.
What causes hair loss in women?
There are many reasons why you might suffer hair loss. Genetics plays a part in some types of hair loss. And just like the condition of your skin and nails, your hair is subject to your general state of health. The normal cycle of hair growth can be interrupted by medications, illness, hormones and even extreme diets. Certain conditions can result in hair loss, including pregnancy and menopause. It's possible to lose hair during times of extreme stress, such as after a surgery or a physical or emotional trauma. Tight braiding or inappropriate hair extensions may also result in hair loss.
Early signs and hair loss treatment
Early treatment is the most effective way of dealing with hair loss. While it’s normal to lose some hair each day, pay attention if you notice a difference in the amount of hair in your brushes and combs, on your pillow in the morning, or on the floor. You might also notice that your part is wider then it was and that you can see your scalp, especially when your hair is pulled back in a ponytail or a bun.
There are a number of treatment options, depending on your particular circumstances. These include wigs for women, crown extensions, hair transplants, hair extensions, laser hair therapy and cosmetic hair thickener.
At the onset of hair loss, seek professional advice for the best chance of finding a suitable option to rescue your locks.