Female Hair Loss
Hair loss is often thought of as a predominantly male complaint however the truth is that women as just as likely as men to lose or have thinning hair.
Although it is more common in women who are in their 50s and 60s, it can happen at any age.
Hair loss in women over 40 is becoming a more widespread problem, with some experts citing the stresses of modern day living as being partly to blame.
Understanding Hair Thinning In Women
Your hair has three different phases of growth, these are known as:
The majority of hair on your head is in the anagen phase – this is known as the growth phase and lasts for approximately two – eight years.
The catagen phase lasts for a much shorter period of time, usually between two – three weeks and during this phase the hair follicles shrink in size.
The third phase, telogen, is the resting phase for your hair and usually lasts between two – four months.
The average person loses somewhere between 50 – 100 strands of hair per day. This is entirely normal; however for some women hair loss becomes more noticeable.
While men’s hair tends to recede along the forehead and on the crown of the head women tend to notice hair loss over the top of the scalp.
The hair parting may become wider or, when the hair is tied back, more of the scalp may be visible.
Diagnosing Female Hair Loss
If you are experiencing hair loss the first thing you need to do is visit your doctor. Hair loss can be caused by a medical condition and it is therefore important to rule out any underlying health issue.
Thyroid disorders, anemia, autoimmune illnesses and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can all cause hair loss in women.
If blood tests reveal that none of these are applicable to you, then it may be that you have what is known as female pattern hair loss, or androgenetic alopecia as it is sometimes referred to.
Female pattern hair loss is often hereditary so it can help to think about your mother and other female relatives such as aunts, sisters and grandmothers to see if any of them have, or had, similar experiences with hair loss.
The problem of female pattern hair loss is caused by shrinking hair follicles, as they become smaller any hair that is lost is replaced with thinner, finer hair.
Eventually the hair follicles stop growing altogether and the scalp may become more visible.
Natural Treatment For Thinning Hair In Women
If your hair loss is related to anemia you may be prescribed iron tablets. Even if you don’t have anemia making sure your iron intake is adequate may help your hair loss problem.
Eating foods rich in iron is a good way to up your intake of this essential nutrient naturally and safely.
Egg yolks, red meat and green leafy vegetables are all high in iron. If you eat iron-rich foods, drinking freshly squeezed orange juice just after eating is thought to enhance your body’s ability to absorb iron.
Protein is also an essential nutrient for healthy hair, and a diet that is low in protein may contribute to hair loss.
Protein rich foods to include in your diet include lean meats, fish, low fat dairy products, beans, nuts and soy protein.
Other Essential Nutrients For Hair Include:
- Iodine found in seafood, garlic, milk, eggs and iodized salt
- Zinc found in nuts, seeds, oysters, beef and lamb
- Biotin found in salmon, whole wheat bread, cheese and eggs
2. Disguising The Problem
Some women get around the problem of hair loss by disguising the affected areas. There are a number of ways to do this:
➜ Volumizing Products
Volumizing hair products can help to bulk up thinning hair. It may be worth spending a little extra on products sold in salons, as some cheaper volumizing products are not very effective at all.
Plumping up your hair with specially formulated shampoos, conditioners and thickening sprays or lotions can help to give you hair and your confidence a much- needed boost.
➜ Cosmetic Camouflage
This involves the use of ‘hair make up’ to disguise patches of thinning hair.
Some people use specially formulated color make up pencils to cover up smaller or thinning areas on the parting. These are usually waterproof and can be used in combination with hair thickening sprays or powders.
These contain particles that help to cover up balding patches of hair and are usually sprayed or sprinkled onto the affected areas.
They then need to be fixed with a hairspray. Hair powder particles and sprays come in variety of different shades to match any hair color.
➜ Hair Styling
If thinning hair is only a minor problem it may be possible to disguise the thinning areas with clever hair styling. Certain hair styles can help to cover up balding areas.
➜ Hair Pieces And Weaves
These offer a good solution to the problem of hair thinning, adding volume to make hair appear thicker, or helping to cover patches of thinning hair.
If hair loss is significant wigs or hair transplant surgery offer the same solution although costs may be much higher.
➜ Hats And Scarves
Some people use hats and scarves or other hair accessories to cover thinning patches of hair.
Addressing The Problem Of Female Hair Loss
For some people, the temporary measures mentioned above may help to minimize some of the upsetting feelings and emotions associated with female hair loss.
Other people want to try to tackle the problem at its very core, with the aim of growing back any hair that has been lost.
The Hair Loss Black Book provides a complete education in male and female hair loss.
Giving you all the answers you need to understand why you are losing hair, and the solutions to help you take back control of your thinning hair.