Hair loss is a common problem for both males and females. We shall look into how it can be prevented and the best hair loss treatment for females.
What is Female Pattern Baldness?
Female pattern baldness causes thinning of hair. Generally, humans shed between 50 – 100 strands of hair daily. It is natural. Some hair shed while some grow.
The problem occurs when the shredded hair doesn’t grow back. Hair loss is totally different from hair shedding. The medical term for hair loss can be called ‘alopecia’.
Hair growth occurs on almost all the parts of the skin except on the soles of the feet, palms, lips, and on eyelids. Light and short hair on the skin is called vellus hair. The thicker, longer, and darker hair is called androgenic/ Terminal hair.
Three Cycles of Hair Growth:
Hair goes through 3 phases. They are
The phase of anagen can probably last from the age of two to eight years. This phase generally makes reference to about 80% – 90% of the hair on your head. It is called the Growing phase.
The phase of catagen is the time that hair follicles start to shrink and take about two to three weeks. This is called the transition phase.
The phase of telogen usually takes three to four months. The hair falls at the end of this phase. This is called the resting phase.
The shorter hair on the eyelashes, arms, legs, and eyebrows has a shorter anagen phase which is about only one month. But the hair on the scalp can last up to six years or even longer.
How Common is Hair Loss in Women?
As seen above, hair loss is very common in both men and women. But many people think that hair loss is only common in men. However, researchers say that almost 50% of women experience noticeable hair loss. The most significant reason for hair loss is FPHL, i.e., Female Pattern Hair Loss.
Any girl or woman can experience hair loss. But the following are usually more commonly affected:
- Women who have just given birth to babies
- Women above the age of 40 years
- Women who are under chemotherapy and are going through some other kinds of medications.
- Menopausal women
- Women often style their hair with harsh chemicals.
What Are the Myths About Hair Loss?
The following are the myths of hair loss that are not true
- Hair loss can occur because you use shampoo more.
- Hair loss can occur because of hair coloring.
- Hair loss can occur because you’ve gotten a perm.
- Dandruff can cause permanent hair loss in women.
- Shaving the head will help to grow hair back twice as thick.
- The more you brush your hair (more than 100 strokes), the stronger your hair will be.
- Hair can occur only to intellectual women.
- Hats can cause hair loss.
- Wigs can cause hair loss.
- By standing on your head, you can stimulate the blood to the scalp, which will, in turn, stimulate hair growth.
How Can Hair Loss in Women be Prevented?
Prevention of hair loss is quite impossible when it is due to aging, disease, heredity, or physical stressors like injuries. You can avoid caustic chemicals or tight hairstyles to prevent hair loss caused by them.
Maintaining a proper diet can also prevent hair loss. You can also stop smoking. Harsh chemical-free shampoos can be avoided. Switching to Anti-DHT shampoo may help. Massaging your head stimulates the blood flow to the scalp and follicles, which helps in hair growth. Overly hot showers can damage the scalp. Too much stress can also cause hair to fall.
Treatment For Hair Loss:
Hair loss treatment depends on the cause of your hair loss.
In case the hair loss is due to stress or hormonal changes like pregnancy, there might be no treatment needed. The hair loss will stop after a period of time.
If the hair loss is due to nutritional deficiencies, you will be recommended to take supplements like a multivitamin and three to five milligrams of biotin daily.
Early treatment of alopecia will help to recover the hair growth and may reduce the thinning of hair.
If the hair fall doesn’t stop, then the best hair loss treatment for females will be a hair transplant. Small pieces of the scalp with hair follicles will be taken from the back of the head and moved to slits in the areas of baldness. The main disadvantage of this surgery is that it might be costly, and mostly it won’t be covered by the insurance.