Women’s Hair Loss
Did you know that 65% of women experience hair loss? Diffuse shedding (telogen effluvium), or androgenetic alopecia, are the most common forms of balding in women. According to the American Hair Loss Council, you normally lose about 100-125 hair per day. However, hair loss occurs when the hair follicle cannot regrow, or you lose more than 125 hairs per day.
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a product of the male hormone testosterone, is the enemy of hair follicles on your head. Simply put, under certain conditions DHT wants those follicles dead. This simple action is at the root of many kinds of hair loss, so we'll address it first. The hormonal process of testosterone converting to DHT, which then harms hair follicles, happens in both men and women. Under normal conditions, women have a small fraction of the level of testosterone that men have, but even a lower level can cause DHT triggering hair loss in women. When those levels rise, DHT can become even more of a problem but can often be considered ‘normal’ when assessed via a blood test, despite the fact that they may be high enough to cause a problem. The levels may not rise at all and still be a problem if you have the kind of body chemistry that is overly sensitive to even its regular levels of chemicals, including hormones. At VTC, our trichologists will assess the inner causes as well as the visibly
noticeable outer symptoms to devise a plan of action in order to rectify the problem or begin looking at ways of moving forward with a full head of hair once again.
The following are the most common causes of women’s hair loss:
The majority of women with androgenic alopecia have diffuse thinning on all areas of the scalp. Men on the other hand, rarely have diffuse thinning but instead have more distinct patterns of baldness. Some women may have a combination of two pattern types. Androgenic alopecia in women is due to the action of androgens, male hormones that are typically present in only small amounts. Androgenic alopecia can be caused by a variety of factors tied to the actions of hormones, including:
Hormonal changes or imbalances
Birth control pills (with high androgen index)
Similarly to men, the hormone DHT appears to be at least partially to blame for the miniaturization of hair follicles in women suffering with female pattern baldness. Heredity plays a major factor in the disease too.
When your body goes through something traumatic, for example:
Much of the hair in the growing phase or resting phase can shift all at once into the shedding (telogen) phase. About six weeks to three month after the stressful event is usually when the phenomenon called telogen effluvium can begin. It is possible to lose a handful of hair at a time when in full-blown telogen effluvium. For most who suffer with TE complete remission is probable as long as severely stressful events can be avoided. For some women however, telogen effluvium is a mysterious chronic disorder and can persist for months or even years without any true understanding of what triggered the stress factors.
Anagen effluvium occurs after any insult to the hair follicle that impairs its mitotic or metabolic activity. This hair loss is commonly associated with chemotherapy. Since chemotherapy targets your body’s rapidly dividing cancer cells, your body’s other rapidly dividing cells such as hair follicles in the growing phase, are also greatly affected. Soon after chemotherapy begins approximately 90% or more of the hairs can fall out while still in the anagen (growing) phase.
The characteristic found in anagen effluvium is the fracture of the hair shafts. The hair shaft narrows as a result of damage to the matrix. Eventually, the shaft fractures at the site of narrowing and causes the loss of hair.
This condition is caused by localized trauma to the hair follicles from tight hairstyles that pull at hair over time. If the condition is detected early enough, the hair will regrow.
If you are a female experiencing hair loss, call us to make an appointment with our trichologist today, to see if there are any underlying factors that could be the cause. Once the underlying condition is treated, further thinning or damage to the state of your hair, should stop.
VIVANDI Trichology Center offers safest and most effective treatment for hair loss in women. Don’t miss those important events or hide
from life because of your hair loss. We treat most forms of hair loss includin
▪ The most common form, female pattern balding
▪ Hair loss from hormonal changes including, but not limited to: starting and stopping birth control, pregnancy, menopause, and PCOS
▪ Hair loss caused by medications like anti-depressants and chemotherapy.
▪ Hair loss caused by thyroid conditions
▪ Hair loss caused damage to the hair and scalp
▪ Hair loss caused by weight loss medication, dieting or surgery
▪ Hair loss caused by over styling or chemical use
▪ Even a combination of any of the above