HAIR LOSS IN WOMEN

The good news about most women’s hair loss conditions is that they are treatable, or at the very least, can be prevented or reversed. Causes can range from genetics, stress or various medical issues and, depending on the diagnosis, hair loss can either be temporary or ongoing.

ABOUT HAIR LOSS IN WOMEN

Before you begin, it is imperative that you consult a hair loss consultant to ensure the correct diagnosis is achieved and the right course of action is taken. Our guide below should provide a good starting point in what might be causing your problem and what can be done to help.

Alternatively, feel free to contact Boss Clinic at any time to arrange a free one-on-one consultation with a hair loss specialist.

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FEMALE PATTERN HAIR LOSS

Also known as Androgenetic Alopecia, the hereditary condition of Female Pattern Hair Loss is one of the most common ones affecting women.

Thinning hair found around the top of the head and around the crown area, with hair remaining unaffected from the sides and back of the scalp, are common signs of Female Pattern Hair Loss.

Shedding more hair than usual, or your part becoming wider, are other symptoms. This may also lead to a receding hair line where hair thins around the temple area.

Telogen Effluvium

Telogen Effluvium is usually a temporary condition which causes thinning of the hair from all over the scalp.

It is usually caused by an event that shocks certain hair follicles, causing the hair produced by these follicles to move from the growth phase to the resting phase.

The resting phase lasts around three months before the hair sheds with the ensuing hair loss occurring roughly three months after the event.

Triggers

usually come from a sudden stressful event or medical occurrence, however other factors to consider are

  • childbirth
  • commencing or discontinuing oral contraceptives
  • pregnancy termination
  • diet pills or other medications

Chronic Telogen Effluvium | Diffuse Hair Loss

Similar to temporary Telogen Effluvium in that its causes come from a sudden and stressful event, in the instance of Chronic Telogen Effluvium or Diffuse Hair Loss, the condition can be prolonged.

The reasons for this are usually because the underlying cause of the hair loss has not be dealt with.

Rectifying Chronic TE is done through an optimum course of treatment using minoxidil and considering any medical issues that may be causing the problem.

Other causes could include:

  • stress
  • anaemia
  • thyroid problems
  • medication side-affects

Traction Alopecia

Placing constant and excessive tension on the hair shafts, often by overuse of hair extensions, tight braids or weaves, causes the hair loss condition known as traction alopecia.

As the hair follicles become damaged, hair loss will generally occur around the hairline and temples, with only fine or ‘fluffy’ hairs left behind.

If the cause of Traction Alopecia is concentrated in one specific location, for example a heavy hairpiece or ponytail extension, the condition can also cause patchy hair loss in that area.

Due to the nature of damage coming from hair styling, traction alopecia mainly affects women, though it can also occur in men who wear their hair in cornrows.

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia Areata can come on suddenly and causes patchy hair loss, often in circular bald patches.

Stress or extreme shock are the common triggers for this often temporary hair loss condition, which can last around three months after the offending incident.

Alopecia Areata affects the head only with hair loss appearing anywhere on the scalp, however it can progress to more extreme cases leading to complete hair loss of the scalp and body.

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OTHER WOMEN'S HAIR LOSS CONDITIONS

Other less common hair loss conditions in women, and much rarer than those listed above, include:



Follicular Degeneration Syndrome (FDS)

also known as Central Progressive Alopecia and Hot Comb Alopecia. Starting as a clearly defined patch of diffuse hair loss, it is a form of scarring alopecia that can then spread and spiral out across the scalp vertex.

The most extreme forms of alopecia are Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis. Whilst Alopecia Totalis causes all hair to be lost from the head (scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows, etc.), Alopecia Universalis causes complete hair loss from head to toe.

Cicatricial alopecia

Also known as ‘scarring alopecia’, is a group of rare hair loss conditions, one of which – Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia – is specific to women. Targeting the hair follicles directly, these conditions can also include hair loss as a result of scarring following burns or radiation.

Trichotillomania

Is a self-inflicted condition which sees sufferers repeatedly pull, tug at or twist their hair until it comes out.

Pseudopelade

Is an extremely rare hair loss condition, also known as Alopecia Cicatrisata. Identified by patchy hair loss and bald patches that sometimes contain individual healthy hairs, the condition mainly affects women and occasionally children.

Lupus

Is a chronic inflammatory disease which causes the body’s immune system to turn on its own tissues and organs.

Perhaps best known for the butterfly-shaped rash it can cause across the nose and cheeks, Lupus can also cause diffuse hair loss.

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